Enrique de Ulierte (Arr. by German Lago)
Suite Espanola was originally written for symphony orchestra. It was later arranged for an ensemble of Spanish bandurrias, laudes, and classical guitar, by German Lago who was the director of the Quartetto Aguilar, the most famous of the Spanish bandurria groups. Ulierte lived in Madrid where he supported himself by teaching and composing. He lived from 1904 to 1985 and wrote more than 25 pieces, primarily for orchestra. Play an MP3 sample of the Movement 3, Malaguena.
2. Campanas del Alba (Churchbells at Dawn)
The sweet resonance of the mandolins evokes the sound of churchbells. Eduardo Sainz de la Maza and his brother Regino were well-known Spanish guitarists in the early part of the 20th century. They both also composed several virtuosic guitar pieces. It was for Sainz de la Maza that Rodrigo composed the Concierto de Aranjuez (1939). Play an MP3 sample of Campanas del Alba.
3. Concerto in G
Soloists: Mandolin 1 - Joshua Bell; Mandolin 2- Bob Asprinio
Giuseppe Giuliano was a leader of the mandolin school in Naples where he flourished in the latter half of the 18th century. The original ofthis concerto for two mandolins is Concerto per il mandolino con due violini e basso2 in the holdings of the Biblioth?que Nationale in Paris. The solo passages of this concerto duplicate duets by Emanuel Barbella and Ragiola.
Gabriel Faure (1845-1924), the French romantic composer, was a student of Camille Saint-Saens. The Pavane was composed in 1887 as an orchestral work, but became well known as an arrangement for chorus. It served as a model for Debussys Passepied in his Suite Bergamasque and for Ravel1s Pavane pour une infante defunte. It also entered the repertoire of the Ballets Russes in 1917.
5. Cornflakes 14
Owen Hartford composed this jazzy selection for the Providence Mandolin Orchestra. He has composed several other works for the Orchestra, including a mini-opera, The Frog Prince, and two pieces recorded on the Providence Mandolin Orchestra1s first CD, Songs Without Words. Play an MP3 sample of Cornflakes.
6. Walnut Valley Suite
Bruce Graybill (b. 1956 in Middlesex, England) is an award-winning mandolinist and guitarist based in the Kansas City area. Though the Walnut Valley Suite is named after the Walnut Valley Festival for acoustic instruments in Winfield, Kansas, it was inspired by Graybill1s first exposure to the wondrous sounds of the mandolin orchestra when he attended the 1995 Classical Mandolin Society of America Convention in Providence, RI. The Providence Mandolin Orchestra performed this piece with Graybill at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Play an MP3 sample of Movement Three, Ritual Dance.
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