Works & First Performances

 

Piano

 

 barbaglio dal manca  (1981, rev. 1992, 2000) (10 min.)

 (first performance [original version], January 18, 1982)

 Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

 Barbro Dahlman, piano

 (first performance [second revised version], November 21, 2002)

 Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, OH.

 Toyen Tonnu, piano

 (recorded by Tuyen Tonnu, Capstone, CPS 8736)

 

 for Elliott  (1983) (1 min.)

 (first performance, December 5, 1983)

 Carnegie Recital Hall, New York, NY

 Claudia Stevens, piano

 

 tango variations  (1984, rev, 2001) (3 min.)

 (commissioned by Quadrivium Music Press for pianist Yvar Mikhashoff)

 (first performance, March 2, 1986)

 Bessie Schonberg Theatre, New York, NY

 Yvar Mikhashoff, piano

 

 fragments from the surrounding evening  (1984) (9 min.)

 (commissioned by the La Gesse Foundation)

 (first performance, February 24, 1985)

 Lafayette Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, NY

 Bruce Anderson, piano

 (recorded by Karen Walwyn on Albany Recordings TROY 266)

 

a flower in folding shadows  (piano, four-hands) (1986) (8 min.)

(first performance, April 6, 1989)

Renee Weiler Concert Hall, Greenwich House Music School, New York, NY

Continuum: Joel Sachs and Cheryl Seltzer, piano, four-hands

 

a landscape of interior resonances  (2001) (16 min.)

(commissioned by the Phillips Collection [Washington, D.C.], Miller Theatre [New York, NY] and the Schubert Club [St. Paul, MN.])

(first performance, May 5, 2002)

Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

Margaret Kampmeier, piano

(recorded by Margaret Kampmeier, "the promise of the far horizon", Albany, TROY 698)

 

four dances for Boris  (2004) (8 min.)

(commissioned by Boris Willis)

(first performance, September 17, 2004)

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Washington, D.C.

Lura Johnson, piano

 

a celebration of Elliott  (2007) (2 min.)

(commissioned by the Network for New Music to celebrate the 100th birthday of Elliott Carter)

(first performance: February 29, 2008)

Leonard Nimoy Theatre - Symphony Space, New York, NY

Stephen Gosling, piano

 

of ringing and layered space  (2010)  (. . . ongoing)

(commissioned by consortium for pianists Jenny Lin, Lura Johnson, Tuyen Tonnu, Amy Briggs, and Shannon Wettstein)

I.  “Jenny” (3 min.) (2010)

II. “Lura”   (3 min.) (2010)

 

two Elliott Carter tributes

(first performance as the "tributes" - February 17, 2013)

I.  for Elliott (1983-84)

II. a celebration of Elliott (2006)

West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art

Washington, D.C.

Winston Choi, piano

 

 for Clare  (2021) (4 min.)


(commissioned by Clare Longendyke as part of her “UnRaveled” project)


Solo Instrumental

 

 linear cycles VII (cambiamenti II)  (solo violin) (1979, rev. 1993) (8 min.)    

(first performance, July 22, 1979) (original version)

 Aspen Music Festival

 Kurt Nikkanen, violin

 (first performance [revised version])

 George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

 Lina Bahn, violin

 (recorded by Kurt Nikkanen, "the focus of blue light" CRI/New World 650)

 

variazioni elegiaci  (solo 'cello) (1979-80, rev. 1997) (9 min.)

(first performance, July 10, 1981) (original version)

Aspen Music Festival

Julie Charland 'cello

 

morning thunder for solo flute  (1979-80) (8 min.)

(first performance, December 15, 1980)

live radio broadcast, KPFK, Los Angeles

Janice Tipton, flute

 

amid fleeting pockets of billowing radiance  (solo 'cello) (1990) (11 min.)    

(first performance, September 20 ,1991)

St. Mary's College, St. Mary's County, MD.

Pamela Greitzer, 'cello

(recorded by Joshua Gordon, "the focus of blue light" CRI/New World 650)

 

the clarity of remembered springs  (solo viola) (1992-93) (13 min.)

(commissioned by the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation)

(first performance, April 26, 1993)

Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY

Misha Amory, viola

 

a window's gathering of clouds  (solo guitar) (1981) (7 min.)

