I just finished writing two pieces back to back. Now, when I write two pieces within a week of each other they tend to sound similar (more than my regular self-plagiarizing). But in this case it’s ok because each piece will probably never be played by the same band at a concert. One is grade 2+ and the other is grade 5. There may be a few harmonic progressions that the two pieces share but in reality their most common trait is how they were titled.
I have Danny Watring, co-conductor of the NorthWinds Symphonic Band, to thank for that. His May 2014 concert is going to be themed around Flight and Travel and he may program one of my pieces for it. It will probably be my new grade 5 work Altitude Adjustment (see the flight theme there?). This piece was written fairly quickly and is an energetic romp with an enlightened middle section.
The new grade 2 work titled Ancient Skies starts out slow and somewhat Gregorian. The pace picks up and melds into joyful optimism. You can hear hints of Of Surf and Shore and Debbie’s Dance in this but it’s still a unique piece. Very playable by Middle School/Jr. High band students and will be a favorite among them and their teachers.
Have a listen to the demo of these two Sky-Themed Pieces.
Live Recordings coming within the next few months.