Denotations is a single movement for 12 unpitched percussion instruments based on recurring rhythmic patterns that occur throughout the work. It is scored for castanets, claves, handclaps (2 or more players), triangle, tambourine, temple blocks (5), high, medium and low wood blocks, snare drum, hi-hat and bass drum.
Three Old Carols for Band is a transcription of Christmas Suite for Orchestra  made at the request of Larry Klabunde for performance by the Westerville Concert Band in December, 2016. Three movements are based on historic carols: 1. The London Waits ("Past Three O'Clock on a Cold, Frosty Morning"). 2. Huron Carol (Jesous Ahatonia) attributed to Jean de Brébeuf (1593-1649) and 3. Patapan (attributed to Bernard de la Monnoye 1641 - 1728). The English horn has prominent solos in the second movement.
There are three movements based on historic carols: 1. The London Waits ("Past Three O'Clock on a Cold, Frosty Morning"). 2. Huron Carol (Jesous Ahatonia) attributed to Jean de Brébeuf (1593-1649) and 3. Patapan (attributed to Bernard de la Monnoye (1641 - 1728). It was first performed under my direction at Cristmas concerts in Gray Chapel, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio by the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra in 1998.
The Chaconne (3'14) is scored for a somewhat unusual clarinet quartet consisting of E-flat, B-flat, A and bass clarinets. The Charade (3'01) movement, a scherzo, calls for 2 B-flats, an A and bass. The work is dedicated to the Prestige Clarinet Quartet.
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The Processional is my first extensive, non-class-assignment composition. It was written in the days between exam week and my college graduation in June, 1961. It was performed later that summer by the Westchester Pops Band at the Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla, New York. It has gone through a number of revisions since then. One observant musician thought it typical of pieces written in the 1960's with quartal and quintal harmonies.
Margaret Barstow Weait's short fanfare for woodwind quartet with humorous verses describing concert etiquette spoken by the musicians. A different way to start a program that avoids the usual P.A. announcement. The instrumentation is flute, clarinet in B-flat, horn in F and bassoon.
The song cycle "Off the Beaten Path" for Medium Voice, Viola and Percussion was composed in 2015 at the suggestion of the dedicatee, violist Steven Wedell. There are five songs and four instrumental movements: 1. Prelude (Va, Perc, 0'47); 2. Psalm 61[Peterson] (Vce, Va, Perc, 2'09); 3. Solo (Va, 1'43); 4. The Road Not Taken [Frost] (Vce, Va, 3'27); 5. Solo (Perc, 1'23); 6. When Bells Stop Ringing [Dickinson] (Vce, Va, Perc, 1'08); 7. The Clock Strikes One [Dickinson] (Vce, Va, Perc, 1'19); 8. Duo (Va, Perc, 1'43); 9. Psalm 100 [Peterson] (Vce, Va, Perc, 1'30).
Drumming Up America! is a setting of five historic melodies for rudimental drummers with band accompaniment. It is dedicated to the late Robin Engleman, my much-admired Toronto Symphony colleague. The tunes are: The British Grenadiers, Scotland the Brave, Roslin Castle, The Downfall of Paris and Yankee Doodle. The Downfall of Paris uses the traditional rudimental drum part. Roslin Castle was the traditional funeral march before Chopin's Funeral March became popular.
A harmonization of the excellent trill etude in Christian Julius Weissenborn's Bassoon Method (p. 65 in the Carl Fischer edition).
Two movements for the not-often-heard duo of English horn and bass clarinet dedicated to the outstanding Robyn Dixon Costa and Anthony J. Costa. Sarabande invokes the historic slow dance form in triple time. The Scherzo has playful treatments of octave doublings with occasional "wrong" notes. The bass clarinet part has alternative pitches for instruments without the extended low range.
This is the pre-printed, paper version of the work. A PDF digital download is also available.
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