(first performance, March 2, 1986)

University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

Todd Seelye, guitar

 

variazioni elegiaci II  (solo violin) (1983) (8 min.)

(first performance, July 11, 1986)

Seattle Chamber Music Festival

Ida Levin, violin

 

revisiting variazioni elegiaci  (solo viola) (2001) (9 min.)

(first performance, February 10, 2001)

Kulas Recital Hall

Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Wendy Richman, viola

 

wending (solo viola)  (2001) (11 min.)

(first public performance, Nov. 11, 2001)

Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

Wendy Richman, viola

(recorded by Wendy Richman, "the promise of the far horizon" Albany, TROY 698)

 

the milliner's fancy  (solo alto saxophone) (2003) (5 min.)

(commissioned by Rhonda Taylor & David Reminick)

(first performance, April 9, 2003)

Warner Concert Hall, Oberlin Conservatory of Music

David Reminick, alto saxophone

(recorded by Rhonda Taylor, "the promise of the far horizon" Albany, TROY 698)

 

three musings . . . revisiting memories (solo violin)  (2005) (5 min.)

(written for Ole Bohn)

(first performance, March 8, 2005)                 

Warner Concert Hall, Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Ole Bohn, violin

 

eight musings . . . revisiting memories  (solo violin) (2005) (11 min.)

(written for Ole Bohn)

(first performance, Aug. 5, 2005)                   

Monadnock Music Festival

Fitzwilliam Town Hall, Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire

Ole Bohn, violin

 

an expanding distance of multiple voices  (solo violin) (2005) (11 min.)

(commissioned by consortium for Lina Bahn)

(first performance, Sept 18, 2005)

Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Lina Bahn. Violin

 

a focus further within (solo ‘cello)  (2010) (3 ½ min.)

(commissioned by Rhonda Rider as part of her residency at the Grand Canyon)

(first performance, March 10, 2011)

Seully Hall

Boston Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA

Rhonda Ryder, ‘cello

 

to find in the glimmering air . . . a buoyant continuity of layering blue  (‘solo ‘cello) (2011) (9 min.)

(funded by the Lorain County Community College Foundation through its Campus Grants Program)

(first performances, April 17, 2011, October 25, 2011, October 26, 2011)

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Brookfield ,WI; Studio Theatre, Stocker Arts Center, Lorain County Community College; Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH.

Seaunn Thorsteinsdottir, ‘cello


caprice (solo harp) (2016) (2 ½ min.)

(funded by the Lorain County Community College Foundation through its Campus Grants Program for the Arts & Humanities Division)

(first performance,  July 17, 2016)

Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, Cleveland Heights, OH

Shelly Du, harp           


 . . . becoming clear (solo viola) (2017) (8 min.)

(Commissioned by The Network for New Music)

 (first performance, November 12, 2017)

Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

 Network for New Music


radiances spreading from a world of resonant stillness (2019) (7 min.)

 Commissioned by Regina Kessler for Mariel Roberts

 (first performance, November 14, 2018

 LA VOIRIE, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland           

Mariel Roberts, ‘cello


fleeting cycles of layered air (2020) (8 1/2 min.)

 (first performance: April 30, 2021

National Sawdust (as part of the Fromm Concert Series sponsored by Harvard University)

Miranda Cuckson, violin


let us breathe (2020) (1 min.)

(commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony as part of its “Fanfares” project)

(first performance, [streaming] November 11, 2020)

Cincinnati, OH

Dan Culnan, ‘cello


Chamber

 

linear cycles II  (violin and piano)  (1978) (8 min.)

(commissioned by the Robert Evett Fund of Washington, D.C.)

first performance, February 20, 1978)

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

members of the Contemporary Music Forum:

Helmut Braunlich, violin

Barbro Dahlman, piano

 

string quartet no. 1  (formerly quartet no. 3 ) (1978 rev. 1980) (12 min.)

(first performance, December 6, 1980)

Concert Hall, University of California, Irvine

New York String Quartet

(recorded by the New York String Quartet on CRI/New World 468) (LP)

 

a wind of suspended prominences  (clarinet and piano) (1981) (7 min.)

