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for Brass Quintet (1999)

approx. 9 min

  • Movements:

I. Allegro

II. Interlude

III. Theme & Variations

IV. Finale

  • premiered 2000


Crane School of Music Student Quintet

Victoria D'Angelo, trumpet

Kevin Johnson, trumpet

Philip Spaeth, horn

George Father, trombone

John Prylo, tuba


Potsdam, NY



About Search


Search (1999) is essentially my first Brass Quintet.  It was composed while I was still a student at the Crane School of Music, but I still think it holds up pretty well against many of my more "mature" pieces.  It begins with the use of a melody built on a synthetic scale that I have since used in other compositions.  The second movement is a brief, slow "interlude", built on a melody that was contrived from an unusual series of pitches.  The third movement is a fairly straightforward Theme and Variations.  Movement four serves as a kind of "development" on the ideas of the movements that precede it, something I have done in later works, as well, (i.e. Quintet for Winds (2015)). 

Below is a recording of the final two movements from the piece's performance at my senior composition recital in 2001.  Click the title page image above for some sample pages from the score.

Search-Mvt III, IV - Crane Student Quintet

Performance History

November 14, 2000

world premiere

Crane School of Music | Potsdam, NY

May, 2001

Concert performance

Crane School of Music | Potsdam, NY

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