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 the music. Hope you like them!
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