Wallace’s videos capture his masterful performances, showcasing not only the music, but the passion that makes his work so riveting. The artistry with which he makes his videos highlights a blending of Wallace’s versatile talents as musician, artist, and sound engineer.
Wallace plays “…with equal amounts of grace, sensitivity, and virtuosity.”
— Stephen Griesgraber, Guitar Review
Frank Wallace Performances
Passing in the Night
Homenaje a Tárrega | Turina | 1910 Manuel Ramirez guitarThis extraordinary 1910 Manuel Ramirez guitar is featured in concerts and the new CD by Frank Wallace, Four Extraordinary Spanish Guitars: http://gyremusic.com/products/four-ex...
Capricho Arabe 1955 BouchetThanks to Vintage Classical Guitars and Aaron Green for the opportunity to play this great guitar; www.vintageclassicalguitars.net Frank Wallace editions are published by Gyre Music at www.gyremusic.com.
IV. Water - from The ElementsWater is the fourth of four movements called The Elements, written and performed by Frank Wallace at the KALLIROSCOPE Gallery in Groton, MA in January, 2012. Frank Wallace editions are published by Gyre Music at www.gyremusic.com and a growing number of works are also available at http://frankwallace.musicaneo.com/ Thanks to Aaron Green for organizing the recording and for a great guitar - www.aarongreenguitars.com Nancy Knowles for film and photography - www.nancyknowles.com Neal Ward for recording.
Suite Compostelana | Mompou | Hauser IPreview of Frank Wallace's coming recording OMAGGIO — music of Mompou,Villa-Lobos, Tárrega and de Falla. Wallace's recordings and editions are published by Gyre Music at http://www.gyremusic.com. See program notes below. Suite Compostelana by Federico Mompou, 1893-1987 Written: 1962 for Andrés Segovia 01) Preludio 02) Coral 03) Cuna 04) Recitativo 05) Canción 06) Muñeira Suite Compostelana by Federico Mompou concluded my senior recital at SF Conservatory of Music in 1974. I fell in love with this evocative piece thanks to Segovia’s first recording, a rare LP that included two full suites, the Mompou as well as Suite in Modo Polonico by Tansman. Like many of my generation, I was attracted to the complete suites and sonatas that Bream and Williams recorded in the 60’s. Segovia’s 1965 recording was a departure from his usual miniatures and single movements. I am not sure what each movement meant to Mompou or Segovia, but the Prelude is clearly an homage to Albeniz. For me, it sets the mood of a beautiful and ancient landscape, mountainous, green and with rugged coastline to both the north and the west. The Coral (Chorale) is Mompou’s rendition of the tradition of singing in the great medieval Cathedral of Santiago, mythical home of the remains of St. James, patron saint of Spain and central attraction for the pilgrims over the past 1,000 years. The next three movements are exquisite lyrical and textural pieces—Cuna is a lullaby; Recitativo refers to a Baroque form that is inspired by speech rhythms and should be quite free and dramatic (many modern interpretations are too metrical); and Canción is the Spanish word for song… whether a lilting work song or a passionate personal expression is up to the performer. Muñeira is commonly a very fast 6/8 peasant’s dance from Galicia frequently performed on gaita, a local bagpipe, thus its frequent use of drones. Wikipedia says muñeira means millstone or miller’s wife, while others say the word comes from an Arabic name. Suffice it to say it is clearly of peasant, rural origin. Though Segovia did show his love and respect for this piece by recording the entire suite, its lack of an over-arching shape has always bothered me. It seems weakened by too many slow movements in the middle and not enough development of form and content. The concluding peasant dance, though a relief from the multiple slow movements, comes abruptly to my ear. So you might ask why am I recording the piece now, 40 years later? Simply put, it’s a gorgeous collection of music and guitar writing. From a brief survey of other recordings, you will find my tempos somewhat faster than most in order to create an arc to the piece as a whole. I find many interpretations to be extremely cautions and pedantic. For example, the guitaristic opening phrase seldom has melodic shape and the upper drone is equally loud as the melody in many recordings. Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, the eponymous subject of this work, is full of energy. It is one of the world’s great pilgrimage sites and longtime home of Música en Compostela, a festival where Segovia taught for many summers. I attended the masterclass in 1972; when my wife-to-be, Nancy Knowles, was there in 1977 we decided in a transatlantic phone call to get married. We returned with John Fleagle in 1982 to perform a concert of medieval music for the Música en Compostela festival with our ensemble Trio LiveOak.
