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Kile Smith

Composer

“His voice is unlike any other”—Craig Hella Johnson

“our jaws just dropped”

Joan Kimball, Co-Artistic Director, Piffaro, the Renaissance Band

The Arc in the Sky: “maybe his best piece yet”

David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer

The Arc in the Sky: “a masterpiece of emotional expressivity and spiritual revelation”

Michael Caruso, Chestnut Hill Local

The Arc in the Sky: “shimmering music that never quite goes where you think it will”

Jennifer Hambrick, WOSU Public Media

The Arc in the Sky: “a great explosion of energy ... rich and expansive ... real zest in both music and performance”

John Quinn, MusicWeb International

“a composer who knows how to generate an emotional life out of a few tiny notes—and that’s the only thing that matters”

Donald Nally, conductor

Canticle: “The writing for voices is exquisite ... contemplative, playful, devotional, exuberant, and sensual.”

Andrew Quint, The Absolute Sound

Vespers: “like no other music”

Miami Herald

“Kile Smith is reshaping the choral repertoire”

Cincinnati Movers & Makers

“a composer at the top of his craft ... advancing the choral art form”

George Case, conductor

Vespers: “spectacular”

Gramophone

“sublimely beautiful”

David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer

The Consolation of Apollo: “Top Ten… a highlight of the year”

TheaterJones, Dallas

The Consolation of Apollo: “will inspire your singers and audience to new heights”

David Montoya, California Choral Directors Association

Vespers: “one of the finest concerts I’ve heard in at least the last decade”

Chestnut Hill Local

Canticle: “achingly beautiful”

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Vespers: “ecstatically beautiful ... a sanctuary ... the Magnificat contains a minor miracle”

Philadelphia Inquirer

Vespers: “a crime to pass up ... easily one of the best releases of the year of any type ... profoundly direct emotional appeal”

Audiophile Audition

Vespers: “altogether gorgeous and haunting”

Buffalo News

Vespers: “a major new work”

American Record Guide

Deo Gratias: “almost giddy ... richly gratifying ... recalls Hugo Distler, but with a lighter heart and a natural exuberance”

Choral Journal

Vespers: “worldwide buzz ... exceptionally beautiful ... sneaks up on you, like a velvety cocktail, and then you are hooked”

Philadelphia City Paper Top Ten Classical

Vespers: “a magnificent achievement ... fresh, vibrant ... bursts with the invention that characterizes the best music”

Fanfare

Vespers: “almost preternaturally beautiful”

Philadelphia City Paper

American Spirituals: “among the very best examples of that type of composition that I’ve ever heard, bar none”

John McLaughlin Williams, conductor, violinist

“The piece I personally found most compelling was Kile Smith’s ‘Yes, it’s beautiful’ from The Consolation of Apollo ... stunning”

South Carolina Music Guide

Alleluia: “going to be a staple of the choral repertoire”

Craig Hella Johnson, conductor

Fanfare on Ein feste Burg: “Smith’s bristling variations ... exploded into life”

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Where Flames a Word: “an important world premiere … feels completely right in spellbinding ways I never imagined”

Philadelphia Inquirer

“Smith’s vocal writing is eerily beautiful”

Boston Classical Review

Red-tail and Hummingbird: “excellent … distant kinship to Monteverdi’s Orfeo overture … more rapid and dense”

Philadelphia Inquirer

A Song of Sonia Sanchez: “the most dramatic piece of the evening … a deafening performance, physically and emotionally”

Temple University News

A Song of Sonia Sanchez: “one of the most powerful pieces of the evening”

Latinoamérica, Philadelphia

Two Laudate Psalms: “unfolding with natural, un-ostentatious simplicity ... near-invisible touches ... The God-is-in-the-details adage holds true”

Philadelphia Inquirer

“The Waking Sun is a hit”

Philadelphia Inquirer

News

The music of Kile Smith is acclaimed nationally and internationally for its strong voice, sheer beauty, and “profoundly direct emotional appeal.”

