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adventure awaits

as i grew older


carousel march

days of winter


elegy for string quartet

fanfare to an adventure

finger painting

moving string quartet no. 1

oceans heart fantasy for two flutes and orchestra

oceans heart fantasy for two flutes and piano

postcard from champ de mars


shenandoah, our home

sonatina for solo piano

teton range

the ant bully

the big catch

the birds

the chase

the crane

the river runs silver

the sea foam

the toy shoppe

time gone by

to the stars

turn the page



where we belong

Orchestra  | - - timp; 3 perc; hp; pno (cel) - str

ca. 6 minutes

Burst explores the millions of explosions that happen every day around us. Whether a burst of excitement or passion, ideas bursting into fruition, fire bursting through destruction, or atoms once they collide, the constant transfer of energy is frightening and mesmerizing all at the same time. Showers of light blind our eyes, yet we resist the temptation to shut them.

In this piece, a great deal of inspiration is derived from the compositional minds of Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler. As the themes and motifs rapidly present themselves, the listener is taken on a journey through mighty eruptions and flares of fervor. Later, the listener discovers beauty and hope as the majestic “sun theme” truly blossoms for the first time. This work can be divided into two sections, the chaotic destruction and the glorious awakening. The overarching structure can also be simplified into two chords (A: v-I), minor five (e minor) to Major one (A Major).


To me, this chord change represents a “new hope”, something that enlightens the way we experience everyday moments, turning them into an extraordinary Burst of life.


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