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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.
Red Poppy
Solo Works (excluding keyboard)
Year Composed
11 Minutes
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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
  • Soloist(s)
    Madeleine Shapiro (Cello)
    Albany Records:
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