Complete Works by Year

Canon to Stravinsky (1972) • duration: 2'
When Stravinsky passed away in 1971, many composers wrote canons in his memory. A charming early work dedicated to one of my musical heroes. 
fl., cl., bsn., vla. 




Christabel (1972) • duration: 8'
One of the most enduring of my student pieces, at the crossroads where Ives meets minimalism. A haunting. 
five solo flutes and viola 


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The Book of Heads (1978) • duration:60'
35 etudes for solo guitar in idiosyncratic notation that can be played as written, or used as jumping off points for improvisation. 
solo guitar 


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Dead Ringer (1982) • duration: 2'
Extracted from the game piece Sebastopol, this brief piano miniature makes for a wonderful encore showpiece. 
solo piano 


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Road Runner (1986) • duration: 6'
An early exploration of genre busting in a cartoon format. 
solo accordion 


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Cat O' Nine Tails (1988) • duration: 14'
Eluding classification to this day, this genre jumper is a favorite of quartets the world over. Filled with plenty of drama, humor and musical games, this piece is lot of fun both to play and to listen to. Tex Avery meets the Marquis de Sade. 
string quartet 


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For Your Eyes Only (1989) • duration: 14'
Cinema for the ears, this chamber favorite is a kaleidoscopic tribute to many of my musical heroes: Mozart, Varese, Carter, Berg, Stravinsky, Stalling, Scott, Schoenberg, Scelsi, Ives, Boulez, Ligeti, Xenakis, Reich etc. 
1 (picc)/1/1 (b cl)/1; 2/2/1/1; perc (3), harp, pno; 2 vln, vla, vcl, cb 


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The Dead Man (1990) • duration: 20'
Screams, scrapes, scratches and howls in the night. These thirteen short movements, inspired by the book of the same name by French philosopher Georges Bataille, contain perhaps the most overt S/M subtexts in all of my work. 
string quartet 


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Carny (1991) • duration: 14'
Ives, Tatum, Chopin, Messiaen, Monk, Beethoven, Scriabin, Floyd Kramer, Boulez, Nancarrow, cocktail piano...... Jumping moods and styles from bar to bar, this is a favorite of many young modern music virtuosos. Next to Cobra, my most oft-performed composition. 
solo piano 


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Memento Mori (1992) • duration: 27'
An intensely personal, emotional and complexly hermetic work that relates more to Harry Smith's film Heaven and Earth Magic than to any previous musical models. A trip through another dimension, featuring coded messages and fleeting references to Berg's Lyric Suite. 
string quartet 


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Angelus Novus (1993) • duration: 15'
A kabbalistic piece for winds dedicated to Jewish cultural theorist Walter Benjamin. In five movements: Peshat, Tzomet, Aliya, Herut, Pardes. 
ob (2), cl (2), bsn (2); hn (2) 


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Aporias: Requia for Piano and Orchestra (1994) • duration: 40'
A sprawling ten movement work, part piano concerto/ part requiem exploring the mysterious passages from life to death and back again. 
solo piano; six boy sopranos; 4 (picc/a fl)/4 (eng hn)/4 (b cl, cb cl)/4 (cbn); 4/4/4/1; perc (4), harp, cel; str (10-10-10-10-5) 


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Dark River (1995) • duration: 9'
A sonic ritual for four bass drums. Sombre and hypnotic. 
four bass drums 


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Kol Nidre (1996) • duration: 8'
Meditation and prayer transcribed for four clarinets. 
clarinet quartet 


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Kol Nidre (1996) • duration:8'
Perhaps the most fitting arrangement of this very personal and spiritual work, drawing inspiration from the Jewish call to prayer on the holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur. 
string orchestra 


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Kol Nidre (1996) • duration: 8'
An arrangement for string quartet of a piece originally written for the Masada songbook. My most traditional work for concert repertoire. Lyrical and Haunting. 
string quartet 


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Music For Children (1996) • duration: 14'
Toys, ice skating, candy, spanking, jacks, carousels, slides, snakes and ladders, treehouses, dolls, magic tricks, swings....a vision of children unlike any other. 
vln; perc, pno 


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Orchestra Variations (1996) • duration:6'
Breaking the full orchestra into small chamber groups, this enigmatic miniature creates an intimacy rarely heard in modern orchestral music. Written for the 200th anniversary of the New York Philharmonic, and dedicated to Leonard Bernstein. 
4(alto fl)/4/4 (b cl)/4 (cbn); 3/4/4/1; timp,perc (4), harp,pno (cel), str 


