WOODWIND & BRASS CATALOGUE
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Free Saxophone and Percussion MP3 excerpt of Libera Me Domine 1st movement
Libera Me Domine: "Ware's textures are carefully calculated. Fragments of saxophone licks and jazz-like scales disappear into distant clouds of vibraphone trills, only to rematerialize and glide back." 
- The Cincinnati Enquirer.


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AMERICAN VARIATIONS  Fl., Gtr  17'  Robert Rollin
This five-movement work explores popular American jazz idioms in a fresh contemporary language.  Syncopated rhythms abound in the Blues, Rock and Bebop, while the slow movements draw on  Indian melodies of New Mexico. 
American Variations is recorded on the CD AMERICAS  AcomaGXD5736.  Score 16 p.  Score & Part  NE470  $21.98

AMERICANA QUINTET   Fl., Ob., Clt, Bn, Hn  12'  Peter Ware

"The work with the clearest impact was Americana Quintet for winds and French horn by Peter Ware. Not coincidently, it received the sharpest execution by the musicians. Ware’s quintet utilizes thematic development and alternation of vigorous and lyric sections in a work of fine craftsmanship." -The Cincinnati Enquirer

Winner of the Delta Omicron's composition contest, this quintet represents the composers early period.  In three movements, the first is harmonically aggressive with its closely spaced tetrachord.  The lyrical second movement contrasts in a lyrical style featuring open-spaced harmonies and the third employs a jazz-like motif which is transformed in a humorous manner.  12 p.  Score & Parts  AE535  $27.98

BIRD ON A BRIAR  Cl., Vln, Vla, Vlc., Pn. 8'
Anthony Lis
A set of continuous variations on a 13th-century English folk song, this piece draws almost exclusively from the notes of the A natural minor scale.  The piano opens with an abbreviated statement of the folksong.  23 p. Score & Parts  AE0461 $35.98

CHAMA "The Eagle and the Plumed Serpent"  Fl.,, Pno/Gtr  14'  Peter Ware

CHAMA: "Inspired by the writings of Carlos Castaneda, this music is one of the most compelling things I have heard in years for flute & guitar. All through the music there is this same free exchange of tensions- moving from the calm to the very tense. Musical ideas are worked out in a very evocative way. Played properly this music will dazzle an audience and thrill the players." -Soundboard. "Chama began with a long lustrous flute solo, gradually growing more knotty." - New York Times
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This evocative work was inspired by the writings of Carlos Castaneda.  In a variation form, it  opens and closes with an extensive flute solo of meditative character.  Exotic scales along with portamento convey a primitive, near eastern quality.  Chama
is recorded on the CD AMERICAS  AcomaGXD5736.  Score 9 p.  Score & Parts  Fl., Gtr  AE357 ;  Fl., Pno  AE330  $15.98

DELICATE BALANCES
  Fl., Gtr  Stephen Gryc
Referring to the light, fleeting tones and timbres produced by both instruments, this three movement duet opens with a Rhapsody of intense lyricism.  The second movement, entitled Harmonics epitomizes the works delicate nature as flute and guitar explore a single melodic idea.  Closing is the Ostinati, which grows out of an extensive guitar solo and then becomes accompaniment to the flute's longer lines.  11 p. Score & Part  NE0208  $19.98

ELEGY  Fl./Alto Fl. or Ob./E.H.  4'  Peter Ware
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Fluid and unhurried, with plaintive sigh motives and mournful tremolo, Elegy weaves pure lyric poetry, a meditation  for all time.  RCM Grade 6 flute Syllabus.   1 p.  Fl. or Alto Fl.  AE152;  Ob. or E. Hn  AE179  $5.98

FOUR MINIATURES  Clt/Sax.  7'  Peter Ware
Free Classical Saxophone MP3 excerpt of Four Miniatures 1st movement
Free Classical Saxophone MP3 excerpt of Four Miniatures 2nd movement

Free Classical Saxophone MP3 excerpt of Four Miniatures 3rd movement
Free Classical Saxophone MP3 excerpt of Four Miniatures 4th movement
An expressionistic work with pointed gestures and compound melodies, these concise pieces are studies of contrast.  Extreme dynamics, range and timbre showcase the instrument's diversity.  5 p.  Clt.  AE462;  Sax.  AE829  $7.98

