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Music Style Description Instrumentation Media
Orchestra

Little Suite for Orchestra
Sarabande, March, Fugue
The Sarabande is serious and melodic, the March is cute, and the Fugue is an orchestrated version of the Fugue for Four Winds. The Sarabande and March reduced to oboe and piano may be heard under Seven Easy Melodies for Oboe
Duration: 10 minutes   Year: 2000

 

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Two Pieces for Garret
In honor of the 10th anniversary of Garret Gerritsen’s conducting of the San Francisco Civic Symphony, as requested by orchestra members I orchestrated and the orchestra performed two of my wind octets, Romance and Octomarch. The latter is lengthened slightly by a snare drum introduction. Each can be played as a stand-alone piece.
Duration: 7 and 3 minutes   Year: 2009

 

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Band

Fantasy on a March
With frequent changes between major and minor, the stirring march themes reappear as romantic melodies. Of special interest are the trumpet and piano solos, and a section for oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon and piano, in homage to Mozart and Beethoven, who wrote beautiful quintets for this combination of instruments.

I don’t have a good recording of a band performance but you can listen to the piece arranged for wind quintet and piano: 1st movement of Sextet for Winds and Piano.
Duration: 5 minutes    Year: 2000

Concert band
with Piano

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Concerto Variations on Eliahu, a Passover Theme
The piano part of the cello/piano duet listed below was orchestrated in 2009 for a performance by Ken Hoppe, cello, and the College of Marin Symphony. The form and harmonies of this piece are mostly traditional, but there are a few surprises. There is a "cantorial" cello cadenza. One of the performances is available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjmMrRO8ynw
Duration: 8 minutes    Year: 1998

Cello, Orchestra

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Concerto Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra
The first and third movements are lively, the second is reflective. There are several solo passages for other players. This was first performed by professional musicians including John Thomas, trumpet soloist, at Bard College on August 1, 2003. The orchestra was tiny, with only one player per string part, one each of flute, oboe/English horn, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trombone, and two percussionists. The audio recording is provided here. There have been four other performances: soloist Richard Welker with the San Francisco Civic Symphony, February 8, 2004, soloist William Essert with piano reduction played by Mary Sharman, May 23, 2004, Tom Dickerson, soloist, with the College of Marin Orchestra, May 14, 2005, and Brian Hertz, soloist, with the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra, June 9, 2007.
Duration: about 15 minutes
   Year: 2003
Trumpet, either B flat, C, or E flat, and orchestra. Chamber orchestra is sufficient. Piano reduction of orchestra score is available.

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Allegro


Adagio


Allegro

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Concerto

Alpenhorn Variety Pack
This contains music in several styles, both slow and lively, for solo alpenhorn and orchestra.  A piano is included in the orchestra, but if not available, other instruments are provided with cues for the piano passages.  There have been three performances in 2006 — two indoor and one outdoor.
Duration: 6 or 8 minutes, depending on whether an optional repeat is taken.  Year: 2005


Alpenhorn and
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Concerto

Theme and Variations for Er Hu and Orchestra
The er hu is a two-string Chinese violin, which I heard during a visit to China in August 2006. I liked the bold tone very much and decided to compose a piece for it. The theme and ending are written in Chinese style using the pentatonic or five-tone scale. The six variations move into Western harmonies and a variety of rhythms.

The world premier was held on February 10, 2008. Matt Springer was soloist with the San Francisco Civic Symphony. The second performance by Matt was with the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra on June 7, 2008. You can listen to that here.
Duration: About 11 minutes    Year: 2007

 

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Concerto

Andante and Rondo for Two Clarinets and Orchestra
The Andante is a relatively slow contemplative movement in concert F minor. The Rondo has a variety of passages between the repeats of the main theme. All are lively and one is in ragtime style. The world premier was held on January 30, 2011. Rachel Dusenbury and David Treganowen were the soloists with the San Francisco Civic Symphony. The second performance was on April 20, 2013 by the College of Marin Symphony with David Treganowen and Shelley Hodgen, soloists.
This performance may be heard and seen on YouTube. The link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9tJf9VGwu0&feature=youtu.be
Duration: About 11 minutes   Year: 2010


 

