Tags: Chamber

KEEP IT SIMPLE (2013)

Oboe, bassoon, horn in f, trumpet, violin, viola, cello, double bass (3’). For members of the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. This was a quick piece that I put together when the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra was visiting IU as part of their residency. Seizing an opportunity to work with the members of the orchestra, I put together this […]

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TOWN’S GONNA TALK (2011)

Flute, bass clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion (10’). Commissioned for the Finale National Composition Contest, a program of the American Composers Forum, with funding provided by MakeMusic, Inc. Premiered by eighth blackbird. I had the privilege to live in downtown Chicago for the month of July, 2011. My stay there was filled with daily walks […]

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QUINQUE FRONTISPICIA (2011)

Bb clarinet, horn in f, violin, cello, piano and percussion (7’). Before its more modern usage as “illustration facing the first page of a book,” the word frontispiece (from the late Latin frontispicium) originally meant “judgment of character through interpretation of facial features.” I have an image in my mind of what the old treatises […]

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SO I WANT TO WRITE A PIECE ABOUT JOHN CAGE (2010)

String quintet, prepared piano, percussion, live electronics and projections (25’). Commissioned by the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress. Premiered by the ADORNO Ensemble. In So I Want To…, a repeated strain of music is heard at the beginning of the piece—an amalgam of disparate aesthetics—one that is somehow both static and continuously permutating as […]

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ICHABOD (2009)

Amplified flute, oboe, clarinet and piano with electronics and dancers (5’). This musical setting is one depicting the chase of the modern Ichabod by Fear both imagined and real. Musically highlighting the phantasmagoric nature of the story, three live instruments (each personifying emotions of our central character) are amplified, becoming disembodied and projected into different […]

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THE ONE BEST SYSTEM (2007, rev. 2008)

C/alto flute, Bb/bass clarinet, cello and piano (13’). Commissioned by the San Francisco Chamber Winds Festival for Chamber Mix. Taking its cue from the corporate world’s perpetual search to streamline, optimize and simplify, The One Best System is based on a rhythmic motive that, with repetition, progressively drops “extraneous” notes until, having run out of notes […]

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CHINA BLUE (2008)

Soprano, violin and viola on text by Lloyd Von Brunt (5’30”). For Meghan Dewald, Liana Gourdjia and Rose Armbrust. China Blue Clouds like bruises bloom on the sea at Montauk. Today was china blue. Clouds became the sand between our toes.   We stared, our lives like the days of wasps without a nest. We […]

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HOPKIN AND THE WIRED NIGHT (2006)

String quartet (10’). Commissioned by the Del Sol String Quartet. “THIS. IS. SPARTA!!!” “Nyannyannyannyannyannyan…” “OH HAI. I eated ur cakez” “All Your Base Are Belong To Us” “O RLY?/YA RLY/NO WAI!!!” Those unfamiliar with any of the above phrases might be led to believe that I’m quoting a message thread on my teenage cousin’s Facebook wall. […]

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FIVE PIANO ETUDES AFTER J.S. BACH (2005)

Solo piano (20’). The Five Piano Etudes after J.S. Bach explore the music of Bach and its myriad influences on the music of the subsequent three centuries. Each etude draws from a different set of musical elements—such as form, texture, even the function of spirituality in Bach’s music and its latter-day emanations—illustrating and imitating the […]

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AgitPOP! (2004)

String quartet (15’). String quartet in three movements that follow a handful of musical materials as they move chronologically through three distinct styles: the Haydn-modeled textures of “I. Unhistorical Events,” the French Impressionistic melodic shape and ornamentation of “II. Appolinaire,” and the diatonic subsets and compulsively syncopated passages that comprise the final movement, “III. Sprung […]

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