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Yes, it's the year of the "S's." I totally didn't plan it, the selection committee just happened to select three pieces whose titles start with "S." People would kid me years ago because three of my first four published pieces started with "G." As I'm sure you know from exhaustively reading all the posts on this blog and committing them to memory, titles are tough for me. If I were smart, all my titles would only start with letters A through M, so they always appear in the first half of alphabetically-organized lists of titles.
But I digress.
I'm really happy with how the recordings turned out. Some of my pieces are really designed for larger forces than the nine or ten studio musicians assembled to record the Alfred catalog, but the musicianship is of such high quality that I can't complain.
Consider this when listening to Star of Valor: I had a lot of trouble with counterpoint in college. All the rules just confounded me and I'd freeze up when asked to write out a simple chorale. My fugues were musical atrocities. And here I am years later, juggling simultaneous melodies and lyrical accompaniment parts like it's nothing. In fact, it was a lot of work to get it right and the studio musicians make it sound easy and natural.
Anyway, follow those links, enjoy the new music, and please buy it if you like it. Thanks!