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For violin, clarinet, and piano (2016)

Duration: ca’ 4’30”
Premiere: Walden Creative Musicians Retreat, Dublin, New Hampshire


Audio: 2016 Premiere
Carlos Cordeiro, Clarinet
Steve Beck, Piano

Program Notes:

I have always found Celtic knots to have a mesmerizing quality. The way these illustrations adorn medieval manuscripts such as the Book of Kells and the Lindisfarne Gospels has left such a powerful impact on history that they remain iconic and recognizable to this day. The way the lines weave over and under one another inspired me to attempt a similar effect in the relationship between the violin and clarinet in my composition, Interlace.

Only in the Anticipation

Only in the Anticipation

For clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, and double bass (2015)

Duration: ca’ 3’00”
Premiere: Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, May 2015

Other Performances:

The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, April, 2020

West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Public Radio, December, 2018

Fairmont State University, Fairmont, West Virginia, September, 2018

Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, November, 2016

Audio: 2015 Premiere
Kristi Hanno, Clarinet
Tom Breadon, Bassoon
Jared Hunt, Trumpet
Tim Hutchens, Trombone
Darren Cueva, Double Bass

Program Notes:

Alfred Hitchcock, the famous director of suspense and thriller films, once said “there is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.” While my piece is not meant to terrify, I do intend for the music to remain in a state of anticipation similar to the one Hitchcock describes. The piece can be broken into three parts. The first part is disconcertingly comical, dancing on the brink of insanity. The middle of the piece is intended to evoke a different kind of anticipation, that of floating without a clear landing in sight. The third part returns to the original character of the first and ends WITHOUT a bang.