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  • I Might Speak (2015) flute, bassoon + piano

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    SILVER KEYS TRIO – ALL AMERICAN MUSIC

    Center for New Music in San Francisco, Sept. 30, 7:30pm
    San Jose State University, October 1st, 12:15pm
    Sacramento State University, October 2nd, 4:00pm

    Program Note: When granted the opportunity to write for the Silver Keys Trio’s instrumentation, my wife and I had just begun to expect our new daughter. I swung between exhaustive fragility and terrifying elation and still do with Alice now here and born. This text has become my much needed mantra, as anything I do, from parenting to music, is destined to fail without love. My deepest thanks go to the virtuosic Silver Keys Trio for organizing the commissioning consortium that brought about this seven movement piece.

    I Might Speak
    With Tongues of Angles
    Yet Without Love
    I
    Have Now Become
    A Clanging Cymbal
    Resounding

    Score Published Through Imagine Music Publishing Coming November 2016

  • Seven Easy Variations on Greensleeves (2014) oboe + piano

    This set of variations was written for oboist and friend, Lindsey Lyrenmann. It was designed as a launching point for improvisation during the communion portion of the December 21, 2014 service at Zion Lutheran Church in San Francisco. While it can of course be performed as written, each variation may also be shuffled in order to meet the unique pacing and aesthetic needs of the venue.

    Score Published Through Imagine Music Coming Soon photo

  • Three Poems by Elinor Wylie (2014) two sopranos, guitar + bassoon

    Score available at http://stores.imaginemusicpublishing.com/three-poems-by-elinor-wylie/Score Available

     

    These three poems by Elinor Wylie (1885-1928) can be found in her book “Nets to Catch the Wind”. This set, which was premiered September 5th, 2014 at the Center for New Music in San Francisco, was written specifically for Amy Foote, Danielle(Reutter-Harrah) Sampson, Adam Cockerham, and Alexis Luque.

     

    The Eagle and the MoleAlexisLuque
    Avoid the reeking herd,
    Shun the polluted flock,
    Live like that stoic bird,
    The eagle of the rock.

    The huddled warmth of crowds
    Begets and fosters hate;
    He keeps above the clouds
    His cliff inviolate.

    When flocks are folded warm,
    And herds to shelter run,
    He sails above the storm,
    He stares into the sun.

    If in the eagle’s track
    Your sinews cannot leap,
    Avoid the lathered pack,
    Turn from the steaming sheep.Jarring Sounds_0.eventdetail

    If you would keep your soul
    From spotted sight or sound,
    Live like the velvet mole:
    Go burrow underground.

    And there hold intercourse
    With roots of trees and stones,
    With rivers at their source,
    And disembodied bones.

    Atavism
    I was always afraid of Somes’s Pond:
    Not the little pond, by which the willow stands,
    Where laughing boys catch alewives in their hands
    In brown, bright shallows; but the one beyond.
    There, where the frost makes all the birches burn
    Yellow as cow-lilies, and the pale sky shines
    Like a polished shell between black spruce and pines,
    Some strange thing tracks us, turning where we turn.

    You’ll say I dreamed it, being the true daughter
    Of those who in old times endured this dread.
    Look! Where the lily-stems are showing red
    A silent paddle moves below the water,
    A sliding shape has stirred them like a breath;
    Tall plumes surmount a painted mask of death.

    Village Mystery (excerpt)
    I saw the dead girl cringe and whine,
    And cower in the weeping air–
    But, oh, she was no kin of mine,
    And so I did not care!

     

    http://www.jarringsounds.com     http://amymichellefoote.com

  • Entrance (2014) oboe, clarinet + bassoon

    CMS1417__97076.1407267965.1280.1280“Entrance” was written as an opener for the Twin Cities Trio and their regular tours in elementary schools. Wishing for a short piece that could act as a bridge between contemporary and classical music, Handel’s “Entree” from the Aylesford Pieces comes in and out of focus. This work is now published with Imagine Music Publishing.

    Score Availablesheetmusicplus.com

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  • 3 Tales of Slime and Scales (2010) solo bassoon

    3 Tales of Slime and Scales for Solo Bassoon copy 2

    No. 1 – Seventeen Salamanders (2005)
    No. 2 – Gremlin Brothers (2009)
    No. 3 – Lizard Strut (2010)

    Duration: 8 minutes

    Written for my friend Ben Opp

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