List of Works and First Performances
Piano
barbaglio dal manca (1981, rev. 1992, 2000) (10 min.)
(first performance [original version], January 18, 1982)
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Barbro Dahlman, piano
(first performance [second revised version], November 21, 2002)
Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, OH.
Toyen Tonnu, piano
(recorded by Tuyen Tonnu, Capstone, CPS 8736)

for Elliott (1983) (1 min.)
(first performance, December 5, 1983)
Carnegie Recital Hall, New York, N.Y.
Claudia Stevens, piano

tango variations (1984, rev, 2001) (3 min.)
(commissioned by Quadrivium Music Press for pianist Yvar Mikhashoff)
(first performance, March 2, 1986)
Bessie Schonberg Theatre, New York, N.Y.
Yvar Mikhashoff, piano

fragments from the surrounding evening (1984) (9 min.)
(commissioned by the La Gesse Foundation)
(first performance, February 24, 1985)
Lafayette Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Bruce Anderson, piano
(recorded by Karen Walwyn on Albany Recordings TROY 266)

a flower in folding shadows (piano, four-hands) (1986) (8 min.)
(first performance, April 6, 1989)
Renee Weiler Concert Hall, Greenwich House Music School,
New York, N.Y.
Continuum: Joel Sachs and Cheryl Seltzer, piano, four-hands

a landscape of interior resonances (2001) (16 min.)
(commissioned by the Phillips Collection [Washington, D.C.], Miller Theatre [New York, N.Y.] and the Schubert Club [St. Paul, MN.])
(first performance, May 5, 2002)
Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
Margaret Kampmeier, piano
(recorded by Margaret Kampmeier, “the promise of the far horizon”,
Albany, TROY 698)

four dances for Boris (2004) (8 min.)
(commissioned by Boris Willis)
(first performance, September 17, 2004)
Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Washington, D.C.
Lura Johnson, piano

a celebration of Elliott (2007) (2 min.)
(commissioned by the Network for New Music to celebrate the 100th birthday of Elliott Carter)
(first performance: February 29, 2008)
Leonard Nimoy Theatre – Symphony Space, New York, N.Y.
Stephen Gosling, piano

of ringing and layered space (2010 . . . ongoing)
(commissioned by consortium for pianists Jenny Lin, Lura Johnson, Tuyen Tonnu, Amy Briggs, and Shannon Wettstein)
I. “Jenny” (3 min.) (2010)
II. “Lura” (3 min.) (2010)

Solo Instrumental

linear cycles VII (cambiamenti II) (solo violin) (1979, rev. 1993) (8 min.)
(first performance, July 22, 1979) (original version)
Aspen Music Festival
Kurt Nikkanen, violin
(first performance [revised version])
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
Lina Bahn, violin
(recorded by Kurt Nikkanen,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

variazioni elegiaci (solo ‘cello) (1979-80, rev. 1997) (9 min.)
(first performance, July 10, 1981) (original version)
Aspen Music Festival
Julie Charland ‘cello

morning thunder for solo flute (1979-80) (8 min.)
(first performance, December 15, 1980)
live radio broadcast, KPFK, Los Angeles
Janice Tipton, flute

amid fleeting pockets of billowing radiance (solo ‘cello) (1990) (11 min.)
(first performance, September 20 ,1991)
St. Mary’s College, St. Mary’s County, MD.
Pamela Greitzer, ‘cello
(recorded by Joshua Gordon,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

the clarity of remembered springs (solo viola) (1992-93) (13 min.)
(commissioned by the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation)
(first performance, April 26, 1993)
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
New York, N.Y.
Misha Amory, viola

a window’s gathering of clouds (solo guitar) (1981) (7 min.)
(first performance, March 2, 1986)
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Todd Seelye, guitar

variazioni elegiaci II (solo violin) (1983) (8 min.)
(first performance, July 11, 1986)
Seattle Chamber Music Festival
Ida Levin, violin

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revisiting variazioni elegiaci (solo viola) (2001) (9 min.)
(first performance, February 10, 2001)
Kulas Recital Hall
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Wendy Richman, viola

wending (solo viola) (2001) (11 min.)
(first public performance, Nov. 11, 2001)
Phillips Collection
Washington, D.C.
Wendy Richman, viola
(recorded by Wendy Richman, “the promise of the far horizon”
Albany, TROY 698)

the milliner’s fancy (solo alto saxophone) (2003) (5 min.)
(commissioned by Rhonda Taylor & David Reminick)
(first performance, April 9, 2003)
Warner Concert Hall
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
David Reminick, alto saxophone
(recorded by Rhonda Taylor, “the promise of the far horizon”
Albany, TROY 698)

three musings . . . revisiting memories (solo violin) (2005) (5 min.)
(written for Ole Bohn)
(first performance, March 8, 2005)
Warner Concert Hall
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Ole Bohn, violin

eight musings . . . revisiting memories (solo violin) (2005) (11 min.)
(written for Ole Bohn)
(first performance, Aug. 5, 2005)
Monadnock Music Festival
Fitzwilliam Town Hall, Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire
Ole Bohn, violin

an expanding distance of multiple voices (solo violin) (2005) (11 min.)
(commissioned by consortium for Lina Bahn)
(first performance, Sept 18, 2005)
Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium
Corcoran Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
Lina Bahn. Violin

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a focus further within (solo ‘cello) (2010) (3 ½ min.)
(commissioned by Rhonda Rider as part of her residency at the
Grand Canyon)
(first performance, March 10, 2011)
Seully Hall
Boston Conservatory of Music
Boston, MA
Rhonda Ryder, ‘cello

to find in the glimmering air . . . a buoyant continuity of layering blue
(‘solo ‘cello) (2011) (9 min.)
(funded by the Lorain County Community College Foundation through its Campus Grants Program)
(first performances, April 17, 2011, October 25, 2011, October 26, 2011)
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Brookfield ,WI; Studio Theatre, Stocker Arts Center, Lorain County Community College; Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH.)
Seaunn Thorsteinsdottir, ‘cello

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Chamber

linear cycles II (violin and piano) (1978) (8 min.)
(commissioned by the Robert Evett Fund of Washington, D.C.)
(first performance, February 20, 1978)
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
members of the Contemporary Music Forum:
Helmut Braunlich, violin
Barbro Dahlman, piano

string quartet no. 1 (formerly quartet no. 3 ) (1978 rev. 1980) (12 min.)
(first performance, December 6, 1980)
Concert Hall, University of California, Irvine
New York String Quartet
(recorded by the New York String Quartet on CRI/New World 468) (LP)

a wind of suspended prominences (clarinet and piano) (1981) (7 min.)
(first performance, April 17, 1981)
Mandeville Recital Hall, University of California, San Diego
William Powell, clarinet
Zita Carno, piano
(first performance, revised version, October 28, 1991)
Roy O. Disney Music Hall, California Institute of the Arts,
Valencia, California
William Powell, clarinet
Zita Carno, piano

duo concerto (1981-82) (15 min.)
(commissioned by ‘cellist Fred Sherry)
(vlc. solo, percussion – xylophone, marimba [A], vibraphone, clar., vln., piano)
(first performance, February 21, 1984)
Kaufman Concert Hall, 92nd St. YM/YWHA, New York, N.Y.
Group for Contemporary Music:
Fred Sherry, solo ‘cello
Daniel Druckman, percussion
Anand Devendra, clarinet
Ik-Hwan Bae, violin
Aleck Karis, piano
Daniel Shulman, cond.

lullaby (in folk style) (‘cello and piano) (1982) (4 min.)
(first performance, January 10, 1983)
Chamber Music from SoHo Series
Fred Sherry, ‘cello
Rebecca Silver, piano

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string quartet no. 2 (1982-83, rev. 1995) (14 min.)
(first performance, February 5, 1993) (original version)
Strathmore Hall Arts Center, North Bethesda, MD.
Maia Quartet

notturno (crystals of suspended evening) (1983-84) (10 min.)
(commissioned by Tafelmusik)
(fl., ob., vlc., hpschd.)
(first performance, April 4, 1983)
Provincetown Playhouse, New York, N.Y.
Tafelmusik:
Lauren Weiss, flute
Pamela Epple, oboe
Christine Gummere, ‘cello
Linda Kobler, harpsichord

her eastern light amid a cavernous dusk (1983-84, rev. 1987) (9 min.)
(wind quintet)
(commissioned by the Aspen Wind Quintet)
(first performance, March 6, 1987)
Calvary Episcopal Church, New York, N.Y.
Aspen Wind Quintet
(recorded by the Aspen Wind Quintet,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

a veil of liquid diamonds (1985-86, rev. 1995, 1999) (16 min.)
(string quartet)
(first performance, August 27, 1995)
Music at Gretna Festival, Mt. Gretna, PA.
Borromeo Quartet

a pond within the drifting dusk (1986-87, rev. 1988) (10 min.)
(alto fl., vlc., hp.)
(first performance, November 16, 1988)
Settlement Music School, Mary Louise Curtiss Branch
Philadelphia, PA.
Edward Schultz, alto flute
Charles Forbes, ‘cello
Karin Fuller, harp
(recorded by Laura Gilbert, alto fl., Joshua Gordon, ‘cello,
Victoria Drake, harp, “Bang on A Can Live, Vol. 2”
CRI/New World 646)

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the focus of blue light (1987-88) (18 min.)
(violin and piano)
(commissioned by the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress)
(first performance, March 17, 1989)
Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress,
Washington, D.C.
Kurt Nikkanen, violin
Bruce Anderson, piano
(recorded by Kurt Nikkanen, violin & Bruce Anderson, piano,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

echoes in a cloud box (1988) (10 min.)
(violin and ‘cello)
(commissioned by the Contemporary Music Forum)
(first performance, May 8, 1989)
Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C
members of the Contemporary Music Forum:
Helmut Braunlich, violin,
Lori Barnet, ‘cello

jewels beyond the mist (1988) (12 min.)
(commissioned by the New York New Music Ensemble)
(fl./alto fl., clar., vln., vlc., piano, percussion – vibraphone, marimba [A])
(first performance, March 15, 1989)
Merkin Concert Hall, New York, N.Y.
New York New Music Ensemble:
Jayn Rosenfeld, flute/alto flute
Jean Kopperud, clarinet
Linda Quan, violin
Chris Finckel, ‘cello
Elizabeth DiFelice, piano
Daniel Druckman, percussion
Robert Black, conductor

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a diffuse light that knows no particular hour (1989-90, rev. 1993)
(16 min.) (alto fl., clar., vln., vlc., piano) (commissioned by the Amphion Foundation for the Da Capo Chamber Players)
(first performances: Nov. 11 & 25, 1991)
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. (Nov. 11)
Merkin Concert Hall, New York, N.Y. (Nov. 25)
Da Capo Chamber Players:
Patricia Spencer, alto flute
William Blount, clarinet
Eric Wyrick, violin
Andre Emelianoff, ‘cello
Sarah Rothenberg, piano
(recorded by the Da Capo Chamber Players,”the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

filaments (2 flutes) (1990) (9 min.)
(commissioned by Peter Brown & Karen Johnson)
(first performance, June 9, 1991)
Tawes Recital Hall, University of Maryland College Park
College Park, MD.
Peter Brown & Karen Johnson, flutes
(recorded by Peter Brown & Karen Johnson, ,”the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

(arranged for 2 violins)
(first performance, April 15, 1996)
La Maison Francaise
Washington, D.C.
Jennifer Gordon & Mayumi Pawel, violins

from the middle . . . becoming air (1991) (19 min.)
(string trio) (commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation)
(first performance, April 26, 1992)
Conference Center Auditorium
University of Maryland College Park
College Park, MD.
members of the Boston Chamber Music Society:
Stephanie Chase, violin
Marcus Thompson, viola
Ronald Thomas, ‘cello

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two miniatures for violin & piano (1993) (6 min.)
(arrangement for David Abel & Julie Steinberg of two songs for mezzo soprano & piano [1983-84, 1985]) (6 min.)
(first performance, Oct. 14, 1994)
Mills College Concert Hall
Mills College, Oakland, California
David Abel, violin
Julie Steinberg, piano

a still radiance within dark air (1995, rev. 1996) (15 min.)
(piano solo, fl., clar., vln., vlc.)
(commissioned by radio station WGUC in Cincinnati)
(first performance, December 3, 1995)
Linton Music Series
First Unitarian Church
Cincinnati, OH.
Sandra Rivers, solo piano
Randolph Bowman, flute
Richard Hawley, clarinet
Alexander Kerr, violin
Daniel Culnan, ‘cello
Colin Jagger, cond.

a vivid distance serenely layered (1995) (5 min.)
(‘cello quartet)
(commissioned by CELLO)
(first performance, March 3, 1996)
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, PA.
CELLO:
Maria Kitsopoulos Laura Bontrager Maureen McDermott,
Caryl Paisner

in forests of evaporating dawns (1996) (18 min.)
(string quartet)
(written for the Maia Quartet)
(first performance, October 26, 1997)
Merrick Hall
Goucher College
Towson, MD.
Maia Quartet

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eight aspects of appreciation (1996, rev. 2000) (11 min.)
(violin and viola)
(written for the Mann Duo)
(first performance, February 9, 1997)
The Phillips Collection
Washington, D.C.
The Mann Duo:
Nicholas Mann, violin
Robert Mann, viola

ringing fields of enveloping blue (1997) (14 min.)
(‘cello & piano)
(written for Joshua Gordon & Margaret Kampmeier)
(first performance, March 1, 1998)
Music in Chelsea Series
Historic St. Peter’s Church (Chelsea)
Joshua Gordon, ‘cello
Christopher Oldfather, piano

a window of resonant light (1997) (16 min.)
(‘cello, piano, percussion)
(Commissioned for the CORE Ensemble as part of the Meet the Composer/Arts Endowment Commissioning Music USA program)
(first prrformance, October 6, 1997)
Washington & Lee University
Roanoke, VA.
The CORE Ensemble:
Andrew Mark, ‘cello
Hugh Hinton, piano
Michael Parola, percussion
(recorded by the CORE Ensemble, “the promise of the far horizon”,
Albany, TROY 698)

in afternoons of deep and amplified air (1998) (11min.)
(string quartet)
(Commissioned by the 1998 Reston Prelude Festival)
(first performance, June 19, 1998)
Reston Prelude Festival
Reston Community Theatre
Reston, VA.
Audubon Quartet

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undiluted days (1999 – 2000) (11 min.)
(piano trio)
(Commissioned by Sonia & Louis Rothschild)
(first performance, March 19, 2000)
Hearst Hall
The National Cathedral School
Washington, D.C.
Opus 3 Trio

still air (2000) (1 1/2 min .)
(viol trio)
(first performance, April 13, 2000)
Bowling Green State University Early Music Ensemble

as a spray of reflected meadowlight informs the air (2000) (10 min.)
(commissioned by Philip Berlin and the Contemporary Music Forum)
(first performance, Dec. 7, 2000)
Frances & Armand Hammer Auditorium, Corcoran Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
members of the Contemporary Music Forum

through the filtering dawn of spreading daybright (2001) (8 min.)
(viola & contrabass)
(commissioned by Wendy Richman)
First performance, November 20, 2011 – Studio Theatre, Stocker Arts Center, Lorain County Community College
Eliesha Nelson, viola / Scott Dixon, double bass

the promise of the far horizon (2002, rev. 2013) (16 min.)
(string quartet)
(commissioned by the Nancy Ruyle Dodge Charitable Trust)
(first performance, Dec. 4, 2002)
Miller Theatre, Columbia University
New York, N.Y.
Corigliano Quartet
(recorded by the Corigliano Quartet, “the promise of the far horizon”,
Albany, TROY 698)

a focused expanse of evolving experience (2003) (8 min.)
(fl., vln., vla., vlc., piano)
(commissioned by the Empyrean Ensemble)
(first performance, Nov. 2, 2003)
Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA.
Empyrean Ensemble,
David Milnes, cond.

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toward the deepening stillness beyond visible light (2004) (11 min.)
(piano, string quartet)
(commissioned by the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Chamber Music Columbus (OH.) and Omus Hirshbein)
(first performance, Oct. 19, 2004)
Mandel Hall
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Pacifica Quartet & Amy Dissanayake, piano

an evolving romance for flute and piano (2005) (5 min.)
(commissioned by Lura Johnson)
(first performance, Nov. 2005)
Proctor-Munson-Institute
Utica N.Y.
Christina Jennings, flute
Lura Johnson, piano

in the community of encompassing hours (2005) (9 min.)
(piano trio)
(commissioned by the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt)
(first US performance, May 17, 2006
Austrian Embassy
Washington, D.C.
Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
(first European performance, May 27, 2006
Glaserner Saal, Magna Auditorium Musikverien
Vienna, Austria
Haydn Trio Eisenstadt

the play of intervening objects (2007) (10 min.)
(wind quintet)
(commissioned by consortium for Imani Winds)
(first performance, November 9, 2007)
Kobacher Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH.
Imani Winds

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in soft echoes . . . a world awaits (2007) (11 min.)
(string trio)
(commissioned by the Fortnightly Musical Club of Cleveland)
(first performance: March 11, 2008)
Mixon Hall
Cleveland Institute of Music
Cleveland, OH.
Emma Shook, violin
Eliesha Nelson, viola
Martha Baldwin, ‘cello

further evolving . . . (2008) (5 min.)
(fl., vlc., piano)
(commissioned by the Chamber Music Conference and Composers’ Forum of the East)
(first performance: August 2, 2008)
Carriage Barn, Bennington College
Bennington, VT.
Andrea Berger, flute
Robert Park, ‘cello
Richard Friedberg, piano

a garden of flourishing paths (2008) (12 min.)
(fl., vln., vlc., piano, percussion)
(commissioned by the National Gallery of Art and the VERGE Ensemble in celebration of Elliott Carter’s 100th birthday)
(first performance: November 30, 2008)
West Garden Court
National Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
VERGE Ensemble
Daniel Walshaw, cond.

three short duos for violin & harp (2011) (6 min.)
(commissioned by a consortium consisting of Pamela Johnson, Philip Berlin, Otho Eskin. Eve Sandberg and Mika Hornyak)
(first performance: November 13, 2011)
Phillips Collection
Washington, D.C.
Kelly Hall-Tompkins, violin
Bridget Kibbey, harp

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eight aspects of appreciation II (2012) (12 min.)
(violin & ‘cello)
(first performance: February 10, 2013)
West Garden Court
National Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
Miranda Cuckson, violin
Julia Bruskin, ‘cello

still air (2013) (6 min.)
(piano quartet)
(commissioned by the Chamber Music Conference and Composer’s Forum of the East, Inc.)
(first performance: Aug. 10, 2013)
Carriage Barn,
Bennington College
Bennington, VT
Tom Frenkel, violin
Bonnie Maky, viola
Judy Tobey, ‘cello
Giovanni Koll, piano

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Vocal

orage (1978, rev. 1993) (7 min.)
(sop., clar., vib., piano) (text by the composer)
(first performance, July, 1978)
Aspen Music Festival
Mary Elizabeth Poore, sop.
Joaquin Valdepenas, clar.
William Moersch, vib.
Mary Ann Brown, piano

diamonds suspended in a galaxy of clouds (soprano solo)
(1980-81) (7 min.) (text: Pedro Salinas: translated by
Rafael Chabrain Gonzales)
(first performance, February 25, 1983)
Mainstage Theatre, California State University,
Stanislaus, CA.
Deborah Kavasch, soprano

lullaby (in folk style) (soprano & piano) (1982) (4 min.)
(text by the composer) (first performance, August 13, 1982)
Berkshire Music Festival, Tanglewood
Corliss Uecker, soprano

two songs for mezzo soprano & piano
“Low Anchored Cloud” (1983-84) (4 min.)
(text: Henry David Thoreau)
(first performance, April 6, 1989)
Renee Weiler Concert Hall, Greenwich House Music School,
New York, N.Y.
Fredrika Rhodie, mezzo-soprano
Bruce Anderson, piano

“Dream Dust” (1985) (2 min.)
(text: Langston Hughes)

two haiku settings: of place and love (2006) (7 min.)
(sop., vlc., marimba, vibraphone)
(text: Sonia Sanchez)
(commissioned by Network for New Music)
(first performance, March 19, 2006)
Art Sanctuary
Philadelphia, PA
Network for New Music:
Jan Krzywicki, cond., Elisabeth Stevens, sop.

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Vocal, cont’d

three windows (2014) (8 min.)
(sop., vlc., harp)
(text: Sonia Sanchez)
(commissioned by Washington Performing Arts)

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Choral

Hillman Ode (1987) (3 min.) (SATB)
(commissioned by Carsey-Werner for NBC television series,
“A Different World”)

Orchestral / Large ensemble

violin concerto no. 1 (1981, rev. 1982) (20 min.)
violin solo (2,1,2,1) (0,2,2,0) (piano, percussion) (strings)
(first performance, March 31, 1982)
Symphony Space, New York, N.Y.
American Composers’ Orchestra
Kurt Nikkanen, violin
James Dixon, cond.

viola concerto (1993) (23 min.)
viola solo (2,2,2,2) (2,2,2,0) (timpani, vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(dedicated to violist Misha Amory)

as the air softens in dusklight (1994) (9 min.)*
(2,2,3,2) (4,2,2,1) (vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(winner, 1994 National Black Arts Festival/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition)
(first performances: July 29, 30 & 31, 1994)
Symphony Hall, Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA. (July 29 & 30)
Grant Park, Atlanta, GA. (July 31)
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Yoel Levi, cond.

distinct echoes of glimmering daylight (1994) (16 min.)
(2,2,2,2) (4,2,2,1) (vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(commissioned by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Kenneth Fain)
(first performance, October 16, 1995)
Roanoke Civic Center, Roanoke, VA.
Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
David Wiley, cond.

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within a cloudburst of echoing brightness (1995) (4 min.)*
(3,3,3,2) (4,3,3,1) (timpani, vibraphone, harp, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Music Director, through a grant from the John and June Hechinger Commissioning Fund)
(first performances: November 2, 3, 4, 7, 1995)
Concert Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.
National Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, cond.

a layer of vivid stillness (1996) (5 min.)
‘cello solo, 12 ‘cellos
(orchestration of a vivid distance serenely layered [1995] originally written for ‘cello quartet)

a distance of unfolding light: rhapsody for violin & orch. (2000) (15 min.)
(2,2,2,2) (4,2,2,1) (vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(Commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation)
(first performance: November 13, 2004)
First Baptist Church
Hickory, N.C.
Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra
James Dickenson, violin
John Gordon Ross, cond.

a still radiance within dark air (2000) (15 min.)
piano solo, (1,1,1,1,) (2,2,2,0) (marimba, vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(orchestration commissioned by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony
(first performance: November 20, 2000)
Drinko Recital Hall, Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH.
Cleveland Chamber Symphony
Robert Shannon, piano
Andrew Rindfleisch, cond.

billowing pockets brightly layered (2000 rev. 2007) (11 min.)
‘cello solo, (1,1,1,1,) (harp) (strings)
(first performance of the revised version, March 16, 2008)
Glick Recital Hall, Cleveland Music School Settlement
Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Chamber Symphony
Darrett Adkins, ‘cello
Steven Smith, cond.

• paired with as the air softens in dusklight as a precious continuity is a day expanding (2001)
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amid the light of quickening memory (2002) (9 min.)
(2,2,2,2,) (4,2,2,1) (marimba, vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Music Director, through funds provided by the John and June Hechinger Commissioning Fund for New Orchestral Works)
(first performances: June 5,6 & 7, 2003)
Concert Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.
National Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, cond.

through dancing echoes spreading softly: concerto for orchestra (2005)
(17 min.)
(4,4,4,2) (4,2,2,1) (timpani, marimba, 2 harps, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

the comfort of his voice (2006) (10 min.)
(4,4,2,2) (4,2,2,1) (marimba, vibraphone, harp, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the Musical Arts Society of Cleveland/Cleveland Orchestra)
(first performance: January 14, 2007)
Severance Hall
Cleveland, OH.
Cleveland Orchestra
Chelsea Tipton II, cond.

murmurs of light . . . becoming still (2007) (1 min.)
(string orchestra)
(commissioned by the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra for its “Progressions” program)

verdant and shimmering air: four views of a reflected forest (2007) (8 min.)
(3,3,3,2) (4, 3,3,1) (timpani, vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(commissioned by the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra)
(first performance: May 6, 2007)
Uihlein Hall
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
Milwaukee, WI.
Milwaukee Youth Symphony Senior Symphony
Margery Deutsch, cond.

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. . . and symphonies of deepening light . . . expanding . . . ever cavernous (2008) (11 min.)
(4,4,4,2) (4,2,2,1) (timpani, harp, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Ann and Harry Santen)
(first performance: March 27, 2009)
Music Hall
Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
James Gaffigan, cond.

three rhapsodies for ‘cello & strings (2009 – 10, rev. 2013) (13 min.)
‘cello solo, strings
I. revisiting variazioni elegiaci . . . within the fabric of caressing air
II. echoing fields . . .spreading light
III. brightness dispersed
(first performance: May 1, 2010 – mvts I & II)
Stocker Arts Center Auditorium
Lorain County Community College
Elyria, OH
Civic Orchestra
Tanya Ell, ‘cello
Robert Beckstrom, cond.

