Red Leaf Collection

Instrumentation: Reed Quintet (Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Bassoon, Bass Clarinet)

Duration: 8'00

Premiere: March 17th, 2018 at Literati Coffee in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Performers: Vanguard Reed Quintet: Sagar Anupindi, Oboe; Mickayla Chapman, Clarinet; Sean Meyers Saxophone; Danny Mui, Bass Clarinet; and Joseph Swift, Bassoon.

Program Note: I decided to start collecting fallen red leaves at about the same time I was coming up with ideas for this piece. I loved the feeling of finding beautiful treasures in plain sight and having to hold onto them and admire them until I have the opportunity to take them home. I was initially attracted to these natural gems because of their bold, rich color, but over time, as their color has faded and they have become more brittle, I've become quite fond of their delicateness, too. In this piece I wanted to capture an autumn breeze, a rich, red sound, and the sense of changing over time.

 

Red Leaf Collection was composed for the Vanguard Reed Quintet in fall 2017.