MY MUSIC


In the past, I had a lot of success with composing. And I still do, when I work at it. So I'm planning a relaunch of my music, to stand next to my relaunched blog, book and website.

On this page, you'll find many of my pieces -- scores, recordings, and, where appropriate, texts.

Browse and enjoy!


SOLO PIECES


Short Talks
(piano; the pianist also plays a small drum; in progress, 2008 - )

These are piano pieces, settings of prose poems by Anne Carson, whose searing intensity is burned into very few words. The pianist plays both the piano and a small drum. Eventually there should be eight or more of these; right now there are five. The music might seem calm (deceptively), but it bursts into violence, and sometimes falls silent, unable to speak. The drum is its underworld.

scores

all the Short Talks I've written so far

texts

recordings:

live performance at the Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival (Symphony Space, New York, April 6, 2009)

Jenny Lin, piano and drum

computer demo

Short Talk On Gertrude Stein About 9:30

Short Talk On Defloration

Short Talk On Ovid

Short Talk On Rain

Short Talk On Rectification



Organ Piece (no title yet, 2007)

This is a rewrite of—or maybe variations on—the C major fugue in the second book of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. It’s more than a little crazy, with (in places) double Bach’s counterpoint and big gaudy cadences. Listen and see.

score

computer demo

 

 

CHAMBER MUSIC


Anne MidgetteQuartet for Anne
(string quartet, 2001)

I wrote this as a birthday present for my wife Anne Midgette, and built it from swatches of other pieces she'd heard me working on, ending with a song I wrote for her. And then I brought a quartet to our home to surprise her with it. Two years later, the Fine Arts Quartet gave the first public performance and played the piece several times more.

score

recordings

performance by the Fine Arts Quartet (an NPR broadcast, with flattering commentary)

original performance in our living room

(Meesun Hong, first violin, John Anderson, second violin, Eric Hammelman, viola, and Ariel deWolf, cello)


 

Mahler Variations (string quartet, 2004)

score

       computer demo



Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano (2005)

score

clarinet part

recordings:

live performance at Bowling Green State University (2006)

Kevin Schempf, E flat and B flat clarinets
Robert Satterlee, piano

       


live performance at Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival (Symphony Space, New York, April 6, 2009)

Charles Neidich, E flat and B flat clarinets
Jenny Lin, piano
        
       

computer demo


A te: Variations on a Bellini Aria, for Cello and Piano (2005)

score

cello part

computer demo

 

ORCHESTRA


A Frankenstein Overture (1998)

Orchestral piece derived from my Frankenstsein opera (see below)

score

recordings

live performance by the South Dakota Symphony, Delta David Gier, conductor

live South Dakota performance, opening with an excellent narration, which outlines the sections of the piece, and telling the story that they tell

computer demo


Symphony (2006)

score

recordings

live performance, by the Dakota Chamber Orchestra, Delta David Gier, conductor (edited from performances in April, 2007, in Sioux Falls and on tour)

1    Adagio - Allegro

     
2    Ballad

     
3    Scherzo (Palindrome)

     
4    Finale

     

computer demo

1    Adagio - Allegro

     
2    Ballad

     
3    Scherzo (Palindrome)

     
4    Finale

     

Note: since making this recording, I’ve made small revisions in the score. So there are tiny, maybe all but imperceptible differences in the last movement between what you’ll hear, and what’s written in the score. Mostly they’re about switches from bowed playing in the strings to pizzicato. I gave the players a little more time.


VOCAL


Shakespeare Songs (2005)

score

recordings

live performance at Bowling Green State University, October 2006:
Ann Corrigan, soprano
I-chen Yeh, piano

1  If to doe were as easie as to know what were good to doe

   
2  I am a simple Maide

   
3  But I do thinke it is their Husbands faults if Wiues do fall

   
4  How all the other passions fleet to Ayre

   
5  Giue me my Robe, put on my Crowne

   

computer demo  (all five songs)

   


OPERA


Frankenstein
(1981)

Opera in three acts, written in the full-blooded operatic style of the 19th century. My idea, in part, was to imagine what a Frankenstein opera would have been like if Verdi or Bellini had written it. The novel, published in 1812, dates from their era.

Libretto by Thomas M. Disch. Full orchestra.

libretto

scores

Act 1 vocal score
Act 1 full score

(for vocal scores of Acts 2 and 3, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

recording of a workshop performance with piano

Victor Frankenstein: Allan Glassman
Elizabeth: Carolyn Mallory
Henry: John Absalom
The Creature: Robert Stephens
Victor’s Father/Philip: Joseph Warner
Charlotte: Cheryl Littell
Lars: Richard Nickell

chorus of the C. W. Post College Summer Opera Workshop
music director and pianist: Ralph Zitterbart
stage director: Richard Getke

Act 1

   
Act 2

   
Act 3

   

There’s a special page about Frankenstein here. For information not on that page, including availability of the complete score, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


The Richest Girl in the World Finds Happiness (1975)

One-act comedy, in a pop/Broadway style, a setting of a play by Robert Patrick. Piano accompaniment.

libretto

scores

original version (two sopranos, two tenors)
quartet version (two sopranos, tenor, female quartet)
duet version (two sopranos, tenor, female duet)

recording (live performance with the original cast)

The Richest Girl: in the World: Stephanie Costirilos
The Handsomest Movie Star: Michael Hume
Madalayna: Gail Johnston
A Singer: Charlie Liepart

music director and pianist: Greg Sandow
stage director: Michael Feingold

   

 

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