Mark Wade's YouTube Videos

"Hoe Down" from Rodeo for Hammered Dulcimer & Orchestra

Aaron Copland used two traditional fiddle tunes in a medley for this hoe down: "Bonaparte's Retreat" and "Miss McLeod's Reel." Reknowned fiddler, Alex De Pue, arranged the same fiddle tune medley with a bit more twang. We performed this at my church around the year 2000 with piano and bass. Since then, both Alex and I have gone on to record these fiddle tunes. In 2014, I used Alex's road map for the tunes and orchestrated parts for the full orchestra that you see here. This is my 3rd performance of the piece and it is always a treat to perform. Be sure to check out Alex DePue's version: https://www.reverbnation.com/alexdepue/song/28086417-hoedown And my version at http://markalanwade.com/albums/album0008.asp

Streams of Mercy: A Hymnsong Medley for Dulcimer and Orchestra

This hymnsong medley was composed by Mark Alan Wade, National Hammered Dulcimer Champion for the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Orchestra. The piece begins with foreshadowing fragments of "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing" interrupted by flurries of dulcimer arpeggios like the wind scattering leaves. The full hymn follows led by the soloist while woodwinds evoke imagery an Irish countryside. A brief canonic interlude builds the full orchestras grand final statement of the hymn. The dulcimer then introduces the second theme, "I Will Arise and Go to Jesus." This haunting minor tune builds in intensity, culminating in an Irish slip jig on the same hymnsong. The final hymn vignette presents the hymn, "Be Thou My Vision," sparsely accompanied by the orchestra. The woodwind "birds" call out in the distance as the pieces draws to a close.

Le Coucou, by Claude Daquin

This fun little baroque harpsichord piece is performed here by National Hammered Dulcimer Champion, Dr. Mark Alan Wade. In his own original transcription and arrangement, the original harpsichord melody is played on the dulcimer, with interjecting "coucous" from the orchestra. You can almost see the frustrated coucou bird trapped in his coucou clock home. The sheet music for solo hammered dulcimer is available at www.MarkAlanWade.com. Click the subscribe button for more videos like this!

III. Allegro, from Concerto for Lute, by Antonio Vivaldi

This concerto was originally written for lute solo with string orchestra. National Hammered Dulcimer Champion, Mark Alan Wade, performs his original adaptation for dulcimer and orchestra with the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Orchestra. The sheet music for this arrangement is available at MarkAlanWade.com. Thanks for watching!

II. Largo, from Concerto for Lute, by Antonio Vivaldi

This concerto was originally written for lute solo with string orchestra. National Hammered Dulcimer Champion, Mark Alan Wade, performs his original adaptation for dulcimer and orchestra with the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Orchestra. The sheet music for this arrangement is available at MarkAlanWade.com. Thanks for watching!

I. Allegro, from Concerto for Lute, by A. Vivaldi

This concerto was originally written for lute with string orchestra. National Hammered Dulcimer Champion, Dr. Mark Alan Wade, performs his original transcription for dulcimer and orchestra with the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Orchestra. The sheet music for this arrangement is available at www.markalanwade.com

Streams of Mercy for Solo Hammered Dulcimer and Orchestra

Note: Thanks for watching my practice session/demo video for my new piece! In this video I am playing my dulcimer live with the music notation software's synthesized rendering of the piece. It's not the same as playing with a real orchestra, but it's close. To hear the REAL thing, come hear the debut performance on Sunday, 9/3/17 at 7PM at Tuscora Park in New Philadelphia, OH! www.MarkAlanWade.com PROGRAM NOTES: This hymnsong medley was composed by Mark Alan Wade, National Hammered Dulcimer Champion for the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Orchestra. The piece begins with foreshadowing fragments of "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing" interrupted by flurries of dulcimer arpeggios like the wind scattering leaves. The full hymn follows led by the soloist while woodwinds evoke imagery an Irish countryside. A brief canonic interlude builds the full orchestras grand final statement of the hymn. The dulcimer then introduces the second theme, "I Will Arise and Go to Jesus." This haunting minor tune builds in intensity, culminating in an Irish slip jig on the same hymnsong. The final hymn vignette presents the hymn, "Be Thou My Vision," sparsely accompanied by the orchestra. The woodwind "birds" call out in the distance as the pieces draws to a close.

Evart Greek Song

This is the simple little tune I taught for the Beginner's Only workshop at Evart 2017. As promised, here is a little video of me playing it and talking you through it.

Buon Giorno Principessa

Intro Ideas

From Dulcimer Academy Workshop 2017

Spanish Two-Step Workshop

Coshocton Dulcimer Days Festival 2017 Mark Alan Wade

Star Spangled Banner

Memorial Day 2017 Trying out a new app with an impromptu duet with myself. Thanks to all who serve our great country!

III Allegro, Concerto for 2 Mandolins

This is the last movement of this concerto. Unfortunately, my video camera ran out of batteries so I only have the audio. I threw together a slide show of press photos and various pictures from my performances in Austria, Taiwan, and Slovakia so you'll have something to look at. My apologies! I hope you enjoy the music nonetheless. --Mark

II. Andante, Concerto for Two Mandolins

This is the beautiful second movement from Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Mandolins in G Major. This setting is arranged by Mark Alan Wade for Mandolin and Hammered Dulcimer. The soloists featured are: Dr. Andy Carlson, mandolin, and Dr. Mark Alan Wade, hammered dulcimer. This is a live performance at Denison University from April, 2011. Mark is playing a Cloud Nine 17/16/8 hammered dulcimer built by Michael C. Allen in 2001. For dulcimer CDs, books, sheet music and videos, please visit my website: www.markalanwade.com Thanks for watching!

I Allegro, Concerto for 2 Mandolins

Originally written by Vivaldi for two mandolins, strings and continuo, this concerto works equally well on hammered dulcimer. Mark Alan Wade, National Hammered Dulcimer Champion, has arranged this for mandolin and dulcimer. This video was recorded with a student orchestra, but Mark has performed this with other professional orchestras, including the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra. Sadly, the 3rd movement did not get on video; however, I will post the audio with a slide-show in the near future so you can hear how it goes. If you like it, please give us a thumbs up and share it. I have many more videos on this channel and on my website, along with the sheet music for most of it. Check it out here: markalanwade.com