Category «Chamber»

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]

March for wind octet (2008)

This is one of those cases where the program notes aren’t going to tell you much. There isn’t much to this piece other than an inclination towards mechanical and quirky material. This march was ?rst composed for saxophone quartet in 1997 and, after about a decade of neglect, I decided the music wasn’t so bad …

Anagram Fragments for flute and soprano sax (2011)

These three short pieces were composed for the Duo Fujin One-Day Composition Challenge in 2011. The “secret ingredient,” made public only 12 hours before the deadline, was the word “REMIX.” Not being much of a remixer, I struggled to ?nd a foothold in composing the piece. I started by making anagrams of the phrase “Duo …