During the summer of 2020 I decided to create a mandolin orchestra version of a tune I had written a few years earlier, "Halfway Home." This arrangement is the result.
In 2013 I was encouraged by Jim Bates, my old friend and former conductor of the Louisville Mandolin Orchestra, to create a couple of arrangements for mandolins 1 and 2, guitar, cello and bass that might appeal to members of the American String Teachers Association who might be looking for ways to use mandolins and guitars with their string orchestras. I picked "Halfway Home" as a candidate and created the arrangement.
Last week I was reminded of this piece while doing some maintenance work on my Mandotopia website and spent some time converting the existing arrangement into a mandolin orchestra piece. In the process I changed quite a bit of the earlier version and added several improvements. I think the result is likely to be a fun, and not too difficult, piece for mandolin orchestras to explore.
I have decided to make PDF copies of the score and parts for Halfway Home freely available for download here under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Generic License linked below. Feel free to make as many copies of the score and parts as are necessary for your orchestra.
If you find Halfway Home to be a good addition to your repertoire and you feel inclined to make a donation in support of my work you can use the PayPal Donation button below. Again, this is not required, I just hope that you enjoy the music. I would, however, love to hear about any performances of the piece. PDF copies of concert programs are especially appreciated.
Halfway Home Score
Halfway Home Parts
Halfway Home Computer recording
Published by Rosie and Earl Music (ASCAP)
John Goodin, June 22, 2020
Created on June 22, 2020