I am very pleased to announce that I have been commissioned by Force Majeure Quintet to compose a large-scale woodwind quintet composition for their 2014 tour. As a woodwind player myself (and professed band nerd), I have long imagined writing a sizable piece for flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, and horn.
The title of the piece is "Gallery." There will be five movements, each featuring a different member of the ensemble and each inspired by a different painting.
Movement 1: Claude Monet - The Cliff Walk at Pourville (movement for bassoon)
Movement 2: Gustav Klimt - Water Serpents II (movement for flute)
Movement 3: Roy Lichtenstein - Ohhh...Alright... (movement for horn)
Movement 4: Marcus Jansen - Creeping Obstacles in Kansas (movement for oboe)
Movement 5: Piet Mondrian - Broadway Boogie Woogie (movement for clarinet)
I look forward to all of the hard work that will go into this collaboration. Force Majeure Quintet will be performing at my institution, Mars Hill University, on March 17 2014 as part of their tour.