for SATB and pianolaUsing texts from a variety of sources (poems, eye witness accounts, musings, and factual statements) this unique work is a true celebration of the pioneering years of aviation. The pianola, with its almost limitless capabilities, creates a flurry of multi-textured layers which weave around the choral parts to create complex rhythmical patterns, typical of Jackson's compositional style.
Gabriel Jackson (b.1962)
". . . an ambitious 20-minute work in which Jackson gives voice to his fascination with flight. using an anthology of texts beginning with a 16th-century poem about Icarus, Airplane Cantata employs the pianola as accompanying instrument, an appropriate choice as its popularity is roughly contemporary with the early days of manned flight." - Philip Reed, Choir & Organ, November 2014