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Robert and Janet Ford are enthusiastic supporters of Chatter, an outstanding chamber ensemble in Albuquerque, New Mexico, led by David Felberg. The Fords asked me to write a piece for five of their favorite instruments—flute, clarinet, French horn, 'cello and piano—as a tribute to their family, encompassing their own childhood, their adulthood, and their children’s children. They provided colorful vignettes of their youth in the Midwest, their adult years in the Southwest, and their progeny, spread out over many states. Those stories, my own experiences in New Mexico, and my admiration of the Chatter musicians made this a fun assignment. The first movement was inspired by Bob’s and Janet’s beginnings. The second is a nod to the haunting beauty and incongruity of the Southwest. The third is a childlike romp, predictably playful, yet distinctive—much as children themselves are.

Table of Contents

1. Roots 2. Southwest 3. Beyond


A three-movement chamber work for flute, clarinet, horn, bassoon and piano

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A video of the premiere performance, Sunday, March 9, 2014, at The Kosmos in Albuquerque, New Mexico (by Jesse Tatum, flute; James T. Shields, clarinet; Nathan Ukens, horn; James Holland, cello; and Judith Gordon, piano) with introductory remarks by the composer:


M. Mauldin


flute, clarinet, horn, cello, bassoon, piano, Chatter Ensemble, Robert Ford, Janet Ford

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Musical Score


Duration: 9:54

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