Solo Instrumental

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




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 




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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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 




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) 




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


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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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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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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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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 




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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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 




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 




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


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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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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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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 




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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