(first performance of revised version: Feb. 10, 2013 – mvts I & II)
West Garden Court
National Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C,
Members of the National Gallery Orchestra
Julia Bruskin, ‘cello
Peter Wilson, cond.

through a stillness brightening (2011) (11 min.)
(solo violin, E-flat clar., bsn., tpt,, trb., vib., mar., cb.)
(commissioned by the Argento New Music Project through the generosity of Marianna Bettman [in memory of Judge Gilbert Bettman] and Sonia Rothschild)
(first performance: April 11, 2011)
Cutting Edge Concerts Series
Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre, Symphony Space
New York, N.Y.
Argento Chamber Ensemble
Miranda Cuckson, violin
Michel Galante, cond

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a dance into reflected daylight (2012) (10 min.)
(2,2,2,2,) (4,2,2,1) (harp, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the Sphinx Organization in consortium with eight American orchestras)
(first performance: September 22, 2012)
New World Center
Miami Beach, FL.
New World Symphony Orchestra
Michael Francis, cond.

becoming . . . (2014) (16 min.)
(piano solo, flute, horn, mar., vib., harp, 2 vlns., vla., vlc., bass)
(commissioned by a consortium consisting of Otho Eskin,
Walter Douglas, Rand Curtiss, Bonnie Jo Dopp and Peter Hurley)

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Recordings

linear cycles II and quartet no. 3 (string quartet no. 1)
Composers’ Recordings, Inc. (CRI 468) (LP)
Helmut Braunlich, violin, Barbro Dahlman, piano – New York String Quartet

a pond within the drifting dusk
“Bang On A Can Live, Vol. 2”
Composers’ Recordings, Inc. (CRI/New World 646) (CD)
Laura Gilbert, fl., Joshua Gordon, vlc., Victoria Drake, hp.

her eastern light amid a cavernous dusk, the focus of blue light, amid fleeting pockets of billowing radiance, a diffuse light that knows no particular hour (revised version), linear cycles VII (cambiamenti II) (revised version), filaments
“the focus of blue light”
Composers’ Recordings, Inc. (CRI/New World 650) (CD)
Various Artists

fragments from the surrounding evening
“Dark Fires”
Albany Recordings (TROY 266) (CD)
Karen Walwyn, piano

barbaglio dal manca
“Telling Tales”
Capstone Recordings (CPS 8736)
Tuyen Tonnu, piano

wending, the promise of the far horizon, a landscape of interior resonances, a window of resonant light, the milliner’s fancy
“the promise of the far horizon”
Albany Recordings (TROY 698) (CD)
Various Artists

in the community of encompassing hours
“Bachmann to Music”: Ingeborg Bachmann Writing against War
Capriccio Recordings (71 095)
Haydn Trio Eisenstadt

tango-variations
Tangos for Piano
Ravello Records (Parma Recordings)
Amy Briggs, piano

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Publications

a window’s gathering of clouds
Quadrivium Music Press

for Elliott
Perspectives of New Music, Vol. 22, Nos. 1 & 2 (with accompanying cassette)

tango variations
Quadrivium Music Press

variazioni elegiaci (revised version)
National Capital ‘Cello Club, Inc. Newsletter (Washington, D.C.), Summer 1997
Theodore Presser Co.

All other published works published by Theodore Presser Co., Bryn Mawr, PA.
(www.presser.com) & Quicklight Music, Oberlin, OH.

Bibliography: (selected)
Aaron Harder: “Composer had his head in the clouds” Columbus Dispatch (October, 20, 2005)
Jeffrey Mumford: “The Degree of Difference” KUSC (NPR) membership newsletter,
(Feb. 2004)
Daniel Ginsberg: “Musical Passages from a Washington Life” Washington Post (5/4/03)
William C. Banfield: “Musical Landscapes in Color: Conversations with Black
American Composers, ” Scarecrow Press. (2003)
Jessica Duschen:The STRAD (UK) (December 2002)
New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians (2000)
Tim Page: ”Composer At Work” v, Washington Post (8/30/98)
Sandra Hyslop: “Sonidos De Las Americas: Mexico, The Sound in America”, SYMPHONY,
xlv / 3 (May-June 1994), p. 39-43
Jeff Rosenfeld: “Setting the sky to song”, Weatherwise , xlvii / 5 (October/November 1994),
p. 10-11
Mimi Carter: “Atlanta Symphony and Black Arts Festival join forces to
underwrite compositions”, Inside Arts, vi /6 (December 1994) p. 11-12
“Symphonium” (Classical Expressions, p. 29) Collage magazine (premiere issue, 1995)

CD Reviews: (selected) the focus of blue light
Joseph McLellan: Washington Post: (11/21/93)
Paul Cook: American Record Guide, lvii / 2 (March/April 1994)
Joshua Freeman: Minnesota Composers Forum Newsletter, xxi / 7 (Sept. 1994)
Robert Carl: Fanfare magazine, xviii / 3 (Jan./Feb. 1995)

CD Reviews (selected) the promise of the far horizon
Frank Oteri: “New MusicBox”, American Music Center (12/04)
Joseph Dalton: “Time Out New York” No. 485 (1/13-1/19/05)
Donald Rosenberg: Cleveland Plain Dealer (2/13/05)
Joseph McLellan: Washington Post (5/8/05)

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Robert Carl: Fanfare magazine (Jan/Feb. 2006)
Steve Smith: New York Times (4/8/14)
Mike Telin: Clevelandclassical.com (7/8/14)

List of Works and First Performances
Piano
barbaglio dal manca (1981, rev. 1992, 2000) (10 min.)
(first performance [original version], January 18, 1982)
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Barbro Dahlman, piano
(first performance [second revised version], November 21, 2002)
Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, OH.
Toyen Tonnu, piano
(recorded by Tuyen Tonnu, Capstone, CPS 8736)

for Elliott (1983) (1 min.)
(first performance, December 5, 1983)
Carnegie Recital Hall, New York, N.Y.
Claudia Stevens, piano

tango variations (1984, rev, 2001) (3 min.)
(commissioned by Quadrivium Music Press for pianist Yvar Mikhashoff)
(first performance, March 2, 1986)
Bessie Schonberg Theatre, New York, N.Y.
Yvar Mikhashoff, piano

fragments from the surrounding evening (1984) (9 min.)
(commissioned by the La Gesse Foundation)
(first performance, February 24, 1985)
Lafayette Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Bruce Anderson, piano
(recorded by Karen Walwyn on Albany Recordings TROY 266)

a flower in folding shadows (piano, four-hands) (1986) (8 min.)
(first performance, April 6, 1989)
Renee Weiler Concert Hall, Greenwich House Music School,
New York, N.Y.
Continuum: Joel Sachs and Cheryl Seltzer, piano, four-hands

a landscape of interior resonances (2001) (16 min.)
(commissioned by the Phillips Collection [Washington, D.C.], Miller Theatre [New York, N.Y.] and the Schubert Club [St. Paul, MN.])
(first performance, May 5, 2002)
Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
Margaret Kampmeier, piano
(recorded by Margaret Kampmeier, “the promise of the far horizon”,
Albany, TROY 698)

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four dances for Boris (2004) (8 min.)
(commissioned by Boris Willis)
(first performance, September 17, 2004)
Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Washington, D.C.
Lura Johnson, piano

a celebration of Elliott (2007) (2 min.)
(commissioned by the Network for New Music to celebrate the 100th birthday of Elliott Carter)
(first performance: February 29, 2008)
Leonard Nimoy Theatre – Symphony Space, New York, N.Y.
Stephen Gosling, piano

of ringing and layered space (2010 . . . ongoing)
(commissioned by consortium for pianists Jenny Lin, Lura Johnson, Tuyen Tonnu, Amy Briggs, and Shannon Wettstein)
I. “Jenny” (3 min.) (2010)
II. “Lura” (3 min.) (2010)

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Solo Instrumental

linear cycles VII (cambiamenti II) (solo violin) (1979, rev. 1993) (8 min.)
(first performance, July 22, 1979) (original version)
Aspen Music Festival
Kurt Nikkanen, violin
(first performance [revised version])
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
Lina Bahn, violin
(recorded by Kurt Nikkanen,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

variazioni elegiaci (solo ‘cello) (1979-80, rev. 1997) (9 min.)
(first performance, July 10, 1981) (original version)
Aspen Music Festival
Julie Charland ‘cello

morning thunder for solo flute (1979-80) (8 min.)
(first performance, December 15, 1980)
live radio broadcast, KPFK, Los Angeles
Janice Tipton, flute

amid fleeting pockets of billowing radiance (solo ‘cello) (1990) (11 min.)
(first performance, September 20 ,1991)
St. Mary’s College, St. Mary’s County, MD.
Pamela Greitzer, ‘cello
(recorded by Joshua Gordon,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

the clarity of remembered springs (solo viola) (1992-93) (13 min.)
(commissioned by the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation)
(first performance, April 26, 1993)
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
New York, N.Y.
Misha Amory, viola

a window’s gathering of clouds (solo guitar) (1981) (7 min.)
(first performance, March 2, 1986)
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Todd Seelye, guitar

variazioni elegiaci II (solo violin) (1983) (8 min.)
(first performance, July 11, 1986)
Seattle Chamber Music Festival
Ida Levin, violin

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revisiting variazioni elegiaci (solo viola) (2001) (9 min.)
(first performance, February 10, 2001)
Kulas Recital Hall
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Wendy Richman, viola

wending (solo viola) (2001) (11 min.)
(first public performance, Nov. 11, 2001)
Phillips Collection
Washington, D.C.
Wendy Richman, viola
(recorded by Wendy Richman, “the promise of the far horizon”
Albany, TROY 698)

the milliner’s fancy (solo alto saxophone) (2003) (5 min.)
(commissioned by Rhonda Taylor & David Reminick)
(first performance, April 9, 2003)
Warner Concert Hall
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
David Reminick, alto saxophone
(recorded by Rhonda Taylor, “the promise of the far horizon”
Albany, TROY 698)

three musings . . . revisiting memories (solo violin) (2005) (5 min.)
(written for Ole Bohn)
(first performance, March 8, 2005)
Warner Concert Hall
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Ole Bohn, violin

eight musings . . . revisiting memories (solo violin) (2005) (11 min.)
(written for Ole Bohn)
(first performance, Aug. 5, 2005)
Monadnock Music Festival
Fitzwilliam Town Hall, Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire
Ole Bohn, violin

an expanding distance of multiple voices (solo violin) (2005) (11 min.)
(commissioned by consortium for Lina Bahn)
(first performance, Sept 18, 2005)
Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium
Corcoran Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
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a focus further within (solo ‘cello) (2010) (3 ½ min.)
(commissioned by Rhonda Rider as part of her residency at the
Grand Canyon)
(first performance, March 10, 2011)
Seully Hall
Boston Conservatory of Music
Boston, MA
Rhonda Ryder, ‘cello

to find in the glimmering air . . . a buoyant continuity of layering blue
(‘solo ‘cello) (2011) (9 min.)
(funded by the Lorain County Community College Foundation through its Campus Grants Program)
(first performances, April 17, 2011, October 25, 2011, October 26, 2011)
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Brookfield ,WI; Studio Theatre, Stocker Arts Center, Lorain County Community College; Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH.)
Seaunn Thorsteinsdottir, ‘cello

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Chamber

linear cycles II (violin and piano) (1978) (8 min.)
(commissioned by the Robert Evett Fund of Washington, D.C.)
(first performance, February 20, 1978)
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
members of the Contemporary Music Forum:
Helmut Braunlich, violin
Barbro Dahlman, piano

string quartet no. 1 (formerly quartet no. 3 ) (1978 rev. 1980) (12 min.)
(first performance, December 6, 1980)
Concert Hall, University of California, Irvine
New York String Quartet
(recorded by the New York String Quartet on CRI/New World 468) (LP)

a wind of suspended prominences (clarinet and piano) (1981) (7 min.)
(first performance, April 17, 1981)
Mandeville Recital Hall, University of California, San Diego
William Powell, clarinet
Zita Carno, piano
(first performance, revised version, October 28, 1991)
Roy O. Disney Music Hall, California Institute of the Arts,
Valencia, California
William Powell, clarinet
Zita Carno, piano

duo concerto (1981-82) (15 min.)
(commissioned by ‘cellist Fred Sherry)
(vlc. solo, percussion – xylophone, marimba [A], vibraphone, clar., vln., piano)
(first performance, February 21, 1984)
Kaufman Concert Hall, 92nd St. YM/YWHA, New York, N.Y.
Group for Contemporary Music:
Fred Sherry, solo ‘cello
Daniel Druckman, percussion
Anand Devendra, clarinet
Ik-Hwan Bae, violin
Aleck Karis, piano
Daniel Shulman, cond.

lullaby (in folk style) (‘cello and piano) (1982) (4 min.)
(first performance, January 10, 1983)
Chamber Music from SoHo Series
Fred Sherry, ‘cello
Rebecca Silver, piano

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string quartet no. 2 (1982-83, rev. 1995) (14 min.)
(first performance, February 5, 1993) (original version)
Strathmore Hall Arts Center, North Bethesda, MD.
Maia Quartet

notturno (crystals of suspended evening) (1983-84) (10 min.)
(commissioned by Tafelmusik)
(fl., ob., vlc., hpschd.)
(first performance, April 4, 1983)
Provincetown Playhouse, New York, N.Y.
Tafelmusik:
Lauren Weiss, flute
Pamela Epple, oboe
Christine Gummere, ‘cello
Linda Kobler, harpsichord

her eastern light amid a cavernous dusk (1983-84, rev. 1987) (9 min.)
(wind quintet)
(commissioned by the Aspen Wind Quintet)
(first performance, March 6, 1987)
Calvary Episcopal Church, New York, N.Y.
Aspen Wind Quintet
(recorded by the Aspen Wind Quintet,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

a veil of liquid diamonds (1985-86, rev. 1995, 1999) (16 min.)
(string quartet)
(first performance, August 27, 1995)
Music at Gretna Festival, Mt. Gretna, PA.
Borromeo Quartet

a pond within the drifting dusk (1986-87, rev. 1988) (10 min.)
(alto fl., vlc., hp.)
(first performance, November 16, 1988)
Settlement Music School, Mary Louise Curtiss Branch
Philadelphia, PA.
Edward Schultz, alto flute
Charles Forbes, ‘cello
Karin Fuller, harp
(recorded by Laura Gilbert, alto fl., Joshua Gordon, ‘cello,
Victoria Drake, harp, “Bang on A Can Live, Vol. 2”
CRI/New World 646)

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the focus of blue light (1987-88) (18 min.)
(violin and piano)
(commissioned by the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress)
(first performance, March 17, 1989)
Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress,
Washington, D.C.
Kurt Nikkanen, violin
Bruce Anderson, piano
(recorded by Kurt Nikkanen, violin & Bruce Anderson, piano,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

echoes in a cloud box (1988) (10 min.)
(violin and ‘cello)
(commissioned by the Contemporary Music Forum)
(first performance, May 8, 1989)
Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C
members of the Contemporary Music Forum:
Helmut Braunlich, violin,
Lori Barnet, ‘cello

jewels beyond the mist (1988) (12 min.)
(commissioned by the New York New Music Ensemble)
(fl./alto fl., clar., vln., vlc., piano, percussion – vibraphone, marimba [A])
(first performance, March 15, 1989)
Merkin Concert Hall, New York, N.Y.
New York New Music Ensemble:
Jayn Rosenfeld, flute/alto flute
Jean Kopperud, clarinet
Linda Quan, violin
Chris Finckel, ‘cello
Elizabeth DiFelice, piano
Daniel Druckman, percussion
Robert Black, conductor

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a diffuse light that knows no particular hour (1989-90, rev. 1993)
(16 min.) (alto fl., clar., vln., vlc., piano) (commissioned by the Amphion Foundation for the Da Capo Chamber Players)
(first performances: Nov. 11 & 25, 1991)
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. (Nov. 11)
Merkin Concert Hall, New York, N.Y. (Nov. 25)
Da Capo Chamber Players:
Patricia Spencer, alto flute
William Blount, clarinet
Eric Wyrick, violin
Andre Emelianoff, ‘cello
Sarah Rothenberg, piano
(recorded by the Da Capo Chamber Players,”the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

filaments (2 flutes) (1990) (9 min.)
(commissioned by Peter Brown & Karen Johnson)
(first performance, June 9, 1991)
Tawes Recital Hall, University of Maryland College Park
College Park, MD.
Peter Brown & Karen Johnson, flutes
(recorded by Peter Brown & Karen Johnson, ,”the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

(arranged for 2 violins)
(first performance, April 15, 1996)
La Maison Francaise
Washington, D.C.
Jennifer Gordon & Mayumi Pawel, violins

from the middle . . . becoming air (1991) (19 min.)
(string trio) (commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation)
(first performance, April 26, 1992)
Conference Center Auditorium
University of Maryland College Park
College Park, MD.
members of the Boston Chamber Music Society:
Stephanie Chase, violin
Marcus Thompson, viola
Ronald Thomas, ‘cello

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two miniatures for violin & piano (1993) (6 min.)
(arrangement for David Abel & Julie Steinberg of two songs for mezzo soprano & piano [1983-84, 1985]) (6 min.)
(first performance, Oct. 14, 1994)
Mills College Concert Hall
Mills College, Oakland, California
David Abel, violin
Julie Steinberg, piano

a still radiance within dark air (1995, rev. 1996) (15 min.)
(piano solo, fl., clar., vln., vlc.)
(commissioned by radio station WGUC in Cincinnati)
(first performance, December 3, 1995)
Linton Music Series
First Unitarian Church
Cincinnati, OH.
Sandra Rivers, solo piano
Randolph Bowman, flute
Richard Hawley, clarinet
Alexander Kerr, violin
Daniel Culnan, ‘cello
Colin Jagger, cond.

a vivid distance serenely layered (1995) (5 min.)
(‘cello quartet)
(commissioned by CELLO)
(first performance, March 3, 1996)
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, PA.
CELLO:
Maria Kitsopoulos Laura Bontrager Maureen McDermott,
Caryl Paisner

in forests of evaporating dawns (1996) (18 min.)
(string quartet)
(written for the Maia Quartet)
(first performance, October 26, 1997)
Merrick Hall
Goucher College
Towson, MD.
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eight aspects of appreciation (1996, rev. 2000) (11 min.)
(violin and viola)
(written for the Mann Duo)
(first performance, February 9, 1997)
The Phillips Collection
Washington, D.C.
The Mann Duo:
Nicholas Mann, violin
Robert Mann, viola

ringing fields of enveloping blue (1997) (14 min.)
(‘cello & piano)
(written for Joshua Gordon & Margaret Kampmeier)
(first performance, March 1, 1998)
Music in Chelsea Series
Historic St. Peter’s Church (Chelsea)
Joshua Gordon, ‘cello
Christopher Oldfather, piano

a window of resonant light (1997) (16 min.)
(‘cello, piano, percussion)
(Commissioned for the CORE Ensemble as part of the Meet the Composer/Arts Endowment Commissioning Music USA program)
(first prrformance, October 6, 1997)
Washington & Lee University
Roanoke, VA.
The CORE Ensemble:
Andrew Mark, ‘cello
Hugh Hinton, piano
Michael Parola, percussion
(recorded by the CORE Ensemble, “the promise of the far horizon”,
Albany, TROY 698)

in afternoons of deep and amplified air (1998) (11min.)
(string quartet)
(Commissioned by the 1998 Reston Prelude Festival)
(first performance, June 19, 1998)
Reston Prelude Festival
Reston Community Theatre
Reston, VA.
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undiluted days (1999 – 2000) (11 min.)
(piano trio)
(Commissioned by Sonia & Louis Rothschild)
(first performance, March 19, 2000)
Hearst Hall
The National Cathedral School
Washington, D.C.
Opus 3 Trio

still air (2000) (1 1/2 min .)
(viol trio)
(first performance, April 13, 2000)
Bowling Green State University Early Music Ensemble

as a spray of reflected meadowlight informs the air (2000) (10 min.)
(commissioned by Philip Berlin and the Contemporary Music Forum)
(first performance, Dec. 7, 2000)
Frances & Armand Hammer Auditorium, Corcoran Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
members of the Contemporary Music Forum

through the filtering dawn of spreading daybright (2001) (8 min.)
(viola & contrabass)
(commissioned by Wendy Richman)
First performance, November 20, 2011 – Studio Theatre, Stocker Arts Center, Lorain County Community College
Eliesha Nelson, viola / Scott Dixon, double bass

the promise of the far horizon (2002, rev. 2013) (16 min.)
(string quartet)
(commissioned by the Nancy Ruyle Dodge Charitable Trust)
(first performance, Dec. 4, 2002)
Miller Theatre, Columbia University
New York, N.Y.
Corigliano Quartet
(recorded by the Corigliano Quartet, “the promise of the far horizon”,
Albany, TROY 698)

a focused expanse of evolving experience (2003) (8 min.)
(fl., vln., vla., vlc., piano)
(commissioned by the Empyrean Ensemble)
(first performance, Nov. 2, 2003)
Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA.
Empyrean Ensemble,
David Milnes, cond.

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toward the deepening stillness beyond visible light (2004) (11 min.)
(piano, string quartet)
(commissioned by the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Chamber Music Columbus (OH.) and Omus Hirshbein)
(first performance, Oct. 19, 2004)
Mandel Hall
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Pacifica Quartet & Amy Dissanayake, piano

an evolving romance for flute and piano (2005) (5 min.)
(commissioned by Lura Johnson)
(first performance, Nov. 2005)
Proctor-Munson-Institute
Utica N.Y.
Christina Jennings, flute
Lura Johnson, piano

in the community of encompassing hours (2005) (9 min.)
(piano trio)
(commissioned by the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt)
(first US performance, May 17, 2006
Austrian Embassy
Washington, D.C.
Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
(first European performance, May 27, 2006
Glaserner Saal, Magna Auditorium Musikverien
Vienna, Austria
Haydn Trio Eisenstadt

the play of intervening objects (2007) (10 min.)
(wind quintet)
(commissioned by consortium for Imani Winds)
(first performance, November 9, 2007)
Kobacher Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH.
Imani Winds

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in soft echoes . . . a world awaits (2007) (11 min.)
(string trio)
(commissioned by the Fortnightly Musical Club of Cleveland)
(first performance: March 11, 2008)
Mixon Hall
Cleveland Institute of Music
Cleveland, OH.
Emma Shook, violin
Eliesha Nelson, viola
Martha Baldwin, ‘cello

further evolving . . . (2008) (5 min.)
(fl., vlc., piano)
(commissioned by the Chamber Music Conference and Composers’ Forum of the East)
(first performance: August 2, 2008)
Carriage Barn, Bennington College
Bennington, VT.
Andrea Berger, flute
Robert Park, ‘cello
Richard Friedberg, piano

a garden of flourishing paths (2008) (12 min.)
(fl., vln., vlc., piano, percussion)
(commissioned by the National Gallery of Art and the VERGE Ensemble in celebration of Elliott Carter’s 100th birthday)
(first performance: November 30, 2008)
West Garden Court
National Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
VERGE Ensemble
Daniel Walshaw, cond.

three short duos for violin & harp (2011) (6 min.)
(commissioned by a consortium consisting of Pamela Johnson, Philip Berlin, Otho Eskin. Eve Sandberg and Mika Hornyak)
(first performance: November 13, 2011)
Phillips Collection
Washington, D.C.
Kelly Hall-Tompkins, violin
Bridget Kibbey, harp

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eight aspects of appreciation II (2012) (12 min.)
(violin & ‘cello)
(first performance: February 10, 2013)
West Garden Court
National Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
Miranda Cuckson, violin
Julia Bruskin, ‘cello

still air (2013) (6 min.)
(piano quartet)
(commissioned by the Chamber Music Conference and Composer’s Forum of the East, Inc.)
(first performance: Aug. 10, 2013)
Carriage Barn,
Bennington College
Bennington, VT
Tom Frenkel, violin
Bonnie Maky, viola
Judy Tobey, ‘cello
Giovanni Koll, piano

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Vocal

orage (1978, rev. 1993) (7 min.)
(sop., clar., vib., piano) (text by the composer)
(first performance, July, 1978)
Aspen Music Festival
Mary Elizabeth Poore, sop.
Joaquin Valdepenas, clar.
William Moersch, vib.
Mary Ann Brown, piano

diamonds suspended in a galaxy of clouds (soprano solo)
(1980-81) (7 min.) (text: Pedro Salinas: translated by
Rafael Chabrain Gonzales)
(first performance, February 25, 1983)
Mainstage Theatre, California State University,
Stanislaus, CA.
Deborah Kavasch, soprano

lullaby (in folk style) (soprano & piano) (1982) (4 min.)
(text by the composer) (first performance, August 13, 1982)
Berkshire Music Festival, Tanglewood
Corliss Uecker, soprano

two songs for mezzo soprano & piano
“Low Anchored Cloud” (1983-84) (4 min.)
(text: Henry David Thoreau)
(first performance, April 6, 1989)
Renee Weiler Concert Hall, Greenwich House Music School,
New York, N.Y.
Fredrika Rhodie, mezzo-soprano
Bruce Anderson, piano

“Dream Dust” (1985) (2 min.)
(text: Langston Hughes)

two haiku settings: of place and love (2006) (7 min.)
(sop., vlc., marimba, vibraphone)
(text: Sonia Sanchez)
(commissioned by Network for New Music)
(first performance, March 19, 2006)
Art Sanctuary
Philadelphia, PA
Network for New Music:
Jan Krzywicki, cond., Elisabeth Stevens, sop.

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three windows (2014) (8 min.)
(sop., vlc., harp)
(text: Sonia Sanchez)
(commissioned by Washington Performing Arts)

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Choral

Hillman Ode (1987) (3 min.) (SATB)
(commissioned by Carsey-Werner for NBC television series,
“A Different World”)

Orchestral / Large ensemble

violin concerto no. 1 (1981, rev. 1982) (20 min.)
violin solo (2,1,2,1) (0,2,2,0) (piano, percussion) (strings)
(first performance, March 31, 1982)
Symphony Space, New York, N.Y.
American Composers’ Orchestra
Kurt Nikkanen, violin
James Dixon, cond.

viola concerto (1993) (23 min.)
viola solo (2,2,2,2) (2,2,2,0) (timpani, vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(dedicated to violist Misha Amory)

as the air softens in dusklight (1994) (9 min.)*
(2,2,3,2) (4,2,2,1) (vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(winner, 1994 National Black Arts Festival/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition)
(first performances: July 29, 30 & 31, 1994)
Symphony Hall, Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA. (July 29 & 30)
Grant Park, Atlanta, GA. (July 31)
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Yoel Levi, cond.

distinct echoes of glimmering daylight (1994) (16 min.)
(2,2,2,2) (4,2,2,1) (vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(commissioned by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Kenneth Fain)
(first performance, October 16, 1995)
Roanoke Civic Center, Roanoke, VA.
Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
David Wiley, cond.