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Concerto Romance and Dance For Horn and Orchestra
A romantic melody alternates with the lively dance passage. There is also alternation between major and minor keys.There were two performances in 2013, one by Glenn Widener and the Starlight Orchestra in Portland, OR, and the other by Eric Andersen and the San Francisco Civic Symphony. This was first written with piano accompaniment of the horn solo, which is also available (see below).
Duration: about
6 minutes   Year: 2010
Horn, Orchestra

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Concerto Andante and Rondo for Oboe, English Horn, and Orchestra
The two movements are orchestrated versions of the second movement of my Sextet for Winds and Piano and Rondo Giocoso respectively, with solo oboe and English horn. I think they make a nice pair but each can be performed separately as short stand-alone pieces.
Duration: about
5 minutes each   Year: 2013
Oboe, English Horn, Orchestra

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Chorus

At My Window
A musical setting of the poem by Linda Pastan, this choral work is about winter and the feelings evoked by falling snow. The string orchestra accompaniment was written to satisfy contest rules, but an organ fills the bill quite well. There is also a piano accompaniment version which was performed by the College Chorus of the College of Marin on December 8, 2005.
Duration: 3 minutes  Year: 2001

 

Chorus (soprano, alto tenor, bass) and String Orchestra, Organ or Piano

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Vocal

Adam's Task
This is a musical setting of the whimsical poem, Adam's Task, by John Hollander. The musical depiction of many of the imaginary animals named by Adam is humorous. The sound clip is the initial performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music by Michael Mohammed, baritone, Randy Paik, clarinet, and Gary Friedman, piano. Unfortunately the recording is scratchy.
Duration: 8 minutes    Year: 1999

 

Baritone, Clarinet in A, Piano

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Vocal

The Great Sea
This is a musical setting of the poem by Elizabeth Spires. The horn passages and undulating piano accompaniment contribute to the oceanic feeling communicated by this haunting introspective poem.
Duration: 10 minutes    Year: 2000  
Musicians: Paula Arciniega - mezzo-soprano, Alicia Telford - horn, John McCarthy- piano

 

Vocal - mezzo-soprano or contralto, French Horn, Piano

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Vocal Blizzard
This is a musical setting of another winter poem by Linda Pastan. The falling cold, crisp snow and the blowing winds are depicted in the piano accompaniment.
Duration: 4 minutes    Year: 2001 
Vocal - mezzo-soprano or contralto, Piano

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Vocal I Do Not Love Thee Three Ways
A musical setting of the poem, I Do Not Love Thee, by Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton. The music attempts to express the speaker's denial of the obvious. There are three musical settings. The first version is spare, with only flute accompaniment. The second is in baroque style with flute and cello accompaniment. The third is a blues-style version with piano added.
Duration: 14 minutes    Year: 2002 
Musicians: Paula Arciniega mezzo-soprano, Stephanie McNab - flute, Emil Miland - cello, John McCarthy - piano
Flute/Piccolo, Cello and Piano.
Vocal - mezzo-soprano or contralto

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Adagio


Moderato


Swing

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Vocal Sophie's Children's Songs
Sophie Friedman, my granddaughter, wrote 4 short poems for school when she was 8 years old. I set these to music in the form of little children's songs. The song shown with View First Page is Winter-Summer Diamante. The audio provided is of Halloween. A diamante is a diamond-shaped poem starting with one word in the first line and ending with one word in the last line.
Duration: about 2 minutes for each of the 4 songs  Year: 2002 
Musicians: Paula Arciniega - mezzo-soprano, John McCarthy - piano
Vocal - mezzo-soprano or contralto and Piano

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Halloween

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Vocal Windmill Song
This was written by invitation to be played by the San Francisco Civic Symphony at a ground-breaking ceremony for restoration of a windmill in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. The original poem, set to music here was written by Lisa Yanover. It has been sung three times by John Kendall Bailey, once with orchestra, once with wind ensemble, and once with piano. . As of January 2015, to my knowledge the ceremony has not occurred. The Listen button provides the orchestra version (San Francisco Civic Symphony).
Duration: 7 minutes   Year: 2004 
Vocal - Baritone and orchestra. The orchestra score has also been reduced to a 14-piece wind ensemble plus timpani and simply to a piano accompaniment.