D'Angelus on 1955 BouchetD'Angelus is the second part of The Bells, three preludes for solo guitar. I was honored to be asked by Norbert Dams to write a piece for his 60th year in which he plans to do 60 concerts around the world. I had composed d'Orleans on a whim two years before and wanted to write more "impressionistic" pieces in this vein. Norbert's piece uses a series of notes generated by his name and the name of his publishing house, Daminus: FGBBEBC DAEC DAEAFEC and a chromatic variation A#BDA#C#DE CAAD# CAAFA#FD#. Frank Wallace editions are published by Gyre Music at www.gyremusic.com. Thanks to Vintage Classical Guitars and Aaron Green for the opportunity to play this great guitar; www.vintageclassicalguitars.net
Frank Wallace sings Madonna qual certezza by VerdelotApril 11, 2008 Duo LiveOak concert at Meng Concert Hall, Guitarists of the World series, Cal State Fullerton ten-course lute by Joel van Lennep Video by Bob Minor Frank Wallace CDs are published by Gyre Music at www.gyremusic.com.
from Bestiary - Duo LIveOakFrank Wallace editions are published by Gyre Music at www.gyremusic.com. The performance was Aporil 11, 2008 at Cal State Fullerton. Bestiary was conceived as a light, comic moment to end our concerts with. The texts are tongue-in-cheek commentaries on the lifestyles and characteristics of animals by Theodore Roethke and Nancy Knowles. You will hear a touch of Broadway from the Bear, bluesy dissonance from the Snake and wild rhythms and wailing cries from the Serpent. "Duo Live Oak...presented an exquisite program of their own music including Bestiary, a set of pieces built around poems by Theodore Roethke. These are lovely pieces with just the merest astringency of modernist tonalities." Mark Greenberg on the First Skidmore College Guitar Festival, October 29, 2005 Video by Bob Minor.
Syzygy Part 2 - Duo LiveOakSyzygy, sixteen songs for mezzosoprano and guitar, op. 39 by Frank Wallace, poems by Nancy Knowles, is published by Gyre Music www.gyremusic.com. It was written in the winter of 2006 for Knowles' one-woman show called Luna, an inspiring look at the healing power of art through the story of her mother, an artist who survived multiple tragedies, painting her way well into her nineties. This performance was given on April 11, 2008 at the Cal State Fullerton Guest Artist series. Five videos present a selection of 8 of the songs. Thanks to David Grimes; audio/video by Bob Minor; edited by Frank Wallace; guitar by Stephan Connor, 2003 The Cycle begins with Credo: What is greatness, if not the shedding of lesser stuff if not the daring to be alone Content simply to play, fool around with divine mischief? A burst here a sigh there, scribbling slow and fast and lingering long enough for all to join the fun, the wonder by Nancy Knowles Frank Wallace editions are published by Gyre Music at www.gyremusic.com.
Duo de Morales | Miguel de Fuenllana | Frank WallaceDuo de Morales is from a mass movement arranged, or intabulated, by Miguel de Fuenllana; performed by Frank Wallace on his solo CD Delphín, music of 16th century Spain. Photos of vihuela by Joel van Lennep by Nancy Knowles: www.nancyknowles.com Frank Wallace CDs and editions are published by Gyre Music at www.gyremusic.com.
