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Overgrown Towers : for solo electric guitar

by James Ledger (2021)

Overgrown Towers


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Overgrown Towers : for solo electric guitar / James Ledger.

Library shelf no. 787.87/LED 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

A recent documentary on the 1986 nuclear reactor disaster at Chernobyl showed how the city is now completely overgrown with trees and foliage. Whilst the Soviet-grey concrete, glass and metal are now in serious decay, plant life has flourished. Trees have taken root inside buildings sprouting up through the concrete floor making it difficult to tell where the town ends and wilderness begins.

Overgrown Towers for solo electric guitar starts out with a single pitch tolling like an alarm bell. It then contrasts angular, rhythmic material with much freer plaintive music - all as a single line. At the halfway point, the individual notes are replaced with fully-fledged chords. The single notes are now stacked to form vertical structures. The starkness is now overgrown with lush tones from the harmonically-rich overdriven electric guitar.

Work Details

Year: 2021

Instrumentation: Electric guitar.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Written for: Jon Fitzgerald

First performance: by Jon Fitzgerald — 19 Jan 22. Lyric Underground, Maylands WA

Performances of this work

19 Jan 22: Lyric Underground, Maylands WA. Featuring Jon Fitzgerald.

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