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Music for Large Ensembles

       

350 parts per million (2010)11:00
wind ensemble (40 players: piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, Eb clarinet, 6 clarinets, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, 4 saxes, 2 bassoons, 4 trumpets, 4 horns, 4 trombones, euphonium, tuba, timpani, 4 percussion, piano)
A response to the threat of climate change, inspired by Bill McKibben's 350 movement.  This piece tells a story of growth, collapse, and renewal in three parts: The Dance of Life • Disasters • A Spiral Outward.  Suitable for college-level and professional bands.


A Celebration of Sylvia Plath (2000-2002)32:00
soprano soloist, alto soloist, female chorus, orchestra (36 players: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 French horns, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba, 12 violins, 4 violas, 4 cellos, 2 basses)Currently not for sale [negotiating copyright]
I: Cut (mp3) — II: Child (mp3) — III: Old Ladies' Home (mp3) — IV: Doomsday (mp3) — V: Ariel (mp3)
My most ambitious piece to date, settings of Sylvia Plath's fiercely intense and multi-layered poetry.  This is music of extremes: violent/serene, dense/sparse, relentless/slowly unfolding, passionate/cold, even ugly/pretty.
—Available on the CD A Celebration of Sylvia Plath


A Drop of Golden Sun (2002)13:00
flute choir (21 players, including piccolo, flute, alto flute, bass flute, and contrabass flute)
I: Dawn (mp3) (rm) — II: Neon (mp3) (rm) — III: Moonlight (mp3) (rm) — IV: Radiance (mp3) (rm)
Commissioned by the Gannon University Flute Choir of Erie, PA.  Each movement is inspired by a different quality of light.  The piece is playable by an amateur group with a few good soloists.


A Drop of Golden Sun (2002, arr. 2003)13:00
small wind ensemble (15 players, 3 each of flutes, oboes, clarinets, saxes, and bassoons)
An arrangement of the same piece providing a greater diversity of instrumental colors, suitable for wind ensembles or concert bands.
—Available on the CD A Mental Picnic


A Drop of Golden Sun (2002, arr. 2004)13:00
combined flute choir and clarinet choir (17 players, ranging from bass flute to piccolo and contrabass clarinet to Eb clarinet)
Another arrangement of the piece, winner of the Atlanta Clarinet Association's Composition Contest 2004.


Meong Yuda (Warrior Cat) (2004)9:00
Japanese 20-string koto, Balinese gamelan angklung (14 players)
excerpt from the beginning (mp3) (rm)  —  excerpt from the middle (mp3) (rm)
A truly cross-cultural work, combining my years of experience playing gamelan music and my developing understanding of the koto with my love for rock and funk music.  I'm also contemplating an arrangement for electric guitar and gamelan...
—Available on koto player Ryuko Mizutani's CD Vista


Meong Yuda (Warrior Cat) (2004-2005)9:00
four Japanese kotos (21-string koto, 17-string bass koto, and two 13-string kotos) and Balinese gamelan angklung (14 players)
This expanded arrangement is my preferred version of the piece, with the koto ensemble balanced against the Balinese ensemble.  The premiere was one of the highlights of my musical life.
—Available on the CD A Mental Picnic


METAMORPHOSE (1999-2000)11:00
string orchestra (12 violins, 4 violas, 4 cellos, 2 basses)
excerpt from the middle (mp3) (rm)  —  excerpt from the ending (mp3) (rm)
Inspired by M. C. Escher's gigantic mural, this piece explores the transformation from one set of musical material into another in a kaleidoscopic journey through the full and the delicate sounds of a string orchestra.  The piece needs at least the listed complement of musicians, since the music is divided into that many individual parts.
—Available on the CD A Celebration of Sylvia Plath


Music of the Planets (2005) (mp3)33:00
large ensemble (2 flutes, 3 oboes, 4 clarinets, 3 saxes, 3 bassoons, 2 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, pipe organ, piano, toy piano, vibraphone, 3 percussionists, 4 vocalists, audience, and kids)
My take on an ancient idea, representing the motion of the planets through music.  The music is written for eleven independent ensembles, but only needs two conductors, as the piece is co-ordinated through the use of stopwatches.  The sound clip features Pluto (toy piano), Saturn (clarinets and bassoons), Neptune (strings), Mercury (flutes), Earth (vocalists), Venus (oboes), Mars (saxes), and The Sun (pipe organ).
—Available on the CD the undiscovered country


Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 (J. S. Bach) (arr. 2005-2006) 8:00-9:00
flute choir (13-22 players, including piccolo, flutes, alto flutes, and bass flute) with bass clarinet, doublebass
A colorful and imaginative arrangement of one of Bach's organ masterworks.  The ensemble is seated in three sections (four soloists, bass instruments, and flute choir) to add a spatial dimension: antiphonal echo effects and contrapuntal lines that pass between instruments.  Commissioned for Holly Sydow and the Gannon University Flute Choir of Erie, PA.


