Chamber Instrumental

Parable for Oboe and Piano  (2019)

Dedicated to Susie Rockett.

A Single Candle  (2018)

bassoon and piano

Commissioned by Dr. Janelle Ott, Instructor of Bassoon, HSU.

Forever Rising  (2018)  4.00

double trumpet quintet

This piece was commissioned by members of the Lone Star State Trumpet Guild for their upcoming performance at the 2019 TMEA Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

Symphonic Suite for Trumpet and Percussion  (2018)

Commissioned by Dr. David Amlung and Dr. Juan Mendoza

Lontano  (2018)

for trumpet and electronics

Water Colors  (2018)

I. Trees

II. Hills and Mountains

III. The Vineyard

IV. Water Colors

selections arranged for string quartet

Four “Chants” of Francisco de Lacerda  (2018)

I. Chant du feu

II. Chanson triste

III. Chant de la montagne

IV. Chanson de la route (Nord)

arranged for string quartet, originally for piano

Canção do berço of Francisco de Lacerda  (2018)

arranged for string quartet, originally for piano

Just Below the Eaves  (2017)

Commissioned by the Key City Winds.

for woodwind quintet

Just Stand Up and Play  (2017)

Commissioned by Dr. David Amlung for the Lone Star State Trumpet Guild.

for trumpet quintet

Music of the Ainur  (2018)

Dedicated to the Key City Chamber Consortium.

for woodwind quintet, brass quintet, string quartet, piano, percussion, and electronics

For Those We Miss  (2016)  8:48

for two trumpets and piano

This piece is dedicated to all of the wonderful musicians that have either recently passed away or are no longer teaching at HSU. The music traces their emotional state of hearing bad news and their struggle with the life decisions that followed this news.

Three Pieces for Brass Quintet and Organ  (2016)

Written for the Key City Brass Quintet and Hye-Jean Choi

I. Intensity

II. Solemnity

III. Jollity

A Trumpet Shall Sound for brass quintet  (2016)

This piece was commissioned by Dr. David Amlung, Assistant Professor of Music, McMurry University, in honor of Dr. Mark Wilcox.

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Cirith Ungol  (2015)  11:12

Flute/Piccolo, Oboe/English horn, Bb Clarinet/Bb Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, C Trumpet, F Horn, Trombone, Tuba, 2 Violins, Viola, Cello, Piano, Percussion: claves, triangle, timbales (2), cymbals, tam-tam

This piece was requested by Dr. Charlie Coltman for the Abilene Chamber Players for a special concert featuring Hardin-Simmons University Composers. The concert was in the fall of 2015. I have wanted to compose a piece based on the time Frodo and Sam entered Shelob’s tunnel to their leaving the Tower of Cirith Ungol. I also wanted to work with my colleagues, Steve Neves and Mike Jones, on creating drawings that focused on 10 scenes from this story arc. The performance included a film of their art that was coordinated with the music. Anyone familiar with Tolkien’s masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, will know that this episode is perhaps the most frightening and perilous part of his epic story. If not for the heroic bravery of Sam, the quest to destroy the Ring would have failed. The music and artwork, in many ways, are in homage to him.

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Cirith Ungol

Grey Skies  (2014)

for F horn and piano

Commissioned by Dr. Robert Tucker. This piece was inspired by the grey skies that haunted Sam and Frodo as they struggled in their journey towards Mordor.  They were single-minded in their dedicated to completing what seemed and felt like an impossible task. They overcame their fear and constantly moved forward toward their goal, whatever end that would be.

On Memories Not Forgotten: Echoes of Regret and Whispers of Solitude  (2014)

for flute and piano

Commissioned by Dr. Karla Ordoñez. This piece was inspired by the tragic memories of the remnant of the Noldor still living in Middle-earth in the Third Age who remember the kin-strife caused by the Oath of Fëanor.

The Music of Valinor  (2013)

for brass quintet in four movements

I. The Procession of the Valar, With the Interludes of Melkor

II. The Song of Yavanna, Creating Telperion and Laurelin

III. The Treachery of Melkor, the Theft of the Silmarils

IV. The Ascent of Vingilot, the Rise of the Star of Eärendil

This piece is inspired by the beautiful tales found in The Silmarillion, and was composed and premiered by the Key City Brass Quintet.

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Summer  (2012)

for brass quintet in four movements

I. Sun Rising

II. Heat

III. No Vacation

IV. Early evening

This piece was inspired by the terribly hot summer of 2010. It was composed for and premiered by the Key City Brass Quintet.

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Tightrope  (2012)

for piano duet

This piece was commissioned by Dr. Kay Williams and Dr. Pauline Bjorem. They are on the piano faculty at Abilene Christian University. This piece contains a number of jazz idioms, such as rag-time rhythms and extended seventh-chords.

