six movements of high difficulty
dedicated to the memory of extraordinary musician John Fleagle, founding member of Trio LiveOak
“The Pavana for a dying prince is a diamond…”
— Pablo Garibay
Preview: A sample of Sweet Ladyslipper
Duration: 24 minutes; 24 pages
Instrumentation: classical guitar solo
Difficulty level: high, with complex counterpoint and large stretches
Written: winter, 1999
Recording: Frank Wallace: his own new works by Frank Wallace on Gyre, 2000
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A prelude sets the mood of a young man at Berklee School of Music studying jazz [well it’s more bluesy really]; time moves quickly, the blues becomes all too real for that young man who now has cancer before he has even reached his mid-life. Pavane for a dying prince, for prince he was, is my lament for John Fleagle, my enigmatic, but charismatic, partner in my early years of a musical career. Four more movements follow the pain of this time: Complainte [for his many unrequited loves], Estampie [for the delight he took in dance], Cantiga [for his lyricism] and Zar, an Egyptian dance of great power in which the dancer does not move her feet – performed for him by Libana. John Fleagle died in the spring of 1999. You can see him, circa 1974, arms raised in song, in the avatar picture here. Sing on, John!
…the suite you wrote for John [Sweet Ladyslipper] is a magic carpet
Paddy Swanson, Revels Director