Around Stravinsky

An excerpt from the score for Extras

The BAMA Players will premiere my septet, Extras, on a concert titled Around Stravinsky presented by the Birmingham Art Music Alliance as part of the 2024 Birmingham New Music Festival.

Friday, May 10, 2024 7:30pm
Around Stravinsky
2024 Birmingham New Music Festival
Samford University
Brock Recital Hall
800 Lakeshore Dr
Homewood AL 35209

All of the works on the program are inspired by Igor Stravinsky’s Septet (1953). Other composers on the concert include Wesley Johnson, Mark Lackey, Jody Landers, and Matthew Scott Phillips.

My work uses the last few bars of the last movement of Stravinsky’s piece as a jumping off point. The pianist serves as a kind of conductor for the open score. The wind and string players choose which phrases they play in each section as the music unfolds. Every performance is unique. The title comes from an analysis of Stravinsky’s score which declared certain notes “extra.” I wrote Extras to create a kind of foster home for Stravinsky’s orphans.

The BAMA players featured in this concert are

  • Brad Whitfield, clarinet
  • Cameron Bonner, bassoon
  • Valerie Sly, horn
  • Sarah Norlund Dennis, violin
  • Chris Lowry, viola
  • Peter Garrett, cello
  • Eun-Hee Park, piano