David Gunn [composer, writer, isosogist]


double bass (2003)
Written for master contrabassist P. Kellach Waddle, who also performed it.
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L’histoire du clarinette
Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, narrator, slide projector & screen, crackers and other props (1997)
Six musical sections alternate with six spoken ones that are enriched by 39 illustrative slides and various instrumental demonstrations to produce a vivid history of the clarinet.
part 01 mp3 file    part 02 mp3 file    part 03 mp3 file
part 04 mp3 file    part 05 mp3 file    part 06 mp3 file
part 07 mp3 file    part 08 mp3 file    part 09 mp3 file
part 10 mp3 file    part 11 mp3 file
score pdf file        the text  pdf file    images clarinet images
piano (2004)
Subtitled, “A Fantasy on Metropolis”. In Fritz Lang’s 1927 movie, Metropolis, a future humanity is divided into workers and thinkers. Reflecting some of the movie’s sensibilities, Utopiano begins with automaton-like rhythms that are later displaced by friendlier counter-themes. After trading thematic material, the two disparate entities eventually commingle. Still, there is an underlying slightly sinister current of Utopia-no! to the piece.
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piano (1997)
Excerpted from an evening-long multimedia piece called “Circular Screaming” created by Dennis Báthory-Kitsz and myself. I designed it for electronic-only playback; it was impossible to play on a normal piano, even if the performer sported a prehensile third hand. Nonetheless, one pianist asked me to revise it for human fingers. He played it. Still, this is how it should’ve sounded.
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piano (2005)
Written for composer Noah Creshevsky’s 60th birthday concert (celebrated at  the 14th Annual International Electro-Acoustic Music Festival). Don’t let the restrained beginning lull you into a false sense of security.
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Custom Mary
violin (2008)
Written for the fiftieth birthday of Mary Rowell, a violinist. Contains snippets of birthdaylike melody. Not yet performed.
midi file pdf file
Lunar Mural 1
alto flute + playback (2009)
Written for flutist Laurel Ann Maurer. The playback is not so much an electronic soundscape as it is a band without the onus of Union dues. Premiered at The Brick Elephant, N.Y.
mp3 file pdf file
flute + playback (2010)
Take one Foothills (see Chamber Music). Subtract main instrumental line. Add one live flute line. Voilà – Flutehills!
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Lunar Mural 2
bass flute + playback (2011)
Also written for flutist Laurel Ann Maurer, this seven-minute excursion in The Phrygian Mode is ideal for anyone with a bass flute in his or her kit.
mp3 file pdf file
O Solo Violo
viola + playback (2013)
Written for über-violist Tatiana Trono. Not yet performed.
midi file pdf file