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4 Chair legs

composer
premiered in February 2007

 
In New York City, one of my freelance gigs is that of a modern dance accompanist. As such, I spend a lot of time improvising at the piano, and working with dancers. When the Lunar Saxophone Quartet asked me to compose this work, I stumbled upon the idea of creating a very modern version of the historic dance suite. Each movement started off from the idea of a classic dance form: The Waltz, The Tango, The Tarantella, and The Polka. From those starting points I simply let my imagination run free, abstracting and reconceiving these dances in wholly new ways. In doing so, my mind naturally wandered to a favourite Huxley quote from The Doors of Perception about seeing old things in entirely new ways; hence the title. Anyhow, as with many of my works, more important than anything else this piece is about having a raucous good time while dancing the night away. Enjoy.

from notes by Eric Schwartz © 2010

Recordings

Flux
SIGCD227Download only

Details

No 1: La valse
No 2: Lithium tango
No 3: Tarantella d'amore
No 4: But these chair legs were St Michaels and all angels

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