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3x3 Fanfares  for Spatialized Flexible Instrumentation NEW!

Composed for the innaugural concert of the University of Texas at San Antonio New Music Ensemble, this one page score is a hybrid of graphic, aleatoric, and minimalist notational techniques. Intended to be conductor-less and performed spatially, it is celbratory music that sounds like multiple fanfares happening simultaneously from varying locations. Can be performed by any combination of treble and bass cleff instruments and different types of bells.  

Duration: 4'     Score/Parts TBA

 

 

A Blue Streak for Nine Winds and Jazz Drummer  NEW!

Commissioned by a consortium of 20 colleges, this is high energy music that exists between worlds - between notation and improvisation, tonality and atonality, jazz and classical. Based on the expression "to talk a blue streak" as in a continuous stream of words. This one movement work builds to a 12-tone fugue and a distortion and break down of communication - like someone who is talking "a blue streak". Features optional electronic trumpet and trombone by using a trumpet and trombone silent mute plugged into two guitar amps. Requires a high energy bebop-style jazz drummer. Instrumentation is Fl, Ob, Cl, Bsn, ASax, Tpt, Hrn, Tbn, Tba, Drums 

Duration 7'    Parts for Sale $125.   Score for Sale $25.

 

 

 

Saxophone Quartet No. 1

(Recording not available at this time)

Commissioned and premiered by the Resounding Winds Saxophone Quartet. The first movement presents a fugue at the second, the second movement an adagio chorale that moves in and out-of-time, and the third movement is a passacaglia with 10 variations that culminates in a tutti finale. Completed in 1995.

Duration: 20'   Parts on Rental $300.   Score for Sale $25.

 

 

String Quartet No. 1

(Premiere performance by the Artaria String Quartet, St. Paul, MN)

I. Movement II. Movement

III. Movement

(Recording not available at this time)

Commissioned by the American Composers Forum and the Artaria String Quartet, St. Paul, Minnesota. Three movement based in lyricism, color and rhythmic energy. The first movement is a modified sonata form, the second a harmonically colored adagio, and the finale is a driving fusion of bebop and bluegrass fiddle styles. Completed in 2003.

Duration: 15'   Parts on Rental $300.   Score for Sale $25.