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Feelin' Plucky

A trio for viola, cello and harp. A bright melody featuring pizzicato on the viola and cello together and separately. The sound is further extending with the gentle, more sustained sound of the harp--although its notes are frequently damped during the piece to keep notes short like the strings.

First movement introduces and develops the tune; 2nd movement is darker and crustier, but with a gentle 'chorale-like' interlude. The 3rd movement is a repeat of the first, with additional variations and modulations.

key: I. A,B,A,C II. Am,C,Am III. A,Am,A,B

duration: 5:42

Feelin'_Plucky_v117.mp3

Feelin'_Plucky_v117_FULL.pdf
Feelin'_Plucky_v117_VLA.pdf
Plucky v117 guit_FULL.pdf
Plucky v117 guit_GTR.pdf
viola, cello, harp, trio, chamber, acoustic, pizzicato
 
 
Hillside Trio for viola, cello and harp
A miniature study, based on the melody from the 2nd movement of Daniel Pinkham's Christmas Cantata. Languid.

key: G

duration: about 3 minutes.

Hillside_trio_v102.mp3

Hillside_trio_v102_FULL.pdf
viola, cello, harp, trio, chamber, acoustic
 
 
Night Sky Orchestral Suite


Eccentric Orbit, Asteroid Adrift, Meteor Shower
Three episodes for small orchestra.
~2 min each, key of C, G, C

nightsky_1_eccentric_orbit.mp3

nightsky_2_asteroid_adrift.mp3

nightsky_3_meteor_shower.mp3

orchestra, whimsical, contemporary classical
 
 
Sideways [duo for guitar and cor anglais]


Music arranged for guitar and english horn in 3/4 with a slow, "sideways" melodic line.


A --> D --> Ab --> Db duration: 5 min

Photo credit: Robert W. Howington. Used with permission.

Sideways_ehorn_guitar_v111.mp3

Sideways_v111_FULL_tr.pdf
chamber music, duo, guitar, english horn, David Smith
 
 
Five-Four Five-Eight Etude
Originally, a piece for solo piano in three short episodes using a variety of meters, esp. 5/4 5/8, 6/8.
Revisited, extended a little and arranged for piano and cello.

Five_Four_Five_Eight_Etude_v108.mp3

Five_Four_Five_Eight_Etude_v108.pdf
piano, cello, duo, duet, chamber
 
 
At the Subway Stairs
At the ensemble's request, I re-arranged this quartet for the trio of flute, guitar & cello. Part of a series of "street scenes." (At a Busy Intersection was also similarly arranged recently.)

duration 3:00 (~121 bpm)

at_the_subway_stairs_v117-trio.mp3

at_the_subway_stairs_v117_FL.pdf
at_the_subway_stairs_v117_FULL.pdf
at_the_subway_stairs_v117_GTR.pdf
at_the_subway_stairs_v117_VC.pdf
trio, flute, guitar, cello, chamber, street scenes
 
 
At a Busy Intersection [gtr, cello, alto flute]

Energetic piece re-arranged for guitar trio. duration ~2:50 (228 bpm) key of Am

Intersection_gtr_trio_v113.mp3

Intersection_gtr_trio_v113tr_aFL.pdf
Intersection_gtr_trio_v113tr_FULL.pdf
Intersection_gtr_trio_v113_FULL.pdf
Intersection_gtr_trio_v113_GTR.pdf
Intersection_gtr_trio_v113_VC.pdf
guitar, cello, alto flute, chamber, trio, intersection_g
 
 
Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra

three movements for guitar and orchestra

work in progress

guitar_concerto_v9.mp3

guitar_concerto_v1_7_Score.pdf
guitar, orchestra, concerto
 
 
I Shall Not Live in Vain
A piece for SATB chorus based on the text of the Emily Dickinson poem.

dur: 4.5 min, key of G

"Beautiful harmonies. Love the slight touches of dissonance... --Charles M."

I_Shall_Not_Live_in_Vain_v107.mp3

I_Shall_Not_Live_in_Vain_v105.pdf
chorus, choral, SATB
 
 
Sideways [duo for guitar and bass flute]


Music for guitar and bass flute in 3/4 with a "sideways" melodic line.
Also arranged for guitar and horn.


A --> D --> Db duration: 5 min

Photo credit: Robert W. Howington. Used with permission.

Sideways_bass_fl_guitar_v107a.mp3

Sideways_hn_guitar_v107a.mp3

Sideways_bass_fl_guitar_v107a_FULL.pdf
chamber music, duo, guitar, bass flute, David Smith
 
 
Dart, Skitter, Dash!
A little flurry of whimsical energy for soprano, alto and bass flute, clarinet and bass clarinet. One of those little ideas that just popped out in the middle of the night.
duration: 75 seconds, Dm

Revisited this piece and arranged for guitar, oboe & flute.

