In May, 2003, I was fortunate enough to play alongside top British mandolinist, Alison Stephens, who achieved international recognition by providing the soundtrack for the movie Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Ali has recorded for Chandos, and other leading CD companies, and returned here to Plymouth in September, where she gave a solo recital in the City Museum Lunchtime Series. For the occasion, I wrote her a little number entitled Ali’s Jazzarello!.
Ali since asked me to write two companion pieces to Jazzarello, and these are now all published by Astute Music, both for solo mandolin, and mandolin duo. I have now arranged all three pieces for piano solo.
The third of the three, The Mando-Rag, is basically a ragtime dance, but makes use of the mandolin’s characteristic tremolo effect. Rhythmically I have tried to put in a little ’mediterranean’ feel at times.
Sadly, Ali passed away prematurely in 2010, at the age of 40. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her, or had heard her play.