Chamber Winds

American Prize 2015 for Chamber Music Composition, Finalist (Sacred Winds)
Contemporary repertoire for Chamber Winds – a collection of 20th and 21st century chamber music by composer David Avshalomov, including sound files and scores.
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view score Air oboe, clarinet, bassoon. 2′ 1975
Order This» A simple, moderato, tuneful ABA form for reed trio.
SEE ON YOUTUBE view score Around the Year woodwind quintet — COMPOSER TALK ON YOUTUBE 11′ 1965/2002
Order This» Four short, charming, atmospheric, tonal seasonal miniatures, mood/character sketches, commissioned by Aaron and Amelia Neustadt. Winner of the Miles Playhouse Debut Award, 2008 Notes»
I. Winter Mood 2′
Snow on the mountains. Slow, sonorous, euphonious. (Also available for Concert Band, Vignettes No. 3.)
II. Autumn Walk 2’30
Brisk leaf-blown day in a park. Moderate/lively/moderate; nice oboe and horn solos.
III. Summer Dream 3′
Hot Southern night. Slow, aching beauty, echoes of Gershwin, Stephen Foster. Languorous flute solos.
IV. Spring Games 3′
Children on a grassy hillside. Exuberant fling, playful melody play, brave “Pirate” horn solo, flip end.
view score Rowboat Shuffle Clarinet Choir (Eb, Bb 1. 2. 3. [6-8 players], Eb Alto, Bb Bass, Eb Contra-Alto, BBb Contra-Bass) 1’30 1975/2014
Order This» A shuffle chain of compressed repetition variations for full clarinet choir/sections. From the “Lifeboat Variations” for band. (NOTE: Light percussion in sound sample is not included in this version.)
view score Sacred Winds Flute Orchestra: 12 (or 13) players, including piccolos,
C flutes, alto flutes, bass flute in C, opt. bass flute in F, contra-bass flute (or bass clarinet), subcontra-bass flute (or string bass), 2 percussion
25′ 2007
Order This» Finalist, American Prize for Composition 2015. Gently experimental (some extended techniques) but tonal music evoking wind dimensions of the natural world. Melodies express the yearning of a lost soul seeking to regain connection with the powers of Nature. (Alternate bottom parts for bass clarinet, string bass). Optional ankle bells. Written for Los Angeles Flute Orchestra — in the sound samples they are conducted by the composer. Notes»
I. Rain Dance 6’10
Brittle, dignified, ritualistic evocation of a ceremonial dance to relieve drought; builds up, raises ground breezes, final shouts bring gentle rain. Spooky low flute solos. (Also available for Concert Band)
II. Fog Song 10’30
Slow cluster moods with blue melodies. Evocation of dense, then wispy, then billowing fog, surf, foghorns. Wild “choral” middle, evaporating end. Solos for many.
III. Sand Banshee 8′
Tone-painting all stages of a sandstorm, building from tiny, thready breeze to full-on wild screamer over the Voice of the Banshee. Relaxes to sweet calm–with a last surprise. Piccolos featured. (Recording is of revised version.)

Pre-concert talk by the composer

view score 3 Outside Clarinet Choir (Eb clarinet, 7 Bb clarinets, alto clarinet, 2 bass clarinets, Eb contra-alto clarinet) 17′ 2008
Order Entire Work» Three very different movements, each projecting a distinct energy–mechanical, natural, human–in a different outdoor setting, Written for Los Angeles Clarinet Choir, Margaret Thornhill, director. Notes»
I. Magic Fountain 4’20
Music for the eyes, all about color and movement. Playful showpiece evoking the variant patterns and splashy exuberance of a programmed multi-jet “dancing waters” fountain display with colored lights. Gradually develops direction to a culmination. Brief vocal splash effects at end.
II. Moon Song 6′
Slow music for the heart, all about melody. The aching mystery of full-moon light on high-mountain pines. Light breeze, then full wind over a chorus of plaintive sadness, winding back to the still moon, ending on a lonely question. Soulful lead clarinet solo.
III. Hill Dance YOUTUBE/Chamber (Ebonists)
YOUTUBE/Large Ensemble (Kansas ClarinetFest)
7′
Order This Mvt.» Music for the body, all about rhythm. Lively Bulgarian-style 5/8 folk dance up in hill country. Showy solos for Eb, Bb, bass clar. Slower middle with Jewish-flavor circle-dance tunes, almost drunk. Wild loud fast ecstatic ending. Performance by the Ebonists, England, 2015 (Also available for Concert Band)
view score Tipsy Waltz Saxophone quartet (A A T Bar) 1′ 1975/2014
Order This Mvt.» Short drunken waltz for saxophone quartet. From the “Lifeboat Variations” for band.