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Michael Gordon

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Paint It Black (1988),
Publisher
Red Poppy
Category
Solo Works (excluding keyboard)
Year Composed
1988
Duration
11 Minutes
Orchestration
Availability
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Programme Note
Michael Gordon Paint It Black (1988),

Composer note:
I met Robert Black at a music festival in Buffalo, New York, in 1985, where I heard him play for the first time. I realized then that there was a lot more to the double bass than bass. When he asked me to write a piece for solo bass, I wanted to take advantage of the very long strings, the very high notes and the very low notes –– all at the same time. I tried to expand the idea of a solo bass piece: Could the bass play bass to itself? At a syncopated speed? In Paint It Black, I tried to make the bass sound like two instruments. I called the piece Paint It Black as a tribute to Robert.

––Michael Gordon

Paint It Black was commissioned by the Minnesota Composers Forum.

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