Back to the ranch : George W's farewell dance
by Paul Cutlan (2009)
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The work resulted from a desire to experiment with odd time signatures within a jazz-swing idiom. The results had an awkward, jolting effect which could be exploited to suggest humour and confusion. The stumbling rhythms and disorienting texture resulting from phased rhythms suggested parallels with the well-documented characteristics of past U.S. president George W. Bush. The composition developed into the idea of a parody country blues, with variations representing various character traits, figures of speech and movements of the president in a light-hearted satire.
The political theme is developed further with the eventual introduction of a contrasting melody evoking the optimism inspired by the incoming president, Barack Obama, using the contrasting archetypical treatment of a gospel-choir setting. This theme is derived from the same material as the country blues, pointing perhaps to a certain irony inherent in the political process.
Instrumentation: Saxophone Quartet - soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxes.
Duration: 8 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Rhythmic: changing time-signatures and polyrhythms.
The composer notes the following styles/influences on this work:
jazz, improvised, political themes, swing, clusters, humour, Cowboy music, blues, Gospel music, distortion, looping, metrical modulation, parody
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