Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Today I present my original composition, SKIPPING.  I completed this piece in 2017 and scored it for guitar.  Below is a screenshot of the title page from the autograph score:


One day, while sitting in a local park, I observed a couple of jovial juveniles as they skipped by, giggling as they went.  The vision of those two girls set me thinking on skipping.  It occurred to me that we only seem to engage in such activity when we are very young; a motion I dare guess few adults can even manage!  Children, on the other hand, seem to have an innate ability to move in this way.  Additionally, skipping seems to be a universal expression of childhood joy.  Oh, for a moment of such elation!  In recognition of the scene as well as an attempt to capture some of that joy, I composed this little piece for guitar based on the rhythmic pattern of their gestures.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Today I present my original composition, THE LIGHT OF THE SON.  I completed this piece in 2018 and scored it for clarinet and guitar.  Below is a screenshot of the title page from the autograph score:


In this piece I contemplate my relationship with my beloved father.  I try to express in purely musical terms my feelings about the man who has tirelessly supported me in so many ways while patiently enduring my troubled personality.  Here, I am represented by the clarinet while he by the guitar.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Today I present my original composition, WEDDING GIFT.  I completed this piece in 1992 and scored it for viola and cello.  Below is a screenshot of the title page from the autograph score:


Many years ago, a violist asked if I would compose a piece of music for use at a wedding; something brief, bright, and of a spirit befitting the occasion.  This little duet for viola and cello was the result of my effort.  For this rather unusual combination, I composed a theme and a couple of variations.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Today I present my original composition, SPRING.  I completed this piece in 2007 and scored it for cello.  Below is a screenshot of the title page from the autograph score:


I designed this music for solo cello to conjure images of my other favorite season—that of rebirth and new hope, playful young ones with light and happy hearts, floral colors, poly-melodious birdsong and all that inspires the sensitive soul.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Today I present my original composition, RENAISSANCE HOLIDAY.  I completed this piece in 1998 and scored it for 3 recorders (alto, tenor, bass), daff, duff, manjeera, and sleigh bells.  Below is a screenshot of the entire printed score:


This is another of my Christmas offerings.  Let the sounds of this modest consort transport you back through the mists of time to a festive occasion somewhere in Renaissance Europe.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Today I present my original composition, THE FIRES OF KAMCHATKA.  I completed this piece in 2016 and scored it for balalaika.  Below is a screenshot of the entire autograph score:


This, my first composition for the balalaika, is a meditation on one of my favorite places on Earth—the Kamchatka Peninsula.  Although my feet have never trod the wilds of that wondrous place, my mind’s eye has carried me aloft on wings of blissful imagination!  My title is an allusion to the volcanism of Kamchatka; one of the most brilliant flames in the Pacific Ring of Fire.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Today I present my original composition, GHOSTS IN A LONELY SEA.  I completed this piece in 2008 and scored it for wind sextet (flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet, bassoon, and French horn).  Below is a screenshot of the title page from the autograph score:


Imagine being a whale who, while on a single breath, dives to the blue-black depths to meet life beneath the waves only to be sung to by GHOSTS IN A LONELY SEA.

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