Warm, melodic, tender, beautiful.
Difficulty: Medium easy
Five Sea Shanties captures the romance of sailing in five movements. The work is rapidly becoming popular with brass quintets and audiences alike. Commissioned by Althea Kifer in 2014, it was the focus of a successful Kickstarter campaign. All the instruments get to shine, and the tuba is featured in “Shenandoah.”
I. The Maid of Amsterdam
II. Goodbye, My Love, Goodbye
III. Clear the Track and Let the Bulgine Run
V. Blow the Man Down
I. The Maid of Amsterdam – 1:30
II. Goodbye, My Love, Goodbye – 1:55
III. Clear the Track and Let the Bulgine Run – 1:40
IV. Shenandoah – 2:10
V. Blow the Man Down – 1:55
Woodwind quintet setting of the original version for voice and keyboard. Ideal for sacred settings, even without the text, and since this version has no text, it’s ideal for any setting where sincere, hopeful, uplifting music is desired.
A melodious and harmonically luxurious evocation of the starlit beauty of the Northern California coast at night.
Three fun and contrasting audience-friendly movements. Composer’s version for Woodwind Quintet of the original work for Mixed Wind Quintet (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Trumpet, and Bassoon), which was commissioned in 2014 by the Chamber Players of the Redwoods.
I. Winter Rain is vigorous and driving, in 5/8 time.
II. Coastal Fog is slow, dense, and haunting, but highly melodic.
III. Summer Sun is breezy and playful, with a sunny disposition and some mixed meters.
Difficulty: Advanced –
Total Duration: 10:55
I. Winter Rain – 3:05
II. Coastal Fog – 4:40
III. Summer Sun – 3:10
Toot is a musical palindrome, the notes sounding the same whether played “forwards” or “backwards.” An excellent fanfare concert opener, in addition to its novelty.
Four contrasting movements inspired by paintings of pairs of animals. Very advanced.
I. Tortoise & Blue Jay
II. Cougar & Hare
III. Brown Bear & Butterfly
Difficulty: Advanced +
Total Duration: 8:00
I. Tortoise & Blue Jay – 2:00
II. Cougar & Hare – 2:00
III. Brown Bear & Butterfly – 1:45
IV. Otters! – 2:15
The Y2K Bug Blues begins as a slow minor blues-rock, featuring a duo of oboe and clarinet, and solos for flute and clarinet. The middle double-time swing section features an oboe solo. Written-out solos are provided.
Difficulty: Medium +