When the World’s on Fire

arranged for saxophone quartet

Richard Whalley

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arranged for saxophone quartet

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Composer Richard Whalley
Year of Composition 2019
Duration 3'45"
ISMN 9790570683345

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Catalogue ID ce-rw1wtwof1


This arrangement threads layers of material based on Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” and the Yardbirds “Shapes of Things” around repeating variants of the theme made famous when the Carter Family set words to it in their 1933 “When the World’s on Fire”. A variant of the theme was later used in Woody Guthrie’s more famous “This Land is Your Land”. I hope the message behind this interweaving of themes is clear.