Selected Compositions for Large Ensembles
Original Composition. Marching Band, 2011.
Composer’s Note: This is my original throughcomposed suite for Marching Band, composed for Thomas A. Edison High School in Alexandria, Virginia. It represents various aspects of breaking: Daybreak, Break from the Norm, Dance Break, Heartbreak, Breakdown, Drum Break, Breakthrough, and Breakaway: Finale. The Edison team once again included Mr. Steve Ballard as our pit arranger and Mr. Nathan Tyler as our battery arranger. This is one of the most sophisticated shows Edison has undertaken to date, and it was a privilege to work with these progressive artists once again.
“Sprite on the Seven”
Original Composition. Concert Band, 2010.
Composer’s note: What began as a sparse, pointillist study at some point gained a swing, and a persona: An invisible sylph playing around on an old New York subway.
Original Composition. Concert Band, 2009.
Composer’s Note: Pronounced “OWN-sah,” the Portuguese word On
ça literally means “Jaguar,” but can also mean “ounce” (the unit of
measurement), a play on words regarding the small length of the work. It is found in the scientific name of the Jaguar, Panthera onca.
“Without Music: A Story Of, By, and For the Arts”
Original Composition. Marching Band, 2010.
Composer’s Note: This is my original throughcomposed suite for Marching Band, composed for Thomas A. Edison High School in Alexandria, Virginia. It is a narrated, theatrical show concept that “builds” a band from elementary musical components into a concert program, which is then dismantled by “The Man.” I was once again fortunate enough to be able to work with Mr. Steve Ballard as our pit arranger, whose brilliant mallet writing is heard in this file. This is also my first full collaboration with Mr. Nathan Tyler, and I’m really impressed with his battery writing, also heard here.
“Stafford County Fanfare” also titled “Celebration”
Original Composition. Concert Band, 2005.
NEW: “Ouroboros: A Cycle of Light and Dark”
Original Composition. Marching Band, 2012.
Composer’s Note: This is my original throughcomposed suite for Marching Band, composed for Thomas A. Edison High School in Alexandria, Virginia. It is a story of life, death, and rebirth, including 1a. Those of Light, Awake, 1b. Those of Light, Proclaim, 2. The Setting Sun, 3. The War of Shadow, 4. Ruin and Waste, 5. A Spark Amid Darkness, and 6. Radiance Returned (Finale). The Edison team once again included Mr. Steve Ballard as our pit arranger and Mr. Nathan Tyler as our battery arranger.
Original Composition. String Orchestra, 2000.
Selected Compositions for Small Ensembles
“Suspirati0n N0. 2 (“V0lant”)
Original Composition. Solo Oboe and Piano, 2013.
Original Composition. Alto Saxophone and Snare Drum, 2001.
Composer’s Note: Pronounced “CURL-churn-ha-TAY-shock,” the Hungarian word Kölcsönhatások literally means “interconnected.” This was the culminating composition of my independent study with Dana Wilson, to whom I am tremendously endebted for his patience and guidance.
“Sky’s Night Wondering”
Original composition. Winds, 2005.
“Theme and Counterpoint No. 5″
Original composition. Clarinet Trio, 2001.
Composer’s Note: T&C5 was my response to an undergraduate assignment from legendary music theorist Dr. Mary I. Arlin. I undertook the challenge to compose a tonal piece of serial (12-tone row) music. (More accurately, a piece of serial music that yielded the appearance of tonality.) Receiving an A on this assignment was one of the most memorable and rewarding experiences of my time at the Ithaca College School of Music. (And yes, it took me five iterations before I was comfortable handing it in.)
Original Composition. Trombone Choir, 2002.
Selected Solo Compositions
“Suspirati0n N0. 1 (“Ch0n0metry”)
Original Composition. Solo Piano, 2012.
Original Composition. Solo Flute and Piano, 2003.
Solo for Clarinet
Original composition. Clarinet and Piano, 1999. Revised 2000.
Composer’s Note: Without doubt the most technically demanding piece I have ever composed – more than one person has dismissed it as “unplayable,” though several professional clarinetists have disagreed – what was originally titled Sonata for Clarinet never moved beyond a single movement. It was written during a tumultuous time of my life, and the intransigent almost imperious “pounding” certainly mirrors that attitude.
Solo for Violin
Original composition. Solo Violin and Piano, 2000.
“Canto III: Resignation”
Original Composition. Solo Tenor and Piano, 2003.
Lyrics: All ye who enter here, abandon hope!
All ye who enter here, abandon hope!
Here ye see Wisdom Supreme at work, and Primal Pow’r,
And Love Supernal in their dawnless day.
Ere from their thought creation rose in flower
Eternal first were all things fix’d as they.
Of Increate Power infinite formed am I
That deathless as themselves I do not die.
Justice divine has weighed: the doom is clear.
All hope renounce, ye lost, who enter here.
- From “Canto III” of Dante’s “Divine Comedy.”
Solo for Bass Trombone
Original composition. Bass Trombone and Piano, 2000.
“The Pennsylvania Polka”
Arrangement. Original composed by Lester Lee and Zeke Manners.
Arrangement. Original composed by Sammy Nestico. Marching Band Show “West,” 2006.