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Sleepless Autumn Night Harvests a 'Crazy' Rock Original

Magazine article Strings

Sleepless Autumn Night Harvests a 'Crazy' Rock Original

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I WAS SLEEPLESS IN PASADENA, October 2007, and had been composing all day. Suddenly a new melody came as I tried to sleep. I ignored it at first but it wouldn't leave. A minute later I tiptoed to my desk. "Crazy," I thought. Sleepy in nature, but with the energy of sleeplessness in the middle, this piece takes on two main motifs: a country-western style legato verse and a fun rock 'n' roll chorus. The form is pop in nature with verse/chorus structure, but hinting at a dominant that is never fully realized. Perhaps I was still dreaming.

The verses (mm. 1-14, for example) should be played with a light bow in all voices, (see music, pp. 34-35) including the "country-western"' gliss (mm. 1-2), violin trills (m. 6), first violin's relaxed melody (mm. 7-14), the octave-framed staccatos of the viola, and the quirky rhythms of the second violin (m. 7). The mood is dreamy, but quirky, like a country dialogue - a bit "twangy" in the first violin.

The pre-chorus (mm. 15-22) and chorus (mm. 23-32) are intense and excited in nature, although the tempo remains the same, and should be performed in all voices with a heavier bow, louder dynamics, and toward the frog. Playing marcato- - especially in the lower voices - helps create more of the desired rock 'n' roll style. This includes the violins' 16th-note melody, rock 'n' roll articulated "slides" (m. 28), and percussive articulations in the viola and cello (mm. 23-29). These sections should provide a healthy contrast and some grit, as compared to the verses. …

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