Dance of the Chupacabras was composed in 2005. It is the first in a series of compositions based on the characteristics of mythical creatures. Chupacabras (Spanish for “goat suckers”) are a mischievous blend of a reptile and a mer-creature that hops like a kangaroo and looks like E.T.’s ill-favored cousin. First sighted in Latin American countries in the 1980s, they quickly became a world-wide phenomenon due to the confluence of the first sightings and the explosive growth of the Internet. This piece is episodic, starting with a gathering around a campfire, and detailing first a sighting, then the subsequent shenanigans of our (anti-) hero. A level of aggression and a certain irreverence is completely appropriate for the performance of this piece. Dance of the Chupacabras was premiered at the 2008 Kendall Betts Horn Camp, coached by Hermann Baumann (whose performance notes are dutifully transcribed). For his support and encouragement, I humbly dedicate this piece to the incomparable Hermann Baumann.
Scott Young (b. 1970) is the Fine Arts Department head at the Deerfield-Windsor School in Albany, Georgia, Instructor of Horn at Darton College, and Second Horn for the Albany (GA) Symphony Orchestra. He has a Bachelors of Music in horn performance (chamber music emphasis) from Clayton College and State University and a Masters of Music Education from Valdosta State University. His Horn teachers include Dr. Michael Harcrow, Ron Lemon, David Brussels, Dr. Kristin Johns, and Dr. William Capps. His composition teachers include Dr. Brent Weaver and Ed Barr. He is a member of ASCAP.