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LAZY BLUES (1985)
Five bassoons (4:30)
Commissioned by James Berkenstock, Lyric Opera Orchestra
Published by TrevCo Music

MUSIC FOR A LOW-BUDGET EPIC (2002)
Four movements for piccolo and bassoon (10:00)
Commissioned by Regina Helcher, Charleston Symphony Orchestra
Published by TrevCo Music
                                                                                         
                                                                 
MY VERY FIRST SOLO (1974)
Alto saxophone and electric piano (12:30)
Commissioned by Miller Sigmon, United States Marine Band
Published by Meadow Music

QUINTET FOR OBOE AND STRINGS (1958)
Three movements for oboe and string quartet (18:00)
Commissioned by Ed Williams
Published by Meadow Music

SKIZZEN (1967)
Nine movements for woodwind quintet (flute, oboe, A clarinet, horn, bassoon) after drawings by Heinrich Kley, slides of which to be
projected during the work's performance (22:30)
Published by Galaxy-Highgate Music

They are witty, picturesque, openly pictorial.
                                                                                  Elliott S. Hurwitt, Fanfare

Treading the notoriously perilous ground of musical humor with unfailing delicacy, Bach has matched the Kley originals with delicious wit.
                                                               Bernard Jacobson, Chicago Daily News

The titles of the movements often give away the tongue-in-cheek nature of the music, as in the "Ladies Marching Band: with occasional quotes from Sousa and the "Love March" with quotes from Wagner's and Mendelssohn's wedding marches, etc. These combined with the neo-tonal compositional style of Jan Bach give the entire work a Charles Ives-like character of fun and "quasi-serious" frivolity. Right through to the Dixieland "Dance Craze" finale, it's a romp and great fun.
                                                                  Unnamed reviewer, The Double Reed





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