• paired with within a cloudburst of echoing brightness as a precious continuity is a day expanding (2001)

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within a cloudburst of echoing brightness (1995) (4 min.)*
(3,3,3,2) (4,3,3,1) (timpani, vibraphone, harp, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Music Director, through a grant from the John and June Hechinger Commissioning Fund)
(first performances: November 2, 3, 4, 7, 1995)
Concert Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.
National Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, cond.

a layer of vivid stillness (1996) (5 min.)
‘cello solo, 12 ‘cellos
(orchestration of a vivid distance serenely layered [1995] originally written for ‘cello quartet)

a distance of unfolding light: rhapsody for violin & orch. (2000) (15 min.)
(2,2,2,2) (4,2,2,1) (vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(Commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation)
(first performance: November 13, 2004)
First Baptist Church
Hickory, N.C.
Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra
James Dickenson, violin
John Gordon Ross, cond.

a still radiance within dark air (2000) (15 min.)
piano solo, (1,1,1,1,) (2,2,2,0) (marimba, vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(orchestration commissioned by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony
(first performance: November 20, 2000)
Drinko Recital Hall, Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH.
Cleveland Chamber Symphony
Robert Shannon, piano
Andrew Rindfleisch, cond.

billowing pockets brightly layered (2000 rev. 2007) (11 min.)
‘cello solo, (1,1,1,1,) (harp) (strings)
(first performance of the revised version, March 16, 2008)
Glick Recital Hall, Cleveland Music School Settlement
Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Chamber Symphony
Darrett Adkins, ‘cello
Steven Smith, cond.

• paired with as the air softens in dusklight as a precious continuity is a day expanding (2001)
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amid the light of quickening memory (2002) (9 min.)
(2,2,2,2,) (4,2,2,1) (marimba, vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Music Director, through funds provided by the John and June Hechinger Commissioning Fund for New Orchestral Works)
(first performances: June 5,6 & 7, 2003)
Concert Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.
National Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, cond.

through dancing echoes spreading softly: concerto for orchestra (2005)
(17 min.)
(4,4,4,2) (4,2,2,1) (timpani, marimba, 2 harps, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

the comfort of his voice (2006) (10 min.)
(4,4,2,2) (4,2,2,1) (marimba, vibraphone, harp, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the Musical Arts Society of Cleveland/Cleveland Orchestra)
(first performance: January 14, 2007)
Severance Hall
Cleveland, OH.
Cleveland Orchestra
Chelsea Tipton II, cond.

murmurs of light . . . becoming still (2007) (1 min.)
(string orchestra)
(commissioned by the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra for its “Progressions” program)

verdant and shimmering air: four views of a reflected forest (2007) (8 min.)
(3,3,3,2) (4, 3,3,1) (timpani, vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(commissioned by the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra)
(first performance: May 6, 2007)
Uihlein Hall
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
Milwaukee, WI.
Milwaukee Youth Symphony Senior Symphony
Margery Deutsch, cond.

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. . . and symphonies of deepening light . . . expanding . . . ever cavernous (2008) (11 min.)
(4,4,4,2) (4,2,2,1) (timpani, harp, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Ann and Harry Santen)
(first performance: March 27, 2009)
Music Hall
Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
James Gaffigan, cond.

three rhapsodies for ‘cello & strings (2009 – 10, rev. 2013) (13 min.)
‘cello solo, strings
I. revisiting variazioni elegiaci . . . within the fabric of caressing air
II. echoing fields . . .spreading light
III. brightness dispersed
(first performance: May 1, 2010 – mvts I & II)
Stocker Arts Center Auditorium
Lorain County Community College
Elyria, OH
Civic Orchestra
Tanya Ell, ‘cello
Robert Beckstrom, cond.

(first performance of revised version: Feb. 10, 2013 – mvts I & II)
West Garden Court
National Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C,
Members of the National Gallery Orchestra
Julia Bruskin, ‘cello
Peter Wilson, cond.

through a stillness brightening (2011) (11 min.)
(solo violin, E-flat clar., bsn., tpt,, trb., vib., mar., cb.)
(commissioned by the Argento New Music Project through the generosity of Marianna Bettman [in memory of Judge Gilbert Bettman] and Sonia Rothschild)
(first performance: April 11, 2011)
Cutting Edge Concerts Series
Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre, Symphony Space
New York, N.Y.
Argento Chamber Ensemble
Miranda Cuckson, violin
Michel Galante, cond

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a dance into reflected daylight (2012) (10 min.)
(2,2,2,2,) (4,2,2,1) (harp, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the Sphinx Organization in consortium with eight American orchestras)
(first performance: September 22, 2012)
New World Center
Miami Beach, FL.
New World Symphony Orchestra
Michael Francis, cond.

becoming . . . (2014) (16 min.)
(piano solo, flute, horn, mar., vib., harp, 2 vlns., vla., vlc., bass)
(commissioned by a consortium consisting of Otho Eskin,
Walter Douglas, Rand Curtiss, Bonnie Jo Dopp and Peter Hurley)

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Recordings

linear cycles II and quartet no. 3 (string quartet no. 1)
Composers’ Recordings, Inc. (CRI 468) (LP)
Helmut Braunlich, violin, Barbro Dahlman, piano – New York String Quartet

a pond within the drifting dusk
“Bang On A Can Live, Vol. 2”
Composers’ Recordings, Inc. (CRI/New World 646) (CD)
Laura Gilbert, fl., Joshua Gordon, vlc., Victoria Drake, hp.

her eastern light amid a cavernous dusk, the focus of blue light, amid fleeting pockets of billowing radiance, a diffuse light that knows no particular hour (revised version), linear cycles VII (cambiamenti II) (revised version), filaments
“the focus of blue light”
Composers’ Recordings, Inc. (CRI/New World 650) (CD)
Various Artists

fragments from the surrounding evening
“Dark Fires”
Albany Recordings (TROY 266) (CD)
Karen Walwyn, piano

barbaglio dal manca
“Telling Tales”
Capstone Recordings (CPS 8736)
Tuyen Tonnu, piano

wending, the promise of the far horizon, a landscape of interior resonances, a window of resonant light, the milliner’s fancy
“the promise of the far horizon”
Albany Recordings (TROY 698) (CD)
Various Artists

in the community of encompassing hours
“Bachmann to Music”: Ingeborg Bachmann Writing against War
Capriccio Recordings (71 095)
Haydn Trio Eisenstadt

tango-variations
Tangos for Piano
Ravello Records (Parma Recordings)
Amy Briggs, piano

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Publications

a window’s gathering of clouds
Quadrivium Music Press

for Elliott
Perspectives of New Music, Vol. 22, Nos. 1 & 2 (with accompanying cassette)

tango variations
Quadrivium Music Press

variazioni elegiaci (revised version)
National Capital ‘Cello Club, Inc. Newsletter (Washington, D.C.), Summer 1997
Theodore Presser Co.

All other published works published by Theodore Presser Co., Bryn Mawr, PA.
(www.presser.com) & Quicklight Music, Oberlin, OH.

Bibliography: (selected)
Aaron Harder: “Composer had his head in the clouds” Columbus Dispatch (October, 20, 2005)
Jeffrey Mumford: “The Degree of Difference” KUSC (NPR) membership newsletter,
(Feb. 2004)
Daniel Ginsberg: “Musical Passages from a Washington Life” Washington Post (5/4/03)
William C. Banfield: “Musical Landscapes in Color: Conversations with Black
American Composers, ” Scarecrow Press. (2003)
Jessica Duschen:The STRAD (UK) (December 2002)
New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians (2000)
Tim Page: ”Composer At Work” v, Washington Post (8/30/98)
Sandra Hyslop: “Sonidos De Las Americas: Mexico, The Sound in America”, SYMPHONY,
xlv / 3 (May-June 1994), p. 39-43
Jeff Rosenfeld: “Setting the sky to song”, Weatherwise , xlvii / 5 (October/November 1994),
p. 10-11
Mimi Carter: “Atlanta Symphony and Black Arts Festival join forces to
underwrite compositions”, Inside Arts, vi /6 (December 1994) p. 11-12
“Symphonium” (Classical Expressions, p. 29) Collage magazine (premiere issue, 1995)

CD Reviews: (selected) the focus of blue light
Joseph McLellan: Washington Post: (11/21/93)
Paul Cook: American Record Guide, lvii / 2 (March/April 1994)
Joshua Freeman: Minnesota Composers Forum Newsletter, xxi / 7 (Sept. 1994)
Robert Carl: Fanfare magazine, xviii / 3 (Jan./Feb. 1995)

CD Reviews (selected) the promise of the far horizon
Frank Oteri: “New MusicBox”, American Music Center (12/04)
Joseph Dalton: “Time Out New York” No. 485 (1/13-1/19/05)
Donald Rosenberg: Cleveland Plain Dealer (2/13/05)
Joseph McLellan: Washington Post (5/8/05)

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Robert Carl: Fanfare magazine (Jan/Feb. 2006)
Steve Smith: New York Times (4/8/14)
Mike Telin: Clevelandclassical.com (7/8/14)

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List of Works and First Performances
Piano
barbaglio dal manca (1981, rev. 1992, 2000) (10 min.)
(first performance [original version], January 18, 1982)
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Barbro Dahlman, piano
(first performance [second revised version], November 21, 2002)
Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, OH.
Toyen Tonnu, piano
(recorded by Tuyen Tonnu, Capstone, CPS 8736)

for Elliott (1983) (1 min.)
(first performance, December 5, 1983)
Carnegie Recital Hall, New York, N.Y.
Claudia Stevens, piano

tango variations (1984, rev, 2001) (3 min.)
(commissioned by Quadrivium Music Press for pianist Yvar Mikhashoff)
(first performance, March 2, 1986)
Bessie Schonberg Theatre, New York, N.Y.
Yvar Mikhashoff, piano

fragments from the surrounding evening (1984) (9 min.)
(commissioned by the La Gesse Foundation)
(first performance, February 24, 1985)
Lafayette Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Bruce Anderson, piano
(recorded by Karen Walwyn on Albany Recordings TROY 266)

a flower in folding shadows (piano, four-hands) (1986) (8 min.)
(first performance, April 6, 1989)
Renee Weiler Concert Hall, Greenwich House Music School,
New York, N.Y.
Continuum: Joel Sachs and Cheryl Seltzer, piano, four-hands

a landscape of interior resonances (2001) (16 min.)
(commissioned by the Phillips Collection [Washington, D.C.], Miller Theatre [New York, N.Y.] and the Schubert Club [St. Paul, MN.])
(first performance, May 5, 2002)
Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
Margaret Kampmeier, piano
(recorded by Margaret Kampmeier, “the promise of the far horizon”,
Albany, TROY 698)

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four dances for Boris (2004) (8 min.)
(commissioned by Boris Willis)
(first performance, September 17, 2004)
Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Washington, D.C.
Lura Johnson, piano

a celebration of Elliott (2007) (2 min.)
(commissioned by the Network for New Music to celebrate the 100th birthday of Elliott Carter)
(first performance: February 29, 2008)
Leonard Nimoy Theatre – Symphony Space, New York, N.Y.
Stephen Gosling, piano

of ringing and layered space (2010 . . . ongoing)
(commissioned by consortium for pianists Jenny Lin, Lura Johnson, Tuyen Tonnu, Amy Briggs, and Shannon Wettstein)
I. “Jenny” (3 min.) (2010)
II. “Lura” (3 min.) (2010)

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Solo Instrumental

linear cycles VII (cambiamenti II) (solo violin) (1979, rev. 1993) (8 min.)
(first performance, July 22, 1979) (original version)
Aspen Music Festival
Kurt Nikkanen, violin
(first performance [revised version])
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
Lina Bahn, violin
(recorded by Kurt Nikkanen,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

variazioni elegiaci (solo ‘cello) (1979-80, rev. 1997) (9 min.)
(first performance, July 10, 1981) (original version)
Aspen Music Festival
Julie Charland ‘cello

morning thunder for solo flute (1979-80) (8 min.)
(first performance, December 15, 1980)
live radio broadcast, KPFK, Los Angeles
Janice Tipton, flute

amid fleeting pockets of billowing radiance (solo ‘cello) (1990) (11 min.)
(first performance, September 20 ,1991)
St. Mary’s College, St. Mary’s County, MD.
Pamela Greitzer, ‘cello
(recorded by Joshua Gordon,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

the clarity of remembered springs (solo viola) (1992-93) (13 min.)
(commissioned by the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation)
(first performance, April 26, 1993)
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
New York, N.Y.
Misha Amory, viola

a window’s gathering of clouds (solo guitar) (1981) (7 min.)
(first performance, March 2, 1986)
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Todd Seelye, guitar

variazioni elegiaci II (solo violin) (1983) (8 min.)
(first performance, July 11, 1986)
Seattle Chamber Music Festival
Ida Levin, violin

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revisiting variazioni elegiaci (solo viola) (2001) (9 min.)
(first performance, February 10, 2001)
Kulas Recital Hall
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Wendy Richman, viola

wending (solo viola) (2001) (11 min.)
(first public performance, Nov. 11, 2001)
Phillips Collection
Washington, D.C.
Wendy Richman, viola
(recorded by Wendy Richman, “the promise of the far horizon”
Albany, TROY 698)

the milliner’s fancy (solo alto saxophone) (2003) (5 min.)
(commissioned by Rhonda Taylor & David Reminick)
(first performance, April 9, 2003)
Warner Concert Hall
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
David Reminick, alto saxophone
(recorded by Rhonda Taylor, “the promise of the far horizon”
Albany, TROY 698)

three musings . . . revisiting memories (solo violin) (2005) (5 min.)
(written for Ole Bohn)
(first performance, March 8, 2005)
Warner Concert Hall
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Ole Bohn, violin

eight musings . . . revisiting memories (solo violin) (2005) (11 min.)
(written for Ole Bohn)
(first performance, Aug. 5, 2005)
Monadnock Music Festival
Fitzwilliam Town Hall, Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire
Ole Bohn, violin

an expanding distance of multiple voices (solo violin) (2005) (11 min.)
(commissioned by consortium for Lina Bahn)
(first performance, Sept 18, 2005)
Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium
Corcoran Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
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a focus further within (solo ‘cello) (2010) (3 ½ min.)
(commissioned by Rhonda Rider as part of her residency at the
Grand Canyon)
(first performance, March 10, 2011)
Seully Hall
Boston Conservatory of Music
Boston, MA
Rhonda Ryder, ‘cello

to find in the glimmering air . . . a buoyant continuity of layering blue
(‘solo ‘cello) (2011) (9 min.)
(funded by the Lorain County Community College Foundation through its Campus Grants Program)
(first performances, April 17, 2011, October 25, 2011, October 26, 2011)
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Brookfield ,WI; Studio Theatre, Stocker Arts Center, Lorain County Community College; Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH.)
Seaunn Thorsteinsdottir, ‘cello

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Chamber

linear cycles II (violin and piano) (1978) (8 min.)
(commissioned by the Robert Evett Fund of Washington, D.C.)
(first performance, February 20, 1978)
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
members of the Contemporary Music Forum:
Helmut Braunlich, violin
Barbro Dahlman, piano

string quartet no. 1 (formerly quartet no. 3 ) (1978 rev. 1980) (12 min.)
(first performance, December 6, 1980)
Concert Hall, University of California, Irvine
New York String Quartet
(recorded by the New York String Quartet on CRI/New World 468) (LP)

a wind of suspended prominences (clarinet and piano) (1981) (7 min.)
(first performance, April 17, 1981)
Mandeville Recital Hall, University of California, San Diego
William Powell, clarinet
Zita Carno, piano
(first performance, revised version, October 28, 1991)
Roy O. Disney Music Hall, California Institute of the Arts,
Valencia, California
William Powell, clarinet
Zita Carno, piano

duo concerto (1981-82) (15 min.)
(commissioned by ‘cellist Fred Sherry)
(vlc. solo, percussion – xylophone, marimba [A], vibraphone, clar., vln., piano)
(first performance, February 21, 1984)
Kaufman Concert Hall, 92nd St. YM/YWHA, New York, N.Y.
Group for Contemporary Music:
Fred Sherry, solo ‘cello
Daniel Druckman, percussion
Anand Devendra, clarinet
Ik-Hwan Bae, violin
Aleck Karis, piano
Daniel Shulman, cond.

lullaby (in folk style) (‘cello and piano) (1982) (4 min.)
(first performance, January 10, 1983)
Chamber Music from SoHo Series
Fred Sherry, ‘cello
Rebecca Silver, piano

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string quartet no. 2 (1982-83, rev. 1995) (14 min.)
(first performance, February 5, 1993) (original version)
Strathmore Hall Arts Center, North Bethesda, MD.
Maia Quartet

notturno (crystals of suspended evening) (1983-84) (10 min.)
(commissioned by Tafelmusik)
(fl., ob., vlc., hpschd.)
(first performance, April 4, 1983)
Provincetown Playhouse, New York, N.Y.
Tafelmusik:
Lauren Weiss, flute
Pamela Epple, oboe
Christine Gummere, ‘cello
Linda Kobler, harpsichord

her eastern light amid a cavernous dusk (1983-84, rev. 1987) (9 min.)
(wind quintet)
(commissioned by the Aspen Wind Quintet)
(first performance, March 6, 1987)
Calvary Episcopal Church, New York, N.Y.
Aspen Wind Quintet
(recorded by the Aspen Wind Quintet,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

a veil of liquid diamonds (1985-86, rev. 1995, 1999) (16 min.)
(string quartet)
(first performance, August 27, 1995)
Music at Gretna Festival, Mt. Gretna, PA.
Borromeo Quartet

a pond within the drifting dusk (1986-87, rev. 1988) (10 min.)
(alto fl., vlc., hp.)
(first performance, November 16, 1988)
Settlement Music School, Mary Louise Curtiss Branch
Philadelphia, PA.
Edward Schultz, alto flute
Charles Forbes, ‘cello
Karin Fuller, harp
(recorded by Laura Gilbert, alto fl., Joshua Gordon, ‘cello,
Victoria Drake, harp, “Bang on A Can Live, Vol. 2”
CRI/New World 646)

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the focus of blue light (1987-88) (18 min.)
(violin and piano)
(commissioned by the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress)
(first performance, March 17, 1989)
Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress,
Washington, D.C.
Kurt Nikkanen, violin
Bruce Anderson, piano
(recorded by Kurt Nikkanen, violin & Bruce Anderson, piano,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

echoes in a cloud box (1988) (10 min.)
(violin and ‘cello)
(commissioned by the Contemporary Music Forum)
(first performance, May 8, 1989)
Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C
members of the Contemporary Music Forum:
Helmut Braunlich, violin,
Lori Barnet, ‘cello

jewels beyond the mist (1988) (12 min.)
(commissioned by the New York New Music Ensemble)
(fl./alto fl., clar., vln., vlc., piano, percussion – vibraphone, marimba [A])
(first performance, March 15, 1989)
Merkin Concert Hall, New York, N.Y.
New York New Music Ensemble:
Jayn Rosenfeld, flute/alto flute
Jean Kopperud, clarinet
Linda Quan, violin
Chris Finckel, ‘cello
Elizabeth DiFelice, piano
Daniel Druckman, percussion
Robert Black, conductor

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a diffuse light that knows no particular hour (1989-90, rev. 1993)
(16 min.) (alto fl., clar., vln., vlc., piano) (commissioned by the Amphion Foundation for the Da Capo Chamber Players)
(first performances: Nov. 11 & 25, 1991)
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. (Nov. 11)
Merkin Concert Hall, New York, N.Y. (Nov. 25)
Da Capo Chamber Players:
Patricia Spencer, alto flute
William Blount, clarinet
Eric Wyrick, violin
Andre Emelianoff, ‘cello
Sarah Rothenberg, piano
(recorded by the Da Capo Chamber Players,”the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

filaments (2 flutes) (1990) (9 min.)
(commissioned by Peter Brown & Karen Johnson)
(first performance, June 9, 1991)
Tawes Recital Hall, University of Maryland College Park
College Park, MD.
Peter Brown & Karen Johnson, flutes
(recorded by Peter Brown & Karen Johnson, ,”the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

(arranged for 2 violins)
(first performance, April 15, 1996)
La Maison Francaise
Washington, D.C.
Jennifer Gordon & Mayumi Pawel, violins

from the middle . . . becoming air (1991) (19 min.)
(string trio) (commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation)
(first performance, April 26, 1992)
Conference Center Auditorium
University of Maryland College Park
College Park, MD.
members of the Boston Chamber Music Society:
Stephanie Chase, violin
Marcus Thompson, viola
Ronald Thomas, ‘cello

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two miniatures for violin & piano (1993) (6 min.)
(arrangement for David Abel & Julie Steinberg of two songs for mezzo soprano & piano [1983-84, 1985]) (6 min.)
(first performance, Oct. 14, 1994)
Mills College Concert Hall
Mills College, Oakland, California
David Abel, violin
Julie Steinberg, piano

a still radiance within dark air (1995, rev. 1996) (15 min.)
(piano solo, fl., clar., vln., vlc.)
(commissioned by radio station WGUC in Cincinnati)
(first performance, December 3, 1995)
Linton Music Series
First Unitarian Church
Cincinnati, OH.
Sandra Rivers, solo piano
Randolph Bowman, flute
Richard Hawley, clarinet
Alexander Kerr, violin
Daniel Culnan, ‘cello
Colin Jagger, cond.

a vivid distance serenely layered (1995) (5 min.)
(‘cello quartet)
(commissioned by CELLO)
(first performance, March 3, 1996)
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, PA.
CELLO:
Maria Kitsopoulos Laura Bontrager Maureen McDermott,
Caryl Paisner

in forests of evaporating dawns (1996) (18 min.)
(string quartet)
(written for the Maia Quartet)
(first performance, October 26, 1997)
Merrick Hall
Goucher College
Towson, MD.
Maia Quartet

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eight aspects of appreciation (1996, rev. 2000) (11 min.)
(violin and viola)
(written for the Mann Duo)
(first performance, February 9, 1997)
The Phillips Collection
Washington, D.C.
The Mann Duo:
Nicholas Mann, violin
Robert Mann, viola

ringing fields of enveloping blue (1997) (14 min.)
(‘cello & piano)
(written for Joshua Gordon & Margaret Kampmeier)
(first performance, March 1, 1998)
Music in Chelsea Series
Historic St. Peter’s Church (Chelsea)
Joshua Gordon, ‘cello
Christopher Oldfather, piano

a window of resonant light (1997) (16 min.)
(‘cello, piano, percussion)
(Commissioned for the CORE Ensemble as part of the Meet the Composer/Arts Endowment Commissioning Music USA program)
(first prrformance, October 6, 1997)
Washington & Lee University
Roanoke, VA.
The CORE Ensemble:
Andrew Mark, ‘cello
Hugh Hinton, piano
Michael Parola, percussion
(recorded by the CORE Ensemble, “the promise of the far horizon”,
Albany, TROY 698)

in afternoons of deep and amplified air (1998) (11min.)
(string quartet)
(Commissioned by the 1998 Reston Prelude Festival)
(first performance, June 19, 1998)
Reston Prelude Festival
Reston Community Theatre
Reston, VA.
Audubon Quartet

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undiluted days (1999 – 2000) (11 min.)
(piano trio)
(Commissioned by Sonia & Louis Rothschild)
(first performance, March 19, 2000)
Hearst Hall
The National Cathedral School
Washington, D.C.
Opus 3 Trio

still air (2000) (1 1/2 min .)
(viol trio)
(first performance, April 13, 2000)
Bowling Green State University Early Music Ensemble

as a spray of reflected meadowlight informs the air (2000) (10 min.)
(commissioned by Philip Berlin and the Contemporary Music Forum)
(first performance, Dec. 7, 2000)
Frances & Armand Hammer Auditorium, Corcoran Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
members of the Contemporary Music Forum

through the filtering dawn of spreading daybright (2001) (8 min.)
(viola & contrabass)
(commissioned by Wendy Richman)
First performance, November 20, 2011 – Studio Theatre, Stocker Arts Center, Lorain County Community College
Eliesha Nelson, viola / Scott Dixon, double bass

the promise of the far horizon (2002, rev. 2013) (16 min.)
(string quartet)
(commissioned by the Nancy Ruyle Dodge Charitable Trust)
(first performance, Dec. 4, 2002)
Miller Theatre, Columbia University
New York, N.Y.
Corigliano Quartet
(recorded by the Corigliano Quartet, “the promise of the far horizon”,
Albany, TROY 698)

a focused expanse of evolving experience (2003) (8 min.)
(fl., vln., vla., vlc., piano)
(commissioned by the Empyrean Ensemble)
(first performance, Nov. 2, 2003)
Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA.
Empyrean Ensemble,
David Milnes, cond.