SUPER-FUN-PAK (2002)22:00-40:00 (variable)
nine instruments (flute/piccolo, oboe/English horn, clarinet/bass clarinet, French horn, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, cello)Complete piece
I: THE BEAST WITH NINE HEADS (mp3) — II: "?" (mp3) — III: Kitsch ‘n’ Kaboodle (mp3) — IV: Dictatorship (mp3) — V: LET'S DANCE (mp3) Single movement(s)
Written for Eastman's Musica Nova and world-renowned conductor Brad Lubman, this is my investigation into the realm of musical quotation.  Each of the five movements involves a different way of making music, with quotations real and imaginary from over a hundred sources.  The ensemble gets to improvise within certain guidelines, and the conductor even improvises the music of the fourth movement.
—Available on the CD the undiscovered country


Sympsony no. 2 (2000, 2003)9:00
diva violinist and chamber orchestra (flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, 2 French horns, trumpet, tuba, 2 percussionists, 2 violins, 2 violas, cello, bass) Currently not for sale [negotiating copyright]
excerpt from the middle (mp3)excerpt from the ending (mp3)
Written for outrageously talented violinist Mike Jorgensen, this theatrically comical piece blends Danny Elfman's theme from The Simpsons with Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.  Disco dancing, magic fairy wands, pretentious divas, and unbridled chaos live on stage!  When I have enough material to release a DVD, this will be the highlight.  A shorter version is available for violin and piano, four hands.
—Available on the CD A Mental Picnic


Chamber Music


Amethyst Overtones (2004) (mp3) (rm) 9:00
clarinet in A, Japanese 21-string koto
This is the first of many pieces written for koto player Ryuko Mizutani.  The music suggests the unpredictable sort of beauty found in the natural formations of precious minerals.
—Available on the CD The Doomsday Project


Angels We Have Heard On High (trad. French carol, arr.) (2003) (mp3) 3:00
clarinet, bassoon, string quartet
Written to accompany congregational singing, this arrangement paints the picture of angels hovering in the sky.
—Available on the CD 21st Century Christmas


The Big Bang (2002) (mp3) (rm) 3:00 - 5:00
piano and (violin, viola, or cello)
My sonic conception of the birth of the universe (how big a statement can one piece make?)  The score is mostly graphic, drawn in colored pencil, with some simple guidelines on how to realize it.
—Available on the CD The Doomsday Project


"Dinosaur" Prelude and Fugue (2006)6:00
tuba quartet (two euphoniums, two tubas)
A majestic prelude based on symmetrical harmonies and a lively, syncopated fugue combine to evoke the grandeur of ancient life.  Suitable for musicians in highschool and college.


Fighting Fire With Fire (2010)9:00
saxophone quartet and string quartet
unfolding—blossoming—watching—waiting—burning—raging—reaching—dreaming—
blending—vanishing—crushing—smothering


Gravitation: Orbits (2009)6:00
amplified bass flute and piano
Superimposing two different musical worlds, the piano's quasi-minimalist and based on major/minor seconds, the flute's exploring the wild realm of extended techniques.  They orbit; they intersect; they follow their own trajectories.


Imperial Frog Anthem (1999) (mp3) (rm) 3:00
two clarinets in B-flat or A
A fun duet, mainly on original material but also quoting a jazz standard which is an anagram of the piece's title.  Suitable for musicians in highschool and college.
—Available on the CD A Mental Picnic


Kung Pao (2003) (mp3) (rm)8:00
euphonium (or trombone), pipe organ
Spicy-hot!  An assortment of funky grooves not often heard coming from these instruments.
—Available on the CD New Music from Chappell's Kitchen


Landscapes (2002-2003)12:30
flute, oboe, acoustic guitar
I: Desert (mp3) (rm) — II: Tundra (mp3) (rm) — III: Tropics (mp3) (rm)
An evocation of the feel of these various environments.  "Desert" is vast and sparse, "Tundra" trades laments between the instruments, and "Tropics" is irresistably bouncy.
—Available on the CD A Mental Picnic


