Large Ensembles

Quintets
May 4, 2019

Bon Rien

I wrote Bon Rien specially for the InterPlay Orchestra at Strathmore, a band for people with and without cognitive disabilities. Bon Rien is Cajun slang, meaning "a good-for-nothing guy.". The music is composed in a Cajun style, meaning it's fast, upbeat and staccato, and consists mostly of 2 chords. The score has parts for: Flute, Accordion, Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Oboe, Percussion, Piano, Timpani, Trumpet, Violin, and Cello. You certainly do not need all these instruments to perform the song; The bare necessity is accordion, violin, bass (or piano) and drums.


The Queen of Halloween

The Queen of Halloween is a fun, slightly quirky piece with a spooky flavor. The exact combination of instruments is not essential, as many of the parts are doubled. I wrote The Queen of Halloween specially for the InterPlay Orchestra at Strathmore, a band for people with and without cognitive disabilities.


One-Ring Circus

One-Ring Circus Listen to this piece, close your eyes, and you can imagine a circus act being performed right in front of you! The most important instruments are piano, percussion, bass, and a couple of melodic instruments. It does not require that every instrument included in the score must be present to perform it. For simplicity, the melody line is usually doubled by several instruments, making it easy-to-play even for a band of mixed skill levels. I wrote One-Ring Circus specially for the InterPlay Orchestra at Strathmore, a band for people with and without cognitive disabilities.


Sunday Evening in the Snow

Sunday Evening in the Snow is an educational piece for woodwind quintet. This piece has an ABA form. The first section starts slowly, and the second section--though not changing in tempo--has a faster rhythm. Full of counterpoint, each instrument gets a chance to shine by playing the melody. It is an old melody I composed as a teen-ager, but revived for this unusual ensemble. Listen to the MP3 recording of the live performance by Shelly Suarez (flute), Gina Ebhardt (clarinet), David LaMay (clarinet), Laura Siberts (oboe), and Steve Rennings (bassoon).