(first performance, April 17, 1981)

Mandeville Recital Hall, University of California, San Diego

William Powell, clarinet

Zita Carno, piano

first performance, revised version, October 28, 1991)

Roy O. Disney Music Hall, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California

William Powell, clarinet

Zita Carno, piano

 

duo concerto  (1981-82) (15 min.)

(commissioned by 'cellist Fred Sherry)

(vlc. solo, percussion - xylophone, marimba [A], vibraphone, clar., vln., piano)

(first performance, February 21, 1984)

Kaufman Concert Hall, 92nd St. YM/YWHA, New York, NY

Group for Contemporary Music:

Fred Sherry, solo 'cello

Daniel Druckman, percussion

Anand Devendra, clarinet

Ik-Hwan Bae, violin

Aleck Karis, piano

Daniel Shulman, cond.

 

lullaby (in folk style)  ('cello and piano) (1982) (4 min.)

(first performance, January 10, 1983)

Chamber Music from SoHo Series

Fred Sherry, 'cello

Rebecca Silver, piano

 

string quartet no. 2  (1982-83, rev. 1995) (14 min.)

(first performance, February 5, 1993) (original version)

Strathmore Hall Arts Center, North Bethesda, MD

Maia Quartet

 

notturno (crystals of suspended evening)  (1983-84) (10 min.)

(commissioned by Tafelmusik)

(fl., ob., vlc., hpschd.)

(first performance, April 4, 1983)

Provincetown Playhouse, New York, NY

Tafelmusik:

Lauren Weiss, flute

Pamela Epple, oboe

Christine Gummere, 'cello

Linda Kobler, harpsichord

 

her eastern light amid a cavernous dusk  (1983-84, rev. 1987) (9 min.)

(wind quintet)

commissioned by the Aspen Wind Quintet)

(first performance, March 6, 1987)

Calvary Episcopal Church, New York, NY

Aspen Wind Quintet

(recorded by the Aspen Wind Quintet,"the focus of blue light" CRI/New World 65)

 

a veil of liquid diamonds  (1985-86, rev. 1995, 1999) (16 min.)

(string quartet)

(first performance, August 27, 1995)

Music at Gretna Festival, Mt. Gretna, PA

Borromeo Quartet

 

a pond within the drifting dusk  (1986-87, rev. 1988) (10 min.)

(alto fl., vlc., hp.)

(first performance, November 16, 1988)

Settlement Music School, Mary Louise Curtiss Branch, Philadelphia, PA.

Edward Schultz, alto flute

Charles Forbes, 'cello

Karin Fuller, harp

(recorded by Laura Gilbert, alto fl., Joshua Gordon, 'cello Victoria Drake, harp, "Bang on A Can Live, Vol. 2" CRI/New World 646)

 

the focus of blue light (1987-88) (18 min.)

(violin and piano)

(commissioned by the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress)

(first performance, March 17, 1989)

Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, Washington,  D.C.

Kurt Nikkanen, violin

Bruce Anderson, piano

(recorded by Kurt Nikkanen, violin & Bruce Anderson, piano, "the focus of blue light" CRI/New World 650)

 

echoes in a cloud box   (1988) (10 min.)

(violin and 'cello)

(commissioned by the Contemporary Music Forum)

(first performance, May 8, 1989)

Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C

Members of the Contemporary Music Forum:

Helmut Braunlich, violin,

Lori Barnet, 'cello                  

 

jewels beyond the mist  (1988) (12 min.)

(commissioned by the New York New Music Ensemble)

(fl./alto fl., clar., vln., vlc., piano, percussion - vibraphone, marimba [A])

(first performance, March 15, 1989)

Merkin Concert Hall, New York, NY

New York New Music Ensemble:

Jayn Rosenfeld, flute/alto flute

Jean Kopperud, clarinet

Linda Quan, violin

Chris Finckel, 'cello

Elizabeth DiFelice, piano

Daniel Druckman, percussion

Robert Black, conductor

 

a diffuse light that knows no particular hour  (1989-90, rev. 1993)  (16 min.)

