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East-West : string quartet

by Stephen Lalor (2009)

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Performance by Chanterelle String Quartet, Stephen Lalor from the CD Chanterelle String Quartet

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The Chanterelle String Quartet / music by Stephen Lalor.

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East-West : from 'World music suite' for mandolin orchestra [eParts] / Stephen Lalor.

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Work Overview

The World Music Suite for Mandolin Orchestra has 3 sections or movements. These can be played as separate, stand-alone concert pieces, or together as a Suite.

Movement I is East-West, which all sprang from the opening melody/riff, which reminds me of the Appalachian/Bluegrass American style of mandolin playing. I changed the second section to a minor key when it comes back in a bit later. When I brought an early version of this piece to a rehearsal, the Russian musicians I work with said it sounds a bit "Vostochnie-Zapednye" i.e. "Eastern-Western". So this piece is based on the change of character from a bright, American-ish (i.e. Western) opening to the more mysterious Eastern minor key and back again, plus the driving rhythm underneath.

Work Details

Year: 2009

Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.


East-West by Stephen Lalor
East-West, by Stephen Lalor


Performances of this work

22 May 2022: at Plektra in concert + Pipe Organ (St. Francis of Assisi (Paddington)). Featuring Plektra Mandolin Ensemble.

20 Jun 2021: at Plektra Ensemble Concert (Sutherland Uniting Church Auditorium). Featuring Plektra Mandolin Ensemble.

2 Nov 2019: at Plektra Mandolin Ensemble in Concert (Glebe Town Hall). Featuring Plektra Mandolin Ensemble.

25 Jun 2019: at Chanterelle String Quartet in concert (Lane Cove Music Club). Featuring Chanterelle String Quartet.

5 Jun 2019: at Folk Dances and Vivaldi for Mandolin, Flute and String Quartet (The Concourse, Chatswood). Featuring Chanterelle String Quartet.

16 May 2019: at Sydney Symphony Orchestra Vanguard chamber music (Studio 301 (Alexandria, Sydney)). Featuring Chanterelle String Quartet.

4 Mar 2018: at Stephen Lalor & String Quartet (Blessed Sacrament Church).

12 Nov 2017: at Chanterelle String Quartet play Lalor, Vivaldi, Bridge (St Augustine’s Catholic Church (Balmain)). Featuring Chanterelle String Quartet.

20 May 2017: at Lalor and Plumb in concert (Boite World Music Cafe).

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

24 May 2014: at Musikalische Welt-Zeit-Reise (Marienkirche (Sessenbach, Germany)).

11 Jan 2014: at FAME Mandolin Orchestra Festival Concert (Glen Eira Town Hall).

14 Sep 2013: at Eurofest (Ararat Park). Featuring Plektra Mandolin Ensemble.

2 Feb 2013: at Volatinsky Trio in Echo Music Series (Blacktown Arts Centre). Featuring Volatinsky Trio.

13 Jan 2013: at Mandolins Victoria (Tivoli Club (Windsor)).

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.

6 Jul 2012: at Stephen Lalor (solo mandolin), with Mark & Beverly Davis (USA) (St Stephen's Uniting Church (Sydney)). Featuring Stephen Lalor, Beverly Davis, Mark Davis.

4 Mar 2012: at The Volatinsky Trio (Camelot (Marrickville)). Featuring Anatoli Torjinski, Stephen Lalor, Lucy Voronov.

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

1 Oct 11: St John's Lutheran Church, Southbank, Melbourne. Featuring Michelle Wright, Concordia Mandolin and Guitar Ensemble.

12 Jul 2011: at Sydney Balalaika Orchestra (Smolny Cathedral). Featuring Sydney Balalaika Orchestra.

5 Jul 2011: at Music by Stephen Lalor at the Bulgakov Museum (Bulgakov Museum).

5 Jul 2011: at Music by Stephen Lalor at the Bulgakov Museum (Bulgakov Museum).

29 Apr 2011: at The Volotinsky Trio at Fairbridge Festival (Fairbridge Village). Featuring Volatinsky Trio.

17 Apr 2011: at The Volatinsky Trio plays music by Stephen Lalor (Camelot (Marrickville)). Featuring Volatinsky Trio.

16 Apr 2011: at The Volatinsky Trio plays music by Stephen Lalor (Zenith Theatre Chatswood). Featuring Volatinsky Trio.

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

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

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

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

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