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Two Slow Movements

Composed for the Central Michigan University New Music Ensemble, both movements are typical of my current compositional output. Harmonies are based on the repetition of a simple interval pattern and long lyrical melodies weave their way through these chaconnes. The rhythms and colors are rather plain, unadorned, and far from ornate. The directness and simplicity …

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 …

Quartet No. 3 “Four too many” for sax quartet (2011)

This composition is a single movement that continually spins out from the opening spiky punctuations. The entire quartet has an organic sense of growth as it takes different motives from the beginning and winds through various incarnations of that material. This material is reinterpreted, recombined, twisted, stretched, and generally toyed with until everything coalesces again …