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toward the deepening stillness beyond visible light (2004) (11 min.)
(piano, string quartet)
(commissioned by the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Chamber Music Columbus (OH.) and Omus Hirshbein)
(first performance, Oct. 19, 2004)
Mandel Hall
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Pacifica Quartet & Amy Dissanayake, piano

an evolving romance for flute and piano (2005) (5 min.)
(commissioned by Lura Johnson)
(first performance, Nov. 2005)
Proctor-Munson-Institute
Utica N.Y.
Christina Jennings, flute
Lura Johnson, piano

in the community of encompassing hours (2005) (9 min.)
(piano trio)
(commissioned by the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt)
(first US performance, May 17, 2006
Austrian Embassy
Washington, D.C.
Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
(first European performance, May 27, 2006
Glaserner Saal, Magna Auditorium Musikverien
Vienna, Austria
Haydn Trio Eisenstadt

the play of intervening objects (2007) (10 min.)
(wind quintet)
(commissioned by consortium for Imani Winds)
(first performance, November 9, 2007)
Kobacher Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH.
Imani Winds

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in soft echoes . . . a world awaits (2007) (11 min.)
(string trio)
(commissioned by the Fortnightly Musical Club of Cleveland)
(first performance: March 11, 2008)
Mixon Hall
Cleveland Institute of Music
Cleveland, OH.
Emma Shook, violin
Eliesha Nelson, viola
Martha Baldwin, ‘cello

further evolving . . . (2008) (5 min.)
(fl., vlc., piano)
(commissioned by the Chamber Music Conference and Composers’ Forum of the East)
(first performance: August 2, 2008)
Carriage Barn, Bennington College
Bennington, VT.
Andrea Berger, flute
Robert Park, ‘cello
Richard Friedberg, piano

a garden of flourishing paths (2008) (12 min.)
(fl., vln., vlc., piano, percussion)
(commissioned by the National Gallery of Art and the VERGE Ensemble in celebration of Elliott Carter’s 100th birthday)
(first performance: November 30, 2008)
West Garden Court
National Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
VERGE Ensemble
Daniel Walshaw, cond.

three short duos for violin & harp (2011) (6 min.)
(commissioned by a consortium consisting of Pamela Johnson, Philip Berlin, Otho Eskin. Eve Sandberg and Mika Hornyak)
(first performance: November 13, 2011)
Phillips Collection
Washington, D.C.
Kelly Hall-Tompkins, violin
Bridget Kibbey, harp

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eight aspects of appreciation II (2012) (12 min.)
(violin & ‘cello)
(first performance: February 10, 2013)
West Garden Court
National Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
Miranda Cuckson, violin
Julia Bruskin, ‘cello

still air (2013) (6 min.)
(piano quartet)
(commissioned by the Chamber Music Conference and Composer’s Forum of the East, Inc.)
(first performance: Aug. 10, 2013)
Carriage Barn,
Bennington College
Bennington, VT
Tom Frenkel, violin
Bonnie Maky, viola
Judy Tobey, ‘cello
Giovanni Koll, piano

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Vocal

orage (1978, rev. 1993) (7 min.)
(sop., clar., vib., piano) (text by the composer)
(first performance, July, 1978)
Aspen Music Festival
Mary Elizabeth Poore, sop.
Joaquin Valdepenas, clar.
William Moersch, vib.
Mary Ann Brown, piano

diamonds suspended in a galaxy of clouds (soprano solo)
(1980-81) (7 min.) (text: Pedro Salinas: translated by
Rafael Chabrain Gonzales)
(first performance, February 25, 1983)
Mainstage Theatre, California State University,
Stanislaus, CA.
Deborah Kavasch, soprano

lullaby (in folk style) (soprano & piano) (1982) (4 min.)
(text by the composer) (first performance, August 13, 1982)
Berkshire Music Festival, Tanglewood
Corliss Uecker, soprano

two songs for mezzo soprano & piano
“Low Anchored Cloud” (1983-84) (4 min.)
(text: Henry David Thoreau)
(first performance, April 6, 1989)
Renee Weiler Concert Hall, Greenwich House Music School,
New York, N.Y.
Fredrika Rhodie, mezzo-soprano
Bruce Anderson, piano

“Dream Dust” (1985) (2 min.)
(text: Langston Hughes)

two haiku settings: of place and love (2006) (7 min.)
(sop., vlc., marimba, vibraphone)
(text: Sonia Sanchez)
(commissioned by Network for New Music)
(first performance, March 19, 2006)
Art Sanctuary
Philadelphia, PA
Network for New Music:
Jan Krzywicki, cond., Elisabeth Stevens, sop.

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three windows (2014) (8 min.)
(sop., vlc., harp)
(text: Sonia Sanchez)
(commissioned by Washington Performing Arts)

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Choral

Hillman Ode (1987) (3 min.) (SATB)
(commissioned by Carsey-Werner for NBC television series,
“A Different World”)

Orchestral / Large ensemble

violin concerto no. 1 (1981, rev. 1982) (20 min.)
violin solo (2,1,2,1) (0,2,2,0) (piano, percussion) (strings)
(first performance, March 31, 1982)
Symphony Space, New York, N.Y.
American Composers’ Orchestra
Kurt Nikkanen, violin
James Dixon, cond.

viola concerto (1993) (23 min.)
viola solo (2,2,2,2) (2,2,2,0) (timpani, vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(dedicated to violist Misha Amory)

as the air softens in dusklight (1994) (9 min.)*
(2,2,3,2) (4,2,2,1) (vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(winner, 1994 National Black Arts Festival/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition)
(first performances: July 29, 30 & 31, 1994)
Symphony Hall, Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA. (July 29 & 30)
Grant Park, Atlanta, GA. (July 31)
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Yoel Levi, cond.

distinct echoes of glimmering daylight (1994) (16 min.)
(2,2,2,2) (4,2,2,1) (vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(commissioned by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Kenneth Fain)
(first performance, October 16, 1995)
Roanoke Civic Center, Roanoke, VA.
Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
David Wiley, cond.

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within a cloudburst of echoing brightness (1995) (4 min.)*
(3,3,3,2) (4,3,3,1) (timpani, vibraphone, harp, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Music Director, through a grant from the John and June Hechinger Commissioning Fund)
(first performances: November 2, 3, 4, 7, 1995)
Concert Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.
National Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, cond.

a layer of vivid stillness (1996) (5 min.)
‘cello solo, 12 ‘cellos
(orchestration of a vivid distance serenely layered [1995] originally written for ‘cello quartet)

a distance of unfolding light: rhapsody for violin & orch. (2000) (15 min.)
(2,2,2,2) (4,2,2,1) (vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(Commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation)
(first performance: November 13, 2004)
First Baptist Church
Hickory, N.C.
Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra
James Dickenson, violin
John Gordon Ross, cond.

a still radiance within dark air (2000) (15 min.)
piano solo, (1,1,1,1,) (2,2,2,0) (marimba, vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(orchestration commissioned by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony
(first performance: November 20, 2000)
Drinko Recital Hall, Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH.
Cleveland Chamber Symphony
Robert Shannon, piano
Andrew Rindfleisch, cond.

billowing pockets brightly layered (2000 rev. 2007) (11 min.)
‘cello solo, (1,1,1,1,) (harp) (strings)
(first performance of the revised version, March 16, 2008)
Glick Recital Hall, Cleveland Music School Settlement
Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Chamber Symphony
Darrett Adkins, ‘cello
Steven Smith, cond.

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amid the light of quickening memory (2002) (9 min.)
(2,2,2,2,) (4,2,2,1) (marimba, vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Music Director, through funds provided by the John and June Hechinger Commissioning Fund for New Orchestral Works)
(first performances: June 5,6 & 7, 2003)
Concert Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.
National Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, cond.

through dancing echoes spreading softly: concerto for orchestra (2005)
(17 min.)
(4,4,4,2) (4,2,2,1) (timpani, marimba, 2 harps, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

the comfort of his voice (2006) (10 min.)
(4,4,2,2) (4,2,2,1) (marimba, vibraphone, harp, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the Musical Arts Society of Cleveland/Cleveland Orchestra)
(first performance: January 14, 2007)
Severance Hall
Cleveland, OH.
Cleveland Orchestra
Chelsea Tipton II, cond.

murmurs of light . . . becoming still (2007) (1 min.)
(string orchestra)
(commissioned by the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra for its “Progressions” program)

verdant and shimmering air: four views of a reflected forest (2007) (8 min.)
(3,3,3,2) (4, 3,3,1) (timpani, vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(commissioned by the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra)
(first performance: May 6, 2007)
Uihlein Hall
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
Milwaukee, WI.
Milwaukee Youth Symphony Senior Symphony
Margery Deutsch, cond.

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. . . and symphonies of deepening light . . . expanding . . . ever cavernous (2008) (11 min.)
(4,4,4,2) (4,2,2,1) (timpani, harp, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Ann and Harry Santen)
(first performance: March 27, 2009)
Music Hall
Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
James Gaffigan, cond.

three rhapsodies for ‘cello & strings (2009 – 10, rev. 2013) (13 min.)
‘cello solo, strings
I. revisiting variazioni elegiaci . . . within the fabric of caressing air
II. echoing fields . . .spreading light
III. brightness dispersed
(first performance: May 1, 2010 – mvts I & II)
Stocker Arts Center Auditorium
Lorain County Community College
Elyria, OH
Civic Orchestra
Tanya Ell, ‘cello
Robert Beckstrom, cond.

(first performance of revised version: Feb. 10, 2013 – mvts I & II)
West Garden Court
National Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C,
Members of the National Gallery Orchestra
Julia Bruskin, ‘cello
Peter Wilson, cond.

through a stillness brightening (2011) (11 min.)
(solo violin, E-flat clar., bsn., tpt,, trb., vib., mar., cb.)
(commissioned by the Argento New Music Project through the generosity of Marianna Bettman [in memory of Judge Gilbert Bettman] and Sonia Rothschild)
(first performance: April 11, 2011)
Cutting Edge Concerts Series
Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre, Symphony Space
New York, N.Y.
Argento Chamber Ensemble
Miranda Cuckson, violin
Michel Galante, cond

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a dance into reflected daylight (2012) (10 min.)
(2,2,2,2,) (4,2,2,1) (harp, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the Sphinx Organization in consortium with eight American orchestras)
(first performance: September 22, 2012)
New World Center
Miami Beach, FL.
New World Symphony Orchestra
Michael Francis, cond.

becoming . . . (2014) (16 min.)
(piano solo, flute, horn, mar., vib., harp, 2 vlns., vla., vlc., bass)
(commissioned by a consortium consisting of Otho Eskin,
Walter Douglas, Rand Curtiss, Bonnie Jo Dopp and Peter Hurley)

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Recordings

linear cycles II and quartet no. 3 (string quartet no. 1)
Composers’ Recordings, Inc. (CRI 468) (LP)
Helmut Braunlich, violin, Barbro Dahlman, piano – New York String Quartet

a pond within the drifting dusk
“Bang On A Can Live, Vol. 2”
Composers’ Recordings, Inc. (CRI/New World 646) (CD)
Laura Gilbert, fl., Joshua Gordon, vlc., Victoria Drake, hp.

her eastern light amid a cavernous dusk, the focus of blue light, amid fleeting pockets of billowing radiance, a diffuse light that knows no particular hour (revised version), linear cycles VII (cambiamenti II) (revised version), filaments
“the focus of blue light”
Composers’ Recordings, Inc. (CRI/New World 650) (CD)
Various Artists

fragments from the surrounding evening
“Dark Fires”
Albany Recordings (TROY 266) (CD)
Karen Walwyn, piano

barbaglio dal manca
“Telling Tales”
Capstone Recordings (CPS 8736)
Tuyen Tonnu, piano

wending, the promise of the far horizon, a landscape of interior resonances, a window of resonant light, the milliner’s fancy
“the promise of the far horizon”
Albany Recordings (TROY 698) (CD)
Various Artists

in the community of encompassing hours
“Bachmann to Music”: Ingeborg Bachmann Writing against War
Capriccio Recordings (71 095)
Haydn Trio Eisenstadt

tango-variations
Tangos for Piano
Ravello Records (Parma Recordings)
Amy Briggs, piano

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Publications

a window’s gathering of clouds
Quadrivium Music Press

for Elliott
Perspectives of New Music, Vol. 22, Nos. 1 & 2 (with accompanying cassette)

tango variations
Quadrivium Music Press

variazioni elegiaci (revised version)
National Capital ‘Cello Club, Inc. Newsletter (Washington, D.C.), Summer 1997
Theodore Presser Co.

All other published works published by Theodore Presser Co., Bryn Mawr, PA.
(www.presser.com) & Quicklight Music, Oberlin, OH.

Bibliography: (selected)
Aaron Harder: “Composer had his head in the clouds” Columbus Dispatch (October, 20, 2005)
Jeffrey Mumford: “The Degree of Difference” KUSC (NPR) membership newsletter,
(Feb. 2004)
Daniel Ginsberg: “Musical Passages from a Washington Life” Washington Post (5/4/03)
William C. Banfield: “Musical Landscapes in Color: Conversations with Black
American Composers, ” Scarecrow Press. (2003)
Jessica Duschen:The STRAD (UK) (December 2002)
New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians (2000)
Tim Page: ”Composer At Work” v, Washington Post (8/30/98)
Sandra Hyslop: “Sonidos De Las Americas: Mexico, The Sound in America”, SYMPHONY,
xlv / 3 (May-June 1994), p. 39-43
Jeff Rosenfeld: “Setting the sky to song”, Weatherwise , xlvii / 5 (October/November 1994),
p. 10-11
Mimi Carter: “Atlanta Symphony and Black Arts Festival join forces to
underwrite compositions”, Inside Arts, vi /6 (December 1994) p. 11-12
“Symphonium” (Classical Expressions, p. 29) Collage magazine (premiere issue, 1995)

CD Reviews: (selected) the focus of blue light
Joseph McLellan: Washington Post: (11/21/93)
Paul Cook: American Record Guide, lvii / 2 (March/April 1994)
Joshua Freeman: Minnesota Composers Forum Newsletter, xxi / 7 (Sept. 1994)
Robert Carl: Fanfare magazine, xviii / 3 (Jan./Feb. 1995)

CD Reviews (selected) the promise of the far horizon
Frank Oteri: “New MusicBox”, American Music Center (12/04)
Joseph Dalton: “Time Out New York” No. 485 (1/13-1/19/05)
Donald Rosenberg: Cleveland Plain Dealer (2/13/05)
Joseph McLellan: Washington Post (5/8/05)

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Robert Carl: Fanfare magazine (Jan/Feb. 2006)
Steve Smith: New York Times (4/8/14)
Mike Telin: Clevelandclassical.com (7/8/14)

List of Works and First Performances
Piano
barbaglio dal manca (1981, rev. 1992, 2000) (10 min.)
(first performance [original version], January 18, 1982)
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Barbro Dahlman, piano
(first performance [second revised version], November 21, 2002)
Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, OH.
Toyen Tonnu, piano
(recorded by Tuyen Tonnu, Capstone, CPS 8736)

for Elliott (1983) (1 min.)
(first performance, December 5, 1983)
Carnegie Recital Hall, New York, N.Y.
Claudia Stevens, piano

tango variations (1984, rev, 2001) (3 min.)
(commissioned by Quadrivium Music Press for pianist Yvar Mikhashoff)
(first performance, March 2, 1986)
Bessie Schonberg Theatre, New York, N.Y.
Yvar Mikhashoff, piano

fragments from the surrounding evening (1984) (9 min.)
(commissioned by the La Gesse Foundation)
(first performance, February 24, 1985)
Lafayette Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Bruce Anderson, piano
(recorded by Karen Walwyn on Albany Recordings TROY 266)

a flower in folding shadows (piano, four-hands) (1986) (8 min.)
(first performance, April 6, 1989)
Renee Weiler Concert Hall, Greenwich House Music School,
New York, N.Y.
Continuum: Joel Sachs and Cheryl Seltzer, piano, four-hands

a landscape of interior resonances (2001) (16 min.)
(commissioned by the Phillips Collection [Washington, D.C.], Miller Theatre [New York, N.Y.] and the Schubert Club [St. Paul, MN.])
(first performance, May 5, 2002)
Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
Margaret Kampmeier, piano
(recorded by Margaret Kampmeier, “the promise of the far horizon”,
Albany, TROY 698)

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four dances for Boris (2004) (8 min.)
(commissioned by Boris Willis)
(first performance, September 17, 2004)
Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Washington, D.C.
Lura Johnson, piano

a celebration of Elliott (2007) (2 min.)
(commissioned by the Network for New Music to celebrate the 100th birthday of Elliott Carter)
(first performance: February 29, 2008)
Leonard Nimoy Theatre – Symphony Space, New York, N.Y.
Stephen Gosling, piano

of ringing and layered space (2010 . . . ongoing)
(commissioned by consortium for pianists Jenny Lin, Lura Johnson, Tuyen Tonnu, Amy Briggs, and Shannon Wettstein)
I. “Jenny” (3 min.) (2010)
II. “Lura” (3 min.) (2010)

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Solo Instrumental

linear cycles VII (cambiamenti II) (solo violin) (1979, rev. 1993) (8 min.)
(first performance, July 22, 1979) (original version)
Aspen Music Festival
Kurt Nikkanen, violin
(first performance [revised version])
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
Lina Bahn, violin
(recorded by Kurt Nikkanen,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

variazioni elegiaci (solo ‘cello) (1979-80, rev. 1997) (9 min.)
(first performance, July 10, 1981) (original version)
Aspen Music Festival
Julie Charland ‘cello

morning thunder for solo flute (1979-80) (8 min.)
(first performance, December 15, 1980)
live radio broadcast, KPFK, Los Angeles
Janice Tipton, flute

amid fleeting pockets of billowing radiance (solo ‘cello) (1990) (11 min.)
(first performance, September 20 ,1991)
St. Mary’s College, St. Mary’s County, MD.
Pamela Greitzer, ‘cello
(recorded by Joshua Gordon,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

the clarity of remembered springs (solo viola) (1992-93) (13 min.)
(commissioned by the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation)
(first performance, April 26, 1993)
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
New York, N.Y.
Misha Amory, viola

a window’s gathering of clouds (solo guitar) (1981) (7 min.)
(first performance, March 2, 1986)
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Todd Seelye, guitar

variazioni elegiaci II (solo violin) (1983) (8 min.)
(first performance, July 11, 1986)
Seattle Chamber Music Festival
Ida Levin, violin

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revisiting variazioni elegiaci (solo viola) (2001) (9 min.)
(first performance, February 10, 2001)
Kulas Recital Hall
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Wendy Richman, viola

wending (solo viola) (2001) (11 min.)
(first public performance, Nov. 11, 2001)
Phillips Collection
Washington, D.C.
Wendy Richman, viola
(recorded by Wendy Richman, “the promise of the far horizon”
Albany, TROY 698)

the milliner’s fancy (solo alto saxophone) (2003) (5 min.)
(commissioned by Rhonda Taylor & David Reminick)
(first performance, April 9, 2003)
Warner Concert Hall
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
David Reminick, alto saxophone
(recorded by Rhonda Taylor, “the promise of the far horizon”
Albany, TROY 698)

three musings . . . revisiting memories (solo violin) (2005) (5 min.)
(written for Ole Bohn)
(first performance, March 8, 2005)
Warner Concert Hall
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Ole Bohn, violin

eight musings . . . revisiting memories (solo violin) (2005) (11 min.)
(written for Ole Bohn)
(first performance, Aug. 5, 2005)
Monadnock Music Festival
Fitzwilliam Town Hall, Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire
Ole Bohn, violin

an expanding distance of multiple voices (solo violin) (2005) (11 min.)
(commissioned by consortium for Lina Bahn)
(first performance, Sept 18, 2005)
Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium
Corcoran Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
Lina Bahn. Violin

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a focus further within (solo ‘cello) (2010) (3 ½ min.)
(commissioned by Rhonda Rider as part of her residency at the
Grand Canyon)
(first performance, March 10, 2011)
Seully Hall
Boston Conservatory of Music
Boston, MA
Rhonda Ryder, ‘cello

to find in the glimmering air . . . a buoyant continuity of layering blue
(‘solo ‘cello) (2011) (9 min.)
(funded by the Lorain County Community College Foundation through its Campus Grants Program)
(first performances, April 17, 2011, October 25, 2011, October 26, 2011)
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Brookfield ,WI; Studio Theatre, Stocker Arts Center, Lorain County Community College; Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH.)
Seaunn Thorsteinsdottir, ‘cello

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Chamber

linear cycles II (violin and piano) (1978) (8 min.)
(commissioned by the Robert Evett Fund of Washington, D.C.)
(first performance, February 20, 1978)
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
members of the Contemporary Music Forum:
Helmut Braunlich, violin
Barbro Dahlman, piano

string quartet no. 1 (formerly quartet no. 3 ) (1978 rev. 1980) (12 min.)
(first performance, December 6, 1980)
Concert Hall, University of California, Irvine
New York String Quartet
(recorded by the New York String Quartet on CRI/New World 468) (LP)

a wind of suspended prominences (clarinet and piano) (1981) (7 min.)
(first performance, April 17, 1981)
Mandeville Recital Hall, University of California, San Diego
William Powell, clarinet
Zita Carno, piano
(first performance, revised version, October 28, 1991)
Roy O. Disney Music Hall, California Institute of the Arts,
Valencia, California
William Powell, clarinet
Zita Carno, piano

duo concerto (1981-82) (15 min.)
(commissioned by ‘cellist Fred Sherry)
(vlc. solo, percussion – xylophone, marimba [A], vibraphone, clar., vln., piano)
(first performance, February 21, 1984)
Kaufman Concert Hall, 92nd St. YM/YWHA, New York, N.Y.
Group for Contemporary Music:
Fred Sherry, solo ‘cello
Daniel Druckman, percussion
Anand Devendra, clarinet
Ik-Hwan Bae, violin
Aleck Karis, piano
Daniel Shulman, cond.

lullaby (in folk style) (‘cello and piano) (1982) (4 min.)
(first performance, January 10, 1983)
Chamber Music from SoHo Series
Fred Sherry, ‘cello
Rebecca Silver, piano

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string quartet no. 2 (1982-83, rev. 1995) (14 min.)
(first performance, February 5, 1993) (original version)
Strathmore Hall Arts Center, North Bethesda, MD.
Maia Quartet

notturno (crystals of suspended evening) (1983-84) (10 min.)
(commissioned by Tafelmusik)
(fl., ob., vlc., hpschd.)
(first performance, April 4, 1983)
Provincetown Playhouse, New York, N.Y.
Tafelmusik:
Lauren Weiss, flute
Pamela Epple, oboe
Christine Gummere, ‘cello
Linda Kobler, harpsichord

her eastern light amid a cavernous dusk (1983-84, rev. 1987) (9 min.)
(wind quintet)
(commissioned by the Aspen Wind Quintet)
(first performance, March 6, 1987)
Calvary Episcopal Church, New York, N.Y.
Aspen Wind Quintet
(recorded by the Aspen Wind Quintet,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

a veil of liquid diamonds (1985-86, rev. 1995, 1999) (16 min.)
(string quartet)
(first performance, August 27, 1995)
Music at Gretna Festival, Mt. Gretna, PA.
Borromeo Quartet

a pond within the drifting dusk (1986-87, rev. 1988) (10 min.)
(alto fl., vlc., hp.)
(first performance, November 16, 1988)
Settlement Music School, Mary Louise Curtiss Branch
Philadelphia, PA.
Edward Schultz, alto flute
Charles Forbes, ‘cello
Karin Fuller, harp
(recorded by Laura Gilbert, alto fl., Joshua Gordon, ‘cello,
Victoria Drake, harp, “Bang on A Can Live, Vol. 2”
CRI/New World 646)

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the focus of blue light (1987-88) (18 min.)
(violin and piano)
(commissioned by the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress)
(first performance, March 17, 1989)
Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress,
Washington, D.C.
Kurt Nikkanen, violin
Bruce Anderson, piano
(recorded by Kurt Nikkanen, violin & Bruce Anderson, piano,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

echoes in a cloud box (1988) (10 min.)
(violin and ‘cello)
(commissioned by the Contemporary Music Forum)
(first performance, May 8, 1989)
Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C
members of the Contemporary Music Forum:
Helmut Braunlich, violin,
Lori Barnet, ‘cello

jewels beyond the mist (1988) (12 min.)
(commissioned by the New York New Music Ensemble)
(fl./alto fl., clar., vln., vlc., piano, percussion – vibraphone, marimba [A])
(first performance, March 15, 1989)
Merkin Concert Hall, New York, N.Y.
New York New Music Ensemble:
Jayn Rosenfeld, flute/alto flute
Jean Kopperud, clarinet
Linda Quan, violin
Chris Finckel, ‘cello
Elizabeth DiFelice, piano
Daniel Druckman, percussion
Robert Black, conductor

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a diffuse light that knows no particular hour (1989-90, rev. 1993)
(16 min.) (alto fl., clar., vln., vlc., piano) (commissioned by the Amphion Foundation for the Da Capo Chamber Players)
(first performances: Nov. 11 & 25, 1991)
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. (Nov. 11)
Merkin Concert Hall, New York, N.Y. (Nov. 25)
Da Capo Chamber Players:
Patricia Spencer, alto flute
William Blount, clarinet
Eric Wyrick, violin
Andre Emelianoff, ‘cello
Sarah Rothenberg, piano
(recorded by the Da Capo Chamber Players,”the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

filaments (2 flutes) (1990) (9 min.)
(commissioned by Peter Brown & Karen Johnson)
(first performance, June 9, 1991)
Tawes Recital Hall, University of Maryland College Park
College Park, MD.
Peter Brown & Karen Johnson, flutes
(recorded by Peter Brown & Karen Johnson, ,”the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

(arranged for 2 violins)
(first performance, April 15, 1996)
La Maison Francaise
Washington, D.C.
Jennifer Gordon & Mayumi Pawel, violins

from the middle . . . becoming air (1991) (19 min.)
(string trio) (commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation)
(first performance, April 26, 1992)
Conference Center Auditorium
University of Maryland College Park
College Park, MD.
members of the Boston Chamber Music Society:
Stephanie Chase, violin
Marcus Thompson, viola
Ronald Thomas, ‘cello

