Ava’s War is a 12-tone piece based on Schoenberg’s system in which each of the twelve chromatic pitches can only be used again after all the other pitches have been used. The inspiration for this piece is a story of a girl who was neglected as a child. The first movement Memoir speaks of her child-hood years in which tragedy struck home with the loss of a loved one and the years following. The second movement Aurora shows that not everything is lost and that there is “hope for the future”.
At The Bottom of it All ALL was written over two years ago on request by the performer (Brandon Bair) to have piece specifically for bassoon. The piece begins with a basic melody that develops steadily to a climax and finally resolves peacefully at the end.