April, 2015

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  • Seven Fragments of “Lord, Throughout These Forty Days” (2015) solo organ

    photoThis set of organ solos was written for Zion San Francisco’s 2015 Lent Services. The hymn “Lord, Throughout These Forty Days” (Lutheran Service Book 418) was chosen as the recurring theme for the Wednesday evening Lenten services with these seven fragments used as preludes or postludes.

    No. 1 – Lent 1, February 25, 2015
    No. 2 – Lent 2, March 4, 2015
    No. 3 –  Lent 3, March 11, 2015
    No. 4 – Lent 4, March 18, 2015
    No. 5 – Lent 5, March 25, 2015
    No. 6 – Good Friday, April 3, 2015
    No. 7 – Easter, April 5, 2015

    Score and Recording Coming Soon

  • Homer Collyer Blind I (2015) bass clarinet + bassoon

    CollyerPark-300x225In E. L. Doctorow’s novel “Homer and Langley”, based on Manhattan’s notorious Fifth Avenue compulsively hoarding Collyer brothers, Doctorow first introduces his character Homer as he is losing his sight. Homer is keen to notice the gradual fade out. Individual details are lost, then whole images are distorted, and finally he is completely blind. In the darkness he can hear a sound made by an ice skater that was always present but never noticed: “a soft sound though full of intention, a deeper tone than you’d expect made by the skate blades, perhaps for having sounded the resonant basso under the ice, scoot scut, scoot scut.”

    My deepest thanks to Lara Mitofsky Neuss and Justin Cummings for commissioning this three movement work.

    Approximate Duration: 9 minutes

    Score Coming Soon

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