Frank Wallace Compositions
NE Guitar Quartet | A World Not So RoundScore available at http://gyremusic.com/products/a-world-not-so-round/ Performed by the New England Guitar Quartet. A World Not so Round for guitar quartet is the last movement of As It Could Be, a chamber suite for various ensembles. The Hartt School of Music Guitar Dept. celebrated its 50th Anniversary with the world premiere of Frank Wallace's As It Could Be, an eight movement chamber suite with: Phenix Trio - Richard Provost, guitar; Rita Porfiris, viola; Anton Miller violin; Pandora Duo - Janet Arms flute, Christopher Ladd guitar; Alturas Duo - Scott Hill guitar, Carlos Boltes, viola; Kaleidos - Yovianna Garcia, guitar, Sayun Chang, percussion; New England Guitar Quartet - Christopher Ladd, Dan Hartington, Nick Cutroneo, Jeremy Milligan. Thanks to Richard Provost for 54 years of service to the Hartt School, and to the Augustine Foundation and alumni for their tremendous support. Video by Lief Ellis; audio by Matt Baltrucki; edited and mastered by Frank Wallace.
Nancy Knowles sings from Woman of the WaterDuo LiveOak performing in the 2011 Summartónar Festival of Contemporary Music. This video is of "Song" and "The Moment", the fourth of five installments of nine songs called Woman of the Water written by Frank Wallace to poems by theodore Roethke and performed by Nancy Knowles and the composer. Originally for ten-course lute, it is played on a Stephan Connor ten-string guitar in a concert that took place at Nordic House in Tórshavn in June, 2011. Photographs by Nancy Knowles: www.nancyknowles.com Frank Wallace editions are published by Gyre Music at www.gyremusic.com. Stephan Connor: www.connorguitars.com
Ulate & Mozqueda, Katrina Sonata for flute and guitarKatrina Sonata for flute and guitar by Frank A. Wallace Score and more info available at http://www.gyremusic.com/products/katrina-sonata/ performed by Nury Ulate & David Mozqueda in Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara Mexico in August 2014; http://www.davidmozqueda.webs.com Originally written for the Ciraldo Duo.
Mobius debuts More GargoylesScore at http://.gyremusic.com. I wrote More Gargoyles for Mobius Trio of San Francisco - this is their debut on March 23, 2013 at Old First Presbyterian in SF. read about this innovative trio at http://mobiustrio.com. A gargoyle seems to represent the two sides of humanity - they protect the sacred space within the walls they adorn, frighten us away. They are ugly by design, but beautiful in their intensity and in the sculptor's execution. In fact it is often the most grotesque that fascinate and inspire. But it is the sacred space we must enter by facing the gargoyles. My grandfather wrote, "Grin at the thing that bothers you and it will laugh with you." Do we not all have "gargoyles" in our lives, persons that challenge with their grotesque or ugly manners, yet in conquering them we grow. Or are they right there inside, and on occasion jut to the surface and scare our selves, our partners and loved ones. Life is not a smooth ride. More Gargoyles (and its close cousin Gargoyles) was inspired by Gothic gargoyles on the cathedral of Palencia, Spain. The piece starts with the scary facade of darkness and fear and progresses towards the peace and quiet of an inner sanctum. All notes are derived from the the name of the group and, you guessed it, "gargoyles." Both a chromatic and a modal version are created and then used and, perhaps. abused throughout the composition.
Father Said: | Frank Wallace | '64 FletaA poetic reminiscence by Wallace’s grandfather on his father and childhood on the wild plains of Texas in the 1890’s, Father Said: is an important contribution both to American folk history and to the literature for voice and classical guitar by a leading composer in the medium. It is a collaboration spanning three centuries: a powerful combination of the pioneer wisdom and wit of Wallace’s great-grandfather, pioneer Joel Sylvanus Wallace (b. c.1845), as remembered in both the elegant poetry of grandfather Frank C. Wallace (b. Chico, Texas, 1888) and the compelling composition of the grandson (Frank A Wallace, b. Houston, 1952).