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Vocal

The Art of Disappearing
A musical setting of the poem, The Art of Disappearing, by Naomi Shihab Nye. The music attempts to express the poet's shunning of company for more pleasant solitary pursuits and is humorous in parts. I provide some lower alternative notes so that the tenor part can also be sung by a baritone. Also provided is an option for the singers to be an octave apart if singing a major 7th apart is too challenging in a short passage depicting "greasy sausage balls on a paper plate". In addition to the piano/score used by the singers and piano, there is also a separate part for each wind instrument, which provides essential information about what some others are doing to help with coordinated playing. The audio clip is of a performance by Sandra Kruse, Barry Kruse, Frank Lahorgue, Gary Friedman, Mimi Braverman, and Brian Thompson, listed in order of the instruments and vocal parts to the right.
Duration: 6 minutes    Year: 2014

 

Flute, Clarinet in A, Horn, Piano, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor or Baritone View

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The Man Who Hated Trees
A musical setting of the poem, The Man Who Hated Trees, by Naomi Shihab Nye. The music attempts to depict a not-very-nice barber, who not only “spent years shaving the necks of cafeteria managers” but found every excuse he could to justify cutting down trees. The mezzo-soprano is accompanied by English horn or clarinet in A, horn, bassoon, and percussion (wood files rubbed together to simulate, neck shaving and tree sawing.) To aid in coordinating with the vocalist and each other, abundant cues are provided in staves parallel to the staves being played in the instrumental parts. The vocalist sings from the score. You may see and hear the performance in the audio clip by Mimi Braverman, mezzo-soprano, Gary Friedman, English horn, Frank Lahorgue, horn, Karen Wright, bassoon, and Ruth Friedman, percussion, on YouTube. The link is https://youtu.be/03xXoCZw8MY
Duration: 6 minutes   Year: 2016 

 

Mezzo-soprano, English horn or clarinet in A, horn, bassoon.

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Cello with Piano Variations on Eliahu, a Passover Theme
The piano part of the cello/piano duet listed below was orchestrated in 2009 for a performance by Ken Hoppe, cello, and the College of Marin Symphony, Tara Flandreau, conductor. The form and harmonies of this piece are mostly traditional, but there are a few surprises. There is a "cantorial" cello cadenza. One of the performances is available on YouTube: ?v=6RHrLVqTyZg
Duration: 8 minutes    Year: 1998 
Cello, Piano

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Horn with Piano

Romance and Dance
A romantic melody alternates with the lively dance passage. There is also alternation between major and minor keys. The orchestrated version is listed in the Concerto category.
Duration: About 6 minutes   Year: 2010

 

Horn, Piano

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Oboe with Piano Autumn
The melodies are romantic. This piece won First Prize in the Composers Today Competition, Adult Division, Music Teachers Association of California, 1999.
Duration: 3 minutes    Year: 1999 
Musicians: Janet Popesco Archibald -oboe, John McCarthy - piano
Oboe,Piano

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Oboe with Piano Seven Easy Melodies for Oboe with Piano Accompaniment
These were written at the suggestion of Janet Popesco Archibald, my oboe teacher, who expressed a need for more nice pieces for oboe students early in their training. Because of these students' relatively poor endurance, the piano takes over the melodies in places to give the oboist opportunities to rest. They are suitable for beginning and intermediate level students, both young and adult. Piano cues appear in the oboe part so more of the melodies can be played on the oboe when appropriate.

First Melody is derived from the cheerful parts of First Melodies (above) with the rhythm simplified. Belvoir is a piece I composed as a teenager but never wrote down before including it in this collection. It is named after the street I lived on at the time, in University Heights, Ohio. It may well be the most beautiful of the seven melodies. The two Hamelin pieces are from my Pied Piper of Hamelin (above). Hamelin Before is the happy melody in C major depicting Hamelin before the Pied Piper arrived. Hamelin After depicts Hamelin after the town lost its children. The notes of the melody are the same but they are played slower and the harmony is sad, in A minor. In the original woodwind quintet version, the Hamelin After melody is played on English horn. The Sarabande and March melodies are from Little Suite for Orchestra (above) and March Fantasy is derived from Fantasy on a March (above).

