double bass (2003)
Written for master contrabassist P. Kellach Waddle, who also performed it.
L’histoire du clarinette
Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, narrator, slide projector & screen, crackers and other props (1997)
Six musical sections alternate with six spoken ones that are enriched by 39 illustrative slides and various instrumental demonstrations to produce a vivid history of the clarinet.
Subtitled, “A Fantasy on Metropolis”. In Fritz Lang’s 1927 movie, Metropolis, a future humanity is divided into workers and thinkers. Reflecting some of the movie’s sensibilities, Utopiano begins with automaton-like rhythms that are later displaced by friendlier counter-themes. After trading thematic material, the two disparate entities eventually commingle. Still, there is an underlying slightly sinister current of Utopia-no! to the piece.
Excerpted from an evening-long multimedia piece called “Circular Screaming” created by Dennis Báthory-Kitsz and myself. I designed it for electronic-only playback; it was impossible to play on a normal piano, even if the performer sported a prehensile third hand. Nonetheless, one pianist asked me to revise it for human fingers. He played it. Still, this is how it should’ve sounded.
Written for composer Noah Creshevsky’s 60th birthday concert (celebrated at the 14th Annual International Electro-Acoustic Music Festival). Don’t let the restrained beginning lull you into a false sense of security.
Custom MaryWritten for the fiftieth birthday of Mary Rowell, a violinist. Contains snippets of birthdaylike melody. Not yet performed.
Lunar Mural 1
alto flute + playback (2009)
flute + playback (2010)
Lunar Mural 2
bass flute + playback (2011)
O Solo Violo
viola + playback (2013)