Forthright, Once Removed (4' 30'')
"Forthright, Once Removed" was the last piece written as an undergrad at Western Washington University. It was finished merely weeks before travelling to Berlin for further compositional studies, and because of this it has not yet had a formal premiere. It does, however, hold a special place in the composer's heart because it is the largest orchestration to date. There were two parameters when writing this piece: keep it short and make it fast. The piece starts with a driving theme in the brass, then comes a more melodic sections with bouncing eighth notes. An imitative/canonical section follows before the raucous ending.