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June 26 - Work has begun on the third and final installment of my trilogy of brass ensemble compositions designed for the Senior SYMS Brass Choir.  Two years ago I hastily composed a brass ensemble piece (Echoes and Canons) for this group due to the incredibly large quantity of trumpet players (20, I believe) relative to the other voices, and wanting to provide a unique experience for an ensemble in proportion to its constituents.  Consulting with my colleagues, not only did this piece become an antiphonal work with two of the trumpet parts being staged in the balconies in Johnson Theater at the University of New Hampshire, but it was recommended that I "continue a series" of these works that focus on antiphonal effects.

The second work, And There Were Angels, featured a similar ensemble size with antiphonal trumpets, and was written in memory of a dear colleague who passed away in 2016.  It is a meditation on some of my own feelings of loss and loneliness that resulted from this event in my life, and while generating musical echoes in the hall itself, the content of the composition echoes these feelings.

The third work in this series will feature an antiphonal brass quintet, and is entitled All Around And Back By Daybreak.  It is, if nothing more, a happy ending to the journeys I have found myself taking personally and musically since 2015.  If anyone is around Durham, NH in late July/early August, feel free to attend its premiere!

June 17 - Thank you for your patience during a hiatus of activity!  Thanks to the volunteerism of my students in the Bridgewater-Raritan Wind Ensemble, two professional demos of my beginning/developing band pieces "Curls of Christmastime" from 2016, and "Tow Path Tarantella" from 2017 are now available.  If looking for a unique holiday selection or a fun and spirited dance piece for your elementary band, check these two compositions out!

Work has begun on my "Requiem for Winds and Mixed Chorus" which will combine traditional Latin texts with modern English poetry.  Will be completed by the end of this year and premiered by students in the choirs and wind bands at Bridgewater-Raritan High School in May, 2018.

January 29 - "Vision de Nuit" is currently available for purchase.  While a previous post outlined that the piece was a "work in progress" it is decidedly complete!

The title, a paraphrase in French on "Night Visions," elicits the feeling of a night piece, a combination of the feelings of darkness and solitude, but not necessarily sadness or loneliness.  Two musical characters scored in the flute and trombone voices (relatively extensive solos for both instruments) function like narrators during the night where musical visions, sometimes real and sometimes dreamlike, are had.  The first section is lyrical and harmonically lush, while the second section thus far is uptempo and emphatic, creating a fantastic escapist scene.  This section climaxes in a cacophony of musical images that appear to engulf the listener beyond recognition, however a recapitulation of the two slow-tempo solo voices in flue and trombone return the musical "sense" to the piece.

The French translation of the title also refers to the French augmented 6th chord making frequent appearances in this piece.  Be sure to check it out on the Wind Ensembles tab under grade IV-VI composition.

January 27 - My newest beginning/developing band piece is now available.

Tow Path Tarantella is a light dance for a beginning or developing band.  It is cast in 6/8 time and plays out in characters that emulate people learning how to perform the dance.  Nearly all wind and percussion instruments have a primary melodic passage in various sections.  The mallet part is interchangeable with any keyboard instrument, and the tambourine part can be performed with other drums ad libitum, harkening back to the percussive improvisation that this particular Medieval/Renaissance dance often had originally.  Feel free to check out the score and the demo recording under Grades I-III on the Wind Ensembles tab.

January 11 - An arrangement of Mozart's Divertimento No. 4 (K 186/159b) has been re-scored for pairs of oboes, clarinets, alto clarinets, horns, and bassoons.  Similar to an expanded harmonie ensemble common at the time, the additional English horns in the original create a unique timbre, but yet require six double reed players even for modern performances.  The technical demands of this work are modest when compared with other harmoniemusik, therefore the English horn parts have been written for alto clarinets in this arrangement in order to better facilitate school ensembles' programming of this otherwise obscure but high quality chamber piece by Mozart.  While the color of the alto clarinet is preferred and will provide a warm balance in this arrangement, other instruments can also be scored.  Be sure to check out this work under "Arranging" on the Other Ensembles tab above.

December 29 - Happy Holidays to all visitors, subscribers, and parties who have supported my music...and of course, to my friends and family!

Work on a new piece for wind ensemble has begun entitled Vision de Nuit.  The title, a paraphrase in French on "Night Visions," elicits the feeling of a night piece, a combination of the feelings of darkness and solitude, but not necessarily sadness or loneliness.  Two musical characters scored in the flute and trombone voices (relatively extensive solos for both instruments) function like narrators during the night where musical visions, sometimes real and sometimes dreamlike, are had.  The first section is lyrical and harmonically lush, while the second section thus far is uptempo and emphatic, creating a fantastic escapist scene.  Check back for updates on the progress of this new and evocative composition.

September 12 -  If looking for a lighthearted feature for an advanced soloist in your middle school band, Jester's Ballet is now available.  This composition was originally composed for a middle school band with tenor saxophone soloist playing at an advanced level, however, the solo voice can be performed by nearly any member of the ensemble (a part for any transposition can be provided by the composer).  Extended techniques make this piece fun and spontaneous for many sections in the band - the soloist is asked to improvise using a modified blues scale, the clarinets are asked to perform using only mouthpieces and barrels, and the flutists can perform percussive wind tones using only head joints.  There is also a unique part for any combination of traditional African drums!  Be sure to check this composition's full score on the Wind Ensembles tab.

August 24 - Two works for brass ensemble (4 trumpets, horn, 2 trombones, euphonium, tuba) are now available.  These two compositions are the first installments of a series of brass choir pieces composed for that ensemble at the Summer Youth Music School at the University of New Hampshire, featuring the ensemble on stage and two additional antiphonal trumpet parts cast in various forms of imitation.  A description of both works can be found on the Wind Ensembles tab.

August 20 - "Curls of Christmastime" is a new composition for beginning band that echoes familiar Christmas music while portraying a traditional holiday concert. If looking for a composition that is truly an "original" selection for an upcoming holiday program, be sure to have a look and listen to this selection.

If looking for a new version of Piazolla's "Libertango," an edition for flute, clarinet, and piano is now available through the chamber winds page.

July 28 - The 2016 Senior SYMS (Summer Youth Music School, Durham, New Hampshire) Brass Choir will be premiering "And There Were Angels" on August 2 at the Paul Creative Arts Center in Durham.  This short tone poem for brass ensemble features antiphonal brass fanfares and chant-like counterpoint throughout.


July 15 - If looking for an exciting and eclectic piece to program with the saxes and trombones in your jazz band as soloists, take a look at "Through a Fractal on a Breaking Wall" - score is currently uploaded.


Demo recordings are now available for "I'll Meet You in Savannah."  This highly emotional work features cello and piano, who both add a unique color to the wind band.  Aleatoric passages for several players and "free" bars where the ensemble may insert vamps add a unique opportunity to pace the performance at the will of the conductor/players.


"A Triumphant Overture" and "As The Winter Clears..." now have demo recordings posted.


July 4 - Full score to my masters composition, "Romeo and Juliet for Symphonic Wind Ensemble," is now available! Two movements have been premiered by the UNH Wind Symphony; cursory read-throughs were recorded by the same ensemble; the remaining (4th movement) is available as MIDI.


Several major scenes from Shakespeare have been set to music in this composition, and the work could be a unique cross-discipline concert piece, perhaps with dialogue acted out or paraphrased, or interpretive dance incorporated into a performance.