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Recursive Variations

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General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 9:25
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Uroboros Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $600.00; (digital) - $300.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A work that explores both intimate chamber music and full band with a wide variety of emotional explorations.

- Program Note from publisher

Recursive Variations was commissioned by a consortium of bands spearheaded by Maestro Brenton Alston of Florida International Uiversity. The work is just over nine minutes in length and is a set of variations based on a theme from a piano work I composed in the 1990s for Maru Holloway. The work was also inspired by the collage works of visual artist Sherri Tan ( which I had just discovered in the '90s.

Recursive Variations explores a wide range of emotions and utilizes the wind ensemble in both chamber and full-scale setting. Starting out as an intimate duet, it moves through a journey of various passions and emotions, eventually evolving into a strong return of the opening materials with full ensemble. To quote from T.S. Eliot from his Four Quartets: “...We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time...”

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Florida International University (Miami) Wind Ensemble (Brenton F. Alston, conductor) – 22 November 2017 Premiere Performance*

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