I like it... -- C. Smith

Dart_Skitter_Dash_v104.mp3

Dart_Skitter_Dash_v105_gtr,oboe,fl.mp3

Dart_Skitter_Dash_v104_winds_FULL.pdf
Dart_Skitter_Dash_v105_trio_FULL.pdf
quintet, flute, alto flute, bass flute, bass clarinet, whimsy, woodwinds, trio, guitar, oboe, flute
 
 
Spiral Stones


A short, light trio arranged for guitar, flute, and cello.
dur: 3.5 min, key of D --> B

Spiral_Stones_v109.mp3

Spiral_Stones_v107.pdf
chamber, trio, light, whimsical, contemporary classical, alto flute, guitar, cello, sfinzi
 
 
Blue Jeans, Blouse and Army Boots

A trio for bass flute, cello and guitar. An aggressive, percussive acoustic guitar track with lots of body tapping and string tapping brackets a delicate center section where the bass flute carries the melody.

Gm, 3:20

Army_Boots_TRIO_No_2_v108.mp3

Army_boots_trio_B_FL.pdf
Army_boots_trio_GTR.pdf
Army_boots_trio_VC.pdf
bass_fl, guitar DUO-TRIO No_2_v104.pdf
guitar, cello, bass flute, trio, chamber, acoustic, silk
 
 
It's Muse Light
A commissioned work for San Francisco based Musae Womens Chorus and Bossa Five-O [flute, sax, guitar, percussion].

Lyrics

There's music in a whispered voice; She is the muse... of the song

Weaving beauty into the tapestry of creation,
and a thread of new music enters your dream.

She sparks your soul, melding thought, light and sound,
Then like a wisp [of smoke] she vanishes into the wind.

Spellbound, enchanted by the magic of the song, magic of the song
Singing, singing, singing for the joy.

The last rays of sunset are racing through the night
to rejoin the sky song of sunrise, of muse light!

instrumental

There's music in a whispered voice; She is the muse... of the song

And maybe you will hear it or see it at dawn,
and likewise be entranced by the sight of her song.

Beyond wordly facts and clashing views
All share a moment when the song and singer fuse.

It's_Muse_Light_FULL_a.mp3

muse_light_5-30-09_concert_a.mp3

It's_Muse_Light_FULL_Score.pdf
It's_Muse_Light_SSAA.pdf
womens chorus, guitar, flute, sax, percussion, SSAA, muselight, choral, musica sfinzi, 2011
 
 
Cascade
An orchestral piece featuring an arpeggiated chord progression on harp, doubled with glockenspiel and vibes, plus winds, brass and strings. ("Cascade" as in multi-drop waterfall.) It still has a chamber music feel to me.


I. One movement

... a few moments of delicacy in nature... pizz strings are particularly effective" -- Paul P.

Cascade_[orchestra]_v104a.mp3

Cascade_[orchestra]_v104.pdf
orchestra, cinematic, contemporary classical, harp
 
 
At the Subway Stairs
A single-movement piece for piano quartet. Image of the activity and improv typical of portals to the subway on city streets. Part of a series of "street scenes."

duration 2:50 (120 bpm)

"A very cool 'mise en scne'... Great ending!" -- John M.

at_the_subway_stairs_v110.mp3

at_the_subway_stairs_v110_FULL.pdf
quartet, piano, violin, viola, cello, chamber, street scenes
 
 
Fresh Mint


A short, light and lively trio arranged for guitar, flute, and cello (or bassoon).
2 min, key of D --> G

fresh_mint_fl,gtr,bsn_trio_v106.mp3

Fresh_mint_trio_v106a.mp3

fresh_mint_fl,gtr,bsn_trio_v106.pdf
chamber, trio, light, whimsical, contemporary classical, flute, guitar, cello, bassoon, sfinzi
 
 
Dusk at the Pier [trio for alto flute, english horn & guitar]

This is a rare combination of instruments; the english horn and alto flute are both low registered instruments in their family, with distinctly different characters and overlapping ranges. In this piece, the voices intertwine. ~72 bp, due: 6 min

This piece has proven to be adaptable to other arrangements. There are versions for:
alto flute, cello, guitar
viola, cello, guitar
alto flute, english horn, harp

Dusk-gtr,afl,ehorn_v111.mp3

Dusk-guitar,vla,vc_v106.mp3

trio, alto flute, english horn, classical guitar, harp, viola, cello, chamber, cor anglais, slow
 
 
Film1: Dark Forest



I. Presto
II. Andante
III. Prestissimo

dark_forest_v108.mp3

orchestra, cinematic. contemporary classical
 
 
At the Fountain in the Plaza
It is calm... moves at a strolling pace. Part of a collection of four single-movement pieces for piano quartet called Street Scenes.

duration 2:53, key of D

Hear a performance by the San Francisco Chamber Players, 2013

At_the_Fountain_v107.mp3

At_the_Fountain_v107_FULL.pdf
At_the_Fountain_v107_PNO.pdf
At_the_Fountain_v107_VC.pdf
At_the_Fountain_v107_VLA.pdf
At_the_Fountain_v107_VLN.pdf
quartet, piano, violin, viola, cello, chamber, andante, street scenes
 
 
Basso Piano
Origin is a baseline played on the bottom octave of the piano. It became the groove for this jazz-like ensemble (piano, guitar, sax, clarinets & drums).

