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  • track ii (2016) theorbo

    In the Fall of 2015 I wrote a solo piano piece for Sarah Cahill titled “track”. That work was inspired by this quote often credited to Henry David Thoreau: “As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”

    When granted the opportunity to write a work for Adam Cockerham this text still lingered in my mind. I have since discovered that my book had misattributed the text to Thoreau when in fact it was written by Wilfred Arlan Peterson who was rehashing a concept he claims to have gotten from Thoreau’s “Walden”. While this new theorbo work shares some features of the piano piece written for Sarah Cahill, it may be more appropriate to do my own paraphrase of Luciano Berio. “The completed work is the ritual and commentary of other works preceding it, of more works that will follow. The question does not provoke a response but rather commentary and new questions”.

  • we resist the brightness (2016) horn + bass clarinet

    Written for and commissioned by Emelie Pfaff and Lara Mitofsky Neuss

    Premiere Feb 28, 2016 at Colorado State University

    Recording Coming Soon

    “We Resist the Brightness” ii written for haegeum + viola was written for Soo-yeon Lyuh and Ellen Ruth Rose

    Recording Coming Soon

  • Homer Collyer Blind II (2015) two bass clarinets

    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 originally for bassoon and bass clarinet.

    Arranged for Swqonk – http://sqwonk.com/

    Approximate Duration: 9 minutes

    Score and Recording for Two Bass Clarinets Coming Soon

    Recording of Bassoon and Bass Clarinet

     

     

  • Let the Earth, Now Praise the Lord (2015) trumpet + organ

    This prelude and postlude pair was written for Robert Giambruno and the 2015 Christmas Eve Services in Zion Lutheran Church in San Francisco. They are based on the hymn (LSB 352) by Heinrich Held (1620-1639).

    Score Available Soon

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  • “I saw a man pursuing the horizon” (2015) two bass clarinets

    Based off of the poem by Stephen Crane and written for Lara Mitofsky Neuss
    
    Recording by Jeff Anderle and Jon Russell begins at 29 minutes and 18 seconds
    
    
    Recording from Lara Mitofsky Neuss' May 1, 2015 Concert "She Walks to the Beat" with Asa Graf
    
    
    
    
    "I saw a man pursuing the horizon"BY STEPHEN CRANE
    I saw a man pursuing the horizon;
    Round and round they sped.
    I was disturbed at this;
    I accosted the man.
    “It is futile,” I said,
    “You can never —”
    “You lie,” he cried,
    And ran on.
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