IronWorks Percussion perform "A Cosby Sweater" by Axel Clarke. The IronWorks Duo gave the premiere ...
IronWorks Percussion perform "A Cosby Sweater" by Axel Clarke. The IronWorks Duo gave the premiere performance on October 12, 2008.
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A Cosby Sweater came from a series of compositional experiments. I was attempting to write a piece that involved a junkyard concept with various instruments lying around my studio and to interlace quasi-melodic patterns that are interjected by breaks. I also was forcing myself to write a piece that stays in one time signature. (If you consider 7/8 and 7/4 to be essentially the same then I succeeded!)
The title references the horrific sweaters Bill Cosby would wear on his TV show in the 80s. They were so colorful, garish, and over-the-top that you had to ask What was he thinking? I hope that is what the listener thinks when they hear this piece. —Axel Clarke