Wind Ensemble

City Rain (2001)

Miniature tone poem for band
For middle school band (3:30)
Publisher: Hal Leonard / American Composers Forum
* Commissioned by American Composers Forum for its BandQuest project for middle school ensembles (music / CD-roms / other support materials)
First Performance: Valley View Middle School 8th grade band, June 2001; Kim Budde, conductor
Other Performances: New York State honor band, August 2001; Wind Band Symposium (University of Minnesota), July 2001; Little Rock Wind Band, 2002; others

CONCERTO for Piano and Wind Orchestra Ď Solar Travellerí (2009)

1. Outward Bound  2. Nocturne (Lunar )  3. Ad astra per aspera

For solo piano and wind orchestra (30:00)

*Commissioned by eight USA wind ensemble Conductors and their Universities.

Publisher: Subito Music Corporation

= 2 Piccolos, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, English Horn, Eb Clarinet, 3 Bb Clarinets, Bass Clarinet, Contrabass Clarinet, 2 Bassoons, Contrabassoon, Saxophones: S/A, A, T, Bari

= 3 Trumpets in Bb, 4 Horns, 3 Trombones, Bass Trombone 2 Euphoniums, 2 Tubas, Contrabass (String Bass), Harp

= 6 Percussion: Snare Drum, 5 Tom-Toms, Bass Drum, Timpani, Roto-Toms, Bongos, Marimba, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Glockenspiel, Cymbals, Suspended Cymbals, Temple Blocks, Wood Block, Tubular Bells, Crotales, Whip, Triangles, Celesta

Both themes in Outward Bound -- the heroic and the inward -- are built from 3rds, and all of the movementís development highlights that consonant interval. Built from 2nds, the Nocturne achieves the uneasy, fragmentary nature - a desolated, un-earthly landscape -- from the clash of 2nds hammered loudly or (stretched to 7ths and 9ths) in glittering scherzo filigree. “To the stars, through adversity” is formed by ultimate compression: pounding unisons. Thus, the Solar Traveller pianist physically experiences the compressive forces and increased tensions we associate with space travelís incredible speeds through the musical analog of progressive intervallic compression.

Israeli Rhapsody  (2007)

For Concert Band  (8:00)
    Multiple players for following parts: 2 Pic,2 fl, 2ob, 3clars,1 bs clar, 2 bsn, 1c-bs clar /  saxes:  2altos, ten, bari / 4hns, Flg. Solo, 3tpts, 3 trb, 1euph, 1 tub / 1 string bs.,  expanded percussion ( 4 players.)

Publisher: MMB Music, Inc. 
     * Commissioned  as winner of  the 2005  Kaplan Foundation Prize for the St. Mary’s University concert band,   Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, conductor.   First Performance:  St. Mary’s University, Winona MN.  March 11, 2007.

Symphony for Wind Orchestra in Three Scenes (1999)

II. DREAMZ (Six Episodes, Dissolved)

For wind orchestra (28')
Publisher: Subito Music Corp.
* Commissioned to honor the Centennial of the School of Music – University of Minnesota, for the university’s Wind Ensemble, Professor Craig Kirchhoff, conductor

= 2 Piccolos, 3 Flutes, 2 Oboes, English Horn, Eb Clarinet, 3 Bb Clarinets (2 players each), Alto Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, 2 Bassoons, Contrabassoon, 2 Alto Saxophones, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone

= 2 Trumpets in C, 2 Trumpets in Bb, 4 Horns, 4 Trombones, 2 Euphoniums, 2 Tubas, Contrabass (String Bass), Harp, Piano and Woodblock

= 7 Percussion: Snare Drum, 5 Tom-Toms, Tenor Drum, Bass Drum, Timpani, Bongos, Marimba, Vibraphone, Glockenspiel, Cymbals, Suspended Cymbals, Tam-Tam, Tambourine, Temple Blocks, Crotales, Mark Tree, Ratchet, Whip

I. GROWLER - première May 6, 2003 (Jerry Luckhardt, conductor) (6')
This beast groans and howls!
Growler mp3

II. DREAMZ (Six Episodes, Dissolved) - première 2006 (14')

Night visions of kings, cabbages and jazz.

III. TATTOO - première March 28, 2003 (Craig Kirchhoff, conductor - CBDNA annual conference) (7:20)
A 'call' to all - a seven-minute 'wild ride' in galloping compound meters.
First Full Performances:   Trinity University Wind Ensemble,  London, England  (international):  April 2006;   University of Connecticut Wind Ensemble, Jeffrey Renshaw, conductor  (national):  November 2006.


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