Thursday, December 8, 2016

Today I present my original composition, RENAISSANCE HOLIDAY.  I completed this piece in 1998 and scored it for 3 recorders (alto, tenor, bass), daff, duff, manjeera, and sleigh bells.  Below is a screenshot of the entire printed score:


This is another of my Christmas offerings.  Let the sounds of this modest consort transport you back through the mists of time to a festive occasion somewhere in Renaissance Europe.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Today I present my original composition, THE FIRES OF KAMCHATKA.  I completed this piece in 2016 and scored it for balalaika.  Below is a screenshot of the entire autograph score:


This, my first composition for the balalaika, is a meditation on one of my favorite places on Earth—the Kamchatka Peninsula.  Although my feet have never trod the wilds of that wondrous place, my mind’s eye has carried me aloft on wings of blissful imagination!  My title is an allusion to the volcanism of Kamchatka; one of the most brilliant flames in the Pacific Ring of Fire.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Today I present my original composition, GHOSTS IN A LONELY SEA.  I completed this piece in 2008 and scored it for wind sextet (flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet, bassoon, and French horn).  Below is a screenshot of the title page from the autograph score:


Imagine being a whale who, while on a single breath, dives to the blue-black depths to meet life beneath the waves only to be sung to by GHOSTS IN A LONELY SEA.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Today I present my original composition, DEATH.  I completed this song in 1990 and scored it for soprano and piano.  Below is a screenshot of the title page from the autograph score:


In homage to the undying John Keats, I present my setting of his poem, Death.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Today I present my original composition, INTO THE TWILIGHT.  I completed this song in 1990 and scored it for soprano and piano.  Below is a screenshot of the title page from the autograph score:


Here is another of my early songs.  This setting of a poem by William Butler Yeats is one of several I composed at the time.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Today I present my original composition, THE BEAST AND THE BUTTERFLY.  I completed this piece in 2006 and scored it for piano.  Below is a screenshot of the title page from the autograph score:


I once watched a Japanese family transform a greasy, garbage covered patch of earth into a small and delicate garden.  It was while watching this family’s struggle to bring a thing of beauty to a street overrun by motor vehicles, trash, and filth that I conceived this work.  I composed this piece using the traditional Japanese IN scale--one of my favorites.

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Today I present my original composition, THE FIDDLER'S FANTASY.  I completed this piece in 2015 and scored it for violin.  Below is a screenshot of the title page from the autograph score:


Upon considering the surprising dearth of music for bowed strings played without the bow, I resolved to compose this little piece for folk fiddle.

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