Program Notes

“Slew & Hop” is another of a number of titles I’ve given to compositions that use words that can be read both as verbs and nouns. This openness of interpretation probably has more to do with my music than any particular set of references. These titles function more as bits of wordplay that run parallel to the piece rather than in any way describe it. “Slew” as a noun and “hop” as a verb are pretty clear—although the image of some kind of playful movement in the midst of something muddy/marshy might go along not too badly with this piece. “Slew” as a verb means to awkwardly twist sideways and “hop” as a noun is that wonderful plant which gives beer its glorious bitterness. “Slew & Hop” is also the second piece of mine with a name that could belong to a British pub—and aspects of the traditional folk music sometimes played in such a place were certainly in the back of my mind when composing this piece.