Lyric Variations (2006)


For Wind ensemble

Piccolo – 2 Flutes – 2 Oboes – 3 Clarinets in B-flat – Bass Clarinet – Bassoon – 2 Alto Saxophones – Tenor Saxophone – Baritone Saxophone
4 Horns in F – Solo Trumpet in B-flat – 2 Trumpets in C – 2 Trombones – Euphonium – Tuba – String Bass
Timpani – Percussion (3 players): glockenspiel, xylophone, vibraphone, chimes, suspended cymbal, tambourine, triangle, snare drum, bass drum

Commissioned by:
Peabody Wind Ensemble; Dr. Harlan Parker, conductor
Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, MD

Premiere and recording source:
Peabody Wind Ensemble; Dr. Harlan Parker, conductor
Friedberg Hall, Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, MD
April 11, 2007

Program Notes:

This work comprises several short variations on an original lyric theme.  While each variation combines the sounds of all the diverse instruments in the wind ensemble, some variations are devoted specifically to smaller sub-ensembles for a “chamber music” feel and mood.  These variations are interspersed between more energetic variations that feature a “tutti” sound.  This work is dedicated with grateful appreciation to Dr. Harlan Parker and the Peabody Wind Ensemble of Baltimore, MD, who are always extraordinary champions of new music.