This One for John

for many voices and two amplified acoustic guitars

Vic Hoyland

Logged-in user discounts applied
Log in to get discounts (now or at checkout)
Ask us about multi-copy choral discounts

£5.49£8.99

for many voices and two amplified acoustic guitars

£8.99
£5.49
Ask about this work
Composer Vic Hoyland
ISMN

9790900236227

Composer

Year of Composition

Instrumentation

,

Categories (all composers) ,
Catalogue ID ce-vh1tofj1

Notes

After the first performance of ES, Cage told me he couldn’t hear the repetitions in my work. A long discussion ensued. ES is made out entirely of tiny obvious repetitions and drifting mobiles. He spoke about the covered way at York University and its vertical metal, grey poles and how he enjoyed the tedium of the repeating physical distance between these poles, so:

I chose to write this gift for him as a gentle rebuke. There can be no doubt about the repetitions in this one; it is set out like a piece of Furniture Music by Satie. Those one page pieces were acquired by Cage at a salesroom in Paris, after Erik Satie‘s death.

A Spanish folk song tells of a very old horse (I think John was in his 70s by then) which was lashed to a rotating tread mill wheel, which ground corn. The horse goes round and round, dragging this wheel until it drops dead. It is a rather beautiful, sad song.