String Orchestra Releases
Insomnia is inspired by the frustration and tension associated with a sleepless night. Those who suffer from this all too common sleep disorder often find themselves performing poorly at work or school while not being able to fulfill daily tasks and duties to the best of their ability. In this piece I wanted to communicate the irritation and anger that one might feel while lying awake. Many people only make their situation worse as they “fight” to find rest; thoughts of stress and anxiety creep in to the equation. This piece is written in the Phrygian mode and allows for teaching opportunities related to church modes.
As a boy, I remember spending many carefree hours practicing the age-old skill of stone skipping. Now, as an adult, I often walk down to a nearby lake with my young son and engage in the same ritual. Skipping Rocks is a a string orchestra selection that juxtaposes intervalic jumps and lyrical playing while painting a picture of classic pastime. Players are challenged to use multiple techniques in conveying one idea. Opportunities for strong players to perform as soloists are presented as well.
View From a Porch Swing is a nostalgic work for string orchestra that conjures sentimental images. Inspiration for the opening simple melodic idea is drawn from an equally simple image of a porch swing on a clear day. While writing the piece I imagined multiple characters, all at different points in their lives, finding comfort in the easy rhythmic sway of a porch swing. Idealistic, yet sweet; reliable though always in motion.