NEWS Recent commissions from Conspirare (The Dawn’s Early Light, with the L.A. Guitar Quartet), Piffaro (new work with Variant 6), iSing Girlchoir, and a Chorus America–auctioned commission for the Choral Arts Society of Washington, as Kile continues work on libretto and music for his first opera, The Book of Job. The Independence Foundation awarded him a Fellowship in the Arts to begin the opera. All–Kile Smith concerts in Latvia, June 2020. The Arc in the Sky in Philadelphia, New York, London, Cincinnati, and Boston, The Consolation of Apollo in Washington DC, Portland, and New Zealand, Where Flames a Word in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Roanoke, and in 2021, Vespers in Virginia.

FIVE NEW CDsThe Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati recorded and released Canticle and a brand-new Alleluia in 2018 (2020 Grammy nomination, Producer of the Year). The Crossing releases The Arc in the Sky on CD in July (2020 Grammy nomination, Best Choral Performance), which they commissioned and premiered June 2018. Two releases include Kile’s Where Flames a Word: Estonia’s Voces Musicales and New York City’s Khorikos. Lyric Fest releases an all–Kile Smith vocal CD, In This Blue Room, on the Albany label, including his 45-minute cycle of the same name for mezzo-soprano and baritone. Canticle, The Arc in the Sky, and Where Flames a Word are in constant rotation on Classical MPR’s Choral Stream.

PERFORMANCES After The Crossing brought out the CD and brought down the house at the 2019 Chorus America national conference in Philadelphia, The Arc in the Sky moved to London with the Cantus Ensemble, New York with the Ghostlight Chorus, Cincinnati with the Vocal Arts Ensemble, and the Northwestern University Chorale.

The Consolation of Apollo continues its run of multiple national and international performances, complete and excerpted, inspired by the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 8. Portland State Chamber Choir takes it to the World Symposium on Choral Music in New Zealand. Choirs include two in England—The 24 and the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain—the Auckland Youth Choir, and the University of Waterloo (Canada), along with Kansas City Chorale, Verdigris Ensemble (Dallas), Ars Nova Singers (Colorado), Red Shift (Baton Rouge), Charlotte (NC) Master Chorale, Choral Arts Society (Washington, DC), Huntsville Community Chorus (Alabama), Stare at the Sun (Chicago), and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 11 Choir. Where Flames a Word receives three performances in Estonia with Voces Musicales, three in Chicago (in May at Northwestern, twice in October by the Chicago Chamber Choir), three in Roanoke, and three by the Madison Choral Project.

The Arcadian Trio commissions and performs Spirituals for Piano Trio in multiple concerts throughout 2019. Anna and Erik Meyer perform their flute and organ commission A Child’s Afternoon in July and October. In May 2020, the Temple Music Prep String Orchestra premieres Jubilate Deo.

The L.A. Choral Lab gives multiple performances of Kile’s Shakespeare setting And Good in Every Thing. The New York choral group Khorikos premiered Kile’s setting of the Robert Lax poem my son my son and took it on tour in Serbia and Montenegro in 2019. Red Shift commissioned and premiered in Baton Rouge his setting of the carol I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (to be published by Hal Leonard), and Seattle’s Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble gave the West Coast premiere of O Rex Gentium. Ursinus College commissioned a Jubilate Deo and the First Presbyterian Church of Barrington (IL) commissioned a new Easter anthem, Sing, Choirs of New Jerusalem.

PUBLICATIONSKile’s new arrangement for choir, organ, and brass, Of the Father’s Love Begotten, premiered at Westminster Choir College, and is published by GIA in its Westminster Choral Series. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day and Alleluia are published by Hal Leonard under the Craig Hella Johnson Series. Kile continues to add to his catalog of works distributed by MusicSpoke. (Photo credit: A. J. Waltz)

Performances, events

2 Jan. Fleisher Discoveries podcast. Louis Gesensway, Four Squares of Philadelphia

6 Jan. Alleluia published by Hal Leonard in the Craig Hella Johnson Choral Series

12 Jan. The Arc in the Sky. Vocal Arts Ensemble Cincinnati, Craig Hella Johnson

17 Jan. American Spirituals, Book Two. WRTI broadcast, Kevin Gordon, 4:15

19 Jan. A Child’s Afternoon. Anna Meyer, fl, Erik Meyer, org, St. Paul’s Lutheran, Glenside, PA, 3:00

26 Jan. Canticle, Vocal Arts Ensemble, Craig Hella Johnson, produced by 2020 GRAMMY Classical Producer of the Year, Blanton Alspaugh

