Neo Trio

Oboe, Alto Saxophone, Piano
Completed: 2007; Premiered: 9/14/2007
Cimarron Music Press


This piece was commissioned by Dr. Caterina Bristol, Alabama State University, and Dr. Debra McKim, Hastings College (Nebraska). Each short movement uses a different five or six note synthetic scale, with the melodic lines juxtaposed horizontally.

The first movement uses a five-note scale that includes a major 2, minor 2, minor 3, and major 3 (e.g., E, F#, G, Bb, D). Harmonic motion is created by transposing the scale up by minor thirds every measure, then every two beats, and finally every beat.

The second movement uses the same six note scale throughout: C, Eb, E, G, Ab, B. Harmonic motion is created by building chords from every other note of the scale.

The third movement uses the same six note scale throughout: Db, E, F, F#, A, C. Harmonic motion is very limited in this movement.