An American classical composer of the modern day. His musical repertoire is mainly geared towards wind band, with some occasional orchestral pieces here and there. He's also composed a few pieces for modern dance and ballet.His pieces tends to be rather complex with very prominent percussion parts, both pitched and unpitched, as well as lots of Uncommon Time.He keeps a blog on his website, where you can listen to recordings of all of his pieces. And they are awesome.
Mr. Mackey's pieces exhibit the following tropes:
- Cue the Sun: "Aurora Awakes" is meant to symbolize the sun rising. Another piece written later called "Hymn to a Blue Hour" has been viewed as a reversal of Aurora due to it being about a time of day twelve hours from dawn, plus the fact that both begin in a similar manner.
- Uncommon Time: A good number of his pieces have been known to alternate time signatures every measure, usually between something common and something uncommon.
- Sweet Home Alabama: "Sasparilla" [sic] definitely has a Southern feel to it.