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Melody and Myth

[First published in Broad Street Review, 27 Oct 2015.] The sound a rooster makes is the sound a basement door makes when it is earnestly trying to open, and the sound a car makes when it is vainly trying to stop, just before the crash. It is jackals at night. It is...

The Last Theme You’d Expect for This Movie

[First published in WRTI’s Arts Desk 26 Oct 2015.] It’s an unlikely choice of music for this movie, but WRTI’s Kile Smith looks at how The Deer Hunter theme came into existence, and why it still haunts us almost 40 years later. The violence in this Vietnam War...

This Song Changed the Course of Music

[First published in WRTI’s Arts Desk 19 Oct 2015] Two hundred one years ago this week, Franz Schubert wrote a song that would alter the course of music history. “Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel” is an unassuming title for Schubert’s first masterpiece and the start of...

Agnus Dei

[click on page to view/download full score] Commissioned by the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, Paul Rardin, Artistic Director. Completed 24 August 2015. Premiered 18 October 2015, The Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia by the Mendelssohn...