Works for Mandolin

by John Craton


Below are listed all my works to date that incorporate mandolin, either solo or in ensemble. I have endeavored to list them with information regarding the availability of scores and with audio files that hopefully are a bit more listenable than the earlier ones posted. These audios are, for the most part, mp3s of the original Sibelius playback and are not live performances. Titles are listed alphabetically below the table.


Unaccompanied mandolin Mandolin solo w/ other instrument(s) Duets with mandolin Mandolin in ensemble Mandolin orchestra
  • The Gray Wolf
  • Perpetuum Mobile
  • Variations from Der Fluyten Lust-hof
  • Cinqo Piezas (Gianneo)
  • Dioses aztecas
  • The Legend of Princess Noccalula
  • Mandolin Concerto No. 1
  • Mandolin Concerto No. 2
  • Mandolin Concerto No. 3
  • Mandolin Concerto No. 4
  • Charon Crossing the Styx
  • Concerto for Two Mandolins & Orchestra
  • Four Whimsies
  • Les gravures de Gustave Doré
  • Six Pantomimes for Two Mandolins
  • Sonatina No. 3 for Violin & Mandolin
  • The Curious Affair of the Count of Monte Blotto
  • Five Observations
  • Three Tableaux from George MacDonald
  • Bloemen van Spanje
  • Cinqo Piezas (Gianneo)
  • Concerto for Two Mandolins & Orchestra
  • Danseries anciennes
  • Five Observations
  • Four Souvenirs (Kioulaphides)
  • The Legend of Princess Noccalula
  • Lullaby
  • Mandolin Concerto No. 1
  • Pagan Festivals
  • Sonata Representativa (Biber)
  • Three Rags (Dobyns)



  • Bloemen van Spanje (Flowers of Spain)
    two solo guitars and string orchestra, or two solo guitars and mandolin orchestra
    This work was commissioned by and dedicated to Alex Timmerman and was premiered by soloists Mark & Beverly Davis and Het CONSORT in Zwolle, Netherlands, on 5 July 2008. The video recording of the premiere did not turn out well due to microphone placement, so the sound files below are simply mp3s of the Sibelius playback with string orchestra. The work is tentatively planned to be recorded professionally by Mark & Beverly Davis and Het CONSORT in the near future.

    Audio files (mp3)
    Horned Red Poppy
    Myrtle
    Centaury
    Broomrape
    Bellfower
    Wisteria

    Scores
    Score and parts available on request by writing to the composer.

    Webpage
    www.craton.net/music/flowers.htm




    Charon Crossing the Styx
    mandolin and double bass
    Commissioned by and dedicated to mandolinist Christopher Acquavella.

    Audio files
    An mp3 of the Sibelius playback is available by clicking
    here.

    Scores
    Score and parts are available on request by writing to the acomposer.

    Webpage
    www.craton.net/music/charon.htm




    Concerto for 2 Mandolins & Orchestra (“Rromane Bjavela”)
    two solo mandolins and string orchestra, or two solo mandolins and mandolin orchestra
    Composed for Sebastiaan de Grebber and Ferdinand Binnendijk, and dedicated to Marianne Timmerman-Hollander. The version for solo mandolins and mandolin orchestra is slated to be premiered in an upcoming season. In addition to the two orchestral versions, a piano reduction also has been prepared and is in preparation for publication. The audio files below were made from the Sibelius playback with string orchestra.

    Audio files (mp3)
    Allegretto—Andante—Allegretto
    Adagio
    Allegro—Vivacissimo

    Scores
    Score is embargoed until after the premiere. Contact the composer for more information.

    Webpage
    www.craton.net/music/2mands.htm




    The Curious Affair of the Count of Monte Blotto
    mandolin in score
    A comic opera in three acts, a mandolin is called for in two numbers: the “Klezmer episode” in scene 3 of Act II, and the serenade in scene 1 of Act III.

    Audio files
    Only Sibelius playbacks:
    Klezmer episode
    Serenade: “Once my heart was captured

    Scores
    Score and parts available on request by writing to the composer.

    Webpage
    www.craton.net/monteblotto



    Danseries anciennes
    mandolin orchestra
    Commissioned by and dedicated to Alex Timmerman, Danseries is a set of eight ancient dances in old style for mandolin orchestra. The work was premiered by Het CONSORT on 18 September 2009 in Bancigny, France.

