Ballade : from 'World music suite' for mandolin orchestra
by Stephen Lalor (1989, this version: 2009)
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Combining a simple and almost austere modal language for the most part, with metric surprsises in the middle and an excursion into chromatic changes towards the end, Ballade is one of Stephen Lalor's earlier and most-performed works. Originally composed for his performing partnership with SSO harpist Louise Johnson, it seeks to exploit the natural harmonic features which make the two plucked-string instruments so appealing. Ballade has been performed by several notable playing partnerships, including renowned English musicians Alison Stephens & Lauren Scott (Duo Mandala).
The version for mandolin orchestra is the 2nd movement of the World Music Suite.
Year: 1989, this version: 2009
Instrumentation: Mandolin orchestra: mandolin I, mandolin II, mandola, guitar, mandocello (optional), double bass, percussion (optional).
Duration: 5 min.
First performance: by Antipodean Mandolin Ensemble — 6 Jun 10. BDZ Eurofest, Bruchsal Germany
Ballade and Autostrada waltz
Performances of this work
2 Oct 12: Minneapolis Sheraton West, United States
2 Oct 2012: at 2012 Classical Mandolin Society of America Convention (Minneapolis Sheraton West).
21 Sep 12: Manly Art Gallery, NSW. Featuring Volatinsky Trio.
20 Nov 2011: at The Volatinsky Trio (Camelot (Marrickville)).
5 Feb 2011: at The Volatinsky Trio (Blacktown Arts Centre).
6 Jun 2010: at Eurofest Zupfmusik 2010 (Burgerzentrum Bruchsal).
6 Jun 10: BDZ Eurofest, Bruchsal Germany. Featuring Antipodean Mandolin Ensemble.
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