This work (WE transcription) is available for purchase at Murphy Music Press, where you can find a perusal of the WE transcription.
These three movements all explore their own sound worlds. The first movement, “Spring” begins with three simple melodic movements, is through- composed, and is meant to depict a verdant springtime landscape in which people/animals are playing. “The Golden Hour” is a meditation on the image of the sun setting (or rising). In photography, the term “the golden hour” refers to the time just before and after sunrise/sunset, during which daylight is reddish and soft. Lastly, “Bed Monsters” is an unbridled rondo that is evocative of someone or something being chased by a predator. The title comes from my wife, Amelia, who thought it sounded like a monster lurking under the bed (from her childhood...).
This transcription was premiered by the University of Arizona Wind Ensemble, Chad Nicholson, conductor, on Friday, April 26, 2019 in Crowder Hall.
This original octet was premiered on March 12, 2016 at 11:20a in Hemmle Recital Hall at Texas Tech University during the 2016 North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference. It was commissioned by the Kenari and Barkada quartets:
Barkada Quartet is Christopher Elchico, Shane Rathburn, Steven Lawhon*, and Justin Polyblank
Kenari Quartet is Bob Eason, Kyle Baldwin, Corey Dundee, and Steven Banks
* - Harrison Clarke subbed for Steven Lawhon on this world premiere performance.