Three new works have resulted from visits to certain locations at Hocking Hills in Logan, OH. The first work is for unaccompanied trumpet: Songs of a Sojourner. My goal with this work was to create primarily lyrical unaccompanied pieces for the instrument, because many of my colleagues have asked for this style. I am also interested in creating unaccompanied works that can serve the performer in his private practice. I received the comment that these pieces have a calming effect and have served as a meditation practice.
The other two works flow from these pieces. To give trumpet players another option, I wrote an accompanied version of the first piece in Songs of a Sojourner. This piece is titled Poem at Cantwell Cliffs. The final piece uses the remaining 3 pieces in Songs of a Sojourner. This piece, Poems, is written for solo euphonium and piano.
Plans for performances and recordings of these three works are being set up now!