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Spiral : for solo mandolin

by Stephen Lalor (2010)

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Performance by Stephen Lalor from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 124.

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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 124.

Library shelf no. CD 3165 [Available for loan]



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Spiral : for solo mandolin / Stephen Lalor.

Library shelf no. 787.84/LAL 2 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

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).

Work Details

Year: 2010

Instrumentation: Mandolin.

Duration: 3 min.

Difficulty: Medium

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

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

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

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)).

5 Dec 2010: at Carillon Recital (The University of Sydney Carillon). Featuring Amy Johansen.

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

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