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two miniatures for violin & piano (1993) (6 min.)
(arrangement for David Abel & Julie Steinberg of two songs for mezzo soprano & piano [1983-84, 1985]) (6 min.)
(first performance, Oct. 14, 1994)
Mills College Concert Hall
Mills College, Oakland, California
David Abel, violin
Julie Steinberg, piano

a still radiance within dark air (1995, rev. 1996) (15 min.)
(piano solo, fl., clar., vln., vlc.)
(commissioned by radio station WGUC in Cincinnati)
(first performance, December 3, 1995)
Linton Music Series
First Unitarian Church
Cincinnati, OH.
Sandra Rivers, solo piano
Randolph Bowman, flute
Richard Hawley, clarinet
Alexander Kerr, violin
Daniel Culnan, ‘cello
Colin Jagger, cond.

a vivid distance serenely layered (1995) (5 min.)
(‘cello quartet)
(commissioned by CELLO)
(first performance, March 3, 1996)
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, PA.
CELLO:
Maria Kitsopoulos Laura Bontrager Maureen McDermott,
Caryl Paisner

in forests of evaporating dawns (1996) (18 min.)
(string quartet)
(written for the Maia Quartet)
(first performance, October 26, 1997)
Merrick Hall
Goucher College
Towson, MD.
Maia Quartet

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eight aspects of appreciation (1996, rev. 2000) (11 min.)
(violin and viola)
(written for the Mann Duo)
(first performance, February 9, 1997)
The Phillips Collection
Washington, D.C.
The Mann Duo:
Nicholas Mann, violin
Robert Mann, viola

ringing fields of enveloping blue (1997) (14 min.)
(‘cello & piano)
(written for Joshua Gordon & Margaret Kampmeier)
(first performance, March 1, 1998)
Music in Chelsea Series
Historic St. Peter’s Church (Chelsea)
Joshua Gordon, ‘cello
Christopher Oldfather, piano

a window of resonant light (1997) (16 min.)
(‘cello, piano, percussion)
(Commissioned for the CORE Ensemble as part of the Meet the Composer/Arts Endowment Commissioning Music USA program)
(first prrformance, October 6, 1997)
Washington & Lee University
Roanoke, VA.
The CORE Ensemble:
Andrew Mark, ‘cello
Hugh Hinton, piano
Michael Parola, percussion
(recorded by the CORE Ensemble, “the promise of the far horizon”,
Albany, TROY 698)

in afternoons of deep and amplified air (1998) (11min.)
(string quartet)
(Commissioned by the 1998 Reston Prelude Festival)
(first performance, June 19, 1998)
Reston Prelude Festival
Reston Community Theatre
Reston, VA.
Audubon Quartet

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undiluted days (1999 – 2000) (11 min.)
(piano trio)
(Commissioned by Sonia & Louis Rothschild)
(first performance, March 19, 2000)
Hearst Hall
The National Cathedral School
Washington, D.C.
Opus 3 Trio

still air (2000) (1 1/2 min .)
(viol trio)
(first performance, April 13, 2000)
Bowling Green State University Early Music Ensemble

as a spray of reflected meadowlight informs the air (2000) (10 min.)
(commissioned by Philip Berlin and the Contemporary Music Forum)
(first performance, Dec. 7, 2000)
Frances & Armand Hammer Auditorium, Corcoran Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
members of the Contemporary Music Forum

through the filtering dawn of spreading daybright (2001) (8 min.)
(viola & contrabass)
(commissioned by Wendy Richman)
First performance, November 20, 2011 – Studio Theatre, Stocker Arts Center, Lorain County Community College
Eliesha Nelson, viola / Scott Dixon, double bass

the promise of the far horizon (2002, rev. 2013) (16 min.)
(string quartet)
(commissioned by the Nancy Ruyle Dodge Charitable Trust)
(first performance, Dec. 4, 2002)
Miller Theatre, Columbia University
New York, N.Y.
Corigliano Quartet
(recorded by the Corigliano Quartet, “the promise of the far horizon”,
Albany, TROY 698)

a focused expanse of evolving experience (2003) (8 min.)
(fl., vln., vla., vlc., piano)
(commissioned by the Empyrean Ensemble)
(first performance, Nov. 2, 2003)
Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA.
Empyrean Ensemble,
David Milnes, cond.

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toward the deepening stillness beyond visible light (2004) (11 min.)
(piano, string quartet)
(commissioned by the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Chamber Music Columbus (OH.) and Omus Hirshbein)
(first performance, Oct. 19, 2004)
Mandel Hall
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Pacifica Quartet & Amy Dissanayake, piano

an evolving romance for flute and piano (2005) (5 min.)
(commissioned by Lura Johnson)
(first performance, Nov. 2005)
Proctor-Munson-Institute
Utica N.Y.
Christina Jennings, flute
Lura Johnson, piano

in the community of encompassing hours (2005) (9 min.)
(piano trio)
(commissioned by the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt)
(first US performance, May 17, 2006
Austrian Embassy
Washington, D.C.
Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
(first European performance, May 27, 2006
Glaserner Saal, Magna Auditorium Musikverien
Vienna, Austria
Haydn Trio Eisenstadt

the play of intervening objects (2007) (10 min.)
(wind quintet)
(commissioned by consortium for Imani Winds)
(first performance, November 9, 2007)
Kobacher Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH.
Imani Winds

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in soft echoes . . . a world awaits (2007) (11 min.)
(string trio)
(commissioned by the Fortnightly Musical Club of Cleveland)
(first performance: March 11, 2008)
Mixon Hall
Cleveland Institute of Music
Cleveland, OH.
Emma Shook, violin
Eliesha Nelson, viola
Martha Baldwin, ‘cello

further evolving . . . (2008) (5 min.)
(fl., vlc., piano)
(commissioned by the Chamber Music Conference and Composers’ Forum of the East)
(first performance: August 2, 2008)
Carriage Barn, Bennington College
Bennington, VT.
Andrea Berger, flute
Robert Park, ‘cello
Richard Friedberg, piano

a garden of flourishing paths (2008) (12 min.)
(fl., vln., vlc., piano, percussion)
(commissioned by the National Gallery of Art and the VERGE Ensemble in celebration of Elliott Carter’s 100th birthday)
(first performance: November 30, 2008)
West Garden Court
National Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
VERGE Ensemble
Daniel Walshaw, cond.

three short duos for violin & harp (2011) (6 min.)
(commissioned by a consortium consisting of Pamela Johnson, Philip Berlin, Otho Eskin. Eve Sandberg and Mika Hornyak)
(first performance: November 13, 2011)
Phillips Collection
Washington, D.C.
Kelly Hall-Tompkins, violin
Bridget Kibbey, harp

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eight aspects of appreciation II (2012) (12 min.)
(violin & ‘cello)
(first performance: February 10, 2013)
West Garden Court
National Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
Miranda Cuckson, violin
Julia Bruskin, ‘cello

still air (2013) (6 min.)
(piano quartet)
(commissioned by the Chamber Music Conference and Composer’s Forum of the East, Inc.)
(first performance: Aug. 10, 2013)
Carriage Barn,
Bennington College
Bennington, VT
Tom Frenkel, violin
Bonnie Maky, viola
Judy Tobey, ‘cello
Giovanni Koll, piano

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Vocal

orage (1978, rev. 1993) (7 min.)
(sop., clar., vib., piano) (text by the composer)
(first performance, July, 1978)
Aspen Music Festival
Mary Elizabeth Poore, sop.
Joaquin Valdepenas, clar.
William Moersch, vib.
Mary Ann Brown, piano

diamonds suspended in a galaxy of clouds (soprano solo)
(1980-81) (7 min.) (text: Pedro Salinas: translated by
Rafael Chabrain Gonzales)
(first performance, February 25, 1983)
Mainstage Theatre, California State University,
Stanislaus, CA.
Deborah Kavasch, soprano

lullaby (in folk style) (soprano & piano) (1982) (4 min.)
(text by the composer) (first performance, August 13, 1982)
Berkshire Music Festival, Tanglewood
Corliss Uecker, soprano

two songs for mezzo soprano & piano
“Low Anchored Cloud” (1983-84) (4 min.)
(text: Henry David Thoreau)
(first performance, April 6, 1989)
Renee Weiler Concert Hall, Greenwich House Music School,
New York, N.Y.
Fredrika Rhodie, mezzo-soprano
Bruce Anderson, piano

“Dream Dust” (1985) (2 min.)
(text: Langston Hughes)

two haiku settings: of place and love (2006) (7 min.)
(sop., vlc., marimba, vibraphone)
(text: Sonia Sanchez)
(commissioned by Network for New Music)
(first performance, March 19, 2006)
Art Sanctuary
Philadelphia, PA
Network for New Music:
Jan Krzywicki, cond., Elisabeth Stevens, sop.

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three windows (2014) (8 min.)
(sop., vlc., harp)
(text: Sonia Sanchez)
(commissioned by Washington Performing Arts)

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Choral

Hillman Ode (1987) (3 min.) (SATB)
(commissioned by Carsey-Werner for NBC television series,
“A Different World”)

Orchestral / Large ensemble

violin concerto no. 1 (1981, rev. 1982) (20 min.)
violin solo (2,1,2,1) (0,2,2,0) (piano, percussion) (strings)
(first performance, March 31, 1982)
Symphony Space, New York, N.Y.
American Composers’ Orchestra
Kurt Nikkanen, violin
James Dixon, cond.

viola concerto (1993) (23 min.)
viola solo (2,2,2,2) (2,2,2,0) (timpani, vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(dedicated to violist Misha Amory)

as the air softens in dusklight (1994) (9 min.)*
(2,2,3,2) (4,2,2,1) (vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(winner, 1994 National Black Arts Festival/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition)
(first performances: July 29, 30 & 31, 1994)
Symphony Hall, Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA. (July 29 & 30)
Grant Park, Atlanta, GA. (July 31)
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Yoel Levi, cond.

distinct echoes of glimmering daylight (1994) (16 min.)
(2,2,2,2) (4,2,2,1) (vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(commissioned by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Kenneth Fain)
(first performance, October 16, 1995)
Roanoke Civic Center, Roanoke, VA.
Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
David Wiley, cond.

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within a cloudburst of echoing brightness (1995) (4 min.)*
(3,3,3,2) (4,3,3,1) (timpani, vibraphone, harp, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Music Director, through a grant from the John and June Hechinger Commissioning Fund)
(first performances: November 2, 3, 4, 7, 1995)
Concert Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.
National Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, cond.

a layer of vivid stillness (1996) (5 min.)
‘cello solo, 12 ‘cellos
(orchestration of a vivid distance serenely layered [1995] originally written for ‘cello quartet)

a distance of unfolding light: rhapsody for violin & orch. (2000) (15 min.)
(2,2,2,2) (4,2,2,1) (vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(Commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation)
(first performance: November 13, 2004)
First Baptist Church
Hickory, N.C.
Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra
James Dickenson, violin
John Gordon Ross, cond.

a still radiance within dark air (2000) (15 min.)
piano solo, (1,1,1,1,) (2,2,2,0) (marimba, vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(orchestration commissioned by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony
(first performance: November 20, 2000)
Drinko Recital Hall, Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH.
Cleveland Chamber Symphony
Robert Shannon, piano
Andrew Rindfleisch, cond.

billowing pockets brightly layered (2000 rev. 2007) (11 min.)
‘cello solo, (1,1,1,1,) (harp) (strings)
(first performance of the revised version, March 16, 2008)
Glick Recital Hall, Cleveland Music School Settlement
Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Chamber Symphony
Darrett Adkins, ‘cello
Steven Smith, cond.

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amid the light of quickening memory (2002) (9 min.)
(2,2,2,2,) (4,2,2,1) (marimba, vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Music Director, through funds provided by the John and June Hechinger Commissioning Fund for New Orchestral Works)
(first performances: June 5,6 & 7, 2003)
Concert Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.
National Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, cond.

through dancing echoes spreading softly: concerto for orchestra (2005)
(17 min.)
(4,4,4,2) (4,2,2,1) (timpani, marimba, 2 harps, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

the comfort of his voice (2006) (10 min.)
(4,4,2,2) (4,2,2,1) (marimba, vibraphone, harp, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the Musical Arts Society of Cleveland/Cleveland Orchestra)
(first performance: January 14, 2007)
Severance Hall
Cleveland, OH.
Cleveland Orchestra
Chelsea Tipton II, cond.

murmurs of light . . . becoming still (2007) (1 min.)
(string orchestra)
(commissioned by the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra for its “Progressions” program)

verdant and shimmering air: four views of a reflected forest (2007) (8 min.)
(3,3,3,2) (4, 3,3,1) (timpani, vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(commissioned by the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra)
(first performance: May 6, 2007)
Uihlein Hall
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
Milwaukee, WI.
Milwaukee Youth Symphony Senior Symphony
Margery Deutsch, cond.

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. . . and symphonies of deepening light . . . expanding . . . ever cavernous (2008) (11 min.)
(4,4,4,2) (4,2,2,1) (timpani, harp, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Ann and Harry Santen)
(first performance: March 27, 2009)
Music Hall
Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
James Gaffigan, cond.

three rhapsodies for ‘cello & strings (2009 – 10, rev. 2013) (13 min.)
‘cello solo, strings
I. revisiting variazioni elegiaci . . . within the fabric of caressing air
II. echoing fields . . .spreading light
III. brightness dispersed
(first performance: May 1, 2010 – mvts I & II)
Stocker Arts Center Auditorium
Lorain County Community College
Elyria, OH
Civic Orchestra
Tanya Ell, ‘cello
Robert Beckstrom, cond.

(first performance of revised version: Feb. 10, 2013 – mvts I & II)
West Garden Court
National Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C,
Members of the National Gallery Orchestra
Julia Bruskin, ‘cello
Peter Wilson, cond.

through a stillness brightening (2011) (11 min.)
(solo violin, E-flat clar., bsn., tpt,, trb., vib., mar., cb.)
(commissioned by the Argento New Music Project through the generosity of Marianna Bettman [in memory of Judge Gilbert Bettman] and Sonia Rothschild)
(first performance: April 11, 2011)
Cutting Edge Concerts Series
Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre, Symphony Space
New York, N.Y.
Argento Chamber Ensemble
Miranda Cuckson, violin
Michel Galante, cond

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a dance into reflected daylight (2012) (10 min.)
(2,2,2,2,) (4,2,2,1) (harp, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the Sphinx Organization in consortium with eight American orchestras)
(first performance: September 22, 2012)
New World Center
Miami Beach, FL.
New World Symphony Orchestra
Michael Francis, cond.

becoming . . . (2014) (16 min.)
(piano solo, flute, horn, mar., vib., harp, 2 vlns., vla., vlc., bass)
(commissioned by a consortium consisting of Otho Eskin,
Walter Douglas, Rand Curtiss, Bonnie Jo Dopp and Peter Hurley)

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Recordings

linear cycles II and quartet no. 3 (string quartet no. 1)
Composers’ Recordings, Inc. (CRI 468) (LP)
Helmut Braunlich, violin, Barbro Dahlman, piano – New York String Quartet

a pond within the drifting dusk
“Bang On A Can Live, Vol. 2”
Composers’ Recordings, Inc. (CRI/New World 646) (CD)
Laura Gilbert, fl., Joshua Gordon, vlc., Victoria Drake, hp.

her eastern light amid a cavernous dusk, the focus of blue light, amid fleeting pockets of billowing radiance, a diffuse light that knows no particular hour (revised version), linear cycles VII (cambiamenti II) (revised version), filaments
“the focus of blue light”
Composers’ Recordings, Inc. (CRI/New World 650) (CD)
Various Artists

fragments from the surrounding evening
“Dark Fires”
Albany Recordings (TROY 266) (CD)
Karen Walwyn, piano

barbaglio dal manca
“Telling Tales”
Capstone Recordings (CPS 8736)
Tuyen Tonnu, piano

wending, the promise of the far horizon, a landscape of interior resonances, a window of resonant light, the milliner’s fancy
“the promise of the far horizon”
Albany Recordings (TROY 698) (CD)
Various Artists

in the community of encompassing hours
“Bachmann to Music”: Ingeborg Bachmann Writing against War
Capriccio Recordings (71 095)
Haydn Trio Eisenstadt

tango-variations
Tangos for Piano
Ravello Records (Parma Recordings)
Amy Briggs, piano

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Publications

a window’s gathering of clouds
Quadrivium Music Press

for Elliott
Perspectives of New Music, Vol. 22, Nos. 1 & 2 (with accompanying cassette)

tango variations
Quadrivium Music Press

variazioni elegiaci (revised version)
National Capital ‘Cello Club, Inc. Newsletter (Washington, D.C.), Summer 1997
Theodore Presser Co.

All other published works published by Theodore Presser Co., Bryn Mawr, PA.
(www.presser.com) & Quicklight Music, Oberlin, OH.

Bibliography: (selected)
Aaron Harder: “Composer had his head in the clouds” Columbus Dispatch (October, 20, 2005)
Jeffrey Mumford: “The Degree of Difference” KUSC (NPR) membership newsletter,
(Feb. 2004)
Daniel Ginsberg: “Musical Passages from a Washington Life” Washington Post (5/4/03)
William C. Banfield: “Musical Landscapes in Color: Conversations with Black
American Composers, ” Scarecrow Press. (2003)
Jessica Duschen:The STRAD (UK) (December 2002)
New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians (2000)
Tim Page: ”Composer At Work” v, Washington Post (8/30/98)
Sandra Hyslop: “Sonidos De Las Americas: Mexico, The Sound in America”, SYMPHONY,
xlv / 3 (May-June 1994), p. 39-43
Jeff Rosenfeld: “Setting the sky to song”, Weatherwise , xlvii / 5 (October/November 1994),
p. 10-11
Mimi Carter: “Atlanta Symphony and Black Arts Festival join forces to
underwrite compositions”, Inside Arts, vi /6 (December 1994) p. 11-12
“Symphonium” (Classical Expressions, p. 29) Collage magazine (premiere issue, 1995)

CD Reviews: (selected) the focus of blue light
Joseph McLellan: Washington Post: (11/21/93)
Paul Cook: American Record Guide, lvii / 2 (March/April 1994)
Joshua Freeman: Minnesota Composers Forum Newsletter, xxi / 7 (Sept. 1994)
Robert Carl: Fanfare magazine, xviii / 3 (Jan./Feb. 1995)

CD Reviews (selected) the promise of the far horizon
Frank Oteri: “New MusicBox”, American Music Center (12/04)
Joseph Dalton: “Time Out New York” No. 485 (1/13-1/19/05)
Donald Rosenberg: Cleveland Plain Dealer (2/13/05)
Joseph McLellan: Washington Post (5/8/05)

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Robert Carl: Fanfare magazine (Jan/Feb. 2006)
Steve Smith: New York Times (4/8/14)
Mike Telin: Clevelandclassical.com (7/8/14)

List of Works and First Performances
Piano
barbaglio dal manca (1981, rev. 1992, 2000) (10 min.)
(first performance [original version], January 18, 1982)
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Barbro Dahlman, piano
(first performance [second revised version], November 21, 2002)
Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, OH.
Toyen Tonnu, piano
(recorded by Tuyen Tonnu, Capstone, CPS 8736)

for Elliott (1983) (1 min.)
(first performance, December 5, 1983)
Carnegie Recital Hall, New York, N.Y.
Claudia Stevens, piano

tango variations (1984, rev, 2001) (3 min.)
(commissioned by Quadrivium Music Press for pianist Yvar Mikhashoff)
(first performance, March 2, 1986)
Bessie Schonberg Theatre, New York, N.Y.
Yvar Mikhashoff, piano

fragments from the surrounding evening (1984) (9 min.)
(commissioned by the La Gesse Foundation)
(first performance, February 24, 1985)
Lafayette Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Bruce Anderson, piano
(recorded by Karen Walwyn on Albany Recordings TROY 266)

a flower in folding shadows (piano, four-hands) (1986) (8 min.)
(first performance, April 6, 1989)
Renee Weiler Concert Hall, Greenwich House Music School,
New York, N.Y.
Continuum: Joel Sachs and Cheryl Seltzer, piano, four-hands

a landscape of interior resonances (2001) (16 min.)
(commissioned by the Phillips Collection [Washington, D.C.], Miller Theatre [New York, N.Y.] and the Schubert Club [St. Paul, MN.])
(first performance, May 5, 2002)
Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
Margaret Kampmeier, piano
(recorded by Margaret Kampmeier, “the promise of the far horizon”,
Albany, TROY 698)

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four dances for Boris (2004) (8 min.)
(commissioned by Boris Willis)
(first performance, September 17, 2004)
Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Washington, D.C.
Lura Johnson, piano

a celebration of Elliott (2007) (2 min.)
(commissioned by the Network for New Music to celebrate the 100th birthday of Elliott Carter)
(first performance: February 29, 2008)
Leonard Nimoy Theatre – Symphony Space, New York, N.Y.
Stephen Gosling, piano

of ringing and layered space (2010 . . . ongoing)
(commissioned by consortium for pianists Jenny Lin, Lura Johnson, Tuyen Tonnu, Amy Briggs, and Shannon Wettstein)
I. “Jenny” (3 min.) (2010)
II. “Lura” (3 min.) (2010)

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Solo Instrumental

linear cycles VII (cambiamenti II) (solo violin) (1979, rev. 1993) (8 min.)
(first performance, July 22, 1979) (original version)
Aspen Music Festival
Kurt Nikkanen, violin
(first performance [revised version])
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
Lina Bahn, violin
(recorded by Kurt Nikkanen,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

variazioni elegiaci (solo ‘cello) (1979-80, rev. 1997) (9 min.)
(first performance, July 10, 1981) (original version)
Aspen Music Festival
Julie Charland ‘cello

morning thunder for solo flute (1979-80) (8 min.)
(first performance, December 15, 1980)
live radio broadcast, KPFK, Los Angeles
Janice Tipton, flute

amid fleeting pockets of billowing radiance (solo ‘cello) (1990) (11 min.)
(first performance, September 20 ,1991)
St. Mary’s College, St. Mary’s County, MD.
Pamela Greitzer, ‘cello
(recorded by Joshua Gordon,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

the clarity of remembered springs (solo viola) (1992-93) (13 min.)
(commissioned by the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation)
(first performance, April 26, 1993)
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
New York, N.Y.
Misha Amory, viola

a window’s gathering of clouds (solo guitar) (1981) (7 min.)
(first performance, March 2, 1986)
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Todd Seelye, guitar

variazioni elegiaci II (solo violin) (1983) (8 min.)
(first performance, July 11, 1986)
Seattle Chamber Music Festival
Ida Levin, violin

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revisiting variazioni elegiaci (solo viola) (2001) (9 min.)
(first performance, February 10, 2001)
Kulas Recital Hall
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Wendy Richman, viola

wending (solo viola) (2001) (11 min.)
(first public performance, Nov. 11, 2001)
Phillips Collection
Washington, D.C.
Wendy Richman, viola
(recorded by Wendy Richman, “the promise of the far horizon”
Albany, TROY 698)

the milliner’s fancy (solo alto saxophone) (2003) (5 min.)
(commissioned by Rhonda Taylor & David Reminick)
(first performance, April 9, 2003)
Warner Concert Hall
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
David Reminick, alto saxophone
(recorded by Rhonda Taylor, “the promise of the far horizon”
Albany, TROY 698)

three musings . . . revisiting memories (solo violin) (2005) (5 min.)
(written for Ole Bohn)
(first performance, March 8, 2005)
Warner Concert Hall
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Ole Bohn, violin

eight musings . . . revisiting memories (solo violin) (2005) (11 min.)
(written for Ole Bohn)
(first performance, Aug. 5, 2005)
Monadnock Music Festival
Fitzwilliam Town Hall, Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire
Ole Bohn, violin

an expanding distance of multiple voices (solo violin) (2005) (11 min.)
(commissioned by consortium for Lina Bahn)
(first performance, Sept 18, 2005)
Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium
Corcoran Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
Lina Bahn. Violin

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a focus further within (solo ‘cello) (2010) (3 ½ min.)
(commissioned by Rhonda Rider as part of her residency at the
Grand Canyon)
(first performance, March 10, 2011)
Seully Hall
Boston Conservatory of Music
Boston, MA
Rhonda Ryder, ‘cello

to find in the glimmering air . . . a buoyant continuity of layering blue
(‘solo ‘cello) (2011) (9 min.)
(funded by the Lorain County Community College Foundation through its Campus Grants Program)
(first performances, April 17, 2011, October 25, 2011, October 26, 2011)
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Brookfield ,WI; Studio Theatre, Stocker Arts Center, Lorain County Community College; Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH.)
Seaunn Thorsteinsdottir, ‘cello

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Chamber

linear cycles II (violin and piano) (1978) (8 min.)
(commissioned by the Robert Evett Fund of Washington, D.C.)
(first performance, February 20, 1978)
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
members of the Contemporary Music Forum:
Helmut Braunlich, violin
Barbro Dahlman, piano

string quartet no. 1 (formerly quartet no. 3 ) (1978 rev. 1980) (12 min.)
(first performance, December 6, 1980)
Concert Hall, University of California, Irvine
New York String Quartet
(recorded by the New York String Quartet on CRI/New World 468) (LP)

a wind of suspended prominences (clarinet and piano) (1981) (7 min.)
(first performance, April 17, 1981)
Mandeville Recital Hall, University of California, San Diego
William Powell, clarinet
Zita Carno, piano
(first performance, revised version, October 28, 1991)
Roy O. Disney Music Hall, California Institute of the Arts,
Valencia, California
William Powell, clarinet
Zita Carno, piano

duo concerto (1981-82) (15 min.)
(commissioned by ‘cellist Fred Sherry)
(vlc. solo, percussion – xylophone, marimba [A], vibraphone, clar., vln., piano)
(first performance, February 21, 1984)
Kaufman Concert Hall, 92nd St. YM/YWHA, New York, N.Y.
Group for Contemporary Music:
Fred Sherry, solo ‘cello
Daniel Druckman, percussion
Anand Devendra, clarinet
Ik-Hwan Bae, violin
Aleck Karis, piano
Daniel Shulman, cond.

