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|Work Title||Symphonic Picture No.2: The American West|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||2014|
|Dedication||To the Musicians of the La Verne Symphony Orchestra|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||5 minutes|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Modern|
|Instrumentation||Orchestra: flute, oboe, clarinet (B♭), bass clarinet (B♭, or bassoon), bassoon|
horn (F), trumpet (B♭), trombone, tuba
timpani, piano, strings
I find that the natural beauty of America provides endless possibilities for musical inspiration. "Symphonic Picture No. 2: The American West" is written in the symphonic tradition of Aaron Copland. I like to experiment with putting melodies and harmonies together to see what colors happen when things come together. I imagine places I’ve seen in person: the forest, the running stream, the night sky, the beauty of the American outdoors.
“Symphonic Picture No. 2: The American West” had its successful premier performance in December, 2015 with the La Verne Symphony Orchestra. I had the privilege to conduct the piece and witness a childhood dream of composing and conducting symphonic music become a reality.