Old MacDonald's yellow submarine : for toy piano, prepared piano and assorted bits
by Erik Griswold (2004)
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Performance by Margaret Leng Tan from the CD Works by Erik Griswold, Diana Blom, Mark Isaacs, Anthony Moles, Ros Bandt [and] Judy Bailey
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Old MacDonald's Yellow Submarine is an
exploration of sounds with which I've been fascinated since
childhood. Its varied sections range from nostalgic and wistful
to playful and cheeky, drawing on influences as diverse as John
Cage and John Lee Hooker.
Old Mac comprises six movements - On that farm, e-i-e-i-o, Pink Memories, Chooks! (Australian for "chickens"), Bicycle Lee Hooker, and Old MacDonald's Yellow Submarine - each using a different combination of instruments, including prepared piano, toy piano, wood blocks, and miniature music boxes. Knowing the skill and dedication of Margaret Leng Tan, I pushed the limits of toy instrumental virtuosity by asking her to coordinate a bicycle bell, bicycle horn, train whistle, and toy piano in Bicycle Lee Hooker, a right brain-left brain extravaganza.
I arrived at the title of the suite, a conjunction of Old MacDonald had a farm and Yellow Submarine, when I took the tines (or melody) of one music box and crossed them with the barrel (or rhythm) of another to produce the surprising hybrids heard in the sixth movement. (The third movement similarly combines the pitches of The Pink Panther with the rhythm of Memories).
Instrumentation: Soloist playing prepared piano, toy piano and percussion.
Duration: 16 min.
Contents note: On that farm - E-i-e-i-o -- Pink memories -- Chooks! -- Bicycle Lee Hooker -- Old Macdonald's yellow submarine.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Margaret Leng Tan
First performance: by Margaret Leng Tan — 13 Mar 15. San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
Selected as one of the 'Recommended Works' at the 2010 International Rostrum of Composers forum held in Lisbon.
Awards & Prizes
|2010||International Rostrum of Composers||Rcommended work||Erik Griswold for performance on 15 Aug 09|
Performances of this work
13 Mar 15: San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. Featuring Margaret Leng Tan.
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