A Sailing Sextet, written for the Eastern Kentucky University horn studio, features a series of interweaving melodies and an abundance of rhythmic energy. The underlying diatonic harmony of the work is colored with a healthy mixture of whole tone and quartal sonorities. Composed in an ABA form, the lively opening section is contrasted by a slower, peaceful central section that features muted horns. The title is an allusion to the two stylistic influences for the piece, Debussy’s whole-tone piano prelude, Voiles (Sails), and Schonberg’s tone color exploration, Summer Morning by a Lake, from his Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 16.
Brave Wind is set for horn and field drum, taking advantage of the heroic sounds of each. The piece is also inspired by the wind of Ellensburg, Washington, which in the Spring is persistent and occasionally forceful and unpredictable. This commission was funded in part by the Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Program of the International Horn Society.