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Shibboleth (1997) • duration: 14'
This fragile, elusive work was inspired by the writings of Jewish poet Paul Celan. Perhaps my most beautiful and enigmatic composition, certainly my quietest. 
vln, vla, vcl; perc, clavichord 


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Rituals (1998) • duration: 30'
Wind machines, wooden gears, gravedigging, bull roarers, bird squeakers, stochastics, and complex vocalise from a lyric soprano. Dramatically staged, this could make a mysterious one act opera. 
solo mezzo-soprano; fl (picc, a. fl), cl (e-flat cl, b. cl), bsn; trb; perc (2), pno (cel, org, hpd); vln, vcl, cb 


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Amour Fou (1999) • duration: 18'
A work of sensuality combining eroticism with mystical transcendence in a world of Surrealistic French decadence. 
vln, vcl; pno 


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Contes de Fées (1999) • duration: 12'
In the tradition of the great violin concertos, this is a powerful and dramatic showpiece for soloist and orchestra in the form of a romantic fantasy. 
solo violin; 1/alto fl/1/eng hn/E-flat cl (b cl) cl (b cl)/1/cbn; 1/0/1/1; perc (3); pno (cel, hpschd), str (6-5-4-3-2) 


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Le Mômo (1999) • duration: 16'
Inspired by the visionary 20th Century shaman Antonin Artaud, this intense, hallucinatory work charts the ritualistic road to madness and beyond. 
vln; pno 


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Untitled (1999) • duration: 14'
Nostalgia, romance and a touch of surrealism filter through a set of very private obsessions. Dedicated to artist Joseph Cornell. 
solo cello 


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Gri-Gri (2000) • duration:8'
A very challenging and very difficult polyrhythmic piece for 13 tuned drums. Virtuoso voodoo. 
solo percussion 


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La Machine de l'etre (2000) • duration:12'
A colorful 12 minute monodrama inspired by the late drawings of Antonin Artaud that can be dramatically staged or presented on the concert stage. 
solo soprano; 3 (2 and 3 doub bass fl)/3 (3 doub eng hn)/3 (2 and 3 doub bass cl)/3; 4/3/3/1; perc (4), hp, pno (cel, hpschd), str (12-10-8-6-4) 


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Chimeras (2001) • duration: 31'
Loosely inspired by the remarkable world of Henry Darger, which throws childlike innocence against a background of perversion and violence, Chimeras is a work of fantasy and imagination for a Pierrot Lunaire ensemble plus percussion. Each of the twelve movements pit the vocalist against a changing kaleidoscope of sonic dramas, climaxing with all-out war in a breathtaking tutti for all eight musicians.  
soprano (2); fl, cl; perc, kybd; vn, vc 


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Goetia (2002) • duration: 20'
The connection of the violin to Satanism has been well documented, and Paganini's supposed pact with the devil inspires in part this set of eight variations/ incantations for contacting demonic spirits. 
solo violin 


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Sortilége (2002) • duration: 9'
Witchcraft and sorcery....a spell, featuring perhaps the most difficult music yet written for the bass clarinet. One of the most energetic and outrageously spectacular pieces in my catalog. 
2 bass clarinets 


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Hermeticum Sacrum (2003) • duration: 20'
A Sacred Ritual from a Secret Temple. Religious music, mysterious and beautiful, that touches upon the work of Aleister Crowley, and the misfits that brought mysticism to the west. A Black Mass. 
sop, mezzo, alto, ten, bar, bass; org (2); perc (4); hp 


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Necronomicon (2003) • duration: 22'
A five movement tour de force of Black Magic and Alchemy, with perhaps the most intense ensemble writing I've yet achieved. 
string quartet 


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Frammenti del Sappho (2004) • duration: 12'
Breathtakingly beautiful music for five female voices that speaks to the feminine. A minimalist motet—a hymn to sensuality.  
five female voices 


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Orphée (2004) • duration: 8'
A modern reading of the Orpheus legend inspired by French Romanticism and Debussy's Sonata for flute, viola and harp. 
fi; vla; hp, cel/ hpschd, perc, electronics 


