Category «Music»

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 …

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 …