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A Tre (for flute alone)

Details

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

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A Tre Album Cover
Recording

Centaur compact disc CRC 2146

Musician

Katherine Kemler, flute

Excerpts

Chaconne (tuba and piano)

Details

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.

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Recording

Mark Records compact disc 3964-MCD

Musicians

Joseph Skillen, tuba
Jan Grimes, piano

Excerpts

Cherubs on the Ceiling

A burlesque for alto saxophone and string trio
Details

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”.

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Recording

Centaur compact disc CRC 2111

Musicians

Griffin Campbell, alto saxophone
Lauren Davis, violin
James Hanna, viola
Daniel Cassin, cello

Excerpts

Cherubs on the Ceiling

Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra

Reduction for alto saxophone and piano
Details

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).

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Recording

No commercial recording available

Excerpts

Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra (pno. red.)

Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Piano

Latin Steps
Details

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).

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Recording

WorldWinds compact disc WWCD-1

Musicians

Griffin Campbell, alto saxophone
Jan Grimes, piano

Excerpts

Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Piano (Latin Steps)

Congo Square (8 percussionists)

Details

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.

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Recording

No commercial recording available

MUSICIANS (ON THIS EXCERPT)

LSU Percussion Ensemble
Michael Kingan, Director

Excerpts

Das Echo von New Orleans (alto saxophone and piano)

Details

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.

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Recording

No commercial recording of the alto sax version is available. See below for the sopranino sax version.

Musicians (on these excerpts)

Griffin Campbell, alto saxophone
Jan Grimes, piano

Excerpts

Das Echo von New Orleans (alto saxophone and piano)

Das Echo von New Orleans (sopranino saxophone and piano)

Details

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.

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Recording

Arizona University Recordings AUR CD 3136

Musicians

Farrell Vernon, sopranino saxophone
Jan Grimes, piano

Excerpts

Das Echo von New Orleans (sopranino saxophone and piano)

Divertimento (arrangement for violin and viola)

Details

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.

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Recording

No commercial recording available

Excerpts

Divertimento (arrg. for violin and viola)

Divertimento (flute and viola)

Details

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.

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Recording

No commercial recording available

Musicians (on these excerpts)

Katherine Kemler, flute
Espen Lilleslåtten, viola

Excerpts

Divertimento (for flute and viola)

Florestan & Eusebius (flute and 2 tubas)

Details

2018, 2 movements, 10 mins.

Published by

Magnolia Music Press

Description

The two movements of Florestan & Eusebius evoke the characteristics of Robert Schumann’s imaginary characters. Eusebius represented Schumann’s cerebral, introspective side, while Florestan represented his passionate, emotional side. The version for flute and one tuba (see above) is quite challenging for the flute and virtuosic for the tuba. This version of the piece (for flute and two tubas) provides an “assistant principal” tuba to aid in the extraordinary technical demands on the first tuba.

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Buy sheet music of both versions (flute and 1 tuba, and flute and 2 tubas): $30 US

Buy PDF of both versions (flute and 1 tuba, and flute and 2 tubas): $22.50 US

Recording

No commercial recording available

Musicians (on these excerpts)

Katherine Kemler, flute
Joseph Skillen, tuba I
Allen Carpenter, tuba II

Excerpts

Florestan & Eusebius (for flute and 2 tubas)

Florestan & Eusebius (flute and tuba)

Details

2018, 2 movements, 10 mins.

Published by

Magnolia Music Press

Description

The two movements of Florestan & Eusebius evoke the characteristics of Robert Schumann’s imaginary characters. Eusebius represented Schumann’s cerebral, introspective side, while Florestan represented his passionate, emotional side. This version of the piece (for flute and one tuba) is quite challenging for the flute and virtuosic for the tuba. The flute and two-tuba version (see above) provides an “assistant principal” tuba to aid in the extraordinary technical demands on the first tuba.

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Buy sheet music $17 US
Buy PDF $12.75 US

Buy sheet music of both versions (flute and 1 tuba, and flute and 2 tubas): $30 US

Buy PDF of both versions (flute and 1 tuba, and flute and 2 tubas): $22.50 US

Recording

No commercial recording available

Excerpts

Florestan & Eusebius (for flute and tuba)

Grand Mamou (flute and piano)

Details

1991, 4 movements, 15 mins.