54 measures, key of D, tempo = 116

Also arranged for wind sextet.

basso_piano_v103c.mp3

piano, alto saxophone, clarinet, drum kit, acoustic guitar
 
 
At a Sidewalk Cafe
It is languid, with a contemplative, impressionistic feeling.
Part of a collection of four single-movement pieces for piano quartet called "Street Scenes." duration 3:40, key of A

Lovely chords, and the melody warms with repeated listens. --John
Sidewalk_Cafe_v108.mp3

Sidewalk_Cafe_v108_FULL.pdf
Sidewalk_Cafe_v108_PNO.pdf
Sidewalk_Cafe_v108_VC.pdf
Sidewalk_Cafe_v108_VLA.pdf
Sidewalk_Cafe_v108_VLN.pdf
quartet, piano, violin, viola, cello, chamber, largo, street scenes
 
 
Daybreak
LIke a divertimento, but a little more developed. Three movements. Key: A, G, G

about 6 min.

daybreak_v113.mp3

strings, winds, horns, orchestral
 
 
Gee Whiz!
How about a quartet of flute, clarinet, bassoon and tuba! An update from one of my earliest pieces. Still makes me smile.

key: G dur: 68 seconds

Whimsy image by Suzanne Wargo

"Utterly adorable!" -Jeanette

Gee_Whiz_wind_quartet_v202.mp3

quartet, flute, clarinet, bassoon, tuba, whimsy
 
 
Yosemite Fantasy Suite
This is a suite of about six minutes, envisioned as music for dance. In three movements, it commemorates the beautiful Yosemite Valley in California.

I. Vernal Falls II. El Capitan III. Tuolumne Meadows

"when the basses come up... whoa... goosebumps" - Pharmkeus

Yosemite_Ballet_Suite_v120.mp3

Yosemite_Ballet_Suite_v117.pdf
small orchestra, yosemite
 
 
Loma Mar Suite
A suite of several episodes* highlighting experiences from the redwood forest and creek of Loma Mar near La Honda California.
dur: 8m in

*1. Listening Creekside, 2. Firebowl Echos, 3. Redwood Cathedral, 4. Tadpoles, 5. On the Big Rock Talking, 6. Rope Swing from the Riverbank.

Loma_Mar_quintet_v113.mp3

Loma_Mar quintet_v113_BSN.pdf
Loma_Mar quintet_v113_CL.pdf
Loma_Mar quintet_v113_FL.pdf
Loma_Mar quintet_v113_FULL,dr.pdf
Loma_Mar quintet_v113_FULL.pdf
Loma_Mar quintet_v113_HN.pdf
Loma_Mar quintet_v113_KIT.pdf
Loma_Mar quintet_v113_OB.pdf
flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, chamber, quintet
 
 
Callisto [orchestra]
Single movement piece for chamber orchestra, named for one of the moons of Jupiter.

Key: Dm/Em, duration: about 3 min.

Callisto_orchestra_v111.mp3

Callisto_orchestra_v111.pdf
strings, winds, brass, orchestral, musica sfinzi
 
 
At a Busy Intersection [with winds]
Energetic piece arranged for mixed piano quintet.* Edgy, driving, a little whimsical... intersection.
key of Bm duration 2:50 (230 bpm)

*piano violin, cello, clarinet, flute

"One of your very best works!" -- C. Lewis

Intersection_ww_Bm_v108.mp3

Intersection_ww_Bm_v108_CL-A.pdf
Intersection_ww_Bm_v108_CL-Bb.pdf
Intersection_ww_Bm_v108_FL.pdf
Intersection_ww_Bm_v108_FULL.pdf
Intersection_ww_Bm_v108_PNO.pdf
Intersection_ww_Bm_v108_VC.pdf
Intersection_ww_Bm_v108_VLN.pdf
quintet, piano, cello, violin, clarinet, flute, chamber, spunky, prestissimo
 
 
At a Busy Intersection
Energetic piece for piano quartet.* Edgy, driving, a little whimsical... autobahn intersection.
duration 3:01 (230 bpm) key of Am

*Also arranged for quintet ensemble of piano, violin, cello, clarinet, flute (moved to Bm)

One of your very best works! -- C. Lewis

Premiered by the San Francisco Chamber Players, 2013

Intersection_Quartet_v107b1.mp3

Intersection_Quartet_v107a1_PNO.pdf
Intersection_Quartet_v107b1_FULL.pdf
Intersection_Quartet_v107b1_VC.pdf
Intersection_Quartet_v107b1_VLA.pdf
Intersection_Quartet_v107b1_VLN.pdf
quartet, piano, violin, viola, cello, chamber, spunky, prestissimo, street scenes
 
 
Russian River Portraits
A duo for Alto Flute and Guitar

The Russian River (rio ruso) originates in the mountains of Mendocino county, and flows through the Ukiah valley, and then south to Healdsburg, then veers west to the sea.

