Latin Translations - my take on what's commonly called "latin" music - is now turning into an ongoing orchestral project. This is the second set of 3 pieces.
A pastoral theme and variations reminiscent of early 20th century British composers such as Coates and Bridge. The recording is of the world premiere performance by the Peninsula Strings, under the direction of Michael Reason.
A symphony written in the style of music for action adventure movies. Watching films of this genre is one of my favourite "down" time occupations.
The Concertino for Trumpet is a bright, joyful concert piece composed for the instrument I played in my youth and inspired by virtuosi like Maurice Andre and Wynton Marsalis. Ah, how I wish I had played like this ...
The concerto, written for B-flat clarinet, explores the versatility and expressive range of the solo instrument - not least of all its four octave range, from sultry lows to lyrical mid-range and screaming highs.
A very early work that needs serious revision, particularly to the outer movements. The remaining movement, with its flamenco allusions, still has some appeal and is presented here.
Writing for an instrument that seems to have a zest for life, its difficult not to imagine virtuosic passages. The pitfall (hopefully avoided in this work) is forgetting to allow the soloist sufficient places to breathe!
This orchestral piece was was written to celebrate the 30th anniversary season of the Colorado Springs Chamber Orchestra.
This piece is based on the composer's memories of England, where he was born and raised. The four movements follow the seasons.
With 3 short movements, this is my spin on what's generally referred to as "latin" music, in an orchestral setting.
Northland is a project portraying in music the varied landscapes of the composer's adopted country, Canada.
A whimsical, sometimes tongue-in-cheek piece intended as a concert curtain raiser and inspired by earlier masters of the genre such as Georg Philipp Telemann and Leopold Mozart.
The piece is an eclectic combination of classical sonata form, full orchestra and themes in the style of American folk tunes.
A theme and 12 variations, each of which uses the 12 tones of the chromatic scale.
The opening , a 3-note motif played in the Violas, is the basis for all the music that follows.
This work was built largely from improvisations, which you might think of as the musical equivalent of daydreaming.