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Freaky Dancer

For Vibraphone and Guitar Quartet


7 Minutes

Freaky DancerJoe Duddell
00:00 / 06:29

COMMISSIONED BY  |  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

PROGRAMME NOTE  |  A colleague once said that every composer who has a child writes a piece about toys at some stage so I'm only too glad to support his theory.  Freaky Dancer is about an imaginary toy that behaves normally when on but then perhaps has a life of its own once it is switched off or closed.  So in the opening of the piece (tempo I) the players imitate a music box ballerina, which then in tempo II starts to have a bit of fun.  The piece alternates between these two tempi throughout as if one is tempted to lift the box just to check nothing untoward is occurring.  Maybe it is...


World Premiere 


Venue  |  Freud Playhouse, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA

Performers  |  LA Guitar Quartet; Colin Currie, percussion



Venue  |  Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Boston, USA

Performers  |  LA Guitar Quartet; Colin Currie, percussion


National Premiere


Venue  |  Museo de Antropologia de Xalapa, Xalapa, Mexico

Conductor  |  Gustavo Castro

Performers  |  Orquesta de Guitarras de la FMUV / Eduardo Téllez Alonzo, vibraphone

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