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Third Stream Variations (2016)

*Premiered by the North Coast Winds

woodwind quintet

duration: 10 minutes 30 seconds


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 the composer began incorporating his love for swing into deeper levels of his writing. 

The following excerpt is recorded by players from Case Western Reserve University.

Third Stream Variations - CWRU winds
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