Piano Preludes (Solo Piano)

This was premiered in the Fall of 2008 in the Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater (MEIT) at the University of North Texas and was also performed at the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art in 2011 as part of Collevoxus. This is the first four of eight preludes. I chose to focus on early 20th century language for the first 4, a la Ginastera, Bartok, Ravel, Debussy, Satie, and Shostakovich. The pianist is Min-Jung Kim.

Piano Preludes V.2 (Solo Piano)

This is a video performance of my piano preludes. It was performed in the Spring of 2011 at the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art as part of "Collevoxus" which included composers and performers from TCU and UNT. The pianist is Nataliya Sukhina.

Bardo (Saxophone Quartet)

This is the first movement of my saxophone quartet and was performed in the Fall of 2008. It was inspired by the Bardo Thodol or what's more commonly known as the Tibetan Book of the Dead. The Bardo, according to Tibetan monks, is an "in-between" or transitional state from death to liberation or reincarnation. The Bardo Thodol serves as a post-death guidebook for the soul.

The book's purpose is to help the soul escape the repetition of suffering and reincarnation. The book places emphasis on awareness of the mind and the artifacts of thought. One thing I found interesting is that after dying, one is said to encounter visions of light and paradise as well as some of the most demonic and horrifying visions conceivable. What interests me most is the notion that the mind manufactures or receives information and creates a world in which to live, even if this "living," corporeal, reality ceases to exist.

Some compositional elements are the use of micro-tonality, pitch set class, 12 tone row and its variants, sound-mass, and some extended techniques.

Ex Nihilo (Orchestra)

Reading by UNT Orchestra, 2010, Conducted by Chao Li.

American Fighter Pilot (Orchestra)

My first orchestra piece, University of North Texas, conducted by Mark Scott.

The Dawn (Saxophone, Piano)

Composed and Recorded by Brian Hernandez at the University of North Texas. Originally meant to convey the earth in its primordial stage. Kyle Stec Saxophone. For Piano and Saxophone.

El Ranchero Mexicano (Vibraphones, Flute)

This was one of my beginning compositions in 2004 for two vibraphones and flute. The performers are: Christopher Martinez, flute; Akiko Goto Vibe 2; and Lukas Albano on Vib 1. My first foray in using twelve-tone and some other extended techniques.

At the time I was inspired to write the piece based on the image of someone working hard and suffering in order to obtain a better life, in particular the disenfranchised immigrant.

The Awkwardness and Bad Blood Between Us (Flute, Piano)

Brian Hernandez, Piano;
Christopher Martinez, Flute;