Prelude No. 6: Allegro. 1996. A short piece, full of nervous tapping. Kind of a quick soliloquy. Used later as the theme in ‘Round Trip Ticket’.
Prelude No. 5: Lento. 1995. Lush chords.
Wherewith I Strive. For Mezzo, flute and harp. Commissioned by the Jubal Trio. Premiered by the Canyonlands Ensemble. Texts include excerpts from the book of Job, ‘A Song’ by Phillis Levin, and an Epigram by Sir Thomas Wyatt. All three texts can be considered explorations of striving against misery, oppression or discouragement. The three songs […]
Prelude No. 3: Gently, Steadily. 1989. Sweet opening. arpeggios.
Prelude No. 4: Moderato. 1988. Includes a pseudo-hymn.
A work for sinfonietta, the music lurches between morose, dueling violins, slapstick tuttis, and heartbroken loveletters, played by solo strings. For picc, flute, cl, bs. cl, french horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, 2 percussion, piano, single strings. 15′ Recorded by Speculum Musicae on CRI, now available from New World Records. Performed in New York City by Speculum […]
Prelude No 2: Moderato. 1981. Opens with a question.
Prelude No. 1: Meditatively. 1978. Why we love Ab. Hovers between two chords.