Of Love & Soul: a concert of music for and by fathers and sons

Of Love & Soul composed and performed by Frank Wallace, guitar and baritone
music and poetry for and by fathers and sons, a touching tribute to the composer’s male side of his family; see Of Love & Soul program

Available now through 2017 – Please write for more information with our Contact form or to “info (at) gyremusic.com”; download program.

“It is easy to feel an intimate connection to the ethereal beauty of Frank Wallace’s compositions not only because of their individual splendor, but also because of the lush tone and sensitive perfection with which Wallace executes his music…“ — Stephen Griesgraber, Guitar Review

Concert offering
Frank Wallace’s concert Of Love & Soul provides an “intimate connection” to the composer’s personal life with songs and solos about place, aging, and fatherhood, inspired by the birth of his first son, the passions and passing of his father, and the films of his second son. The concert features a group of songs on poems by his grandfather about childhood and the wisdom of his own father in the 1890’s.

Shall I 

Fret at the summer sun when it distills

The nectars in the lush Elberta peach

For me?  — Frank C. Wallace (1887-1951)

The Poetry of Family lecture/demonstration
Wallace will discuss how he discovered his grandfather’s lost poetry, the pride he felt in embracing it, the joy of creating new life with it, and the shock of discovering his own father’s lack of connection to it. Each generation pursues its passion; how can we embrace our own creative urges and still respect family differences? Poetry in Wallace’s own life has given him not only a creative outlet but helped shape his journey to wholeness and his connection to his sons’ individual paths.

Workshop/masterclass also available:
The Singing Guitar  how to play beautiful vocal lines on the guitar
Is your guitar a mini-orchestra as Andre Segovia described it? Or a small chamber choir, solo singer, violin virtuoso or blown woodwind? How do you approach the playing of melodic lines? This workshop will discuss the techniques involved in making your guitar sing. What is vibrato? What is legato? What is portamento? How do vowels effect your tone quality? What is the best fingering to achieve your goal? How do timbre and attack effect your vocal line? Read more: The Singing Guitar Workshop

Please click on tabs above for detailed program info, biography, video and audio. DOWNLOAD PDF of Of Love & Soul – 2016
Copyright ©2015 Frank A. Wallace
Photography and design by Nancy Knowles, Emily Taub; All rights reserved.
Frank Wallace is supported in part by a grant from the NH State Council on the Arts.

Frank Wallace Composer PHOTOS
Hi res photos are available at Flickr Frank Wallace Performance and many more casual shots for the web are at Flickr Albums

Videos of works included in Of Love & Soul

Three videos of Passing in the Night: Don’t say good-bye #2, Say au revoir #4; I’m still your Pappy! #5″

Of Love & Soul is available now through 2017 – Please write for more information with our Contact form or to “info (at) gyremusic.com”

Read more about the poetry and music of the concert on the following blog posts:

Father’s Day Gift (part 1)
Father’s Day Postscript
Father’s Day Gift (part 2)

Of Love & Soul is available now through 2017 – Please write for more information with our Contact form or to “info (at) gyremusic.com”

Download 2016 – Of Love & Soul.
Click on titles to learn more about each work and to hear samples or purchase sheet music

Father Said:
2003 – 16 songs, medium voice; poems by Frank C. Wallace (1887-1951)

Passing in the Night
2012 – five pieces for guitar solo


From the Windy Place
1997 – four movements

like black snow
2012 – baritone and guitar; poems by Nathan G. Wallace

Film Scores
2015 eleven short solos for my friends

The Game
2007 – 5 songs, medium voice and guitar; poems by Frank A. Wallace

Of Love & Soul is available now through 2017 – Please write for more information with our Contact form or to “info (at) gyremusic.com”

“…a true master of his instrument…His dynamic range is impressive, and his gradations of tone, constantly singing line, and sensitive musicianship confirm his ‘elegant virtuosity’ (www.classicstoday.com)” – Robert Schulslaper, Fanfare

“Wallace plays his own works with inspiration, determination, and a wealth of creativity…he can match the musicality of any player out there…” — This is classical guitar

BIOGRAPHY Frank Wallace, composer, guitarist, baritone; b. November 22, 1952

On stage, Wallace is known for his “elegant virtuosity” (Classics Today) on the guitar, vihuela and lute and is a master of self-accompanied song. He tours internationally, performing music from the 16th – 21st century both as a soloist and with mezzo-soprano Nancy Knowles as Duo LiveOak. He has performed at the Taxco International Guitar Festival, Guitar Foundation of America, Festival Ramon Noble, New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes, the Holland Festival, Regensburg Festival, Música en Compostela, Boston Early Music Festival, Barcelona Festival, International Guitar Festival of Arequipa, the Festival of Spanish Song of Granada, and more.

Wallace is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in guitar performance and is self-taught as a composer. He moved to the East Coast immediately after graduation in 1974. Since 1986 he has received enormous inspiration from his family and their residence in a 1789 farmhouse in rural New Hampshire. American Record Guide calls Wallace’s compositions “exciting, unpredictable, and fresh”. Fanfare magazine has dubbed him a composer with “an authentic expressive voice” and a “high standard of musical interest” who performs with “flawless technical proficiency”. Frank Oteri of NewMusicBox.org calls it “contemporary musical emancipation”. Wallace’s works showcase the classical guitar in solo and ensemble, as well as in chamber works with voice, flute, violin, viola, cello, oboe, bassoon, English horn, mandolin, and piano. His compositional style has many influences, from Medieval and Renaissance to blues, jazz, minimalism and modern atonalism. Great passion and a sense of humor infuse both his compositions and his performances.

Frank Wallace founded and directed for four years the Boston Classical Guitar Society’s Festival 21, a celebration of all that is new in 21st century classical guitar. He also served a two-year term as artistic director of the Society. In New York City Wallace founded and co-directed the Second Sundays Classical Guitar Series in conjunction with the NYC Classical Guitar Society and Roger Smith Arts. He has taught at the New England Conservatory, Plymouth State College, Emmanuel College, Keene State College and Franklin Pierce College and has a B.M. from San Francisco Conservatory.

In 2014 Frank Wallace wrote a one hour chamber suite for the 50th anniversary of the Hartt School of Music’s Guitar Department. He has also written for Juan Carlos Laguna, Pablo Garibay, Edel Muñoz, ChromaDuo, the Jugend Zupf Orchestra of Germany, Mare Duo, Marek Pasiezcny, Ciraldo Duo, Olson / De Cari Duo, the Providence Mandolin Orchestra and more. He has recorded for Gyre, Titanic, Centaur, and Musical Heritage Society, which re-released a number of LiveOak and Frank Wallace recordings in 2008. His compositions are published by Gyre Music and have been featured in Guitar Review, Soundboard, Fingerstyle Magazine, and The LSA Quarterly.

Wallace’s complete recordings and compositions are available at www.gyremusic.com, a site rich with information and samples of sheet music and audio.

“…a composer with a distinct voice…” Soundboard