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Instrumentation: Solo and Electronics Instruments: Euphonium
Benoit Mandelbrot was a mathematician known for his ideas about "the art of roughness," or chaos in nature. He is more widely known today for his fractal images, which have gone on to inspire many amazing works of math-art. I've personally been drawn to fractal imagery for a number of years, and as I listened to this nameless piece during the writing process, my inner-eye kept being drawn back to shifting, flowing fractals. Mandelbrot’s Dream is written in three continuous sections:
1. Catch You On The Flip Side
2. And Goodbye
3. Fractus Metallum
The first section is a chilled-out stroll through an urban, fractal cityscape, displaying the euphonium’s agility. The second section uses elements of jazz and rock in a slightly cinematic style, inspired by the works of composer Marty O’Donnell. In the final section (translating from Latin to ‘Fractal Metal’) features rhythmic and melodic elements of metal. In keeping with the celebration of Mandelbrot's work in chaos, the piece climaxes into aural chaos, the bass trailing off like the final spiraling wisp of some kaleidoscopic dream…
Commissioned By X Gail Robertson, Jesse Orth, Preston Light, Irving Ray, Anthony Achille, AJ Miller, James Green, Ian Lester, Pat Stuckemeyer, Micah Everett, Adam Frey, David Salomon Galan Jr., Erik Lundquist, Will Hess, Bo Atlas, Richard Concepcion, Bente Illevold, Jason Gilliam, Zach Eberle, Amanda Cardwell, Seth Fletcher, Chasse Duplantis, Fernando Zuniga, Phil Beatty, Aaron Tindall, Danny Helseth, Bryan Cole, Chris Buckley.
Instrumentation: Duet and Piano Instruments: Flute, Piano, Tuba
For Flute/Piccolo, Tuba and Piano
From the composer:
“Where Leaves And Birds A Music Spin” consists of six short movements, each loosely depicting a scene in nature.
- Borne On a Great Wind
- And the River Flows Ever Onwards
- Emerson’s Acorn
- Through Dawn Mist, A Doe
- Lithic Engines
The first scene is a fantasy of being carried on the wind, rushing over the landscape below. The second follows the journey of a river, through winding meandering paths to rapids. The third movement is based on a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay on History that reads, “The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” In the fourth, a scene unfolds of a foggy morning and the appearance of a doe. The word Dauwtrappen comes from Dutch and describes the concept of walking barefoot in the morning grass when the grass is still covered in dew. The final movement imagines the inner workings of the planet, with lithic, or rock and magma, engines driving continents, creating new lands, mountain ranges, as well as the slow destruction and recycling of the old.
Although I have suggested scenes with each title, I don’t intend these to be concrete depictions, and the listener should let their minds wander freely and create their own scenes as the piece progresses.Learn More
Instrumentation: Solo and Piano Instruments: Euphonium, Piano
Genre: Contemporarywith Piano; The title comes from the constantly-shifting meter and somewhat hectic feel, the melody bouncing back and forth between soloist and quintet, and the shifts between somewhat unconnected sections. The main melody was something that had been in my head for a while, one of the many musical seeds that I constantly find myself humming or whistling absentmindedly. This became the first piece I ever had published, and the second ever recorded. Learn More
Instrumentation: Horn Ensemble Instruments: French Horn
I. Dérive - “drift”; a spontaneous journey where the traveler leaves their life behind for a time to let the spirit of the landscape and architecture attract and move them.
II. Sweven - A vision seen in sleep; a dream.
III. Cosmogyral - Whirling around the universe.
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Instrumentation: Solo Instruments: EuphoniumFor unaccompanied euphonium and in four movements, “Paracosms” highlights the many abilities of the euphonium, from the lyrical and technical, to the generally under-explored low register. I chose the title, which refers to a detailed and consistent imaginary world explored over a period of time in one’s mind, to give each movement a somewhat programmatic context, with the exception of the first movement (which is a bit of a tongue-in-cheek jab). In doing so I hoped to create a work that would provide interest for the listener as well as the performer, where many unaccompanied pieces tend to stray into “weird” aural territories. The result is a challenging and diverse work. Learn More
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Instrumentation: Quartet Instruments: Euphonium, Tuba
For Tuba Quartet (EETT) or four Euphonium
A somewhat whimsical and cartoonish piece, "Goldberg's Machine" is a very challenging piece for low brass quartet, with probably more constant meter changes than anything else I've written before. The title comes from the famed cartoon machines by artist Rube Goldberg. Constantly moving in new directions, complicated almost beyond comprehension, one wonders, 'But what does it do?' Written for North Texas Euphonium Quartet.Learn More
Instrumentation: Solo and Piano Instruments: Piano, Tuba
Genre: Contemporarywith Piano; The word "brumous" is used for describing gray, sunless, and overall depressing winter weather. The winter of 2015 was particularly brutal for me in multiple ways, leading to a prolonged state of depression. This piece became dedicated to the idea of escaping that depression through various fantasies. My fantasies and daydreams tend to arise rather spontaneously, often without any seeming connection to my previous thoughts. I tried to recreate this spontaneous (or erratic) nature in the music. A series of three fantasies unfolds from a stark, wintry atmosphere represented by three chords in the upper octaves of the piano. These chords return again at the end of the piece, this time resolved with an additional major chord, a kind of hopefulness gained from the fantasies. Learn More
Instrumentation: Ensemble Instruments: Euphonium, Tuba
Genre: ContemporaryEEEETTTT: Apperceptions is an introspective, fluid journey through the aural mind. The word "apperception" has to do with the thought-processes of assimilating a new idea into an existing body of ideas—something I'm very interested in in my own life, but also fitting with my concept of the piece. So in working with that definition, the new idea is introduced as the opening statement. Other ideas are brought in as short, often contrasting sections, while the original idea keeps returning—similar to the iconic Unanswered Question by Ives. As with the Ives, end is left somewhat unresolved, an uncertainty whether the idea has been truly integrated into the whole, or still remains unperceived. Learn More