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F o u n t a i n s

Duration: 3'00"


String Orchestra -

2 Violins, Viola (and/or Violin 3), Violoncello, Contrabass



Concert Band -

Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, 2 Clarinets, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, 2 Trumpets, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion


Variable Instrumentation Band -

1 Soloist (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Alto Sax., or Trumpet) 

Part I (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, and/or Trumpet)

Part II (Clarinet, Trumpet, and/or Alto Sax.)

Part III (Bass Clarinet, Tenor Sax., Horn, Bassoon, Trombone, and/or 


Part IV (Bass Clarinet, Baritone Sax., Bassoon, Trombone, Euphonium

              and/or Tuba)

Percussion (1 to 4 parts)

Program Notes:

Kansas City and Rome are considered by many to be the cities of fountains. I have lived in Kansas City for many years and am always struck by the number of fountains throughout the city. I pass by several every day. For me, they stand as reminders that I need to slow down, relax, and enjoy the momentary peace and serenity a fountain can offer. In his iconic Fontane di Roma [Fountains of Rome], composer Ottorino Respighi depicts the majestic fountains in Rome. Respighi’s music has had a profound effect on me as a composer, and as a small homage, snapshots and fragments reminiscent of his Fontane di Roma have been interspersed throughout my piece. This work takes Respighi’s Roman fountains and integrates them with the serenity that the Kansas City fountains bring me. Essentially, Fountains merges two cities half a world apart.

Commissioned by Steven D. Davis and the Youth Symphony of Kansas City for their performance at the 68th Annual Conference of The Midwest Clinic.


String Orchestra Version:

Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School Chamber Orchestra (Tracey Rush, conductor) - 1 May 2018; Dubuque, IA

Bethel College Philharmonia Orchestra (Adam Fontana, conductor) - 13 April 2018; North Newton, KS

South East Junior High School 8th Grade Orchestra (Lisa Schrock, conductor) - 24 May 2017; Iowa City, IA

Carl Schurz High School String Orchestra (Hanna Mathey, conductor) - 20 May 2015; Chicago, IL

Carl Schurz High School String Orchestra (Hanna Mathey, conductor) - 25 April 2015; Chicago, IL

Youth Symphony of Kansas City's Symphony Orchestra (Michelle Moffett Davis, conductor) - 19 December 2014; Chicago, IL

Concert Band Version:

University of South Carolina Aiken Wind Ensemble (Hayes Bunch, conductor) - 2 December 2021; Aiken, SC

Pioneer League Middle School Honor Band (Adam Fontana, conductor) - 10 November 2018; Newton, KS

Arkansas State University Concert Band (Matthew Simpson, conductor) - 26 April 2018; Jonesboro, AR


Midwest Clinic 2014: Youth Symphony of Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, Youth Symphony of Kansas City Symphony Orchestra (Michelle Davis, conductor), Mark Custom 

       Recording, 2014. CD.

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