Dance of Mrs. Holman’s Demon Chickens


For Two Clarinets (2013)






2 min.


Two Clarinets

Program Notes

My relative, John Gibson, lived in the Massachusetts Colony. In 1659 he accused a neighbor lady, Mrs. Holman, of witchcraft. One of the reasons had to do with her chickens who had been getting into John’s barn and eating his grain. He complained and the chickens stopped coming right away. Realizing you cannot tell a chicken what to do, he thought it must be witchcraft. Fortunately, Mrs. Holman was not convicted! This is an advanced clarinet duet that captures the musical essence of those “demon chickens”. – John Gibson, 2013

John Gibson

John Gibson is a veteran music arranger and composer who has been supplying woodwind players with interesting, well-crafted sheet music since 1998 under the business name JB Linear Music. John has over 600 pieces of music ranging from solos to duets to large woodwind ensembles. Many of them have been performed all over the world and reviewed in international woodwind magazines. He presently is an adjunct music instructor at Clark College and Concordia University in the Portland, Oregon area.

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