Ornamental Alphabets [2015]

Ornamental Alphabets
for trombone, tuba, and piano

“Animals moan and lurk behind my flatted notes; One note is just enough for something.” — Andy Costello

Ornamental Alphabets was written for Andy Costello, Weston Olencki, and Beth McDonald of the Morton Feldman Chamber Players, as part of a program of short works by young composers inspired by (or against) Feldman’s music and legacy.

This short work is a series of five panels, each of which is identical in length. The first four are very similar, but the fifth differs more substantially. It was inspired by F. Delmontte’s Book of Ornamental Alphabets, Ancient and Mediæval, from the 8th-17th Centuries.