Works

Dear patient performers: I am gradually moving my catalog into a flexible and searchable database so you can easily find what you are looking for. The beginnings of that process already allow you to browse and search sixty-seven pieces by instrumentation, ensemble size, duration, and more.

For compositions that aren’t in this group, please see the list of works. And please get in touch if you’d like help finding something specific. And when you perform any of these pieces, please let me know.

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Farther from the Heart

for voice and piano on a poem by Jane Bowles


What Justice Looks Like

an invocation to Esther Hobart Morris, the first female judge in America, for solo voice with optional percussion and drone


On the Battlefield

Vicksburg battlefield

for solo brass or wind player with live processing, spoken word (recorded or live) and optional video


Enough Holes

enough holes

Enough Holes was written for the French pianist Nicolas Horvath to perform on a concert of hommages to Philip Glass. The piece is a response to one that Glass wrote with Foday Musa Suso for a 1989 production of Jean Genet’s play The Screens. My piece is inspired by an error-filled computer transcription of the … Continue reading Enough Holes


No Delight in Sacrifice

no delight in sacrifice

commissioned by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra in celebration of their 80th Anniversary Season


Play Like a Girl

a set of eight keyboard variations on the Bulgarian Women’s Chorus standard, Kaval Sviri


Light up Your face

for actor, singer (or chorus), and piano (or instrumental ensemble)


13one

solo trombone piece written for Will Lang in celebration of John Cage’s 100th birthday


Perpetual Happiness

a solo piano version of Stephen Sondheim’s Happiness.


Pump Music

pump

inspired by a series of hand pumps I encountered in campsites while traveling down the Mississippi River, this piece is for violin, trombone quartet, and pre-recorded track


Did he promise you tomorrow?

did he promis you tomorrow

for at least six instruments and/or voices


Einhorn

for horn and pre-recorded electronics, inspired by a Rilke poem


The Island of the Sirens

sirens

inspired by a warning siren I encountered in Plaquemine, Louisiana, this piece is for vocalist and three additional singers or instrumentalists, with pre-recorded electronics


Waiting for Billy Floyd

for sextet (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion) or octet (adding guitar and trombone)


Well-Spent

inspired by Leonardo, for one or two violins and electronics


Early in the Morning

for a chamber ensemble of at least six players, including piano and percussion. Other instruments can include winds, brass, strings, guitar, vocals, as you like.


I am really a very simple person

I am really a very simple person

the first piece I wrote after completing a journey by kayak and bicycle down the Mississippi River; for at least six singers and/or instruments


I’m worried now but I won’t be worried long

for violin and electronics, it can also be performed with additional musicians on guitar, bass, strings


In and Out of the Game

a piece for trombone quartet (or sextet) and pre-recorded track


Testy Pony

a piece for cello (or trombone or viola or bass clarinet or sax or bassoon) and actor, with pre-recorded track and optional video


Night Psalm

Night Psalm

for solo piano, inspired by Psalm 77


Brownie Feet

originally for vocal or string quartet with optional drums and/or laptop or turntables, can also be augmented with trombone quartet


Liement me deport (Machaut in the Machine Age VI)

charlie chaplin

for three vocal lines (for three to any number of singers) and pre-recorded electronics


The Flood

can be performed with live piano, bass, and drums or with electronic playback of some or all of these players; and with three or four singer/musicians on the rising line


Osculati Fourniture

Osculati Fourniture

for alto or tenor voice, or bass flute, or other winds or brass, plus pre-recorded setars