Study en Mozart
As a classically-trained horn player, I spent a lot of time studying Mozart’s four Horn Concertos (my favorite is the second). They are standards for the instrument and provide lots of opportunity for developing essential horn techniques. This piece is my attempt to impersonate the style and form of a Mozart horn exposition. I expect you could substitute this piece for the first movement of any of the Eb Concertos and only the horn players would notice – and, please, tell me if you do this.
Duration: 4 minutes
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Sunrise on Shrouded Mountains was inspired by many mornings looking east towards the Wasatch Mountains while I lived in Utah. As the sun rises on foggy spring mornings, the day warms and brightens – yet not until the sun breaks the peak of the mountains is the valley truly light. As the fog burns away, the majesty of the mountain range…
Achilles is a short energetic piece for brass quintet full of contrast. While the beginning and ending are quite heroic, the middle section contains both sharpness and smoothness. Throughout it all, a steady eighth note drives the energy continuously through many changes in meter. Changes in time signature and rhythmic complexity make this a very difficult piece. Achilles was recognized in 2019…
Penitence tells a story of prayer, anguish, and forgiveness. The subject is one who repeatedly tries and fails to overcome a self-destructive habit, but with the help of God they ultimately conquer.It holds a special place for me as the first of my compositions ever publicly performed, in a recital in 2014. Duration: 4 minutes Back to piano music