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A Christmas Tree on Broad Street

First published in Broad Street Review 19 Dec 2017 as “Where N. Broad Meets the North Pole.” Beneath the railroad bridge that spans Broad Street just north of Glenwood, I was waiting for a Christmas tree, and so, I was waiting for Christmas, since Christmas doesn’t...

Trinklieder für Männerchor

I know a German who does not drink beer. I have heard there are others, but he is the only one I know. I have never heard, however, of Germans who do not sing toasts. Even the German I know who does not drink beer, sings toasts, when others are drinking beer....

Alleluia

My duties at the Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music, as copyist, assistant curator, and then curator, necessitated my looking, virtually every day, at page after page of music. The look and feel of music, of its movement, of its communing with itself on the page,...

Lift Every Voice

[First published in Broad Street Review 28 Nov 2017 and reprinted by permission.] It was 2015 and I was staring up at another deadline. The art-song group Lyric Fest, with whom I was enjoying a season as their first resident composer, had asked me to write a work for...