By Led Zeppelin/arr. Haimovitz & Woolf | Arranged for Four Cellos | 8′
Composer: Led Zeppelin
Arranger: Matt Haimovitz & Luna Pearl Woolf
Year Composed: 1975/2005
Instrumentation: For Four Cellos
Format: Performance Set: Full Score + 4 Parts
Page Size: Letter
Catalog Number: OM0202
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From the composer:
On tour in 1975 in the scorching heat of the Sahara desert the members of Led Zeppelin were dreaming, or otherwise hallucinating, about a far-off land with equally ambiguous borders: Kashmir, the long-disputed region between Pakistan and India. The pentatonic melody of Plant’s vocal line may have little to do with the music of Kashmir, but the six-note scale with an Eastern-sounding augmented second recalls certain Turkish modes. Whatever the derivation, they were going for something exotically lyrical. Led Zeppelin and fans loved this song: the band played it in every one of their live concerts after its composition. Thirty years later, our arrangement for four cellos, a border-crossing of another sort, was made for the newly formed, UCCELLO. All of the effects – drumming, electric guitar, horn, string parts, and, of course, Robert Plant’s voice – are achieved acoustically by the four cellos.
Commission/Dedication: To UCELLO
Premiere: First performed February 18, 2005 at the Yellow Door in Montreal, Quebec by Matt Haimovitz and UCELLO.
Recording: This piece is recorded on Oxingale Records’ Goulash!, and on PENTATONE Oxingale Series‘ Cello ROCK.