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Paul Hayden began Magnolia Music Press in 1995 in order to publish his own music. Magnolia Music Press offers the following scores for purchase or rental. To pay by personal check, money order, or cashier's check, please contact us. To pay with a credit card via PayPal's secure website, click on "add to cart" next to each score's price. It is not necessary to have a PayPal account in order to use this service.


Chamber Music



A Tre (for solo flute)

1989, 1 movement, 6 mins.
Published by Theodore Presser Co.

Description: A Tre is a three-voice fugue for solo flute.
Grand Prize, 1990 Delius Composition Competition
Winner, 1991 NFA Newly Published Music Competition


Chaconne (tuba and piano)

1999, revised 2000, 1 movement, 7 mins.
Published by Magnolia Music Press

Description: This work is divided into two large sections. The opening section is slow and lyrical and gradually exposes the six "polychords" on which the entire piece is based. The second section is quite fast and consists of eleven variations on the chord progression (and motive) found in the opening section.

Chaconne was a required work for Tuba Artist finalists in the 2004 Falcone International Euphonium-Tuba Competition, for the Tuba Artist semifinalists in the 2010 ITEA Competition, and for the Tuba Artist semifinalists in the 2014 Falcone Competition.


Cherubs on the Ceiling
A burlesque for alto saxophone and string trio

1991, revised 2002, 1 movement, 6 mins.
Published by Magnolia Music Press

Description: Cherubs is a single-movement scherzo which pits a decidedly uncherubic saxophone against the three string instruments. Some extended techniques are used in the sax part. Cherubs was commissioned by an anonymous donor who wished to commemorate Clarence Laughton's book of photographs entitled "Ghosts Along the Mississippi".


Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra

reduction for alto saxophone and piano
2008, 2 movements, 16 mins.
Published by Magnolia Music Press

Description: Piano reduction of orchestral version. Orchestral version is available on rental (see below under the Orchestral section).


Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Piano (Latin Steps)

1988, revised 2000, 3 movements, 16 mins.
Published by Magnolia Music Press

Description: The subtitle of this work is "Latin Steps" since each movement makes use of various Latin-American dance rhythms. Much of the first movement uses a rumba rhythm in a moderate tempo. The second movement is a tango, and the finale is a fast dance in 6/8. The work's harmonic language, however, is quite chromatic and makes no attempt to evoke folk music.

This work is also available on rental for alto saxophone and wind ensemble (see the Wind Ensemble section below).


Congo Square (8 percussionists)

1994, revised 1999, 1 movement, 8 mins.
Published by Magnolia Music Press

Description: The eight percussionists of Congo Square are divided into two groups of four. The first group usually performs music in a different meter and tempo from the second group. At the climax of the piece both groups play simultaneously resulting in conflicting meters and tempos.


Das Echo von New Orleans (alto saxophone and piano)

2006, 3 movements, 8 mins.
Published by Magnolia Music Press

Description: Das Echo von New Orleans is a three-movement fantasy on the German Catholic hymn, Grosser Gott. I decided to use this hymn tune after hearing a performance of it by an amateur church choir in the tiny community of Roberts Cove, Louisiana in November of 2005. In fact, a recording of that performance begins this piece (a CD is included with the score and part). Early in the composition of Das Echo, I decided to avoid a straightforward theme and variations on the hymn tune. In fact, the melody is never completely stated in any movement. Instead, I decided to allude only to snippets of the melody. Somehow, I felt this was more appropriate given the physical and emotional turmoil left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Das Echo was commissioned by saxophonist Farrell Vernon.


Das Echo von New Orleans (sopranino saxophone and piano)

2006, 3 movements, 8 mins.
Published by Magnolia Music Press

Description: The piano part in the first movement of this version of Das Echo differs somewhat from the alto saxophone version. Saxophonists may order both versions for $35. Contact Magnolia Music Press directly (via email or phone) to order both versions.


Divertimento (for flute and viola)

2010/revised 2013, 3 movements, 11 mins.
Published by Magnolia Music Press

Description: The first movement, "Canray's Dream", is my little homage to the great Louisiana Creole fiddler, Canray Fontenot. The second movement, "Molto Tranquillo", is a slow, lyrical movement that uses flute and viola harmonics in the outer sections. The finale, "Cajun Riviera", make use of some Cajun fiddling techniques along with clashing polyrhythms between the two instruments.


Divertimento (arrg. for violin and viola)

2010/revised 2013, 3 movements, 11 mins.
Published by Magnolia Music Press

Description: My Divertimento for flute and viola was written for flutist Katherine Kemler (Professor of Music at Louisiana State University) and violist Matthew Daline (Professor of Music at Bowling Green State University). This arrangement for violin and viola was made at the request of Professor Daline.


