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Celtic Echoes has been added to the Florida Bandmasters MPA music list and Cloud Dancing, Crystalline and Celtic Echoes were recently added to the Texas UIL Prescribed Music List. Listen to these and all of my pieces on festival lists – Here!
Transcending Winner of the 2016 TODA Composition Contest and Now Available from Carl Fischer
Transcending was recently selected as the winning piece for the 2016 Texas Orchestra Directorrs Association Composition Contest. The piece was commissioned by the Harrison School for the Arts Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Matthew Davis and Rob Lambert to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the school. It is now available for sale from Carl Fischer Music or from your local music dealer.
Below is the second performance of the piece performed by the Harrison Symphonic Orchestra, conducted by Rob Lambert.
New Works for the 2017-2018 School Year
Recordings of my new music for band and orchestra are now available. I have 6 new band works and 6 new orchestra pieces published by Carl Fischer Music.
Dream Engine is a concert overture in classic ABA form. Opening with a tuneful melody that weaves throughout the ensemble over staccato accompaniments, the piece then evolves into a contrastingly lyrical and beautifully lush B section. As with the rest of Clark's work, Dream Engine blends musicality with teachability and is perfect for your next contest or festival.
This is one of Harold Bennett's lesser-known marches, but that is no indication of its quality. It is a 6/8 march in standard march form but what is unique, is that it is one of the few Bennett marches that includes a "break strain." This makes it a great introduction for younger students to prepare them to play the more challenging marches of Fillmore, Sousa, and others.
As the title implies, Angel Echoes uses a lot of echo effects throughout, and is based on the interval of a descending perfect fifth. The piece begins with a lush statement of the subtle "angel" theme, which is used throughout the piece and ultimately as the climactic material later in the work. With teachable material steeped in musicality, this remarkable new work for developing ensembles will not disappoint.
Larry Clark's Adamant is strong from the very beginning helping even the youngest of players sound confident and assertive. The work is set in C minor with simple rhythms no more difficult than two repeated eighth notes. With biting dissonances and angular interjections in the flowing main theme, the piece is quite dramatic for beginning band students.
Aspirations is written for the youngest and least experienced of musicians, who have only had a short time on their instruments. This piece uses minimal material, including no more than two repeated eighth notes as the most difficult rhythm. It contains bold fanfare gestures, marcato melodic material, and a contrasting legato theme. Every section of the ensemble is featured in this surprisingly sophisticated, yet very attainable piece.
Old St. Nicholas Had a Farm
Imagine if you can, the North Pole where Santa keeps all of his reindeer. Someone, whether Santa himself or the elves in his employ, has to keep them fed, warm, and happy if they are to do the impossible again in a year's time. Old St. Nicholas Had a Farm has some fun with this idea by mashing up the classic song Old MacDonald with popular Christmas Carols. Using only the first six notes of the Bb scale and only two repeated eighth notes as the most challenging rhythm. Pure fun!
Aspirations is written for the most beginning musicians. It uses minimal material, including no more than two repeated eighth notes as the most difficult rhythm. It contains bold fanfare gestures, marcato main melodic material, and a contrasting legato theme. Every section of the ensemble is featured in this sophisticated piece.
Take lots of familiar Christmas tunes, mix them all together, and you have a Christmas Mash-Up. The setting is ideal for beginning players with the most difficult rhythm being a quarter note. This piece is perfect to highlight your first year orchestra at their very first holiday concert after as little as ten weeks of study.
Canon for Christmas
Johann Pachelbel's Canon in D has long been one of the most popular classical pieces. In this arrangement, the Canon is combined with popular Christmas carols, such as Hark, the Herald Angels Sing and The First Noel, whose melodies fit nicely over the harmonic progression of Pachelbel's famous canon. This arrangement will work nicely with strings alone or with the optional choir (CM9401).
This piece was the winner of the 2016 Texas Orchestra Directors Association Full Orchestra Composition Competition. It is built on the four notes that are first heard in the trumpets and is used throughout as the basis for all of the musical language in the work. This piece explores fanfares, relative minor keys, Celtic grooves, the Dorian Mode, counterpoint, and much more all based on the four-note motif. A dynamic piece for your concert full orchestra!
As the title implies, the piece uses a lot of echo effects throughout. Based on the interval of a descending perfect fifth, Angel Echoes begins with a lush statement of the subtle "angel" theme, which is used throughout the piece and ultimately as the climactic material later in the work. Larry Clark uses the elements that have made his music so popular in this remarkable new work for developing ensembles.
Dream Engine has all of the compositional thumb prints that have made the music of Larry Clark so popular for string orchestras. It is a concert overture in classic ABA form. The opening section has a tuneful melody over spiccato accompaniments that weaves throughout the ensemble. The middle B section is slow, lyrical, lush, and beautiful as a contrast to the lighter A section. Another piece from Larry Clark to showcase your ensemble at contest/festival.