Houston’s new music group Musiqa has programmed my Short Stories for saxophone quartet on their October 1 concert. Go here for info, and go here to hear Musiqa’s Anthony Brandt talk with Houston Public Media’s Joshua Zinn about the concert. Here’s my program note on the piece:
My title was suggested by a volume of stories by Sam Shepard that my wife gave me as a Christmas gift. I wanted to emulate that collection by writing a set of brief, powerfully characterized musical narratives that shared some common themes while contrasting highly in expressive type. The tales told here are, by turns, reflective, manic, declamatory, and ebullient, with the opening reflective music recurring in various guises to bind the set together. Written at the request of the Prism Quartet, the composition of Short Stories was supported by a Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.