Dancing on a Wire

John Gibson

Year

1994


Instrumentation

saxophone (3), synthesizer (2), electric guitar (2), electric bass


Genre

Chamber Music


Premiere

Princeton, 1996: Composers' Ensemble at Princeton


Source

composer website;


Details

"I always liked the twangy, out-of-tune sound you can get on an electric guitar by playing the same note on different strings. In Dancing on a Wire I explore this sound while subjecting it to some intrusive neighbors: snarling saxes, clanging synthesizers, and a snapping bass guitar. I'm interested in how these aggressive sounds color the guitar drone, how they force it to submerge and allow it to resurface. Though I used to play guitar in rock bands, writing a score for electric instruments was new to me. I hope I haven't done too much to tame them."

- John Gibson (from: composer website)