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TitleItem#
Celebration 25! (Piano trio)CH-001
Fountain Fantasy (B-flat clarinet and piano)CH-002
Gli intrighi d'amore (The intrigues of Love) Woodwind Quintet & NarratorCH-003
Harlequinade (Flute, clarinet, bassoon and woodblock)CH-008
A Modal Suite for HarpCH-013
A Modal Suite for Viola and PianoCH-007
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One,Yet Different (String quartet)CH-004
Our Love MirroredCH-014
A Suite for Two Trumpets, Two Horns and PercussionCH-005
Swingin’ Suite for Two BassoonsCH-011
Swingin’ Suite for Two CellosCH-012
Three Moods (French horn and piano)CH-010



 
TitleCelebration 25 !(Commissioned by the Columbus Alumnae Chapter of SAI for its 25th anniversary)
Description This work was written to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the founding of the Columbus Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota. The Greek letters, sigma, alpha, and iota, represent the nineteenth, first, and ninth letters of the Greek alphabet. With alpha as A on the piano keyboard, the other letters become B and E. A-B and A-E form the intervals of a second and a fifth respectively, quite appropriate for a twenty-fifth anniversary. The three notes led to the idea of a three-part work with each note becoming a tonal center.

In keeping with the commemorative aspects of an anniversary the composer labeled the sections, "Celebrate the Present," "Remember the Past," and "Anticipate the Future." To create a tie with the past, the composer received permission from Jayne Latiolais to incorporate two melodic fragments from her vocal chamber work, Salome, which was commissioned for the tenth anniversary of SAI. These two fragments are involved in the transitions into and out of the section, "Remember the Past."

By taking the three notes, flatting and sharping each one, the composer developed a nine-note synthetic scale which serves as the underlying framework. In the section on the past she chose five of the nine notes for a five-note scale. The section on the future is based on six of the nine notes.

The work opens with a type of fanfare with a tonal center of A. The main theme of the first section is announced by the violin and cello two octaves apart against a quiet ostinato pattern in the piano which uses the rhythm of the fanfare. The strings then take the ostinato pattern while the piano plays the main theme four octaves apart. Tremolos in the strings and scale passages in the piano modulate to C (B#) for a slower section in which the violin follows the synthetic scale in undulating rhythms against a quiet accompaniment in the cello and piano. The main theme and tempo return, this time with the violin and cello playing in unison.

As descending scales in the strings begin the modulation to the tonal center of E, the first melodic fragment from Jayne Latiolais' Salome is interjected by the piano. The strings reply with the second melodic fragment in canon.

The "Remember the Past" section, marked Molto meno mosso, begins with a series of eight quiet chords in the piano which continue in ostinato fashion. The cello enters with an espressivo theme which is answered by the violin. The themes are heard in canon as the piano arpeggiates the chords. The section fades away with one last whisper of the second melodic fragment from Salome.

A brief duet in harmonics by the violin and cello leads to the piano's fiery opening of "Anticipate the Future," marked Con fuoco with a tonal center of B. The theme is repeated pizzicato in the cello and violin. A sudden return of the opening fanfare begins the Coda. Very brief reprises of the three themes are heard, but again the fanfare interrupts. Tremolo double stops in the violin and cello against rising scales in the piano lead to a final dissonant fortissimo chord.
Lengthapprox.6 minutes
TypeChamber
InstrumentationViolin, Cello, Piano
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TitleFountain Fantasy
DescriptionThe clarinet opens this work with a fairly long solo meant to depict the fits and starts of a great design of multiple fountains beginning to display their glittering water. The piano enters and allows the clarinet to rise and fall in ever ascending passages to picture the great fountain complex. After a short solo section by the piano the clarinet begins its slow, undulating fall until the clarinet solo ending which is the opening in retrograde. Once more the fountain is still.
Lengthapprox.5 minutes
TypeChamber
InstrumentationB-flat clarinet and piano
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TitleGli intrighi d'amore (The intrigues of Love) Woodwind Quintet and Narrator
Description La commedia dell'arte is the name usually given to the popular Italian improvised comedy that flourished from the 16th to the early 18th centuries. The commedia dell'arte style was marked by the harmonious collaboration of a group of players improvising dialogue and situations around a previously agreed upon scenario. Although most scenarios have 12-15 characters, many subplots, and convoluted events, I choose five main characters, each to be represented by an instrument in the woodwind quintet. My scenario remains true to the spirit of the more complicated plots.

