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Michael Gordon

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Industry (1992)
Work Notes
The cello is amplified and processed by a distortion unit. The score has detailed instructions on the equipment needed.
Publisher
Red Poppy
Category
Solo Works (excluding keyboard)
Year Composed
1992
Duration
11 Minutes
Orchestration
Availability
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Programme Note
Michael Gordon Industry (1992)

Composer note:
When I wrote Industry in 1993, I was thinking about the Industrial Revolution, technology, how instruments are tools and how Industry has crept up on us and is all of a sudden overwhelming. I had this vision of a 100-foot cello made out of steel suspended from the sky, a cello the size of a football field, and, in the piece, the cello becomes a hugely distorted sound.

I wrote this piece for Maya Beyser, and it was an incredible process. I would fax her the music and she'd play it to me over the phone. We did this maybe ten times, trying things out. She was constantly teaching me about the cello, and I was making her play things that were really awkward and dark.

—Michael Gordon

  • Ensemble
    Bang on a Can
    Cantaloupe:
  • Soloist(s)
    Madeleine Shapiro (Cello)
    Albany Records:
Performances
Date
Title
  • 31 MAR 2017
    Hamburg, Germany
    Ensemble Resonanz
    Saerom Park, Cello; Evan Ziporyn, conductor
  • 02 FEB 2017
    Jakarta, Indonesia
    Ensemble Resonanz

    Other Dates:
    4 February - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    7 February - Singapore, Republic of Singapore
    9 February - Manila, Philippines
    11 February - Bangkok, Thailand
    13 February - Hanoi, Vietnam
  • 17 JAN 2011
    Ecstatic Music Festival
    Merkin Hall, NYC
    Ashley Bathgate
  • 07 MAY 2010
    Augsburg, Germany
    Zukunftsmusik Augsburg
  • 29 OCT 2009
    New York, NY
    Le Poisson Rouge
    Maya Beiser
  • 29 OCT 2009
    New York, NY
    Le Poisson Rouge
    Maya Beiser, cello
  • 11 FEB 2009
    Helsinki, Finland
    Musica nova Helsinki
    Juho Laitinen

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