Audio recordings are available here of all seven melodies. Belvoir appears twice, first played with the other six melodies, all played by Heather Morris, piano and me. The second Belvoir is played by Janet Popesco Archibald, oboe, and John McCarthy, piano.
Duration: 2 minutes each    Year: 2000 
Musicians: Gary Friedman - oboe, Heather Morris - piano
*Belvoir Musicians (lower Listen button): Janet Popesco Archibald - oboe, John McCarthy - piano

Oboe,Piano

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First Melody


Belvoir


Hamelin Before


Hamelin
After


Sarabande


March


March Fantasy


* Belvoir

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English Horn and Harp (or Piano)

Reflections
A slow, romantic, introspective piece that is attuned to the special characteristics of the two instruments. The harp part may be played on piano or harpsichord.
Duration: 4 minutes     Year: 2002 

 

English horn, Harp

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Mixed Chamber

Quartet for English Horn and Strings
There are two movements, Adagio and Allegro.  The piano reduction allows this to be played as an English horn and piano duet.
Duration: 10 minutes; each movement 5 minutes    Year: 2006
Musicians: James Matheson, English horn, Presidio String Quartet members: Deborah Katz, violin, Ilana Matfis, viola, Shain Carrasco, cello.


English horn, violin, viola, cello; piano reduction of the string parts

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Mixed Chamber

Trio #1 for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano
This is a serious piece but there is a bit of humor when the clarinet rejects a viola passage and suggests a different way of playing it.
Duration: 6 minutes   Year: 2011

 

Clarinet in A, Viola, Piano

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Mixed Chamber

Trio #2 for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano
The two main melodies are inverted in the last part of the piece.
Duration: 5 minutes   Year: 2011

 

Clarinet in A, Viola, Piano

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Mixed Chamber

Sticks and Tones
A lighthearted piece for bass clarinet and xylophone, two of my favorite instruments, first performed by Bob Markison and Jim Dalrymple at the San Francisco Community Music Center on October 19, 2012. The audio provided here is computer-generated.
Duration:
6 minutes;   Year: 2012


Bass clarinet, xylophone

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Winds (Chamber) The Pied Piper of Hamelin
The settings, characters and events in this classic legend are depicted in the music. The narrative is the poem by Robert Browning, somewhat shortened and edited by Lawrence James, Headmaster of Black Pine Circle School in Berkeley, CA. This has been performed at several schools and is recommended for both elementary and middle schools.  It was professionally recorded in 2005 by Citywinds with Lawrence James narrating. The Listen button will bring you this recording.
Duration: 20 minutes    Year: 1999 
Musicians: Esther Landau - flute/ piccolo, Laura Reynolds -oboe/English horn, Dania Esterman - clarinet, Zachary Limacher - horn, Charles Moehnke - bassoon.
Woodwind quintet and narrator (Flute doubles on Piccolo and Oboe doubles on English horn)

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Winds (Chamber)

Fugue for Four Winds
This engaging fugue is fun to play and nice to listen to. It won Second Prize in the Composers Today Competition, Adult Division, Music Teachers Association of California, 2000. Groups that have performed it include a double-reed quartet (oboe, two English horns, bassoon), woodwind quartet (flute, English horn, clarinet, bassoon-as in the accompanying audio), saxophone quartet (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone), and clarinet quartet (three B flats, bass).
Duration: 4 minutes     Year: 2000 
Musicians: Stephanie McNab - flute, Janet Popesco Archibald - English horn, Carey Bell - clarinet, Jenny Gunter - bassoon

 

Woodwinds - several possible combinations

also transcribed
for Organ

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Winds (Chamber) Fugue #2
This is my second fugue for four winds. It is lively like the first, but the players and listeners are provided some respite by a chorale-like passage in the middle.
Duration: 4 minutes     Year: 2001 

Woodwinds - several possible combinations

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Winds (Chamber)

Horn (or Bassoon) Wind Quartets
These quartets were written for flute, oboe, clarinet and horn because there are so few pieces for this combination. If a woodwind quintet group assembles and the bassoonist is late or cannot attend, there is little that can be played by all the others. The horn part can also be played on a bassoon; a bassoon part in concert pitch is provided. Thus, these pieces can be played by a standard woodwind quartet. Also provided is the clarinet part transposed for English horn. Since the flute part can be played on oboe, these pieces can be played by a double reed quartet consisting of two oboes, English horn and bassoon. I have written 6 of these and they are available in two sets of 3 (1,2,3 and 4,5,6). You may listen to #1 and #2 as played by Citywinds.
Duration: 5 minutes each     Year: 2004 for the first 3, 2005-2006 for the second 3
Musicians: Esther Landau-flute, Laura Reynolds-oboe, Bruce Foster-clarinet, Zachary Limacher-horn.

