for mandolin and guitar orchestra, op. 62
Written: fall, 2010
Duration: 8 minutes; 17 pages
Difficulty level: Easy; mostly single notes, extended range for some parts
Instrumentation: mandolin 1 & 2, octave mandola, guitar, contrabass
World premiere: November 20, 2011; Essen Germany by Das JugendZupfOrchester des Landes NRW
Preview: sample pages of Nocturne
This is a selection of mandolin music by Frank Wallace. Please scroll down in the player to find Nocturne.
Nocturne was written in December of 2010 for, and commissioned by, Das JugendZupfOrchester des Landes NRW, Christian de Witt, director, and the Providence Mandolin Orchestra, Mark Davis, director. Special thanks go to Robert Margo for his support and to Annika and Fabian of the Mare Duo who taught me how spectacular the mandolin can be. I first heard Annika and Fabian in Boston in 2008 and was struck by the lyrical qualities they achieved. I was also stunned at the perfection of the ensemble sound of the JZO on their tour of New England in the fall of 2009. Mark Davis is an old friend and the PMO has been a vibrant force on the mandolin scene for several decades now.
Nocturne is an exploration of the subtle sonorities and dynamic capabilities of the mandolin orchestra. Many shades of dark pass throughout the night as harmonies and textures slowly migrate throughout the piece towards a rather sudden climax, returning to a peaceful close. All in all, a pleasant rest!