Solos and Duets

Music for one or two performers.

A Glimpse of Heaven

A Glimpse of Heaven
This piece is what I consider to be the embodiment of miracles.  It is structured around various events that happen on a daily basis, and on beliefs that people structure their entire lives around.  I will refer to these miracles as the sun, time, and divine gifts. The sun is the center of the first movement And the Clouds Part, which is built on an ascending scale in the flute and a series of s ...

Colliding Pigeons

Colliding Pigeons
This piece stems from an event that I observed early in my first term of graduate school. I was riding my bike to school when all of the sudden, two very large pigeons ran into each other in mid air, fell to the ground, and promptly began to flap and coo excessively before one wandered off on foot and the other again took to the air.  I thought to myself, “how odd…  colliding pigeon ...

Concerto for Two Unaccompanied Instruments

Concerto for Two Unaccompanied Instruments
This piece was originally intended to be a concerto for two unaccompanied trumpets.  The score that is posted is the version for the trumpets, though it would be suitable for most brass players.  Other editions of this piece exist for bassoon, clarinet, and flute, so ultimately anyone can play it with anyone else.  This transformation occurred while I was attempting to get part of the piece per ...

The Dwindling Twilight

The Dwindling Twilight
This piece was written for an elementary school teacher of mine that recently passed away from cancer.  Her name was Sharon Yeiter, and she was a wonderfully inspiring woman who gave all she had to her students, and never considered giving up on anyone.  She was one of the biggest forces in my life at the time to get me reading, and was always full of new ideas to make it fun and interesting for ...

Etude for Guitar

Etude for Guitar
A 1-minute miniature for guitar.  The work is designed to be very free in performance, having a folk song-like quality to it.  It is not exactly intended for the concert hall, but rather for performance on a street, quad, or other nontraditional concert setting. ...

Just Another Night

Just Another Night
This piece tells multiple different stories in a single way, and the story that unfolds is determined by the performer. The first movement, Foreplay, is characterized by extreme register shifts combine with a tradeoff between strongly modal and semi-tonal harmonic centers.  The leaps into the higher register could be understood as cries of pain, or abrupt transitions from one mood to another, or ...

The Man with the Lumpy Head

The Man with the Lumpy Head
A 1-minute miniature for soprano saxophone and tuba named by saxophonist Dan Puccio. ...

Pomegranate Fantasy

Pomegranate Fantasy
It has been a while since I had written for solo piano, and in reality this would only be my third endeavor.  When you have a performer like Sahar Nouri ask you for music, you just cannot say no.  This work is a through-composed fantasy  for solo piano built upon flowing rhythm and colorful effects, written for a very special person whom I care for very deeply. ...

Soliloquio de Tango

Soliloquio de Tango
The initial conversation for this commission went like this: Me:  Terra, I’d like to write a piece for you. Terra:  Cool! Me:  How about a tango-ish thing?  Violin and piano? Terra:  Sweet! And so the verbal contract was made.  I had no actual intention of writing a real tango, but more of a faux tango.  It basically would be something dance-like that the average person would relate t ...

Sirens of the Sun

Sirens of the Sun
The concept of the Sirens found in Homer’s Odyssey was always a fascinating idea:  beautiful, elegant creatures that could lure any man to their death by simply singing to them.  Variations of this concept are present in nature with the Black Widow spider, or the praying mantis, with the female killing the male after mating, and is a very curious persona for a woman to adopt, most often in ...

Variations on a WINCO Receipt

Variations on a WINCO Receipt
This piece came about in a really weird way.  I was sitting at the piano messing around with some ideas while my girlfriend and my mother were on the couch across the room making comments about anything and everything.  Eventually, the conversation shifted to post-tonal theory, and my girlfriend ended up suggesting that I play some stuff off of a receipt.  So, I reached into my pockets and pull ...

You Know of Time

You Know of Time
This song cycle focuses on the tension and emotions of a couple separated by war.  In this particular situation, the commissioner has a husband that has been deployed in Iraq twice since he joined the armed forces.  Comprised of three songs, this cycle goes through the regular life just-cougar felt by the wife, her longing thoughts of her husband on the other side of the world, and the intensifi ...