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Instrumentation: Trio Instruments: Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute
Genre: ContemporaryWritten for Flute, Clarinet, and Bassoon, Woodland Dawn draws inspiration from Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 "The Pastoral". The piece starts slowly with an upward moving "sunrise theme" that is passed around between the three different instruments before evolving into a faster section inspired by the famous oboe line from Beethoven's work. The music is meant to evoke a peaceful backdrop as nature awakens around you on a hike through the woods at dawn. Learn More
Instrumentation: Quintet Instruments: Alto Sax, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Clarinet, Oboe
Oboe, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Bass Clarinet and Bassoon
Drift was written for the TIMBER Reed Quintet at the Ohio State University. Upon attending rehearsals and listening to the dynamic of the group, I was fascinated with the way the five instruments blended their sound together and the vast array of timbres that could emerge from the various combinations. This sparked my vision to create a piece that would highlight these abilities. Drift makes use of rhythmic ambiguity and uses a Jazz influence to create a musical idea of drifting along.
Instrumentation: Solo Instruments: Tuba
“Whale Dive” is a series of short musical postcards inspired by observations of whales and their unique movements and abilities. The three movements may be performed together attacca or separately if desired.
The first movement “Surface” follows the massive creatures up from the depths and slowly into view above the water with a long rising theme. As the mammals begin to move about towards the surface, the passages become more intricate but always stay legato displaying the whale’s massive appearance but peaceful nature.
The second movement “Breach” transforms the theme into a fun multi-meter dance as the whales begin to jump and play. This movement uses the entire range of the tuba as the whales jump up and down and should be played as lightly and joyously as possible to show the carefree nature of the animals splashing around.
The third movement “Deep Dive” captures the dramatic yet graceful nature as the whales head back to the depths. The movement builds to several climaxes just as the whales arch their backs, dive down, and flash their tails before disappearing beneath the water in one last “farewell”.
Performers should be encouraged to add “whale noises” to the beginning or end of the written music. I hope this piece works to capture the spirit of these majestic aquatic mammals and remind us of the importance of protecting their natural habitats so we can enjoy their beauty for years to come.Learn More
Instrumentation: Solo Instruments: Clarinet
Monologue was written for Clarinetist Sarah Jaegers and was inspired by her love of rap and hip-hop music. The piece takes inspiration from rhythms and harmony used in music by Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Eminem, Flo Rida, and Snoop Dog.
Written for the advanced Clarinetist, Monologue is filled with ostinatos, syncopations, runs, accidentals, and mixed meters that provide the player with a solid challenge and a chance to show off their dexterity. The perfect work to open or close a recital in style! Learn More
Instrumentation: Solo Instruments: Oboe
Autumn Winds for Oboe is meant to capture the many moods of the fall season. The unique feature of the piece, the quickly alternating tempo markings provide both a challenge for the player but also quickly take the listener through the range of emotions we experience as the leaves fall and the wind blows on a crisp Autumn day. For some, it can be exciting and invigorating as the air dries and the colors change in the trees around us. For others, fall brings more solemn feelings as the warm weather fades and we look ahead to the days of waning sunlight. Autumn winds should provide each audience member with their own personal memories of fall and the proper feelings they wish to experience while listening. Learn More
Instrumentation: Solo Instruments: Euphonium
Soaring for Solo Euphonium is a programmatic work portraying a bird learning to fly. The initial motive is meant to evoke the image of literally soaring through the sky as the small bird begins to fathom the challenge ahead of it. It is a slow start, but soon the main theme shows our bird beginning to master the motions.
A faster middle section begins to explore the more complicated elements of staying afloat in the sky, perhaps with a few missteps along the way. But soon we slow down again as we begin to truly master the art of flight. The piece ends back on the image of peacefully coasting over the clouds, truly soaring.
This work offers players a chance to show off their range and legato playing, the perfect slower work to fill in a recital. Learn More
Instrumentation: Solo Instruments: Trombone
Predator-Prey was written for the 2020 Regional Association for Research in the Gulf of of Maine Symposium. The piece explores six instances of predation in the Gulf of Maine with each movement taking us up a step in the food chain.
I. A school of fish swim through the open water. They take in water and filter it out through gill rakers finding the plankton within. They continue on searching for more food.
II. As the school continues to swim, a larger fish approaches. It picks a smaller member of the school and after a brief struggle swallows it. It is sated, it moves on letting the rest of the school swim away.
III. On the bottom, a starfish works to pry open a clam. It is hard, slow work, but once done the clam is enveloped.
IV. A large cormorant gracefully flies overhead spotting the large fish making the hunter the hunted. The first bout is a miss, the second attempt is a capture. The birds flies towards the horizon.
V. A harbor seal is swimming gracefully, little does it know a predator is lurking. A great white shark is closing, guided by smell. It springs it’s attack, the seal uses speed and flexibility to evade. The seal swims away.
VI. Unusual, but not unfamiliar sounds approach, a boat. The school of fish knows it must move. They are overtaken, tossed, tangled, and pulled up into the net. The remains of the school swim on.Learn More