Opus 1424

Solos and Duos (2017)

34 Pieces for Any Instrument(s)

  • Chant
  • Salve
  • Ricochet
  • Work Song
  • Cinque frammenti
  • Allein
  • A Turning
  • Mountain Melody
  • Color Prelude
  • Turn Tune
  • Grid
  • Clear
  • Sneaky
  • Crawl
  • Pauper et humilis
  • Mountain Tune
  • Lonesome
  • Canto in sospeso
  • Estampie
  • Low Fifths
  • Aeolian Harp
  • Tune with Breaks
  • Gradual Ascent
  • Carol
  • Flipping
  • Hare and Tortoise
  • Lucky Sevens
  • Two Refrains
  • Tree Song
  • A Rubbing
  • Twining Dance
  • Short Climb
  • Sorbian Duo
  • Unfinished Duo

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Duration: 45+ min.

Publisher: Zimbel Press/Subito Music Corp.

Performance materials available from the publisher.

Solos and Duos (2017) is a collection of small pieces for any instrument(s). The first section, “Solos,” contains single-line (monophonic) pieces. The second section, “Duos,” consists of music in two voices. (These pieces were composed in 2017 and organized for publication into this volume during 2022.)

In keeping with the extremely varied inspirations behind these works, it is imagined that the use of the pieces will be rather free. It is certainly possible to play a piece simply as it appears. However, it is equally possible to use the music as material for a realization involving improvisation. In these cases, they may be realized in a variety of ways depending on the nature of the material, the occasion at hand, the particular musical circumstances, and the performer’s interests and inventiveness. If one is using an instrument that can provide its own harmonies (such as a keyboard instrument), it is certainly possible to add additional voices to the monophonic pieces.

Performance indications are sparse and are only possible suggestions. While pieces are notated in registers/clefs, these choices are not necessarily binding, and the music may be transposed as necessary.

A printed publication of this volume is available from Zimbel Press/Subito Music Corp. The complete book may also be downloaded as a free PDF via the link above.