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Piano, Winds, Strings

Seasons of New York

Solo Piano / This four-movement suite was inspired by locations surrounding New York City's Upper West Side.
1. Summer - reflects the passing of the broad, peaceful Hudson River alongside the City.
2. Autumn - evokes the bursts of color and drama caused by fall colors around Central Park's Great Hill.
3. Winter - adjacent to Great Hill, The Loch is one of the wilder sections of the park, containing a meandering stream and several waterfalls.

4. Spring - celebrates the blossoming of the cherry and crabapple trees in Riverside Park

 

The work has been recorded by Jai Jeffryes for Naxos. His performance at Arizona State University can be heard on YouTube here, starting at about the 38-minute mark.

 

Duration: 15 minutes

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Little Suite for Horn in F

Solo French Horn / The four movements (March, Song, Thirds, and Rings) allow the horn player to show off technical ability and musical phrasing. The audio file is a MIDI realization.

Duration: 8 minutes

 

Ghost Fires

Brass quintet (2 trumpets, French horn, trombone, tuba) / An atmospheric piece about the mysteries of the night. The MIDI sound file is only an approximation! Parts available on request.

Duration: 6.5 minutes

Oxymoron

Organ, 3 bassoons, contrabassoon / The title adheres to the dictionary definition of "oxymoron," that is, two words (here, two types of music) which are juxtaposed for poetic or dramatic effect. The aggressive, modern music of the opening is interrupted by a quote from a Gabrielli canzona, but the modern music won't give up and eventually overcomes the sweet-voiced canzona to conclude with a fugato and boisterous ending.

 

The two recorded excerpts, taken from the beginning and middle sections, are from a performance by Dominic Gagliano, Carolyn Fedderly, and Mary Young, bassoons, Susan Nigro, contrabassoon, and Robert Delcamp, organ.

 

Duration: 12 minutes

Aubade

Violin and Piano / This quiet song for the morning was written for Marie Jennings, who was my mentor when I was a teenager. It is meant to reflect the peace and quiet of a fall morning on the South Carolina farm on which she lived.

 

Duration: 6 minutes

Winter Morning by a Lake

String Quartet / The title refers to both the lake near my then home and to the third movement of Schoenberg's Five Pieces for Orchestra Op.16, one movement of which originally carried the title "Farben: Sommermorgen am See"

This performance is by the Cassatt String Quartet (Muneko Otani & Jennifer Leshnower, violins; Sarah Adams, viola; Nicole Johnson, cello)

 

Duration: 7.5 minutes

 

Concerto for One Cello

Solo Violoncello / This is a condensation of the Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra (detailed under Mixed Ensembles), here arranged for cello alone in a dramatic showpiece. The MIDI sound file presents only a general representation of the piece.

Duration: 5 minutes

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