THE SACRIFICE

(See below for excerpts) STEVE, 35, is a drone pilot and is having problems with his job. Together with WAYNE, who is in charge of the sensors, he flies drones which survey and attack people who live up to 10,000 miles away and are claimed to be terrorists. Very often they watch and study these […]

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Spirits – An Opera in Three Acts

Spirits is the story of four close friends and their relationships in the years leading up to and during war. There is Thomas, a priest; his friend Anna, who is an artist; Robert, a doctor; and his wife Maria. Through the individual choices and decisions these four friends make or don’t make, they find their […]

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How the Trumpet got its Toot

How the Trumpet Got Its Toot, based on a story by Ronald Kidd, was premiered in 2004 by Utah Opera. The opera shows how the young and idealistic trumpet finds his voice, discovering his place in the musical world. Along the way, we are introduced to all the instruments of the orchestra. The premiere was […]

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Santa’s Tale

Santa’s Tale, with libretto by Ronald Kidd, is a new opera which has not yet been premiered. It is the story of how an ambitious elf tries to take over the North Pole, and Santa, with the help of his reindeer sidekick Blitzen and a little girl named Molly, rallies to restore the spirit of […]

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Aesop’s Fables

Aesop’s Fables is a collection of very short operas (each 4-8 minutes in length) based on the classic fables. Combining the humor and the insight of the originals, each opera ends with a moral to the story. The fables are written and orchestrated so as to be extremely easy and inexpensive to produce for student, outreach, […]

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3 Miniatures

The 3 Miniatures for flute and piano is part of a series of pieces being written for all wind instruments. Although the first movement begins lyrically, in general the outer movements have a tendency to be rather angular and quirky. This is contrasted with the second movement, which is more lyrical and calm (although the […]

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Textures

Textures is the first work I wrote for a large ensemble, and so my intention was to write a work that would be both colorful and also challenging for performers and audience alike. I have always been attracted to the many shadings that each instrument can give to a note, and so Textures is written in […]

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Mini-Variations on Amazing Grace

“Mini Variations on Amazing Grace” came into existence as a result of a phone call from David Hickman in 1987, asking me to write a piece for the Summit Brass.  Rather than  something loud or fast, he wanted a piece that was more reflective, “along the lines of an Irish Folksong.” The next day the […]

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Concerto 2010

The Concerto 2010 is a four movement work for the combination of brass quintet and wind ensemble, and in certain passages the relationshíp between the two groups is the traditional one of soloist and accompaniment.  But quite frequently this relationship becomes instead a partnership, with different voices of the brass quintet mixed with single voices of the […]

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Concerto

The Concerto for flute and wind Ensemble was written for my good friend Martha Aarons, and was given its premier by the University of Northern Illinois Wind Ensemble, Stephen Squires, conductor with Martha Aarons as soloist.  The piece is in three traditional movements, and the flute is used in various ways to show its many […]

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Songs of War and Loss

According to the composer, the substantial work uses the poetry of Walt Whitman (1819-1892) as its text deals with the subject of war, the human toll exacted by war, and the more than occasional spark of humanity observed during war. Although these poems concern themselves specifically with the Civil War (1861-1865) the themes are universal […]

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Fable

Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-1882 Fable The mountain and the squirrel Had a quarrel; And the former called the latter “Little Prig.” Bun replied, “You are doubtless very big; But all sorts of things and weather Must be taken in together To make up a year And a sphere. And I think it’s no disgrace To […]

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Beauteous Evening

William Wordsworth 1770- 1850   It Is a Beauteous Evening It is a beauteous evening, calm and free, The holy time is quiet as a Nun Breathless with adoration: the broad sun Is sinking down in its tranquillity; The gentleness of heaven broods o’er the Sea: Listen! the mighty Being is awake, And doth with […]

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Tuba Sonata

The Sonata for Tuba and Piano begins calmly and lyrically, and this opening theme sets the mood for the entire piece.  It is followed by a sprightly second theme, and a return to the opening theme brings the movement to a close.  Movement two is a playful Scherzo, and the use of a mute throughout this […]

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Tuba Concerto

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Statements

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Dialogue

This Dialogue for two tubas is not a dialogue of contrasts but rather one of two voices contributing to the same thematic material. Dialogue is written in a simple A-B-A form and has a quick and energetic pulse

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3 Profiles

When Winston Morris asked me to write a piece to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his Tennesse Tech Tuba Ensemble, I thought it would be interesting to write a piece highlighting the attributes of some of the great tuba players I have known. The first movement, “Mr. P.”, takes as its inspiration the great and […]

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3 Miniatures

Anthony Plog has written these 3 Miniatures for Tuba and piano (or Tuba & wind ensemble) for Daniel (Dan) Perantoni the legendary tuba soloist and world famous pedagogue in 1990, and since then the piece is played all around the world and with great pleasure by thousands of tuba players. The 3 Miniatures became very quickly The repertoire piece of the tubists […]

