Grade 5–3 minutes
Composed for the United States Army Europe Band, Tompkins Barracks, Heidelberg, Germany. Premiered during the December holiday concert series of 2004 with the composer conducting.
A Winter Flurry is a brief but dazzling concert opener defined by rapid ascending scalar passages offset by single beats. The opening gives way to a lyrical oboe solo based on the opening trumpet figure. Both themes are combined in the climax of the work. Finally, there’s one brief moment of repose before a final flurry closes out the piece.
As of now, I’ve written three pieces inspired by the seasons. They are not necessarily intended to be performed together or as a suite, but if you think they’d work together in that fashion, knock yourself out. The other pieces in the series are A Summer Breeze and An Autumn Sunset.