Concerto for Contrabassoon and Orchestra

This concerto was conceived for the redesigned Contrabassoon by Guntram Wolf, the Contraforte.  I had just received my own Wolf Bassoon and wanted to show Herr Wolf a modicum of gratitude for my wonderful instrument.

The work is based on the Peruvian folk songm “El Condo Pasa.”  At the time, I was performing a wide variety of South American orchestral music.  The vivacity of the melodies and rhythms was intoxicating.  There was a pure simplicity in them.  I wanted to recapture some of that in this piece.  Yet, I knew it was for the Contrabassoon, the utter antithesis of singable melodies.

The Contrabassoon concerti that had been written are almost all in a hyper-modern style and can only be accessed by performers of the highest caliber.  My concerto, while still technically demanding, I feel is more accessible.  The biggest challenge that the work presents is the expanded range found on the Contraforte.  The range for the soloist is just shy of four octaves (from A0 to G-sharp4).

Instrumentation

  • Scored for 3 Flutes (3rd=Piccolo and Alto Flute), 2 Oboes, English Horn, 2 A Clarinets, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, 2 Bassoons, 3 B-flat Trumpets, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Tuba, Timpani, Marimba, Crotales, Vibraphone, 2 Chimes, Celesta, Harp, Mandolin, Strings
  • Solo Contrabassoon (Contraforte)

A potential performance is scheduled for sometime in 2016

Buy the sheet music here.

Romance for Bass Saxophone and Strings

This is the second of my works for solo saxophone and string orchestra.  This work features the rarely heard Bass Saxophone.  The inspiration came from the moving solo for Contralto in Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky.  

It is by no means technically challenging, but requires the delicacy of the finest operatic bass singer.

This work has had one performance, but the circumstances were not ideal.  The day before the performance, the entire bell of the school’s Bass Saxophone fell off.  It was beyond a quick repair, so I quickly transcribed the whole thing for Bassoon.  The final performance was less than satisfactory.

I’m still waiting to hear a great performance of this work.

Video is a computer generated version.

The Romance is now for sale at Sheet Music Plus

For Bass Saxophone and strings:

http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/romance-for-bass-saxophone-and-strings-digital-sheet-music/20267269?ac=1&_requestid=81810

For Bass Saxophone and Piano:

http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/romance-for-bass-saxophone-and-strings-piano-reduction-digital-sheet-music/20267431?ac=1&_requestid=81842

 

 

Chaconne for Baritone Saxophone and Strings

As someone who played quite a bit of Bari Sax, I always knew the inherent lyricism that the instrument has.  As an undergrad, I wrote this piece to show that rarely seen side of the instrument.  This is one of the few works that has been performed (actually, it has had 2 performances), and one of my works that could really fill a gap in solo literature.

The Chaconne is now for sale at Sheet Music Plus:

The performance in this video is from a live recording in 2004 from my senior recital.