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Meeting Elliott Carter

In the spring of 2003, I was finishing up my undergrad thesis at the University of Southern Mississippi. I’d been studying Elliott Carter’s Quintet for Piano and Winds for months, and trying to make heads and tails of his newly … Continue reading

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Carter on Carter

Boosey and Hawkes has posted these two video interviews of Elliott Carter talking about his life. Carter on Carter: The Early Years Carter on Cater 2: Symphony and Opera Red Ted Films produced this video. they have produced videos of … Continue reading

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fine performances.

In February I had the opportunity to hear two great performances in the Hattiesburg, MS area. The first one, was down the road in Laurel, Mississippi (hometown of the amazing Leontyne Price) at the First-Trinity Presbyterian Church. The concert consisted … Continue reading

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speech/unspoken

I was recently asked by trombonist Steve Parker to write a short solo piece for trombone. Hear Steve on myspace here. He is a fine trombonist and is working on a commissioning project that explores the link between language and … Continue reading

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Pandora

Recently, I have been listening to a lot of music at work on Pandora.com. Pandora allows you to create your own radio stations by typing in the name of a song, artist, or composer. Then Pandora will compile a station … Continue reading

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Baby Steps

2008 brought something new to Mississippi Public Broadcasting: HDRadio. I had no idea HDRadio existed. I know more about it now, but I have yet to see an HDRadio on sale in any store. The new year brought a change … Continue reading

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composing No Way.

I recently finished my first instrumental work since Hurricane Katrina passed through these parts. It is a short solo work for clarinet titled, No Way. The initial seed of No Way was planted into my brain earlier this year when … Continue reading

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Independence Day playlist

Elliott Carter – Boston Conerto Symphony of Three OrchestrasCharles Ives – Three Places in New England Symphony No. 2Conlon Nancarrow – Piece No. 2 for small orchestraEzra Sims – String Quartet No. 2

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Letter to my wind sextet.

Dear Hydra, I apologize. I have spoken ill of you for about two years now. I was convinced you were sub-par and ill-conceived. I even asked your dedicatee to forget about you. I had ideas of cutting you up and … Continue reading

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Threnody

In two seconds flat (or so it seemed), Asa ravaged several cookies and my old Thriller cassette. Thriller, PYT, and Billie Jean (in analog format), you will be missed.

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