Tags: Large Mixed Ensemble

ICARUS (2013)

1111+t. sax-111-2pc+drum set, hp, pn-2111 (15’). For the Indiana University New Music Ensemble. As the story goes, Icarus fashioned his own fall when two goals—flight and hubris—came into conflict. Even though this myth is thousands of years old, there is something about Icarus’ ambitions that feel so modern; today’s age is one of unthinkable change and surprise, of innovations […]

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PIANO (2010)

Mezzo soprano and sinfonietta (8’) on text by D.H. Lawrence. Commissioned by the Georgina Joshi Foundation.   Piano (1918) Softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me; Taking me back down the vista of years, till I see A child sitting under the piano, in the boom of the tingling strings And pressing the […]

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THE REAL MOTHER GOOSE (2004)

Coloratura, flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, banjo, guitar, percussion, piano, viola and cello on texts arranged from traditional nursery rhymes (30’). For Marcy Richardson. The Real Mother Goose for coloratura soprano and ten instruments deconstructs the texts of the English nursery rhyme tradition with an engaging theatricality. But beneath the surface is a seriousness of purpose—the […]

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VAIVÉN (2002)

Tenor, alto flute, bass clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, percussion, piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass on texts by Octavio Paz (17’30”). The poetry of Octavio Paz—the richness of its imagery, thickness of its blood and vivid paintings of the surreal–is something that I find myself continuously drawn to. Vaiven, from his collection Salamander, appealed to […]

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