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Nocturne

This “Nocturne” for Horn and Strings was written in 1987 for the American hornist Gail Williams, and was completed in 1988 in Los Angeles. The work especially brings out the lyrical and expressive side of the horn. The premiere of “Nocturne” was given on November 4th, 1989, in St. Charles, Illinois, with Gail Williams and […]

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Animal Ditties III

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3 Sonnets

I. To a Fish (2’) II. A Fish Answers  (ca. 1’30) III. The Fish turns into a Man, and then into a Spirit, and again Speaks (ca. 3’30)

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3 Sketches

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3 Miniatures

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Trombone Quartet No 1 “Densities”

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Sonare

Sonare is a work that explores some of the sonic possibilities for the combination of these two beautifully sounding instruments.  But instead of just exploring the loud and sonorous possibilities of the trombone and organ, it also concerns itself with soft and intimate textures as well as allegro and staccato styles of playing.  The form of […]

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Short Meditation

Short Meditation is written for two antiphonal groups of six same instruments. As the title suggests, most of the piece is calm and reflective. Yet there are several moments of more dynamic and emotional intensity, and it is the contrast between these calm and intense moments that is at the core of this work. Short […]

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Postcards III

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Nocturne

The Nocturne for alto (or tenor) trombone and strings is part of a series of pieces for each of the brass instruments: Postcards (solo), 3 Miniatures (with piano), Nocturne (with strings) and Concerto (with full orchestra). As with the other Nocturnes, this Trombone Nocturne begins with the trombone alone. After a lyrical and plaintive opening […]

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4 Themes on Paintings of Goya

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Book 7: Chordal and Interval Exercises and Etudes

In the final book of this Method, Plog takes up Chordal and Interval subjects. The way in which these figures move across the compass of the instrument in challenging but accessible patterns, gives finger technique, lip flexibility and sound production excellent material to infuse improvement into the player’s accomplishments. This will be superlative medicine for […]

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Book 6: Low/High – Power/Strength Exercises and Etudes

Like the other books in this Method, the unique presentation of following sets of exercise drills with etudes emphasizing the same material, makes the material enticing and engaging. This book explores the often over-looked subjects of the Low and High Registers in clear, well balanced and progressive exercises which are then integrated within the entire […]

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Book 5: Flexibility Exercises and Etudes

Once again, Plog’s unique outlook has made a significant contribution to the genre. In addition to the usual forms of flexibility exercises, he includes “Flexibility With Valves” and “Flexibility Etudes”. A strong addition to his previous four volumes, it inspires anticipation for the remaining volumes of his Method, still in production.

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Book 4: Tonguing Exercises and Etudes

Single, Double, Triple and Mixed Multiple patterns are the subject of this volume and all are treated with the same attention to completeness and generosity of material as the earlier books. The exercises in all of these books are addictive and beneficial. (76pp)

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Books 3: Fingering Exercises and Etudes

These excellent exercises constitute a sort of parallel universe to the famous Technical Studies of Herbert L. Clarke. They can work in tandem to enhance each other.

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Books 2: Fingering Exercises and Etudes

These excellent exercises constitute a sort of parallel universe to the famous Technical Studies of Herbert L. Clarke. They can work in tandem to enhance each other.

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Sonata

After it’s premier performance by Ray and Jeanne Sasaki, I waited approximately seven years to revise this Sonata for trumpet and piano. The playing of Ray and Jeanne was all a composer could hope for, but I felt as though the piece needed a lot of work before it could be published. I think that […]

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Sierra Journal

For many years I have been attracted to the writings of John Muir (1838-1914), the Scottish born American naturalist.  As one who has backpacked in the Sierra Nevada Mountains range in California I have felt a close affinity with his writings and his concern for the environment. The text for the six different movements are […]

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Scherzo

This Scherzo is a short and lively piece intended to be enjoyable for both performers and audience alike. Although there are several lyrical and somewhat atmospheric sections, most of the piece is very rhyhmic and technical. The trumpet part is written in a very tonal and traditional style, while the piano quite often interrupts with […]

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Postcards I

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Paradigms

From the outset of his career as composer, Anthony Plog’s unique, self-directed compositional style has evolved into one which effectively exploits the resources of chromaticism within often martial rhythmical formulas that create a sort of poetic sound-graphic (faintly reminiscent of  Charlie Chaplin’s 1936 film, Modern Times), which doesn’t exclude lyrical, dramatic or wild and/or elegant […]

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Nocturne

The Nocturne for trumpet and strings (1994 – BIM TP57b/c), and the later versions for trumpet and organ (2003 – BIM TP57d), or trumpet and piano (2010 – BIM TP57a) is one of a series of Nocturnes written for the different brass instruments (horn – BIM CO16, trombone – BIM TB26, and tuba – BIM […]

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Fanfare M.T.

