…in the sextet’s piece The Glam Seduction the 1980s rock music of Eddie Van Halen meets the instrumentation of Niccolo Paganini, a 19th-century violinist who was known for stunning, fast-fingered compositions… The result – Paganini on coke.
The Glam Seduction was written with the intent of making an analogy amongst virtuosic classical playing in the (mostly romantic) style of performer-composers such as Liszt and Paganini, modern classical music, and “glam rock” from the 1980s era of heavy metal music such as Van Halen. The Glam Seduction begins with a modern music re-write, infused with more funky notes, of one of the most notorious and outrageous guitar solos of all time, the culmination of all that was the riotous excess of the 1980s; Eruption, by Eddie Van Halen. The piece continues with an ascending scale pattern that rears its bleached and frizzed-out head two more times, thereby delineating different musical sections, and signifying a return to the beginning of the form. In The Glam Seduction, each member of the ensemble gets their own solo in which to “rock out” heavy metal style. The Glam Seduction was commissioned by the BMI Foundation, Inc./ Boudleaux Bryant fund for eighth blackbird.