String Quartet # 2 (©2017) is my second endeavor into the discipline of writing for this ensemble, which I have found to be the most humbling of ambitions. Mozart and Haydn set the bar for this ensemble. Beethoven raised it. Borodin, Ravel, Prokofiev and Bartok took it to the very limits of harmonic tolerance, essentially condemning all string quartets from future composers to sound like horror film scores in a desperate effort to appear relevant. Avoiding traditional harmonic structure at all costs has its place in music, but perhaps not in the string quartet, where a composer’s knowledge and understanding of four-voice harmony and counterpoint can be most accurately tested and revealed. This ensemble provides no where for a composer to hide, and perhaps that’s why Beethoven embraced it in his final years.
This composition is seeking a world premiere performance by a qualified ensemble. Serious inquiries may contact me directly. At twenty-five minutes, it’s my longest single composition to date, which sort of makes me laugh having composed music all my life, but the truth is that I rarely get to develop an idea beyond a minute or two, and although I get to develop ideas over time throughout a film score, the governing philosophy is always to serve the picture first and composition second.
The audio on this video is the MIDI playback directly from my notation software, recorded in real-time during the screen capture. It is meant for reference only. For best viewing, please ensure your YouTube resolution preference is set to 720HD.
A Hero’s March is a new piece for concert band (©2017) seeking a world premiere. Serious inquiries may contact me directly for instrumentation list, score and parts.
About this piece: A Hero’s March is my first attempt at writing something for a giant concert band ensemble. Writing exclusively for winds and percussion is tricky business. I’m a huge fan of John Phillips Sousa’s marches and my goal was to achieve the same weight and melodic power Sousa got consistently from this ensemble. I also wanted to see if I could write something cinematic without relying on strings to do the heavy lifting. This piece is only four minutes in duration and should fit easily into any larger concert band program. I will happily re-orchestrate for a smaller ensemble if a performance opportunity demands it.
The audio you hear in this video is the unedited MIDI playback from my notation softare. For better viewing, please ensure your YouTube video playback is set to 720p or higher.
The Wedding Party is a orchestral film cue (©2017) seeking a world premiere. Serious inquiries may contact me directly for instrumentation list, score and parts.
About this piece: Although this composition was not written to picture, in my mind’s eye I imagine it accompanying the strategic and rapid preparations for a grand, outdoor wedding reception. I’m seeking a public performance and live recording of this cue to broaden my demo reel and work experience. The audio you hear in this video is the MIDI playback from my notation softare. In other words the notes, articulations, dynamics etc., are literally being read and translated into sound in real time. For better viewing, please ensure your YouTube video playback is set to 720p or higher.
Festival Dances is a new orchestral composition (©2017) seeking its world premiere. Serious inquiries may contact me directly for instrumentation list, score and parts.
About this piece: One may hear the influences of Borodin and Brahms in the harmonic language and motivic development. Classically trained listeners will notice the fugue and canonical writing which serve as the centerpiece and finale of this composition.
About the video: This video is an unedited screen-capture of my notation software (Sibelius) with real-time audio playback provided by NotePerformer virtual instruments. For better viewing, ensure your YouTube video playback is set to 720p or higher. Please note, the layout of this score was altered to make better use of the screen, which resulted in some visual cluttering, overlapping and occasional hanging slurs. The conductor’s score and parts for this composition are professionally prepared and free from the engraving errors that appear in this video.
String Quartet #1 Writing a string quartet that contributes something of value to the standard repertoire is a tall order. Perhaps that’s why I waited so long to attempt one. Most of this work was completed in 2014, although I made slight improvements to it recently (©2017). I’m promoting it with the 2nd movement because its tune couldn’t be simpler, and somehow its simplicity feels new in the face of contemporary classical music. The other two movements are more adventurous in harmony and rhythm. This three movement composition has never been performed and is available for a world premiere performance. Serious inquiries may contact me directly.