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Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble (rev. 2012) c. 16'

 

Comments: Consortium Commission by Indiana Univ, Emory Univ., Univ. Of Wisc.-Whitewater, Truman State Univ., Univ. of Idaho. Thomas Walsh, Commission Coordinator

In two movements:

1. "La Luna d'Oro" Begins quietly and intensifies rhythmically and dynamically to a climax, then gradually releases. The cadenza completes the relaxation and raises the energy level while linking thematic material from the second and third movements.



2. "NOLA" Based on authentic Second Line rhythms of New Orleans, LA (NOLA). Two sections alternate between the two sides of the New Orleans clave-first 3-2 then 2-3. An exuberant and joyous movement, it ends with a bang.

A piano reduction is also available.

 

 

 

 

 

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Available for Purchase c. April 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spirals (2006), string orchestra c. 8' 30"

 

 

Comments: Transcription of Spirals for string quartet. New elements in this arrangement include a concerto grosso-like opposition between a quartet comprised of the first-chair players and the tutti. Based on the opening material from the third movement of Brahms' Op. 67 string quartet (directly quoted near the end), Spirals is a bright, rhythmic and accessible piece which functions well as an orchestral opener.

 

 

 

 

 

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Symmetries (1997), picc/2 fl/2 ob/eh/2 cl/ bs cl/2 bsn/ctbsn, 4-3-3-1, pno-cel, strings c. 10' 30"

 

Comments: Finalist, 1998 Quinto Maganini Composition Competition of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ostinati (1991), picc/2 fl/2 ob/eh/2 cl/ bs cl/2 bsn/ctbsn, 4-3-3-1, pno-cel, strings c. 9'

 

 

 

 

 

 

See Also: I Have Dreamed for an arrangement of this Rodgers and Hammerstein standard in the Jazz and Standards section.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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