Newest additions to the RSM website include:
The Celts of County Clare - grade 3.5 rhapsody for band inspired by the folk music of Ireland.
Bright Auroral Skies - grade 4 composition that includes settings of the hymns "Jerusalem" and "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty."
An Iberian Folk Tale - grade 3.5 woodwind quintet inspired by the music of Spain.
Union Hymn Variants - grade 3.5 chorale prelude and variations on "God of Our Fathers"
Paragon - grade 4.5 overture for band
Illusions for Brass - grade 5 four-movement suite for brass quintet
Divertimento - grade 5 overture for band
Maqamat - grade 5 fantasy for band, based on an Arabian maqam
My first two pieces for band were written in 1971 (Divertimento) when I was in high school, and 1974 (Maqamat) when I was an undergraduate music major. I conducted both of these at my senior recital in 1975 along with several chamber works I had written. But these two band pieces have rarely been performed due to their difficulty and a number of unreasonable instrumentation requirements. After living a lifetime of experience since those days, I have resuscitated both of these with some careful editing, improving the notation and making the instrumentation more user-friendly. Otherwise they are nearly identical to their original pencil-and-paper versions.
With Divertimento celebrating its 50th anniversary, and Maqamat not far behind, I am thrilled to finally have them available to be played again, giving them both a new life. I can't believe I have been writing music for this many years...
If you like, you can have a look at the scores and hear a NotePerformer version of any of these pieces by clicking on the titles. Hope you like them!