Bernie’s Blues  (2012)

electronic

This piece was composed as an example to be used in my “Composing with Pro Tools and Reason” class. It’s a funny little tune imitating a live performance. The class and I are both audience and performers.

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What’s for Lunch?  (2011)

for flute, oboe, and clarinet, in three movements

I. Noodles

II. Ice Tea

III. Soup

This piece was written at the request of my “lunch buddies” for the woodwind faculty at Hardin-Simmons University.

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The Setting Sun  (2011)

for flute and piano

This piece was a commission by Dr. Lisa McArthur, Professor of Music at Campbellsville University.

Corners  (2011)

for trumpet quartet

This piece was a commission by Dr. John Irish, Professor of Trumpet at Angelo State University.

Featurettes  (2010)

for brass quintet, in three movements

Featurette I: A Little Work

Featurette II: A Little Rest

Featurette III: A Little Play

This piece was written for and premiered by the Key City Brass Quintet.

Echoes  (2010)

fanfare for two trumpets

This piece was written for Dr. Mark Wilcox and Dr. Bernard Scherr.

Openings  (2010)

for viola quartet

This piece was a commission by Dr. Peter Neubert, Visiting Assistant Professor of Viola at Hardin-Simmons University.

No Second Chances  (2010)

for percussion octet

This piece was commissioned by Keith Lloyd, Instructor of Percussion and Music History, McMurry University.

Night and Day  (2010)

for solo clarinet in two movements

I. Night

II. Day

This piece was commissioned by Dr. Charles Coltman, Professor of Woodwinds, Hardin-Simmons University.

Let’s Go Fast  (2010)

for trumpet quintet

This piece was commissioned by Dr. Mark Wilcox, Assistant Professor of High Brass, McMurry University.

Music in Colors  (2010)

four piano pieces on the paintings of Joao de Brito

I. Trees

II. Hills and Mountains

III. The Vineyard

IV. Water Colors

This work was inspired by the paintings of Joao de Brito and the brilliant piano playing of Joao Bettencourt da Camara. Senor da Camara has performed these pieces in the US and the UK.

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Groovy Pastorinhas  (2010)

for brass quintet

This piece was written for the Key City Brass Quintet.

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Six Portuguese Folksongs for Brass Quintet  (2010)

arranged for young musicians

I. A Pastorinha

II. Carro amaricano

III. Coradinha

IV. Mourisca

V. O ai, o linda!

VI. O Xi-Xi

These pieces have been performed many times by the Key City Brass Quintet.

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Black Coffee  (2009)

for cello and piano

This piece was commissioned by Dr. Kristin Isaacson, Assistant Professor of Cello and String Bass, Hardin-Simmons University.

Three Cues for Trumpet and Piano  (2009)

I. Watch Out

II. Take a Break

III. Get Up, Get Moving

This piece was written for Dr. Mark Wilcox, Assistant Professor of High Brass, McMurry University.

Three Portuguese Folksongs  (2009)

for piano

I. Os Reis, Ó da casa carvalheira

II. A Nossa Senhora d’Aires

III. Cana Verde

These arrangements were made for the celebration of the 50th wedding anniversary of Balzer and Blondina Scherr.

I Need A Nap  (2008)

for viola and piano

This piece was commissioned by Dr. Peter Neubert, Visiting Instructor of Music, Hardin-Simmons University.

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Dance Suite  (2007)

for piano, in five movements

I. Prelude

II. March

III. Ballade

IV. Waltz

V. Two-Step

This piece was arranged for concert band which was premiered by the Hardin-Simmons University Concert Band under the direction of Dr. Wayne Dorothy.

Portuguese Folksongs, Book I  (2006)

arranged for string quartet and string orchestra

I. A “Fecha” da Mijarela

II. A Senhora da Saúde

III. Dai voltas, Senhor!

IV. Á Sombra do arvoredo

V. Os Reis

VI. Aldeia não vale nada

VII. O menina “Delaidinha”!

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Portuguese Folksongs, Book II  (2006)

arranged for string quartet and string orchestra

I. O “melitar, melitar”!

II. Namorei a Felismina

III. Eu esta “manhé áchei”

IV. Brincas tu

V. Cravos em teu peito

VI. Esta Noite Rodou um Carro

VII. Donde vens, ó Agostinho?

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Morning Whispers  (2006)

for flute, viola, and harp

Jubilation Fanfare  (2005)

for 6 trumpets, 5 horns, 3 trombones, 2 euphoniums, and 2 tubas

Organ Trio  (2005)

for violin, cello, and organ, in three movements

I. Expectation

II. Waiting

III. Arrival

This piece was commissioned by Dr. Tido Janssen, former Associate Professor of Cello and String Bass, Hardin-Simmons University.

