Compositions

Chris Acquavella is a composer of new works for various ensemble settings, including mandolin and mandolin orchestra. He studied composition at Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music and Dance, under the tuition of contemporary artist, Andrew Poppy. He tries to incorporate various passions of music into his brand of classical form. Chris’ main influence is American minimalism and early American avant garde. His favorite composers are Max Richter, John Cage, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Andrew Poppy and David Lang. Many of Acquavella’s compositions have an element of minimalism to them. However, Chris is not purely a minimalist composer. He is also influenced by Eastern European folk music, American folk music, and popular music styles such as Rockabilly, Hardcore and Progressive Rock.

Chris Acquavella is currently published by Joachim-Trekel-Musikverlag, Hamburg and Astute Music, Ltd. Some of his most popular compositions are Imardin for solo mandolin (T6457), 2014 for solo mandolin (T6629), Journey to Pazardzhik for baroque mandolino (T6568), Wishes for two mandolins (am514-28) and Yutuma for zupforchester (R9430).

Here is a list of published and not yet published works by Chris Acquavella. Please email Chris directly if you are interested in performing any of the unpublished works. Score and Parts can be made available upon request. For published works please purchase from your local retailer or from the publishing house directly.

LIST OF COMPOSITIONS

SOLO:

  • Imardin, for solo mandolin – published in 2012; Joachim-Trekel-Musikverlag, Hamburg – (T6457) – audio, video
  • 2014, for solo mandolin – published in 2015; Joachim-Trekel-Musikverlag, Hamburg – (T6629) – video
  • Journey for Pazardzhik, for baroque mandolino – published in 2014; Joachim-Trekel-Musikverlag, Hamburg – (T6568) – audio
  • El Diablo Come Burritos, for baroque mandolino – composed 2012; unpublished
  • Mando Phase, for solo mandolin & prepared tape or looping station – composed 2006 – unpublished – audio
  • Etude No. 2 “Liam’s Lullaby” – composed 2006/edited 2015; unpublished
  • Etude No. 3 “F.U.C.A” – composed 2006-2013; unpublished
  • Etude No. 5 “Serenade” – composed for Alison Stephens, 2006; unpublished
  • Jackson Pollock, for solo mandolin & prepared tape – composed 2016; unpublished
  • Look Into My Soul, for solo mandolin – composed 2014; unpublished
  • Dreaming of San Diego, for solo mandolin – composed 2005/2016; unpublished
  • Melody #1 for solo harp – composed 2015; unpublished – audio
  • Melody #2 for solo mandolin – composed 2015; unpublished
  • Melody #3 for toy piano – composed 2015; unpublished – audio

DUETS:

  • Wishes, for 2 mandolins – published 2015; Astute Music, Ltd., UK – (am514-28) – video
  • Music on Route, (Departure, Freedom to Travel), for mandolin & guitar – published 2012; Joachim-Trekel-Musikverlag, Hamburg – (T6458) – audio
  • Aki-no-kure “Autumn Nightfall” – composed for Mare Duo, 2013; premiered by Mare Duo, 2015; published by Joachim-Trekel-Musikverlag, Hamburg – (T6631)
  • My Pint is Half Full, for 2 mandolins, dedicated to Fabio Gallucci – composed 2016; unpublished
  • Walking the Streets of Amsterdam, for 2 mandolins – composed 2016; unpublished
  • Beckett’s Reel (celtic lead sheet) – composed 1999/2000; unpublished – audio
  • Connor Pass (celtic lead sheet) – composed 1999; unpublished
  • Wisdom of John O’Daly (celtic lead sheet) – composed 2002; unpublished
  • Melody #1 – arranged for mandolin & mandola (OM) 2016; unpublished
  • Radio Chatter for mandolin, mandola (OM) and AM radio – composed 2006-2016; unpublished
  • SE10 “The Rushstick Charmers”, for mandolin and mandocello – composed for Mike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg, 2011; arranged for mandolin/guitar, 2012 and mandolin/mandola (OM) 2013; unpublished – video
  • Slowly Dripping Away, for violin (mandolin), cello and prepared tape – composed 2005; unpublished – audio
  • Sonata for Mandolin & Toy Piano, composed 2015-current; unpublished
  • Final Goodbye, for mandolin and guitar (mandola) – composed 2008 – current; unpublished

Ensemble (3 or more instruments):