    Audio files
    Estampie [or watch video]
    Pavane et Gaillard [or watch video]
    Basse danse et Tourdion [or watch video]
    Carole et Bransle gay [or watch video]
    Piva [or watch video]

    Scores
    Contact the composer for information about availability.

    Webpage
    www.craton.net/music/danseries.htm




    Dioses aztecas (Aztec Gods)
    solo mandolin and piano
    A set of five concert pieces for mandolin and piano written for Sebastiaan de Grebber. The first movement, “Xochiquetzal,” was premiered by Sebastiaan de Grebber and pianist Eva van den Dool in Zwolle, Netherlands, on 5 July 2008. The audio files below are simply the Sibelius playbacks of these pieces.

    Audio files (mp3)
    Xochiquetzal  [or watch video]
    Xochipilli
    Ayauhteatol
    Mictlantecuhtli
    Huehuecoyotl

    Scores
    Score is published by and is available from Wolfhead Music.

    Webpage
    www.craton.net/music/aztec.htm




    Five Observations
    mandolin may be substituted for koto in score; also a version for mandolin orchestra
    Five short works originally scored for soprano recorder, flute, koto, guitar, piano, voice, and windchimes, the koto may be played by a mandolin if desired. A version for mandolin orchestra also has been prepared.

    Audio files (mp3)
    Observation No. 1
    Observation No. 2
    Observation No. 3
    Observation No. 4
    Observation No. 5

    Scores
    Scores and parts are available on request by writing to the composer.

    Webpage
    www.craton.net/music/fiveobs.htm




    Four Whimsies
    mandola-mandocello duet, or mandolin-octave mandolin duet
    Commissioned by and dedicated to Richard Walz. Duet versions for mandola-mandocello or for mandolin-octave mandolin are available. The final movement, “Lullaby,” has also been arranged for mandolin orchestra. The audio files below are Sibelius playbacks of the mandolin-octave mandolin version.

    Audio files (mp3)
    Uneager Awakening
    Daydreams During Math
    On the Playground
    Lullaby

    Scores
    Scores and parts are available on request by writing to the composer.

    Webpage
    www.craton.net/music/whimsies.htm




    Les gravures de Gustave Doré
    mandolin & guitar
    Originally composed for mandolin and double bass and titled Charon Crossing the Styx, the composition was reworked for mandolin and guitar and renamed Les gravures de Gustave Doré. This version is dedicated to Ferdinand Binnendijk and Saskia Spinder.

    Audio files
    An mp3 of the playback of the mandolin-double bass version is available by clicking
    here.

    Scores
    Score and parts are available on request by writing to the acomposer.

    Webpage
    www.craton.net/music/dore.htm




    The Gray Wolf
    solo mandolin
    Composed for and dedicated to Sebastiaan de Grebber, the work is for unaccompanied mandolin and is based on a short story of the same name by Scottish author George MacDonald. The work was written for de Grebber’s CD Fantasia Romantica.

    Audio files
    A 60-second excerpt of the De Grebber recording may be heard
    here. The full recording can be found on the CD Fantasia Romantica played by Sebastiaan de Grebber, Stemra SDG2001-07.

    Scores
    Score is published by and is available from Wolfhead Music.

    Webpage
    www.craton.net/music/graywolf.htm




    The Legend of Princess Noccalula
    solo mandolin and mandolin orchestra, or solo mandolin and string orchestra
    Commissioned by and dedicated to Alex Timmerman, the work is a tone poem for solo mandolin and mandolin/string orchestra. Premiered by soloist Sebastiaan de Grebber and Het CONSORT in Scherpenzeel, Netherlands, on 1 April 2006.

    Audio files
    A 60-second excerpt of the CONSORT recording with Sebastiaan de Grebber may be heard
    here. The full recording can be found on the CD Music for Mandolin Orchestra featuring Sebastiaan de Grebber and Het CONSORT, Stemra ATSDG03-08.

    Scores
    Score and parts available on request by writing to the composer.

