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Spirituals for Piano Trio

Spirituals for Piano Trio. 11′. Commissioned and premiered by the Arcadian Trio, Igor Szwec, violin, Vivian Barton Dozor, cello, Diane Goldsmith, piano. Premiered 20 Jan 2019, Abington Presbyterian Church, Abington, Pa. The Arcadian Trio asked me for settings of...

Let me entertain you

[First published in Broad Street Review 23 Oct 2018, and reprinted here by permission.]  I wasn’t prepared for the reaction—my reaction, that is. This was the second time our German men’s choir would sing the national anthem at the Phillies. I wrote about it two years...

A Child’s Afternoon

A Child’s Afternoon. Two characteristic pieces for flute and organ, 9′. In two movements: (1) No one to play with, (2) Someone to play with. Commissioned by Anna Meyer. Premiered Anna Meyer, flute, and Erik Meyer, organ, 2018–19...

my son my son

my son my son. Text by Robert Lax SATB, 5′. Commissioned by Khorikos. Premiered 3 Nov 2018, Shrine Church of Saint Anthony of Padua, 154 Sullivan Street, New York City. Except for the last movement, “The Arc,” I stayed away from Robert Lax’s most recognizable,...

All the Elk in Benezette

[Originally published in the Broad Street Review 20 Aug 2018. Reprinted by permission.] To say the elk doesn’t care would be a disservice to the animal, but I don’t know what else to call it. The person who leaves the car at a busy gas station’s pump to buy chips in...