Selected Compositions

These are in roughly reverse chronological order, with sample pages, notes and recording samples where possible. If you'd like a full sample copy of any of these pieces, or if you'd like to purchase copies for performance, please email me.

September 1, 1939
2017; high voice and piano; approx. 3'
Samples coming soon!
Another foray into art song, premiered by Jane Spencer Mills at the Center for New Music in San Francisco in April 2017. I selected verses from W.H. Auden's classic meditation on imperiled humanist values in a time of crisis; application to our present historical moment is left as an exercise for the listener.

Into the Golden Vessel of Great Song
2016; SATB with divisi and soprano solo; approx. 3'30"
This is the first of a planned cycle of settings of Edna St. Vincent Millay's exquisitely constructed, passionate, complexly layered love sonnets. IOCSF premiered the piece in December 2016.

As kingfishers catch fire
2016; SATB with limited divisi; approx. 2'30"
This Brittenesque, mixed meter heavy, rhythmically driving, exuberant setting of Gerard Manley Hopkins' sonnet is one of my most ambitious pieces, yet carefully engineered to be reasonably easy to sightread and a joy to sing. IOCSF premiered this piece in June 2016, and in November 2016 it won second prize in the Ithaca College Composition Competition. It is available through Project Encore.

De profundis (A Song of Ascents)
2015; SATB with divisi; approx. 4'30"
This somber, soaring meditation on Psalm 130 mixes words from the English, Latin, and Hebrew versions of the psalm, employing a repeated motif in melodic minor to convey the anguish of a desperate call to God. IOCSF premiered this piece in November 2015.

Hymn of Breaking Strain
2015; SATB with divisi; approx. 3'
A rousing dramatic interpretation of Rudyard Kipling's meditation on the existential problems of humanity through the lens of engineering. You could be the one to premiere it!

i like my body when it is with your
2015; SATB with divisi; approx. 2'
This playful setting of e.e. cummings's cheerfully erotic poem was recorded by IOCSF in 2015 and appears on the new IOCSF album The Unknown Region.

Parus (Парус)
2014; SATB with alto and bass divisi; approx. 3'
A folk-songish yet rhythmically and, in places, tonally ambitious rendering of Lermontov's classic poem about restless wandering. Engraved with IPA lyrics for the benefit of non-Russian-reading ensembles; can also be prepared with the original text or a more conventional transliteration if desired. IOCSF premiered this piece in June 2015.

The Lamp
2014; SATB with very limited divisi; approx. 2'30"
A simple, sentimental piece, tinged with melancholy yet peacefully assured, from a poem by Sara Teasdale. IOCSF premiered this piece in December 2014 and it is included in the new IOCSF album The Unknown Region.

it may not always be so; and i say
2011, revised 2013; SATB, no divisi, approx. 3'
Premiered by IOCSF in the fall of 2011, and setting an early sonnet of e.e. cummings, this piece was selected as the audience favorite and reprised the following spring. It was featured at the Aries Composers Festival in October 2013; was chosen as a Recommended Work by the C7 Prize in 2014; and received an East Coast premiere in May 2015 from the Germantown Friends School choir under the direction of Steve Kushner. I still think it's the best thing I've written: spare, simple, contemplative. It is also now available through Project Encore.

I will sing to Solomon
2013; SATB with significant divisi in all parts; approx. 4'
This Song of Solomon opener, setting verses 1:1-1:4 with the emendation "Shir hashirim ashir liShlomo", "a song of songs I will sing to Solomon", intends to be by turns majestic and playfully expressive. It's probably the most difficult piece I've written, suitable for advanced choirs, with prominent whole-tone scales and interesting, quickly changing time signatures.

Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away
2012; SATB, divisi in all parts, approx. 3'
IOCSF premiered this lively and naturalistic piece in the fall of 2012. The text is Song of Solomon 2:10-13 in the original Hebrew, conveying the earthiness of the Song's exhortation to come forth into the sensual splendor of late spring.

A une Damoyselle malade
2012; SATB, no divisi, approx. 2'
Clement Marot's terse, tightly structured poem "A une Damoyselle malade", also known as "Ma Mignonne", was used by Douglas Hofstadter in his Le ton beau de Marot as the centerpiece of an extended meditation on language, translation, meaning, and emotion. I grew to love it so much from reading Hofstadter's quirky masterpiece that I knew I had to try a choral setting, which is itself a sort of translation.

Ich liebe meines Wesens dunkelstunden
2012; high voice and piano, approx. 2'
A foray into art-song writing, and into meandering whole-tone scales. Shadowed and pensive, like its Rilke text.

Ozymandias
2010-2012; SATB+SATB double choir, approx. 4'
This atmospheric, chromatic setting of Shelley's classic poem features two choirs handing the melody back and forth before they finally join in a furious climax, then fall away. This piece was premiered by the First Readings Project in March 2014.

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat
2011-2012; SATB, soprano and bass divisi, approx. 3'
Reading Edward Lear is a fond childhood memory. This is probably his best-known poem, set rollickingly upbeat for a small and very dear group of sightsinging friends.

The Lake Isle of Innisfree
2010-2012; SATB, no divisi, approx. 3'
This is the first thing I wrote that I thought was good enough to show to anyone. Yeats' poem has always spoken to me of the longing for calm and retreat from a hurried world.

In the Night
2011; SATB, no divisi, approx. 2'
I wrote this piece, and its text, for my wife Catharine on the occasion of our ninth wedding anniversary; it is a deeply personal reflection on the endurance and strength of love.

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