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This was a string quartet I wrote many years ago, and I have started to convert it to sax quartet. There are still a few issues, but I am anxious to get some feedback as I move forward. All…Continue
This was the first of a series of pieces I did while pursuing a graduate degree. They are all three short pieces (hence the "Incidental Music"). This was performed a the Messiaen Academie in…Continue
This is the first movement of a concerto I am writing for a friend of mine and wind symphony. This recording uses Sibelius and Gerritan Orchestral Sounds. Unfortunately, I could not get the…Continue
This is a solo for Soprano Saxophone with piano accompaniment.It is currently in rehearsals for performance in Boston, MA. I have a tolerable MIDI performance, but that is it so far. If you can…Continue
Ah....the joy of actually having time to REALLY listen to something great! Today was the ever amazing Mr. Bartok and his Concerto for Orchestra. On top of that, the Philadelphia Orchestra to boot! Just intense and great moments to be heard.
What can be said about Bela Bartok that has not already been said. The man did so much for music. People either HATE him or LOVE him. I happen to be of the latter opinion. I think that he is on the level with that of Beethoven and…Continue
I am thrilled by a new force in my compositin: writing for winds. There is something unique about the winds and brass instruments. I have written much for saxophone and saxophone quartet lately, and also for wind ensemble. If you ever want to break into this exciting genre, just transcribe something for a school wind ensemble, and KAPOW you've got pieces being played.
This brngs me to one of my questions: why don't more composers write for school groups? It seems to me…Continue
Just what I need: A new focus. I say that both sarcastically and literally. I am really excited at the prospect of composing for TV and film. After so much searching for a purpose, I think I have found something that I really have always wanted to do.
If anyone has advice, let me know. Some of you out there on this blog are quite accomplished in this art-form. To be honest, I have done a lot of composing, and have had a fair amount of performances, so it is not the…Continue
I am really getting back into this wonderful genre. I have joined the new ensemble in Seattle (Seattle Wind Symphony - www.seattlewindwymphony.org), and have enjoyed it. The genre is full of surprising innovation, not to mention a great way to relive old classics.
So, here is my listening for this evening:
English Folk Song Suite, Ralph Vaughn Williams
Suite No. 2 in F Major, Gustav Holst
A Child's Garden…Continue