Category «Solo»

Sonatina Natalina for piano solo (2009)

Sonatina Natalina was composed to celebrate the 10th birthday of my niece, Natalie Dale Parker. In the tradition of composers writing birthday pieces, I took Natalie’s name and created a short musical 4motto from it using pitch names and solfege syllables. This score includes a version in the original key of A major and a …

Voiseynvention for piano solo (2009)

Voiseynvention was composed for Robert Voisey’s XL birthday. I took the letters in Robert’s name and created two musical mottos from them. One of the mottos was a simple numerical procedure which I have subsequently forgotten. The other procedure mapped the letters of his name onto a telephone keypad and then correlated the numbers on …

ALEX modes for piano solo (2011)

These four piano pieces are for my nephew, Alexander Jay “A.J.” Parker. I took the first four letters in Alex and used them as inspiration for the modes of each of the movements. Modes are scales that are less commonly used than major or minor. All of these modes use the same key signature (that …

Lullaby Boxes for piano solo (2013)

In January of 2009 I started writing a chamber piece. As the music unfolded, I kept changing the scoring, changing the instrumentation, etc. and was never happy with the way it was working. Eventually, I realized the piece was a really a piano piece. I wrote on the manuscript paper: THIS IS A PIANO PIECE. …

Pioneer X for solo trumpet (2003)

The title of the work refers to the Pioneer 10 satellite launched in the 1970s. Pioneer 10 became the first man-made object to leave our solar system and in 2003 NASA finally lost contact with the satellite. Pioneer 10, as far as we know, is not broken or damaged. Even though the satellite was built …

Sonatiny for solo horn (2010)

I have always been moderately baffled by the horn. I’ve known a lot of horn players, too, and that hasn’t really helped me become un-baffled. This work is a short two movement piece (a tiny sonatina) which I think should speak for itself. The first movement is slow and moribund, the second is bouncy and …