(alto fl., clar., vln., vlc., piano) (commissioned by the Amphion Foundation for the Da Capo Chamber Players)

(first performances: Nov. 11 & 25, 1991)

Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (Nov. 11)

Merkin Concert Hall, New York, NY (Nov. 25)

Da Capo Chamber Players:

Patricia Spencer, alto flute

William Blount, clarinet

Eric Wyrick, violin

Andre Emelianoff, 'cello

Sarah Rothenberg, piano

(recorded by the Da Capo Chamber Players, "the focus of blue light" CRI/New World 650)

 

filaments  (2 flutes) (1990) (9 min.)

(commissioned by Peter Brown & Karen Johnson)

(first performance, June 9, 1991)

Tawes Recital Hall, University of Maryland College Park, College Park, MD.

Peter Brown & Karen Johnson, flutes

(recorded by  Peter Brown & Karen Johnson, "the focus of blue light" CRI/New World 650)

 

(arranged for 2 violins)

(first performance, April 15, 1996)

La Maison Francaise, Washington, D.C.

Jennifer Gordon & Mayumi Pawel, violins

 

from the middle . . . becoming air  (1991) (19 min.)

(string trio) (commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation)

(first performance, April 26, 1992)

Conference Center Auditorium

University of Maryland College Park, College Park, MD.

members of the Boston Chamber Music Society:

Stephanie Chase, violin

Marcus Thompson, viola

Ronald Thomas, 'cello

 

two miniatures for violin & piano  (1993) (6 min.)

(arrangement for David Abel & Julie Steinberg of two songs for mezzo       soprano & piano  [1983-84, 1985])

(first performance, Oct. 14, 1994)

Mills College Concert Hall, Mills College, Oakland, California

David Abel, violin      

Julie Steinberg, piano

 

a still radiance within dark air  (1995, rev. 1996) (15 min.)

(piano solo, fl., clar., vln., vlc.)

(commissioned by radio station WGUC in Cincinnati)

(first performance, December 3, 1995)

Linton Music Series, First Unitarian Church, Cincinnati, OH.

Sandra Rivers, solo piano

Randolph Bowman, flute

Richard Hawley, clarinet

Alexander Kerr, violin

Daniel Culnan, ‘cello

Colin Jagger, cond.

 

a vivid distance serenely layered  (1995) (5 min.)

(‘cello quartet)

(commissioned by CELLO)

(first performance, March 3, 1996)

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA.

CELLO:

Maria Kitsopoulos Laura Bontrager Maureen McDermott,

Caryl Paisner

 

in forests of evaporating dawns  (1996) (18 min.)

(string quartet)

(written for the Maia Quartet)

(first performance, October 26, 1997)

Merrick Hall, Goucher College, Towson, MD.

Maia Quartet

 

eight aspects of appreciation  (1996, rev. 2000) (11 min.)

(violin and viola)

(written for the Mann Duo)

(first performance, February 9, 1997)

The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

The Mann Duo:

Nicholas Mann, violin

Robert Mann, viola

 

ringing fields of enveloping blue  (1997) (14  min.)

(‘cello & piano)

(written for Joshua Gordon & Margaret Kampmeier)

(first performance, March 1, 1998)

Music in Chelsea Series, Historic St. Peter’s Church, Chelsea, New York, NY

Joshua Gordon, ‘cello

Christopher Oldfather, piano

 

a window of resonant light  (1997) (16 min.)

(‘cello, piano, percussion)

(Commissioned for the CORE Ensemble as part of the Meet the          

Composer/Arts  Endowment Commissioning Music USA program)

first performance, October 6, 1997)

Washington & Lee University, Roanoke, VA.

The CORE Ensemble:

Andrew Mark, ‘cello

Hugh Hinton, piano

Michael Parola, percussion

(recorded by the CORE Ensemble, "the promise of the far horizon", Albany, TROY 698)

 

in afternoons of deep and amplified air  (1998)  (11min.)

(string quartet)

(Commissioned by the 1998 Reston Prelude Festival)

(first performance, June 19, 1998)

Reston Prelude Festival, Reston Community Theatre, Reston, VA

Audubon Quartet

 

undiluted days  (1999 - 2000)  (11 min.)

(piano trio)

(Commissioned by Sonia & Louis Rothschild)

(first performance, March 19, 2000)

Hearst Hall, The National Cathedral School, Washington, D.C.

