When the World's on Fire

arrangement for saxophone quartet

forces: Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
duration: 3 mins 45
published by: Composers Edition

Programme Note

This arrangement threads layers of material based on Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” and the Yardbirds “Shapes of Things” around repeating variants of the theme made famous when the Carter Family set words to it in their 1933 “When the World’s on Fire”. A variant of the theme was later used in Woody Guthrie’s more famous “This Land is Your Land”. I hope the message behind this interweaving of themes is clear.
Programme Note