Sui Generis (2009) for Trumpet and Piano [7:00]
Program Notes: Sui Generis (Latin for “one-of-a-kind” or “in a class of its own”) was composed in April of 2009 for Andrew Classen, professor of trumpet and jazz studies at Drake University, and incorporates elements of jazz and funk music and extended techniques to highlight his truly one-of-a-kind style. The piece is based on the set [G A Bb D Eb F], which can be divided into two three-note subsets of a major third plus a half-step [D Eb G] and [F A Bb]. These pitch sets create the motives upon which the piece is built. The middle portion of the tripartite work transposes the set so that it starts on C [C D Eb G Ab Bb], which is foreshadowed by the Ab embedded into the accompaniment of the main melody in the first section (the first section otherwise contains A-naturals).