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James Primosch, 1956–2021

Dear Jim, I didn’t know you well. That isn’t quite true; I knew you better than many other composers I know. I didn’t know you as well as I would’ve liked. Yes. That is true. It’s a hazard of the profession, not knowing other composers....

The Arc in the Sky in The Classic Review

“Smith has set a new standard for himself … at various times rocks, rolls, mourns, murmurs, laments, and glorifies. Masterful … exhilarating … a new top-notch, emotionally charged choral work. Strongly recommended listening for anyone.”...

Weary, with empty throat, stands Tantalus

From the exquisite 13 Apr 2019 performance of The Waking Sun by the Cornell University Chamber Singers with Baroque orchestra of strings, theorbo, and organ, conducted by Stephen Spinelli, movement 4: Weary, with empty throat, stands Tantalus; above his guilty head...

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...