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Musical Masque (for the Seasons) is a musical work set to the text of a James Whitcomb Riley poem entitled "Masque of the Seasons." The piece is meant to reflect the imagery of the Whitcomb Riley poem. It can be performed with text read from the poem read between movements. It was commissioned and first performed by the Peaceful Valley Chamber Players in 2007. The piece is scored for string quartet, trombone, and percussion.
The MP3 tracks 1-3 above are synthesized excerpts of Musical Masque (for the Seasons) from the opening and the season Fall.
Music for Winds, Piano, and Percussion was commissioned by and dedicated to the Indianapolis Chamber Winds, Darin Sorley, Music Director, and the Indianapolis Symphonic Band, Inc., Bob Phillips, Founder. It is scored for flute, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, trumpet, piano, and percussion. This three-movement work is fourteen minutes long, and each movement has its own separate identity. It was first performed on October 19, 2006.
The MP3 tracks 4-6 give you one sample from each movement. The music is synthesized.
Imagination is a children's work for chamber ensemble and narrator. This piece allows the audience to create their own story and this music is then meant to accompany the story. The work was commissioned in 2008 by the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, Dr. David Belcher, Education Coordinator, to be performed in their local schools. This composition can also be performed without narration. A script to be used to create the story can be included. It is scored for flute, oboe, Bb Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, C Trumpet, Viola, Cello, Piano, and Percussion. The duration is 8 minutes.
Daniel Golando, 2nd Trumpet with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, commissioned Sonata for Trumpet and Organ in 2004 for the natural trumpet in D. This work was completed in August of 2005 and was first performed on June 24, 2007 at the Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. The work was also featured on a concert on February 17, 2008 entitled Pipedreams Live! This work was strictly written to be playable on the natural trumpet, but works equally well on a modern day trumpet.
The above excerpts, tracks 7 & 8, of Dan Golando and Heather Hinton are from the first two movements of Sonata for Trumpet and Organ and are used with their permission. They were taped during a church service, so unfortunately, there is a lot of background noise. The third movement had so much background noise, we chose not to present it here. We hope to have some better samples to present in the future.
This piece was commissioned by the Greensburg Junior High School 8th Grade Band of 2006 by its director, Nick Parcell, a former student of Mr. Beckel's at DePauw University. It is approximately 4:48 minutes in length.
The above synthesized excerpt, track 9, is from the end of the piece.
This string quartet was commissioned by the New Century Quartet in 2005 and its first performance occurred at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center at the University of Indianapolis campus on April 4, 2005.
The above samples, one from each movement, were recorded at the above concert and are used with permission. See tracks 10-12 above.
This work was commissioned by and dedicated to The Percussion Plus Project ensemble in residence at DePauw University, Dr. Amy Lynn Barber, founder and director. The premier was February 18, 2003 at DePauw University, and featured Velvet Brown as tuba soloist.
The concerto is a 15-minute work in 3 movements and is written for 3 percussion and tuba.
The above tracks, 13-15, were recorded by Velvet Brown. The CD (CD694) is copyright 2007 Crystal Records, Inc. and is used by permission. Unauthorized duplication is illegal.
This work for two trombones and piano is dedicated to the victims of the September 11, 2001 tragedy in New York and Washington, D.C.
"Primitive Modern" was commissioned by Kent Leslie, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the International Horn Society. This work is for French Horn solo and recorded CD, which includes electronic and percussion sounds. The work has an optional percussion part to allow the piece to be performed with live percussion. Two different CD's accompany this publication, allowing the performer to work with or without live percussion. It is nine minutes in length.
The above tracks, 16-19, were recorded by Hard Cor Music, Inc. copyright 2007, and are used by permission. Kent Leslie is the artist and the CD is entitled "With every leaf a miracle."
This ballad for full orchestra is a reflective piece that uses a "rain tape" as sound effect through parts of the piece. It is actually the middle movement of "Three Sketches for Orchestra", but stands very well on its own. It has been performed by the Columbus, IN orchestra under the direction of Arkady Orlovsky, by the Victoria Symphony conducted by Darryl One, and the Tacoma Symphony.
This is one of Jim's earliest works and is in three movements as follows:
Duration – Approximately 14 minutes
The orchestration is for full winds and strings, 3 percussion, tympani, harp, jazz piano, electric bass, and drum set.
The piece has some jazzy sections in it and requires jazz solo trombone work.
This work was performed by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Omaha Symphony.
This work is an arrangement of Carols such as "We Three Kings" and "The First Noel" for 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 horn, and 1 tuba.
It has been performed by brass players from the Indianapolis Symphony, the Oklahoma Symphony, Julliard, Indiana University, and has been recorded by players from the Indianapolis Chamber Brass.
The above excerpts, tracks 20 & 21, are from a CD released in 1994 by the Chamber Brass Choir under the direction of Thomas Akins, entitled Christmas Joy. They are used with permission.
Amazing Grace is a very versatile piece that can be played with full orchestra alone, with choir or solo voice or both, or can be used as a sing-along. The composer is not aware of all the performances, but it has been played by the Indianapolis Symphony and by the Boston Symphony for a tour to Japan.
Inquiries about performance of this work should be directed to Jim Beckel.
This piece is for brass quintet and was commissioned by the Keynote Brass, who recorded the work on their CD entitled "Reflections", released in 1996. A copy of the CD, filled with Indiana-based compositions and arrangements for brass, is available by contacting the Keynote Brass using the highlighted link.
It is a lively, uplifting, and fun piece to play and would be a great addition to any brass chamber concert.
The above tracks, 22 & 23, are two samples from the above mentioned CD and are used with permission.
The Long Dream is an art song for voice, oboe, flute, and string quartet.
This piece originally written for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee for organ, has been arranged for brass choir. It has been published by:
This is an arrangement of the music from Marvin Hamlisch's hit Broadway musical of the same title. The arrangement was sold to Chappell Publishing, and the last we heard, it was being published by Schirmer. It has been recorded by Rochester under the direction of Erich Kunzel.