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Hand-Painted Soundscapes : for mandolin orchestra

by Stephen Lalor (2017)

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Performance by Stephen Lalor from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 96.

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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 96.

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Work Overview

The 3 movements are based on:

  1. a Bosnian traditional folk song "Yellow Quinces". The instrumental writing draws on the playing styles of tamburitsa ensembles - the tambura is a mandolin-like instrument Balkan found through much of the Balkans.
  2. movement 2 "Moonlight in Lombok" is inspired by a painting of the same name by Australian painter Geoff Harvey. Lombok is an Indonesian island near Bali, and the pointillist, minimalist style of the piece relates both to the painting and the gamelan ensembles of Indonesia
  3. "Balkan Rhumba" is a term used to describe the unique way gypsy performers in the 20th Century created a new musical style through combining traditional songs, a rolling rhythmic rhumba-like feel and instrumental virtuosity.

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: Mandolin Orchestra - mandolins, mandola, guitar, bass, optional percussion.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Contents note: I. Song of the Yellow Quinces (3 min., 20 sec.) -- II. Moonlight in Lombok (3 min., 30 sec.) -- III. Balmain Bossa (2 min., 45 sec.).

Written for: Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra

Commission note: Commissioned with the generous support of Mrs Eileen Wright for the Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2017

First performance: by Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra — 17 Nov 17. St George's Centre, Glenferrie Rd, Malvern, Vic

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
influenced stylistically by Bosnian song, Indonesian gamelan playing and Balkan dance music


Performances of this work

20 Oct 2018: at MMO 50th Anniversary Concert (The Edge, Federation Square). Featuring Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra.

17 Nov 17: St George's Centre, Glenferrie Rd, Malvern, Vic. Featuring Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra.

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