Commissioned by Allen Harrington
Composed for Allen Harrington (saxophone) and Laura Loewen (piano).
10 – 11 minutes
Alto saxophone and piano
Whimsical Sketches of Fanciful Birds:
I. Inebriated Crows
II. Curious Swallow
III. The Watchful Owl
IV. Waking Swan
V. Short-Tempered Parakeet
When I was a child, birds fascinated me. So much so that I spent a great deal of time learning about the many varieties there were. With each species I learned, I would create imaginary cartoon-like characters of them and dream up little stories to amuse myself. This composition is my re-creation of some of those childhood fancies in musical form.
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