Opus 3 Trio

 

still air  (2000) (1 1/2 min .)

(viol trio)

(first performance, April 13, 2000)

Bowling Green State University Early Music Ensemble

 

as a spray of reflected meadowlight informs the air  (2000) (10 min.)

(commissioned by Philip Berlin and the Contemporary Music Forum)

(first performance, Dec. 7, 2000)

Frances & Armand Hammer Auditorium, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

members of the Contemporary Music Forum

 

through the filtering dawn of spreading daybright  (2001) (8 min.)

(viola & contrabass)

(commissioned by Wendy Richman)

First performance, November 20, 2011

Studio Theatre, Stocker Arts Center, Lorain County Community College

Eliesha Nelson, viola / Scott Dixon, double bass

 

the promise of the far horizon (2002) (16 min.)

(string quartet)

(commissioned by the Nancy Ruyle Dodge Charitable Trust)

(first performance, Dec. 4, 2002)

Miller Theatre, Columbia University, New York, NY

Corigliano Quartet

(recorded by the Corigliano Quartet, "the promise of the far horizon", Albany, TROY 698)

 

a focused expanse of evolving experience  (2003) (8 min.)

(fl., vln., vla., vlc., piano)

(commissioned by the Empyrean Ensemble)

(first performance, Nov. 2, 2003)

Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

University of California, Davis, Davis, CA

Empyrean Ensemble, David Milnes, cond.

 

toward the deepening stillness beyond visible light  (2004) (11 min.)

(piano, string quartet)

(commissioned by the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Chamber Music Columbus (OH.) and Omus Hirshbein)

(first performance, Oct. 19, 2004)

Mandel Hall, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Pacifica Quartet & Amy Dissanayake, piano

 

an evolving romance for flute and piano  (2005) (5 min.)

(commissioned by Lura Johnson)

(first performance, Nov. 2005)

Proctor-Munson-Institute, Utica NY

Christina Jennings, flute

Lura Johnson, piano

 

in the community of encompassing hours  (2005) (9 min.)

(piano trio)

(commissioned by the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt)

(first US performance, May 17,  2006

Austrian Embassy, Washington, D.C.

Haydn Trio Eisenstadt

(first European performance, May 27, 2006

Glaserner Saal, Magna Auditorium Musikverien, Vienna, Austria

Haydn Trio Eisenstadt

 

the play of intervening objects  (2007) (10 min.)

(wind quintet)

commissioned by consortium for Imani Winds)

(first performance, November 9, 2007)

Kobacher Hall, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.

Imani Winds

 

in soft echoes  . . . a world awaits  (2008) (11 min.)

(string trio)

(commissioned by the Fortnightly Musical Club of Cleveland)

(first performance: March 11, 2008)

Mixon Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, OH

Emma Shook, violin

Eliesha Nelson, viola

Martha Baldwin, ‘cello                       

 

further evolving . . .  (2008) (5 min.)

(fl., vlc., piano)

(commissioned by the Chamber Music Conference and Composers’ Forum of the East)

(first performance: August 2, 2008)

Carriage Barn, Bennington College, Bennington, VT.

Andrea Berger, flute

Robert Park, ‘cello

Richard Friedberg, piano

 

a garden of flourishing paths  (2008) (12 min.)

(fl., vln., vlc., piano, percussion)

(commissioned by the National Gallery of Art and the VERGE Ensemble

 in celebration of Elliott Carter’s 100th birthday)

(first performance: November 30, 2008)

West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

VERGE Ensemble

Daniel Walshaw, cond.

 

through a stillness brightening  (2011) (11 min.)

(solo violin, E-flat clar., bsn., tpt,, trb., vib., mar., cb.)  

(commissioned by the Argento New Music Project through the generosity of Marianna Bettman [in memory of Judge Gilbert Bettman] and Sonia Rothschild)

(first performance: April 11, 2011)

Cutting Edge Concerts Series

Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre, Symphony Space, New York, NY

 Argento Chamber Ensemble

Miranda Cuckson, violin

Michel Galante, cond

 

three short duos for violin & harp  (2011) (6 min.)

