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Mr. Patton's music is published by Bachovich Music Publications.

For unpublished pieces, please contact the composer directly.

Coming soon:

UP (2024)

     Duo for Flute(s) and Marimba (5 octave)

The piece goes up, from alto flute, C flute, piccolo, to sopranino recorder.  Written for the Duo Zuber.   10 minutes



The Fourth Kingdom (2024)

     Solo speaking percussionist

A piece about the history of plastic and the problem of plastic pollution. Performed on a set of 20+ plastic objects and instruments. Text by the composer.     20 minutes



Moxie (2023)

     Duo for Violin and Marimba (5 octave)

A lively piece with energy that matches the title. Written for the Vision Duo.     11 minutes


Nothing Follows     (2022)

     Solo marimba (5 octave)

A serious and virtuosic piece, with extreme contrasts of expression.     10 minutes

Winter     (2022)

     Trio for Flute/Cello/Timpani

A somewhat somber but melodic piece, which captures the mood of the title.   6 minutes




In Motion     (2021)

     Septet for Violin/Bass/Clarinet/Bassoon/Trumpet/Trombone/Percussion

4 movements: Strut, Mourn, Dance, Go!

A funkier piece for a L'Histoire ensemble.   25 minutes

In Motion mvt 4 excerpt, mp3 from Finale score
00:00 / 02:01

Tough Questions     (2021)

     Clarinet/Viola/Marimba Trio 

12 short movements, with a wide range of expression.   21 minutes


Tough Questions mvts 11 & 12, mp3 from Finale score
00:00 / 04:09

Three Canons     (2021)


     Piano Solo

Transcription of the three canon movements from Tough Questions.    4 minutes

There Will Come a Time     (2020)

     Chorus (SATB) and Piano

Text excerpted from President Barack Obama's speech at the National Institutes of Health in Dec. 2014, in which he stressed the importance of preparation for a possible future pandemic.     12 minutes

There Will Come a Time - Musica Sacra Chorus
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Broken-Winged     (2020)

     Oboe/Violin Duo

Lyrical duet inspired by a poem of Langston Hughes.   7 minutes

Broken-Winged; Noah Kay, Mary Evans
00:00 / 07:08

Solitary Dream of Infinite Connection     (2020)

     Harp Solo

A ruminative solo piece, written for Mariko Anraku.  12 minutes

 Isolamento     (2020)    

     Marimba Solo (5 octave)

A pandemic-inspired piece, with an embedded quotation from Bach's St. Matthew Passion.   5 minutes

Horizon     (2020)

     Brass Quintet  (2 trumpets, horn, trombone, tuba)

In two movements: Aquatic, and Aerial.   14 minutes

The Forest does not Weep     (2020)

     Cello Ensemble (12 players)

 Inspired by The Overstory, the novel by Richard Powers; also uses a quotation from a Gesualdo madrigal.   17 minutes


Moon Songs     (2019)

     Medium Voice/Piano/Violin

Settings of five poems by William Carlos Williams, all referring to the moon.   13 minutes

 Elements     (2019)

     Flute/Viola/Harp/Percussion Quartet

 In four sections, inspired by earth, water, fire, and breath.   27 minutes


 Interval Studies     (2019)

     Piano Solo:

In six movements. All of the melodic and harmonic material of each movement consists only of 2nds, 3rds, 4ths, 5ths, 6ths, and 7ths, respectively.   18 minutes

Horizon - excerpt from mvt. 2 - Aerial, mp3 from Finale score
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Interval Studies - Four, mp3 from Finale score
00:00 / 02:52

The Artist Timpanist                    (2018)

     Timpani Etudes/Technical Studies (book)

A comprehensive method book presenting a sophisticated approach to technique, along with numerous etudes to explore every facet of timpani musicianship.  120 pages


Vim                    (2017)

     Percussion Duo

A lively and virtuosic duet. Primary instruments are vibraphone and marimba; each player has a small additional percussion set-up.  7 minutes

Sad                    (2017)

     Bassoon/Viola Duo

A (humorous) quodlibet quoting great bassoon and viola moments from the opera and symphony repertoire.   5 minutes

"What we call I is just a swinging door..."                    (2016)

     4 Flutes/Marimba Quintet  (4th flute doubling alto flute)

A challenging work inspired by a quote from Shunryu Suzuki, Roshi.    17 minutes

What we call 'I' is just a swinging door; Greg Zuber, Juilliard
00:00 / 17:49

Loud Music!                    (2016)

     3 Trombones/Tuba/Timpani Quintet

Energetic piece in four movements, with surprising contrast: Loud Music, Quiet Music, Short Music, Fast Music.   14 minutes

Highwood Trio                    (2014)

     Oboe/2 Percussion Trio

In two movements: Prelude, Passacaglia and Fugue; and Chorale. Traditional forms adapted for this unique instrumentation. Percussion is primarily vibraphone and marimba, with small additional set-ups.   10 minutes

1.Loud Music! mvt. 1, MSM ensemble
00:00 / 04:25

The Cryptic Circle (Six solo pieces)                    (2014)

     Timpani Solo

Collection of six diverse solos; all for four timpani.    2 - 4 minutes each solo

Gemini Return                    (2000) 

     Marimba/Timpani Duo

5 octave marimba, 6 timpani + 2 crotales. Lively and attractive piece.   11 minutes


Primordial Variations                    (1997)

      Marimba/Timpani Duo

5 octave marimba, 6 timpani. Serious mood; a series of variations.    12 minutes

Gemini Return; Sekizawa, Patton
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Primordial Variations; Sekizawa, Patton
00:00 / 12:07

Fierce Murmurs                    (1992)           

     Timpani Solo with Percussion Ensemble (8 players)

In three movements: Whoa!, Mmm..., and Yow!; connected by timpani solo interludes. Dramatic.   35 minutes

Two Interludes from Fierce Murmurs                    (1992)

     Timpani Solo:

The two solo interludes connected as a stand-alone solo.    6 minutes


Trio                    (1988)

     Percussion Trio

 Vibraphone, marimba (4 1/3 octave), bass drum. In a minimalist, dramatic style.    12 minutes

Fantasy Piece                (1980)

     Clarinet/Percussion Duet

A short duo with a wide range of expression. Percussion is primarily vibraphone, with a small percussion set-up.    6 minutes

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