grind show (electric)

(2007)

by Tansy Davies

Description
chamber ensemble of 5 players plus electronics
Duration
6
Genres
Mixed Chamber Ensemble
Instrumentation
fl.cl - pno (prepared & processed) - vln.vlc - sampler/electronics
Commission
Commissioned by Integra for Bit20
First Performance
15.9.07, USF Verftet, Bergen, Norway: Bit20, Halldis Ronning
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Programme Notes
Grind Show is a superimposition of two scenes: the foreground in a bawdy dance hall, and the background a rainy landscape at night. The acoustic instruments play out a drama with a dialogue of irregular dances, while the electronics depict a sinister outside world. While composing grind show I saw a painting by Goya: ‘The St Isidore Pilgrimage’, which shows a crowd of debauched and frightened revelers appearing to flee across the hills from a distant town. It’s painted over an earlier landscape on which, in turn, the figures were superimposed.

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