Me in my natural habitat.

Compositions

Exhibits for Bassoon and Piano I. The wall of Glass and Butterflies



This work is inspired by my love of museums, aquariums, galleries, etc. Each movement depicts a different exhibit from a number of museums, however most are from the Utah Museum of Natural History. This work was premiered on January 25, 2014 at the Utah Museum of Natural History. The music is available via TrevCo Music Publishing: www.trevcomusic.com/products/durran…exhibits-bsn-pn The full work can be heard here: https://soundcloud.com/mattdurrant/sets/exhibits-live It features Mitchell Bodily on Bassoon and Monica Rasmussen on Piano. Many thanks to you both for your hard work! I. The Wall of Glass and Butterflies: This first movement depicts the beautiful display that greets visitors as they first enter the Natural History Museum of Utah, literally a wall of glass filled with butterflies and various other artifacts. The work is exciting and dance-like, a representation of the feelings one might experience as they enter the museum for a day for fun and discovery.


Exhibits for Bassoon and Piano V. Lythronax Argestes (King of Gore)



This work is inspired by my love of museums, aquariums, galleries, etc. Each movement depicts a different exhibit from a number of museums, however most are from the Utah Museum of Natural History. This work was premiered on January 25, 2014 at the Utah Museum of Natural History. The music is available via TrevCo Music Publishing: www.trevcomusic.com/products/durran…exhibits-bsn-pn The full work can be heard here: https://soundcloud.com/mattdurrant/sets/exhibits-live It features Mitchell Bodily on Bassoon and Monica Rasmussen on Piano. Many thanks to you both for your hard work! V. Lythronax Argestes (King of Gore) While this set of pieces was nearing completion I heard the news of a fierce new species of Dinosaur being discovered in southern Utah. The Lythronax argestes is now on display in the museum. Being a relative of the Tyrannosaurs rex and looking rather nasty itself, I wrote this music to sound like what its nickname, the King of Gore, brings to mind. The Bassoon uses a special technique to mimic a Dinosaur Roar and the music in general is jagged, relentless, and violent, much like an encounter with a hungry Lythronax argestes may have been.


Quintet No. 1 for Winds I. Motion


The first movement of my first woodwind quintet as performed by the Madison Winds at the Region IV SCI conference at Eastern Kentucky University. October 17, 2013. The full work can be heard here: https://soundcloud.com/mattdurrant/sets/quintet-no-1-live


Exhibits for Bassoon and Piano XI. Native Voices



This work is inspired by my love of museums, aquariums, galleries, etc. Each movement depicts a different exhibit from a number of museums, however most are from the Utah Museum of Natural History. This work was premiered on January 25, 2014 at the Utah Museum of Natural History. The music is available via TrevCo Music Publishing: www.trevcomusic.com/products/durran…exhibits-bsn-pn The full work can be heard here: https://soundcloud.com/mattdurrant/sets/exhibits-live XI. Native Voices The Native American cultures of Utah are beautifully represented on the top floor of the museum. The music for this exhibit is both tender and achingly nostalgic, perhaps representing the desire to return to the days before so much of their heritage was lost. A theme loosely based on a Navajo tune suggests that hope for the future takes the form of passing traditions on to the next generation. While much has been lost, much remains.