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Assembly lines : a musical thought about schools, for 3-part treble voices, high-school band and pre-recorded soundtrack

by Chester Schultz (1985)

Work Overview

This piece uses found texts about high-school life & young people's observations & aspirations, interspersed with poetry by the composer. The music is shaped by the structure of a school day, interrupted by pre-recorded sounds of the school bells & sirens. Some sections are big-band-influenced, others more classical.

Work Details

Year: 1985

Instrumentation: Voices in 3 parts, 3 soloists, chamber group: 3 light melody instruments, guitar, percussion (claves, suspended cymbal, tambourine); Roland Juno-60 synthesizer; big-band: 2 heavy mid-range winds, 2 high brass, 2 low brass, drum kit, electric bass guitar; stereo tape recorder and copy of tape track; amplification. 

Duration: 11 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Dedication note: Dedicated to Debbie Niven and Norwood High School's Year 10 & 11 music elective students of 1985.

Commission note: Commissioned by Debbie Niven.

First performance: 20 Jul 85. "Norwood High School on Parade" revue

Words collected and written by the composer.

Performances of this work

20 Jul 85: "Norwood High School on Parade" revue

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