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One of my early piano pieces. I hadn't originally conceived it as such, but after I played it to my dad he mentioned that it sounds kind of Chinese (and I realised that it does use the pentatonic scale quite heavily) so I gave it this title. Just a fun light-hearted little piece. Feedback welcome! I'd be especially interested to know if anyone has comments on the way I change the thematic material when repeating it.
Here's one for all the love-sick teenagers. I wanted to write something that sounded like a traditional folk song (probably originally accompanied by fiddle or guitar or some such), that was then adopted by the classical music people and rearranged for amateur singing in the parlor with piano. There are lots of nice folk tunes that are standards of recital repertoire now that started out as back porch or pub music. I spent a lot of time trying to decide how florid my imaginary later day arranger got with their piano arrangement, and ended up keeping it pretty simple for accessible parlor playing back in the days before radios. (: How did I do with my way-back machine? Happy Valentine's Day, a little late! (You'll need to open up the pdf to see the words, or you can watch the youtube below, with the score scrolling by.)
Someone on another forum was asking for music for their church treble choir that's just starting to learn to sing harmony. They are good at partner songs and call and response. So this is church appropriate and uses lots of unison and call and response, plus a little bit of harmony. Since it has so much unison it needed a piano/organ part to do some of the heavy lifting harmonically, but I'm not a pianist. If you notice that any of it would require really awkward fingering please let me know! I'm attaching a pdf of the score so you can read along. I think this would also be really nice for treble choir plus women's choir, with the kids taking the first unison section, and then the adults joining them. Or for an easy anthem some Sunday when the four guys in your church choir are all out of town, and all you have are sopranos and altos. Thanks for listening! Here's a youtube with the score rolling by in case that's easier:
Interstellar Horizon for Concert Band is my biggest and most ambitious project yet! It is my first fully completed concert band piece. It is to convey the beauty and danger of interstellar space travel in about 5 different phases.