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Walpurgisnacht (2004) • duration: 7'30 / 9'00
The Night of Evil. A Witches' Sabbath in two movements, with a third movement that should only be performed during the cycle of the full moon. 
vn, va, vcl 


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.·. (fay çe que vouldras) (2005) • duration: 18'
Explores the Rabelais/ Crowley axiom of "do what thou wilt" through an eclectic language of tone clusters and colors both inside the piano and at the keyboard.  
solo piano 


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Cadenza: Ligeti’s Violin Concerto (2005) • duration: 1'
Written for violinist Jennifer Koh after getting permission from Maestro Ligeti himself, this is a very intense cadenza to one of the 20th century's great concertos. 
solo violin 




Cadenza: Ligeti’s Violin Concerto (2005) • duration: 1'
Written for violinist Jennifer Koh after getting permission from Maestro Ligeti himself, this is a very intense cadenza to one of the 20th century's great concertos. 
solo violin 




Evocation of a Neophyte and How the Secrets of the Black Arts were Revealed unto Her by the Demon Baphomet (2005) • duration: 13'
A magical initiation for soloist, chorus and four players drawing upon the mystery of Enochean Ritual. 
solo soprano; sop (3), mezzo (3), alto (3), ten (3), bar (3), bass (3); hp; cbn; perc (2)  




Éloges - odes and epitaphia for guitar and medieval ensemble (2006) • duration: 7'
Derek Bailey In Memoriam. A quirky and personal tribute to one of my biggest mentors. 
sop. mezzo, alto; hurdy-gurdy, harp, viola de gamba, percussion, and improvising arch-top guitar (or lute) 




777 (2007) • duration: 7'
Nothing is true—everything is permitted. A deliriously virtuosic piece of Crowleyana inspired by the angelic tables of Edward Kelley and John Dee. 
3 celli 


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Shir ha-Shirim (The Song of Songs) (2007) • duration: 30'
A lyrical and sensual evocation of the world's first erotic verse. This piece exists in TWO versions—one for five accappella voices, and one with two narrators (male and female) added who read the Song of Songs over the vocal ensemble. It can be performed in any language and to date has been presented in English, French, Italian and the original Hebrew. 
five female voices with two optional narrators 


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The Prophetic Mysteries of Angels, Witches and Demons (2007) • duration: 9'
An intense and dramatically lyrical mini-concerto for flute accompanied by live foley sound effects/amplified percussion and electronics.  
flute, perc.(2), live electronics 




Là-Bas (2009) • duration: 6'
A wild satanic composition for solo organ using hypnotic ostinatos, sand bags and wooden boards to invoke the left hand path of the infamous Huysmans novel.  
solo organ 




A Rebours (2010) • duration:11'
A memorial to the late Gyôrgy Ligeti, this colorful concerto for cello and three instrumental trios depicts the decadent worlds of 19th century French novelist J.K. Huysmans. A commission from Tanglewood 2011 courtesy of Charles Wuorinen. 
solo vc, fl, cl, perc(3), hp, vn, va, vc 


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A Rebours (2010) • duration:11'
A memorial to the late Gyôrgy Ligeti, this colorful concerto for cello and three instrumental trios depicts the decadent worlds of 19th century French novelist J.K. Huysmans. A commission from Tanglewood 2011 courtesy of Charles Wuorinen.  
solo vc, fl, cl, perc(3), hp, vn, va, vc  


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Illuminations (2010) • duration:12'
A wild piece for piano inspired by the radical 19th century French poet Arthur Rimbaud, whose journey to become a true visionary through "total derangement of the senses" led him to create some of the most personal and intense literature in human history.  
solo piano with improvising bass and drums 


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Bateau Ivre (2011) • duration:9'
With a tempo that is constantly in flux, The Drunken Boat (of Arthur Rimbaud) sways to and fro and is finally consumed in a dramatic sea swell in this very French "concerto grosso" for flute, clarinet and vibes with a "continuo" of piano and string trio. 
fl, cl, vib, pno, vn, va, vc 


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Ceremonial Magic (2011) • duration:20'
A magic ritual for solo violin with optional improvised percussion. Can be performed with a drum set player or as a solo piece. In four movements. 
vn, perc / drum set 


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Ceremonial Magic (2011) • duration:20'
A magic ritual for solo violin with optional improvised percussion. Can be performed with a drum set player or as a solo piece. In four movements. 
solo violin 


