for string quartet
commissioned & premiered by NYC iSchool
beard swagger. (2016)
for large jazz ensemble (5-4-4-4)
commissioned and premiered by NYC iSchool
length: approx. 8 minutes
difficulty: high school
Features an aleatoric section in the middle designed to be unfamiliar but accessible, allowing the student ensemble to develop its own unique, concentrated approach through rehearsal. Some counter-intuitive rhythmic material and a consistent stress on beat 4 (at the expense of beat 1) create the challenge of the piece much more than the technical demands for any one instrument.
alto 1 or tenor 3
trumpet 1 (to written Bb5)
trombone 1 (to Ab4)
trombone 4 (tenor)
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