26 Jan. A Birch in Winter CD with Where Flames a Word, Voces Tallinn, David Puderbaugh, 2020 Estonian Recording of the Year

1 Feb. Interview on Brad Lacey’s The Great Message, WPHT 1210 AM Philadelphia, 5 AM

3 Feb. Fleisher Discoveries podcast. William Grant Still, Darker America, Danzas de Panama

3 Mar 2020. In This Blue Room. Lauren McAllister, mezzo, Ben Flanders, baritone. Cincinnati

4 Apr. “She Sees She Dresses Her Subjects” and “Reading Others” from In This Blue Room. Molly Biddle, mezzo-soprano. Haverford College, 7:00

25 Apr 2020. The Consolation of Apollo. Westminster Williamson Voices, James Jordan. Cathedral Basilica, Philadelphia

9 May. Jubilate Deo. Premiere, Temple University Music Preparatory String Orchestra, Aaron Picht. Temple University Performing Arts Center, 7:30

24 May 2020. The Consolation of Apollo. Portland State Chamber Choir, Ethan Sperry

12 Jun 2020. The Arc in the Sky. et al., Kevin Neel, Boston

14 Jun 2020. The Arc in the Sky. et al., Kevin Neel, Boston

11–18 Jul 2020. The Consolation of Apollo. Portland State Chamber Choir, Ethan Sperry. 12th World Symposium on Choral Music, Auckland, New Zealand

Feb. Vespers. Virginia Chorale, Piffaro

Works

Adieu, Adieu

Adieu, Adieu

Agnus Dei

Agnus Dei

Air and Jig

Air and Jig

Alabanza

Alabanza

Alleluia

Alleluia

American Spirituals, Book One

American Spirituals, Book One

American Spirituals, Book Two

American Spirituals, Book Two

And Good in Every Thing

And Good in Every Thing

And Seeing the Multitudes

And Seeing the Multitudes

Annunciation and Magnificat

Annunciation and Magnificat

Anthems

Anthems

The Arc in the Sky

The Arc in the Sky

Ballad and March for Organ

Ballad and March for Organ

Behold the Best, the Greatest Gift

Behold the Best, the Greatest Gift

The Bremen Town Musicians

The Bremen Town Musicians

Canticle

Canticle

The Chambered Nautilus

The Chambered Nautilus

A Child’s Afternoon

A Child’s Afternoon

Come, Ye Sinners

Come, Ye Sinners

The Consolation of Apollo

The Consolation of Apollo

The Dawn’s Early Light

The Dawn’s Early Light

Exsultet

Exsultet

Fanfare on Ein feste Burg

Fanfare on Ein feste Burg

For His Mercy Endures Forever

For His Mercy Endures Forever

Four French Carols

Four French Carols

Give Ear, O Heavens

Give Ear, O Heavens

God So Loved the World

God So Loved the World

Gold and Silver

Gold and Silver

Grandmother’s Garden

Grandmother’s Garden

The Heavens Declare

The Heavens Declare

Holy Is the Lord

Holy Is the Lord

Holy Mountain

Holy Mountain

How Do I Love Thee?

How Do I Love Thee?

Hymns

Hymns

I Could See the Sky

I Could See the Sky

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

In This Blue Room

In This Blue Room

Jubilate Deo

Jubilate Deo

Jubilate Deo, for string orchestra

Jubilate Deo, for string orchestra

Kyrie and Gloria Patri

Kyrie and Gloria Patri

Mark the Music

Mark the Music

Mass for Christmas

Mass for Christmas

Mass for Philadelphia

Mass for Philadelphia

May Day

May Day

Mazurka for guitar

Mazurka for guitar

My Shepherd Will Supply My Need

My Shepherd Will Supply My Need

my son my son

my son my son

The Nobility of Women

The Nobility of Women

Now Ys the Tyme of Crystymas

Now Ys the Tyme of Crystymas

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Of the Father’s Love Begotten

