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2011

Third London Mandolin Festival 2011

Echoes and Fugues Logo
 
 
 
 
The theme for the Third London Mandolin Festival on Sunday 15 May 2011 was
Echoes and Fugues
and we featured works containing repetition in various forms. All works were performed by the combined mandolin orchestra unless otherwise specified.
 
Vlado Sunko
(1954 - )
Kastelanska Zvona
(The Bells of Kastela)

Sunko is a Croatian composer, conductor and professor. His works have been recognised in various competitions and festivals.
Kastelanska Zvona
, as the name suggests, simulates continuous church bells ringing.
 
Herbert Baumann
(1925 - )
Zupfmusik '73, 3 Satze Fur Zupforchester
(3 Movements for Plucked String Orchestra)

Baumman is a composer and conductor from Berlin, studying composition with Paul Höffer and Boris Blacher.
 
Eileen Pakenham
(1914 - 2009)
Kithara

The London Mandolin Festival Orchestra performed Pakenham's
Four Sea Pictures
in 2009 and for 2011 we performed her
Kithara
.
 
Manos Hadjidakis
(1925 - 1994)
Greek Suite

The festival will now bring back a piece every year from a previous festival as voted by the players. In 2011 the festival brought back
Greek Suite
which was also popular with the audience.
 
Harry Jager
(1958 - )
Suite Armorique
(A Breton Suite in 5 movements)

Jager is a guitarist, composer and teacher from Baden.
Suite Armorique
is a folk suite based on the traditional songs and dances of the Breton region.
Traditional arr Alison Stephens
(1970 - 2010)
Wedding Tarantella

The performance of this piece was dedicated to Alison Stephens who had recently passed away after a long fight with cancer. This piece is still played in several London BMG groups including Lewisham BMG orchestra of which she was a member in her youth.
 
Dieter Kriedler
(1943 - )
Vibrations fur Zupforchester
(Vibrations for Plucked String Orchestra)

Kreidler is a well known figure with our German counterparts, the BDZ (Bund Deutscher Zupfmusik), being a director of the BDZ and composing pieces for plucked string ensembles.
Vibrations
is a suite of 4 pieces finishing with a dynamic Fugue.
 
Betty Beath

Lament for Kosovo

Beath is an Australian composer, pianist and a music educator. Much of Beath's music reflects her interest in world culture and world events. Her
Lament for Kosovo
, expresses the deep sadness and anger she feels for the suffering of innocent people caught up in deadly conflict.
 
Claudio Mandonico
(1957 - )
Preludio e Fuga
(Prelude and Fugue)

Mandonico is an Italian composer who learnt under Giancarlo Facchinetti. Mandonico directs the City of Brescia Plectrum Orchestra and teaches composition in Bergamo. The
Fuga
whilst being a fugue is played both in a jazz and classical style.