HERALDINGS  Tpt (2)  12'  Frank Wiley
In three movements, an energetic fanfare opens the work with strong rhythms and repeated-note figures.  Muted trumpets are heard in the second movement with alternation between a Lento misterioso of quiet intensity and a contrasting faster section that is highly expressive.  The final movement is fast and powerful in character, drawing rhythms and motives from preceding material and ending in a virtuoso tremolo.  6 p.  Score & Part  NE985  $12.98

LIBERA ME DOMINE  Sax. (2), Perc. (3)  15'  Peter Ware
Free Saxophone and Percussion MP3 excerpt of Libera Me Domine 1st movement
Free Saxophone and Percussion MP3 excerpt of Libera Me Domine 2nd Movement 
Free saxophone and Percussion MP3 excerpt of Libera Me Domine 3rd Movement

"Ware's textures are carefully calculated. Fragments of saxaphone licks and jazz-like scales disappear into distant clouds of vibraphone trills, only to rematerialize and glide back." - The Cincinnati Enquirer
A fantasy-variation based on the Latin responsorial of the burial service, the work was Commissioned by Northern Kentucky University and the Cincinnati Composers Guild to commemorate the musicians who died in the 1977 Beverly Hills Supper Club fire.   Opening with a canon between the bongos and timbales, the chant is rhythmitized to the non-pitch percussion as the saxophones interact with jazz licks and syncopations which transform the chant.  The second Lagriomoso section is a lament for two soprano saxophones and trap set; the closing Lento  employs  two alto saxophones, cymbals, vibraphones, tam tams, celesta and button gong in extensive imitation.  27 p.  Score & Parts  AE551  $49.98

LONDON WIND TRIO  Fl., Bn, Pno  22'  Peter Ware
MP3 excerpt #1  MP3 excerpt #2  MP3 excerpt #3
In four movements, this trio explores the various ensemble combinations and textures, featuring prominent solos and duets. The flute part abounds in colouristic opportunity. Flute and bassoon frequently trade off in dialogue and are also paired against the piano. The first movement opens with an introduction and proceeds with multiple tempos followed by the beautiful Elegy. The third movement is a playful Totentanz ending with the forth, a dramatic and driving finale. Score for Flute (no doubling), Bassoon & Piano AE1107 $47.98, Flute part 10 p. AE1123 $9.98, Bassoon part 10 p. AE114X $9.98; or Score for Flute (doubling piccolo & alto flute) AE853 47 p. $47.98, Flute part (doubling piccolo & alto flute) 10 p. AE1026 $9.98, Bassoon part 10 p. AE1042 $9.98.

ME AND MY MODEL T Sax. (4)  Peter Ware
This saxophone quartet is composed in a light, jazz idiom with syncopations, imitation and sweeping lyrical melodies.  12 p.  Score & Parts AE0569  $19.98

THE NIGHT RAINBOW  Clt, Vla/Hn, Pno  11' Peter Ware

"Night Rainbow finds the piano glistening as the clarinet and viola intone mysterious chants. Time is virtually suspended in Ware's pieces, which are mesmerizing in effect." -Akron Beacon Journal

Free clarinet, viola and piano MP3 excerpt of Peter Ware's Night Rainbow
Free MP3 of The Night Rainbow    Free score of The Night Rainbow
A Fantasy-Variation, this piece was inspired by the moonbow at Cumberland Falls in Kentucky.  Enchanting melodies of the clarinet and viola/horn weave a texture of atmospheric awe, deliberate and unhurried. The piano, frozen in its higher register, contrasts with a crystallized tone, creating a sense of starkness and desolation.  10 p.  Score & Parts  Clt., Vla, Pno  AE713;  Clt., Hn, Pno  AE497  $14.98

SECOND SONATA  Tbn., Pno  11'  Edward Largent
This sonata consists of three movements constructed in a Classical style.  The first and third bear the semblance of sonata-allegro form, while the second is through-composed.  Melodic material is shared between the instruments progressing in linear conjunct motion  and contrasting angular gestures.  18 p.  Score & Part  NE519  $24.98

