By Jimi Hendrix/arr. by Matt Haimovitz | For Eight Cellos | 13′
Title: Machine Gun
Composer: Jimi Hendrix
Arranger: Matt Haimovitz
Year Composed: 1970/2007
Instrumentation: For Eight Cellos
Format: Full Score + 8 Parts
Page Size: Letter
Catalog Number: OM0801
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From the arranger:
Machine Gun, Jimi Hendrix’s protest song of 1970, with its epic guitar solo, resonates loudly today: “Machine gun/Tearing my body all apart/Evil man make me kill ya/Evil man make you kill me/…/Well I pick up my axe and fight like a bomber…” Hendrix served his country in the Vietnam War and survived to trade his machine gun for an electric guitar, coming home to make music that penetrated our collective psyche. In my arrangement of Machine Gun, you hear a band of cellos coming together to honor a musician who had the courage and talent to risk having his voice heard above the cacophony of war.