JAMES SYLER   Composer

Peruse Scores & Audio 
of New  Flexible Instrumentation Works 

Following up on our last email, here are perusal scores and reference audio of each work. I've made four new flexible instrumentation works suitable for chamber winds that can be  performed by any combination of instruments from 4-40. This is one alternative to not having access to a full ensemble this fall. Please tell your friends and share this email with your colleagues. Word of mouth is my only form of advertising.
  • all under 5 minutes
  • easy to challenging
  • available as PDF's
  • order & pay directly on my website shopping cart 
  • available July 1
The first is an easy hymn-style arrangement of the popular (and timely) 19th century song HARD TIMES COME AGAIN NO MORE by Stephen Foster. This classic American song has been a favorite during hard times and has seen a revival since the 1990's by various artists. Suitable as a quiet piece, concert finale, or encore. 
Grade 2/3, 3.5 minutes, $50.

Hard Times Come Again No More arr. by James Syler
The second is a warm and lyrical adaption of a choral of mine on the Robert Frost poem THE ROAD NOT TAKEN . It features cantabile lines, close harmonies, and a singing sound world. Suitable for developing espressivo playing at a modest technical level.
Grade 3/4, 5 minutes, $75.

The third is an adaption of my wind trio SCINTILLA which  premiered in 2018 at the North American Saxophone Association conference and the World Saxophone Congress in Croatia. It is fast, twitchy, metallic music suitable to open or close a program. Good for developing a more linear concept of independence.
Grade 4/5, 5 minutes, $75.

The final work is more virtuosic and will send them home practicing. BLUE-BOP is from the last movement of my  String Quartet No. 1 and mixes Bluegrass fiddle styles with the speed and licks of Bebop - a kind of Bill Monroe meets Charlie Parker. Two uniquely American styles fused together into a fun, challenging, hybrid work. 
Grade 5, 4 minutes, $75.

  Enjoy & Many Thanks,

"I listened to your work THE HOUND OF HEAVEN and I like it!  I think it's imaginative and evocative and hope it receives many performances."
~ Morton Gould, Composer

"You really write exactly what you want to write and that is excellent. The pieces are full of energy and musicality ..."
~ Samuel Adler, The Juilliard School