Large Ensemble: wind ensemble
Infernal Whispers was composed for Jerry Junkin and the University of Texas Wind Ensemble in 1996. It is based on my Two Pieces for Chamber Ensemble, which was composed for the University of Texas New Music Ensemble that year. The work is cast in two movements. The evocative first movement is a passacaglia framed by an explosive introduction and coda. During the passacaglia, the repetitions of the theme continually speed up and later begin to overlap, creating a series of mensuration canons. The second movement is a kinetic release of the energy built up during the moody first movement.