Mass of Mercury
augmented chamber orchestra, SATB chorus (1999)
Commissioned by the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra, it lacks a Gloria, which I was working on when Time Ran Out. On the other hand, it does feature a Processional. The text is straight from the Roman Catholic Eucharist. I’d considered giving the text a physics spin along the lines of Einstein’s E=mc², where E is energy, m is the equivalent mass and c is the speed of light, but the rhyming structure got overly abstruse and the time signature only made sense to quantum theorists.
full orchestra (2001)
Written for the Vermont Youth Orchestra as a dedication for their new home, the Elley-Long Music Center in Colchester, Vt. To date, the Orchestra has played the Urb a dozen times, including this performance from their 2004 Carnegie Hall concert.
A Tangoed Web
chamber orchestra with solo percussion (2002)
Commissioned by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra for its 2002 “Made In Vermont statewide tour,” this percussion concerto employs non-Western percussion instruments: a Tar (Middle Eastern frame drum), a Cajon (Andean box drum that doubled as his seat), three Ewe drums from Ghana, a pair of timbales, a cowbell with foot pedal, two cymbals, a foot drum, as well as other instruments from Asia, South America, Africa and JC Penney.
Forbidden KitchenOriginally scored for eight instruments, it was orchestrated in 2008 to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the taking of the first known photograph of the Loch Ness Monster.
full orchestra (2006/2008)
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