Dur: ~7 min, Three movements.

Russian_River_duo_alto_fl,gtr_v114.mp3

Russian_River_duo_aFL_v114.pdf
Russian_River_duo_FULL_v114.pdf
Russian_River_duo_GTR_v114.pdf
Classical Guitar, Alto Flute, duo
 
 
Concertino in F for oboe, strings, harpsichord
A concertino* in the baroque style featuring the oboe, plus a string quartet & harpsichord. It is in the traditional three movements. Movements 1 & 2 are in F and Cm respectively. Movement 3 begins in E and modulates several times to end up in Bb. I was trying to get the sound and feel of the era, while adding my personal stamp to it.

*A concertino is a baroque-era concerto, which is shorter and uses fewer instruments than the later concerto.

Baroque_Concertino_v1_9c.mp3

Baroque Concertino v1_9c FULL.pdf
Baroque Concertino v1_9c HPSCH.pdf
Baroque Concertino v1_9c OB.pdf
Baroque Concertino v1_9c VC.pdf
Baroque Concertino v1_9c VLA.pdf
Baroque Concertino v1_9c VN1.pdf
Baroque Concertino v1_9c VN2.pdf
oboe, violins, viola, cello, harpsichord, classical, baroque, chamber music
 
 
Nocturne No. 4 "The Last Day of Spring"
Duo for Piano and Cello.
9/8 & 6/8

Nc4_Last_Day_of_Spring_v106.mp3

Nc4_The_Last_of_Spring_v106_FULL.pdf
Nc4_The_Last_of_Spring_v106_PNO.pdf
Nc4_The_Last_of_Spring_v106_VC.pdf
cello, piano, duo
 
 
Nocturne No. 3 "On a Foggy Shore"
Duo for Cello and Piano.

Nocturne_No3_Foggy_Shore_v110.mp3

Nocturne_No3_Foggy_Shore_v110_FULL.pdf
Nocturne_No3_Foggy_Shore_v110_PNO-VLN.pdf
Nocturne_No3_Foggy_Shore_v110_PNO.pdf
Nocturne_No3_Foggy_Shore_v110_VC.pdf
Nocturne_No3_Foggy_Shore_v110_VLN.pdf
cello, piano, duo, nocturne, chamber
 
 
Nocturne No. 2 "In the Shade of the Giant Oak"
Duo for Piano and Cello.
3/4, 60 bpm tempo di valse

Delicate.

Nocturne_No2_cello,pno_v106.mp3

Nocturne_No2_Giant_Oak_v106_FULL.pdf
Nocturne_No2_Giant_Oak_v106_PNO.pdf
Nocturne_No2_Giant_Oak_v106_VC.pdf
cello, piano, duo
 
 
Subliminator
A single movement piece for jazz orchestra, with elec guitar, elec bass, sax section, drum kit.

Subliminator_v108.mp3

Subliminator_v106.pdf
orchestra, sax, electric bass
 
 
Light Snow Falling
A quintet for harp and strings It is languid, with a contemplative, impressionistic feeling.
duration 3 min, tempo: 66, key of F

Lovely composition... cool counterpoint -Chris

Snow_Falling_harp,str_qtet_v105.mp3

quintet, harp, violin, viola, cello, bass, chamber, andante
 
 
For Agustín [trio for two guitars and cello]


Inspired by Allegro from La Catedral a work of paraguayan composer and guitarist Agustín Barrios


Bm --> Cm 2.8min

for_agustin_gtr,gtr,vc_v109.mp3

chamber music, trio, guitar, guitar, cello, David Smith, Agustin Barrios
 
 
Three Daughters: conversations for flute, clarinet and horn

This trio was commissioned by John and Nancy for their daughters who played these instruments growing up. It has many fugue elements, and a bit of "heart and soul." Movements feature the flute, clar & horn respectively.
8.5min


I. Allison 4/4, D major, Larghetto
II. Laura 4/4, Db major Moderato
III. Caitlin 4/4, A major, Allegro

"Delightful!"

