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About this minute

Title
Headless Horseman
Creator
Stephen Montague
Contributor
NMC Recordings
Year
2002
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30 Second Taster

Taster Minute #1

That was the sound of a piece called ‘Headless Horseman’, composed by Stephen Montague. What did you imagine when you listened – do you think the horseman was friendly or frightening?

The piece had a fast, regular rhythm, but every now and again, it would skip a beat to make the music more exciting.

Most of the time, the musician played heavy, low sounds, like the hooves of a horse thumping the ground. You might also have noticed when the pianist suddenly jumped up to play a high glissando, which is a kind of slide rushing through lots of notes.

Did you hear the sounds of whooshing wind and thunder claps in the background? It sounded as though the musician was dashing through a terrible storm! Can you remember any other stormy sounds from previously in Minute of Listening?

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