GARGOYLES CD - a previewGARGOYLES CD for sale at http://gyremusic.com/products/gargoyles-cd/ New Works for mandolin by Frank Wallace Written for and Performed by Mare Duo & Friends of Düsseldorf, Germany Thanks to Mike Marshall, Hubert Käppel and Marga Wilden-Hüsgen for their comments in this video. Gyre Music announces GARGOYLES, a CD released May 15, 2014, with music of Frank Wallace written for and performed by Mare Duo & Friends of Dusseldorf, Germany. This sixth Gyre CD of Wallace's works features compositions for various mandolin ensembles as well as solos for virtuoso mandolinist Annika Hinsche and her equally talented husband, guitarist Fabian Hinsche, together Mare Duo. Wallace says, "Listening to Mare Duo in 2008 in the beautiful acoustics of Gordon Chapel in Boston, I was stunned at the beauty and lyrical nature of the mandolin." Thus ensued a marvelous collaboration which has produced over an hour of music, much of it presented here in debut recordings for duo, trio, quartet and quintet. Performers: Annika Hinsche, mandolin I; Fabian Hinsche, guitar; Anne Wolf, mandolin II; Kristina Lisner, mandola; Melanie Hunger, mandolin II; Thomas Kolarczyk, contra bass More information and photos at http://gyremusic.com/products/gargoyles-cd/ Frank Wallace editions are published by Gyre Music at www.gyremusic.com.
A Heavy Sleep | Wallace plays Hauser ICD and sheet music at: http://gyremusic.com/products/a-heavy-sleep/. I wrote A Heavy Sleep for the German guitarist Detlev Bork on the occasion of Benjamin Britten's 100th anniversary. It is on my recent recording called Elemental made on a guitar by Hermann Hauser 1931. recorded with Schoepps and Neumann mics Hillsborough Center Congregational Church, Hillsborough NH 9/23/14 still photography by Nancy Knowles performance and music copyright Frank Wallace www.frankwallace.com Frank Wallace editions are published by Gyre Music at www.gyremusic.com.
Selections from Bestiary - Duo LiveOakFrank Wallace editions are published by Gyre Music at www.gyremusic.com. The performance was Aporil 11, 2008 at Cal State Fullerton. Bestiary was conceived as a light, comic moment to end our concerts with. The texts are tongue-in-cheek commentaries on the lifestyles and characteristics of animals by Theodore Roethke and Nancy Knowles. You will hear a touch of Broadway from the Bear, bluesy dissonance from the Snake and wild rhythms and wailing cries from the Serpent. "Duo Live Oak...presented an exquisite program of their own music including Bestiary, a set of pieces built around poems by Theodore Roethke. These are lovely pieces with just the merest astringency of modernist tonalities." Mark Greenberg on the First Skidmore College Guitar Festival, October 29, 2005 Video by Bob Minor.
Film Scores I | Rain in VT & Sweet Betrayal | Frank Wallace | M Ramirez 1910Film Scores is a collection of 11 short preludes written for friends of Frank and inspired by videos produced by his son Adam Wallace. These two are for: IX. Rain in VT for Dieter Hennings X. Sweet Betrayal for Rafael Elizondo
Kaleidos plays Tom-tom, pourquoiThe Hartt School of Music Guitar Dept. celebrated its 50th Anniversary on April 12, 2014 with the world premiere of Frank Wallace's As It Could Be, an eight movement chamber suite with: Phenix Trio - Richard Provost, guitar; Rita Porfiris, viola; Anton Miller violin; Pandora Duo - Janet Arms flute, Christopher Ladd guitar; Alturas Duo - Scott Hill guitar, Carlos Boltes, viola; Kaleidos - Yovianna Garcia, guitar, Sayun Chang, percussion; New England Guitar Quartet - Christopher Ladd, Dan Hartington, Nick Cutroneo, Jeremy Milligan.
Film Scores IV | On Seine and Anoushka | Wallace | Fleta 1964These works are from Film Scores, a set of 11 short preludes hoping to find a home with video productions. II. On Seine for Adam Wallace III. Anoushka for Bob Ward
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Videos on YouTube (most recent first):
Romanza by Mertz | Hauser 1941
Amanda’s Dance by Frank Wallace | Hauser 1941