||Greens/Blues/Reds for Horn and String Quartet
This powerfully emotional composition began on July 3, 2005, the day Senator Gaylord Nelson, the “Father of Earth Day” passed away. The work begins by celebrating the remarkable beauty, the “Joy” and splendor of our "green" planet. It then moves on to express the “Sorrow”, the "blues", felt regarding the apparent and reckless neglect demonstrated by those with the power to conserve and improve upon the needs of our precious environment. Aggravation ("reds") and anger follows as one feels desperate to save our planet from those who have chosen to exploit it. This work incorporates effective, extended techniques and significant jazz phrasings. This piece exists as a solo horn work, and as a horn feature in a Woodwind Quintet version titled Three Moods.