orchestra
winds

Single

Blow It Up, Start Again​

3 O’Clock Mix

Sowing Useful Truths

De Profundis

The Americans

Across the groaning continent

Symphony No. 1, My Hands Are a City

Climbing Parnassus

My Hands Are a City

Concertino

Avenue X

The Rivers of Bowery

1861

As the scent of spring rain...

Chunk

Uncle Sid

Moon by Night

OK Feel Good​

chamber
solo
vocal
arrangements

Sowing Useful Truths

for wind ensemble
(2010)
Duration: 6'
PROFESSIONAL

Commissioned by:
Boston University Tanglewood Institute

2Picc, 2Fl, Ob, EHn, EbClar, 3Clar, BClar, 2Bsn, CBsn, SSax, ASax, TSax, BSax, 4CTrpt, 4Hn, 2Trb, BTrb, Euph, Tba, Cb, Pno/Kybd, Timp, 6Perc (Crot/ Glock/ Xylo/ Vibr/ Mar/ TubBells/ Tri/ T-T/ SusCym/ SplCym/ CrCym/ Hi-H/ BD/ BrDr/ SnDr/ 4Tom-T/ Cnga/ 2Bngs/ Cast/ Tamb/ 2WBl/ TBl/ Shkr/ Whip)

Parts available for hire.

Score available for sale from OK Feel Good Music.

In 1802 Thomas Jefferson noted to his Attorney General that he considered letters to his constituents a decent opportunity for "sowing useful truths & principles among the people, which might germinate and become rooted among their political tenets." This always struck me as exactly what all artists do: "seeding" the world with expressions of personal Truth, and very much hoping they take "root". To that end, this work proclaims my own musical Principles, celebrating the elements of counterpoint, color, groove, and style I consider undeniable, and True. Sowing Useful Truths was commissioned by my alma mater, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Young Artists Wind Ensemble.

World Premiere: July 30, 2010, Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood MA, H. Robert Reynolds conducting

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RECENT PERFORMANCES

The Florida State University Wind Orchestra, Ruby Diamond Concert Hall, Tallahassee, FL, Richard Clary, conductor [transcription WORLD PREMIERE] - Apr 15 2013

Peabody Wind Ensemble, Miriam A. Freidberg Concert Hall, Baltimore MD, Harlan D. Parker, Conductor - Dec 11 2012

James Logan Wind Symphony, Chabot College Wind Band Festival / Performing Arts Center, Hayward, CA, Ramiro Barrera, conductor - Feb 25 2011