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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …