Crown of Aragon (easy)
"Crown of Aragon is a haunting, but stately pavanne in the Renaissance style. Young students will experience ABA style in the keys of D minor and F Major. Care has been taken to avoid all low first fingers, but low second fingers will be used throughout. The middle section features lower string melodies on the C string for viola and cello, and into third position briefly for bass. The alternating between arco and pizzicato not only helps with dynamic contrast, but creates a unique texture when accompanied with the optional triangle and hand drum." -- Carl Fischer Music
Bronx Suite for Strings (intermediate)
Written during my time living in the South Bronx near Yankee Stadium, this five-movement piece is inspired by the borough and the complexity of life in New York City. Approx. 13 min.
Nostalgia (easy - intermediate)
Inspired by tango and other Latin dance forms, this piece incorporates traditional Latin percussion instruments found in many classrooms as well as opportunities for improvisation. 3:50
Winter Music (easy - intermediate)
Composed for early-intermediate players, this piece explores the colors available to them. It also features optional percussion and piano parts for an even more festive color. Approx. 3 min.
Serenade for Strings (intermediate)
This four movement piece introduces younger players to sonata-allegro and other Classical forms. The piece incorporates various non-classical elements like ragtime and doo-wop. Approx. 20 min.
Gloomy Winter's Noo Awa' (arr., intermediate)
This old Scottish tune was used extensively by Michael Nyman in his score to Jane Campion's 1993 film, "The Piano." Here, I've attempted to bring it more into its original context, a robust but deeply passionate ode to spring. Approx. 3 min.