Stifled Mystery was written in collaboration with a good friend of mine who is a band director and music educator. It is designed to be a challenging and lengthy work for high school wind ensemble. However, it can of course be played convincingly by a collegiate ensemble as well. Being approximately eleven minutes long, this work is intellectually demanding on both the ensemble and its audience.
Typically, I write with an extra-musical agenda in mind. This piece, however, was written with no specific meaning until the latter stages of development. I decided on the title when I realized that it sounds as if the music is attempting to say something very profound, but the meaning is being blocked from view by something within myself. This can be enjoyed simply as a series of sounds put together in a pleasing and logical progression. However, there is a deeper meaning that demands to be sought. It is difficult to seek this meaning, but we must because it is life changing. That said, this piece hauntingly reminds me of my own reaction to the Gospel of Jesus in my darker moments. Throughout this work you will hear a theme that will not be fully revealed until the end of the work. Listen to the main theme as it weaves itself into the texture and tries to tell you the mystery for what it is.