Published by

Magnolia Music Press

On rental

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

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A Tre Album Cover
Recording

Centaur compact disc CRC 2146

Musicians (on these excerpts)

Katherine Kemler, flute
Jan Grimes, piano

Excerpts

Guttersnipe (for bassoon alone)

Details

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.

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Recording

No commercial recording available

Musician (on these excerpts)

William Ludwig, bassoon

Excerpts

Hambidge Quavers (oboe and bassoon)

Details

1989, 1 movement, 9 mins.

Published by

Theodore Presser Co.

Description

Hambidge Quavers is a one-movement work in three main sections. The first section (Molto Allegro) introduces and develops a melody first stated in the oboe. The second section (Meno Mosso) begins by superimposing a tranquil melody in the oboe over a nervous, staccato figure in the bassoon. The last section (Presto) reintroduces some ideas from the first section and makes use of two new melodies. Hambidge Quavers was commissioned and premiered by Mark Ostoich and William Ludwig.

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Recording

Opus One 154

MUSICIANS

Mark Ostoich, oboe,
William Ludwig, bassoon

Excerpts

Hambidge Quavers

Janus (flute and alto saxophone)

Details

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.

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Recording

Centaur compact disc CRC 2146

Musicians

Katherine Kemler, flute
Griffin Campbell, alto saxophone

Excerpts

Janus (for flute and alto saxophone)

Recording

“Interactions”, Avid Sound Records 20141

Musicians

AVIDduo — Brittany Primavera, flute, Jeffery Kyle Hutchins, sax

Recording

“Tipping Point”

Musicians

Reuben Councill, flute, Gail Levinsky, sax

Quintettino (woodwind quintet)

Details

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.

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MUSICIANS

TVMF Woodwind Quintet
Gabriel Beavers, bassoon

Excerpts

Summer Scag By A Lake (two saxophones)

Details

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.

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Recording

No commercial recording available

Excerpts

Summer Scag by a Lake

The Devil's Dictionary (oboe and cello)

Details

2019, 3 movements, 8 mins.

Published by

Magnolia Music Press

Description

The Devil’s Dictionary was commissioned by and is dedicated to Dr. Mark Ostoich, Professor of Oboe at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Each of the work’s three movements was inspired by a word definition found in Ambrose Bierce’s sardonic lexicon “The Devil’s Dictionary”. The first movement, “Dawn”, evokes the strange sounds heard as the sun rises. “Fiddle” was inspired by the fiddling of the great Louisiana Creole fiddler Canray Fontenot. The final short movement, “Circus”, is my little homage to the greatest work ever written for dancing elephants: Igor Stravinsky’s “Circus Polka”.

Buy sheet music: $17 US (available for sale after the premiere)

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Recording

No commercial recording available

Excerpts

The Devil’s Dictionary

Music Category

Soloist with Ensemble

Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra

Details

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.

Recording

No commercial recording available

Musicians (on these excerpts)

Griffin Campbell, alto saxophone
University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra
Mark Cedel, Director

Excerpts

Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra

Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble

Latin Steps
Details

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).

Recording

No commercial recording available

Musicians (on these excerpts)

Griffin Campbell, alto saxophone
LSU Wind Ensemble
Frank Wickes, Director

Excerpts

Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble (Latin Steps)

Short Stories (solo flute, percussion, strings)

Details

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.

Recording

No commercial recording available

Musicians (on these excerpts)

Maria Fernanda Castillo, flute
Gustavo Miranda, percussion
Régulo Stabilito, conductor

Excerpts
Video

Simple Serenades (solo bassoon, percussion, and strings)

Details

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.

Recording

Mark Records compact disc 51932-MCD

Musicians

Gabriel Beavers, bassoon
Mancini Institute Orchestra
Scott Flavin, Artistic Coordinator and Resident Conductor

Excerpts

Simple Serenades

Music Category

Orchestral

Canray (string orchestra)

Details

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.

Recording

No commercial recording available

Clara (orchestra)

Details

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.

Recording

No commercial recording available

Excerpts

Filé (orchestra)

Details

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.

Recording

No commercial recording available

Musicians (on these excerpts)

Music School Festival Orchestra (Chautauqua Music Festival),
Timothy Muffitt, director

Excerpts

In Plain Air (orchestra)

Details

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 melody I decided not to use in 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.

 

Recording

No commercial recording available

Excerpts

Three Romances by Clara Schumann (orchestra)

Details

2015, 3 movements, 7 mins.

Published by

Magnolia Music Press

On rental

Description

Three Romances is an orchestral arrangement 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.

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Recording

No commercial recording available

Excerpts

Three Romances

Music Category

Wind Ensemble

Chalumeau

a dirge for wind ensemble
Details

1987/rev. 2000, 1 movement, 5 mins.

Published by

Carl Fischer, Inc.

Description

Chalumeau is a “dirge” (a slow, mournful song performed in commemoration of the dead) for wind ensemble. It is a relatively short work (about five minutes) which makes use of one primary melody first heard in the “chalumeau” (low) register of the clarinets. The work avoids any clear tonal center and is rather quiet throughout.

Chalumeau was premiered by Frank Wickes and the Louisiana State University Wind Ensemble. It was written in memory of two of my brothers, David Edward Hayden and Vernon Cecil (“Pat”) Hayden.

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Recording

No commercial recording available

MUSICIANS (ON THIS EXCERPT)

LSU Wind Ensemble
Frank Wickes, Director

Excerpts

Chalumeau—a dirge for wind ensemble

Scintilla (wind ensemble)

Details

1985/rev. 2000, 1 movement, 7 mins.

Published by

Carl Fischer, Inc.

Description

A “scintilla” is a spark. The notes of the opening scale (a synthetic or “made-up” scale) provide the kernel or spark from which much of the material of the piece is derived. The work is in one movement and makes use of one primary theme and several subordinate melodies. All of the melodies in the piece are related, in some way, to the notes of the opening scale.

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Recording

No commercial recording available

MUSICIANS (ON THIS EXCERPT)

LSU Wind Ensemble
Frank Wickes, Director

Excerpts

Scintilla (for wind ensemble)

Music Category

Vocal

Amid Disquieting Dreams (a cappella choir)

Details

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.

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Recording

No commercial recording available

Musicians (on these excerpts)

Cantoria (Truman State University)
Mark Jennings, director

Excerpts

Amid Disquieting Dreams

Four Cajun Songs (voice and orchestra)

Details

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.

See Three Cajun Songs below for a piano reduction of three movements.

Recording

No commercial recording available

Musicians (on these excerpts)

Thomas Hueber, tenor
Truman State Symphony Orchestra
Sam McClure, Director

Excerpts

Four Cajun Songs

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

Details

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.

Recording

No commercial recording available

MUSICIANS (ON THESE EXCERPTS)

Paul Baker, Tenor
Chorale Acadienne
Children’s Chorus
Acadiana Symphony Orchestra
Mariusz Smolij, Director

Excerpts

Les Amours et les Beaux Jours

Old Cajun Songs (mixed choir and piano)

Details

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.

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Recording

No commercial recording available

Excerpts

Three Cajun Songs (voice and piano)

Details

2005, 8 mins.

Published by

Magnolia Music Press

Description

Selections from Four Cajun Songs arranged for voice and piano.

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Recording

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Trinquez, Trinquez (a cappella choir)

Details

2002, 3 movements, 6 minutes

Published by

Magnolia Music Press

Description

Trinquez, Trinquez is a choral arrangement of three Cajun folk songs: Ma Chère Bassette, Mes Petits Yeux Noirs, and Trinquez, Trinquez. The melody of each song is, for the most part, kept intact. The chords, however, are often changed.

Ma Chère Bassette (My Dear Little Woman) and Mes Petits Yeux Noirs (My Little Black Eyes) are both concerned with the plaints of broken-hearted lovers. Trinquez, Trinquez (Toast, Toast), on the other hand, is a Christmas drinking song as remembered by the great Creole fiddler Canray Fontenot.

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Recording

No commercial recording available

MUSICIANS (ON THESE EXCERPTS)

North Dakota State University Madrigal Singers
Michael Weber, Director

Excerpts

Trinquez, Trinquez

Walking Across The Atlantic

Three songs on poems of Billy Collins
Details

2002-2003, 3 songs, 5 mins.

Published by

Magnolia Music Press

Description

Settings of “Walking Across the Atlantic,” “Budapest,” and “The Dead.”

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Recording

No commercial recording available