Category «Chamber»

Two Slow Movements

Composed for the Central Michigan University New Music Ensemble, both movements are typical of my current compositional output. Harmonies are based on the repetition of a simple interval pattern and long lyrical melodies weave their way through these chaconnes. The rhythms and colors are rather plain, unadorned, and far from ornate. The directness and simplicity …

March for woodwind octet (2009)

In early 2009, I was asked to write a work for woodwind octet. I pushed around a lot of ideas which didn’t work until I finally de- cided to revive an old work for saxophone quartet (this quartet movement is currently operating under the title Mechismo). The piece is mechanical, chunky, and slightly robotic. Given …

Mechismo for sax quartet (1997)

This quartet started its life as a fanfare and then became the first movement of a multi- movement work (the rest of the movements were pretty bad and they have been destroyed). I’ve always liked the material in this quartet; its forward momentum, its octatonic melodies, its mechanical nature. I’ve tried reviving this movement several …

Secrets and Waffles (2009)

A 10 minute chamber opera for two voices, piano, and string quartet. Cast: L (mezzo); C (baritone) The scenario Secrets and Waffles is the first completed installment in the forthcoming series titled Tales from the Waffle Shack. This work is the second dramatic collaboration, but the first musical one, between composer Jay C. Batzner and …

H.B.M.D. for horn, trombone, and strings (2004)

In the summer of 2004, I was fortunate to be accepted to the Composers Conference at Wellesley College. Mario Davidovsky, the main composer entity during those two weeks, was celebrating his 70th birthday that year. All of the composer fellows decided, quite at the last minute, to each write a variation on “Happy Birthday” and surprise Mario with performances of …

[untitled] for six players (2007)

Most of my compositions come from some speci?c form of non-musical inspiration and are therefore easy to title.  Sometimes, though, I write a work which is devoid of extramusical inspiration.  [untitled] is an abstract piece that explores different instrumental colors in a slow and organic manner. Performed by the pLAy ensemble. Download the score: [untitled]