FOUR LITTLE DANCES
Autor: Raffaele Calace
Edición: Alison Stephens
Para: Mandolina y guitarra
Gaiété (Mazurka), op.13, No.1
Primo Premio (Valzer), op.13, No.2
Papillons (Polka), op.13, No.3
Jeunesse (Mazurka), op.13, No.4
Calace wrote over 170 pieces for mandolin altogether ranging in difficulty from surprisingly easy Waltzes (also published by Astute: am514-09) through to his two large-scale and challenging Concerti. Much of his music is whimsical, charming and, occasionally, frivolous; but he also wrote many emotionally charged pieces of some substance.
These are Calace’s earliest known pieces written specifically for Mandolin and Guitar. Unusually he has labelled all four of them “op.13”, which suggests that he intended them to go together as some sort of set or suite. They are all types of popular dance form (Two Mazurkas, a Waltz and a Polka). These pieces are perfect for the Lower Intermediate to Intermediate player to learn since they have a definite Calace flavour but without many of his usual technical challenges.
In essence, these are light, joyful, fun pieces typical of the era in which they were written.