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Ballade : for violin and guitar

by Stephen Lalor (1989)

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Performance by Volatinsky Trio from the CD Troika

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Troika / The Volatinsky Trio.

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Library shelf no. CD 2346 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

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.

Work Details

Year: 1989

Instrumentation: Violin, guitar.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Medium

First performance: by Victoria Jacono-Gilmovich, Giuseppe Zangari at Italian Masterpieces (Leichhardt Town Hall) on 5 May 2013


Ballade and Autostrada waltz

Performances of this work

18 May 2019: at The Sentimental Bloke (Carrington Hotel). Featuring Volatinsky Quartet.

21 Jun 2015: at Volatinsky Trio in Concert (Camelot (Marrickville)). Featuring Volatinsky Trio.

5 May 2013: at Italian Masterpieces (Leichhardt Town Hall). Featuring Giuseppe Zangari, Victoria Jacono-Gilmovich.

2 Nov 2012: at Stephen Lalor & Plektra (St Stephen's Uniting Church (Sydney)). Featuring Stephen Lalor, Plektra Mandolin Ensemble.

2 Nov 12: St Stephen's Uniting Church, NSW. Featuring Stephen Lalor, Plektra Mandolin Ensemble.

2 Oct 12: Minneapolis Sheraton West, United States

2 Oct 2012: at 2012 Classical Mandolin Society of America Convention (Minneapolis Sheraton West).

21 Sep 2012: at The Volatinsky Trio at Manly (Manly Art Gallery). Featuring Volatinsky Trio.

21 Sep 12: Manly Art Gallery, NSW. Featuring Volatinsky Trio.

8 Apr 2012: at Volatinsky Trio @ National Folk Festival (Exhibition Park in Canberra). Featuring Lucy Voronov, Anatoli Torjinski, Stephen Lalor.

7 Apr 2012: at Volatinsky Trio @ National Folk Festival (Exhibition Park in Canberra). Featuring Anatoli Torjinski, Stephen Lalor, Lucy Voronov.

6 Apr 2012: at Volatinsky Trio @ National Folk Festival (Exhibition Park in Canberra). Featuring Stephen Lalor, Anatoli Torjinski, Lucy Voronov.

20 Nov 2011: at The Volatinsky Trio (Camelot (Marrickville)).

23 Sep 2011: at Stephen Lalor - Mandolin Recital (St Stephen's Uniting Church (Sydney)). Featuring Chris Soto, Stephen Lalor.

19 Jun 2011: at Citizen Collectors (Newcastle Art Gallery). Featuring Plektra Mandolin Ensemble.

5 Feb 2011: at The Volatinsky Trio (Blacktown Arts Centre).

20 Nov 2010: at Antipodean Mandolin Ensemble (Northside Baptist Church). Featuring Antipodean Mandolin Ensemble.

6 Jun 2010: at Eurofest Zupfmusik 2010 (Burgerzentrum Bruchsal).

6 Jun 10: BDZ Eurofest, Bruchsal Germany. Featuring Antipodean Mandolin Ensemble.

2004: Government House, Sydney, Australia. Featuring Gregory Pikler, Stephen Lalor.

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