Rhapsody for Mandolin & Piano. The Rhapsody adheres to the original Greek meaning of its title: an array of songs sewn together. It also adheres to the later sense of the term, describing a work that is high-spirited, exuberant, and extravagantly emotional. The Rhapsody was composed as a series of episodes, some songlike, some dance-like, building progressively and featuring the musical and technical capabilities of the mandolin. It is a piece de concert in the French Conservatory tradition a work both idiomatic for the instrument and demanding for the performer. The work was premiered by Dutch mandolinist Sebastiaan de Grebber (to whom it is dedicated) and pianist Sarah Beernink in 2004.
Pages: 15 pp. (piano pt.), 7 pp. (mandolin pt.), 8˝ x 11
Performance Time: App. 12 min.
Below you can view a video of mandolinist Sebastiaan de Grebber
and pianist Eva van den Dool performing Rhapsody.
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