LAUNDROMATICA DIABOLICA (The Devil's Laundromat) (1999) (mp3) (rm) 7:00
percussion quartet
Travel through grooves reminiscient of cartoon music, funk, circus music, jungle beats, spy music, and more.  Winner of the National Guild of Community Schools in the Arts Composition Contest, 1999.
—Available on the CD The Doomsday Project


Linguistic Sunflower Parade (1997) (mp3) (rm) 5:00
string quartet
An early work with an appealing sense of innocence (something like the Kronos Quartet's Pieces of Africa album).  Suitable for young string quartet players.
—Available on the CD A Mental Picnic


Marsupial Dreams (2000-2001) (mp3) (rm) 4:30
woodwind quintet
A melodic, playful piece suitable for young woodwind quintet players.
—Available on the CD A Mental Picnic


out there (1999-2001)22:00
violin and piano
I: Welcome. (mp3) (rm) — II: Lingering (mp3) (rm)
III: Planet Funkotron (mp3) (rm) — IV: The Plunge. (mp3) (rm)
Single movement(s)
An extreme challenge for violinist and pianist alike, this intense piece has many of the characteristics of a Beethovenian sonata - a stormy opening, a dreamy slow movement, a playful scherzo, and a driving finale - but the musical ideas reach in new and surprising directions.
—Available on the CD A Celebration of Sylvia Plath


Quartet for the End of Music (2004) (mp3) (rm) 7:00
bass clarinet, cello, tuba, percussionist (marimba/bass drum)
An intense piece of theatrical music, the Quartet requires the performers to be actors, singers, and instrumentalists.  Recommended as the last piece on a program, since at the conclusion, the musicians fall over as if dead.  Winner of the International Tuba-Euphonium Association's Harvey Phillips Composition Award, 2006.
—Available on the CD New Music from Chappell's Kitchen


Silence always wins (2007) 8:00
acoustic guitar, electric guitar, percussion, vibraphone, harpsichord, piano
Three duos of "ancient" and "modern" instruments create a unique sound-world, both beautiful and grotesque.  The musical material is based on several concepts: musical development through interruptions and juxtapositions — unfamiliar ways of playing instruments — the role of one instrument being taken over by another — the sound of notes fading into silence...This piece was premiered at the Experimental Playground's first local composers' concert, 2007.


Soap Bubbles (2002) (mp3) (rm) 6:30
flute, oboe, and clarinet in B-flat
A charming little piece inspired by a painting of Vanloo's, depicting three children playing with a soap bubble.  In the programmatic-music tradition, each instrument represents a different character.  Suitable for highschool and college-aged musicians.
—Available on the CD New Music from Chappell's Kitchen


Sympsony no. 1 (2000) (mp3)2:30
violin and piano (four hands)Currently not for sale [negotiating copyright]
A fun showpiece blending Danny Elfman's theme from The Simpsons with Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.  Perfect for an encore to a violin or piano recital.  This was later expanded into Sympsony no. 2 for violin and chamber orchestra.  Everyone gets a kick out of this one, which happens to be suitable for young musicians.


Two Sketches (2004)5:00
two 4-octave marimbas
I: Lines.  II: Colors.  Two fairly easy pieces, the first developing long interweaving melodic lines, the second exploring luscious rolled chords.


Up Up & Away (2003) (mp3) (rm) 6:00
oboe, violin, viola, cello
A highly personal work, something of a portrait of a good friend of mine.  In several sections, the instruments play asynchronously, adding a sense of chaos/freedom to the music.  It may only last six minutes, but the piece has a monumental quality.
—Available on the CD New Music from Chappell's Kitchen


Vocal and Choral Music

    The SATB arrangements could, in most cases, be sung by either a vocal quartet or a full chorus.

After the Moon-Walk (2002) (mp3) (rm) 4:00
soprano and piano
A setting of a beautiful poem by Hilda Morley, from her collection The Turning.  Originally written to be an encore, but the piece would work also well in the middle of a recital.  Suitable for highschool-age and up.
—Available on the CD A Mental Picnic


Ancient Mother (traditional Native American, arr.) (2001)2:00
SATB chorus a capella
Canonic and polytonal treatments of the tune - it's actually quite easy to sing, but has an exotic quality.