    Webpage
    www.craton.net/music/noccalula




    Mandolin Concerto No. 1 in D Minor
    solo mandolin and string orchestra, or solo mandolin and mandolin orchestra
    Dedicated to Victor Kioulaphides, the concerto was premiered by Ferdinand Binnendijk and Het Orkest van het Oosten in Zwolle, Netherlands, on 15 June 2006. In addition to the two orchestral versions, a piano reduction also is available. The audio files below are actually videos of the premiere in Zwolle.

    Audio files (video)
    Allegro
    Adagio (“Alabama Lullaby”)
    Allegretto

    Scores
    Piano reduction is available from Wolfhead Music. Score and parts of both orchestral versions are available by writing to the composer.

    Webpage
    www.craton.net/music/mando1.htm




    Mandolin Concerto No. 2 in D Major
    solo mandolin and chamber orchestra (1110 2000 b-cl tmp perc str)
    Dedicated to Richard Walz. In addition to the orchestral version, a piano reduction also is available. The audio files below are Sibelius playbacks.

    Audio files (mp3)
    Andante—Allegro
    Adagio—Andante non troppo—Adagio
    Allegro

    Scores
    Piano reduction is available from Wolfhead Music. Score and parts of the orchestral version are available by writing to the composer.

    Webpage
    www.craton.net/music/mando2.htm




    Mandolin Concerto No. 3 in E Minor
    solo mandolin and string orchestra with percussion (timpani, bass drum, triangle, tambourine, castonets, cymbals, tubular bells, cimbalom, xylophone)
    Dedicated to Gertrud Weyhofen and subtitled “Verdun, 1916,” the concerto commemorates the Battle of Verdun and is dedicated to the memory of all the soldiers who fought bravely in this great conflict, regardless of the colors under which they fought. It attempts to convey both the sacrifice and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit in wartime. In addition to the orchestral version, a piano reduction also is available. The audio files below are Sibelius playbacks.

    Audio files (mp3)
    Allegro agitato—Allegro non troppo—Allegro agitato
    Adagio—Déchaîner—Adagio
    Rapide—Moderato—Rapide

    Scores
    Piano reduction is available from Wolfhead Music. Score and parts of the orchestral version are available by writing to the composer.

    Webpage
    www.craton.net/music/mando3.htm




    Mandolin Concerto No. 4 in G Major
    solo mandolin and string orchestra with timpani
    Dedicated to Alison Stephens, the concerto is an homage to the nineteenth-century American composer Theodore von La Hache and endeavors to reflect La Hache’s charateristic optimism. In addition to the orchestral version, a piano reduction also is available. The audio files below are Sibelius playbacks.

    Audio files (mp3)
    Allegretto non troppo
    Adagio—Andante con moto—Adagio
    Allegro vivo

    Scores
    Piano reduction is available from Wolfhead Music. Score and parts of the orchestral version are available by writing to the composer.

    Webpage
    www.craton.net/music/mandcon4.htm




    Pagan Festivals
    string orchestra, or mandolin orchestra
    Originally composed for high-school level string orchestra, a version for mandolin orchestra is also available. The audio files below are of the string-orchestra version.

    Audio files (mp3)
    Lughnasadh
    Imbolc
    Samhain
    Beltane

    Scores
    Score and parts available on request by writing to the composer.

    Webpage
    www.craton.net/music/pagan.htm




    Perpetuum Mobile
    solo mandolin
    A short work that was designed principally as an exercise or encore piece for unaccompanied mandolin.

    Audio files
    An audio of the Sibelius playback may be heard
    here.

    Scores
    Score is available as a free PDF download here.

    Webpage
    www.craton.net/music/mandolin/perpetuummobile.htm




    Six Pantomimes for Two Mandolins
    mandolin duo
    Six humorous duets for two mandolins, dedicated to Nelleke Weyhofen. The work was premiered by Gertrud Weyhofen and Martine Sikkenk in Hammelburg, Germany, on 7 August 2007. The work also has been discussed in the spring 2006 issue of Mandolin Magazine, volume 7, number 4, pp. 19-21. The audio files below are merely the sibelius playbacks.

    Audio files (mp3)
    No. 1 [or watch video A or watch video B]
    No. 2
    No. 3
    No. 4
    No. 5
    No. 6

    Scores
    Score is available for free download at www.craton.net/music/PDFs/Pantomimes.pdf.

