Orchestra Compositions

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A Matador’s Tale

Ensemble: OrchestraGrade: Grade 3Length: 2:10

This programmatic work that depicts an elaborate bullfight. The modern bulfight (corrida de toros) has three distinct stages. The opening Spanish fanafre sets the stage for the entrance of the matador. The first stage (Tercio de Varas which means lances third) moves to a tango where the bull enters the arena and the matador first […]

Arabian Dance

Ensemble: OrchestraGrade: Grade 2Length: 3:45

This arrangement for string orchestra and optional percussion depicts the haunting and beautiful dance from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Ballet.” This is a perfect piece to perform at your next holiday concert!

Deus Ex Machina

Ensemble: OrchestraGrade: Grade 5Length: 9:00

Commissioned by the Alabama Orchestra Association and dedicated to the members of the 2007 Alabama All-State Orchestra, Bohuslav Rattay, Conductor. In some ancient Greek drama, an apparently insoluble crisis was solved by the intervention of a god, often brought on stage by an elaborate piece of equipment. The god was lowered by stage machinery to […]

Jubilance

Ensemble: OrchestraGrade: Grade 2Length: 2:00

Dedicated to the Austin High School Symphonic Orchestra in celebration of their invitation to perform at the 62nd annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Carolyn Vandiver, Conductor. This programmatic work conveys a sense of extreme joy and happiness. The opening rhythmic ostinato sets the ground work for the recurring C major pentachord melodic motive. A brief […]

Land of the Rising Sun

Ensemble: OrchestraGrade: Grade 3

Commissioned for the 59th Annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic (published by TRN
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Spring Forward

Ensemble: OrchestraGrade: Grade 1Length: 1:30

Written during the record breaking cold winter of 2015, the piece is reflective of upcoming warm days, and conveys the feelings of hope and propserity. As I wrote the piece it reminded me of walking barefoot in the grass soaking in the sun and smelling the fresh spring air. Spring Forward was written as a […]

The Barbaric Conquest

Ensemble: OrchestraGrade: Grade 3Length: 2:30

This programatic work that depicts the brutal, cruel, behavior of unacceptable individuals in ancient societies. These people were uncivilized, uncultured and in a general sense perceived as having an inferior level of civilization. The Barbarians were known social parasites that depended on settlements as a source of slaves, surpluses and portable luxuries.  It was common for […]

The Old Castle

Ensemble: OrchestraGrade: Grade 3Length: 4:00

This haunting of arrangement of Mussorgsky’s “Old Castle” from “Pictures at Exhibition” features a variety of wind soloists and makes this piece accessible for young orchestras.

The Storm Chasers

Ensemble: OrchestraGrade: Grade 3Length: 2:15

Immerse yourself in the world of storm chasers, following the planet’s deadliest and most violent weather outbreaks. This high-energy piece uses ostinatos and dynamic rhythms to capture the power and awe of these massive storms. A soft opening portrays the calm before the storm, followed by a driving chase motive that includes an optional percussion […]

Voces Orchestrae

Ensemble: OrchestraGrade: Grade 3Length: 4:20

Voces Orchestrae (pronounced vo-chaze orkestray meaning “Voices of the Orchestra”) was written in February of 2006 for the Westminster high school orchestra. The piece begins with the musicians singing the “voices of the orchestra” and then moves to a quick rhythmic ostinato in the woodwinds, xylophone and violins. A variety of timbres and instrument combinations […]

Volatilis

Ensemble: OrchestraGrade: Grade 4Length: 4:00

Volatilis (from the Latin “volatilis” meaning “to fly”) is an adjective used to describe something unstable or changeable. The piece opens with a quick fanfare and moves into a march like section. There is a mysterious section that features a solo French horn and then builds to a very new and passionate treatment of the […]