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Passagen (2011) • duration:16'
Dedicated to Elliott Carter and presented to him as a birthday gift, Passagen is a virtuosic tour de force for solo violin. 
solo violin 


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The Alchemist, a true and faithful chronicling of the esoteric spiritual conferences and concomitant hermetic actions conducted by Her Majesty's Alchemist Dr. John Dee and one Edward Kelley invoking the Nine Hierarchies of Angelic Orders to visible appearance, circa 1587 (2011) • duration:20'
A trip through an Alchemist's laboratory. A seance invoking angelic orders. Virtuosic lyricism, numerology, prayers, canons, contrapuntal complexity, alchemical procedures (distillation, calcination, crystallization, sublimation, purification, rotation) and the ghost of a fugue. 
 


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All Hallows' Eve (2012) • duration:14'
Satanic counterpoint for the Witches' Sabbath in three movements—Matins, Lauds, Vespers. A companion piece to Walpurgisnacht.  
vn, vla, vcl 


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Apophthegms (2012) • duration: 17'
Twelve virtuoso miniatures for two violins. 
vln (2) 


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Earthspirit (2012) • duration:13'
Chorales, preludes, odes and dances for the pagan solstice. Inspired in part by Ireland's ancient Newgrange monument, Earthspirit is a curious and eclectic setting of The Song of Amergin, the oldest Celtic sacred text.  
three female voices 


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Jumalatteret (2012) • duration: 17'
Words of Magic and Incantations in praise of the Goddesses. A song cycle inspired by Finnish pagan goddesses using fragments of texts from the Kalevala. 
sop, pno 




Missa Sine Voces (2012) • duration:13'
A beautiful instrumental miniature for five players written in the form of a Requiem Mass. Introit, Kyrie, Dies Irae, Tuba Mirum, Rex Tremendae, Confutatis, Lacrimosa, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei, Lux Aeternam, Libera Me, In Paradisum 
pno., hp., vib., chimes, perc. 


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Suppots et Suppliciations (2012) • duration:20'
The title translates as Fiends and Torturings. "Je ferai du con sans la mere un ame obscure, totale, obtuse et absolue." Antonin Artaud. 
3 (picc, alto)/3 (eng h)/3 (Eb, bass clar)/2, cbn; 4/3/2, bass tbn/1; 4 perc; harp, pno (cel); str (14/12/10/8/6) 


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The Holy Visions (2012) • duration:25'
A Mystery Play in 11 strophes concerning the life, work and philosophy of 12th Century composer, healer and visionary mystic Hildegard von Bingen. With original texts in Latin, it may be presented as a concert work or staged (preferably in a church setting). 
five female voices 


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The Nymphs (2012) • duration: 11'
A mystic dance for bass marimba. Originally composed for the ensemble The Gnostic Trio and released on the CD The Mysteries. 
bass marimba 




The Steppenwolf (2012) • duration:7'
For madmen only! Price of admission: your mind. A dynamic and colorful virtuoso showpiece for solo clarinet.  
solo clar in A 


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The Tempest (2012) • duration:10'
The magical Shakespearean drama performed by three instrumentalists. 
fl, cl (bass cl), perc (drum set) 


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The Temptations of St. Anthony (2012) • duration:9'
Thirteen talismanic antiphons for piano and nine instruments. A mini piano concerto in the form of a philosophical dialogue between Saint Anthony (the piano) and his tormentors (ensembles of winds and strings.) A cry in the wilderness. 
solo pno; fl, eng h, cl, bsn, hn; vn, vla, vcl, cb 


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The Temptations of St. Anthony (2012) • duration:9'
Thirteen talismanic antiphons for piano and nine instruments. A mini piano concerto in the form of a philosophical dialogue between Saint Anthony (the piano) and his tormentors (ensembles of winds and strings.) A cry in the wilderness. 
solo pno; fl, eng h, cl, bsn, hn; vn, vla, vcl, cb  


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Antiphonal Fanfare for the Great Hall (2013) • duration:4'
A brilliant and varied fanfare composed for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 
six trumpets 


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Babel: the confusion of tongues (2013) • duration:8'
A magical realist fantasia on one note dedicated to Jorge Luis Borges. 
solo amplified cello 


