Category «Music»

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 …

Illuminations for wind ensemble (2005)

Illuminations is inspired by central themes found in Walter M. Miller’s science-fiction classic A Canticle for Leibowitz. A Canticle for Leibowitz is set at the Abbey of Saint Leibowitz many millennia after a nuclear holocaust. The book is in three sections and each section is centuries removed from the previous setting. The monks of the …

Near Burning for fixed media (2005)

I first read “Near Burning” around 1997 when my in-laws gave me an anthology of contemporary poetry. The imagery and language provoked a strong emotional and spiritual reaction. For almost a decade I returned to the poem as a vehicle for contemplation. In 2005, I felt musically able to respond to the emotions and ideas …

Bad Villager for fixed media (2007)

Bad Villager was inspired by a news story (and photographs) of a Bösendorfer piano falling off the back of a loading truck. Someone was quick enough with a camera to take pictures but I wish that someone would have been equally quick with a microphone. All of the samples come from the Freesound user batchku’s …