• Joan Tower
  • Fascinating Ribbons (2001)

  • Associated Music Publishers Inc (World)
  • 4+pic.2+ca.3+Ebcl+bcl.ssx+asx+tsx+barsx.2+cbn/
  • 6 min

Programme Note

I am happy to be finally entering the band world—a generous and hard-working world that has generated so many excellent wind, brass, and percussion players. It seems also to be a place of people that actually love living composers! Since this was my first foray into the band world, I decided that a short piece would be the wisest course. In naming the piece, I noticed that there are many contours of motives that are shaped in curved “ribbon” patterns. I immediately thought of the word “fascinating.” And the ending dotted-rhythm reminded me of Gershwin’s Fascinating Rhythms—hence the title. It is dedicated to Jack Stamp, that intrepid “stalker” of composers who will not give up until he gets a band piece from them. (I should know; it took him five years to get me to write one!)

—Joan Tower


Fascinating Ribbons