Ukrainian Triptych was written in 2012 at the request of Dr. Bruce Gbur who is of Ukrainian descent. The music in three panels (movements) is based on folk songs found in the collection 'Let's Sing Out in Ukrainian, Volume One' compiled and edited by Yurko Foty, published in Saskatoon, Canada by Canuk Publications, 1977. The work will be premiered at the International Double Reed Society's 2012 conference at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio on July 9, 2012.
First Panel - 4'00
Second Panel - 4'45
Third Panel - 4'15
Total duration - 13 minutes
Distant Thunder with Rain is for native American flute and standard woodwind quintet. It was inspired by and written for Michael Cox and the members of the QuintEssential Winds, all faculty at the Capital University Conservatory of Music. It was premiered by them on October 31, 2011 in Huntington Recital Hall as part of the 2011 NOW Festival of Contemporary Music. The music depicts Night, Dawn, Sunrise, Full Daylight, Hunting, Distant Thunder with Rain, Sunset, Evening and Night.
Three movement duet for oboe and bassoon. I. Acrobats (2’45) II. Lion Tamer (1’45) III. Clowns (1’50). Dedicated to the memory of the oboist and oboe maker Alfred Laubin. Mr. Laubin, was a member of the first professional wind quintet I played in. I remember him as a very thin, quiet and dignified man. He is in no way personified by the music in the work! This is the downloadable version of the work. A pre-printed, paper version is also available.
Ten by Three (10 X 3): A Collection of Folksongs from Quebec for two instruments and keyboard. [13'00]
Based upon delightful songs and singing games from Quebec. Score and five parts: oboe or clarinet, bassoon or 'cello or bass clarinet, piano or harpsichord.
A Passacaglia for the standard woodwind quintet: flute, oboe, clarinet in B-flat, bassoon and horn in F. Composed in 2008 and slightly revised in 2016. The work eagerly awaiting it's first performance!
The work is only available as a download.
A stirring fanfare for 5 B-flat trumpets. Dedication: "In recognition of the outstanding teaching of Richard (Doc) Burkart, Emeritus Professor of Trumpet, The Ohio State University School of Music".
This is the downloadable version of the work. A pre-printed, paper version is also available.
3 movements explore the blues. Written for Professor Katherine Borst Jones and The Ohio State University Flute Troupe. Only flutes are needed. Performed by the dedicatees at the 2008 National Flute Association meeting in Kansas City.
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.
Quintets don't often get to play Renaissance music. A delightful, rhythmical madrigal.
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