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September 24, 2008

UNT Parody Suite – Sept. 25th

So, the Big Piece is basically finished – still need to finish the parts for Mvts. II and III, and squeeze the electronics down into a performable package, but the music is all there – about 21 minutes long, and 62 pages of 11″x17″ score. I’ll post more about it very soon.In the meantime, I’ll… continued

August 17, 2008

Back in the USA

Finished up a fun week at Marktoberdorf (pictures here, including my Krummhorn lesson), returned briefly to Austria to repack, and have returned to the USA. Now I’m heads-down focused on finishing the Winds+Electronics piece (I really need a title, don’t I?). I’ll resurface when the piece is finished and give the full rundown on… continued

August 7, 2008

Bier, Klavier, mehr Bier

Wednesday night is a special night at this festival in Marktoberdorf – everyone puts on a show, which included PDQ Bach, a Krummhorn quartet, double-reed rendition of YMCA, and an Obi horn (which would translate roughly to a “Home Depot horn”). And then we all moved down to the beer cellar where I was cajoled… continued

August 3, 2008

Marktoberdorf, Germany

I’m now in Marktoberdorf, Germany, giving a week-long composition masterclass as part of the Bavarian Summer Music Academy. This is in conjunction with a wind band component, which is currently rehearsing four of my works (Suite Dreams, Dusk, Stampede, and MetaMarch) for their concert Saturday night. They’re all in sectionals at the moment, so I… continued

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