grind show (unplugged)


by Tansy Davies

Chamber ensemble of 5 players
Mixed Chamber Ensemble
Instrumentation - pno (prepared) - vln.vlc
First Performance
16.2.08, Turner Sims Hall, Southampton: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

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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. (Tansy Davies)

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