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March 21, 2011

Anthem + Cello Concerto + Hummingbrrd for Euphonium

I finished two new pieces last week. That makes three in the past month. This can’t be good for me… The first, Anthem, is a brand new work for Jay Gephart and the Purdue University Wind Ensemble, commissioned to celebrate the Purdue Bands’ 125th anniversary. It’s 7’30” of joy, featuring twittering flutes, vibraphone, glockenspiel,… continued

October 25, 2010

Concerto for Wind Ensemble – the score

I’m in Austin this week for the University of Texas Austin Wind Ensemble’s world premiere of my Concerto for Wind Ensemble. Had a great 2.5 hour rehearsal this afternoon – Jerry Junkin and the band have worked their butts off on this piece – all 54,210 notes of it. The concert is this coming Wednesday… continued

July 28, 2010

Composing at the Computer: MIDI Mockup Madness

A recent exchange with fellow composer John Mackey on Facebook about saxophone samples (he uses the Vienna Symphonic Library series, and I’m currently using the built-in General MIDI samples, which possess the subtlety of a chainsaw) reminded me that I’ve long wanted to do a post comparing MIDI and live versions of a… continued

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