CASEVS VRBI (1997) (mp3) (rm)4:00
SATB chorus and piano
Text by Virgil, from The Eclogues.  A companion piece to "Uiuite Siluae", this is some extremely happy music.  The title means "Cheese for the city".  Premiered by my highschool's chorus, the Richard Montgomery Madrigals.


Christmastime (2003) (mp3) (rm) 24:00
vocal soloists, SATB chorus, and accompaniment by pipe organ or six musicians (clarinet, bassoon, violin/percussion, violin viola/violin, cello)Score and parts (6 instruments)
A Christmas Cantata in nine musically diverse movements - everything from catchy odd-meter tunes and yearning solos to unpitched choral singing and mystical polyphony.Score (organ version)
—Available on the CD 21st Century Christmas Choral part


Come Picnic on Mars (2002) (mp3) (rm) 3:00
baritone voice and piano
A setting of a delightful poem by Diane Ackerman, from her collection Jaguar of Sweet Laughter, this highly cheerful song tells of a fanciful space journey.  The vocal part is fairly easy to learn, the piano part fairly challenging.  BTW, this poem contains the line "We will pack a mental picnic..."
—Available on the CD A Mental Picnic


Deep River (traditional American spiritual, arr.) (2003)3:00
SATB chorus
A straightforward and accessible arrangement of a great spiritual.


Ding Dong Angels We Have Heard Merrily On High (traditional French carols, arr.) (2002)3:15
SATB chorus and piano
An inventive combination and juxtaposition of two Christmas carols, very challenging, quite unique.  Also effective for four soloists rather than full choir.


H/Allelu(ia/jah) (Randall Thompson and Georg Frideric Handel, arr.) (2006)3:00 — FREE!
SATB chorusRight-click and choose "Save As..."
A comical juxtaposition of the famous "Alleluia" and "Hallelujah Chorus".  All the material comes directly from those pieces, so a choir which has already learned the originals can put this together in no time.


Hark! hear you not a chearful noise (2002) (mp3) (rm) 1:30
SATB chorus and two percussionistsPercussion parts
An original Christmas carol, belonging in the "lively and upbeat" category.  One percussionist plays triangle and sleigh bells, the other woodblock and bongos.  Suitable for amateur choirs. Choral part
—Available on the CD 21st Century Christmas


It's Halloween! (2006)3:00
Children's chorus (2-part) and piano
The kids get to sing about ghosts and goblins, and dance around like skeletons and witches.  They'll love it.  A setting of an original poem.


Karaoke Nightmare (2004) (mp3) (rm) 7:00-9:00 — FREE!
seven actors and audienceRight-click and choose "Save As..."
This is my second audience-participation piece, really more of a short play than a piece of music.  Within the framework of a visit to a karaoke restaurant, this less-than-serious piece of music-drama provides opportunities for several audience members to take the spotlight to sing twisted karaoke, as a few actors and the audience follow the script.  No rehearsal is necessary.  A splendid time is guaranteed for all!
—Available on the CD New Music from Chappell's Kitchen


Let Me Fly (traditional American, arr.) (2006)4:00
soprano and alto soloists, SSAA chorus
Written for Marla Wasson and Safonia in Denver, Colorado.  This very creative arrangement draws inspiration from gospel music and jazz harmonies as well as modern choral techniques.


Magnificat (My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord) (2000)1:30
SATB chorus
A simple and pretty setting of this familiar religious text, with unique harmonies.


Midsummer (1998) (mp3) (rm)10:00
soprano and piano
Text by Derek Walcott, poem XXVI from Midsummer.  This is a lush, romantic setting with a very colorful and challenging piano part.
—Available on the CD New Music from Chappell's Kitchen


O Holy Night (Adolphe Adam, arr.) (2006)3:30
alto soloist, SSAA chorus, acoustic guitar, bass, four percussionists (triangle, kabasa, shaker, conga) Choral score
Written for Marla Wasson and Safonia in Denver, Colorado.  A transformation of the somber French carol into a lively Brazilian celebration!  A soloist sings in Brazilian Portuguese, but the choir only in English. Instrumental parts
—Available on Safonia's Christmas CD, Unexpected


Sakura (traditional Japanese, arr.) (2003) (mp3) (rm) 3:00
SATB chorus, accompanied by piano or Japanese 21-string kotoKoto part
I tried to approach the tune in more of an Eastern than a Western fashion, so this arrangement has a meditative feel, with the piano or koto providing an atmospheric accompaniment.  The choral part presents the familiar tune with intriguing twists, such as melodic inversion, rhythmic augmentation, and stretto.Choral/piano part


