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  • Chariot of Helios (2015) 5’ • wind ensemble
    3 Fl, 2 Ob, EH, 3 Cl, B Cl, 2 Bn, CBn, SATB Sax, 4 Tpt, 4 Hn, 3 Tbn, Euph, Tba, Timp, 4 Perc

    Crane Wind Ensemble, Brian Doyle, conductor

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    415-41152 • Full score - Study size • $19.99
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    Gaudete Brass Quintet (original brass quintet). Wind ensemble version arranged by the composer.



    In Greek mythology, Helios was the god of the sun. His head wreathed in light, he daily drove a chariot drawn by four horses (in some tales, the horses are winged; in others, they are made of fire) across the sky. At the end of each day’s journey, he returned to earth and slept in a golden boat that carried him on the Okeanos River back to his sun palace on Mount Olympus, where he mounted his chariot and rode into the sky again. The cyclic journey of Helios is depicted in this short work. The first half is fast-paced and very energetic, while the second half is slow and serene, representing day and night.


  • Mythology Suite (2016) 19’ • wind ensemble
    5 Fl (5th on Picc), 3 Ob (3rd on EH), 2 Bn, CBn or Contrabass Cl, 6 Cl, 1 B. Cl, SATB Sax, 4 Hn, 3 Tpt, 2 Tenor Tbn, Bass Tbn, Euphonium, Tuba, Pno, Harp, Timp, 4 Perc

    Movement 1: The Lovely Sirens
    Movement 2: Penelope Waits
    Movement 3: Pandora Undone


    Chicago College of the Performing Arts Wind Ensemble; Stephen Squires, conductor

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    Albany Symphony and the Chicago College of the Performing Arts (orchestral version); Carthage College commissioned the wind ensemble versions of
    The Lovely Sirens and Penelope Waits.

    The Mythology Suite consists of three movements of my Mythology Symphony, which I arranged for large wind ensemble. The arrangements of The Lovely Sirens and Penelope Waits were commissioned by James Ripley and Carthage College for the Carthage Wind Orchestra’s 2017 Japan tour. I added Pandora Undone to complete the set; Stephen Squires and the Chicago College of Performing Arts gave the premiere of the entire Suite in February 2017.

    Movement 1: The Lovely Sirens
    The Sirens were sea nymphs, usually pictured as part woman and part bird, who lived on a secluded island surrounded by rocks. Their enchanting song was irresistible to passing sailors, who were lured to their deaths as their ships were destroyed upon the rocks. The Lovely Sirens presents three ideas: the Sirens’ beautiful song, an unfortunate group of sailors whose course takes them near the island, and the disaster that befalls the sailors. The sailors’ peril is represented by the Morse code S.O.S. signal (three dots, three dashes, and three dots—represented musically by short and long rhythms). The S.O.S. signal grows increasingly more insistent and distressed as it becomes obvious that the sailors, smitten with the voices of the Sirens, are headed for their demise.

    Movement 2: Penelope Waits
    This quiet movement represents Queen Penelope, the faithful wife of Odysseus, as she patiently waits twenty years for her husband's return from fighting the Trojan Wars. Penelope herself is represented as an oboe. She is accompanied by the ensemble as she keeps at bay the suitors who wish to marry her and inherit her riches.

    Movement 3: Pandora Undone
    This movement is, in turns, both lighthearted and serious. The music depicts a young, naïve Pandora who, while dancing around her house, spies a mysterious box. She tries to resist opening it, but her curiosity ultimately gets the best of her. When she cracks the lid open and looks inside, all evils escape into the world. Dismayed by what she has done, she looks inside the box once more. She discovers hope still in the box and releases it to temper the escaped evils and assuage mankind's new burden.
  • Quicksilver (2017) 24’ • alto sax concerto with wind ensemble Enter description here.
    Mvmt. 1:
    Antics of a Newborn God
    Mvmt. 2:
    Guiding Souls to the Underworld
    Mvmt. 3:
    Messenger of Olympus

    Performed by Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, saxophone, and the University of Massachusetts Wind Ensemble; Matthew Westgate, conductor

    All consortium members hold exclusive performance and commercial recording rights until 5/30/19.