(commissioned by a consortium consisting of Pamela Johnson, Philip Berlin, Otho Eskin. Eve Sandberg and Mika Hornyak)

(first performance: November 13, 2011)

Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

Kelly Hall-Tompkins, violin

Bridget Kibbey, harp

 

eight aspects of appreciation II  (2012) (12 min.)

(violin & ‘cello)

(first performance: February 10, 2013)

West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Miranda Cuckson, violin

Julia Bruskin, ‘cello

 

still air  (7 min.) (piano quartet)

(commissioned by the Chamber Music Conference and Composer’s Forum of the East, Inc.)

(first performance: Aug. 10, 2013)

Carriage Barn, Bennington College, Bennington, VT                             

Tom Frenkel, violin      

Bonnie Maky, viola                             

Judy Tobey, ‘cello

Giovanni Koll, piano

 

four movements for harp & percussion (2015) (4 min.)

(commissioned by Otho Eskin)

(first performance:July 2, 2015)

Selfoss, Iceland

Duo Harpverk


reflected air (2015) (4 min.)

 (alto saxophone & ‘cello)

 (first performance, October 10, 2015)

The Scots Kirk,  Paris, FRANCE

Duo Denisov


echoes from within brightening fabric . . . fragments of quickened light . . . (2015) (7 1/2 min.) (harp & percussion)

 (commissioned by Otho Eskin)

 (first performance: October 11, 2015)

15:15 Series, Nordic House, Reykjavik, Iceland

Duo Harpverk


two short dances for violin & piano (2017) (5 min.)

 (commissioned by the University of Illinois)

 (reecorded by Duo MemDI  “Gathering Shatters”

ALBANY TROY 1751


  . . .  amid still and floating depths (2019) (18 min.)

(co-commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic  and the Library of Congress)

  (first performance: June 1, 2019)

 “Noon to Midnight” festival, Disney Hall, Los Angeles, CA

Mivos Quartet


an assemblage of possibility (2019) ( 7 ½ min)

(co-commissioned by The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
, the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music
 at Bowling Green State University and individual donors

(first performance: August 25, 2019)

Millenium Stage, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC

Doug O’Connor, tenor sax

Ben Wensel, ‘cello

Annie Ray, harp


revisiting the window’s view (2020) (8 mins.)

‘cello & harp

written for Julia Bruskin, ‘cello and Emmanuel Ceysson, harp


Vocal

 

orage  (1978, rev. 1993) (7 min.)

(sop., clar., vib., piano) (text by the composer)

(first performance, July, 1978)

Aspen Music Festival

Mary Elizabeth Poore, sop.

Joaquin Valdepenas, clar.

William Moersch, vib.

Mary Ann Brown, piano

 

diamonds suspended in a galaxy of clouds  (soprano solo) (1980-81) (7 min.)

(text: Pedro Salinas: translated by

Rafael Chabrain Gonzales)

(first performance, February 25, 1983)

Mainstage Theatre, California State University, Stanislaus, CA.

Deborah Kavasch, soprano

 

lullaby (in folk style)  (soprano & piano) (1982) (4 min.)

(text by the composer) (first performance, August 13, 1982)

Berkshire Music Festival, Tanglewood

Corliss Uecker, soprano

 

two songs for mezzo soprano & piano  "Low Anchored Cloud" (1983-84) (4 min.)

(text: Henry David Thoreau)

(first performance, April 6, 1989)

Renee Weiler Concert Hall, Greenwich House Music School, New York, NY

Fredrika Rhodie, mezzo-soprano

Bruce Anderson, piano

 

 two songs for mezzo soprano & piano  "Dream Dust" (1985) (2 min.)

 (text: Langston Hughes)

 

two haiku settings: of place and love  (2006) (7 min.)

(sop., vlc., marimba, vibraphone)

(text: Sonia Sanchez)

(commissioned by Network for New Music)

(first performance, March 19, 2006)

Art Sanctuary, Philadelphia, PA

Network for New Music:

Jan Krzywicki, cond., Elisabeth Stevens, sop.

                   

three windows (2014) (8 min.)

(sop., vlc., harp)

 (text: Sonia Sanchez)

 (commissioned by Washington Performing Arts)

 (first performance, January 20, 2016)

 Terrace Theatre, John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.

