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  • Off Leash: A Celebration of Life with Dogs was commissioned by Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas at Austin, for the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, who gave the world premiere in Pittsburgh, PA, on July 9, 2016. The work is in 9 movements with the following titles:

    I – Little Dog
    II – On the Trail
    III – Home Alone
    IV – Eddie and Thelma
    V – Sleeping Dogs
    VI – At the Beach
    VII – Old Friend
    VIII – Letting Go
    IX – Remembering

    These are short musical vignettes in which I have tried to capture various classic dog behaviors, or some personal memories I have of specific dogs I have known – their unique personalities, the arcs of their lives from beginning to end, and some of the feelings I have had while sharing all that with them. I hope this music will evoke similar images and memories in the minds of other dog lovers, and remind them of the many great joys of sharing life with dogs. RP

  • Recorded by the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble at the McCullough Theatre, Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. Andy Murphy, Engineer. Unreleased.