lullaby (in folk style) (‘cello and piano) (1982) (4 min.)
(first performance, January 10, 1983)
Chamber Music from SoHo Series
Fred Sherry, ‘cello
Rebecca Silver, piano

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string quartet no. 2 (1982-83, rev. 1995) (14 min.)
(first performance, February 5, 1993) (original version)
Strathmore Hall Arts Center, North Bethesda, MD.
Maia Quartet

notturno (crystals of suspended evening) (1983-84) (10 min.)
(commissioned by Tafelmusik)
(fl., ob., vlc., hpschd.)
(first performance, April 4, 1983)
Provincetown Playhouse, New York, N.Y.
Tafelmusik:
Lauren Weiss, flute
Pamela Epple, oboe
Christine Gummere, ‘cello
Linda Kobler, harpsichord

her eastern light amid a cavernous dusk (1983-84, rev. 1987) (9 min.)
(wind quintet)
(commissioned by the Aspen Wind Quintet)
(first performance, March 6, 1987)
Calvary Episcopal Church, New York, N.Y.
Aspen Wind Quintet
(recorded by the Aspen Wind Quintet,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

a veil of liquid diamonds (1985-86, rev. 1995, 1999) (16 min.)
(string quartet)
(first performance, August 27, 1995)
Music at Gretna Festival, Mt. Gretna, PA.
Borromeo Quartet

a pond within the drifting dusk (1986-87, rev. 1988) (10 min.)
(alto fl., vlc., hp.)
(first performance, November 16, 1988)
Settlement Music School, Mary Louise Curtiss Branch
Philadelphia, PA.
Edward Schultz, alto flute
Charles Forbes, ‘cello
Karin Fuller, harp
(recorded by Laura Gilbert, alto fl., Joshua Gordon, ‘cello,
Victoria Drake, harp, “Bang on A Can Live, Vol. 2”
CRI/New World 646)

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the focus of blue light (1987-88) (18 min.)
(violin and piano)
(commissioned by the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress)
(first performance, March 17, 1989)
Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress,
Washington, D.C.
Kurt Nikkanen, violin
Bruce Anderson, piano
(recorded by Kurt Nikkanen, violin & Bruce Anderson, piano,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

echoes in a cloud box (1988) (10 min.)
(violin and ‘cello)
(commissioned by the Contemporary Music Forum)
(first performance, May 8, 1989)
Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C
members of the Contemporary Music Forum:
Helmut Braunlich, violin,
Lori Barnet, ‘cello

jewels beyond the mist (1988) (12 min.)
(commissioned by the New York New Music Ensemble)
(fl./alto fl., clar., vln., vlc., piano, percussion – vibraphone, marimba [A])
(first performance, March 15, 1989)
Merkin Concert Hall, New York, N.Y.
New York New Music Ensemble:
Jayn Rosenfeld, flute/alto flute
Jean Kopperud, clarinet
Linda Quan, violin
Chris Finckel, ‘cello
Elizabeth DiFelice, piano
Daniel Druckman, percussion
Robert Black, conductor

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a diffuse light that knows no particular hour (1989-90, rev. 1993)
(16 min.) (alto fl., clar., vln., vlc., piano) (commissioned by the Amphion Foundation for the Da Capo Chamber Players)
(first performances: Nov. 11 & 25, 1991)
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. (Nov. 11)
Merkin Concert Hall, New York, N.Y. (Nov. 25)
Da Capo Chamber Players:
Patricia Spencer, alto flute
William Blount, clarinet
Eric Wyrick, violin
Andre Emelianoff, ‘cello
Sarah Rothenberg, piano
(recorded by the Da Capo Chamber Players,”the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

filaments (2 flutes) (1990) (9 min.)
(commissioned by Peter Brown & Karen Johnson)
(first performance, June 9, 1991)
Tawes Recital Hall, University of Maryland College Park
College Park, MD.
Peter Brown & Karen Johnson, flutes
(recorded by Peter Brown & Karen Johnson, ,”the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

(arranged for 2 violins)
(first performance, April 15, 1996)
La Maison Francaise
Washington, D.C.
Jennifer Gordon & Mayumi Pawel, violins

from the middle . . . becoming air (1991) (19 min.)
(string trio) (commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation)
(first performance, April 26, 1992)
Conference Center Auditorium
University of Maryland College Park
College Park, MD.
members of the Boston Chamber Music Society:
Stephanie Chase, violin
Marcus Thompson, viola
Ronald Thomas, ‘cello

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two miniatures for violin & piano (1993) (6 min.)
(arrangement for David Abel & Julie Steinberg of two songs for mezzo soprano & piano [1983-84, 1985]) (6 min.)
(first performance, Oct. 14, 1994)
Mills College Concert Hall
Mills College, Oakland, California
David Abel, violin
Julie Steinberg, piano

a still radiance within dark air (1995, rev. 1996) (15 min.)
(piano solo, fl., clar., vln., vlc.)
(commissioned by radio station WGUC in Cincinnati)
(first performance, December 3, 1995)
Linton Music Series
First Unitarian Church
Cincinnati, OH.
Sandra Rivers, solo piano
Randolph Bowman, flute
Richard Hawley, clarinet
Alexander Kerr, violin
Daniel Culnan, ‘cello
Colin Jagger, cond.

a vivid distance serenely layered (1995) (5 min.)
(‘cello quartet)
(commissioned by CELLO)
(first performance, March 3, 1996)
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, PA.
CELLO:
Maria Kitsopoulos Laura Bontrager Maureen McDermott,
Caryl Paisner

in forests of evaporating dawns (1996) (18 min.)
(string quartet)
(written for the Maia Quartet)
(first performance, October 26, 1997)
Merrick Hall
Goucher College
Towson, MD.
Maia Quartet

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eight aspects of appreciation (1996, rev. 2000) (11 min.)
(violin and viola)
(written for the Mann Duo)
(first performance, February 9, 1997)
The Phillips Collection
Washington, D.C.
The Mann Duo:
Nicholas Mann, violin
Robert Mann, viola

ringing fields of enveloping blue (1997) (14 min.)
(‘cello & piano)
(written for Joshua Gordon & Margaret Kampmeier)
(first performance, March 1, 1998)
Music in Chelsea Series
Historic St. Peter’s Church (Chelsea)
Joshua Gordon, ‘cello
Christopher Oldfather, piano

a window of resonant light (1997) (16 min.)
(‘cello, piano, percussion)
(Commissioned for the CORE Ensemble as part of the Meet the Composer/Arts Endowment Commissioning Music USA program)
(first prrformance, October 6, 1997)
Washington & Lee University
Roanoke, VA.
The CORE Ensemble:
Andrew Mark, ‘cello
Hugh Hinton, piano
Michael Parola, percussion
(recorded by the CORE Ensemble, “the promise of the far horizon”,
Albany, TROY 698)

in afternoons of deep and amplified air (1998) (11min.)
(string quartet)
(Commissioned by the 1998 Reston Prelude Festival)
(first performance, June 19, 1998)
Reston Prelude Festival
Reston Community Theatre
Reston, VA.
Audubon Quartet

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undiluted days (1999 – 2000) (11 min.)
(piano trio)
(Commissioned by Sonia & Louis Rothschild)
(first performance, March 19, 2000)
Hearst Hall
The National Cathedral School
Washington, D.C.
Opus 3 Trio

still air (2000) (1 1/2 min .)
(viol trio)
(first performance, April 13, 2000)
Bowling Green State University Early Music Ensemble

as a spray of reflected meadowlight informs the air (2000) (10 min.)
(commissioned by Philip Berlin and the Contemporary Music Forum)
(first performance, Dec. 7, 2000)
Frances & Armand Hammer Auditorium, Corcoran Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
members of the Contemporary Music Forum

through the filtering dawn of spreading daybright (2001) (8 min.)
(viola & contrabass)
(commissioned by Wendy Richman)
First performance, November 20, 2011 – Studio Theatre, Stocker Arts Center, Lorain County Community College
Eliesha Nelson, viola / Scott Dixon, double bass

the promise of the far horizon (2002, rev. 2013) (16 min.)
(string quartet)
(commissioned by the Nancy Ruyle Dodge Charitable Trust)
(first performance, Dec. 4, 2002)
Miller Theatre, Columbia University
New York, N.Y.
Corigliano Quartet
(recorded by the Corigliano Quartet, “the promise of the far horizon”,
Albany, TROY 698)

a focused expanse of evolving experience (2003) (8 min.)
(fl., vln., vla., vlc., piano)
(commissioned by the Empyrean Ensemble)
(first performance, Nov. 2, 2003)
Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA.
Empyrean Ensemble,
David Milnes, cond.

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toward the deepening stillness beyond visible light (2004) (11 min.)
(piano, string quartet)
(commissioned by the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Chamber Music Columbus (OH.) and Omus Hirshbein)
(first performance, Oct. 19, 2004)
Mandel Hall
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Pacifica Quartet & Amy Dissanayake, piano

an evolving romance for flute and piano (2005) (5 min.)
(commissioned by Lura Johnson)
(first performance, Nov. 2005)
Proctor-Munson-Institute
Utica N.Y.
Christina Jennings, flute
Lura Johnson, piano

in the community of encompassing hours (2005) (9 min.)
(piano trio)
(commissioned by the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt)
(first US performance, May 17, 2006
Austrian Embassy
Washington, D.C.
Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
(first European performance, May 27, 2006
Glaserner Saal, Magna Auditorium Musikverien
Vienna, Austria
Haydn Trio Eisenstadt

the play of intervening objects (2007) (10 min.)
(wind quintet)
(commissioned by consortium for Imani Winds)
(first performance, November 9, 2007)
Kobacher Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH.
Imani Winds

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in soft echoes . . . a world awaits (2007) (11 min.)
(string trio)
(commissioned by the Fortnightly Musical Club of Cleveland)
(first performance: March 11, 2008)
Mixon Hall
Cleveland Institute of Music
Cleveland, OH.
Emma Shook, violin
Eliesha Nelson, viola
Martha Baldwin, ‘cello

further evolving . . . (2008) (5 min.)
(fl., vlc., piano)
(commissioned by the Chamber Music Conference and Composers’ Forum of the East)
(first performance: August 2, 2008)
Carriage Barn, Bennington College
Bennington, VT.
Andrea Berger, flute
Robert Park, ‘cello
Richard Friedberg, piano

a garden of flourishing paths (2008) (12 min.)
(fl., vln., vlc., piano, percussion)
(commissioned by the National Gallery of Art and the VERGE Ensemble in celebration of Elliott Carter’s 100th birthday)
(first performance: November 30, 2008)
West Garden Court
National Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
VERGE Ensemble
Daniel Walshaw, cond.

three short duos for violin & harp (2011) (6 min.)
(commissioned by a consortium consisting of Pamela Johnson, Philip Berlin, Otho Eskin. Eve Sandberg and Mika Hornyak)
(first performance: November 13, 2011)
Phillips Collection
Washington, D.C.
Kelly Hall-Tompkins, violin
Bridget Kibbey, harp

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eight aspects of appreciation II (2012) (12 min.)
(violin & ‘cello)
(first performance: February 10, 2013)
West Garden Court
National Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
Miranda Cuckson, violin
Julia Bruskin, ‘cello

still air (2013) (6 min.)
(piano quartet)
(commissioned by the Chamber Music Conference and Composer’s Forum of the East, Inc.)
(first performance: Aug. 10, 2013)
Carriage Barn,
Bennington College
Bennington, VT
Tom Frenkel, violin
Bonnie Maky, viola
Judy Tobey, ‘cello
Giovanni Koll, piano

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Vocal

orage (1978, rev. 1993) (7 min.)
(sop., clar., vib., piano) (text by the composer)
(first performance, July, 1978)
Aspen Music Festival
Mary Elizabeth Poore, sop.
Joaquin Valdepenas, clar.
William Moersch, vib.
Mary Ann Brown, piano

diamonds suspended in a galaxy of clouds (soprano solo)
(1980-81) (7 min.) (text: Pedro Salinas: translated by
Rafael Chabrain Gonzales)
(first performance, February 25, 1983)
Mainstage Theatre, California State University,
Stanislaus, CA.
Deborah Kavasch, soprano

lullaby (in folk style) (soprano & piano) (1982) (4 min.)
(text by the composer) (first performance, August 13, 1982)
Berkshire Music Festival, Tanglewood
Corliss Uecker, soprano

two songs for mezzo soprano & piano
“Low Anchored Cloud” (1983-84) (4 min.)
(text: Henry David Thoreau)
(first performance, April 6, 1989)
Renee Weiler Concert Hall, Greenwich House Music School,
New York, N.Y.
Fredrika Rhodie, mezzo-soprano
Bruce Anderson, piano

“Dream Dust” (1985) (2 min.)
(text: Langston Hughes)

two haiku settings: of place and love (2006) (7 min.)
(sop., vlc., marimba, vibraphone)
(text: Sonia Sanchez)
(commissioned by Network for New Music)
(first performance, March 19, 2006)
Art Sanctuary
Philadelphia, PA
Network for New Music:
Jan Krzywicki, cond., Elisabeth Stevens, sop.

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Vocal, cont’d

three windows (2014) (8 min.)
(sop., vlc., harp)
(text: Sonia Sanchez)
(commissioned by Washington Performing Arts)

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Choral

Hillman Ode (1987) (3 min.) (SATB)
(commissioned by Carsey-Werner for NBC television series,
“A Different World”)

Orchestral / Large ensemble

violin concerto no. 1 (1981, rev. 1982) (20 min.)
violin solo (2,1,2,1) (0,2,2,0) (piano, percussion) (strings)
(first performance, March 31, 1982)
Symphony Space, New York, N.Y.
American Composers’ Orchestra
Kurt Nikkanen, violin
James Dixon, cond.

viola concerto (1993) (23 min.)
viola solo (2,2,2,2) (2,2,2,0) (timpani, vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(dedicated to violist Misha Amory)

as the air softens in dusklight (1994) (9 min.)*
(2,2,3,2) (4,2,2,1) (vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(winner, 1994 National Black Arts Festival/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition)
(first performances: July 29, 30 & 31, 1994)
Symphony Hall, Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA. (July 29 & 30)
Grant Park, Atlanta, GA. (July 31)
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Yoel Levi, cond.

distinct echoes of glimmering daylight (1994) (16 min.)
(2,2,2,2) (4,2,2,1) (vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(commissioned by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Kenneth Fain)
(first performance, October 16, 1995)
Roanoke Civic Center, Roanoke, VA.
Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
David Wiley, cond.

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within a cloudburst of echoing brightness (1995) (4 min.)*
(3,3,3,2) (4,3,3,1) (timpani, vibraphone, harp, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Music Director, through a grant from the John and June Hechinger Commissioning Fund)
(first performances: November 2, 3, 4, 7, 1995)
Concert Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.
National Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, cond.

a layer of vivid stillness (1996) (5 min.)
‘cello solo, 12 ‘cellos
(orchestration of a vivid distance serenely layered [1995] originally written for ‘cello quartet)

a distance of unfolding light: rhapsody for violin & orch. (2000) (15 min.)
(2,2,2,2) (4,2,2,1) (vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(Commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation)
(first performance: November 13, 2004)
First Baptist Church
Hickory, N.C.
Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra
James Dickenson, violin
John Gordon Ross, cond.

a still radiance within dark air (2000) (15 min.)
piano solo, (1,1,1,1,) (2,2,2,0) (marimba, vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(orchestration commissioned by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony
(first performance: November 20, 2000)
Drinko Recital Hall, Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH.
Cleveland Chamber Symphony
Robert Shannon, piano
Andrew Rindfleisch, cond.

billowing pockets brightly layered (2000 rev. 2007) (11 min.)
‘cello solo, (1,1,1,1,) (harp) (strings)
(first performance of the revised version, March 16, 2008)
Glick Recital Hall, Cleveland Music School Settlement
Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Chamber Symphony
Darrett Adkins, ‘cello
Steven Smith, cond.

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amid the light of quickening memory (2002) (9 min.)
(2,2,2,2,) (4,2,2,1) (marimba, vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Music Director, through funds provided by the John and June Hechinger Commissioning Fund for New Orchestral Works)
(first performances: June 5,6 & 7, 2003)
Concert Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.
National Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, cond.

through dancing echoes spreading softly: concerto for orchestra (2005)
(17 min.)
(4,4,4,2) (4,2,2,1) (timpani, marimba, 2 harps, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

the comfort of his voice (2006) (10 min.)
(4,4,2,2) (4,2,2,1) (marimba, vibraphone, harp, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the Musical Arts Society of Cleveland/Cleveland Orchestra)
(first performance: January 14, 2007)
Severance Hall
Cleveland, OH.
Cleveland Orchestra
Chelsea Tipton II, cond.

murmurs of light . . . becoming still (2007) (1 min.)
(string orchestra)
(commissioned by the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra for its “Progressions” program)

verdant and shimmering air: four views of a reflected forest (2007) (8 min.)
(3,3,3,2) (4, 3,3,1) (timpani, vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(commissioned by the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra)
(first performance: May 6, 2007)
Uihlein Hall
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
Milwaukee, WI.
Milwaukee Youth Symphony Senior Symphony
Margery Deutsch, cond.

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. . . and symphonies of deepening light . . . expanding . . . ever cavernous (2008) (11 min.)
(4,4,4,2) (4,2,2,1) (timpani, harp, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Ann and Harry Santen)
(first performance: March 27, 2009)
Music Hall
Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
James Gaffigan, cond.

three rhapsodies for ‘cello & strings (2009 – 10, rev. 2013) (13 min.)
‘cello solo, strings
I. revisiting variazioni elegiaci . . . within the fabric of caressing air
II. echoing fields . . .spreading light
III. brightness dispersed
(first performance: May 1, 2010 – mvts I & II)
Stocker Arts Center Auditorium
Lorain County Community College
Elyria, OH
Civic Orchestra
Tanya Ell, ‘cello
Robert Beckstrom, cond.

(first performance of revised version: Feb. 10, 2013 – mvts I & II)
West Garden Court
National Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C,
Members of the National Gallery Orchestra
Julia Bruskin, ‘cello
Peter Wilson, cond.

through a stillness brightening (2011) (11 min.)
(solo violin, E-flat clar., bsn., tpt,, trb., vib., mar., cb.)
(commissioned by the Argento New Music Project through the generosity of Marianna Bettman [in memory of Judge Gilbert Bettman] and Sonia Rothschild)
(first performance: April 11, 2011)
Cutting Edge Concerts Series
Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre, Symphony Space
New York, N.Y.
Argento Chamber Ensemble
Miranda Cuckson, violin
Michel Galante, cond

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a dance into reflected daylight (2012) (10 min.)
(2,2,2,2,) (4,2,2,1) (harp, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the Sphinx Organization in consortium with eight American orchestras)
(first performance: September 22, 2012)
New World Center
Miami Beach, FL.
New World Symphony Orchestra
Michael Francis, cond.

becoming . . . (2014) (16 min.)
(piano solo, flute, horn, mar., vib., harp, 2 vlns., vla., vlc., bass)
(commissioned by a consortium consisting of Otho Eskin,
Walter Douglas, Rand Curtiss, Bonnie Jo Dopp and Peter Hurley)

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Recordings

linear cycles II and quartet no. 3 (string quartet no. 1)
Composers’ Recordings, Inc. (CRI 468) (LP)
Helmut Braunlich, violin, Barbro Dahlman, piano – New York String Quartet

a pond within the drifting dusk
“Bang On A Can Live, Vol. 2”
Composers’ Recordings, Inc. (CRI/New World 646) (CD)
Laura Gilbert, fl., Joshua Gordon, vlc., Victoria Drake, hp.

her eastern light amid a cavernous dusk, the focus of blue light, amid fleeting pockets of billowing radiance, a diffuse light that knows no particular hour (revised version), linear cycles VII (cambiamenti II) (revised version), filaments
“the focus of blue light”
Composers’ Recordings, Inc. (CRI/New World 650) (CD)
Various Artists

fragments from the surrounding evening
“Dark Fires”
Albany Recordings (TROY 266) (CD)
Karen Walwyn, piano

barbaglio dal manca
“Telling Tales”
Capstone Recordings (CPS 8736)
Tuyen Tonnu, piano

wending, the promise of the far horizon, a landscape of interior resonances, a window of resonant light, the milliner’s fancy
“the promise of the far horizon”
Albany Recordings (TROY 698) (CD)
Various Artists

in the community of encompassing hours
“Bachmann to Music”: Ingeborg Bachmann Writing against War
Capriccio Recordings (71 095)
Haydn Trio Eisenstadt

tango-variations
Tangos for Piano
Ravello Records (Parma Recordings)
Amy Briggs, piano

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Publications

a window’s gathering of clouds
Quadrivium Music Press

for Elliott
Perspectives of New Music, Vol. 22, Nos. 1 & 2 (with accompanying cassette)

tango variations
Quadrivium Music Press

variazioni elegiaci (revised version)
National Capital ‘Cello Club, Inc. Newsletter (Washington, D.C.), Summer 1997
Theodore Presser Co.

All other published works published by Theodore Presser Co., Bryn Mawr, PA.
(www.presser.com) & Quicklight Music, Oberlin, OH.

Bibliography: (selected)
Aaron Harder: “Composer had his head in the clouds” Columbus Dispatch (October, 20, 2005)
Jeffrey Mumford: “The Degree of Difference” KUSC (NPR) membership newsletter,
(Feb. 2004)
Daniel Ginsberg: “Musical Passages from a Washington Life” Washington Post (5/4/03)
William C. Banfield: “Musical Landscapes in Color: Conversations with Black
American Composers, ” Scarecrow Press. (2003)
Jessica Duschen:The STRAD (UK) (December 2002)
New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians (2000)
Tim Page: ”Composer At Work” v, Washington Post (8/30/98)
Sandra Hyslop: “Sonidos De Las Americas: Mexico, The Sound in America”, SYMPHONY,
xlv / 3 (May-June 1994), p. 39-43
Jeff Rosenfeld: “Setting the sky to song”, Weatherwise , xlvii / 5 (October/November 1994),
p. 10-11
Mimi Carter: “Atlanta Symphony and Black Arts Festival join forces to
underwrite compositions”, Inside Arts, vi /6 (December 1994) p. 11-12
“Symphonium” (Classical Expressions, p. 29) Collage magazine (premiere issue, 1995)

CD Reviews: (selected) the focus of blue light
Joseph McLellan: Washington Post: (11/21/93)
Paul Cook: American Record Guide, lvii / 2 (March/April 1994)
Joshua Freeman: Minnesota Composers Forum Newsletter, xxi / 7 (Sept. 1994)
Robert Carl: Fanfare magazine, xviii / 3 (Jan./Feb. 1995)

CD Reviews (selected) the promise of the far horizon
Frank Oteri: “New MusicBox”, American Music Center (12/04)
Joseph Dalton: “Time Out New York” No. 485 (1/13-1/19/05)
Donald Rosenberg: Cleveland Plain Dealer (2/13/05)
Joseph McLellan: Washington Post (5/8/05)

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Robert Carl: Fanfare magazine (Jan/Feb. 2006)
Steve Smith: New York Times (4/8/14)
Mike Telin: Clevelandclassical.com (7/8/14)

List of Works and First Performances
Piano
barbaglio dal manca (1981, rev. 1992, 2000) (10 min.)
(first performance [original version], January 18, 1982)
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Barbro Dahlman, piano
(first performance [second revised version], November 21, 2002)
Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, OH.
Toyen Tonnu, piano
(recorded by Tuyen Tonnu, Capstone, CPS 8736)

for Elliott (1983) (1 min.)
(first performance, December 5, 1983)
Carnegie Recital Hall, New York, N.Y.
Claudia Stevens, piano

tango variations (1984, rev, 2001) (3 min.)
(commissioned by Quadrivium Music Press for pianist Yvar Mikhashoff)
(first performance, March 2, 1986)
Bessie Schonberg Theatre, New York, N.Y.
Yvar Mikhashoff, piano

fragments from the surrounding evening (1984) (9 min.)
(commissioned by the La Gesse Foundation)
(first performance, February 24, 1985)
Lafayette Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Bruce Anderson, piano
(recorded by Karen Walwyn on Albany Recordings TROY 266)

a flower in folding shadows (piano, four-hands) (1986) (8 min.)
(first performance, April 6, 1989)
Renee Weiler Concert Hall, Greenwich House Music School,
New York, N.Y.
Continuum: Joel Sachs and Cheryl Seltzer, piano, four-hands

a landscape of interior resonances (2001) (16 min.)
(commissioned by the Phillips Collection [Washington, D.C.], Miller Theatre [New York, N.Y.] and the Schubert Club [St. Paul, MN.])
(first performance, May 5, 2002)
Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
Margaret Kampmeier, piano
(recorded by Margaret Kampmeier, “the promise of the far horizon”,
Albany, TROY 698)

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four dances for Boris (2004) (8 min.)
(commissioned by Boris Willis)
(first performance, September 17, 2004)
Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Washington, D.C.
Lura Johnson, piano

a celebration of Elliott (2007) (2 min.)
(commissioned by the Network for New Music to celebrate the 100th birthday of Elliott Carter)
(first performance: February 29, 2008)
Leonard Nimoy Theatre – Symphony Space, New York, N.Y.
Stephen Gosling, piano

of ringing and layered space (2010 . . . ongoing)
(commissioned by consortium for pianists Jenny Lin, Lura Johnson, Tuyen Tonnu, Amy Briggs, and Shannon Wettstein)
I. “Jenny” (3 min.) (2010)
II. “Lura” (3 min.) (2010)

