Works for solo performers and small ensembles

Table Manners  2020 11′  A theatrical duet or duel with text by Phillis Levin about connection, competition and greed.  For two voices, deskbells and a lot of silverware.  Commissioned by the dynamic duo, Dhegrae & Digression – Lucy Dhegrae and Ariadne Greif.

Chamber 2019 2′ a tender and universal round for two voices a cappella about a room.  Text by Phillis Levin.

Avian Moments   6′  Three pieces for flute quartet:  Piccolo, C Flute, Alto Flute and Bass Flute.   Twittering, fluttering, trilling, floating upwards, spiralling in and out of tonality, these three short pieces mimic and explore birdsong, including the multi-phonics produced by an avian syrinx. This work is dedicated to Jayn Rosenfeld, flautist extraordinaire.  Here is a Garritan demo.

Viola Trio for viola, cello and piano.  Commissioned by Lois Martin, viola.  The piece riffs through classical/romantic era tropes and devices, in structure, phrasing and motivic ideas quickly, often urgently, rushing through four movements in just 13 minutes.

Soliloquy    For solo French horn   5′. Opening with arching lines, this work veers between folk song and speech.   Although the French horn originated as a companion to hunting, in this solo work for the higher tessitura of the modern instrument, we hear a solo voice in the wilderness, singing to the trees.

Here is a Garritan demo.  

Wherewith I Strive 12′  for mezzo-soprano, harp and flute.

  1. …wherewith I strive … an Epigram by Sir Thomas Wyatt
  2. For the Days of My Trouble. Excerpt from the Book of Job
  3. Flute Interlude
  4. A Song, by Phillis Levin.

Three poems about mortality and being here: an epigram by Thomas Wyatt, an excerpt from The Book of Job – the epic poem of moral outrage and anxiety that has served us well during trying times – and a lyric by Phillis Levin, plus a solo flute interlude, which can be performed separately.  Here is the interlude:

Variations / Obsessions  9′   for flute, clarinet, trumpet, violin, cello.  commissioned and premiered by Parnassus Contemporary Music Ensemble, Anthony Korf, conductor.  Merkin Hall, NY.

String Quartet  8′  premiered at the Composers’ Conference, by the Atlantic String Quartet.  Winner of the League of Composers / ISCM Annual Competition in 1981.

Belladonna Dreams  12′.  for woodwind quintet and piano.  commissioned by the Borealis Ensemble Debut Recital, Artists International. Carnegie Recital Hall, NY, NY.