Medicine show is a four-part quasi-theatrical work for solo performer and performance-driven multi-media. These two middle movements— Act II. B[R]EAT[H], and Act III. B[ADAM]AN, are the shortest and most musically conventional.
Patrick Long was born into a military family in 1968, began drum lessons at age 8, and then somehow found his way into the world of classical composition at Syracuse University and the Eastman School of Music. He has completed over ninety premiered compositions, a dozen of which continue to be performed regularly. While he is probably best known for his acoustic percussion pieces, his most distinctive work is in the area of computer-interactive multi-media performance. He has amassed a large repertoire of these works that he performs regularly at festivals and in solo recitals. He currently serves as Professor of Composition, Theory and Music Technology at Susquehanna University, and lives in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania with his wife Julie and their two children.