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Baudelaires (2013) • duration: 12'
A mini concerto grosso dedicated to radical French poet Charles Baudelaire in three movements—1. Paris Spleen / 2. Flowers of Evil / 3. Artificial Paradises. 
fl (bass fl), bass cl, bsn; hpschd; gtr; vn, vla, vcl 




Hexentarot (2013) • duration: 6'
Twelve simple canons for the witches' Sabbath. This dynamic piece was completed on the eve of the Grand Sabbath Beltane. Can be performed as a stand alone work or as the thrid movement of three piano trios: The Aristos, Ghosts, Hexentarot. 
vln, vcl; pno 


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In Excelsis (2013) • duration:3'
A Christmas fanfare for brass octet. 
piccolo trpt, 2 trpt in Bb, hn, 3 trbns, tba 


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In Lovely Blueness (2013) • duration:10'
The third piece for piano with improvising rhythm section dedicated to the radical tradition of the early prose poems: Rimbaud's Illuminations, Lautreamont's Chants de Maldoror and Holderlin's In Lieblicher Blaue. In two movements. 
solo piano with improvising bass and drums 


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Madrigals—Book I (2013) • duration: 20'
Inspired by the poetry of Percy Blysse Shelley, the first Book of Madrigals for six voices features five songs: Adonais, The Witch of Atlas, Epipsychidion, The Devil’s Walk and Endymion.  
six female voices 



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Maldoror (2013) • duration:10'
A companion piece to Illuminations, this is a ballad for piano and improvising rhythm section of bass and drums inspired by the classic pre-surrealist masterpiece by Lautreamont. 
solo piano with improvising bass and drums 


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Novalis (2013) • duration: 5'
A fast moving and virtuosic solo piece inspired by the mystic philosophy of 18th century German Romantic poet Novalis. 
solo piano 




Occam's Razor (2013) • duration:8'
Lex parsimoniae. Canons, interludes and fantasies for cello and piano. 
vcl; pno 


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Oviri (2013) • duration: 8'
Oviri means "savage" in Tahitian. Subtitled "Orison to Paul Gauguin" Oviri is an evocative elegy to the influential and complex artist who helped redefine painting in the 20th century. 
fl (picc, alto fl, bass fl) Eb clar (bass cl); hn, trb, tb; 2 perc; elec guitar; live electronics 




Pandora's Box (2013) • duration:13'
A book of evil. A witch's cure. Storms, talismans, blue-eyed demons and angelic orders. A drama for string quartet and soprano with original texts in German. 
soprano; vn (2), vla, vcl 


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Zeitgehöft (2013) • duration:8'
72 anamneses of Paul Celan. An enigmatic tribute to one of the world's greatest poets. 
vl, vcl 


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A Prayer for Nossis (2014) • duration: 6'
A mysterious pianissimo work for solo piano dedicated to the Greek lyric poet Nossis. 
solo piano 




Divagations (2014) • duration:10'
Ravings and Wanderings. A two-movement work for piano with improvising rhythm section inspired by the prose poetry of Stéphane Mallarmé. 
piano with improvising bass and drums 


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Harlequin (2014) • duration:6'
Composed for the same instrumentation as Canon to Stravinsky (1972), this is the first in a suite of five pieces inspired by characters from the Commedia dell'arte. 
fl., cl., bsn., vla.  


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Il n'y a plus de firmament (2014) • duration:11'
The most extreme and intense wind quintet yet written. "There is in every madman a misunderstood genius whose idea, shining in his head, frightened people, and for whom delirium was the only solution to the strangulation that life had prepared for him."—Antonin Artaud 
fl (picc, alto fl, b. fl), ob (eng hn), cl (e-flat cl, b. cl), bsn, hn 


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Madrigals—Book II (2014) • duration: 20'
The second book of Madrigals features five more songs inspired by the work of Percy Blysse Shelley: Ocean Nymphs, Old Silenus, Twilight Phantasms, Queen Mab and Universal Pan. 
six female voices 



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Nijinsky (2014) • duration: 7'
A bravura portrait of Vaslav Nijinsky for solo piano. Propelled by a dramatic depiction of graceful and exhilarating dance moves, it is filled with leaps, fouettés, arabesques, pirouettes, cabrioles, pointe work, grand jetés, plies, a fleeting canon and a "petit saut" idée fixe which appears in no less than 12 transpositions throughout the work.  
solo piano 




