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Nhandu chromatus, trio for bassoon, oboe, and piano, 2007:

I composed Nhandu chromatus in 2007 for Mike Parker-Harley, Jackie Leclair, and John Orfe.  They premiered the piece at the international double reed conference.  The piece is rhapsodic, free-flowing, and very difficult.  I tried to create something exciting for my three friends, all of whom are first-rate virtuosos.  The title is the scientific name of a species of tarantula, typically found in Brazil.  Like the spider, this music is fast, unpredictable, and by turns languid and still.  It is also chromatic.