Three_Daughters_v119.mp3

Three_Daughters_v119_CL.pdf
Three_Daughters_v119_FL.pdf
Three_Daughters_v119_FULL.pdf
Three_Daughters_v119_FULL_tr.pdf
Three_Daughters_v119_HN.pdf
flute, clarinet, horn, wind, woodwind, trio
 
 
Tender the Moment When Flowers Begin, Duo for Flute and Guitar
A little noncturne named for the opening line of a poem Sine Qua Non by Theresa Whitehill

[key of A]
~5min

Tender_the_Moment_duo_fl,gtr_v106.mp3

Tender_the_Moment_duo_fl,gtr_v106.pdf
Tender_the_Moment_v106_FL.pdf
Tender_the_Moment_v106_GTR.pdf
Classical Guitar, Flute, duo
 
 
Des del balco (From the Balcony)
An orchestral suite of 5 episodes organized into three movements. (The 3rd movement was posted a while back as 'sol invictus' and updated to become the finale of this piece.


I. Tempesta d'estiu
II. Llum de la lluna
III. Sol invicte

translation from the beautiful language of Catalan:
I. Summer Storm
II. Light of the Moon
III. Invincible Sun

Keys and duration: I. Dm 1:12, II. Eb 5:20 (3 subsections), III. Bm 1:20 Instruments: woodwinds, brass, strings, timpani, snare, bass drum, plus marimba, clave, maracas, tubular bells

Painting "Moonlit Night" by Nelya Taylor, used with permission
Moonlit Night Canvas

III_Sol_Invicte.mp3

II_Llum_de_la_Lluna.mp3

I_Tempesta_d'estiu.mp3

I Tempesta d'estiu.pdf
II Llum de la Lluna.pdf
III_Sol_Invicte.pdf
orchestra, suite
 
 
Neon Trio: Suite of Lights
A Piano Trio with seven movements, seven moods. (minor revision in 2015)

I. Spotlight II. Dappled III. Strobed IV. Twilight V. Blacklight VI. Neon VII. Firelight

Neon_Trio_v125.mp3

Neon_Trio_v125_FULL.pdf
Neon_Trio_v125_PNO.pdf
Neon_Trio_v125_VC.pdf
Neon_Trio_v125_VLN.pdf
violin, cello, piano, trio, chamber
 
 
Peace Be Unto Thee Stranger
A single movement choral piece in a madrigal/hymn style for four-part chorus using the text below. Optional piano part.

Peace be unto thee, stranger, enter and be not afraid.
I have left the gate open and thou art welcome to my home.
There is room in my house for all.
I have swept the hearth and lighted the fire.
The room is warm and cheerful and you will find comfort and rest within.
The table is laid and the fruits of Life are spread before thee.
The wine is here also, it sparkles in the light.
I have set a chair for you where the sunbeams dance through the shade.
Sit and rest and refresh your soul.
Eat of the fruit and drink the wine.
All, all is yours, and you are welcome.
-- from S.O.M. E. Holmes, 1926

Peace_Be_Unto_Thee_v111.mp3

Peace_Be_Unto_Thee_v111.pdf
SATB voice, choral, chorus
 
 
Heli Elu Seitse [trio arrangement]
This piece starts and ends in Am, with an opening section in 4/4 to contrast with the featured motif in 7/8 meter, The original string duo was extended in length and arranged for flute, clarinet and cello. dur: 4:40

Heli Elu Seitse [fl,cl,vc] v114 cues.mp3

Heli_Elu_Seitse_string_trio.mp3

Heli Elu Seitse Trio CL.pdf
Heli Elu Seitse Trio FL.pdf
Heli Elu Seitse Trio FULL.pdf
Heli Elu Seitse Trio VC.pdf
flute, clarinet, cello, trio
 
 
Flying (Symphony No. 1 in progress)
Four movements, motion


I. Flying
II. Hawk Chase
III. Albatross Aloft
IV. Hot Air Balloons

III_Albatross_Aloft_v109.mp3

III_Albatross_Aloft_v109.pdf
orchestra, symphony, 2013
 
 
Oboe Quartet: The Way Home
A single movement quartet for oboe and strings.

key of D, modulates to E. tempo=100, 3 minutes

The travellers have been away and they are on the last leg of their journey home, thinking fondly of the adventures of the trip and happy that the village is just over the next rise.

"Lighthearted."

The_Way_Home_Oboe_Q_v106.mp3

The Way Home v105_FULL.pdf
oboe, violin, viola, cello, quartet
 
 
Three Fingers of Light
Adagio for chorus and string trio in Fm. Written for Vigil for Iraq: honoring the dead, the wounded, the grieving and the dispossessed. The text is co-written by David Smith and Theresa Whitehill.
8.5 min (In this rendering, woodwinds are playing the vocal parts.)

Here's a link to the video of the choral performance.

Three Fingers of Light, a choral piece by David Smith, VFI_3 from david on Vimeo.

