Dance Suite No.1 (1977)
for Piano Solo
3.  Treadmill
(6:59)
 

 

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In 1977 I started an improvisatory ensemble.  It was modeled after some of the then current jazz ensembles, except it did not have a drummer.  Our "solo" sections turned into group free improvisation segments, piquing my interest in free improvisation, a trait which has continued ever since.  For the ensemble, I wrote several tunes.  During the summer, I used these tunes to create several piano pieces.  I orchestrated the first two suites.  "Treadmill" and "Voodoo Woman" were performed, but my impression was that I had made some miscalculations and the orchestrations were too busy.  Treadmill for orchestra was retained, but I did not pursue performance of any of the others.

"Treadmill" is a pretty standard reaction to the working world, especially after the idealism of the sixties.  One interesting aspect of this particular piece is that the actual "tune" that I used here appears at the end of the piece instead of near the beginning.  It is an arrival point which melts back into the same old grind.