Grand Mamou (flute and piano)

1991, 4 movements, 15 mins.
Published by Magnolia Music Press

Description: Each of the composition's four movements is based on a different Cajun folk song. Each folk song is used as the starting point for a new composition which only alludes to the original's melody and harmony.

Winner, 1995 National Flute Association Newly Published Music Competition


Guttersnipe (solo bassoon)

1992, rev. 2000, 2 movements, 6 mins.
Published by Magnolia Music Press

Description: Guttersnipe is in two short movements each of which explores various extended techniques.


Hambidge Quavers (for oboe and bassoon)

1989, 1 movement, 9 mins.
Published by Theodore Presser Co.


Janus (flute and alto saxophone)

2002, 2 pieces, 8 mins.
Published by Magnolia Music Press

Description: Janus consists of two highly contrasting pieces which may be performed as a group or separately. Extended techniques are used in the first piece.
Janus was commissioned by Christopher and Leigh Ann Rettie.


Quintettino (woodwind quintet)

2012, 2 movements, 10 mins.
Published by Magnolia Music Press

Description: The Quintettino was written for and premiered by the Timm Quintet at Louisiana State University. The first movement, "Five-Seven", consists almost entirely of dominant seventh type (V7) chords. The first and second sections of the second movement ("Rondo") have a circus-act-gone-bad sound to them: dissonant and rather nasty. The "C" section of the rondo is the only point of repose in the movement.


Summer Scag By A Lake (two saxophones)

2009, 2 movements, 3 mins.
Published by Magnolia Music Press

Description: The first movement, "Summer Morning By A Lake", is a canon using a single multiphonic in both saxes. The second movement, "Scag 'm", is based on notes derived from the names of the two saxophonists (Griffin M. Campbell and Michael A. Straus) for whom the piece was written.

The first movement should be played on two saxophones of the same type (2 altos, 2 tenors, etc.). The second movement should be played by two saxophones pitched in the same key (2 altos, alto and bari, soprano and tenor, etc.).

Each performer plays from a score. Two scores are included in the purchase price.



Orchestral



Canray (string orchestra)

1999, 2 movements, 13 mins.
Published by Magnolia Music Press

On rental

Description: Canray was commissioned by the Louisiana Sinfonietta and makes use of common fiddling techniques found in the music of south Louisiana Cajuns. The work uses these fiddling techniques as the basis for a new composition which only briefly alludes to one Cajun/Creole melody.


Clara (orchestra)

2014, 1 movement, 10 mins.
Published by Magnolia Music Press

On rental

Description: Clara is based on excerpts of music by the 19th-century pianist and composer Clara Schumann (1819-1896), wife of Robert Schumann (1810-1856). Melodies and excerpts of chord progressions from three of her compositions are used: the Piano Concerto (1833-1836), Valses Romantiques (for solo piano, 1835), and the late Marsch (for piano four-hands, 1879). My intent in this piece was not to arrange Clara's music, but to reimagine it in a way that places her wonderful ideas in a new and different context. Clara was premiered by the Baton Rouge Symphony (Timothy Muffitt, Music Director) in 2016.


Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra

2008, 2 movements, 19 mins.
Published by Magnolia Music Press

On rental

Description: The first movement, "Berceuse pour la Nouvelle-Orléans", is a lullaby for a damaged New Orleans. The second movement, "Passacaglia", is a set of variations on a 6-1/2 beat bass line.
A piano reduction of this concerto can be found above under Chamber Music.


Filé (orchestra)

2003, 1 movement, 8 mins.
Published by Magnolia Music Press

On rental

Description: The word “filé” has two meanings for the composer. Most people from south Louisiana will know that filé is ground sassafras and that it is used as a seasoning in gumbo. The word also means “spun” or “thread”—a perfect allusion to the “spinning out” of the work’s opening chord to create the various motives and melodies found in this piece.

Filé was premiered by the Baton Rouge Symphony (Timothy Muffitt, Music Director) in November of 2003. It was the winner of the 2005 Truman State University/MACRO Society Composers Competition.


In Plain Air (orchestra)

2011, 1 movement, 10 mins.
Published by Magnolia Music Press

On rental

Description: In Plain Air is a one-movement fantasy based on a lyrical theme from the slow movement of my Divertimento for flute and viola. After the lyrical beginning, a fast section expands on the melody. In Plain Air was premiered by the Shreveport Symphony (Michael Butterman, Music Director) in 2015.