The instruments and the characters they represent are: The Young Lovers; Isabella, flute; Ottavio, oboe; Pantalone, Isabella's father, bassoon; Capitano Spavento, Isabella's suitor, horn; Arlecchino, Capitano's servant, clarinet

The movements are: Prologue, Scene I, Scene II,Scene III, Intermezzo, Scene IV, Scene V, Epilogue

The music faithfully follows the scenario, which the narrator reads at the beginning of each scene. Multiphonics are used to evoke events such as knocking on a door and actors tumbling to the ground. Each of the quintet instruments is given a three-measure theme in a different mode to portray a character. These themes appear in various permutations. Sometimes, the themes of "offstage" characters are heard as the character is being discussed or alluded to. The prologue opens with a march representing the actors' entrance. Each character is introduced in turn as his/her theme plays against the march. The march also appears in the Intermezzo as a frame for the five themes played simultaneously. The matrimonial nature of the plot is evoked by brief references to Wagner's "Bridal Chorus" and Mendelssohn's "Wedding Processional." In the epilogue the themes are heard in fugue-like entrances that lead to an abbreviated form of the march in grandiose style as the actors exit.
Lengthapprox. 13 minutes
TypeChamber
InstrumentationFlute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, and Narrator
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TitleHarlequinade
DescriptionThe Harlequinade in English theater was a development from commedia dell'arte, the name usually given to the popular Italian improvised comedy which flourished from the 16th to the early 18th centuries.in the opening scene a persecuted lover is befriended by a good fairy who gives him a magic wand and changes him and his companion into Harlequin and Columbine; thus the name of the play became Harlequinade. The rest of the performance was devoted to the escape of the lovers from Columbine's father, Pantaloon (Pantalone). This escape was aided by the magic wand, which, when slapped on a side wing or on the stage, gave the signal for a change of scene. This composition is based on the Harlequinade, thus its title. The flute is Columbine, the clarinet, Harlequin, and the bassoon, Pantaloon. The bassoon in a very high register also appears as the good fairy. The magic wand is portrayed by a wood block. The opening "sets the stage" and permutations of this music will appear later in the work. We then hear the young girl (flute) enter, followed by the young boy (clarinet), and then a little duet as they lament their problem (Columbine's father, Pantaloon). Enter the good fairy (bassoon in high register) to whom they tell their troubles. With the sound of the woodblock the lovers are changed into Columbine and Harlequin and whisked away to a new locale, China. A section based on a Chinese folksong follows. We hear again the opening but now in a Chinese mode (the pentatonic scale). Columbine and Harlequin are happy until the arrival of Pantaloon who gives chase. To escape Harlequin strikes the wand again (the wood block); the two lovers are transported to Russia. There follows a section based on a Russian folk tune and the opening is heard again with a Russian flavor. Once more Pantaloon appears and a fugato-like section, based on the theme of the clarinet, envisions the chase. A very abbreviated version of the opening with an accelerando brings the work to a close.
Length 6 minutes
Typechamber
InstrumentationFlute, B-flat Clarinet, Bassoon, Woodblock
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TitleA Modal Suite for Harp
DescriptionThis student suite has five movements: Ionian Idyll, Dorian Dervish, Phrygian Frolic, Lydian Longing, Mixolydian Majesty. Also contains a glossary and an explanation of the five modal scales.
Length12 minutes and 10 seconds
TypeChamber
InstrumentationLevered harp
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TitleA Modal Suite for Viola and Piano
DescriptionThis student suite has five movements: Ionian Etude, Dorian Dance, Phrygian Fantasy, Lydian Lament, Mixolydian Mania
Length11 minutes
TypeChamber
InstrumentationViola and piano
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TitleOne,Yet Different (commissioned by the Ohio Federated Music Clubs in honor of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Federated Music Clubs)
DescriptionMusic is a unifying force, and yet is expressed in so many differing ways. This thought, central to the National Federated Music Clubs, is the basis of the composition. The quartet opens with unison pitches in fanfare-like manner. Gradually wider and wider intervals emerge leading to the opening theme in the first violin accompanied by sustained fifths in the cello with the second violin and viola offering syncopated pizzicato chords. Then the cello and first violin exchange roles. Finally the theme is heard in unison by the two inner instruments with the outer ones adding the punctuated chords. Descending pizzicatos lead to sustained chords by the three lower strings while the first violin plays a lengthy cadenza-like melody. The final section is in fugato-style using the melody of the NFMC national hymn, "Lasst uns erfreuen," as thematic material. The ending is the opening in retrograde, the final note being in unison as it was in the beginning.
Lengthapprox. 6 minutes
TypeChamber
Instrumentation2 violins, viola, cello
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TitleOur Love Mirrored
Description The "Love Theme" of this work is presented by the violin after a short piano introduction which itself is based on the "Love Theme" mirrored. These two themes, the original and the mirrored, alternate, then gradually intertwine until a portion is heard simultaneously. The instruments then begin to exchange this theme portion building to a climax of a few measures in unison. The coda highlights the first interval of the two themes (a major seventh ascending and a major seventh descending) moving to a unison note which represents the Biblical passage, "These two shall become one."
Length3 minutes and 45 seconds
TypeChamber
InstrumentationViolin and Piano
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TitleA Suite for Two Trumpets, Two Horns and Percussion.
Description
The three movements of this suite are:

  1. Fanfare and Grotesque March
  2. Somber Shades
  3. Blazing Fury

The opening fanfare reveals the quartal harmonies on which the whole work is based. The march in traditional form is labeled "grotesque" because of its awkward intervals, the "halting, limping" effect in the percussion and the shifting meter signatures.

In "Somber Shades" all the instruments are muted. The movement opens with soft gong sounds from which an undulating theme in the second horn begins a gradual ascent picked up by the first horn and second trumpet. The first trumpet entering with the main theme continues the melodic rise to a grand peak then descends in retrograde fashion. The undulating theme returns (also in retrograde fashion) until the second horn fades into the sound of the gong.

The final movement opens with a "blazing" series of chords that lead to a theme of driving energy presented in canonic style. A return of the fanfare of the opening movement played molto accelerando closes the suite.
Length approx. 11 minutes
TypeChamber
Instrumentation2B-flat trumpets, 2 horns in F, percussion--bass drum, snare drum, triangle, tambourine, gong, suspended cymbal, timpani (3)
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TitleSwingin' Suite for Two Bassoons
DescriptionThe movements of this jazz-oriented suite are "Battling Bassoons," "'Bluesy' Bassoons" and "Bassoon Boogie."
Length7 minutes and 45 seconds
TypeChamber
InstrumentationTwo Bassoons
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TitleSwingin' Suite for Two Cellos
DescriptionThe movements of this jazz-oriented suite are "Battling Cellos," "'Bluesy' Cellos" and "Cello Boogie."
Length7 minutes and 45 seconds
TypeChamber
InstrumentationTwo Cellos
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TitleThree Moods
DescriptionThe titles of the movements of this suite are "Playful," "Thoughtful" and "Joyful."
Length5 minutes 30 seconds
TypeChamber
InstrumentationFrench horn and piano
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