Instrumentation: Trombone Octet
Sailing for Trombone Octet, was written for the Eastern Kentucky University trombone studio. The piece features a series of interweaving melodies and an abundance of rhythmic energy. The underlying diatonic harmony of the work is colored with a healthy mixture of whole tone and quartal sonorities. Composed in an ABA form, the lively opening section is contrasted by a slower, peaceful central section that features muted horns. The title is an allusion to the two stylistic influences for the piece, Debussy’s whole-tone piano prelude, Voiles (Sails), and Schonberg’s tone color exploration, Summer Morning by a Lake, from his Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 16.