Spiral : for solo mandolin
by Stephen Lalor (2010)
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Spiral combines an almost Baroque sense of form and flow with some of the characteristic slides and decorations of American bluegrass & jazz violin styles. The lilting broken chords of the opening tumble in and out of each other, suggesting a melodic line which rises and falls into a contrasting middle section of dramatic arpeggiated down strokes. The tension of this section rises to a climax left hanging in the air, before reverting to a hushed recollection of the opening section. A few twists and turns and other surprises lead to final questioning phrases, before an emphatic final phrases built around an added tonic arpeggio (D6add9).
Duration: 3 min.
First performance: at Eurofest Zupfmusik 2010 (Holzmarkt Bruchsal) on 6 Jun 2010
The composer cites the following influences on this work:
Classical in conception but influenced by Appalachian and Celtic violin playing styles.
Spiral, by Stephen Lalor
Spiral : for solo violin
Performances of this work
2 Oct 2012: at 2012 Classical Mandolin Society of America Convention (Minneapolis Sheraton West).
23 Sep 2011: at Stephen Lalor - Mandolin Recital (St Stephen's Uniting Church (Sydney)).
6 Jun 2010: at Eurofest Zupfmusik 2010 (Holzmarkt Bruchsal).
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