Short Stories (solo flute, percussion, strings)

2016, 3 movements, 15 mins.
Published by Magnolia Music Press

On rental

Description: I have long believed that a musical composition is a personal communication between the composer and each individual listener. The composer is saying something specific to the listener that might be interpreted as exciting, dull, engrossing, tedious, moving, or simply anodyne -- much like the conversations we have with each other every day. Although the title of each "story" ("Barcelona", "Berceuse", "Caracas") alludes to a different culture, no attempt has been made to evoke local music. Each story has something to say -- exactly what that is isn't important. How each listener responds to the tales is all that matters.


Simple Serenades (solo bassoon, percussion, and strings)

2013, 2 movements, 15 mins.
Published by Magnolia Music Press

On rental

Description: Simple Serenades was composed in 2013 for Gabriel Beavers, Professor of Bassoon at the University of Miami. The title reflects the fact that each movement emphasizes the lyrical qualities of the bassoon.


Three Romances by Clara Schumann (orchestra)

2015, 3 movements, 7 mins.
Published by Magnolia Music Press

On rental

Description: Three Romances is an orchestral arrangment of pieces for solo piano by the 19th century pianist and composer Clara Schumann (1819-1896). The three pieces span a time period from her days as a young touring piano virtuoso (the opening movement) to one of her last published compositions (the second movement). The Prelude of the final movement was composed during the time that she and her husband Robert were studying the fugues of J.S. Bach.



Wind Ensemble



Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble (Latin Steps)

1988, revised 2000, 3 movements, 16 mins.
Published by Magnolia Music Press

On rental

Description: The subtitle of this work is "Latin Steps" since each movement makes use of various Latin-American dance rhythms. Much of the first movement uses a rumba rhythm in a moderate tempo. The second movement is a tango, and the finale is a fast dance in 6/8. The work's harmonic language, however, is quite chromatic and makes no attempt to evoke folk music.

This work is also available for sale in a piano reduction (see the Chamber Music section above).


Chalumeau—a dirge for wind ensemble

1987/rev. 2000, 1 movement, 5 mins.
Published by Carl Fischer, Inc.


Scintilla (for wind ensemble)

1985/rev. 2000, 1 movement, 7 mins.
Published by Carl Fischer, Inc.

Finalist, ABA/Ostwald 1986 Wind Ensemble Composition Competition


Vocal



Amid Disquieting Dreams (a cappella choir)

2002, 2 movements, 4 mins.
Published by Magnolia Music Press

Description: Each movement sets the same text taken from the book of Job (verses 13-16). The first movement emphasizes the unsettling and somewhat frightening aspect of Eliphaz's mystical experience. By contrast, the second movement attempts to convey a sense of calm and awe which, perhaps, one might feel in the presence of a divine being.


Four Cajun Songs (voice and orchestra)

2005, 12 mins.
Published by Magnolia Music Press

On rental

Description: My Four Cajun Songs for voice and orchestra was commissioned by the Epsilon Pi chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota and the Upsilon Phi chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia at Truman State University. The commission resulted from my orchestra piece, Filé winning the Truman State University/MACRO Society 2005 Composition Competition. It was premiered at Truman State in 2005.


Three Cajun Songs (voice and piano)

2005, 8 mins.
Published by Magnolia Music Press

Selections from Four Cajun Songs arranged for voice and piano.


Les Amours et les Beaux Jours (mixed choir, children's choir [or sopranos], solo tenor, orchestra)

2009, 4 movements, 17 mins.
Published by Magnolia Music Press

On rental

Description: This work was commissioned and premiered by the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra (Mariusz Smolij, Music Director) for its 25th anniversary. Each of the four movements is based on an old Cajun folk song from the Alan Lomax recordings of 1934.
See Old Cajun Songs below for a piano reduction of two movements.


Old Cajun Songs (mixed choir and piano)

2009, 2 movements, 7 mins.
Published by Magnolia Music Press

Description: Two movements from Les Amours et les Beaux Jours arranged for mixed choir and piano.


Trinquez, Trinquez (a cappella choir)

2002, 3 movements, 5-1/2 mins.
Published by Magnolia Music Press

Description: This work is a choral arrangement of three Cajun folk songs. The melody of each song is, for the most, kept intact. The chords, however, are often changed.


Walking Across the Atlantic (voice and piano)
Three songs on texts of Billy Collins

2002-2003, 5 mins.
Published by Magnolia Music Press

Description: Settings of "Walking Across the Atlantic," "Budapest," and "The Dead."


 


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