3fol_v113.mp3

3fol_v113a_cues.pdf
3fol_v113b_DB.pdf
3fol_v113b_VC.pdf
3fol_v113b_VLA.pdf
3fol_v113c_FULL.pdf
SATB, choral, chorus, string trio, viola, cello, bass
 
 
Gravel Highway for Orchestra
Gravel Highway is a piece for orchestra with two movements: Allegro, Maestoso. 2 flutes, Oboe, E.Hn, 2 clar, bass clar, bsn, 2 hns, tpt, bass trombone, timpani, snare, susp & crash cymbals, strings. (In Process)

Allegro: Em, Maestoso, Em/G#m/Cm
~7min

Gravel_Highway_v111.mp3

Gravel_Highway_v109.pdf
Orchestra, suite
 
 
je ne sais quoi
An impromptu for two flutes and harp. Uncomplicated. ~1.5min, Starts in Dm, ends in G, Moderato.

Image by love1008:deviantART

je_ne_sais_quoi_trio_V103.mp3

je_ne_sais_quoi_trio_V105.pdf
je_ne_sais_quoi_trio_V105_HARP.pdf
two flutes, harp, trio, chamber music
 
 
Dizzy-ish
An ensemble featuring harp and double bass, plus flute, clarinet, viola, cello. 12/8 meter.

Dm -> Em, dur=2min, 144bpm

Dizzy-ish_v108a.mp3

Dizzy-ish_v108_CL-Bb.pdf
Dizzy-ish_v108_CL-C.pdf
Dizzy-ish_v108_DB.pdf
Dizzy-ish_v108_FL.pdf
Dizzy-ish_v108_FULL.pdf
Dizzy-ish_v108_HARP.pdf
Dizzy-ish_v108_VC.pdf
Dizzy-ish_v108_VLA.pdf
flute, clarinet, harp, viola, cello, double bass, sextet
 
 
Heli Elu Seitse*
Written by request for an unusual duo of violin and contrabass. Mostly in 7/8 meter. (Later arranged for trio of flute, clarinet, cello.)

*Estonian: translated means (The Sound of Life in Seven)

Short URL to this location... http://tiny.cc/heli_elu_seitse

duo,Heli_Elu_Seitse_v106.mp3

Heli_Elu_Seitse_v106_CB.pdf
Heli_Elu_Seitse_v106_VLN.pdf
violin, contrabass, duo
 
 
Clarinet Quintet Caprice
A lighthearted piece for clarinet and strings.

12/8 meter with a 4/4 middle section. (4 min)

"Nice! ... I love it" --Calum M.

Clarinet_Quintet_v103.mp3

clarinet, violin, viola, cello, double bass, chamber, strings
 
 
Non lo diro (duet)
This is a little song based on the text of Carlo Sigismondo Capece, an italian poet from a 15th century. The duet alternates between Italian and English. It is scored for soprano and bass, and singers are accompanied by piano and horn. (Kind of an art song.) I interpret it as: hearing the thoughts of two teenagers wanting to court, but too shy to tell each other.

Non lo diro col Labbro Che tanto ardir non ha;
Forse con le faville Dell'avide pupille,
Per dir come tutt'ardo, Lo sguardo Parlera.

I will not say it with my lips which haven't the courage to speak.
Perhaps the sparks from my burning eyes will reveal my passion
and my look will speak my heart.

Non_lo_Diro_duet_v4a_AT.mp3

Non lo Diro duet v2b Score.pdf
Soprano, Bass, Piano
 
 
Trumpet Voluntary No. 1
Duo for Trumpet and Organ
(Revised in 2015)

voluntary_one_v105.mp3

voluntary_one_v105_FULL.pdf
voluntary_one_v105_ORG.pdf
voluntary_one_v105_TPT.pdf
trumpet, organ, duo
 
 
Storm at Sea [for two pianos and orchestra]
Energetic, cinematic, fast.

Wow...this is outstanding...this is brilliant writing my friend, certainly one of [your] best. --Feter

Storm_at_Sea_v109.mp3

Storm Overture v109 Score.pdf
Two pianos plus flute, clarinet, bassoon, two horns, timpani, strings
 
 
When Time Expands
A trio for two bassoons and english horn. It was specifically written for a bassoonist, but I try to give everyone a "good" part. (Arrangement also for bsn, bass cl, engl hn.)

"The double reed voicing here sounds marvelous. Compositionally stimulating -- complex, yet still approachable..." --J.R.

When_Time_Expands,_trio_v4a.mp3

Trio_2bsn,EHrn_v1_4a_FULL.pdf
bassoon, bassoon/Bass Clarinet, English horn, classical, chamber, trio
 
 
The Sound of Stars
Written for our local handbell choir, plus a viola/(cello) part.

