Sonenberg - Tube Top

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This is a short concerto for electric guitar (featuring guitarist Jimmy Dority), choir and chamber orchestra. I love having an electric guitarist in the group alongside the more traditional, orchestral instruments. I recently acquired a beautiful small tube amplifier for my own guitar, and wrote this odd little concerto as a kind of celebration for tube circuitry. The choir’s text is drawn from the Wikipedia article on “Valve Amplifier” (with words culled almost at random, and sung electronically by the choir). At the climax of the piece, the text shifts to an uncredited 1928 New York Times article about the invention of a new kind of a vacuum tube, the UX 215, and its implications for improved volume and tone quality. The piece ends on an iconic and universally recognizable chord for guitar – a confirmation of the future heralded by that technological advance.
-Daniel Sonenberg


from E​.​P. #1, released December 23, 2012
Composed by Daniel Sonenberg
Daniel Sonenberg, Conductor
Jimmy Dority, Electric Guitar



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