Musical Director: Mark Davis
First Mandolins: Joshua Bell, Lenny Beaudreau,
Second Mandolins: Bob Asprinio,
Mandolas: Mack Johnston,
Mandocellos: Bob Asprinio,
Mandobass: Charlie Holt
Guitars: Scott Hacker,
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.
Campanas del Alba (Churchbells at Dawn)
Eduardo Sainz de la Maza (Arr.
by Ken White)
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
Giuseppe Giuliano (Arr. by Mario Monti)(ASCAP)
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 (Arr. by Jeff Dearinger)
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
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.