for Spatialized Flexible Instrumentation
Composed for the inaugural concert of the University of Texas at San Antonio New Music Ensemble, this 1 page score is a hybrid of graphic, aleatoric, and minimalist notational techniques. Intended to be conductor-less and performed spatially, it is celebratory music that sounds like multiple fanfares happening simultaneously from different locations. Can be performed by any combination of treble and bass clef instruments and different types of bells. All players read from the 1 page score. Grade 5.
Duration: 4′ Score/Parts $25.00
(recording not available)
3X3 Fanfares score & parts
A BLUE STREAK
for Nine Winds and Jazz Drummer
Commissioned by a consortium of 20 colleges, this is high energy music that exists 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 break down of communication. 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. Grade 5-6.
Duration 7′ Parts for Sale $125. Score for Sale $25.
Watch & Listen at: https://youtu.be/RjuUJimZsDY
A Blue Streak score & parts
A Blue Streak extra score
SAXOPHONE QUARTET NO. 1
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.
(recording not available)
Saxophone Quartet No. 1 score & parts
Saxophone Quartet No. 1 extra score
Scintilla score & parts
Scintilla extra score
STRING QUARTET NO. 1
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. Also available for string orchestra. Completed in 2003.
Duration: 15′ Score & Parts for Sale $100. Extra Score 20.
I. Andante Cantabile
Listen at: https://soundcloud.com/james-syler/string-quartet-no-1-i-movement
Listen at: https://soundcloud.com/james-syler/string-quartet-no-1-ii-movement
(Quartet recording not available)
String orchestra version: https://soundcloud.com/james-syler/american-dances-iii-blubop