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  • by a spirit of uselessness (2016) flute + piano

    This work was written for Christina Guenther and Ron Petti and their performances in September and October 2016. The title is stolen from a line of the William Carlos Williams poem “At the Ball Game”.

    The crowd at the ball game
    is moved uniformly
    by a spirit of uselessness
    which delights them—
    all the exciting detail
    of the chase
    and the escape, the error
    the flash of genius—
    all to no end save beauty
    the eternal—
    So in detail they, the crowd,
    are beautiful
    for this
    to be warned against
    saluted and defied—
    It is alive, venomous
    it smiles grimly
    its words cut—
    The flashy female with her
    mother, gets it—
    The Jew gets it straight— it
    is deadly, terrifying—
    It is the Inquisition, the
    Revolution
    It is beauty itself
    that lives
    day by day in them
    idly—
    This is
    the power of their faces
    It is summer, it is the solstice
    the crowd is
    cheering, the crowd is laughing
    in detail
    permanently, seriously
    without thought
  • tugs at a single thing (2016) haegeum + viola

    This work for haegeum and viola was written specifically for Soo-yeon Lyuh and Ellen Ruth Rose. The title was plucked from the common misquote of John Muir. “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”

  • under the Presence, whatever there is else is moving (2016) four bass clarinets

    This bass clarinet quartet was written for Jeff Anderle’s newest album of bass clarinet music.

  • Diaphone (2015) organ

    Written for and recorded at Zion Lutheran Church in San Francisco
    October 18, 2015

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  • on a flat stone over his grave (2016) soprano + theorbo

    This piece was written for and commissioned by Jarring Sounds (Danielle Sampson + Adam Cockerham) for their June 2016 “Elegy” themed concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area. The text is adapted from a portion of the Latin inscription above the tomb of Henry Purcell.

    Applaud so great a guest, Celestial powers.
    Who now resides with you, but once was ours.
    Dy’d! No, he lives while yonder organ sounds
    and sacred echoes to the choir rebound.

    jarringsounds.com

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