SONG FOR GAIA  Clt, Vln, Vla, Vlc.  11' Alan Green
Inspired by a set of poems by California poet Gary Snyder, the music mirrors the changing character and formal elements of the text in a sometimes reflective, sometimes vivacious and playful spirit.  Musically, the instruments are treated equally with a blending of timbres in a true chamber music style.  5 p.  Score & Parts  AE705   $19.98

SPANISH SERENADE  Fl., Gtr  4'  Edward Arteaga
This short, spirited piece progresses in an accessible style with a Spanish flavour.  Multiple tempos employ much tempo rubato, requiring accomplished ensemble playing.  6 p.  Score &  Part  NE934  $9.98 

TAHINI  Sax. (3), Tape  Peter Ware
Named after a river in the Yukon, this demanding addition to the saxophone idiom requires great physical dexterity, speed and agility as it explores the outer limits of the instruments' range.  Each player performs on two instruments, with frequent colouristic changes between soprano, alto, tenor and baritone.  The tape part is derived from Gregorian chant.  While generally filling an accompaniment role, it occasionally proceeds to the forefront of musical interest.  Transposed below the human vocal range, it  extends downward to the limits of pitch perception.  30 p.  Score & Parts  AE837  $46.98

THREE PIECES FOR VOICE, CLARINET AND PIANO  6'  Peter Ware

"Another work I enjoyed hearing again was Peter Ware's Three Pieces for Voice, Clarinet and Piano. It's a setting of three sparse 'cubistic' poems of e.e. cummings in which the music perfectly matches the wit and sonic playfulness of the text." -Musical America

Free MP3 excerpt of !Blac
Free MP3 excerpt of t,h;r:u;s,h;e:s

Free MP3 of D-re-A-mi-N-gl-Y
Free score excerpt
Inspired by the poetic style of e.e. cummings, these concise, expressionistic pieces exude sudden bursts of dynamic energy and flourishes of sound contrast with sustained notes.  Entitled !blac, t,h;r:u;s,h;e:s and D-re-A-mi-N-gl-y, they progress in a fast-slow-fast arrangement, utilizing many sound possibilities and techniques to capture the drama and visual quality of the poems.  8 p.  Score AE683  $5.98  Clarinet Part AE1158 $2.98

TOTENTANZ  Fl., Bn, Pno / Ob., B. Tbn., Pno  5' Peter Ware
Opening with a bassoon/bass trombone solo, this playful and sinister dance of death, features the much dialogue with the solo instruments paired against the piano accompaniment.  7 p.  Score & Parts  Fl., Bn, Pno  AE25X ;  Ob., B. Tbn., Pno  AE098  $11.98

Critical Acclaimed Works:

"The work with the clearest impact was Americana Quintet for winds and French horn by Peter Ware.  Not coincidently, it received the sharpest execution by the musicians.  Ware's quintet utilizes thematic development and alternation of vigorous and lyric sections in a work of fine craftsmanship."  - The Cincinnati Enquirer

CHAMA "The Eagle and the Plumed Serpent"
"Inspired by the writings of Carlos Castaneda, this music is one of the most compelling things I have heard in years for flute & guitar.  All through the music there is this same free exchange of tensions- moving from the calm to the very tense.  Musical ideas are worked out in a very evocative way.  Played properly this music will dazzle an audience and thrill the players."   -Soundboard

Libera Me Domine
Ware's textures are carefully calculated.  Fragments of saxaphone licks and jazz-like scales disappear into distant clouds of vibraphone trills, only to rematerialize and glide back."   - The Cincinnati Enquirer

THE NIGHT RAINBOW
"Night Rainbow finds the piano glistening as the clarinet and viola intone mysterious chants.  Time is virtually suspended in Ware's pieces, which are mesmerizing in effect."      -Akron Beacon Journal

"Another work I enjoyed hearing again was Peter Ware's Three Pieces for Voice, Clarinet and Piano. It's a setting of three sparse 'cubistic' poems of e.e. cummings in which the music perfectly matches the wit and sonicplayfulness of the text." -Musical America

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