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Wendy has been passionate about composing music since the age of 10. She used to serve in the navy before establishing Wendy Workx. Her compositions include Many are the Seasons, Chamber Ensemble (2008 - 2009), Batalla de Latón, Brass Sextet (2012), Sea Symphony, Full Orchestra and more.
The sample PDF files for selection of most multi-part scores are available on each piece's page. Click here to find recordings of most of the pieces. Wendy is all geared up for her future chances of growth in the form of commissioned works. Wendy Workx is conveniently located in Bellingham, WA. Visit today and explore her amazing work.
Andante in G minor, Solo Flute
Wendy had written while taking flute lessons from Edith Easton in Mount Vernon, Washington, while in high school at La Conner. This was entered into a youth composition contest statewide and won an honorable mention award. It was a study in arpeggiation going from G minor to G Major and back to G minor. Wendy performed this piece at Mrs. Easton's spring flute recital.
Raindrops, Solo Piano
Wendy composed Raindrops during a week-long composition workshop with the Centrum Foundation in Port Townsend, Washington. The weather outside was seasonally stormy, windy and rainy for late winter, and her first piece written for solo piano musically illustrates rain coming down against the dorm room window where she stayed at Fort Worden State Park during the one-week program for young composers. Wendy found a 2/4 time rhythm in E flat minor that had the feel of raindrops coming down on windowpanes. Listen for a hint of distant thunder in the low octave range, midway through the piece. At the time this piece was composed, Frederic Chopin's Raindrop inspired her.
Waves, Solo Piano
Waves was a follow-up to Raindrops, inspired by Mannheim Steamroller's (Fresh Aire) Chip Davis. Wendy likes his style.
Promising, Promising, Solo piano
This was a piece that Wendy wrote while studying composition at Skagit Valley College. It is dedicated in loving memory to her aunt, Lorraine Schmidt, who passed away and who loved beautiful gardens. Aunt Lorraine was fondly known as "Rainy."
Midnight Driver, Solo Piano
This is a piece originally for solo piano inspired by Wendy's first trip to Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii, with her parents. Her and her parents were staying three weeks at the condo of a friend, Mike Pegram. On their way from Wailuku Airport in Mike's big green scout, they saw coming in their direction a mid 70's red VW Beatle convertible with a black top down – exactly like her beloved "Frankie" at home! The déjà vu of it was such that, as her father was driving and they were winding along the coastal highway north and west to Kapalua, Wendy had been thinking, "wouldn't it be fun if my little VW could be winding along the beach on this very road?" Not Frankie, but definitely his twin! An A minor rolling chord depicts the rolling waves along the seashore.
Mizoré (“Snowflakes”), Solo Piano
Wendy's father had a little story to share about a trip to Kamakura he made on a steam train while in Japan during his years in the U.S. Navy. This piece depicts the (then very small) village of Kamakura, its people, and the little tea house on a frozen lake surrounded by cherry trees – all guarded by a Buddha shrine and a 500-ft-tall statue of Buddha. The swirling snowflakes dance upon the lake.
If You Love Ice Cream, Solo Piano
Crazy title, but Wendy thinks you have to have at least one. Wendy does love ice cream, and this was another piece inspired by Chip Davis (particularly his "Chocolate Fudge" c. from Fresh Aire I). Yes – Wendy loves chocolate, too; another of many credits she gives to her mother. She still has wonderful memories of sundae-making – with lots of Hershey's chocolate syrup!!
Monday Morning, Solo Piano
Have you ever had one of those days when everything goes......uh, um......a little off? Like you really wish it was Sunday morning, instead?
Andrea’s Theme, Solo Piano
This was inspired by Debbie James and her daughter, Andrea, who lived in Seattle and would come up to Fidalgo Island to visit Wendy's parents. Andrea was such a neat little girl and ready for whatever adventures lay ahead. Wendy wrote a "dream sequence" in the middle of the piece; it seemed Andrea liked to daydream as much as she did. What's really cool about Andrea's Theme is that it marked the first piece with a key change from D major to E major!
Just After Five, Chamber Quintet
Composed in 2005, Just After Five is a a short jazzy quintet piece written for string quintet.
Point Break, Solo Piano
Point Break is a solo piano piece depicting the dramatic vastness of emotions. Wendy wrote the piece while in the Composition program at WWU, studying with Mark Chubb. The premiere of the piece was played by Aaron Spotts Composers of Western concert in Bellingham, WA.
The Drowning Pool, Chamber Orchestra
Movement I - Prelude
Movement II - O, to be Heard!
Movement III - The Last Battle
Movement IV - Life Goes On
Movement V - Where There is Love
Gather 'Round the Beachfire, Flute Octet
Gather 'Round the Beachfire is a short flute octet piece about a more innocent time in Wendy's childhood growing up on Fidalgo Island, five miles west of La Conner, Washington, on the Swinomish Indian Reservation.
Chorale for Four Trombones, Trombone Quartet
Written for two tenors and two bass trombones in concert E flat Major, this piece was commissioned and performed by Professor Greg Cox and his trombone ensemble in the Western Washington University Performing Arts Center concert hall (after Memorial Day).
Loose Canon! in C minor [original in B minor], Trombone Quartet
Here is another piece that exercises arpeggiation. Wendy wrote the original version in concert B minor with two sharps, thinking that the contrast to the Chorale for Four Trombones would be a good change. She later re-wrote the piece 1/2 tone up to concert C minor in three flats. It would certainly have been easier to keep both pieces in the key of concert C minor/ E flat Major. For those who want the B minor version, it's here too.
Waltz of the Saxophones, Saxophone Quartet
Wendy wrote this piece for a saxophone quartet that Sean Gormley was in at Western Washington University. It didn't end up getting performed (yet), but is written for two alto saxophones, a tenor saxophone, and a baritone saxophone, in concert A flat Major.
Many are the Seasons, Chamber Ensemble
Many Are the Seasons is a loving series of seven sketches written for chamber ensemble in tribute to Wendy's mother, Kathleen Janet Bartlett, who passed away quietly at home after battling Parkinson's. The programmatic pieces, played chronologically, tell and celebrate the story of Kathleen's life from early childhood through her final years.
Batalla de Latón, Brass Sextet
Batalla de Latón is a three movement jazzy sextet commissioned by the Boundary Bay Brass Quintet .
Sea Symphony, Full Orchestra
Wendy's second symphony in the works, Sea Symphony, is a three movement programmatic orchestral work, this time for full orchestra.