Teruah

Teruah

When Aron Zelkowitz, founder of the Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival, approached me about a commission for a program of music celebrating the calendar Jewish year, and in particular the High Holidays, I was eager to compose a piece for this season of renewal, but not…

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Piping theEarth

Piping theEarth

When I was commissioned to compose an orchestral piece for the Women’s Philharmonic, with support both from the orchestra and National Endowment for the Arts Composition Fellowship, I did not begin with a clear idea of the composition. Rather, I let various ideas percolate, and…

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Sic Transit

Sic Transit

Composing Sic Transit, scored for percussionist and CADI (Configurable Drumming Machine), was quite the adventure!
CADI was created by Scott Barton, Steve Kemper and Troy Rogers, then students in our Composition and Computing Technologies PhD program at UVA. They founded the company EMMI, and have created…

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Birkat Hakohanim

Birkat Hakohanim

Birkat Hakohanim, known in English as The Priestly Blessing, is drawn from the Bible, Numbers 6:23-27, of which I have set verses 24-26. Michael Slon, Director of the University Singers at UVA, wanted to commission a piece for the ensemble that would be a Hebrew…

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Gazebo Music

Gazebo Music

I composed Gazebo Music, for flute and cello, while I was participating in a composer/choreographer workshop at the American Dance Festival held at Duke University in Durham, NC in the summer of 1981. There was an incredible heat wave, and we were housed in dorms…

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Ockeghem Variations

Ockeghem Variations

Ockeghem Variations has a history that begins in Amsterdam, where I was travelling with my husband Michael, and where I met up with flutist Wout van den Berg, the director of the Hexagon Ensemble, as well as a couple of his colleagues. I knew of…

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Rotunda

Rotunda

One day, in late spring 2005, I was sitting in my office, upstairs in Old Cabell Hall, looking at the flow of life on the Lawn. I had often been delighted by the feeling of life on the Lawn, and by the shifting weather patterns above it. But this time, I suddenly saw the scene as part a movie that combined the majesty of the place with the hum of daily life. Purchase the DVD

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Being in Time

Being in Time

Being in Time will be a piece for wind ensemble, gesture-controlled interactive music and interactive video. But, it is much more than that! With a $21,000 grant from UVA’s Arts in Action program, this project involves a team that I am thrilled to work with. It…

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For The Birds

For The Birds

The story of For the Birds has two main sources: my strong interest in finding ways to can call attention to the animals we live among and the importance of maintaining their habitats, and my friendship with the extraordinary cellist Madeleine Shapiro. In this piece,…

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The Jabberwocky

The Jabberwocky

Typically, when commissioned to compose choral pieces, I spend at least half of my time researching possible texts. I love the process, but at the same time often find it frustrating! There are often copyright issues to contend with that are difficult to resolve. And…

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