Compositions

List of Music Compositions

The following compositions reflect the most current and complete compositions written to date. Works-in-progress are also listed on this page. For more information and to purchase past music compositions, please view our Recordings or Sheet Music section of the website. 

Nosferatu (In progress)

Nosferatu is based on the 1922 silent film, Nosferatu. This composition aims to create a musical score that can be listened to while watching the film.

The Fool’s Journey for Wind Symphony (2018) 

The Fool’s Journey is a composition that is based on the imagery associated with the traditional tarot cards. The composition is programmatic in nature and deals with the concept of a hero who goes out into the world, overcomes adversity, and eventually masters a craft.

Fly Away (2012)

Fly Away is a light piece that deals with motives of sadness, grief and hope. While the composition is primarily lighthearted, there is a foreboding sense of sadness and loss that permeates the composition.

Autumnal Fanfare (2010)

A short fanfare written for the Boston Brass and intended to invoke the sense of fall and cooler weather. 

406 (2010)

This is a piece based on set theory. The piece draws its inspiration from an old house in California where the composer used to live.

Soliloquy (2008)

This piece was written as a standalone piece intended for younger players. It’s a simple and meditative piece that is intended to invoke a feeling of calm.

2 Short Pieces for Piano (2003/2007)

La Llorona for Piano (2009)

Based on the Legend of La Llorona, this music composition was originally written in a single night on the eve of September 11. The music deals with the tragedy of La Llorona and the children that she lures to untimely fates.

Chilled for Solo Flute (2007)

Written as an etude, Chilled for Solo Flute is a non-programmatic piece that pushes the limits of the flutist. With extreme ranges and a carefully constructed form, this piece is a good option for a flutist who wants to display virtuosic prowess. 

The Fool’s Journey for Orchestra (2007)

This is the original ensemble version of The Fool’s Journey. 

Queen Mab for Violin and Piano (2007)

Taken straight from Shakespeare, this piece deals with the character of Queen Mab and brings the listener through an otherworldly dreamscape. As Queen Mab starts her chariot, the listener can hear the creaking of the wheels and the rhythmic rush of the wind as the spirit rushes the dreamer into her world.

The Trees for Solo Piano (2006)

This piece attempts to capture the essence of four trees in a musical landscape. Sakura, willow, bristlecone, and sycamore. Each tree is depicted in its own character piece for the listener to enjoy.

String Quartet No. 1: Monsoon (2006)

Inspired by the monsoons of Tucson, Arizona, this piece contains five movements that operate in mirror fashion from the outside movements looking inward. The first and fifth are mirrors as are the second and fourth movements. The third movement is a free-form movement that plays with motives derived from the first and second movements.

Samsara for Orchestra and Trumpet (Commission for Las Vegas Centennial Celebration) (2006)

Samsara is a music composition that deals with the wandering world and connotes imagery of circular and cyclic changes in the world. Using the original Sanskrit meaning, this piece conjures up images of birth and rebirth, transmigration, and aimless drifting.

Burned for Bassoon and Oboe (2006)

No music composition for bassoon and oboe would be complete without a little woodwind humor. These pieces are based on set theory with the intention of making the works as “melodic” as possible.

The Fool’s Journey for Two Pianos (2005/2007)

The original medium of The Fool’s Journey was a dual piano piece. This piece contains strong rhythmic harmonies, and it is different in many ways from the most recent version for Wind Symphony.

The Nine Moods for Wind Ensemble (2003/2007)

Originally entitled Nava Rasa, this piece was a journey into something new and different for the wind symphony. The piece deals with the nine emotions from the Bharatanatyam.

October for Strings (Commission for Silverado Chamber Ensemble) (2004)

A piece for fall that is intended to invoke feelings of calm and ease. This piece uses simple motivic figures to create a composition that takes the listener down a wooded path on a cool fall day.

The Garden Tower for Violin and Piano (2003)

This is a piece inspired by several different storylines. A programmatic piece, the work was inspired by the circular staircase that winds up through the Bloody Tower at the Tower of London. Names for the constable’s garden that can be seen below the tower, this piece is intended to invoke feelings of panic and uncertainty.

Pavor Nocturnus for Brass Choir (2002)

Dealing with the concept of night terrors, this music composition aims to depict the fear associated with jolting awake in the middle of the night to a waking nightmare.

The Beast of Gevaudan (2002)

The Beast of Gevaudan was based on beast attacks that occured from 1764 to 1767 in the historical region of Gévaudan. The actual nature of the beast is unknown, but some believe it was a wolf or wolf hybrid. The original inspiration for this work came from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s, The Hound of the Baskervilles. However, not wanting to write about a fictional account, Kevin sought a storyline based on real-life events.

A Medieval Fantasy for Tuba Choir (1999)

One of Kevin’s earliest pieces, this piece dealt with fantastic themes largely derived from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. 

 

Many of these works can be purchased through iTunes, AmazonMP3, and other digital retailers. If you’re interested in performing any of the works listed or requesting a commission, please contact Kevin Ure directly. 

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