Of the Father’s Love Begotten

O Rex Gentium

O Rex Gentium

O Sing unto the Lord a New Song

O Sing unto the Lord a New Song

O Thou Who Camest from Above

O Thou Who Camest from Above

Out of the Depths

Out of the Depths

Plain Truths

Plain Truths

Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins

Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins

Poems of Stephen Berg

Poems of Stephen Berg

Red-tail and Hummingbird

Red-tail and Hummingbird

Reflection

Reflection

Rejoice in the Lamb

Rejoice in the Lamb

Sing, Choirs of New Jerusalem

Sing, Choirs of New Jerusalem

A Song of Sonia Sanchez

A Song of Sonia Sanchez

Spirituals for Piano Trio

Spirituals for Piano Trio

Stationen auf dem Wege zur Freiheit

Stationen auf dem Wege zur Freiheit

Susquehanna

Susquehanna

Symphony: Lumen ad revelationem

Symphony: Lumen ad revelationem

The Red Book of Montserrat

The Red Book of Montserrat

There Is No Great and No Small

There Is No Great and No Small

Three Dances

Three Dances

Three Dances, for string orchestra

Three Dances, for string orchestra

The Three Graces

The Three Graces

Thrice blest

Thrice blest

Totentanz

Totentanz

Trinklieder für Männerchor

Trinklieder für Männerchor

Two Laudate Psalms

Two Laudate Psalms

Two Meditations on Freu dich sehr

Two Meditations on Freu dich sehr

Variations on a Theme of Schubert

Variations on a Theme of Schubert

Vespers

Vespers

Vespers for a Bach Orchestra

Vespers for a Bach Orchestra

The Voice of One Who Spoke

The Voice of One Who Spoke

The Waking Sun

The Waking Sun

Where Flames a Word

Where Flames a Word

The Word of God

The Word of God

You Are Most Welcome

You Are Most Welcome

Browse works

Concert Choral

Agnus Dei SATB, orchestra, 15′

Alabanza (Sanchez) vocalist, 7-piece Latin band, opt. orchestra, 6′

Alleluia SATB, 6′

And Good in Every Thing (Shakespeare) SATB, 4’30”

The Arc in the Sky (Lax) SATB, 65′

The Chambered Nautilus (Holmes) SATB, 4′

Canticle (St. John of the Cross) SATB, 3 cellos, 1 perc, 66′

The Consolation of Apollo (Boethius, Apollo 8 crew, Genesis 1) SATB, crotales, bass drum played by singers, 35′

Grandmother’s Garden (Archambault) 2-part children’s choir, piano, opt. C instrument, 9′

The Heavens Declare (Psalm 19) SATB, SAB soloists, piano, audience, 4’30”

How Do I Love Thee? (Browning) SSAA, piano or string quartet, 7′

I Could See the Sky (Various) SATB, 2-part children’s choir, piano or string quartet, 17′

Jubilate Deo (Latin, Psalm 100) SATB, org, 5′

May Day (Eckes) SATB, 2-part children’s choir, 10′

my son my son (Lax) SATB, 5′

Now Ys the Tyme of Crystymas (Hill) SATB (with some div.) or SATB quartet, 3′

O Rex gentium (O Antiphon) SATB, 5′

Out of the Depths (Psalm 130) SATB, 6’30”

Psalm 46 Baritone soloist, SATB, orchestra or piano, 17′

Rejoice in the Lamb (Smart) SATB, 5′

Three Prosits for Männerchor (Various) TTBB, 3′

Two Laudate Psalms (Psalms 113, 150) Mezzo-soprano or high voice, SSAA, piano, 10′

Vespers (Various) SATB, Renaissance band, or various transcriptions, 66′

The Waking Sun (Seneca) SATB, Baroque chamber orchestra, 38′

Where Flames a Word (Celan) SATB, 13′

You Are Most Welcome (Dinsmore) SATB, 4′

Orchestral

Agnus Dei 2015, SATB, 1.2.0.2–2.2.0.0–timp–org–str, 15′

Alabanza (Sanchez) 2003, vocalist–7-piece Latin band, opt. 2.2.2.2–4.3.3.1–timp.2perc–str, 6′

And Seeing the Multitudes 2015, solo cello–2+pic.2.2.2–4.3.3.1–timp.3perc(incl marimba)–pno.hp–str, 20′