  • Harusame “Spring-rain”,  for voice, mandolin, guitar, oboe, clarinet in Bb, violin, cello, bass & percussion – composed 2006; premiered by Dzveli He (San Diego, CA); unpublished
  • Mtarija, for voice, mandolin, guitar, oboe, clarinet in Bb, violin, cello, bass & percussion – composed 2007; premiered by Dzveli He (San Diego, CA); unpublished
  • String Quartet No. 1 – composed 2005; deleted work – theme reused for different piece
  • String Quartet No. 2 “The Purge”, composed 2006; unpublished
  • Card Quartet, for a deck of cards and 4 players – composed 2003; unpublished
  • Separation, for voice, mandolin, guitar, oboe, clarinet in Bb, violin, cello, bass & percussion – composed 2005/2006; premiered by Izbuha (London, UK); unpublished
  • Visions, for voice, mandolin, guitar, oboe, clarinet in Bb, violin, cello, bass & percussion – composed 2005/2006; premiered by Izbuha (London, UK); unpublished
  • Yutuma, for voice, mandolin, guitar, oboe, clarinet in Bb, violin, cello, bass & percussion – composed 2006; premiered by Dzveli He (San Diego, CA); unpublished 

MANDOLIN ORCHESTRA (zupforchester):

  • Four Melodies, for zupforchester – composed 2015/2016; unpublished. Written for the Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra’s “Call For Scores”.
  • Yutuma, for zupforchester – published in 2014; Joachim-Trekel-Musikverlag, Hamburg – (R9430), premiered by New American Mandolin Ensemble, 2014 – video
  • Harusame “Spring-rain”, for voice and mandolin orchestra – composed 2011; unpublished, premiered by JuZO NRW, conducted by Annika Hinsche, 2014 – audio
  • Look Into My Soul, for solo mandolin and mandolin orchestra – composed 2014/2015; premiered by Chris Acquavella & Seattle Mandolin Orchestra, 2015 – audio

ELECTRONIC MUSIC:

  • Fire of Notre Dame, for sampled sounds and various processors, composed 2002/2003; unpublished – audio

POPULAR (nonclassical) MUSIC:

  • Harley Moose Hunting, recorded by The Diplomats (surf/psychobilly); released as 7″ single – 1996, Why Distro – audio
  • The Cove, recorded by The Diplomats (surf/psychobilly); released as 7″ single – 1996, Why Distro – audio
  • Diplomat Cruisin’, recorded by The Diplomats (surf/psychobilly); performed but never released – audio
  • Relight – Born Blind (lyrics by Judd Morgan), from Pressing On, Facedown Records, 1999
  • Pressing On – Born Blind (lyrics by Judd Morgan), from Pressing On, Facedown Records, 1999
  • Trapped – Born Blind (lyrics by Judd Morgan), from Pressing On, Facedown Records, 1999
  • Comfort Zone – Born Blind (lyrics by Judd Morgan), from Pressing On, Facedown Records, 1999
  • You Say – Born Blind (lyrics by Judd Morgan), from Pressing On, Facedown Records, 1999
  • Saved – Born Blind (lyrics by Judd Morgan), from Pressing On, Facedown Records, 1999
  • Blame Yourself – Born Blind (lyrics by Judd Morgan), from Pressing On, Facedown Records, 1999
  • Never Look Back – Born Blind (lyrics by Judd Morgan), from Pressing On, Facedown Records, 1999
  • Outcry – Born Blind (lyrics by Judd Morgan), from One For All, Solid State Records, 2000
  • Taken From Us – Born Blind (lyrics by Judd Morgan), from One For All, Solid State Records, 2000
  • One For All – Born Blind (lyrics by Judd Morgan), from One For All, Solid State Records, 2000
  • Nothing More, Nothing Less – Born Blind (lyrics by Judd Morgan), from One For All, Solid State Records, 2000
  • Crucify – Born Blind (lyrics by Judd Morgan), from One For All, Solid State Records, 2000
  • Dead Hands – Born Blind (lyrics by Judd Morgan), from One For All, Solid State Records, 2000
  • Tired of Your Opinions – Born Blind (lyrics by Judd Morgan), from One For All, Solid State Records, 2000
  • Look into the Soul – Born Blind (lyrics by Judd Morgan), from One For All, Solid State Records, 2000
  • No Complaints – Born Blind (lyrics by Judd Morgan), from One For All, Solid State Records, 2000
  • Hold On – Born Blind (lyrics by Judd Morgan), from One For All, Solid State Records, 2000