Pedal-to-the-Metal from Motor City Triptych (2000)
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  • Pedal-to-the-Metal


Boosey and Hawkes, Hendon Music (BMI)

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World Premiere

Program Note

Pedal-to-the-Metal is music in motion, where I put the performer and the listener in the driver's seat. The movement is a high-speed drive along Highway 12 (Michigan Avenue) in Detroit, the automobile capital of the world. Built in the 1930's, this two-lane road runs from downtown Detroit, through adjoining suburbs such as Dearborn, to the Big Three automotive plants of Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. 

In Pedal-to-the-Metal I create a musical landscape for a journey that takes us along never-ending neon signs, billboards, night clubs, 1950s motor inns, diners, bars, Middle Eastern restaurants and cafes, antique shops, used car lots, and gas stations. I frame and re-frame imaginary sounds from these worlds, as they pass by in fragmented orchestrations, melodies, and counterpoints. I alternate between featuring the percussion and string sections, to suggest the movement of cars from the factory assembly line to the highway's double lane.

                                                                                                          --Michael Daugherty



For more information on Michael Daugherty' music visit:
Boosey & Hawkes
Peermusic Classical
Faber Music
American Composers Forum
Michael Daugherty Music