Instrumental Large Ensembles / Concert Band / Symphonic Band / Orchestra
"Rhapsodecaphrenia" (Rhapsody + Dodecaphony + Schizophrenia) represents a musical universe in a state of creative crisis, an attempt to use "docecaphonic" material in a "rhapsodic" fashion, two ideas which could seem to be opposed or unrelated to one another, as in dissociative identity disorder (colloquially called "schizophrenia"). This universe's uses highly-chromatic and/or twelve-tone rows as melodic, harmonic, or motivic material and re-combines it in a variety of ways, ranging from dense clusters, aggressive rhythmic ideas, harmonic sequences, polyphony, and lyrical melodies. At times, these personalities are cooperative with or opposed to one another, yet are actively seeking to work against the strict laws of their universe to create their music.
Wind Ensemble, Grade VI. 10 minutes. (Picc, Fl 1, 2, Ob 1,2, Bsn, CBsn, EbCl, BbCl 1,2,3, BsCl, CBsCl, SSax, ASax, TSax, BSax, Horn 1,2,3,4, BbTpt 1,2,3,4, Tbn 1,2,3 BsTbn, Euph, Tba, Perc [7-players])
Spencer Municipal March (2013)
A march dedicated to the city of Spencer, IA, where the composer lived for a summer while working as a music director for the Spencer Community Theatre. The march is modeled closely on traditional Sousa marches but also includes personal touches such as a large train whistle, intended to imitate the persistent Iowan train whistles that the composer heard every day in Spencer.
Concert or Marching Band, Grade IV (Picc.2.1.1 3.1 2.1.1 3(Cnt).2(Tpt).188.8.131.52 5(Perc)
My Shepherd Will Supply My Need (2o12)
A transcription for concert band with optional string doublings of an original piano solo based on the hymntune "Resignation" from the Southern Harmony. The piano solo and this arrangement are dedication to Zach and Nicole (Posthuma) Staudt, in celebration of their wedding in May 2012.
Concert Band Grade, IV (Picc.2.2.2 3.1.1 Flugelhorn.184.108.40.206.1 Timp+5) (optional strings)
Premiere RHS "Zero Hour Band"
R.O.M.P: Four Short Preludes for Band (2012)
Finalist for Category 3 (College, Grade V-VI) of the 3rd International Frank Ticheli Composition Contest.
A transcription of all four piano preludes for standard concert band. Each movement has a unique feeling or theme. Mvt I "Romp - Revelry" is fast-paced with rhythmic and chromatic challenges. Mvt II "Opiated Reverie" is mysterious and relaxed using parallel chromatic lines. Mvt III "Mercurial Revolution" is bright, energetic, and highly-texture with difficult flute and clarinet solos and percussion effects. Mvt IV "Proclamation - Revelation" uses material built from the circle of fourths with a declarative opening, a groovy jazz-inflected middle, and a dramatic conclusion.
Concert Band, Grade V-VI (Picc.3.2.1 4.1.1 Sop.2.2.1 220.127.116.11.1 StrBass Timp+6)
Mvt. I "Romp - Revelry" Premiere RHS "6th Hour Band"
Kitseguecla: Beneath the Sharp-Pointed Mountain (2011)
Full symphony, (2222 - 4331 - timp+2 - str (no doubling)
Kitseguecla (kit - soo - cla) is one of the many names given to a mountain in northern British Columbia, but is actually the name of a region and Gitxan community near Hazelton, BC. The tallest peak itself is refered to as "the Nipples" or "the Horn," with the adjoining ridge called "Rocky Ridge." Other spellings include "Gitsegulka" which roughly translates from the Gitxan language to "people living beneath the precipice" or Segulka, "sharp-pointed mountain."
The composer has had the privilege to explore this mountain on a goat hunt with family and friends while visiting the region. These encounters inspired the majority of the work, either awaiting the return to the mountain, sitting atop its tattered ridges, or recalling the experience weeks later. Although this mountain is not world-renown, its stands apart, contrasting the more docile snow-capped summits with its rugged, forboding presence, with few hikers entering the region, and nearly no climbers seeking to scale its most dangerous faces, except the resident goat population. The mountain is strikingly beautiful when fully exposed, but vicious, like a fang protuding from a wild beast's mouth, or it becomes eerily quiet when shrouded in the mists, hiding in its crags and gravel slides unknown dangers and wonder.