 Alyson Cambridge, soprano

 Christine Lamprea, ‘cello

 Ina Zdorovetchi, harp


Choral

 

Hillman Ode  (1987) (3 min.) (SATB)

(commissioned by Carsey-Werner for NBC television series, "A Different World")

 

 

Orchestral / Large ensemble

 

violin concerto no. 1  (1981, rev. 1982) (20 min.)

violin solo (2,1,2,1) (0,2,2,0) (piano, percussion) (strings)

(first performance, March 31, 1982)

Symphony Space, New York, NY

American Composers' Orchestra

Kurt Nikkanen, violin

James Dixon, cond.

 

viola concerto  (1993) (23 min.)

viola solo (2,2,2,2) (2,2,2,0) (timpani, vibraphone, harp)  (strings)

(dedicated to violist Misha Amory)

 

as the air softens in dusklight  (1994) (9 min.)*

(2,2,3,2) (4,2,2,1) (vibraphone, harp) (strings)

(winner, 1994 National Black Arts Festival/Atlanta Symphony  

Orchestra Composition Competition) 

(first performances: July 29, 30 & 31, 1994)

Symphony Hall, Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA. (July 29 & 30)

Grant Park, Atlanta, GA. (July 31)

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Yoel Levi, cond.

 

distinct echoes of glimmering daylight  (1994) (16 min.)

(2,2,2,2) (4,2,2,1) (vibraphone, harp) (strings)

(commissioned by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Kenneth Fain    

(first performance, October 16, 1995)

Roanoke Civic Center, Roanoke, VA.

Roanoke Symphony Orchestra

David Wiley, cond.

 

paired with within a cloudburst of echoing brightness as a precious continuity is a day expanding (2001)

 

within a cloudburst of echoing brightness  (1995) (4 min.)*

(3,3,3,2) (4,3,3,1) (timpani, vibraphone, harp, piano) (strings)

(commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Music Director, through a grant from the John and June Hechinger Commissioning Fund)

(first performances: November 2, 3, 4, 7, 1995)

Concert Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.

National Symphony Orchestra

Leonard Slatkin, cond.

 

a layer of vivid stillness  (1996) (5 min.)

‘cello solo, 12 ‘cellos              

(orchestration of a vivid distance serenely layered  [1995] originally written for ‘cello quartet)

 

a distance of unfolding light: rhapsody for violin & orch.  (2000) (15 min.)

(2,2,2,2) (4,2,2,1) (vibraphone, harp) (strings)

(Commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation)

(first performance: November 13, 2004)

First  Baptist  Church, Hickory, N.C.

Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra

James Dickenson, violin

John Gordon Ross, cond.

 

a still radiance within dark air  (2000) (15 min.)

piano solo, (1,1,1,1,) (2,2,2,0) (marimba, vibraphone, harp) (strings)

(orchestration commissioned by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony

(first performance: November 20, 2000)

Drinko Recital Hall, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH.

Cleveland Chamber Symphony

Robert Shannon, piano

Andrew Rindfleisch, cond.

 

billowing pockets brightly layered  (2000 rev. 2007) (11 min.)

‘cello solo, (1,1,1,1,) (harp) (strings)

(first performance of the revised version, March 16, 2008)

Glick Recital Hall, Cleveland Music School Settlement, Cleveland, OH

Cleveland Chamber Symphony

Darrett Adkins, ‘cello

Steven Smith, cond.

 

paired with as the air softens in dusklight as a precious continuity is a day expanding  (2001)

 

amid the light of quickening memory  (2002) (9 min.)

(2,2,2,2,) (4,2,2,1) (marimba, vibraphone, harp) (strings)

(commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Music Director, through funds provided by the John and June Hechinger Commissioning Fund for New Orchestral Works)

(first performances: June 5,6 & 7, 2003)

Concert Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.

National Symphony Orchestra

Leonard Slatkin, cond.

 

through dancing echoes spreading softly: concerto for orchestra  (2005)  (17 min.)

(4,4,4,2) (4,2,2,1) (timpani, marimba, 2 harps, piano) (strings)

(commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

 

the comfort of his voice  (2006) (10 min.)