 

Flute, Oboe, B flat Clarinet, horn. A transposed horn part for Bassoon and a transposed Clarinet part for English horn are also provided

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Winds (Chamber) Meanderings (Wind Octet)
I started playing fairly regularly in a wind octet (two each of oboes, clarinets, horns, and bassoons) in 2007 and like very much both the large sound and variety of sound colors that this combination can provide. This, my first octet, has both serious and light-hearted sections. The performance that you can listen to was by Janet Popesco Archibald and Robin May, oboes, Jose Gonzalez Granero and Joanne Eisler, clarinets, Larry Ragent and Alicia Telford, horns, Dan MacNeill and Shawn Jones, bassoons at my 80th birthday party, March 8, 2014.
Duration: 5 minutes Year: 2008

2 each of oboes,
Bb clarinets,
horns in F, bassoons

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Winds (Chamber) On The Go (Wind Octet)
This is my second octet, livelier than Meanderings. This piece was recorded on April 28, 2014 by Janet Popesco Archibald and Robin May, oboes, Jose Gonzalez Granero and Joanne Eisler, clarinets, Larry Ragent and Alicia Telford, horns, Dan MacNeill and Shawn Jones, bassoons. A four-hand piano arrangement of this octet is also available.
Duration: 5 ½ minutes     Year: 2008

2 each of oboes,
Bb clarinets,
horns in F, bassoons

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Winds (Chamber) Baroque Break (Wind Octet)
This is my third octet, lively in baroque style. It includes a nice bassoon cadenza. The performance that you can listen to was by Janet Popesco Archibald and Robin May, oboes, Jose Gonzalez Granero and Joanne Eisler, clarinets, Larry Ragent and Alicia Telford at my 80th birthday party, March 8, 2014. A four-hand piano arrangement of this octet is also available.
Duration: 6 minutes     Year: 2008

2 each of oboes,
Bb clarinets,
horns in F, bassoons

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Winds (Chamber) Romance (Wind Octet)
This is my fourth octet, very romantic. There is also a sextet version for wind quintet and piano. Octet played by Janet Popesco Archibald and Robin May, oboes, Jose Gonzalez Granero and Joanne Eisler, clarinets, Larry Ragent and Alicia Telford, horns, Dan MacNeill and Shawn Jones, bassoons.
Duration: 6 minutes     Year
: 2008

2 each of oboes,
Bb clarinets, horns
in F, bassoons

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Winds (Chamber) Kathie's Assortment
This duet for oboe and bassoon, named after my friend, bassoonist Kathie Hammond, varies greatly in mood from serious to humorous. Both instrument staves are shown to each player but one part has a more convenient page turn for oboe, and the other, for bassoon. The audio clip is computer generated.
Duration: 5 1/2 minutes
    Year: 2009 
Woodwinds duet for Oboe and Bassoon

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Winds (Chamber) Insistence (Wind Octet)
This is my fifth octet, with emphasis on rhythm. The performance that you can listen to was by Janet Popesco Archibald and Robin May, oboes, Jose Gonzalez Granero and Joanne Eisler, clarinets, Larry Ragent and Alicia Telford, horns, Dan MacNeill and Shawn Jones, bassoons.
Duration: 5 minutes     Year: 2009

2 each of oboes,
Bb clarinets, horns
in F, bassoons

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Winds (Chamber) Octocaglia (Wind Octet)
This is my sixth octet. It is a passacaglia. An English horn substitutes for second oboe. This piece was recorded by Janet Popesco Archibald, English horn, Robin May, oboe, Jose Gonzalez Granero and Joanne Eisler, clarinets, Larry Ragent and Alicia Telford, horns, Dan MacNeill and Shawn Jones, bassoons. A four-hand piano arrangement of this octet is also available.
Duration: 5 minutes     Year: 2009

2 each of oboes,
Bb clarinets, horns
in F, bassoons

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Winds (Chamber) Octomarch (Wind Octet and Wind Quintet)
A humorous, lively march. You can listen to the quintet version (top Listen button) performed at the Humboldt Chamber Music Workshop by Sarah Felstiner, flute, Gary Friedman, oboe, Patti Beasley, clarinet, Steve Urion, horn, and Karen Wright, bassoon. The octet version (lower Listen button) was recorded by Janet Popesco Archibald and Robin May, oboes, Jose Gonzalez Granero and Joanne Eisler, clarinets, Larry Ragent and Alicia Telford, horns, Dan MacNeill and Shawn Jones, bassoons.
Duration: 3 minutes     Year
: 2009

