I made this transcription of the Birthday Flourish (à14) for my 75th birthday celebration. It calls for 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons and 2 horns. Careful study of the score will expose a Schoenbergian penchant for retrograditude in the quarter-note interludes.
This is the downloadable version of the work. There is no pre-printed, paper version.
Written in 1980 for Terence Wardrop, Q.C., then president of The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, on the occasion of his fiftieth birthday. A neo-classical fanfare using the Handel ‘Fireworks’ instrumentation. For 3Ob, 3 Bn, CBn, 3Hn, 3Tp, Timp.
This is the downloadable version of the work. A pre-printed, paper version is also available.
Quintets don't often get to play Renaissance music. A delightful, rhythmical madrigal.
A quiet Christmas prelude by Bach’s eminent predecessor.
This lively French carol will spice-up any holiday program.
Fragments for wind octet was composed beginning in 1992 and worked on sporadically until 2010. It uses a compositional technique as if themes placed on a bulletin board are moved around for each instrument. The motives recall the traditional figures played when harmonies – ensembles of pairs of woodwinds and horns - were in vogue: leaping clarinet arpeggios, bouncy bassoon bass lines, sprightly rhythms and lyrical oboe melodies. The horns, however, play a corrupted version of ‘horn fifths’ throughout without sharing it.
Triobapa for oboe, bassoon and piano (10'00).
Composed in 2000, premiered by Arbitrio at the International Double Reed Society meeting in Buenos Aires in August, 2000. The outer movements are spirited. The middle one has extended solos for the woodwinds. Traditional technique and ranges. Keyboard score and parts for oboe and bassoon.
1. Three movements: Allegro spiritoso, Moderato, Allegro spiritoso (4'45)
2. Autumn Thoughts, Andante, poco adagio (3'00)
3. Allegro giovale (2'15)
Music from the Ottawa River where rafts of lumber were floated to sawmills guided by men perched on the logs. A favorite of many quintets, it recalls the vibrant, outdoor life of the raftsmen. RECORDED on compact disc by the Aeolian Winds, IBS 1002. For flute, oboe, clarinet in B-flat, bassoon & horn in F.
The first printing of the recently-discovered "original" version of the music by the little known A.K.A. Bach that later became known as "The Clarinet Polka".
An unusual march from the American Revolution, most likely a tune for fifes. Full title: ‘Colonel Pickering's March to Lexington (April 19, 1775)’.
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