Review!

Garrett Schumann has reviewed Meerenai Shim’s CD The Art of Noise over at Sequenza21.com. Long story short, here is what he had to say about my piece, Mercurial: “Essentially, Mr. Batzner’s piece contains two kinds of material: ambient synthesized and processed sound paired with yearning flute melodies and upbeat, granular rhythms (which, at one point, …

My goodness, what a bunch of updates!

Wow, I didn’t realize how busy I had been and how little I’ve been updating my site! Egads. Anyhow, I’ve taken care of that. Lots of new things to check out. Tons of new scores as well as a new recording and video. Please poke around and look! What have I added? How about: New …

Limerick for baritone and cello (2012)

In late 2012, I challenged myself to write a new vocal composition each week. I dubbed the project “Lied Time” and while I tried my best, I only managed to complete a handful of compositions. This short work was the first: a bawdy limerick. It isn’t very polite; consider yourself warned! Download the score: Limerick

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 …