2 each of oboes,
Bb clarinets, horns
in F, bassoons, OR flute, oboe, clarinet, horn bassoon

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Winds (Chamber) Octofugue (Wind Octet)
This is my seventh octet. It is a fugue which appears a second time with the melody inverted, followed by a big-sound rendition by the full octet. The performance that you can listen to was by Janet Popesco Archibald and Robin May, oboes, Jose Gonzalez Granero and Joanne Eisler, clarinets, Larry Ragent and Alicia Telford, horns, Dan MacNeill and Shawn Jones, bassoons.
Duration: 5 minutes     Year: 2010

2 each of oboes,
Bb clarinets, horns
in F, bassoons

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Winds (Chamber) Home Again (Wind Octet)
This is the last of the series of nine wind octets that I wrote in 2008-2010. Gentle melodic beginning, lively middle, with a return of the beginning melody finished as a round. One of my best, I think. This piece was recorded by Janet Popesco Archibald and Robin May, oboes, Jose Gonzalez Granero and Joanne Eisler, clarinets, Larry Ragent and Alicia Telford, horns, Dan MacNeill and Shawn Jones, bassoons.
Duration: 7 minutes     Year: 2010

2 each of oboes,
Bb clarinets, horns
in F, bassoons

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Winds (Chamber) Three Happy Oboists: Eleven Sketches for Oboe, Oboe D’Amore and English Horn or Two Oboes and English Horn.
The sketches are in a variety of forms, including sarabande, march, fanfare, chaconne, barcarolle, fugue and others. Can also be played by flute/oboe/clarinet trio.
You may listen to a recording of Open Fifths, Nocturne, Fanfare, Baroque/Barcarolle, and Rhythmic, played by Thea Davison, oboe; Gary Friedman, oboe d’amore; and Moira Little, English horn. October 22, 2011.
Duration:range from about 1 to 3 ½ minutes Year: 2010 – 2011

Part 1,
oboe (or flute)

Part 2,
oboe d’amore or oboe

Part 3,
English horn (also transposed for B flat clarinet).

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Winds (Chamber) The Bremen Town Musicians
This is a musical depiction of the Grimms’ fairy tale with changed names of musical instruments (e.g., lute to clarinet). I listened to animal sounds on the internet and tried to imitate them musically where called for. Catherine Sutton and Ruth Friedman helped me edit the story. There were two performance in 2013. To my delight, the piece was performed in July 2015 in Bismarck, ND by the Missouri Valley Chamber Orchestra Woodwind Quintet and may be heard on YouTube. The link is  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ck9T8ZltTiw. The performers were: Debi Rogers, narrator, Marnie Kraft, flute, piccolo, Trudy Fraase Wolf, oboe, English horn, Rhonda Gowen, clarinet, Krystal Laskowski, French horn, Erika Tuntland, bassoon.
Duration: 23
minutes    Year: 2013  
Woodwind quintet and narrator (Flute doubles on Piccolo and Oboe doubles on English horn)

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Winds (Chamber)

Carhorn Minuet Wind Quintet
A lighthearted lively wind quintet in the form of a minuet with two trios. The rhythm is somewhat challenging. The car-horn is heard just twice in the minuet, first with clarinet and horn, and second with oboe and clarinet--little embellishments, not obnoxious. The audio clip is computer playback.
Duration 6 minutes if the standard minuet road map is followed.     Year: 2015

Flute, Oboe,
Bb Clarinet,
Horn Bassoon

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Winds (Chamber) Chorale Interrupted (Wind Quintet
This piece is chorale-like at the beginning and end, with a rhythmic 5/4 section in the middle. Audio is computer playback.
Duration: 3 ½ minutes
    Year: 2016 
Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Horn in F Bassoon

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Winds (Chamber) Fugue on Rhythmic Oboe Trio (Wind Quintet)
This fugue based on themes from the 11th of my Three Happy Oboists, Eleven Sketches for Oboe, Oboe D’amore, and English Horn or Two Oboes and English Horn. The sound clip is computer playback.
Duration 3 minutes.     Year: 2016