Ouroboros (2014) • duration:8'
The Ouroboros is an ancient hermetic motif depicting a serpent eating its own tail symbolizing cyclicality, recreation, rebirth and infinity. Here two celli (yin and yang) work together to build a torrent of intensity. The One is the All!  
2 celli 


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Ouroboros (2014) • duration: 8'
The Ouroboros is an ancient hermetic motif depicting a serpent eating its own tail symbolizing cyclicality, recreation, rebirth and infinity. Here two celli (yin and yang) work together to build a torrent of intensity. The One is the All!  
2 celli with optional improvising drum set 


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The Aristos (2014) • duration: 11'
Written under the spell of John Fowles' masterwork The Magus, The Aristos is subtitled nine metaphysical ambiguities for violin, cello and piano. In keeping with enigmatic nature of The Magus, where reality and fantasy intertwine, the composition is tight and fast moving, with many surprises and unusual juxtapositions. A collection of aural philosophical aphorisms. Can be performed as a stand alone work or as the first movement of three piano trios: The Aristos, Ghosts, Hexentarot. 
 


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Three Preludes (2014) • duration: 20'
Novalis (2013) A Prayer for Nossis (2014) Nijinsky (2014) Three virtuoso compositions for piano collected into a book of Three Preludes.  
solo piano 




Trilogy (2014) • duration:15'
A set of three varied miniatures for piano with an improvising rhythm section of bass and drums: Tender Buttons (for Gertrude Stein); Nightwood (for Djuna Barnes); Epode (for H.D.) 
piano with improvising bass and drums 


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Autumn Rhythm (2015) • duration: 12'
A tour de force for solo cello incorporating a variety of extended techniques ranging from improvisational noise to performing with two bows, one in each hand. Inspired by the "action painting" techniques of Jackson Pollock. 
solo cello 




Colombina (2015) • duration:6'
The second in a suite of five pieces inspired by characters from the Commedia dell'arte. A delightful miniature for vocal quartet.  
 


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Commedia dell'arte (2015) • duration:30'
A suite of five miniatures inspired by the classic characters from the Italian Commedia dell'arte tradition: Harlequin, Columbina, Scaramouche, Pulcinella and Pierrot. Each piece is scored for a different instrumentation—details can be found on this page under the individual titles. The pieces can be performed separately or together as a suite lasting about 30 minutes. 
 



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Ghosts (2015) • duration: 6'30"
A mysterious, spooky piece inspired by the slow central movement of Beethoven's infamous "Ghost" Trio, op. 70. Meant as a middle movement between my other piano trios The Aristos and Hexentarot, or as a stand alone piece accompanied by an improvising drummer. 
vln, vcl; pno (plus improvising drummer if performed as a stand alone work) 




Ghosts (2015) • duration:6'30"
A mysterious, spooky piece inspired by the slow central movement of Beethoven's infamous "Ghost" Trio, op. 70. Meant as a middle movement between my other piano trios The Aristos and Hexentarot, or as a stand alone piece accompanied by an improvising drummer.  
vln, vcl; pno (plus improvising drummer if performed as a stand alone work)  




Merlin (2015) • duration:6'
A highly virtuosic evocation of the mediaeval magician Merlin for solo trumpet, juxtaposing rigorous notated passages with extended sonic explorations and elements of improvisation.  
solo trumpet 


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Pierrot (2015) • duration:7'
The fifth in a suite of five pieces inspired by characters from the Commedia dell'arte. An intense virtuoso showpiece for four celli. 
four celli 


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Pulcinella (2015) • duration:5'
The fourth in a suite of five pieces inspired by characters from the Commedia dell'arte. A delightful miniature for brass. 
Brass Quintet (2 tpts in C, hn, trb, bass trb) 


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Scaramouche (2015) • duration:6'
The third in a suite of five pieces inspired by characters from the Commedia dell'arte. “He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.” —Rafael Sabatini 
solo piano with improvising bass and drums 


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Scaramouche (2015) • duration:6'
The third in a suite of five pieces inspired by characters from the Commedia dell'arte. “He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.” —Rafael Sabatini  
solo piano with improvising bass and drums 


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The Remedy of Fortune (2015) • duration:15"
Six tableaux depicting the changing fortunes of romantic love: pain, desire, devotion, hope, beauty, longing, ecstasy, intoxication, frustration, anger and despair. Inspired by the work of Guillaume de Machaut. 
string quartet 