    • Appalachian State University • John Stanley Ross, conductor • Scott Kallestad, saxophone
    • Arizona State University • Gary W. Hill, conductor • Christopher Creviston, saxophone
    • Baylor University • J. Eric Wilson, conductor • Michael N. Jacobson, saxophone
    • Butler University and the Butler University chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi • Michael J. Colburn, conductor • Heidi Radtke, saxophone
    • Carthage College • James Ripley, conductor • Andrew Carpenter, saxophone
    • Louisiana State University • Damon Talley, conductor • Griffin Campbell, saxophone
    • Penn State University and the Margot Music Fund • Dennis Glocke, conductor • David Stambler, saxophone
    • SUNY Potsdam • Brian K. Doyle, conductor (head of consortium) • Casey Grev, saxophone
    • University of Alabama • Kenneth Ozzello, conductor • Jonathan Noffsinger, saxophone
    • University of Massachusetts Amherst • Matthew Westgate, conductor • Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, saxophone
    • University of Michigan at Ann Arbor • Michael Haithcock, conductor • Timothy McAllister, saxophone
    • University of Nebraska-Lincoln • Carolyn Barber, conductor • Paul Haar, saxophone
    • University of North Carolina at Greensboro • John R. Locke and Kevin M. Geraldi, conductors • Steven Stusek, saxophone
    • University of Oregon • Rodney Dorsey, conductor • Idit Shner, saxophone
    • University of South Carolina • Scott Weiss, conductor • Clifford Leaman, saxophone

    In addition to being another name for the element mercury, “quicksilver” is used to describe something that changes quickly or is difficult to contain. My concerto of the same name was inspired by the Roman god Mercury, as well as the mercurial nature of the saxophone: unpredictable, very lively, and volatile. Mercury (known as Hermes in Greek mythology) is best known for his winged shoes, which allowed him to fly swiftly as the messenger of his fellow Olympians. Mercury had other duties too, including serving as the god of merchants, travelers, and tricksters; he also ushered souls of the departed to the Underworld.

    Quicksilver tells three tales of the Roman god. The first movement (Antics of a Newborn God) opens with the birth of Mercury; after he takes his first steps, he toddles around, gleefully looking for mischief. He stumbles across a herd of cows that belong to his brother Apollo; Mercury slyly lets the cows out of their pen before toddling onward with his mischief-making. In the second movement (Guiding Souls to the Underworld), Pluto, god of the Underworld, bids Mercury to bring him fresh souls. The movement begins with death-knells tolling for humans who are about to die; Mercury picks up these souls and leads them down to the gates of the Underworld. The third and final movement (Messenger of Olympus) depicts Mercury as he is busily running errands for various gods and goddesses. We first encounter him mid-flight as he dashes to earth to find Aeneas, a Trojan lieutenant who had been run out of Troy by the invading Greeks. Aeneas is on a quest to find land on which to establish a new city that would eventually become Rome. While traveling, he is distracted from his quest when he meets the beautiful queen Dido. They live together for many years before Mercury intervenes; he chastises Aeneas for giving up on his quest and persuades him to pick it up again. As Aeneas mournfully resumes his journey, we hear Dido perish of a broken heart. Mercury then takes to the skies to seek out Perseus, who is preparing to kill the Medusa, the hideous gorgon who has snakes for hair and a gaze that turns those who catch her glance into stone. Mercury advises Perseus on how to slay Medusa and lends Perseus his sword to do the deed. We hear Perseus victorious in the beheading of Medusa, after which Mercury takes to the skies once more to fly home to Olympus.

    Quicksilver was commissioned by Appalachian State University, Arizona State University, Baylor University, Butler University, Carthage College, Louisiana State University, Penn State University, SUNY Postdam, University of Alabama, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, niversity, Baylor University, Butler University, Carthage College, Louisiana State University, Penn State University, SUNY Postdam, University of Alabama, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of Oregon, and University of South Carolina.


    10/18/17: Crane Wind Ensemble at SUNY Potsdam, NY (world premiere)
    4/14/18: University of Massachusetts Amherst Wind Ensemble at the 36th Annual New England Saxophone Symposium, MA
    4/19/18: University of South Carolina Wind Ensemble, Kroger Center for the Performing Arts, Colombia, SC
    4/26/18: Butler University Wind Ensemble, Indianapolis, IN
    5/10/18: University of Oregon Wind Ensemble, Beall Concert Hall, Eugene, OR
    9/27/18: University of Alabama Wind Ensemble, Tuscaloosa, AL