FLASH FICTION

YEAR

2013

 

INSTRUMENTATION

Wind Quintet:

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn,

Bassoon

 

DURATION

15 minutes

 

COMMISSIONED BY

Michigan Music Teachers

Association and Music Teachers National Association

 

FIRST PERFORMANCE

October 13, 2013

Western Wind Quintet

Western Michigan University

 

 

 

PROGRAM NOTE

Flash Fiction takes its title from a term that has come to represent the form of the short story. In this mindset, the work is a set of musical stories drawn from popular culture and literature. Each movement is titled to parody several of the composer’s favorite fictional stories from comics, television, novels, short stories, cartoons, and cinema:

 

1. 221B, the famous door number of Sherlock Holmes,

2. Modus Operandi, a kind of homage to detective soliloquies of Dick Tracey and Columbo,

3. Whodunit, a short musing with seemingly unconnected lines (Agantha Christie’s Poirot mysteries)

4. The Outer Zone, a combination of The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone,

5. Trouble with mice…from Steinbeck’s Of mice and men,

6. Fantastic Five, after Marvel’s Fantastic Four comics and

7. Stirred, not shaken, a homage to the spy-chases in Ian Flemming’s 007 novels (often quoted as “Shaken, not stirred”).

 

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

July 30, 2015: Bowdoin International Music Festival, Brunswick, ME

March 24, 2014: Western Wind Quintet, Chicago, IL, USA

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