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Chamber Music

Multi-instrument works for chamber or concert settings

A Christmas Set

Delightfully expanding upon three festive holiday airs, this set adds a smile to performers and audiences alike as a part of any serious or whimsical Christmas program. Merrily on High borrows from the best of Handel and Bach in a dynamic and grand baroque-interpretation. Kick up your heels in Three Ships which by its fast-moving melody and open-harmony drones, transports one to enjoy a holiday reel in the British Isles. A tender and lyrical Silent Night concludes this collection, soon to be a holiday favorite of your own. (Catalogue PM4002)

Viola, Piano
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Premiered by violist Leticia Oaks Strong of the Los Angeles Philharmonic


Dance-like, melodious, romantic, pensive, longing— all describe this award-winning composition for the little-written concert combination of soprano saxophone and piano. A delight for both audiences and performers, Epilogue builds upon the rich romantic harmonic tradition, as well as the styles of art song, and the rhythms and figurations of more contemporary jazz. Fully appropriate for musicians of concert or jazz backgrounds and their interpretations. Duration: 9 minutes. (Catalogue PM4001)

Soprano Saxophone, Piano
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Award Winning Composition of the 1994 Jacksonville Delius Festival

The Star in the Pail: A Child's Set of Seasons

In a chamber setting of five wonderful poems by David McCord we visit each of the seasons as seen through a child's eyes. The cycle begins with  Christmas Eve, full of that excited energy and anticipation of what may or may not appear in the stocking come next morning. Triolet finds the informer child insistently reporting that now spring, "The birds in the feeder are fighting again!" In The Star in the Pail, fetching water on a clear summer evening is a magical opportunity for the stars above, "as thickly sown As wheat across the prairie," to shimmer gently in the pail we carry below. As the leaves begin to turn and fall, a jack-o'-latern slowly takes on it's delightfully frightening form in the spooky and surprising Mr. Macklin's Jack o'Lantern. Finishing the cycle a year older and wiser with Come Christmas, we see the stars atop Christmas trees as symbols of the "one star in this same big sky so long ago"— and the snow outside a gentle reminder of God, "in that white world of his." 

A sensitive and delightful union of poetry and music, both humorous and captivating as a part of any program, any season. Duration: 14 minutes. (Catalogue PM4003)

Tenor, Viola, Cello, Piano
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Complete Score & Parts: $35.00

Commissioned for the Merrill C. Oaks Family and premeired as part of the 2000 Temple Square Concert Series, Salt Lake City