(4,4,2,2) (4,2,2,1) (marimba, vibraphone, harp, piano) (strings)

(commissioned by the Musical Arts Society of Cleveland/Cleveland Orchestra)

(first performance: January 14, 2007)

Severance Hall, Cleveland, OH.

Cleveland Orchestra

Chelsea Tipton II, cond.

 

murmurs of light . . . becoming still  (2007) (1 min.)

(string orchestra)

(commissioned by the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra for its “Progressions” program)

 

verdant and shimmering air: four views of a reflected forest  (2007) (8 min.)

(3,3,3,2) (4, 3,3,1) (timpani, vibraphone, harp) (strings)

(commissioned by the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra)

(first performance: May 6, 2007)

Uihlein Hall, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Milwaukee, WI.

Milwaukee Youth Symphony Senior Symphony

Margery Deutsch, cond.

 

. . .  and symphonies of deepening light . . . expanding . . . ever cavernous  (2008) (11 min.)

 (4,4,4,2) (4,2,2,1) (timpani, harp, piano) (strings)

(commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Ann and Harry Santen)

(first performance: March 27, 2009)

Music Hall, Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

James Gaffigan, cond.

 

three rhapsodies for ‘cello & strings  (2009 – 10, rev. 2013) (13 min.)

‘cello solo, strings

I.  revisiting variazioni elegiaci . . . within the fabric of caressing air

II. echoing fields  . . .spreading light

III. brightness dispersed

(first performance: May 1, 2010 – mvts I & II)

Stocker Arts Center Auditorium, Lorain County Community College, Elyria, OH

Civic Orchestra

Tanya Ell, ‘cello

Robert Beckstrom, cond.                    

 

(first performance of revised version: Feb. 10, 2013 – mvts I & II)

West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C,

Members of the National Gallery Orchestra

Julia Bruskin, ‘cello

Peter Wilson, cond.

 

a dance into reflected daylight  (2012) (10 min.)

(2,2,2,2,) (4,2,2,1) (harp, piano) (strings)

(commissioned by the Sphinx Organization in consortium with eight American orchestras)

(first performance: September 22, 2012)

New World Center, Miami Beach, FL.

New World Symphony Orchestra

Michael Francis, cond.

 

becoming . . .  (2015) (16 min.)

(piano solo, flute, horn, mar., vib., harp, 2 vlns., vla., vlc., bass)

(commissioned by a consortium consisting of  Otho Eskin, Walter Douglas, Rand Curtiss, Bonnie Jo Dopp, Peter Hurley, and the Fulcrum Point New Music Project)


of fields unfolding . . .  echoing depths of resonant light (2015) (19 min.)

‘cello solo (2,2,2,2) (4,2,2,1) (marimba, vibraphone, harp) (strings)

(commissioned by The San Antonio Symphony with the additional generosity of Ann Santen, Marianna Bettman, Pat Murphy Sheehy, Mary Challinor & Bunny & Wilbur Matthews, Jr.)

(first performances: January 22nd & 23rd, 2016)

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, San Antonio, TX

San Antonio Symphony Orchestra

John Axelrod, conductor

Christine Lamprea, 'cello


of radiances blossoming in expanding air  (2017, rev. 2019) (18 min.)

‘cello solo (1,1,1,1) (2,1,1,0) (marimba, vibraphone, harp) (strings)

(commissioned by the Cricket Foundation and a consortium of private donors)

(first performance: May 4, 2019)

District Hall, Boston, MA

Phoenix Orchestra

Deborah Pae, 'cello

Matthew Szqmanski, cond.


verdant cycles of deepening spring (2018) (18 min.,)

violin solo, (2,2,2,2) (4,2,2,1) (marimba, vibraphone, harp) (strings)


unfolding waves (2017) (11 min.)

 piano solo (1,1,1,1) (1,0,1,0) (marimba, vibraphone, harp) (strings)


brightness dispersed (2019)

‘cello & strings

(commissioned by the String Orchestra of Brooklyn)

written for Mariel Roberts and the String Orchestra of Brooklyn


within diffuse echoes . . .  softly spreading (2019 (premiere) (revised 2020)

(commissioned by the BBC Philharmonic)

(first performance: October 24, 2019)

Manchester, UK

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Joana Carneiro, conductor