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Luke Bedford: Man Shoots Strangers from Skyscraper

  • for 8 players
  • fl, ob, cl, hp, cel, vln, vla, vc
  • Duration: 6’
  • Instrumentation details:
    clarinet in Bb
  • Composer: Luke Bedford

Work introduction

Both the title and the structure of the piece were inspired by Bunuel's film The Phantom of Liberty. Rather than following one, or several main characters, the film is created from a series of tangents, so that, at any moment the camera might start following an apparently minor character. One of these tangents follows a man who, seemingly for no reason at all, goes to the top of a skyscraper and begins randomly shooting people below.

I tried to employ a similar technique to Bunuel in this piece, so that the music can go in unexpected directions, sparked off by the smallest of triggers.

Luke Bedford


The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

St. George's Brandon Hall, Bristol (GB)
Brunel Ensemble
Christopher Austin

Press reviews

“Luke Bedford, aged 24, had his Man Shoots Strangers from Skyscraper premiered here. He demonstrated an acute ear for texture: most striking were the dramatic chordal stings, which gradually relaxed into a sequence of more contemplative, sustained harmonies before ending on a surreal shudder. A short but impressive piece.” (The Guardian)

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