Night Owl
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Night Owl

Price: $10.95
by Frank A. Wallace
for mandolin solo

Preview: a sample PDF of Night Owl

Duration: 7:20 minutes; 5 pages

Difficulty level: Advanced, including “a la guitarra” technique

Instrumentation: solo mandolin

Written: December, 2012; for Annika Hinsche

Commissioned by: Fabian Hinsche

World premiere: September 22, 2013 at North Meadow Concerts in Hampton, CT by Annika Hinsche

Recording: by Annika Hinsche on Gyre; Gargoyles released May 2014
All Gyre compositions are ASCAP.

All Gyre Publications are ASCAP
Copyright ©2013 Frank A. Wallace
Cover photography and design by Nancy Knowles
All rights reserved.

Annika Hinsche and composer Frank Wallace

Annika and Frank

Night Owl was written as a Christmas present from Fabian to Annika Hinsche in 2012. The request to me was made at our final dinner after 8 days of recording in the summer of 2012 in Wuppertal, Germany.

The name was simply an inspiration after I wrote the piece, but Annika identified greatly with the sentiment of being a “night owl” herself. To me the bird represented mystery and power, appropriate to the immense talent and musicality of Annika. I had in my ear the incredibly powerful and haunting sounds of “night owls” that we hear irregularly, but memorably, every summer at our country home in New Hampshire.

Happily, three pieces have followed creating my “raptor” period as a composer. Each follows a binary form of Adagio / Presto and are expressive and virtuosic in nature: Blue Heron for Robert Margo, mandolin; Black Falcon for Edel Muñoz, guitar; and White Albatross for Fabian Hinsche, guitar. I thank Night Owl and Annika for the inspiration that gave rise to all four pieces.

Copyright ©2013 Frank A. Wallace
Cover photography and design by Nancy Knowles
All rights reserved.

This is a selection of mandolin music by Frank Wallace including Annika Hinsche’s performance of Night Owl from the CD Gargoyles.