Chamber Music

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




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


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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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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 




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) 




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 




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. 




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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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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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. 
 




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 




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 




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 




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) 




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.  




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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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 




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




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


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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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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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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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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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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) 




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


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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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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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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 




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 




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 




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) 




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 




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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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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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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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 




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 




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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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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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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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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