Scherzophrenia is a work that deals with the subliminal influence of other music on my own writing—a phenomenon familiar to most composers (whether or not we want to admit it). I deliberately chose to impose a tight writing schedule to free myself from the constraints of my omnipresent internal editor. I feel that this process allowed me to better explore these external musics as they “invaded” my musical thinking. Originally written for woodwind quintet, and later arranged for recorder quintet, Scherzophrenia was awarded 1st Prize in the 1999 UMKC Composition Competition.
Available on Crescent Phase Records.