Horn OK Please

Composer
Year of composition
1996
Lyricist
none
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
4 minutes
Genre
Jazz music
Instrumentation
Solo instrument (4-string Bass Guitar [notation])
Instrumental parts
Not available

This composition was written in India during a visit to Pune to study tabla in mid-1996. The composition bears its name from the enscription to be found on the hundreds of thousands of Ashok Leyland trucks to be found hauling goods on the rough roads between Bombay and Pune every day: truck owners paint the words on the rear of their trucks, to indicate that it’s OK to blow your horn at them (if you wish to overtake)! It represents the first English words I saw upon arrival, and, by virtue of the number of times I saw it, its quirky nature, and the mesmirized state I was in after my flight to Bombay, the name stuck! The composition systematically drills all the permutations of the major pentatonic scale - in all its transpositions and modes. The rhythmic interest has obvious associations with the Classical rhythms of North India. Horn OK Please has since been arranged for a sextet.

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