2011. 3-4 minutes. Composed for the Aspen Music Festival
“Five Scales” is a short piece for brass quintet in which each of the five instruments is assigned its own specific diatonic scale to play through. The resulting spectrum of chords is created through this exercise of pre-composition, as the instruments gradually expand farther and farther away from each other. The piece ends with a postlude which modifies the rules, having the ensemble expand on a single scale, instead of five..