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Composed in 2010

Instrumentation: flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, horn, bassoon

Duration: 5:30


Flybys was commissioned by the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, Rafael Toro-Quiñones, director. When I was asked to write for the Air Force musicians, I thought back to the history of the Armed Forces as major supporters of new music. Many preeminent composers have been called upon to write works that could show the high level of American music-making and give the public a sense of cultural pride. One such composer was Samuel Barber, whose Second Symphony was commissioned by the Air Force. Flybys begins with a gesture that is a direct tribute to Barber’s work, and to the legacy of the Armed Forces as supporters of the best in American music.



First Performance: October 15th, 2010

The American Theatre, Hampton, VA

Anne Epperly, flute; Grace Rattay, oboe; Jeff Boehmer, clarinet;  Cynthia Ramirez, bass  clarinet; Daniel Omer, horn; Julie Stockdill, bassoon



Recording: February 3rd, 2011, New Music New Haven

Morse Recital Hall, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Rosa Jang, flute; Emily Holum, oboe; Emil Khudiyev, clarinet; Vincent Oneppo, bass  clarinet; Jamin Morden, horn; Thomas Fleming, bassoon


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