Painted Upon A Grecian Urn is a controlled perspective of four Greek Gods and Demi-Gods. In this 25-minute set for Wind Ensemble, Athena, Orpheus, Dionysus, and Apollo are vividly characterized through the lens of a particular set of tones. The set is as follows:
Commissioned by the Alameda International High School (Lakewood, CO), under the direction of Andrew Cogswell.
Commissioned by the Tuttle H.S. Marching Band (Tuttle, OK)
Structural Integrity (2013) is based on a sculpture by Bill Smith called Structure. The 20-foot tall tower weighs only two ounces and is similar to many natural structures found in our world. The structures that I find most intriguing are hair cells – sensory receptors for perceiving sound that are found on a microscopic level in almost every mammal.
The overall shape of Structural Integrity reflects that of the damped sine wave that gives Smith’s Structure its form. My piece begins with a broad base of octave doublings and eventually tapers down to one line; one note. The constant growth and decay of dynamic, line, and tone color throughout reflects the oscillation of a sine wave as it is interpreted by human ears. These similar swelling shapes create a series of interconnected musical modules that seamlessly transition from one to the other and finally converge upon a single unison pitch, reminiscent of how the piece began.
The premier took place among Smith’s work at the World Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis, Missouri on 4 May 2013.
Children with Smart Phones is about technology’s negative effect on the upcoming generation of kids. Everywhere I go, I see children so enthralled with a cell phone that they cannot socialize or act normally in society. Parents shove a smart phone in their kid’s hands to distract them and keep them quiet instead of teaching them the values of being respectful and socially cognizant. Children would rather sit at home with their cell phones, texting, tweeting, and facebooking while their childhood is slipping away, than go outside and play with their friends or ride their bikes or find entertainment in the simplicity of life. Children are growing up Fat, Happy, and Distracted to the extent that they expect everything to be given to them, placed in their hands, at their fingertips, and they do not understand the value of hard work or physical labor.
This six-movement suite explores the whole euphonium in a matter of eleven minutes, featuring not only an impressive cadenza but also those sweet, suite melodies that reflect the under-appreciated beauty of the Euphonium.
Six Dulcet Dances was premièred by Chris Cotten, euphonium, with Madeline Greeb accompanying in the University Center for the Arts at Colorado State University on 16 April 2011.
This piece is a removed look back on the recent events of my life, without judgement or a search for meaning; merely a walk through the memories as they are preserved in time.
This piece for Wind Ensemble takes the listener on a journey through the human mind as it searches for already acquired knowledge. The memory is there the whole time but the mind just cannot find the means to articulate it. After almost giving up hope, the memory, once lost, comes triumphantly flooding back in crystal clear recollection.
Ulterior Motives is a dark yet exciting work that takes you on a journey through the underlying agenda that drives betrayal and inevitable revenge. While everything seems to be normal on the surface the mind is clouded with malicious intent which, at times, can taint even the most innocent of endeavors.
Winner of the 2007 Classical Marimba League’s Composition Competition in the Baroque Category, Duelling Marimbas is a fun and challenging work that hearkens back to Bach and the Baroque style for two 4.5 octave marimbas.
Duelling Marimbas is available for purchase through C. Alan Publications