The_Sound_of_Stars_v1.3a.mp3

The_Sound_of_Stars_v1.3b_VLA.pdf
The_Sound_of_Stars_v1_3b_FULL.pdf
TSoS_Handbells_Used.pdf
handbells, viola
 
 
Rooftop Drop
A light, fast tune for brass quintet, or horn ensemble.
Rooftop Drop [for brass].mp3

rooftop drop [hns] Score.pdf
rooftop_wind_brass_104_FULL_transp.pdf
rooftop_wind_brass_104_Horn.pdf
rooftop_wind_brass_104_Tpt_I.pdf
rooftop_wind_brass_104_Tpt_II.pdf
rooftop_wind_brass_104_Tromb.pdf
rooftop_wind_brass_104_Tuba.pdf
trumpets,horn,trombone,tuba,chamber, quintet
 
 
Blue Whale Blue
Standing on deck of a small boat in the Sea of Cortez watching for Humpback whales.

Blue_Whale_blue.mp3

flute, clarinet, viola, cello, doublebass, cymbals
 
 
Candle Waltz
This piece for recorder and guitar was written for the occasion of my wedding. The wedding was a full renaissance theme, and my musician friends accompanied us as we waltzed into the audience after our vows, initiating the reception.party.

Candle_Waltz_v1_1.mp3

CandleWaltz Score.pdf
recorder, (flute), guitar
 
 
What Shall We Sing?
A madrigal-style song about singing madrigals. (Thanks to Andreas for singing all of the parts in this recording.)

2006.

"Bravo! What a lovely little 'madrigal' -- and a fantastic performance." -- M. Badarak

WhatShallWeSing_w_dirigent.mp3

SATB Chorus, choral,four-part, whimsical
 
 
Autumn Equinox Caprice
A light-hearted trio for two flutes and cello inspired on the evening of the Autumn equinox... thus the "day" and "night" equal-time motifs in the two flutes, with the cello as the ocean and the wind in the trees... (A companion piece to A Twist of Lime.

"This sounds larger than three instruments; you have a lot of musical ideas in this piece--but it's not cluttered. I like the now and then chromaticisms [and] how you approach a cadence and your use novel ways of creating release." --John M.

Autumn Equinox Caprice.mp3

Autumn_Equinox_Caprice_Score.pdf
flute, flute, cello, classical, chamber, trio
 
 
Drunken Sailor Sea Chantey Medley
Inspired by the "Sea Chantey" muse, and with a penchant for medleys, here is "The Drunken Sailor/Early Up She Rises with combined with "Ninety-nine Bottles of Beer" and "Theme from Gilligan's Isle."

Instr: two flugel horns, tenor recorder, bagpipes, cello, bass, trombone, tuba, snare drum, bass drum, tambourine key: Am

Enjoyed the bagpipe-sound. Very cool arrangement! --Andreas

drunken_sailor_v1_2.mp3

bagpipes, flugel, whimsy
 
 
Drums in Bach's Closet
A one minute whirlwind using a mini ensemble of string quartet, winds and timpani. Incorporates a fragment of one of my favorite Bach themes and another Bach-like bit.

"Great piece -- snappy and sharp." --J.R.

Drums_in_Bach's_Closet.mp3

Drums_in_Bach's_Closet_Score2.pdf
string quartet, timpani, clarinets, oboe, synth-tuba
 
 
A Twist of Lime (Tropical Caprice)
A lively and lighthearted trio with the cello providing a clave-like rhythm against the flutes.

"This trio of well-phrased voices is utterly charming. The melody uplifts the listener, while at the same time, the accompaniment keeps the listener anchored. Bravo!" --Jeanette

A Twist of Lime [trio] v1_3.mp3

A Twist of Lime v1_2 Score.pdf
flute, flute, cello, trio, classical, chamber, latin
 
 
Concerto Anacapa for Piano and Orchestra
A three movement work based on the themes and concept I envisioned when I first started music study. Premiered in 2009 by pianist Elena Casanova.
I. Dm Allegretto gentile II. Dm Larghetto dolce III. Am Vivace
These tracks are from a re-mastered studio score version (2015)

"Fantastic." --Kathy

Concerto_Anacapa_1_Allegretto_gentile.mp3

Concerto_Anacapa_2_Larghetto_dolce.mp3

Concerto_Anacapa_3_Vivace.mp3

piano, concerto, symphony orchestra
 
 
Adieu Oh Lovely Spring
A short renaissance-style piece for soprano, alto, tenor and bass recorders and tambourine. (Arrangements also for brass quartet, and for 2 fl, vla, cello.)

"Lovely piece of music." -- Jeff M.

Adieu_O_Lovely_Spring_[rec].mp3

Adieu [recorders] Score.pdf
recorder quartet, flute, viola, cello, brass
 
 
A Past and Future Wish
This was originally a trio (for horn, violin, guitar) I wrote very early in my career. It was written to encourage a young horn player named Suzanne. I came across it (~20 yrs later) and decided to give it an update, adding a flute part and some additional arranging while trying to maintain the original intent. It evolved to this piece.

