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Frank Wallace

Antrim, NH         

Frank Wallace, composer, guitarist, baritone; b. November 22, 1952 —

American Record Guide calls Frank Wallace’s compositions “exciting, unpredictable, and fresh”. Fanfare magazine has dubbed him a composer with “an authentic expressive voice” and a “high standard of musical interest” who performs with “flawless technical proficiency”.  Frank Oteri of NewMusicBox.org calls it “contemporary musical emancipation”.  

Self-taught as a composer, Wallace’s style has influences from medieval to classical and jazz to avante-garde. The compelling melodies and rich accompaniments in his songs fluidly combine the disparate influences of his mentors from Dowland to Schubert to Britten. Wallace’s works showcase the classical guitar in solo, duo, ensemble works from 3-6 guitars, and in chamber works with voice, flute, cello, English horn, mandolin, and piano. Wallace has written works for ChromaDuo, Jugend Zupf Orchestra of Germany, Mare Duo, Edel Muñoz, Marek Pasiezcny, Olson / De Cari Duo, Providence Mandolin Orchestra and others.
Frank Wallace founded and directed for four years the Boston Classical Guitar Society’s Festival 21, celebrating all that is new in 21st century classical guitar.  In New York City Wallace founded and co-directed the Second Sundays Classical Guitar Series at Roger Smith Arts.  He has taught at the New England Conservatory, Plymouth State College, Emmanuel College, Keene State College and Franklin Pierce College and has a B.M. degree from San Francisco Conservatory.  

Wallace is a two-time winner of the NH Individual Fellowship Award (2001 and 2006). Wallace’s complete works and recordings are available at www.gyremusic.com, a site rich with information and samples of sheet music and audio.  “…a composer with a distinct voice…”—Soundboard

I. Fire – from The Elements by Frank Wallace

Fire is the first 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.

Thanks to Aaron Green for organizing the recording and for a great guitar; Nancy Knowles for film and photography; Neal Ward for recording. www.aarongreenguitars.com

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Ovejita: by Frank Wallace

Nancy Knowles, mezzo-soprano; Frank Wallace, guitar
Sample from Duo LiveOak’s CD – The Great Deep – released in November, 2010. Lyrics by Garcia Lorca – this song was written for a production of the House of Bernarda Alba by Sunil Swaroop at Emerson College in Spring 2010.

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Gryphon Sonata #1 for violin and guitar

World premiere performance by Christopher Ladd and Angelika Nielsen at Summartonar Festival in the Faroe Islands. Gryphon is dedicated to the memory of Nikos Kapnas, beloved violinist who adopted the Faroe Islands as his home in midlife. He was a majestic and powerful human being, adored by his students, colleagues, friends and family. My intention is for intense emotion and a full exploration of texture, range and dynamics from both instruments working as equals.

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