The Nature Suite, Mvt II. Rainbows and Mvt. III. Lightning
The second movement of this piece will continue to explore rich, more chromatic harmonies that mimic the arch of a rainbow as the movement alternates between fast paced runs and slow, pulsing chord build up and deconstruction.
The third and final movement of this piece will be predominately a cappella as the vocalists sing lamenting lyrics about a figure named "Eliza", building up tension until the climax of the piece, when some combination of either hand bells, a thunder sheet, or the organ will loudly cascade down on the choir in a manner similar to the strike of lightning – thus marking not only the end of the piece, but the return of Eliza as well.
Symphony No. 1
This Philip glass inspired symphony will be be comprised of two uninterrupted movements. The first movement will be a mysterious, frantic sounding introduction based on the E-major and C#sus4 chords and will feature prevalent, heavy use of brass. After a couple of minutes, this movement will give way to the slower, somber, and more whimsical second movement which is based on the D♭maj7 and A♭maj7 chords and features light use of winds, glockenspiel, and an acoustic guitar strummed behind the capo on the fingerboard. After the various sections of the orchestra have explored the chords fully with flowing arpeggios, the piece will fade out as the distant sounding guitar plays effects reminiscent of the faded symphony and of wind chimes.
This will be a highly rhythmic quartet for violin, cello, clarinet, and piano based around a cycle of Em7 and Am chords, featuring two fast sections and one slow section.
This brief, one movement symphony will feature the sounds of a ticking grandfather clock as the rhythmic basis for the piece. The piece will begin with the symphony and the clock in unison, with the symphony playing upbeat, rhythmic melodies to the beat of the clock. Quickly, however, the symphony will begin to get slightly out of sync with the clock, creating a sense of agitation – highlighted by a modulation into a minor key and a transition into an agitated playing style. In this fashion, the symphony slowly fights its way up the minor scale – getting higher and higher in pitch until, just as the symphony gets as out of sync as possible with the clock, and right before the phrase resolves, both the symphony and the clock cease abruptly. After a few seconds of silence, they both return in sync, the symphony having modulated back into its original major key, and, having resolved the previous phrase, they play one final, triumphant phrase.
In Linearity, the direction of the piece will be driven primarily by pitch. Each pitch will be sustained for the amount of time that the performer determines. Some pitches may be held in short, quick bursts, while others may be held for longer amounts of time. Thus, the same chord progressions in one performance may invoke completely different emotions in another performance depending on how long the performers hold each note. Rich timbres and harmonies will be the focus of this piece. Instrumentation is not yet determined, but may include any of these instruments: violin, viola, cello, harmonica, clarinet, organ, and synthesizer.
Music for Toy Piano Ensemble
This piece will be scored primarily for toy pianos, but may include other instruments as well. The ensemble will have rich interplay among its performers as they each play short, light melodies that contribute to the overall soundscape of toy piano counterpoint.