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Clarinet Sonata  (2004)

for clarinet and piano.

This piece was commissioned by Dr. Charles Coltman, Professor of Woodwinds, Hardin-Simmons University. This work has also been performed on numerous occasions by Dr. Thomas Josenhans.

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Fanfare for Six Horns  (2002)

This piece was written for the horn studio of former Dean and Associate Professor of Horn, Lawson Hager, Hardin-Simmons University.

Piano Quintet  (2002)

for clarinet, violin, viola, cello, and piano, in three movements

I. With intensity

II. Adagio

III. Chaconne

This piece was commissioned and premiered by the Abilene Chamber Players.

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Academic Fanfare and Prelude  (2001)

for brass octet, timpani, and organ

This work was commissioned by Hardin-Simmons University for the inauguration of its former president, Dr. Craig Turner.

Organ Preludes  (1994-2001)

No. 1 based on Agnus Dei for Feasts of the Blessed Virgin (Cum jubilo)

No. 2 based on Veni, Veni Emmanuel

No. 3 based on Alma Redemptoris

No. 4 based on Ryrie for Feasts of the Blessed Virgin (Cum jubilo)

No. 5 based on Pange lingua gloriosi

No. 6 based on Stabat Mater

No. 7 based on O Filii et Filiae

No. 8 based on Of the Father’s Love Begotten

No. 9 based on Jesu dulcis memoria

No. 10 based on Creator alme siderum

No. 11 based on Victimae Paschali Laudes

No. 12 based on Veni Creator Spiritus

These preludes are based on the plainchants listed below. Preludes 11 and 12 were commissioned by Dr. David Eaton, former Assistant Professor of Organ, Hardin-Simmons University. The complete collection is published by Zimbel Press.

Fanfare for the New Millennium  (2001)

for brass quintet

This piece won the University of Oregon’s 125th Anniversary Composition Commission Competition. 

Fanfare for an Uncommon Trumpeter  (2000, rev. 2011)

for solo Bb trumpet

Around the Box  (1997)

for tape, electronic music piece; lost

Brass Octet No. 1  (1996‑97)

for 2 trumpets, 2 horns, 2 trombones, euphonium, and tuba, in three movements

I. Prelude

II. Chorale

III. Time

This piece was premiered in Eugene, Oregon, in 1997.

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Scherzo on Man Mei Longe  (1997)

for 2 clarinets and 2 marimbas

This piece was an assignment for my doctorate exams in composition. I enjoyed the result so much that I have added it to my oeuvre. It awaits its premiere.

Compline  (1996)

for violin and piano

Woodwind Quartet No. 1  (1996)

for flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon, in four movements

I. March

II. Lament

III. Chorale

IV. Rondo

This piece was premiered in Eugene, Oregon, in 1997. It had its Texas premiere Abilene in 2012.

Fanfare for Four Trumpets  (1995)

This piece was written for trumpet players in the studio of George Recker, my trumpet professor at the University of Oregon. It was premiered at the School of Music graduation ceremony in 1996.

Fugue  (1995)

for oboe, clarinet, and bassoon

This piece cleverly combines quartal and quintal elements in a serial manner.

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Waltzophone  (1995)

for alto saxophone and piano

This piece is a tribute to Gustave Mahler, one of my compositional heroes.

Miniature Dance Suite  (1994-95)

for flute, viola, and harp, in three movements

I. Prelude

II. Sarabande

III. Estampie

This piece was premiered in Eugene, Oregon, in January of 1996.

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Piano Sonata No. 1  (1993‑94)

in three movements; arranged for wind ensemble as “Three Sketches on Jonathan”

I. Whirling Dervish

II. Night Sighs

III. Mischief

This work was inspired by my son when he was a toddler. It was also inspired by my love of the music of Ravel. It has a number of impressionist strands and requires virtuosic skill to perform it satisfactorily. It was premiered in Eugene, Oregon.

String Quartet No. 1  (1992-93)

in three movements

I. Moderato

II. Adagio

III. Allegro

This piece was premiered in Eugene, Oregon. It is tonal, lyrical, and quite expressive.

Fanfare and Prelude  (1992)

for trumpet and organ

I wrote this piece for myself and the organist at my former parish church. We premiered it at an Easter Vigil service. I also performed it again in Eugene, Oregon. It is rhythmic, tonal, and stately.  

Two‑Part Invention  (1992)

for violin and cello

The opening of this piece was written during a faculty meeting in which my mind was starting to drift. It is energetic, tonal, and, perhaps, a bit too Bach-like; but, I keep it in my oeuvre because it is so much fun. It awaits its premiere.