Wanderlust was written early in the pandemic when no real-time music making and no traveling were allowed. I had been feeling totally lost and my soul had been restless; those are the two things that make me feel alive. I ended up writing this piece to capture that love for adventure and possibility, and the wistful reflection that comes from time away. The opening is inspired by my 14 year old English Pointer Mix, Tucker. Even though Tuck has hip dysplasia and arthritis in his knee, he gets up every morning and BOUNCES around the house, chortling, with multiple toys in his mouth like this day is just going to be the best. day. EVER. I hope you experience the same amount of joy and adventure as you explore this piece!
Mischief, Magic, Mayhem is a musical journey through changing meters, articulations, and styles. The spirit of the piece as a whole was inspired by the excitement, energy, and occasional chaos that exists in the band room with young musicians. The first movement specifically is a nod to the iconic “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” by Paul Dukas. Let the musical mischief begin!
"Up, Up, and Away!" (Grade 1)
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Instrumental Music Survival Guide
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