Instrumentation: woodwind quintet
Playing time: 14' 30"
Copyright 1988
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Commentaries was commissioned by the Southeastern Composers League and Symposium V for New Woodwind Quintet Music.  Each of the five movements is a loose comment on my life as a composer within the academic profession.  “Fantasy” is a diversion into a free-ranging, perhaps surprising expression.  “Antique” pays homage to a style of past music.  “The Body Politic” is my impression of the internal academic existence.  “Elegy” needs no comment.  “You Gotta Swing, or it takes the old to have the new” is an early 20th C. jazz style that channels Fletcher Henderson.