Flute/piccolo, oboe, clarinet in Bb, horn, bassoon

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Winds (Chamber) Sonorities and Rhythms (Wind Octet)
I’ve started to write wind octets again after a break following my first nine. This octet is a mixture of full-throated sonorous chords and a variety of lively rhythmic sections. The mp3 is computer generated and has a few flaws such as an abrupt cut-off of the fermata at the end.
Duration
5 minutes.     Year: 2016

2 each of oboes, Bb clarinets, horns in F, bassoons

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Winds and Piano (Chamber) First Melodies
This piece contains contrasting mysterious and joyous sections.
Duration: 5 minutes     Year: 1999

Trumpet, English horn, Piano

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Winds and Piano (Chamber)

Sextet for Winds and Piano
The first movement is an arrangement for these instruments of Fantasy on a March (above). The second movement is slow and romantic. The third movement is light-hearted and contains a contrapuntal section with substantial dissonance.
Duration: 15 minutes     Year: 2001
Musicians: Stephanie McNab -flute, Janet Popesco Archibald - oboe, Carey Bell - clarinet, Alicia Telford - horn, Jenny Gunter - bassoon,
John McCarthy - piano

Flute (doubling on Piccolo), Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon, Piano

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Moderato


Andante


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Winds and Piano (Chamber) Rondo Giocoso
This is probably the liveliest, most fun piece that I have written. It is mostly in 5/8 time and contains a nice fugue.
Duration: 5 minutes     Year: 2001
Musicians: Janet Popesco Archibald - oboe, Alicia Telford - horn, John McCarthy -piano

Trio for oboe
or trumpet, French horn
or bassoon, piano

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Winds and Piano (Chamber) Romance (Sextet for Winds and Piano)
This is a very romantic one-movement piece. There is also a version for wind octet.
Duration: 6 minutes     Year:
2008

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon, Piano

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Winds and Piano (Chamber) Trio #1, #2, and #3 for Oboe, English Horn and Piano
Inspired by the sudden switch from F# minor to F major in movement #4 of Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony, similar half-step transitions, forward and backward appear in Trios #2 and #3. Trio #1 asks for some play-acting by the musicians.
Duration: 5, 4, and 4 minutes     Years: 2013 and 2014

Oboe,
English horn,
piano

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Winds and Piano (Chamber) Sarabande Variations  
This sextet for wind quintet and piano, is based on the Sarabande in my Little Suite for Orchestra. It consists of the following:. Theme: Sarabande, Variation 1: Allegro, Variaton 2: Ottoman Mystic Hebrew, Variation 3: Fughetta, Variation 4: Tango, Variation 5: March (with apologies to J.P. Sousa), Variation 6: Farewell. The audio clip is computer-generated.
Duration:
15 minutes     Year: 2016

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon, Piano

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Baroque Break Wind Octet Arranged for Piano, Four Hands
You can compare this with the original wind octet shown under Winds (Chamber). The bassoon cadenza is optional in this piano duet. The computer generated recording for Listen has some excessive retards.
Duration: 6 minutes with repeats
  Year: 2015


Piano

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Octocaglia Wind Octet Arranged for Piano, Four Hands
You can compare this with the original wind octet shown under Winds (Chamber).
Duration: 4 minutes
  Year: 2015


Piano

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On The Go Wind Octet Arranged for Piano, Four Hands
You can compare this with the original wind octet shown under Winds (Chamber).
Duration: 5 1/2 minutes
  Year: 2015


Piano

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Strings and Piano (Chamber) Journey East: Western Then Eastern Europe, Middle East, India, China (Piano trio)
This violin, cello, and piano trio is the first piece I've written that doesn't include at least one wind instrument. It starts with a romantic melody played by both violin and cello, followed by a more energetic rhythmic piece reminiscent of eastern European music, followed by a 5/4 passage similar to Turkish music, followed by a rhythmic section representing India, and ending with a melodic in pentatonic scale representing China. The last is the melody in my composition, Theme and Variations for Er Hu (2-string Chinese violin) and Orchestra. The whole journey takes about 6 minutes. An elderly cello-playing friend assured me that the rapidly moving pizzicatos were quite playable. The audio clip is computer playback.
Duration: 6 minutes
   Year: 2015
Violin, Cello, Piano

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