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Solo Instrumental

linear cycles VII (cambiamenti II) (solo violin) (1979, rev. 1993) (8 min.)
(first performance, July 22, 1979) (original version)
Aspen Music Festival
Kurt Nikkanen, violin
(first performance [revised version])
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
Lina Bahn, violin
(recorded by Kurt Nikkanen,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

variazioni elegiaci (solo ‘cello) (1979-80, rev. 1997) (9 min.)
(first performance, July 10, 1981) (original version)
Aspen Music Festival
Julie Charland ‘cello

morning thunder for solo flute (1979-80) (8 min.)
(first performance, December 15, 1980)
live radio broadcast, KPFK, Los Angeles
Janice Tipton, flute

amid fleeting pockets of billowing radiance (solo ‘cello) (1990) (11 min.)
(first performance, September 20 ,1991)
St. Mary’s College, St. Mary’s County, MD.
Pamela Greitzer, ‘cello
(recorded by Joshua Gordon,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

the clarity of remembered springs (solo viola) (1992-93) (13 min.)
(commissioned by the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation)
(first performance, April 26, 1993)
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
New York, N.Y.
Misha Amory, viola

a window’s gathering of clouds (solo guitar) (1981) (7 min.)
(first performance, March 2, 1986)
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Todd Seelye, guitar

variazioni elegiaci II (solo violin) (1983) (8 min.)
(first performance, July 11, 1986)
Seattle Chamber Music Festival
Ida Levin, violin

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revisiting variazioni elegiaci (solo viola) (2001) (9 min.)
(first performance, February 10, 2001)
Kulas Recital Hall
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Wendy Richman, viola

wending (solo viola) (2001) (11 min.)
(first public performance, Nov. 11, 2001)
Phillips Collection
Washington, D.C.
Wendy Richman, viola
(recorded by Wendy Richman, “the promise of the far horizon”
Albany, TROY 698)

the milliner’s fancy (solo alto saxophone) (2003) (5 min.)
(commissioned by Rhonda Taylor & David Reminick)
(first performance, April 9, 2003)
Warner Concert Hall
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
David Reminick, alto saxophone
(recorded by Rhonda Taylor, “the promise of the far horizon”
Albany, TROY 698)

three musings . . . revisiting memories (solo violin) (2005) (5 min.)
(written for Ole Bohn)
(first performance, March 8, 2005)
Warner Concert Hall
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Ole Bohn, violin

eight musings . . . revisiting memories (solo violin) (2005) (11 min.)
(written for Ole Bohn)
(first performance, Aug. 5, 2005)
Monadnock Music Festival
Fitzwilliam Town Hall, Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire
Ole Bohn, violin

an expanding distance of multiple voices (solo violin) (2005) (11 min.)
(commissioned by consortium for Lina Bahn)
(first performance, Sept 18, 2005)
Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium
Corcoran Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
Lina Bahn. Violin

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a focus further within (solo ‘cello) (2010) (3 ½ min.)
(commissioned by Rhonda Rider as part of her residency at the
Grand Canyon)
(first performance, March 10, 2011)
Seully Hall
Boston Conservatory of Music
Boston, MA
Rhonda Ryder, ‘cello

to find in the glimmering air . . . a buoyant continuity of layering blue
(‘solo ‘cello) (2011) (9 min.)
(funded by the Lorain County Community College Foundation through its Campus Grants Program)
(first performances, April 17, 2011, October 25, 2011, October 26, 2011)
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Brookfield ,WI; Studio Theatre, Stocker Arts Center, Lorain County Community College; Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH.)
Seaunn Thorsteinsdottir, ‘cello

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Chamber

linear cycles II (violin and piano) (1978) (8 min.)
(commissioned by the Robert Evett Fund of Washington, D.C.)
(first performance, February 20, 1978)
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
members of the Contemporary Music Forum:
Helmut Braunlich, violin
Barbro Dahlman, piano

string quartet no. 1 (formerly quartet no. 3 ) (1978 rev. 1980) (12 min.)
(first performance, December 6, 1980)
Concert Hall, University of California, Irvine
New York String Quartet
(recorded by the New York String Quartet on CRI/New World 468) (LP)

a wind of suspended prominences (clarinet and piano) (1981) (7 min.)
(first performance, April 17, 1981)
Mandeville Recital Hall, University of California, San Diego
William Powell, clarinet
Zita Carno, piano
(first performance, revised version, October 28, 1991)
Roy O. Disney Music Hall, California Institute of the Arts,
Valencia, California
William Powell, clarinet
Zita Carno, piano

duo concerto (1981-82) (15 min.)
(commissioned by ‘cellist Fred Sherry)
(vlc. solo, percussion – xylophone, marimba [A], vibraphone, clar., vln., piano)
(first performance, February 21, 1984)
Kaufman Concert Hall, 92nd St. YM/YWHA, New York, N.Y.
Group for Contemporary Music:
Fred Sherry, solo ‘cello
Daniel Druckman, percussion
Anand Devendra, clarinet
Ik-Hwan Bae, violin
Aleck Karis, piano
Daniel Shulman, cond.

lullaby (in folk style) (‘cello and piano) (1982) (4 min.)
(first performance, January 10, 1983)
Chamber Music from SoHo Series
Fred Sherry, ‘cello
Rebecca Silver, piano

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string quartet no. 2 (1982-83, rev. 1995) (14 min.)
(first performance, February 5, 1993) (original version)
Strathmore Hall Arts Center, North Bethesda, MD.
Maia Quartet

notturno (crystals of suspended evening) (1983-84) (10 min.)
(commissioned by Tafelmusik)
(fl., ob., vlc., hpschd.)
(first performance, April 4, 1983)
Provincetown Playhouse, New York, N.Y.
Tafelmusik:
Lauren Weiss, flute
Pamela Epple, oboe
Christine Gummere, ‘cello
Linda Kobler, harpsichord

her eastern light amid a cavernous dusk (1983-84, rev. 1987) (9 min.)
(wind quintet)
(commissioned by the Aspen Wind Quintet)
(first performance, March 6, 1987)
Calvary Episcopal Church, New York, N.Y.
Aspen Wind Quintet
(recorded by the Aspen Wind Quintet,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

a veil of liquid diamonds (1985-86, rev. 1995, 1999) (16 min.)
(string quartet)
(first performance, August 27, 1995)
Music at Gretna Festival, Mt. Gretna, PA.
Borromeo Quartet

a pond within the drifting dusk (1986-87, rev. 1988) (10 min.)
(alto fl., vlc., hp.)
(first performance, November 16, 1988)
Settlement Music School, Mary Louise Curtiss Branch
Philadelphia, PA.
Edward Schultz, alto flute
Charles Forbes, ‘cello
Karin Fuller, harp
(recorded by Laura Gilbert, alto fl., Joshua Gordon, ‘cello,
Victoria Drake, harp, “Bang on A Can Live, Vol. 2”
CRI/New World 646)

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the focus of blue light (1987-88) (18 min.)
(violin and piano)
(commissioned by the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress)
(first performance, March 17, 1989)
Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress,
Washington, D.C.
Kurt Nikkanen, violin
Bruce Anderson, piano
(recorded by Kurt Nikkanen, violin & Bruce Anderson, piano,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

echoes in a cloud box (1988) (10 min.)
(violin and ‘cello)
(commissioned by the Contemporary Music Forum)
(first performance, May 8, 1989)
Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C
members of the Contemporary Music Forum:
Helmut Braunlich, violin,
Lori Barnet, ‘cello

jewels beyond the mist (1988) (12 min.)
(commissioned by the New York New Music Ensemble)
(fl./alto fl., clar., vln., vlc., piano, percussion – vibraphone, marimba [A])
(first performance, March 15, 1989)
Merkin Concert Hall, New York, N.Y.
New York New Music Ensemble:
Jayn Rosenfeld, flute/alto flute
Jean Kopperud, clarinet
Linda Quan, violin
Chris Finckel, ‘cello
Elizabeth DiFelice, piano
Daniel Druckman, percussion
Robert Black, conductor

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a diffuse light that knows no particular hour (1989-90, rev. 1993)
(16 min.) (alto fl., clar., vln., vlc., piano) (commissioned by the Amphion Foundation for the Da Capo Chamber Players)
(first performances: Nov. 11 & 25, 1991)
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. (Nov. 11)
Merkin Concert Hall, New York, N.Y. (Nov. 25)
Da Capo Chamber Players:
Patricia Spencer, alto flute
William Blount, clarinet
Eric Wyrick, violin
Andre Emelianoff, ‘cello
Sarah Rothenberg, piano
(recorded by the Da Capo Chamber Players,”the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

filaments (2 flutes) (1990) (9 min.)
(commissioned by Peter Brown & Karen Johnson)
(first performance, June 9, 1991)
Tawes Recital Hall, University of Maryland College Park
College Park, MD.
Peter Brown & Karen Johnson, flutes
(recorded by Peter Brown & Karen Johnson, ,”the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

(arranged for 2 violins)
(first performance, April 15, 1996)
La Maison Francaise
Washington, D.C.
Jennifer Gordon & Mayumi Pawel, violins

from the middle . . . becoming air (1991) (19 min.)
(string trio) (commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation)
(first performance, April 26, 1992)
Conference Center Auditorium
University of Maryland College Park
College Park, MD.
members of the Boston Chamber Music Society:
Stephanie Chase, violin
Marcus Thompson, viola
Ronald Thomas, ‘cello

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two miniatures for violin & piano (1993) (6 min.)
(arrangement for David Abel & Julie Steinberg of two songs for mezzo soprano & piano [1983-84, 1985]) (6 min.)
(first performance, Oct. 14, 1994)
Mills College Concert Hall
Mills College, Oakland, California
David Abel, violin
Julie Steinberg, piano

a still radiance within dark air (1995, rev. 1996) (15 min.)
(piano solo, fl., clar., vln., vlc.)
(commissioned by radio station WGUC in Cincinnati)
(first performance, December 3, 1995)
Linton Music Series
First Unitarian Church
Cincinnati, OH.
Sandra Rivers, solo piano
Randolph Bowman, flute
Richard Hawley, clarinet
Alexander Kerr, violin
Daniel Culnan, ‘cello
Colin Jagger, cond.

a vivid distance serenely layered (1995) (5 min.)
(‘cello quartet)
(commissioned by CELLO)
(first performance, March 3, 1996)
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, PA.
CELLO:
Maria Kitsopoulos Laura Bontrager Maureen McDermott,
Caryl Paisner

in forests of evaporating dawns (1996) (18 min.)
(string quartet)
(written for the Maia Quartet)
(first performance, October 26, 1997)
Merrick Hall
Goucher College
Towson, MD.
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eight aspects of appreciation (1996, rev. 2000) (11 min.)
(violin and viola)
(written for the Mann Duo)
(first performance, February 9, 1997)
The Phillips Collection
Washington, D.C.
The Mann Duo:
Nicholas Mann, violin
Robert Mann, viola

ringing fields of enveloping blue (1997) (14 min.)
(‘cello & piano)
(written for Joshua Gordon & Margaret Kampmeier)
(first performance, March 1, 1998)
Music in Chelsea Series
Historic St. Peter’s Church (Chelsea)
Joshua Gordon, ‘cello
Christopher Oldfather, piano

a window of resonant light (1997) (16 min.)
(‘cello, piano, percussion)
(Commissioned for the CORE Ensemble as part of the Meet the Composer/Arts Endowment Commissioning Music USA program)
(first prrformance, October 6, 1997)
Washington & Lee University
Roanoke, VA.
The CORE Ensemble:
Andrew Mark, ‘cello
Hugh Hinton, piano
Michael Parola, percussion
(recorded by the CORE Ensemble, “the promise of the far horizon”,
Albany, TROY 698)

in afternoons of deep and amplified air (1998) (11min.)
(string quartet)
(Commissioned by the 1998 Reston Prelude Festival)
(first performance, June 19, 1998)
Reston Prelude Festival
Reston Community Theatre
Reston, VA.
Audubon Quartet

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undiluted days (1999 – 2000) (11 min.)
(piano trio)
(Commissioned by Sonia & Louis Rothschild)
(first performance, March 19, 2000)
Hearst Hall
The National Cathedral School
Washington, D.C.
Opus 3 Trio

still air (2000) (1 1/2 min .)
(viol trio)
(first performance, April 13, 2000)
Bowling Green State University Early Music Ensemble

as a spray of reflected meadowlight informs the air (2000) (10 min.)
(commissioned by Philip Berlin and the Contemporary Music Forum)
(first performance, Dec. 7, 2000)
Frances & Armand Hammer Auditorium, Corcoran Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
members of the Contemporary Music Forum

through the filtering dawn of spreading daybright (2001) (8 min.)
(viola & contrabass)
(commissioned by Wendy Richman)
First performance, November 20, 2011 – Studio Theatre, Stocker Arts Center, Lorain County Community College
Eliesha Nelson, viola / Scott Dixon, double bass

the promise of the far horizon (2002, rev. 2013) (16 min.)
(string quartet)
(commissioned by the Nancy Ruyle Dodge Charitable Trust)
(first performance, Dec. 4, 2002)
Miller Theatre, Columbia University
New York, N.Y.
Corigliano Quartet
(recorded by the Corigliano Quartet, “the promise of the far horizon”,
Albany, TROY 698)

a focused expanse of evolving experience (2003) (8 min.)
(fl., vln., vla., vlc., piano)
(commissioned by the Empyrean Ensemble)
(first performance, Nov. 2, 2003)
Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA.
Empyrean Ensemble,
David Milnes, cond.

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toward the deepening stillness beyond visible light (2004) (11 min.)
(piano, string quartet)
(commissioned by the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Chamber Music Columbus (OH.) and Omus Hirshbein)
(first performance, Oct. 19, 2004)
Mandel Hall
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Pacifica Quartet & Amy Dissanayake, piano

an evolving romance for flute and piano (2005) (5 min.)
(commissioned by Lura Johnson)
(first performance, Nov. 2005)
Proctor-Munson-Institute
Utica N.Y.
Christina Jennings, flute
Lura Johnson, piano

in the community of encompassing hours (2005) (9 min.)
(piano trio)
(commissioned by the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt)
(first US performance, May 17, 2006
Austrian Embassy
Washington, D.C.
Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
(first European performance, May 27, 2006
Glaserner Saal, Magna Auditorium Musikverien
Vienna, Austria
Haydn Trio Eisenstadt

the play of intervening objects (2007) (10 min.)
(wind quintet)
(commissioned by consortium for Imani Winds)
(first performance, November 9, 2007)
Kobacher Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH.
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in soft echoes . . . a world awaits (2007) (11 min.)
(string trio)
(commissioned by the Fortnightly Musical Club of Cleveland)
(first performance: March 11, 2008)
Mixon Hall
Cleveland Institute of Music
Cleveland, OH.
Emma Shook, violin
Eliesha Nelson, viola
Martha Baldwin, ‘cello

further evolving . . . (2008) (5 min.)
(fl., vlc., piano)
(commissioned by the Chamber Music Conference and Composers’ Forum of the East)
(first performance: August 2, 2008)
Carriage Barn, Bennington College
Bennington, VT.
Andrea Berger, flute
Robert Park, ‘cello
Richard Friedberg, piano

a garden of flourishing paths (2008) (12 min.)
(fl., vln., vlc., piano, percussion)
(commissioned by the National Gallery of Art and the VERGE Ensemble in celebration of Elliott Carter’s 100th birthday)
(first performance: November 30, 2008)
West Garden Court
National Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
VERGE Ensemble
Daniel Walshaw, cond.

three short duos for violin & harp (2011) (6 min.)
(commissioned by a consortium consisting of Pamela Johnson, Philip Berlin, Otho Eskin. Eve Sandberg and Mika Hornyak)
(first performance: November 13, 2011)
Phillips Collection
Washington, D.C.
Kelly Hall-Tompkins, violin
Bridget Kibbey, harp

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eight aspects of appreciation II (2012) (12 min.)
(violin & ‘cello)
(first performance: February 10, 2013)
West Garden Court
National Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
Miranda Cuckson, violin
Julia Bruskin, ‘cello

still air (2013) (6 min.)
(piano quartet)
(commissioned by the Chamber Music Conference and Composer’s Forum of the East, Inc.)
(first performance: Aug. 10, 2013)
Carriage Barn,
Bennington College
Bennington, VT
Tom Frenkel, violin
Bonnie Maky, viola
Judy Tobey, ‘cello
Giovanni Koll, piano

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Vocal

orage (1978, rev. 1993) (7 min.)
(sop., clar., vib., piano) (text by the composer)
(first performance, July, 1978)
Aspen Music Festival
Mary Elizabeth Poore, sop.
Joaquin Valdepenas, clar.
William Moersch, vib.
Mary Ann Brown, piano

diamonds suspended in a galaxy of clouds (soprano solo)
(1980-81) (7 min.) (text: Pedro Salinas: translated by
Rafael Chabrain Gonzales)
(first performance, February 25, 1983)
Mainstage Theatre, California State University,
Stanislaus, CA.
Deborah Kavasch, soprano

lullaby (in folk style) (soprano & piano) (1982) (4 min.)
(text by the composer) (first performance, August 13, 1982)
Berkshire Music Festival, Tanglewood
Corliss Uecker, soprano

two songs for mezzo soprano & piano
“Low Anchored Cloud” (1983-84) (4 min.)
(text: Henry David Thoreau)
(first performance, April 6, 1989)
Renee Weiler Concert Hall, Greenwich House Music School,
New York, N.Y.
Fredrika Rhodie, mezzo-soprano
Bruce Anderson, piano

“Dream Dust” (1985) (2 min.)
(text: Langston Hughes)

two haiku settings: of place and love (2006) (7 min.)
(sop., vlc., marimba, vibraphone)
(text: Sonia Sanchez)
(commissioned by Network for New Music)
(first performance, March 19, 2006)
Art Sanctuary
Philadelphia, PA
Network for New Music:
Jan Krzywicki, cond., Elisabeth Stevens, sop.

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Vocal, cont’d

three windows (2014) (8 min.)
(sop., vlc., harp)
(text: Sonia Sanchez)
(commissioned by Washington Performing Arts)

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Choral

Hillman Ode (1987) (3 min.) (SATB)
(commissioned by Carsey-Werner for NBC television series,
“A Different World”)

Orchestral / Large ensemble

violin concerto no. 1 (1981, rev. 1982) (20 min.)
violin solo (2,1,2,1) (0,2,2,0) (piano, percussion) (strings)
(first performance, March 31, 1982)
Symphony Space, New York, N.Y.
American Composers’ Orchestra
Kurt Nikkanen, violin
James Dixon, cond.

viola concerto (1993) (23 min.)
viola solo (2,2,2,2) (2,2,2,0) (timpani, vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(dedicated to violist Misha Amory)

as the air softens in dusklight (1994) (9 min.)*
(2,2,3,2) (4,2,2,1) (vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(winner, 1994 National Black Arts Festival/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition)
(first performances: July 29, 30 & 31, 1994)
Symphony Hall, Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA. (July 29 & 30)
Grant Park, Atlanta, GA. (July 31)
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Yoel Levi, cond.

distinct echoes of glimmering daylight (1994) (16 min.)
(2,2,2,2) (4,2,2,1) (vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(commissioned by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Kenneth Fain)
(first performance, October 16, 1995)
Roanoke Civic Center, Roanoke, VA.
Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
David Wiley, cond.

• paired with within a cloudburst of echoing brightness as a precious continuity is a day expanding (2001)

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within a cloudburst of echoing brightness (1995) (4 min.)*
(3,3,3,2) (4,3,3,1) (timpani, vibraphone, harp, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Music Director, through a grant from the John and June Hechinger Commissioning Fund)
(first performances: November 2, 3, 4, 7, 1995)
Concert Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.
National Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, cond.

a layer of vivid stillness (1996) (5 min.)
‘cello solo, 12 ‘cellos
(orchestration of a vivid distance serenely layered [1995] originally written for ‘cello quartet)

a distance of unfolding light: rhapsody for violin & orch. (2000) (15 min.)
(2,2,2,2) (4,2,2,1) (vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(Commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation)
(first performance: November 13, 2004)
First Baptist Church
Hickory, N.C.
Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra
James Dickenson, violin
John Gordon Ross, cond.

a still radiance within dark air (2000) (15 min.)
piano solo, (1,1,1,1,) (2,2,2,0) (marimba, vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(orchestration commissioned by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony
(first performance: November 20, 2000)
Drinko Recital Hall, Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH.
Cleveland Chamber Symphony
Robert Shannon, piano
Andrew Rindfleisch, cond.

billowing pockets brightly layered (2000 rev. 2007) (11 min.)
‘cello solo, (1,1,1,1,) (harp) (strings)
(first performance of the revised version, March 16, 2008)
Glick Recital Hall, Cleveland Music School Settlement
Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Chamber Symphony
Darrett Adkins, ‘cello
Steven Smith, cond.

• paired with as the air softens in dusklight as a precious continuity is a day expanding (2001)
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amid the light of quickening memory (2002) (9 min.)
(2,2,2,2,) (4,2,2,1) (marimba, vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Music Director, through funds provided by the John and June Hechinger Commissioning Fund for New Orchestral Works)
(first performances: June 5,6 & 7, 2003)
Concert Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.
National Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, cond.

through dancing echoes spreading softly: concerto for orchestra (2005)
(17 min.)
(4,4,4,2) (4,2,2,1) (timpani, marimba, 2 harps, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

the comfort of his voice (2006) (10 min.)
(4,4,2,2) (4,2,2,1) (marimba, vibraphone, harp, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the Musical Arts Society of Cleveland/Cleveland Orchestra)
(first performance: January 14, 2007)
Severance Hall
Cleveland, OH.
Cleveland Orchestra
Chelsea Tipton II, cond.

murmurs of light . . . becoming still (2007) (1 min.)
(string orchestra)
(commissioned by the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra for its “Progressions” program)

verdant and shimmering air: four views of a reflected forest (2007) (8 min.)
(3,3,3,2) (4, 3,3,1) (timpani, vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(commissioned by the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra)
(first performance: May 6, 2007)
Uihlein Hall
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
Milwaukee, WI.
Milwaukee Youth Symphony Senior Symphony
Margery Deutsch, cond.

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. . . and symphonies of deepening light . . . expanding . . . ever cavernous (2008) (11 min.)
(4,4,4,2) (4,2,2,1) (timpani, harp, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Ann and Harry Santen)
(first performance: March 27, 2009)
Music Hall
Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
James Gaffigan, cond.

three rhapsodies for ‘cello & strings (2009 – 10, rev. 2013) (13 min.)
‘cello solo, strings
I. revisiting variazioni elegiaci . . . within the fabric of caressing air
II. echoing fields . . .spreading light
III. brightness dispersed
(first performance: May 1, 2010 – mvts I & II)
Stocker Arts Center Auditorium
Lorain County Community College
Elyria, OH
Civic Orchestra
Tanya Ell, ‘cello
Robert Beckstrom, cond.

(first performance of revised version: Feb. 10, 2013 – mvts I & II)
West Garden Court
National Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C,
Members of the National Gallery Orchestra
Julia Bruskin, ‘cello
Peter Wilson, cond.

through a stillness brightening (2011) (11 min.)
(solo violin, E-flat clar., bsn., tpt,, trb., vib., mar., cb.)
(commissioned by the Argento New Music Project through the generosity of Marianna Bettman [in memory of Judge Gilbert Bettman] and Sonia Rothschild)
(first performance: April 11, 2011)
Cutting Edge Concerts Series
Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre, Symphony Space
New York, N.Y.
Argento Chamber Ensemble
Miranda Cuckson, violin
Michel Galante, cond

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a dance into reflected daylight (2012) (10 min.)
(2,2,2,2,) (4,2,2,1) (harp, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the Sphinx Organization in consortium with eight American orchestras)
(first performance: September 22, 2012)
New World Center
Miami Beach, FL.
New World Symphony Orchestra
Michael Francis, cond.

becoming . . . (2014) (16 min.)
(piano solo, flute, horn, mar., vib., harp, 2 vlns., vla., vlc., bass)
(commissioned by a consortium consisting of Otho Eskin,
Walter Douglas, Rand Curtiss, Bonnie Jo Dopp and Peter Hurley)

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Recordings

linear cycles II and quartet no. 3 (string quartet no. 1)
Composers’ Recordings, Inc. (CRI 468) (LP)
Helmut Braunlich, violin, Barbro Dahlman, piano – New York String Quartet

a pond within the drifting dusk
“Bang On A Can Live, Vol. 2”
Composers’ Recordings, Inc. (CRI/New World 646) (CD)
Laura Gilbert, fl., Joshua Gordon, vlc., Victoria Drake, hp.

her eastern light amid a cavernous dusk, the focus of blue light, amid fleeting pockets of billowing radiance, a diffuse light that knows no particular hour (revised version), linear cycles VII (cambiamenti II) (revised version), filaments
“the focus of blue light”
Composers’ Recordings, Inc. (CRI/New World 650) (CD)
Various Artists

fragments from the surrounding evening
“Dark Fires”
Albany Recordings (TROY 266) (CD)
Karen Walwyn, piano

barbaglio dal manca
“Telling Tales”
Capstone Recordings (CPS 8736)
Tuyen Tonnu, piano

wending, the promise of the far horizon, a landscape of interior resonances, a window of resonant light, the milliner’s fancy
“the promise of the far horizon”
Albany Recordings (TROY 698) (CD)
Various Artists

in the community of encompassing hours
“Bachmann to Music”: Ingeborg Bachmann Writing against War
Capriccio Recordings (71 095)
Haydn Trio Eisenstadt

tango-variations
Tangos for Piano
Ravello Records (Parma Recordings)
Amy Briggs, piano

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Publications

a window’s gathering of clouds
Quadrivium Music Press

for Elliott
Perspectives of New Music, Vol. 22, Nos. 1 & 2 (with accompanying cassette)

tango variations
Quadrivium Music Press

variazioni elegiaci (revised version)
National Capital ‘Cello Club, Inc. Newsletter (Washington, D.C.), Summer 1997
Theodore Presser Co.