Songs of Life and Death (2005) (mp3)22:00
vocal soloists, SATB chorus, and six instruments (flute, oboe, violin, viola, cello, piano)Not for sale
A six-movement cantata on the themes of celebrating life, accepting death, and the beauty of Nature.  Poetry by Mary Oliver, e. e. cummings, and Albert Goldbarth.  Commissioned by the First Unitarian Church of Denver, 2005.
—Mvt. I is available on the CD A Mental Picnic


Storytime (2004) (mp3)16:00
soprano, clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, viola, celloCurrently not for sale [negotiating copyright]
A cycle of seven songs on texts by various authors from "The World's Shortest Stories", which are no more than 55 words long!  The music and the stories explore the full spectrum from light to dark, hilarious to terrifying.  Commissioned by Tiffany Blake, currently Professor of Voice at the University of Missouri.
—Available on the CD New Music from Chappell's Kitchen


Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (traditional American, arr.) (2000) (mp3) (rm) 3:00
SATB chorus a capella
My interpretation of a classic spiritual, incorporating what I've learned from arrangers like William Dawson.  Suitable for amateur choirs.


Uiuite Siluae (1997) (mp3) (rm) 2:30
SATB chorus (divisi to SSATBB) and piano
Text by Virgil, from The Eclogues.  A companion piece to "CASEVS VRBI", this is a sorrowful piece with lush harmonies.  The title means "Farewell now the woods".  Suitable for amateur choirs.


Visions of Peace (various, arr.) (2003)3:30
SATB chorus
This work combines several familiar hymn tunes and texts to create a powerful statement - a universal call for peace.


Warp Speed, Mr. Sulu! (2003) (mp3) (rm) 5:00-7:00 — FREE!
audienceRight-click and choose "Save As..."
My first experiment in audience participation - everyone reads from the score, which is a numbered list of things to sing and speak (some predetermined, others requiring more imagination).  It's very simple to follow, requires no rehearsal, and is fun for everyone involved.
—Available on the CD the undiscovered country


ZOO (1999) (mp3) (rm) 23:00
soprano, oboe, bassoon and harpScore & parts, complete
A song cycle on fourteen humorous poems about animals, from Ogden Nash's collection Zoo.   Fun for all ages!Single movement
—Available on the CD The Doomsday Project


Music for Solo Performers

Bellerophon (1996-1998) (mp3) (rm) 6:30
pipe organ
An early piece, introspective and melodic.  Suitable for young organists.


Di/Convergence (1996-1997) (mp3) (rm) 6:30
piano
The tangled and shifting relationship between two musical themes determines the ever-changing course of this piece.
—Available on the CD New Music from Chappell's Kitchen


The Labyrinth (2002)10:00
vibraphone
excerpt from the beginning (mp3) (rm)  —  excerpt from the ending (mp3) (rm)
$15, available exclusively through HoneyRock PublishingFirst Prize Winner in the Percussive Arts Society's Composition Contest, 2004.  A whirlwind display of the vibraphone's capabilities, in a journey which is deliberately dizzying at first, then unfolds along increasingly understandable lines as the piece progresses.
—Available on the CD The Doomsday Project


Nautilus (2004)4:00
marimba (4 octaves)
The first in a series of pieces loosely inspired by the beauty and diversity of aquatic life.  Suitable for highschool and college-aged performers.


schizopolyphonics (2006-2007)7:00
flute
An exploration into the possibilities of one flute suggesting two, three, or even four independent musical lines.  Incorporating many extended techniques: quarter-tones, pitch bending, percussive effects, and a few multiphonics.  The closing section is a series of reminiscences, almost a "remix" of the piece through quick shifts between fragments.


Turdo alla Ronk: Comical Variations on Mozart's Rondo alla Turk (2010)5:30
piano
The piece begins with an evocation of an early piano student who can't quite get his hands to play together, and continues to explore what might have happened if Mozart had traveled to Detroit, Harlem, Havana, or Rio de Janeiro.


Vietnamese Veterans (2010)4:00
English horn
Inspired by Jeffrey Wolin's photographic portraits of Vietnamese men who were soldiers in the 1970s.  Premiered by Jennifer Kirby at an art gallery concert in Bloomington.