for chamber orchestra (2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 2 F horns, 2 C trumpets, violins 1 & 2, violas, celli, basses)
Flying Crooked is a work for chamber orchestra, utilizing the instrumentation of W. A. Mozart's Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504, "Prague." It is remotely inspired by several of Dmitri Shostakovich's orchestral suites, mostly the gallop-type movements.
Despite what might be taken from its title, this work does not have any program associated with it, nor does it draw influence from any known extra-musical influences that can easily be determined.
Flying Crooked was commissioned by the Thurston E. Manning Endowment for Composition for the Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Cynthia Katsarelis.