From Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, The Yearning is set for accapela SATB choir (w/piano reduction).
"Oh to go back." The good old days - perhaps that never were, but we hanker for them just the same. I so often long for the seemingly simpler times of my youth, the hay fields, the pole barns, the raised wooden sidewalks of Hot Sulphur Springs, the rich, Colorado River headwaters, now drying up. This lush choir piece is about that nagging wistfulness, perhaps most acutely felt as we grow old.
A whimsical poem by James Reeves about cows eating grass, flies, rain, and gossip. For SATB a cappella (w/piano reduction).
The first in an orchestral trilogy, Night Music, Three Nocturnes For Orchestra. A very descriptive piece about those "demons between midnight and six am that sometime haunt us and keep us awake, or at least half awake." Audio for the first two movements is available here. As I prepare the mix for the final movement as well as their scores I'll post them for download. However, performance materials, including parts conforming to guidelines established by the Major Orchestra Librarians Association will be available for a fee.
In 1993 the school where I was teaching burned to the ground. The fire drew national attention and made the first page of the Washington Post. Georgetown Visitation Prep School is an historic institution in Georgetown, DC, which has witnessed many key events in American History including the sacking of Washington in 1813. They commissioned this work from me for the dedication of the rebuilt Founders Hall two years after the fire.
(NB: That was in the infancy of music notation software when new music was still written with pencil and paper. Thus, the MSS. And yes, even dinosaurs can learn new tricks.)
solos and chamber music
Specifically for a consort of Renaissance recorders, Snow falling on Footsteps is hauntingly effective.
On the RECORDINGS page is a music video of this piece illustrated with winter scenes from mainly nineteenth-century Russian and East European painters.
The work is playable on most types of recorders, but works best with a Renaissance consort.