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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...

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...

Fanfare for Three Voices

Fanfare for Three Voices.  Horn, Trombone, Tuba, 2′. For Carolyn Tillstrom’s Senior Recital, Rowan University, premiered 5 Mar 2017 by Martina Smith, horn, Hayden Adams, trombone, Carolyn Tillstrom, tuba. This is a transcription of movement 6 from Annunciation...

The Bremen Town Musicians Show Up in Spain

I’m delighted to relate that The Bremen Town Musicians had their Spanish premiere! Thanks to David Yang for spreading the word about this 10-minute children’s piece, which tells the old folk tale of animals giving some criminals their due. On October 30th,...

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...