The Bremen Town Musicians (Grimm) 2016, narrator, 1.1.1.1–1.1.1.0–1perc–str, 8′

Exsultet 2007, solo horn–str, 18′

Four French Carols 2002, 3(2+pic).3(2+ehn).2.2–4.3.3.1–timp.2perc–str, 12′

Four French Carols 2002, str, 12′

Gold and Silver 2014, 3*.2.2.3*(opt cbn)–4.2.3.1–timp.2perc (incl glock)–str, 7′

Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins 2000, high voice–2.2.2.2–2.2.0.0–str, 11′

Psalm 46 2004, baritone–2*.2.2.2–2.2.3.1–timp.1perc–SATB–str, 14′

The Red Book of Montserrat 2013, str, 20′

A Song of Sonia Sanchez 2000, medium voice, violin, piano, 3 latin perc, double bass–2.2.2.2–4.3.3.1–timp.2perc–str, 7′

Song of the Angels 2014, 2.2.2.2–4.2.3.1–timp.tri–str, 8′

Susquehanna 2017, 3*.3*.3*.2–4.3.3.1–timp.3perc–str, 8′

Symphony: Lumen ad revelationem 2002, 2.2.2.2–2.2.0.0–1perc–str, 22′

Three Dances, 1995, 2/.2.2.2–2.2.0.0–1perc–str, 12′

Three Dances, 1998/2012, str, 12′

The Three Graces 2001, solo oboe, horn, cello–str, 11′

Variations on a Theme of Schubert 1999, solo piano–2.2.2.2–2.1.0.0–timp,1perc–str, 17′

Vespers excerpts, 2017, SATB–2 caccias–2 hns–org–str, 15′

The Voice of One Who Spoke 2003,3*.2.2.2*–4.2.3.1–timp.3perc–str, 20′

Sacred Choral

Agnus Dei SATB, orchestra, 15′

Alleluia SATB, 6′

Anthems

Behold the Best, the Greatest Gift SATB, org

Come, Gather All SATB, org, opt. brass quartet

Come, Ye Sinners (Beach Spring) SATB, org

For His Mercy Endures Forever (Psalm 136) SATB

Give Ear, O Heavens (Audite caeli) SATB, org

God So Loved the World SATB

Herr Christ, der einig Gotts Sohn (from Vespers) SATB

Holy Mountain SATB, organ

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day SATB, bells, bass drum

Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts SATB, org

Jubilate Deo (Latin, Psalm 100) SATB, org, 5′

My Shepherd Will Supply My Need SATB, org

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (Veni, Emmanuel) SATB, org, opt. brass quintet

Of the Father’s Love Begotten SSATB, org, congregation, opt. brass (3331), timp, cym

O Rex gentium (O Antiphon) SATB

O Sing unto the Lord a New Song (Psalm 98:1,2) SATB Fuguing tune

O Thou, Who Camest from Above SATB

Out of the Depths (Psalm 130) SATB

Psalm 113 (from Vespers) SATB, kbd

Rejoice in the Lamb SATB

Shall the Blessed Saints Surround Us SATB, pno or org

Sing, Choirs of New Jerusalem SATB, org, opt. brass quintet, timpani

The Word of God SATB, org

Jubilate Deo (Latin, Psalm 100) SATB, org, 5′

Kyrie and Gloria Patri

Hymns, hymn reharmonizations

Mass for Christmas

Mass for Philadelphia

Vespers

Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern

Psalm 113

Herr Christ, der einig Gotts Sohn

Vespers for a Bach orchestra

 

Chamber

Adieu, Adieu 2018, octet: fl, cl, Eng hn, bn, va, db, vib, pno, 10′

Air and Jig 2007, English horn, viola, 7′

American Spirituals, Book One 2006, violin, piano, 11′

American Spirituals, Book Two 2008, cello, piano, 11′

Annunciation and Magnificat 2016, opt. narrator, brass quintet, 22′

The Better Angels of Our Nature 2010, soprano saxophone, piano, 4′

The Bremen Town Musicians 2008, narrator, violin, cello, 8′

Chant 2006, trombone, bassoon, piano, 7′

A Child’s Afternoon 2018, flute, organ, 9′

Fanfare 1991, 1993, 2006, 4 trumpets, 4 horns, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, tam-tam; 2′

Fanfare on Ein feste Burg 2017, 7 Renaissance instruments (2 soprano shawms, alto shawm, 2 sackbuts, quartbass dulcian, large tabor, 1’30”

