Tags: Voice

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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PROCESSIONAL! (2010)

C trumpet (and sleigh bells) and boy soprano (and bodhran) (6’). For Eddie Ludema and Ben Johnston. from the Hávamál Våkne tidlig hvis du vil annen manns liv eller land. Ingen lam for lat ulv. Ingen kamp er vunnet i sengen     Wake early if you want another man’s life or land. No lamb for […]

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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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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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YOUR CAPITALIST, IMPERIALIST LOVE (2003)

Soprano, mezzo and piano on text by Jeff Solomon (5’30”). “Your Capitalist, Imperialist Love” is the fruit of the labor put forth with poet/fiction writer Jeff Solomon. The initial meeting for the collaboration took place in my apartment in late March 2003, not only an exciting time for college basketball but also the beginning of […]

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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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