Ladies and Gentlemen, today, I am a happy composer. Â What makes a composer happy? Â Well, basically nothing â€“ we’re all tortured, existentially-fraught philosophers in sound who see this world for the vale of tears it really is.
But occasionally one receives a very decent recording of one’s own work, and one can’t help but feel a moment of pride. Â Therefore, I present to you now two of my newest musical children:
Symphonic Essay (2014)
I composed this piece mainly this past January for the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra; we premiered it at the end of March and recorded it at the beginning of May. Â Here’s an earlier essay/manifesto I wrote about it.
The Dwarf Planets (2012)
A suite in five movements for brass quintet, timpani and organ, composed for the Gargoyle Brass Quintet. Â Each movement depicts the god or goddess assigned to one of the outermost celestial bodies in our solar system (click the title above for more info thereabout.)