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Contemplations

Commissioned in 2007 by the alumni of trumpet professor Richard Steffen and the Austin Peay State University Wind Ensemble in celebration of Richard’s 25 years of commitment to students of music.

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Concerto No 1

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Animal Ditties II

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2 Scenes

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Antiphonies

Antiphonies is a work for two brass quintets and, although there are occasional sections where the two quintets play together as one large ensemble, for most of the piece they play together in an antiphonal fashion.  At times these antiphonal sections feature the same sort of material passed from one group to another while at other […]

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Fanfare FT 1844

“Fanfare FT 1844” is a short fanfare which can be used for celebratory occasions.  Written as a tribute to my son’s table tennis team. “Fanfare FT 1844” is tonal (in F), rhythmic, and can be played on either Bb or C trumpets.

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The Haunted Palace

I have always been impressed with the writings of Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), and how his poetry seems to lend itself so well to music.  The Haunted Palace is a poem that has a very distinct atmosphere, and I have tried to capture that atmosphere in this composition. The piece begins with relatively tonal, joyful, […]

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Etudes & Duets Book I

Beautiful easy etudes and duets greatly appreciated by the students.

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4 Sketches

«Four Sketches» for brass quintet (version 1989) was commissioned by Mel Jernigan and the St. Louis Brass Quintet (USA) and has undergone almost a complete metamorphosis since its premiere in St. Louis in 1988. With the exception of the lyrical third movement, the piece is fairly rhythmic, taking advantage of the capabilities of each instrument […]

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Trio for brass

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4 Themes on Paintings of Edward Munch

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Book 1: Warm-up Exercises and Etudes

A thoroughly sumptuous collection of warm-up exercises in carefully graduated sequences. It is a wonderful resource and very addictive to play. There is a fair amount of extension into the pedal register as well. After the 46 pages of exercise sequences there are 30 warm-up etudes which are excellent and appropriate “flow studies”. (68pp)

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Animal Ditties VI

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Thoughts

Thoughts is a work which explores the different color combinations of the trumpet/flugelhorn when combined with organ.  Although there are moments when the pace quickens, in general Thoughts is essentially quite and meditative.  The opening solo, with its thematic use of the minor third, forms the basis for much of the piece in terms of both melodic and […]

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Veloce

Anthony Plog’s music has easily recognizable stylistic characteristics featuring repeated chromatic sequences interwoven contrapuntally over breathtakingly intense rhythmical variations, with slow, quasi-independent Cantus Firmus-like (and sometimes sad) chants appearing as contrasting material, either in the foreground or the background, for the relentless mechanical scrolling of the fast notes and their rhythmic juxtapositions. Veloce is the […]

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God’s Grandeur

Text: Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

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Contemplations

Commissioned in 2007 by the alumni of trumpet professor Richard Steffen and the Austin Peay State University Wind Ensemble in celebration of Richard’s 25 years of commitment to students of music.

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3 Miniatures

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3 Miniatures

Anthony Plog has written these 3 Miniatures for Tuba and piano (or Tuba & wind ensemble) for Daniel (Dan) Perantoni the legendary tuba soloist and world famous pedagogue in 1990, and since then the piece is played all around the world and with great pleasure by thousands of tuba players. The 3 Miniatures became very quickly The repertoire piece of the tubists […]

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3 Miniatures

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Animal Ditties V

The Porpoise (1’20) – The Dog (1’10) – The Ant (1’) – The Centipede (2’20) – The Chipmunk (2’20) – The Mule (2’) – The Rhinocerous (1’30)

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Triple Concerto

The Triple Concerto for trumpet, horn, trombone and orchestra exploits many different textures both within the solo group and the orchestra itself. Each of the solo instruments is called upon at times to play as a soloist, and at other times as a chamber musician. In the first movement a calm and lyrical introduction begins the piece, […]

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Concerto No 2

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Symphony No 1

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Weiter

Weiter is a short work for orchestra that uses a single rhythmic motif as its main impulse.  This motif (a series of eighth notes followed by eighth rests) propels the piece through its various sections. The word Weiter is used in many ways in Germany, and as a coach on my daughters football team, quite often I would […]

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Landscapes

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Double Concerto for Two Trumpets

The Double Concerto pays homage to the very popular trumpet Double Concerto by Antonio Vivaldi. With the exception of the addition of one percussionist and harpsichord/celesta the orchestration is exactly the same, and the Vivaldi Double Concerto is even quoted in the final bars of the work. The harmonies and themes are modern, of course, but the […]

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Hurry Up

Hurry Up was written in 2003 and is dedicated to the Freiburg Trumpet Ensemble. It was written as part of a recording project by the Freiburg Trumpet Ensemble (New Dimensions – Summit Records DCD 366) and is a study in seconds. Written for 4 trumpets, the piece at times uses 2 groups of 2 trumpets […]

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