Published by
Project 440

David Moore

Email a Friend

Put Your Weight Into It

Performed by David Moore, piano; Becca Stevens, voice; Jean Rohe, voice; Myk Freedman, lapsteel; Jeremy Viner, clarinet; Patrick Breiner, clarinet; Greg Heffernan, cello; Leigh Stuart, cello; Jeff Ratner, contrabass; Mike Effenberger, tape delay.

The two pieces included here, Put Your Weight Into It and And Then It Rained, were written with a similar set of guiding principals. As with the majority of my output for the last few years, the instrumentation and orchestration remain relatively undefined. The songs give license to a bandleader far beyond that of a traditional score, defining parts by their range, not their instrument. In Put Your Weight Into It, the score specifies only three parts: rhythm, drone, and low. Each section contains guidelines for instrumentation, but the ensemble leader ultimately has the freedom to assemble the written material from an orchestration of his or her choosing.  Both of these pieces have been performed with equal effectiveness by a traditional chamber ensemble, a rock band, and an experimental electronic group. As with the vast majority of my compositions, both imperfect intonation and tasteful deviation from the written parts are strongly encouraged.

And Then It Rained

Performed by David Moore, piano; Becca Stevens, voice; Jean Rohe, voice; Myk Freedman, lapsteel; Jeremy Viner, clarinet; Patrick Breiner, clarinet; Greg Heffernan, cello; Leigh Stuart, cello; Jeff Ratner, contrabass; Mike Effenberger, tape delay.

This compositional structure was born out of necessity.  My large ensemble Bing and Ruth is the primary performer of these works.  The scheduling complications of keeping a band of 11 fantastic musicians together made it necessary for the compositions to be flexible enough to adapt to whatever instrumentation happened to be available. As I continued to write this way, I came to realize that by using this process, the pieces could be adapted not only to whomever happens to make a gig but to whatever group wishes to perform them.

As for the actual story and meaning behind these pieces, as always I prefer to let the listeners come to those conclusions on their own.