Morris, Sleepy Puppy Suite
Commissioned for the 10th Anniversary of Sleepy Puppy Press, composer Alyssa Morris paints musical portraits of four dogs with distinct personalities: Rascal, Bentley, Shivani, and Albert. Advanced intermediate/advanced in level, movements can be played in any order, and range from 2-4 minutes in length. Full of surprises!
Rascal: a frenetic perpetual motion with lots of diminished seventh chord practice
Bentley: an old-timey shuffle waltz that pays homage to his dream of being a British hunting dog
Shivani: a poignant Indian-inspired fantasy
Albert: a down-and-dirty blues
Alyssa Morris, brilliant oboist and composer, is an Assistant Professor of Music at Kansas State University. Fanfare magazine's description of the music on her album “A Higher Place” is perfect: "Alyssa Morris…brings something that we don’t always hear in the music of our time—wit. Add to this a true melodic gift, an ability to evoke a range of moods, and a strong imagination, and the result is a composer whose music is gratifying even on repeated hearings.”
Her chamber music is performed extensively around the world, and has been presented at five IDRS Conventions, the National Flute Association Convention, and the Society of Composers Inc. National Convention. Dr. Morris has been commissioned to write music for the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, the Arizona State University faculty wind quartet, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music double reed trio, Brigham Young University’s Sundance Trio, Ohio University’s Athenia Chamber Ensemble, and Carolyn Hove (principal English horn of the L.A. Philharmonic), to name a few. Dr. Morris’s music has been recorded on the Equilibrium, Centaur and MSR Classics labels, and her compositions are published by TrevCo Music Publishing.