Spring Cleaning: Time, a song cycle

Today’s selection finds Greg getting down with his bad classical self. Time is a song cycle for soprano, guitar and cello using the poems of Emily Dickinson.

In the last of the three movements, you’ll notice an odd percussive sound coming from the guitar and cello. I got the idea from a song called “Land of the Glass Pinecones” in which the guitarist hit his strings with a drum stick. (Actually, when I saw it live, he did it with a beer bottle.) My composition teacher told me that no string player would ever hit their strings with a drum stick, chopstick or beer bottle. It took a little convincing, but I got them to do it (with pencils, if I remember correctly), and it sounded pretty cool.

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