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.
The music depicts two buglers answering each other on a quiet evening before playing taps. The second player could play at some distance from the first. An little piece for Veteran's Day or Memorial Day or memorial service. Full score and parts for all instruments in each set.
Karl Philip Emanuel Bach's brief piano study freely arranged and harmonized for flute and clarinet as an ideal concert opener or encore.
Five (very!) easy little pieces for beginning flutists limited to whole, half and quarter note rhythms, cut-time, three-four and two-four meters, and ranges from D sharp 4 up to E natural 5.
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
This short arrangement for the under-served trio repertoire for flute, B-flat clarinet and horn in F. Similar to but not exactly the same as the other trio versions. Dedicated to the stalwart music lovers: Helen Erskine, Joyce Guzik and Beth Scott at Kammermusik Workshops, 2010.
Sophisticated (but fun!) settings of ‘Row Row’, ‘Frère Jacques’, ‘3 Blind Mice’ and ‘Lovely Evening’.
This is the pre-printed, paper version of this work. A downloadable, PDF version of Weait's Rounds for woodwind quintet is also available.
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