"The guitar works unbelievably well in this arrangement. I was not convinced when I read your notes, but when I actually listened... the guitar solo framed by the rest of the piece sounds incredible!"
--Feenix

A_Past_and_Future_Wish.mp3

A_Past_and_Future_Wish_qtet_Score.pdf
horn, flute, clarinet, viola, guitar, classical, chamber, quartet
 
 
New Beneath the Snow
...A woodwind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon). It has a light mood, and is a single movement containing three episodes.

Beautiful composition, I like the sound colors and the plentitude of unexpected changes. --Andreas

Photo by zen Sutherland, used with permission.

New_Beneath_the_Snow_[quintet].mp3

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon, chamber, quintet
 
 
Lament for a Sound Lost
One night early in a Winter, I needed to do something--the right thing, a sad thing... and I did... and then I wrote the opening of this piece. Shortly thereafter, I developed it to its completion. It is structured A B C A'.

The beginning makes "the statement."
The middle recognizes "moving on."
The finale "remembers."

There are arrangements for woodwind quintet (flute, english horn, clarinet, horn, bassoon) and for horn ensemble.

Lament_[Wind_Quintet].mp3

Flute, English Horn, Clarinet, French Horn, Bassoon, horn ensemble, chamber quintet
 
 
Inner Solstice
Inner solstice was written for the winter time. Score is marked "dark, introspective." Its uncommon scoring uses two cellos, double bass and bass clarinet. (Image is of a lunar eclipse on winter solstice in the sky over Turkey 2010.)

key: Gm

"Enchanting and beautiful..." --Eagle

Inner_Solstice_v202.mp3

Inner_Solstice_v202.pdf
minor revision 2012, chamber, quartet cello, bass clarinet, double bass, winter solstice
 
 
Snazz
A duo for flute and guitar. Also arranged for violin and piano.

dur= 1:45.

"The fascinating shift in meters and styles made this a riveting listen all the way through." --J.R.


snazz_flute,guitar1.mp3

Snazz_duo_fl_gtr_v104_FLUTE.pdf
Snazz_duo_fl_gtr_v105_Score.pdf
guitar, flute, piano, violin, chamber, duo
 
 
Requiem for Three Blind Mice
Sextet for winds is a little study for winds that became a overlapping whimsical medley of four tunes.

Requiem_for_Three_Blind_Mice.mp3

Requiem_for_the_Three_Blind_MIce.pdf
flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, piccolo, chamber, winds, whimsy
 
 
"12:45"
One of my earliest works, this duo was written over many months using pencil, paper, and the remarkable Casio Music Calculator. I begn it just after midnight, having come home from my swing-shift Summer job. It is dedicated to my long time friend, oboist Diane Stillman. At the time she was my dorm neighbor, and fielded innumerable questions from a novice musician.

It's structured as a suite of five short episodes, approximating a rondo. I've made only a few changes from the original, mostly to a couple of additional chances for the player to breathe. After all this time, it's still one of my melodic favorites.

1983, revised 2007. (A score is also available pno/clarinet.)

"Lovely. Nice mix of traditional and modern tonalities and rhythms." --Kristy

1245_Duet_v3.mp3

1245 Duet Pno Oboe v3.pdf
oboe, piano, classical, chamber, duo, duet
 
 
Piano Scramble [two pianos, trombone, tuba, congas


Fun, fast, short.
Starts in Dm, ends in F.
piano_scramble_v105.mp3

-2012, chamber music, quintet, ensemble, piano, piano, trombone, tuba, congas, David Smith
 
 
Not Quite Blue (piano)
Not_Quite_Blue_v101.mp3

 
 
vexations
Vexations var v104.mp3

Vexations_Var_tr_aSAX.pdf
Vexations_Var_tr_BASS.pdf
Vexations_Var_tr_bSAX.pdf
Vexations_Var_tr_FL.pdf
Vexations_Var_tr_FULL.pdf
Vexations_Var_tr_GUIT.pdf
Vexations_Var_tr_PERC.pdf
 
 
tu non mi conosci
Tu Non Mi Conosci (You Don't Know Me) by carlajpatterson.mp3

tu non mi conosci_v201.mp3

tu non mi conosci.pdf
tu non mi conosci_v201.pdf
vocals only.pdf
 
 
Gimme a Break
A little idea from long ago...

key: C dur: short!

Magic Tuba image by Quinn "Flying Squirrel"

Gimme_a_Break_v103.mp3

xx, piccolos, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon, tuba, marimba, whimsy
 
 
something suite
Something_Suite_trio_v114.mp3

Something_Suite_trio_v114_m1-3.pdf
 

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