Finding the Murray River (2222/2220/timp/perc/hp/stgs); 6:00. This work won the Women's Philharmonic 1998 reading session competition (San Francisco). It has been performed in Texas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Oregon, and twice in California. It was released on PARMA Recordings' 2011 compilation CD Light and Shadow - Modern Orchestral Works, performed by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vit Micka.
Sleep, Child (string orchestra); 5:00. It was released on PARMA Recordings' 2011 compilation CD Light and Shadow - Modern Orchestral Works, performed by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vit Micka.
Man of Oregon (2222/4221/timp/4perc/stgs); 23:00. Commissioned by the Bowerman family through the Oregon Humanities Center with financial support from the Oregon Community Foundation, this work is a symphonic biography of Bill Bowerman. This is the full orchestra version of Bowerman, Man of Oregon (see below). Premiere: July 1, 2008 by the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, conducted by Philip Brunelle.
Bowerman, Man of Oregon (1111/1111/timp/2perc/stgs); 23:00. Commissioned by the Bowerman family through the Oregon Humanities Center with financial support from the Oregon Community Foundation, this work is the chamber orchestra version of Man of Oregon. Premiere: October 2007 by the Central Oregon Symphony in Bend, Oregon, conducted by Michael Gesme.
An Autumn Concerto (solo Bb clarinet; 1101/1110/timp/perc/hp/stgs); 14:30. Commissioned by clarinetist Lisa Taylor, this through-composed work is like a tone poem in form. It traces various aspects and activities of autumn as the days pass from equinox to solstice.
Aesop's Fables (woodwind quintet with narration); 12:00. Five of Aesop's Fables are told in this work. Each movement has two main characters, highlighted by a different pairing of instruments. Audiences of all ages enjoy this work. It is an excellent vehicle for demonstrating the unique voice and personality of the different instruments of the woodwind quintet.
I. The Ant and the Grasshopper
II. The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
III. The Hare and the Tortoise
IV. The Wind and the Sun
V. The Lion and the Mouse
Field Report: News from Rural Oregon (clarinet/piano); 11:20.
Commissioned by clarinetist Lisa Taylor, this four-movement work incorporates an accessible, amusing mix of tonality and atonality, painting four vignettes of life in the country.
I. Goat Dance
II. 186 Days of Rain
III. Salmon Run
IV. Blackberry Season
Loco Motives (flute, clarinet, violin, 'cello, percussion, piano); 5:30. The long, unhurried gestural melodic shapes draped over this piece's jazz-influenced extended harmonies are twice broken by intense, burstingly rhythmic passages, perhaps evocative of passing trains on an otherwise lazy summer day.
Theseus and the Minotaur (horn, oboe, piano, percussion, narration); 18:00. This piece is an original retelling of the ancient Greek myth of how Theseus slew the Minotaur in the Labyrinth. Between its six movements are narrations spoken by the four instrumentalists. It was commissioned and premiered in 2002 by horn player Matt Monroe. It shows off the horn's capabilities in its lower range and uses a variety of extended techniques.
II. The Voyage of Doom
III. Theseus and Ariadne
IV. In the Labyrinth
V. The Flight from Crete
VI. The Death of King Aegeus
Barbara (2 C flutes, alto flute, bass flute); 4:00. Commissioned by the Bowerman family through the Oregon Humanities Center with financial support from the Oregon Community Foundation, this piece was written in honor of Barbara Bowerman.
Dos Cabeceos (2 violins, cello, piano); 4:45. This chamber work references Argentine tango in a tangle of independent lines that interact to weave a complex rhythmic and harmonic texture.
The Dimming of the Day (solo natural horn in Eb); 3:00. Commissioned in 2004 by horn player Jeanie Neven. Premiered at the 11th London New Winds Festival in London, England.
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