Mandolin Trios Book 1 by Alison Stephens
Composer: Alison Stephens
Instrumentation: mandolin trio
Mandolin Grading: intermediate
Size: Score 9 pages - 2 parts @ 3 pages each
Astute code: am514-17
ISMN:979 0 57031 043 2
- The Sally Gardens Traditional arr. A.Stephens
- East Parkside Nigel Gatherer arr. A.Stephens
- Wedding Tarantella Traditional Italian arr. A.Stephens
Prog notes for Mandolin Trios Book 1
This book contains 3 attractive pieces drawn from three folk traditions: English, Scottish and Italian. The three mandolin parts are fairly well balanced, each being of more or less similar technical standards, suitable for Intermediate players. Each part contains some tunes, counter-melodies and accompaniments. In this way each player learns all the different skills required to become a good ensemble player.
These pieces all have an intrinsic simplicity. This should come out in the playing. It is the arranger’s intention that tremolo is only used where clearly marked (three lines across stem). Where positions are marked (particularly in Sally Gardens) it is often as much for tonal purposes as for technical facility. A higher position often results in a sweeter and richer tone. Sally Gardens and East Parkside benefit from a good clean ringing tone, gentle “spread” chord playing and attention to dynamic markings. Wedding Tarantella is a sprightlier piece. Keep it rhythmic and steady with a sense of celebration and fun.
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