Taking Turns is a three-movement representation of the motion of turning.
• Wind Up, Wind Down depicts the fits and starts when cranking up an old gear-laden machine.
• Slow Turning reflects the gradual increase of intensity and anticipation as an object (or a person) turns toward another, ever-so-briefly reaching full face – only to continue a complete rotation.
• Spin speaks for itself as the two instruments spin and whirl through sinewy lines that expand upon the motives from the first movements in a rather perverse perpetuum mobile.
Taking Turns was commissioned by Duo Montagnard and is approximately 8’00’’ in duration.
Live performance by Jacob Swanson, soprano saxophone, and Kenneth Meyer, guitar, at Setnor School of Music, Syracuse University on Sunday, November 6, 2022.