Fanfare on Ein feste Burg 2017, brass quintet, opt. large drum, 1’30”

Fanfare for Three Voices 2017, horn, trombone, tuba, 2′

Four French Carols 1988, 12′

The Nobility of Women 2011, Baroque flute, oboe, violin, viola da gamba, Baroque cello, harpsichord, 20′

Plain Truths (Various) 2011/2013; baritone, piano or string quartet, opt. chorus; 20′

Red-tail and Hummingbird 2013, brass sextet with 2 horns, 6′

Red-tail and Hummingbird 2013, brass sextet with 2 trombones, 6′

Red-tail and Hummingbird 2013, mixed sextet: 2 trumpets, horn, bassoon, trombone, tuba, 6′

Red-tail and Hummingbird 2013, mixed sextet: 2 soprano shawms, 2 tenor sackbuts, bass dulcian, quartbass dulcian, 6′

Red-tail and Hummingbird 2013, brass quintet (high, in C), 6′

Red-tail and Hummingbird 2013, brass quintet (low, in Bb), 6′

A Song of Sonia Sanchez 1998, medium voice, violin, piano, 3 latin percussion, double or electric bass, 7′

Spirituals for Piano Trio 2018, violin, cello, piano, 11′

This Broad Land 2010, bassoon, piano, 5′

This Broad Land 2010, soprano saxophone, piano, 5′

Two Pieces for Saxophone and Piano 2010, (This Broad Land and The Better Angels of Our Nature), 10′

The Three Graces 2008, oboe, horn, cello, double bass, piano, 11′

Thrice Blest 2010 violin, viola, cello, 5′

Vocal

Alas, and Did my Savior Bleed 1981; high voice, organ; 4′

Five Scottish Songs 1984; high voice, piano; 15′ 1. Two Girls Singing (Iain Crichton Smith) 2. Anemones (Marion Angus) 3. The Lodging (George Mackay Brown) 4. Wedding (George Mackay Brown) 5. On a Cat, Ageing (Sir Alexander Gray)

Holy Mountain 1982; high voice, organ; 4′

In This Blue Room 2015; mezzo-soprano, baritone, piano; 45′

Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts 1982; high voice, organ; 4′

Magnificat 2003; soprano, soprano recorder, percussion. 6′

Mark the Music (Shakespeare) 2014; soprano, tenor, baritone, piano; 4′

Morire (Bartoli) 2005; medium voice, piano; 4′

Plain Truths (Various) 2011/2013; baritone, piano or string quartet, opt. chorus; 20′

Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins 1989/2000; high voice, piano; high voice, orchestra; 11′

Poems of Stephen Berg 2000; soprano, clarinet, piano; 9′

Psalm 46 2004, baritone, SATB, orchestra, 14′

Stationen auf dem Wege zur Freiheit (Bonhoeffer) 1998; soprano, tenor saxophone, piano; 15′

There Is No Great and No Small (Emerson) 2016; mezzo-soprano, piano; 3′

Thine for Ever 1982; soprano, organ; 4′

Three Italian Songs 2005; voice, piano; 10′

Three Italian Songs 2005; medium voice, violin, cello, clarinet, bass clarinet; 10′

Three Songs, No. 1 (Shelley) 1978/2000; high voice, piano; 12′

Three Songs, No. 2 (Birrel) 1979; tenor, piano; 9′

Three Songs, No. 3 (Various) 1979; high voice, piano; 8′

Three Songs, No. 4 (Smith) 1980/99; high voice, piano; 8′

Three Songs, No. 5 (Hopkins) 1989; high voice, piano; 14′

Two Tunes by Gerard Manley Hopkins (harmonized K.S.) 1989; high voice, piano; 4′ 1. Who is Silvia? (William Shakespeare, 1st version) 2. Who is Silvia? (William Shakespeare, 2nd version)

who are you, little i (Cummings) 1981; high voice, piano; 3′

Solo Instrument

A Child’s Afternoon 2018, flute, organ

Diabelli Variation 2010, piano

Mazurka 1984, 2018, guitar

Reflection 2017, organ

Softly and Tenderly 2012, piano

Testimony 2012, piano

Totentanz 1994, guitar

Two Meditations on Freu dich sehr 2013, organ

Variations on a Theme of Schubert 1999, piano

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