Ethan Fields (b. 1997) is an American composer, musician, and sound engineer. Originally from Islip, NY, Ethan is currently studying music composition and sound recording technology at the State University of New York at Fredonia; his teachers include Dr. Daniel Deutsch, Dr. Rob Deemer, Dr. Andrew Martin Smith, Jamie Leigh Sampson, and Paul Coleman. Fields has written works for several ensembles, including symphony orchestra, brass quintet, saxophone duet, chorus, and jazz ensemble. His works have been performed by the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York, the faculty of the New York Summer Music Festival, and the Fredonia Jazz Ensemble, as well as several other groups of his colleagues. Ethan is also an active musician, performing in several groups including the New York All-State Symphonic Band and Vocal Jazz groups, the Nassau-Suffolk Wind Symphony, Fredonia Wind Ensemble, the Fredonia College Symphony Orchestra, and Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York

Compositions

Duo for Saxophones, I.

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I was first asked to write what would become Duo for Saxophones in April 2016 by two of my colleagues at SUNY Fredonia. I wanted to write a piece that was not just about them, but a reflection of them as well; their personalities, traits, and mannerisms would be reflected by each element of the music. Using a musical cipher, I translated their names into pitches, which became themes, scales, and even key areas. The first movement represents the alto player in the duo. Each movement is based around one personís theme, reflecting the many facets of their personalities, while also interweaving the otherís theme throughout, showing how they interact and affect one another.