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Third Stream Variations

North Coast Winds
00:00 / 10:54


Year Composed





Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn

11 Minutes

Third Stream, a term coined by Gunther Schuller, refers to the fusion of jazz and classical styles in music. Third Stream Variations takes a traditionally constructed melody and weaves it through a variety of styles, some blue and some not. Through all these changes, a brazen rhythmic constant, defying meter and style, unites the work from start to finish. Though the jazz elements rarely influence more than harmony, this piece marks a moment when I began incorporating my love for swing into deeper levels of my writing

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