Scherzo for Woodwinds

The Scherzo for Woodwinds was intended to be the third movement of a symphony that I never completed.  The first three movements and sketches for the fourth are all that exist out of a planned five movement work.  The first movement (now relabeled as Fanfare for Brass and Organ) and the second movement (now relabeled as Adagio for Winds and Organ) are today stand alone pieces.

The work in in traditional ABA form.  The initial A section, is for standard orchestral winds (2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, and 2 Bassoons).  It is fast, and in 1.  In fact, it is the fastest work I have written to date.  The trio introduces us to a trio of Oboe d’Amore and two English Horns.  By the end of the trio, the lower clarinets (Alto and Bass) have joined the ensemble.  The final section, adds in the full woodwind ensemble (there are no saxophones in this work).  The bass is bolstered by Contrabass Clarinet and Contrabassoon.

Scoring: 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes (1=Oboe d’Amore, 2= English Horn 2), English Horn, E-flat Clarinet, 2 B-flat Clarinets, E-flat Alto Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Contrabass Clarinet, 2 Bassoons, Contrabassoon.

Fanfare for Brass and Organ

The Fanfare for Brass and Organ is the opening movement of a symphony I never completed.  The first three movements and sketches for the fourth are all that exist out of a planned five movement work.  The second movement (now relabeled as Adagio for Winds and Organ) and the third movement (now relabeled as Scherzo for Woodwinds) are today stand alone pieces. The work does utilize thematic material from the other movements, but can work well as a standalone piece.

The work has elements of the Prelude to Das Rhingold mixed with the fanfare like nature of The Pines of Rome’s “Pines of the Appian Way.”

The work is scored for:

  • 4 Horns
  • 2 Piccolo Trumpets in A
  • 2 C Trumpets
  • 2 Tenor Trombones
  • Bass Trombone
  • 2 Flügelhorns
  • 2 Euphoniums
  • Bass Tuba
  • Contrabass Tuba
  • Organ