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Original Compositions for Other Ensembles

Band/Wind Ensemble | String Orchestra
 
Orchestra | Other Ensembles | Jazz Band

What you need to view the scores and listen to the recordings

These are compositions for ensembles that don't fit into the other categories--currently, sax sextet or choir, brass and percussion ensemble, sax and percussion ensemble, woodwind ensemble, and solo piano.


Star Spangled Banner (grade 2 - 3)
PRICE: $25
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For four alto saxes, one tenor, and one baritone sax. If you believe that our national anthem can be set in a number of ways while still being respectful of the song and its significance, then check out this arrangement. It features dissonant, compelling harmonies (reminscent, to me, at least, of Copland or Stravinsky) which are intended to add to, rather than detract from, the song's message. Warning: these are very young players, and their intonation reflects that. Please use your imagination.

VIEW THE SCORE:
Star Spangled Banner
LISTEN TO IT:
Real Audio (220 K)

.m4a (MPEG-4, MP3) (iTunes, etc.)


Bugle Call Suite (grade 3 - 3.5)
DURATION: 5:15
PRICE: $55 (specify version, and brass or saxes)
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The Bugle Call Suite consists of settings of a number of familiar bugle calls, harmonized and realized, as well as a setting of a beautiful campfire song. Together, they bring back memories of my years at summer camps. The piece is currently availablie in three orchestrations: two for brass and percussion, and one for saxes and percussion. Specific instrumentations are listed below.

There are some glitches in this (MIDI) recording, for which I apologize: a couple of measures are omitted, and some notes are cut off. The percussion is also mostly missing. But it will serve to give you the gist of the piece until I have time to post a better recording.

VIEW THE SCORE:
Bugle Call Suite (version 2: for brass & percussion) (3 tpts, 2 hns, 2 tbns, 1 bari hn, 1 tuba, perc)
LISTEN TO IT:
Real Audio (1.2 MB)

.m4a (MPEG-4, MP3) (iTunes, etc.)


Berwick Doodle (grade 3ish)
DURATION: 1:28
PRICE: $35
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Berwick Doodle is scored for two flutes, oboe, clarinet, and alto, tenor, and bari sax. I wrote it for the advanced students in Berwick, Maine's Noble Junior High School. It is meant to challenge, and give each instrument's voice a chance to show through. It is chamber music for a level that normally plays thicker pieces with more doubling. The melodies and harmonies were new and compelling to the students.

The recording is MDI playback, and unfortunately, the first few notes are cut off.

VIEW THE SCORE:
Berwick Doodle
LISTEN TO IT:
Real Audio (392 K)

MP3


Non-Stop Boogie
DURATION: 1:57
PRICE: $6
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This highly kinetic piece was written for an equally kinetic student of mine. It's from the as yet unpublished "Edly Paints the Ivories Blue (book 2)," and is mostly on the black keys. It's a blast!

VIEW THE SCORE:
Non-Stop Boogie (page 2 of 2)
LISTEN TO IT:
Real Audio (490 K)

.m4a (MPEG-4, MP3) (iTunes, etc.)