The Hinz Waltz (2012, rev. 2022)
Instrumentation: concert band
Grade Level: 4 (Advanced)
Duration: 4 minutes
The Hinz Waltz was composed as a musical response to a photograph by my friend Jack Hinz. I was mesmerized by the way Hinz captured the photograph's subject, an orange flower. The more I looked at this photograph, the clearer I could hear a bright and upbeat waltz dancing through my mind. As the dance developed, a sweet melody emerged to portray the easy sawing of the flower and the rustling of its pedals in a soft breeze. Listening closely, one can hear that fragments, or petals, of this melodic idea are scattered throughout the work. I consider The Hinz Waltz to be one of my happiest, colorful, and humorous creations!