If You Could Only See the Frog by Paul Richards
New York City native Paul Richards (b. 1969) is an award winning composer who presently teaches composition at the University of Florida. He has received commissions from organizations around the United States. His works run the gamut from solo and chamber works to large ensemble and theatre works, including a dozen works for wind band to date.
If You Could Only See the Frog was written in 2008 on a commission from the Saint Mary’s University Concert Band, directed by Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, director, with support from the Sam & Helen Kaplan Foundation. It was the winner of the 2014 Columbia Summer Winds Outdoor Composition Contest. Richards explains it on his website:
The University of Florida Wind Ensemble performs If You Could Only See the Frog:
To better understand the sound world that this melody came from, listen to the following variations on the original tune: