Prima Vera

“Primavera” is the Italian word for spring, and may also be translated literally as “first truth.” For me, spring brings to mind not only the springtime celebration of Easter, but also Nowruz, the Persian New Year celebration which begins on the spring equinox. Among several melodies of a celebratory character, I included one inspired by a mode of Iranian classical music called Chakâvak (“warbler”), which is thought to evoke birdsong—such as that which may be heard on a spring day.


  • For wind ensemble
  • Category: Large Ensemble
  • Year Composed: 2022
  • Duration: 7'
  • Orchestration: picc.2 fl.2 cl.bcl.2 asax.tsax.bsax.2bsn.cbsn. - 4 hn.3 tpt.2 tbn.btbn.euph.tuba - stringbass - timp+3 - pno
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  • 2023
  • New Mexico State University Young Composer Initiative
  • Winner


  • 9 APR 2024
  • Prima Vera
  • Indiana University
  • Bloomington, IN
  • Jacobs School of Music Concert Band
  • 17 NOV 2023
  • Prima Vera - Premiere
  • New Mexico State University
  • Las Cruces, NM
  • New Mexico State University Wind Symphony