View From Mt. Nebo

View From Mt. Nebo

 View from Mt. Nebo, scored for piano trio,was commissioned by Garth Newel Chamber Players, an ensemble with its home base in Warm Springs, Virginia, on a sprawling estate of rolling hills. The concert hall is an intimate space in a reconstructed horse barn, lined with…

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Werther

Werther

Revisiting Werther, which I composed for Da Capo Chamber Players in 1983, has caused me to think not only about the context in which I composed it, but also how my attitude towards Goethe’s novel has changed during the intervening years. When I composed the…

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Hearing the Call

Hearing the Call

When I was approached to compose a fanfare for the National Symphony as part of their Hechinger commission for their series of 25 fanfares, I was immediately intrigued.  While the scope was limited to a duration of two minutes and a small subgroup, it sounded…

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Penelope’s Song

Penelope’s Song

When violist Rozanna Weinberger and I first began discussing a piece for viola and electronics, I started thing about possible jumping off points, something I always do when starting a new piece. It was then that the story of Penelope, wife of Ulysses, jumped into…

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To Keep the Dark Away

To Keep the Dark Away

I first became acquainted with pianist Gayle Martin Henry at the Aspen Music Festival in the early 1970’s, and our friendship developed while we were both at Juilliard in the mid-70’s, and has continued to this day. An astonishing talent, she won the Juilliard concerto…

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COAL

COAL

As a composer, one never knows what path will open up in front of one! When pianist Mary Kathleen Ernst approached me about participating in a large-scale residency project in 1990, I had no idea that I was in for the journey of a lifetime!…

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