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July 28, 2008

Unplugged until Friday

I will be away from the internet from today through Friday. If you e-mail me, I’ll answer when I return.I’ve almost finished Mvt. IV of the new piece. I’m inordinately excited about this one – amplified, effected bassoons and solo clarinet, in a delicious 12-tone serial groove. It’s sort of Webern meets Radiohead.Now I need… continued

July 17, 2008

WYWOP 2008

The World Youth Wind Orchestra Project gave their concert last Saturday night to a packed house and a well-deserved standing ovation. They rocked Stampede and brought the house down by closing with Maslanka’s Give Us This Day.To everyone in the WYWOP – I really enjoyed working with you and thank you for working so… continued

July 12, 2008

Circus Maximus and more

The UT Wind Ensemble arrives today for their concert at MidEurope. They’ll be performing Corigliano’s “Circus Maximus” – can’t wait to hear it again! After that, the WYWOP will give their concert, which includes my piece, Stampede. The band is sounding fantastic this year, and it should be a great concert.Also, I’ve added continued

July 7, 2008

Hohenwerfen und Dachstein

The last few days we’ve visited Hohenwerfen Castle (outside of Salzburg) and the top of the Dachstein mountain (well, almost the top – you have to have ropes and gear to go the last 300 meters). Saw a fantastic falconry and bird demonstration at Hohenwerfen (they were flying right over our heads at insane speeds… continued

June 30, 2008


As promised, a few shots from yesterday’s Gerburtstag Feier for Opa’s 80th birthday:Siegi und Verena:Wolfgang on Zither, Siegi on Steirische, Steve on Hackbrett:Fred und Hans, performing wild clarinet tricks:Opa, Oma, and a subsection of the Eberschwanger Bauernkapelle (one of the two community bands in Eberscwhang). They provided music and fun for the party as well,… continued

June 28, 2008


On Friday I started learning a couple of tunes on Hackbrett (Hammered Dulcimer) so we can play some traditional songs for Opa’s 80th birthday party today. The main tune is an “Innviertler Landler” (the Innviertel is the local region of Austria we’re in). Lots of I and V7, which is good for me, because that’s… continued

June 3, 2008

Austria again!

Tomorrow I leave for Austria, which of course I always eagerly look forward to (the ‘being there’ part, not the ‘getting there’ part). At Mid-Europe this summer I’ll be giving a 3 day masterclass on composing, as well as a workshop for beginning composers, and then during the first week of August, I’ll be… continued

May 1, 2008

Short Ride in a Grand Pianola

Last night’s concert by the Jerry Junkin and the UT Wind Ensemble was intense. This was the final concert of John Adams’ residency at UT, and the group opened with his Short Ride in a Fast Machine (which I know well, but had never heard live), and followed up with his Grand Pianola music, both… continued

April 29, 2008

Back from Baylor

Bob Reynolds and the Baylor Wind Ensemble gave a really fine performance of the piece last night. There were a few odd moments in the opening of the piece (there usually are – the vast silent spaces and exposed single notes seem to make the players nervous, unfortunately), and the elderly audience member’s mechanized breathing… continued

April 28, 2008

Bloom yesterday, Alchemy tonight

Verena and the UT Symphony Band gave a truly stellar performance of Bloom yesterday. In fact, the entire concert was superb – Damon Talley, the director of that group, has done a fantastic job with them this year.Tonight, V and I head up to Baylor to hear Bob Reynolds guest conduct Alchemy in… continued

April 18, 2008

Earthquake in Indiana

I arrived in Fort Wayne, IN yesterday for my residency at IUPFW (late, courtesy of American Airlines), and was welcomed early this morning by an earthquake. I’ve been to LA several times, San Francisco, Seattle, even Japan, but have never felt an earthquake until I come to Indiana. It was a bizarre, gentle, rocking -… continued