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Selected works for full orchestra and chamber orchestra
Inspired by the artwork of the humanist/realist artist Tyrone Geter, Flight! is an energetic, up-tempo fanfare that is structured around two principle themes. The piece derives much of its melodic and rhythmic interest from the opening trumpet motive.
Flight! is available from TRN Music Publisher, Inc.
The symphony unfolds in the conventional 4-movement cycle. Ritual Celebration offers a clearly articulated sonata form. Solitary Reaper is loosely structured around variations on the pitch set a-d-d-c-e-d, the first three letters of the composers last and first names. Jewel’s Garden is based on two themes drawn from a childhood tune. Spiritus Mundi is a lively rondo with melodic counterpoint of themes from each of the first three movements.
Jubilation is available from the composer.
Were You There? is an adaptation of the Afro-American spiritual of the same name attributed to John and Frederick Work. It is a powerful orchestration for chamber orchestra and solo flute. The solemn opening presents the melody that permeates the work. The intensity rises and falls with every climax and returns to a plaintive statement of the verse with solo flute, clarinet, and piano at the end. In every way,
Were You There? is available from TRN Music Publisher, Inc.
Flourish of the Silver Cadets was composed in honor of the student musicians at Richland Northeast High School in Columbia, South Carolina. It is a lively fanfare full of flare and excitement throughout the piece. The piece opens with a triumphant brass feature and has many alternating passages of lyrical phrases and characteristic sounds of traditional concert fanfares.
Flourish of the Silver Cadets is available from TRN Music Publisher, Inc.
Selected works for symphonic wind ensemble, high school, and middle school concert band
Adagio and Dance was commissioned by and dedicated to the 1996 Guilford County Middle School Honor Band in Greensboro, North Carolina. The slow and mysterious first section is contrasted with a bright and playful dance section featuring driving rhythmic ostinatos and energetic melodic passages. The scoring allows for young bands to achieve a full and mature ensemble sound that makes the work exciting for both listeners and performers.
Adagio and Dance is available from TRN Music Publisher, Inc.
Indigo Run was commissioned by the University of Miami Wind Ensemble and the New Music Consortium under the direction of Gary Green, conductor, and Michael Robinson, consortium director. It is a musical display of the rich and vibrant hue found in the Carolina low country. While not a fully programmatic depiction of the scenery, the work attempts to recreate the essence of the landscape in sound.
Indigo Run is available from TRN Music Publisher, Inc.
Lakeside Episode was commissioned by and dedicated to the Chapin Middle School Band under the direction of David Santiago. It is a loosely programmatic work that portrays the stately character and small town elegance of the town of Chapin, South Carolina. This concert overture features lively rhythms and strong thematic material throughout the work.
Lakeside Episode is available from TRN Music Publisher, Inc.
Longtown Legacy was commissioned by the Blythewood Middle School Band under the direction of Brad Layton. It was composed in honor of Mrs. Jo Hecker. This overture has spirit and drive right from the opening fanfare with rhythmic writing that propels the work forward. The colorful orchestration pays careful attention to all sections of the ensemble and will surely show off the talents of a young band.
Longtown Legacy is available from Grand Mesa Music Publishers.
Palmetto Fantasy was commissioned by and dedicated to the 1996 Richland School District One Middle School Honor Band under the baton of the composer. This showpiece features the harmonic coloring and authentic rhythms of the many musical styles heard throughout South Carolina, the “Palmetto State.” The sparkle and energy of the piece allows for all sections of the band to shine including many exciting and interesting percussion parts.
Palmetto Fantasy is available from TRN Music Publisher, Inc.
Impromptu for tuba and piano explores a variety of musical moods ranging from dark and ominous to joyful and exuberant. It is a wonderful display of melodic inventiveness and rhythmic interest utilizing creative exchanges between tuba and piano throughout the composition. After a mysterious introduction, a brisk allegro section provides an unrelenting presentation of energy and vitality that characterizes much of the piece.
Impromptu is available from the composer.
Three Dreams is a song cycle set to the texts of poetry by Langston Hughes. Dreams, the first song in the cycle, is slow and introspective. The second song, Dream Dust, combines the texts of two poems, Dream Dust and Dream Weaver. The third song in the cycle, I Dream a World, set to the text of the poem of the same name has been set by a number of composers.
Three Dreams is available from the composer.
Allegro Giocoso is a wonderful display of melodic inventiveness and rhythmic interest utilizing creative exchanges between the pianos throughout the composition. A “scherzo-like” ternary form is employed with the piece deriving much of its melodic and rhythmic interest from the theme introduced in the opening measures. The complex rhythmic scheme conveys a feeling of perpetual motion throughout each segment.
Allegro Giocoso is available from the composer.
Joyful Noise is a spirited setting of verses extracted from the 98th and 100th Psalms. The three-part form opens and closes with a bright tempo featuring frequent meter changes to keep the momentum strong with a contrasting middle section highlighted by flowing melodies and imitative counterpoint. Interplay between the organ, voices, brass, and percussion enhances the celebratory effect and allows for a truly "Joyful Noise" throughout the piece.
Joyful Noise is available from the composer.
Homework Blues is structured in a true 12-bar blues progression. it is designed to introduce the concept of swing to young singers and offers an accessible approach to two-part harmony for inexperienced or small ensembles. The light-hearted text will certainly bring a smile to the faces of parents and teachers every time they hear it. It's a toe-tappin', finger-snappin' selection that makes the blues enjoyable for both listeners and performers.
Homework Blues is available from the composer.
Suite for Young Voices was commissioned by the SC Music Teachers Association and the state chapter of MTNA. The central theme of the suite is one of peace, friendship, and unity. I Hear a Voice has an uplifting melody and conveys a message of self-discovery and friendship. Meditation features a mysterious and flowing melody with contemporary harmonies. I Believe is an upbeat song with a powerful message of unity and national brotherhood.
Suite for Young Voices is available from the composer.
Additional custom arrangements for various ensembles are available upon request. Cedric Adderley also has an extensive catalog of custom arrangements for marching band.