    Webpage
    www.craton.net/music/mandolin




    Sonatina No. 3 for Violin & Mandolin
    violin and mandolin duo
    A short sonatina for a beginning violinist with mandolin accompaniment. The work was written for and dedicated to Sophia Kioulaphides. The violin part is all in 1st position.

    Audio files
    1. Moderato
    2. Adagio
    3. Allegretto

    Scores
    Score and parts are available for free download on the website linked below.

    Webpage
    www.craton.net/music/sonatina3.htm




    Three Tableaux from George MacDonald
    alto recorder, mandolin, violoncello
    Three movements inspired by scenes from the writings of Scottish author George MacDonald: “The Earlier Visions of Tuefelsbürst” (from the short story “The Cruel Painter”); “Lilith’s Mirror“ (from the novel Lilith); and “The Light Princess, the Toad, and the Page” (from the fairy tale The Light Princess). Composed for and dedicated to Evelien Wolting, Ferdinand Binnendijk, and Caterina Trujillo Alonso.

    Audio files
    The Earlier Visions of Teufelsbürst” (Allegretto)
    Lilith’s Mirror” (Slow)
    The Light Princess, the Toad, and the Page” (Humoresque — Presto)

    Scores
    Score and parts are available on request by writing to the composer.

    Webpage
    www.craton.net/music/macdonald.htm




    Variations from Der Fluyten Lust-hof of Jakob van Eyck
    mandolin solo
    Eight sets of variations taken from van Eyck’s opus, each set dedicated to a mandolinist with Het CONSORT in 2006. The set of variations on “Doen Daphne d’Over Schoone Maeght” was premiered by Ferdinand Binnendijk in Zwolle, Netherlands, on 31 March 2006, and a later video recording of Binnendijk performing this work is linked below. The other audios are Sibelius playbacks.

    Audio files (mp3/video)
    Silvester Inde Morgenstont
    Janneman en Alemoer
    Bockxvoetje
    Ho Ho op Myn Brack en Winden
    Doen Daphne d’Over Schoone Maeght
    Ach Treurt Mijn Bedroefde
    Laura
    Wat Zal Men op den Avond Doen

    Scores
    Score is available as a free PDF download here.

    Webpage
    www.craton.net/music/vaneyck.htm



    Arrangements of Works by Other Composers


    Biber — Sonata Representativa
    mandolin orchestra
    The sonata that was originally for solo violin and continuo, arranged for mandolin orchestra or string orchestra. By Heinrich Ignaz Biber.
    Audio files
    None available.

    Scores
    Score and parts are available on request by
    writing to the arranger.

    Webpage
    www.craton.net/music/biber.htm



    Dobyns — Three Rags
    mandolin orchestra
    The only three known works of American composer Gerladine Dobyns, arranged for mandolin orchestra.

    Audio files (mp3)
    Bull Dog Rag
    Holly and Mistletoe
    Possum Rag

    Scores
    Score and parts are available on request by writing to the arranger.

    Webpage
    www.craton.net/music/dobyns.htm



    Gianneo — Cinqo Piezas
    solo mandolin and mandolin orchestra, or solo mandolin and string orchestra
    Five short pieces originally for violin and piano which have been arranged for solo mandolin and mandolin orchestra or string orchestra. By Argentine composer Luis Gianneo.

    Audio files (video)
    Vidala & Cancion Incaica
    Chacarera, Cancion de Cuna & Zapateado

    Scores
    Score and parts are available on request by writing to the arranger.

    Webpage
    www.craton.net/music/gianneo.htm



    Kioulaphides — Four Souvenirs
    mandolin orchestra, or string orchestra
    Four individual works originally for unaccompanied mandolin, grouped as a set and arranged for mandolin orchestra or string orchestra. By Greek-American composer Victor Kioulaphides. The first movement is shown in the mandolin-orchestra arrangement; the others are of the works in their original format. “Variations on a Basque Melody” is also featured on the CD Music for Mandolin Orchestra, played by Het CONSORT with Alex Timmerman conducting (Stemra ATSDG03-08).

    Audio files (video)
    Variations on a Basque Melody
    de Grote Markt
    Idillio
    El malecón

    Scores
    Score and parts are available on request by writing to the arranger.

    Webpage
    www.craton.net/music/kioulaphides.htm



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