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Works for brass (solo + concerto)



trumpet in C.
2016: 1 min.45 secs. approx.

Ascension is dedicated to Bruno Siketa, in recognition of his talent & commitment.


2003: 6 mins. 45 secs.

Schräg: [German] oblique.

“All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.”

James Baldwin (1924 – 1987) US novelist, essayist.

Schräg was premiered by Barrie Webb at Melba Hall, Melbourne, on the 18th of April, 2004, with its European premiere following in Bucharest on the 27th of May.

Score Sample (PDF)

Barrie Webb
Photo : Howard Dillon


…like a Maelstrom

piano & trumpet in C
& small orchestra (2 x perc, strings).
2013: 26 mins. approx.

…like a Maelstrom takes its title from the opening lines of a poem by Emily Dickinson, and is – as the title suggests – energetic and turbulent, providing a thorough workout for both soloists. It was commissioned by Arcko Symphonic Ensemble’s artistic director Timothy Phillips to feature the talents of Arcko regulars Peter Dumsday (piano) and Bruno Siketa (trumpet), and was premiered on 21/02/2015 at the Church of All Nations in Carlton.

…like a Maelstrom is in one continuous movement, has a duration of about 26 minutes, and is dedicated to Joseph Bono (1926-2013).

“’Twas like a Maelstrom, with a notch,
That nearer, every Day,
Kept narrowing its boiling Wheel…”
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886).

Score Sample (PDF)

Peter Dumsday, Timothy Phillips, & Bruno Siketa.

Soloists, Conductor, and some of Arcko’s stunning strings.
Photos: Kevin English