Drunken Hiccups - 2019
for violin + electronics, ca. 10'00"
Composed for Miranda Cuckson in 2019, this piece is based on a recording made by American fiddle legend Tommy Jarrell of a tune he calls The Drunken Hiccups. My work of the same name focusses on several key features of the Appalachian fiddling style, such as slides, scratches, and squeals, which are presented here as fragmented and isolated musical events. These events use The Drunken Hiccups, as performed by Jarrell as a scaffold, and retain varying degrees of the original pitch, and rhythmic materials in their unorthodox exploration of these various idiomatic techniques.
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Miranda Cuckson, violin