Then Came a Sound
A piece for four
trumpets spatially separated in the church. Two downstairs on either
side of the church and two standing together in the balcony. The trick
with writing this, of course, was there was no guarantee they would be
together at any one time. It was written so they would be roughly
together but taking into account a certain amount of play. But the two
players in the balcony could play certain parts together since they
were close to each other.
This is the
last movement(or possibly second to last movement) of a work in
I'm working on with Bill Stock that has some eschatological themes from
the book of Revelation and other parts of the Bible.
We did it as
part of our Advent concert this year(08). Even though we had been
on it for a couple of months it turned out to be much harder than I
thought it would be. It'll be tighter next year and hopefully we'll
have one or two more pieces in the suite by then.
for 4-part choir When we moved to Cincinnati I was playing
a wedding and the guy who played the trumpet was also a choir director.
We started talking and he turned out to be the director of the
Cincinnati Camerata, Chris Miller. He told me they were having a
composers and the piece was to only have the word Alleluia so he
invited me to do something and submit it. Anyways, it ended up winning.
I was so shocked because I never win anything.
I went to New York last summer(2010) for the first time. I went with Shamus and we searched out old places where our ancestors lived. One place I had to visit though, was Bartok's apartment when he lived in New York, on the Bowrey. He lived there in the 1940's. When I had studied big band arranging with Al Bachulus in Montreal in the early 80's I remember him telling us a story about a guy he knew who told him about the time he lived in New York and he lived next door to this weird guy by the name of Bartok, who would play the most god aweful music at all hours of the night! Ever since that time I had it in my mind to see this place.
Parting the Veil 1(When
the World Feels Heavy) 2(From
Here Nor There) 3(City
of Goodbyes) 4(Dawn
Rises Full White)
(4 movements) for clarinet and piano I wrote this for Ross
Edwards while living in St. Joseph, Missouri. I think this is my best
piece. I wrote it in memory of my older brother Karl. This was played
in Ottawa and broadcast by CBC on Canada Day.
Three Organ Pieces(Into the
I like these pieces, especially Modern Pastoral. That was inspired by
the dilapitated factories along the Lachine canal in Montreal. I was
into the theme of Purgatory at the time so that’s where Into the
Flame comes from.
HighWire for small
orchestra My thesis composition which I’ve never
heard actually performed.
Kyrie and Gloria
for organ and 4 part choir I did this for the choir at St.
Patricks. I remember Monsingior Breen asking me before Mass one
time,”Are you going to be doing that Kyrie again?” but his
facial expression was more like,”Do you really HAVE to do that
Kyrie again?” At that point it was too late to change it so we
had to do it. It was written in a kind of Stravinskian style. After
Mass I walked passed him and he was with one of the wardens and she
came over to me and said,”What was the Kyrie you did? I LOVED
it.” When she turned away I took the opportunity to give Fr.
Breen a short jab to the stomach and went,”AHHH”. He of
course, burst out laughing. no recording.
the Northern Cross
for trumpet and trombone I wrote this for David Martin and
a friend of his, Larry Larson. I was kind
of happy with this piece. For only two instruments it seems pretty
Spirit Moves Softly on the Souls of Gentle Creatures
for 4 trumpets spacially separated I wrote this for
the rededication of St. Patrick’s Basilica after the several year
restoration. Two trumpets were in the front of the church on either
side and two in the first balcony on either side, so basically the four
corners of the church. The music was intended to be loose but
semi-coordinated. We did this by using flags but one player got the
signals mixed up so it didn’t come off perfectly but it
wasn’t too bad. Maybe a little longer than it should have been.
The recording is poor.
Bearing North for trio: piano, clarinet, cello. For Ross and
Julian, a concert in Ottawa at the Museum of Nature.
and points on a Lonely Plain:
for solo piano I like this piece quite a bit but it’s
never been performed(except by me for the recording). I was really into
the repeated note thing so maybe that’s what has scared pianists
away from it. I don’t know.
Storm Window trio for clarinet, Trombone and contrabass A wierd
and difficult piece. Not sure what the point was. Some nice harmony
though. Can't find the recording of it.
for trombone and piano I wrote this for Dave Martin. When I was
living in St. Joseph, Missouri I got a phone call from somebody at a
university in Virginia who was playing it and asked me to send him a
recording. I was really surprised because he said it was getting played
all over the place.
Three Pieces on Paintings of Van Gogh
Pieces on Paintings of Van Gogh for large orchestra
(Sun Flowers, The
Harvest, Crows on the Cornfields) I did this for the end of
my Bachelors degree at McGill. The school orchestra played it after
much cajoling by Donald Steven. I remember spending a lot of time
looking looking closely at Dallapicola’s Variation’s for
Orchestra when I was doing this. It was a fantastic experience to hear
it played a couple of times in concert.
Rain Flower for solo
clarinet A solo clarinet piece written for Ross Edwards. I
seem to have lost the recording.
for Two Trumpets
I used this the first Christmas I was directing the music at St.
Patrick’s Basilica(not a Basilica yet though).
for the Papal Visit When the pope visited Monteal in
‘84 I wrote this and did it at St. Patrick’s.
The Petit Chanteurs du Mont Royal did the first and last movement of
this during a Mass at St. Joseph’s Oratory. It was very much
influenced by Durufle. I incorporated chants from several different
Gregorian Masses. poor recording.
Quartet in classical style This was for tonal
composition class at McGill but I liked how it sounded.
Two Pianos I wrote this for Tony Carlone and myself. He also
wrote one for the both of us and we did them at Vanier a couple of
Piece The piece that tony wrote.
quartet I wrote this at Vanier for a group of 4
clarinet players. I guess this must be my first written piece.