Chamber Music for Winds and Brass
  • Excerpt
    Canonic Fanfare (2009)
    Instruments: 4 trumpets, 2 horns, 4 trombones, tuba
    Duration: about 1:45
    Difficulty: Advanced
    Price: $10

    A boisterous fanfare obsessed with the motive G-C-Ab-Eb, not exactly a chamber work. 1st trumpet goes up to a concert Ab fairly often, with a few concert Bb's.
  • Polka Diabolique (2001, rev. 2008)
    Instruments: Clarinet or Alto Saxophone and Piano
    Duration: 8 minutes
    Difficulty: Challenging
    Price: $7

    Rendered with all the kinetic enthusiasm of an ordinary polka, this piece inconspicuously incorporates several humorous quotations (The Rite of Spring, Beer Barrel Polka, Night on Bald Mountain, The Twilight Zone, The Chicken Dance). A couple of sips from a strategically-placed beer stein, before, during or after the performance, will help set the mood.
  • Triple Dances (2007)
    Instruments: Clarinet, Alto Sax, Bassoon (some substitutions possible)
    Duration: 10 minutes
    Difficulty: Advanced
    Price: $20

    Three light-hearted stylized dances in 3. Each dance retains just enough character of its Baroque model to be recognizable as such. In the minuet and trio, a popular dance in triple meter of the 18th century, the trio section was typically contrasted by its thinner and simpler texture. Here the trio is thinned from 3 voices to 2, but the canons in the duets make for more complexity rather than less. The Sarabande is a paraphrase of the sarabande from the Suite for Keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.2, No.4 in D minor, HWV 437, by George Frideric Händel (1685-1759). As in Händel's original, this is a set of variations, but in reverse of the more usual order—it becomes very quickly more ornate and tonally vague, and then slowly thins out and assumes a more traditional harmonic language. The 18th century gigue was usually reserved for the last dance of a suite and featured a fast tempo, triple divisions of the beat, and imitation between the parts. A Freakin' Gigue is true to that model and exaggerates the rollicking character of the gigue in two and a half minutes of maniacal laughter. An excellent recording of the entire suite is available.
  • Eurotänze (2006)
    Instruments: 4 Trumpets (all doubling flügelhorn, 1 & 2 doubling piccolo);
    horns; 2 trombones (1st doubling alto); bass trombone; tuba
    Duration: 20 minutes
    Difficulty: Challenging
    Price: $30

    A Prelude and five stylized dances. The Prelude presents the melodic motive exploited relentlessly in each dance, the melodic motive called a turn. Each of the dances has its origins in a specific Eurpean country: a Walzer - Germany (moderate 3/4), Habanera - Spain/Cuba (slow, sensuous 2/2), Reel - Ireland/Britain (fast 2), Pavanne - Spain/France (slow 4, alto trombone solo), and a Tarantella - Italy (fast 6/8). The complete program notes are here. This is a favorite of mine, with big, brassy parts for all players. A wonderful performance of movements I, III, IV, and VI was given in Boston in the summer of 2013 by the Tritantic Brass Ensemble. The video is here.
  • Composures (2000-2004)
    Instruments: Quartet, flexible
    Duration: 13 minutes
    Difficulty: Advanced
    Price: $30 maximum

    These pieces are designed to be practical and playable by a wide variety of wind instruments in standard ensembles, such as woodwind or brass quartets, or in non-standard combinations. In each part - soprano, alto, tenor, and bass - extreme highs and lows and special techniques have been avoided to facilitate maximum flexibility of instrumentation. When ordering, please specify which parts (in addition to the score) that you would like to include; this may reduce the price if you do not wish to receive a complete set. Any combination of the following is possible:

    Soprano: trumpet, cornet, clarinet, alto clarinet, soprano sax, alto sax, oboe, flute 8va
    Alto: trumpet, cornet, clarinet, alto clarinet, alto sax, horn, English horn
    Tenor: trombone, euphonium, horn, bassoon, alto clarinet, bass clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax
    Bass: trombone, euphonium, tuba, bassoon, bass clarinet, baritone sax

    The movements have no specific programs beyond the titled states of mind; each employs gestures and textures that attempt to suggest its title. Thus "Composures" is a sort of pun, referring not only to a personal condition, but also to the limited thematic material and compositional techniques applied in each movement. The complete liner notes from the score are here.
  • Cripple Creek Counterpoint (rev. 1995)
    Instruments: Woodwind Quintet
    Duration: 4 minutes
    Difficulty: Intermediate
    Price: $12.25

    An arrangement of my flute quartet of the same title (see Flute Music page), adding a new part for bassoon. Available from Frank Warren Music Service (W-063).
  • Habanera Chromatique (1994)
    Instruments: Oboe or clarinet and Marimba
    Duration: 4 minutes
    Difficulty: Advanced
    Price: $20

    The marimba part requires a pair of bongos mounted on a stand over the left end of the marimba, played with the marimba mallets. The oboist/clarinetist occasionally plays a small metal egg-shaped shaker. The oboist/clarinetist is encouraged to play with a rich, full tone, especially in the louder passages. No 4-mallet playing. C minor, much chromaticism. Slow and rhythmic; woodwind part includes lyrical phrases and ornate, shawm-like passages. Good encore number. Available from Manduca Music Publications (#40353)
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    Propagatia (1989)
    Instruments: Bass Trombone and Piano
    Duration: about 3-1/2 minutes
    Difficulty: Challenging
    Price: $9

    Turbulent, moody; most material derived from first measure of piano part. Available from TAP Music Sales (TB-PR10). This also exists in a version for electric bass and piano, available directly from me.
  • Five (1981)
    Instruments: Brass Quintet
    Duration: 11 minutes
    Difficulty: Challenging
    Price: $48

    Five short, interrelated movements: "Introduction," theme 1 (1:10); "Recitative," theme 2 (1:50); "Tarantella-Humoresque," theme 1 (2:00); "Lyric Palindrome," theme 2 (2:15); "Rondo-Retrospective," themes 1 and 2 (2:07) . Free atonality, octatonic scales used extensively. Alternate part for 1st trumpet in C provided. Available from Editions BIM.
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