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Blue Stratagem (2016) • duration: 8'
A quietly moody abstract work inspired by Agnes Martin's mystical approach to color, shape, line and texture.  
brass quintet (2 tpts, hn, trb, bass trb) 




Cagliostro (2016) • duration: 5'33"
The controversial 18th century Italian occultist is evoked in this intense miniature for solo viola. The violist uses 2 bows to weave a swirling spell of 4-string tremolos. 
solo viola (two bows) 




Candlemas Eve (2016) • duration: 6'
12 rituals for a Witch's Sabbat scored for 2 flautists and a vibraphonist who is assisted by a second player who is constantly adjusting the speed of the vibrato. 
fl (piccolo, bass flute), alto flute (piccolo, bass flute); vibraphone and assistant 




Diableries (2016) • duration:12'
An intense virtuoso showpiece for amplified cello with improvising rhythm section of bass and drums. 
cello with improvising bass and drums 




Freud (2016) • duration:10'
Inspired by the work of Sigmund Freud, this mini concerto for violin and two celli explores the strata of dreams, memory and the subconscious and is divided into eleven short movements conjuring various deliria, aetiologies, phobias, neuroses and fixations.  
vn, 2 vcl 


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Naked Lunch (2016) • duration:12'
A wild piece in three movements for vibraphone soloist accompanied by an improvising rhythm section of bass and drums. 
vibraphone solo with improvising rhythm section of bass and drums 




Obscure Objects of Desire (2016) • duration: 10'
'Mystery is the essential element of every work of art.'—Luis Buñuel. A study in frustration dedicated to surrealist film director Luis Buñuel. 
piano and string quartet (2 vn, vla, vcl) 




Praise (2016) • duration:9'
Inspired by the paintings of Agnes Martin, this meditative miniature is part of a recent body of work that pairs exactly written material with improvisers who illustrate and elaborate upon it. Featuring a constantly changing array of articulations, dynamics and tone colors, the harp is accompanied by an improvised continuo of live electronics and/or non-pitched percussion. 
harp solo with improvised live electronics and/or percussion 




Shapeshifter (2016) • duration: 9'
A transformative work for solo cello with improvising drum set. 
solo cello with improvising drum set 




The Exterminating Angel (2016) • duration:18'
Inspired by the surrealist masterpiece by Luis Bunuel, this is an expansive piece for solo vibraphone accompanied by an improvising rhythm section of bass and drums. In four movements. 
solo vibraphone with improvising rhythm section of bass and drums 




Altarpiece (2017) • duration: 6'
An enigmatic duo inspired by the paintings of Hilma Af Klint. A vibraphone assistant is needed to negotiate the frequent changes of vibraphone vibrato. May be accompanied by a continuo of improvising live electronics. 
clarinet and vibraphone with optional improvising electronics 




Altarpiece (2017) • duration:6'
An enigmatic duo inspired by the paintings of Hilma Af Klint. A vibraphone assistant is needed to negotiate the frequent changes of vibraphone vibrato. May be accompanied by a continuo of improvising live electronics. 
clarinet and vibraphone with optional improvising electronics 




As Above, So Below (2017) • duration: 6'
A virtuoso tour-de-force for solo cello inspired by the mystic phrase laid out in the Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus: "That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above, corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracles of the One Thing." 
solo cello 




Die Traumdeutung (2017) • duration: 10'
Flectere si nequeo superos, Acheronta movebo. (If I cannot deflect the will of heaven, then I shall move hell. ) A duo for violin and piano inspired by Sigmund Freud's magnum opus Die Traumdeutung (The Interpretation of Dreams). “The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind”  
violin and piano 




L'Antitête (2017) • duration:10'
“Among the thousands of stones hurrying to earth gaping, I took a stone of chance, a fruit of iron and underground gum. She is now on my table. I touch with my fingertips, like an electric shock to the periphery of a heart. A slice of solid imperturbability, a mouth of a skull. The eye could not close its eyelids on the veins of metal. There are plants and stories inside.”—Tristan Tzara 
Piano solo with improvising bass and drums 




The Unseen (2017) • duration: 13'
Subtitled "Music for the Temple" this is a hermetic tribute to Hilma Af Klint, the Swedish artist and mystic whose incredible paintings inspired by spiritualism are among the first abstract art. 
string quartet