Flute/Alto Flute, Alto Sax, Bari Sax – Live Performance – 4/25/19 © 2019 Adam Cole

Inert Redemption starts out ‘uneven’ in every way. It slowly evens itself out, becoming more consonant and conventionally written. The first section opens with a baritone saxophone solo, then a harmony from the alto saxophone and alto flute. This evolves into a frantic, unstable second section, and eventually a third section reminiscent of the first, but in a new key. The last section builds to the climax, and then diffuses with a woodwind chorale section and a calm finish.

This piece started out with a very different middle section and instrumentation, but I revised it later for a more cohesive feel. Performance and score information available via the CONTACT page.

Pain Buried Beneath – String Quintet Midi Realization – © 2017 Adam Cole

Pain Buried Beneath is a piece that describes the pain hidden in many of us beneath false attitudes and mannerisms. So signify this, I use multiple dissonances and unorthodox chord progressions underneath arpeggiated lines and expressive melodies. The mood struggles between pain and beauty before finally reaching a sad and abrupt conclusion.

This piece was one of multiple used for my composition portfolio application to Stetson University. In the future, I may revise it to increase the length, as well as create better cohesion among the sections. This is some of my earliest work that was fully thought out and completed.

Scored for Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello and Double Bass.
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Flute with Piano Accompaniment – Midi Realization – © 2016 Adam Cole

Commander of the Troops is a piece that describes the militaristic efforts of a military general in the midst of a war. The piece transpires in 3 sections: one that introduces the melody in a call to action for war, another that moves the melody to the bass voice with a more rhythmically driven upper voice looking over the battle – assuring command, and a final section driven more by chord hits to signify the large efforts of battle being over, but the efforts of war just beginning. Throughout almost the whole piece there is an obbligato in the left hand of the piano, signifying the formidable attitude of the commander that instills fear in the enemy.

This is one of my very earliest fully thought out compositions, and I later re-used my sketch material for this piece to write Quest in 2019.

Scored for Flute and Piano.
Performance and Score information available via the CONTACT page.