All other published works published by Theodore Presser Co., Bryn Mawr, PA.
(www.presser.com) & Quicklight Music, Oberlin, OH.

Bibliography: (selected)
Aaron Harder: “Composer had his head in the clouds” Columbus Dispatch (October, 20, 2005)
Jeffrey Mumford: “The Degree of Difference” KUSC (NPR) membership newsletter,
(Feb. 2004)
Daniel Ginsberg: “Musical Passages from a Washington Life” Washington Post (5/4/03)
William C. Banfield: “Musical Landscapes in Color: Conversations with Black
American Composers, ” Scarecrow Press. (2003)
Jessica Duschen:The STRAD (UK) (December 2002)
New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians (2000)
Tim Page: ”Composer At Work” v, Washington Post (8/30/98)
Sandra Hyslop: “Sonidos De Las Americas: Mexico, The Sound in America”, SYMPHONY,
xlv / 3 (May-June 1994), p. 39-43
Jeff Rosenfeld: “Setting the sky to song”, Weatherwise , xlvii / 5 (October/November 1994),
p. 10-11
Mimi Carter: “Atlanta Symphony and Black Arts Festival join forces to
underwrite compositions”, Inside Arts, vi /6 (December 1994) p. 11-12
“Symphonium” (Classical Expressions, p. 29) Collage magazine (premiere issue, 1995)

CD Reviews: (selected) the focus of blue light
Joseph McLellan: Washington Post: (11/21/93)
Paul Cook: American Record Guide, lvii / 2 (March/April 1994)
Joshua Freeman: Minnesota Composers Forum Newsletter, xxi / 7 (Sept. 1994)
Robert Carl: Fanfare magazine, xviii / 3 (Jan./Feb. 1995)

CD Reviews (selected) the promise of the far horizon
Frank Oteri: “New MusicBox”, American Music Center (12/04)
Joseph Dalton: “Time Out New York” No. 485 (1/13-1/19/05)
Donald Rosenberg: Cleveland Plain Dealer (2/13/05)
Joseph McLellan: Washington Post (5/8/05)

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Robert Carl: Fanfare magazine (Jan/Feb. 2006)
Steve Smith: New York Times (4/8/14)
Mike Telin: Clevelandclassical.com (7/8/14)

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List of Works and First Performances
Piano
barbaglio dal manca (1981, rev. 1992, 2000) (10 min.)
(first performance [original version], January 18, 1982)
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Barbro Dahlman, piano
(first performance [second revised version], November 21, 2002)
Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, OH.
Toyen Tonnu, piano
(recorded by Tuyen Tonnu, Capstone, CPS 8736)

for Elliott (1983) (1 min.)
(first performance, December 5, 1983)
Carnegie Recital Hall, New York, N.Y.
Claudia Stevens, piano

tango variations (1984, rev, 2001) (3 min.)
(commissioned by Quadrivium Music Press for pianist Yvar Mikhashoff)
(first performance, March 2, 1986)
Bessie Schonberg Theatre, New York, N.Y.
Yvar Mikhashoff, piano

fragments from the surrounding evening (1984) (9 min.)
(commissioned by the La Gesse Foundation)
(first performance, February 24, 1985)
Lafayette Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Bruce Anderson, piano
(recorded by Karen Walwyn on Albany Recordings TROY 266)

a flower in folding shadows (piano, four-hands) (1986) (8 min.)
(first performance, April 6, 1989)
Renee Weiler Concert Hall, Greenwich House Music School,
New York, N.Y.
Continuum: Joel Sachs and Cheryl Seltzer, piano, four-hands

a landscape of interior resonances (2001) (16 min.)
(commissioned by the Phillips Collection [Washington, D.C.], Miller Theatre [New York, N.Y.] and the Schubert Club [St. Paul, MN.])
(first performance, May 5, 2002)
Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
Margaret Kampmeier, piano
(recorded by Margaret Kampmeier, “the promise of the far horizon”,
Albany, TROY 698)

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four dances for Boris (2004) (8 min.)
(commissioned by Boris Willis)
(first performance, September 17, 2004)
Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Washington, D.C.
Lura Johnson, piano

a celebration of Elliott (2007) (2 min.)
(commissioned by the Network for New Music to celebrate the 100th birthday of Elliott Carter)
(first performance: February 29, 2008)
Leonard Nimoy Theatre – Symphony Space, New York, N.Y.
Stephen Gosling, piano

of ringing and layered space (2010 . . . ongoing)
(commissioned by consortium for pianists Jenny Lin, Lura Johnson, Tuyen Tonnu, Amy Briggs, and Shannon Wettstein)
I. “Jenny” (3 min.) (2010)
II. “Lura” (3 min.) (2010)

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Solo Instrumental

linear cycles VII (cambiamenti II) (solo violin) (1979, rev. 1993) (8 min.)
(first performance, July 22, 1979) (original version)
Aspen Music Festival
Kurt Nikkanen, violin
(first performance [revised version])
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
Lina Bahn, violin
(recorded by Kurt Nikkanen,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

variazioni elegiaci (solo ‘cello) (1979-80, rev. 1997) (9 min.)
(first performance, July 10, 1981) (original version)
Aspen Music Festival
Julie Charland ‘cello

morning thunder for solo flute (1979-80) (8 min.)
(first performance, December 15, 1980)
live radio broadcast, KPFK, Los Angeles
Janice Tipton, flute

amid fleeting pockets of billowing radiance (solo ‘cello) (1990) (11 min.)
(first performance, September 20 ,1991)
St. Mary’s College, St. Mary’s County, MD.
Pamela Greitzer, ‘cello
(recorded by Joshua Gordon,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

the clarity of remembered springs (solo viola) (1992-93) (13 min.)
(commissioned by the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation)
(first performance, April 26, 1993)
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
New York, N.Y.
Misha Amory, viola

a window’s gathering of clouds (solo guitar) (1981) (7 min.)
(first performance, March 2, 1986)
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Todd Seelye, guitar

variazioni elegiaci II (solo violin) (1983) (8 min.)
(first performance, July 11, 1986)
Seattle Chamber Music Festival
Ida Levin, violin

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revisiting variazioni elegiaci (solo viola) (2001) (9 min.)
(first performance, February 10, 2001)
Kulas Recital Hall
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Wendy Richman, viola

wending (solo viola) (2001) (11 min.)
(first public performance, Nov. 11, 2001)
Phillips Collection
Washington, D.C.
Wendy Richman, viola
(recorded by Wendy Richman, “the promise of the far horizon”
Albany, TROY 698)

the milliner’s fancy (solo alto saxophone) (2003) (5 min.)
(commissioned by Rhonda Taylor & David Reminick)
(first performance, April 9, 2003)
Warner Concert Hall
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
David Reminick, alto saxophone
(recorded by Rhonda Taylor, “the promise of the far horizon”
Albany, TROY 698)

three musings . . . revisiting memories (solo violin) (2005) (5 min.)
(written for Ole Bohn)
(first performance, March 8, 2005)
Warner Concert Hall
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Ole Bohn, violin

eight musings . . . revisiting memories (solo violin) (2005) (11 min.)
(written for Ole Bohn)
(first performance, Aug. 5, 2005)
Monadnock Music Festival
Fitzwilliam Town Hall, Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire
Ole Bohn, violin

an expanding distance of multiple voices (solo violin) (2005) (11 min.)
(commissioned by consortium for Lina Bahn)
(first performance, Sept 18, 2005)
Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium
Corcoran Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
Lina Bahn. Violin

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a focus further within (solo ‘cello) (2010) (3 ½ min.)
(commissioned by Rhonda Rider as part of her residency at the
Grand Canyon)
(first performance, March 10, 2011)
Seully Hall
Boston Conservatory of Music
Boston, MA
Rhonda Ryder, ‘cello

to find in the glimmering air . . . a buoyant continuity of layering blue
(‘solo ‘cello) (2011) (9 min.)
(funded by the Lorain County Community College Foundation through its Campus Grants Program)
(first performances, April 17, 2011, October 25, 2011, October 26, 2011)
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Brookfield ,WI; Studio Theatre, Stocker Arts Center, Lorain County Community College; Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH.)
Seaunn Thorsteinsdottir, ‘cello

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Chamber

linear cycles II (violin and piano) (1978) (8 min.)
(commissioned by the Robert Evett Fund of Washington, D.C.)
(first performance, February 20, 1978)
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
members of the Contemporary Music Forum:
Helmut Braunlich, violin
Barbro Dahlman, piano

string quartet no. 1 (formerly quartet no. 3 ) (1978 rev. 1980) (12 min.)
(first performance, December 6, 1980)
Concert Hall, University of California, Irvine
New York String Quartet
(recorded by the New York String Quartet on CRI/New World 468) (LP)

a wind of suspended prominences (clarinet and piano) (1981) (7 min.)
(first performance, April 17, 1981)
Mandeville Recital Hall, University of California, San Diego
William Powell, clarinet
Zita Carno, piano
(first performance, revised version, October 28, 1991)
Roy O. Disney Music Hall, California Institute of the Arts,
Valencia, California
William Powell, clarinet
Zita Carno, piano

duo concerto (1981-82) (15 min.)
(commissioned by ‘cellist Fred Sherry)
(vlc. solo, percussion – xylophone, marimba [A], vibraphone, clar., vln., piano)
(first performance, February 21, 1984)
Kaufman Concert Hall, 92nd St. YM/YWHA, New York, N.Y.
Group for Contemporary Music:
Fred Sherry, solo ‘cello
Daniel Druckman, percussion
Anand Devendra, clarinet
Ik-Hwan Bae, violin
Aleck Karis, piano
Daniel Shulman, cond.

lullaby (in folk style) (‘cello and piano) (1982) (4 min.)
(first performance, January 10, 1983)
Chamber Music from SoHo Series
Fred Sherry, ‘cello
Rebecca Silver, piano

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string quartet no. 2 (1982-83, rev. 1995) (14 min.)
(first performance, February 5, 1993) (original version)
Strathmore Hall Arts Center, North Bethesda, MD.
Maia Quartet

notturno (crystals of suspended evening) (1983-84) (10 min.)
(commissioned by Tafelmusik)
(fl., ob., vlc., hpschd.)
(first performance, April 4, 1983)
Provincetown Playhouse, New York, N.Y.
Tafelmusik:
Lauren Weiss, flute
Pamela Epple, oboe
Christine Gummere, ‘cello
Linda Kobler, harpsichord

her eastern light amid a cavernous dusk (1983-84, rev. 1987) (9 min.)
(wind quintet)
(commissioned by the Aspen Wind Quintet)
(first performance, March 6, 1987)
Calvary Episcopal Church, New York, N.Y.
Aspen Wind Quintet
(recorded by the Aspen Wind Quintet,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

a veil of liquid diamonds (1985-86, rev. 1995, 1999) (16 min.)
(string quartet)
(first performance, August 27, 1995)
Music at Gretna Festival, Mt. Gretna, PA.
Borromeo Quartet

a pond within the drifting dusk (1986-87, rev. 1988) (10 min.)
(alto fl., vlc., hp.)
(first performance, November 16, 1988)
Settlement Music School, Mary Louise Curtiss Branch
Philadelphia, PA.
Edward Schultz, alto flute
Charles Forbes, ‘cello
Karin Fuller, harp
(recorded by Laura Gilbert, alto fl., Joshua Gordon, ‘cello,
Victoria Drake, harp, “Bang on A Can Live, Vol. 2”
CRI/New World 646)

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the focus of blue light (1987-88) (18 min.)
(violin and piano)
(commissioned by the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress)
(first performance, March 17, 1989)
Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress,
Washington, D.C.
Kurt Nikkanen, violin
Bruce Anderson, piano
(recorded by Kurt Nikkanen, violin & Bruce Anderson, piano,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

echoes in a cloud box (1988) (10 min.)
(violin and ‘cello)
(commissioned by the Contemporary Music Forum)
(first performance, May 8, 1989)
Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C
members of the Contemporary Music Forum:
Helmut Braunlich, violin,
Lori Barnet, ‘cello

jewels beyond the mist (1988) (12 min.)
(commissioned by the New York New Music Ensemble)
(fl./alto fl., clar., vln., vlc., piano, percussion – vibraphone, marimba [A])
(first performance, March 15, 1989)
Merkin Concert Hall, New York, N.Y.
New York New Music Ensemble:
Jayn Rosenfeld, flute/alto flute
Jean Kopperud, clarinet
Linda Quan, violin
Chris Finckel, ‘cello
Elizabeth DiFelice, piano
Daniel Druckman, percussion
Robert Black, conductor

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a diffuse light that knows no particular hour (1989-90, rev. 1993)
(16 min.) (alto fl., clar., vln., vlc., piano) (commissioned by the Amphion Foundation for the Da Capo Chamber Players)
(first performances: Nov. 11 & 25, 1991)
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. (Nov. 11)
Merkin Concert Hall, New York, N.Y. (Nov. 25)
Da Capo Chamber Players:
Patricia Spencer, alto flute
William Blount, clarinet
Eric Wyrick, violin
Andre Emelianoff, ‘cello
Sarah Rothenberg, piano
(recorded by the Da Capo Chamber Players,”the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

filaments (2 flutes) (1990) (9 min.)
(commissioned by Peter Brown & Karen Johnson)
(first performance, June 9, 1991)
Tawes Recital Hall, University of Maryland College Park
College Park, MD.
Peter Brown & Karen Johnson, flutes
(recorded by Peter Brown & Karen Johnson, ,”the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

(arranged for 2 violins)
(first performance, April 15, 1996)
La Maison Francaise
Washington, D.C.
Jennifer Gordon & Mayumi Pawel, violins

from the middle . . . becoming air (1991) (19 min.)
(string trio) (commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation)
(first performance, April 26, 1992)
Conference Center Auditorium
University of Maryland College Park
College Park, MD.
members of the Boston Chamber Music Society:
Stephanie Chase, violin
Marcus Thompson, viola
Ronald Thomas, ‘cello

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two miniatures for violin & piano (1993) (6 min.)
(arrangement for David Abel & Julie Steinberg of two songs for mezzo soprano & piano [1983-84, 1985]) (6 min.)
(first performance, Oct. 14, 1994)
Mills College Concert Hall
Mills College, Oakland, California
David Abel, violin
Julie Steinberg, piano

a still radiance within dark air (1995, rev. 1996) (15 min.)
(piano solo, fl., clar., vln., vlc.)
(commissioned by radio station WGUC in Cincinnati)
(first performance, December 3, 1995)
Linton Music Series
First Unitarian Church
Cincinnati, OH.
Sandra Rivers, solo piano
Randolph Bowman, flute
Richard Hawley, clarinet
Alexander Kerr, violin
Daniel Culnan, ‘cello
Colin Jagger, cond.

a vivid distance serenely layered (1995) (5 min.)
(‘cello quartet)
(commissioned by CELLO)
(first performance, March 3, 1996)
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, PA.
CELLO:
Maria Kitsopoulos Laura Bontrager Maureen McDermott,
Caryl Paisner

in forests of evaporating dawns (1996) (18 min.)
(string quartet)
(written for the Maia Quartet)
(first performance, October 26, 1997)
Merrick Hall
Goucher College
Towson, MD.
Maia Quartet

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eight aspects of appreciation (1996, rev. 2000) (11 min.)
(violin and viola)
(written for the Mann Duo)
(first performance, February 9, 1997)
The Phillips Collection
Washington, D.C.
The Mann Duo:
Nicholas Mann, violin
Robert Mann, viola

ringing fields of enveloping blue (1997) (14 min.)
(‘cello & piano)
(written for Joshua Gordon & Margaret Kampmeier)
(first performance, March 1, 1998)
Music in Chelsea Series
Historic St. Peter’s Church (Chelsea)
Joshua Gordon, ‘cello
Christopher Oldfather, piano

a window of resonant light (1997) (16 min.)
(‘cello, piano, percussion)
(Commissioned for the CORE Ensemble as part of the Meet the Composer/Arts Endowment Commissioning Music USA program)
(first prrformance, October 6, 1997)
Washington & Lee University
Roanoke, VA.
The CORE Ensemble:
Andrew Mark, ‘cello
Hugh Hinton, piano
Michael Parola, percussion
(recorded by the CORE Ensemble, “the promise of the far horizon”,
Albany, TROY 698)

in afternoons of deep and amplified air (1998) (11min.)
(string quartet)
(Commissioned by the 1998 Reston Prelude Festival)
(first performance, June 19, 1998)
Reston Prelude Festival
Reston Community Theatre
Reston, VA.
Audubon Quartet

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undiluted days (1999 – 2000) (11 min.)
(piano trio)
(Commissioned by Sonia & Louis Rothschild)
(first performance, March 19, 2000)
Hearst Hall
The National Cathedral School
Washington, D.C.
Opus 3 Trio

still air (2000) (1 1/2 min .)
(viol trio)
(first performance, April 13, 2000)
Bowling Green State University Early Music Ensemble

as a spray of reflected meadowlight informs the air (2000) (10 min.)
(commissioned by Philip Berlin and the Contemporary Music Forum)
(first performance, Dec. 7, 2000)
Frances & Armand Hammer Auditorium, Corcoran Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
members of the Contemporary Music Forum

through the filtering dawn of spreading daybright (2001) (8 min.)
(viola & contrabass)
(commissioned by Wendy Richman)
First performance, November 20, 2011 – Studio Theatre, Stocker Arts Center, Lorain County Community College
Eliesha Nelson, viola / Scott Dixon, double bass

the promise of the far horizon (2002, rev. 2013) (16 min.)
(string quartet)
(commissioned by the Nancy Ruyle Dodge Charitable Trust)
(first performance, Dec. 4, 2002)
Miller Theatre, Columbia University
New York, N.Y.
Corigliano Quartet
(recorded by the Corigliano Quartet, “the promise of the far horizon”,
Albany, TROY 698)

a focused expanse of evolving experience (2003) (8 min.)
(fl., vln., vla., vlc., piano)
(commissioned by the Empyrean Ensemble)
(first performance, Nov. 2, 2003)
Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA.
Empyrean Ensemble,
David Milnes, cond.

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toward the deepening stillness beyond visible light (2004) (11 min.)
(piano, string quartet)
(commissioned by the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Chamber Music Columbus (OH.) and Omus Hirshbein)
(first performance, Oct. 19, 2004)
Mandel Hall
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Pacifica Quartet & Amy Dissanayake, piano

an evolving romance for flute and piano (2005) (5 min.)
(commissioned by Lura Johnson)
(first performance, Nov. 2005)
Proctor-Munson-Institute
Utica N.Y.
Christina Jennings, flute
Lura Johnson, piano

in the community of encompassing hours (2005) (9 min.)
(piano trio)
(commissioned by the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt)
(first US performance, May 17, 2006
Austrian Embassy
Washington, D.C.
Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
(first European performance, May 27, 2006
Glaserner Saal, Magna Auditorium Musikverien
Vienna, Austria
Haydn Trio Eisenstadt

the play of intervening objects (2007) (10 min.)
(wind quintet)
(commissioned by consortium for Imani Winds)
(first performance, November 9, 2007)
Kobacher Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH.
Imani Winds

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in soft echoes . . . a world awaits (2007) (11 min.)
(string trio)
(commissioned by the Fortnightly Musical Club of Cleveland)
(first performance: March 11, 2008)
Mixon Hall
Cleveland Institute of Music
Cleveland, OH.
Emma Shook, violin
Eliesha Nelson, viola
Martha Baldwin, ‘cello

further evolving . . . (2008) (5 min.)
(fl., vlc., piano)
(commissioned by the Chamber Music Conference and Composers’ Forum of the East)
(first performance: August 2, 2008)
Carriage Barn, Bennington College
Bennington, VT.
Andrea Berger, flute
Robert Park, ‘cello
Richard Friedberg, piano

a garden of flourishing paths (2008) (12 min.)
(fl., vln., vlc., piano, percussion)
(commissioned by the National Gallery of Art and the VERGE Ensemble in celebration of Elliott Carter’s 100th birthday)
(first performance: November 30, 2008)
West Garden Court
National Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
VERGE Ensemble
Daniel Walshaw, cond.

three short duos for violin & harp (2011) (6 min.)
(commissioned by a consortium consisting of Pamela Johnson, Philip Berlin, Otho Eskin. Eve Sandberg and Mika Hornyak)
(first performance: November 13, 2011)
Phillips Collection
Washington, D.C.
Kelly Hall-Tompkins, violin
Bridget Kibbey, harp

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eight aspects of appreciation II (2012) (12 min.)
(violin & ‘cello)
(first performance: February 10, 2013)
West Garden Court
National Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
Miranda Cuckson, violin
Julia Bruskin, ‘cello

still air (2013) (6 min.)
(piano quartet)
(commissioned by the Chamber Music Conference and Composer’s Forum of the East, Inc.)
(first performance: Aug. 10, 2013)
Carriage Barn,
Bennington College
Bennington, VT
Tom Frenkel, violin
Bonnie Maky, viola
Judy Tobey, ‘cello
Giovanni Koll, piano

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Vocal

orage (1978, rev. 1993) (7 min.)
(sop., clar., vib., piano) (text by the composer)
(first performance, July, 1978)
Aspen Music Festival
Mary Elizabeth Poore, sop.
Joaquin Valdepenas, clar.
William Moersch, vib.
Mary Ann Brown, piano

diamonds suspended in a galaxy of clouds (soprano solo)
(1980-81) (7 min.) (text: Pedro Salinas: translated by
Rafael Chabrain Gonzales)
(first performance, February 25, 1983)
Mainstage Theatre, California State University,
Stanislaus, CA.
Deborah Kavasch, soprano

lullaby (in folk style) (soprano & piano) (1982) (4 min.)
(text by the composer) (first performance, August 13, 1982)
Berkshire Music Festival, Tanglewood
Corliss Uecker, soprano

two songs for mezzo soprano & piano
“Low Anchored Cloud” (1983-84) (4 min.)
(text: Henry David Thoreau)
(first performance, April 6, 1989)
Renee Weiler Concert Hall, Greenwich House Music School,
New York, N.Y.
Fredrika Rhodie, mezzo-soprano
Bruce Anderson, piano

“Dream Dust” (1985) (2 min.)
(text: Langston Hughes)

two haiku settings: of place and love (2006) (7 min.)
(sop., vlc., marimba, vibraphone)
(text: Sonia Sanchez)
(commissioned by Network for New Music)
(first performance, March 19, 2006)
Art Sanctuary
Philadelphia, PA
Network for New Music:
Jan Krzywicki, cond., Elisabeth Stevens, sop.

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three windows (2014) (8 min.)
(sop., vlc., harp)
(text: Sonia Sanchez)
(commissioned by Washington Performing Arts)

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Choral

Hillman Ode (1987) (3 min.) (SATB)
(commissioned by Carsey-Werner for NBC television series,
“A Different World”)

Orchestral / Large ensemble

violin concerto no. 1 (1981, rev. 1982) (20 min.)
violin solo (2,1,2,1) (0,2,2,0) (piano, percussion) (strings)
(first performance, March 31, 1982)
Symphony Space, New York, N.Y.
American Composers’ Orchestra
Kurt Nikkanen, violin
James Dixon, cond.

viola concerto (1993) (23 min.)
viola solo (2,2,2,2) (2,2,2,0) (timpani, vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(dedicated to violist Misha Amory)

as the air softens in dusklight (1994) (9 min.)*
(2,2,3,2) (4,2,2,1) (vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(winner, 1994 National Black Arts Festival/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition)
(first performances: July 29, 30 & 31, 1994)
Symphony Hall, Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA. (July 29 & 30)
Grant Park, Atlanta, GA. (July 31)
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Yoel Levi, cond.

distinct echoes of glimmering daylight (1994) (16 min.)
(2,2,2,2) (4,2,2,1) (vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(commissioned by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Kenneth Fain)
(first performance, October 16, 1995)
Roanoke Civic Center, Roanoke, VA.
Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
David Wiley, cond.

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within a cloudburst of echoing brightness (1995) (4 min.)*
(3,3,3,2) (4,3,3,1) (timpani, vibraphone, harp, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Music Director, through a grant from the John and June Hechinger Commissioning Fund)
(first performances: November 2, 3, 4, 7, 1995)
Concert Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.
National Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, cond.

a layer of vivid stillness (1996) (5 min.)
‘cello solo, 12 ‘cellos
(orchestration of a vivid distance serenely layered [1995] originally written for ‘cello quartet)

a distance of unfolding light: rhapsody for violin & orch. (2000) (15 min.)
(2,2,2,2) (4,2,2,1) (vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(Commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation)
(first performance: November 13, 2004)
First Baptist Church
Hickory, N.C.
Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra
James Dickenson, violin
John Gordon Ross, cond.

a still radiance within dark air (2000) (15 min.)
piano solo, (1,1,1,1,) (2,2,2,0) (marimba, vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(orchestration commissioned by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony
(first performance: November 20, 2000)
Drinko Recital Hall, Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH.
Cleveland Chamber Symphony
Robert Shannon, piano
Andrew Rindfleisch, cond.

billowing pockets brightly layered (2000 rev. 2007) (11 min.)
‘cello solo, (1,1,1,1,) (harp) (strings)
(first performance of the revised version, March 16, 2008)
Glick Recital Hall, Cleveland Music School Settlement
Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Chamber Symphony
Darrett Adkins, ‘cello
Steven Smith, cond.

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amid the light of quickening memory (2002) (9 min.)
(2,2,2,2,) (4,2,2,1) (marimba, vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Music Director, through funds provided by the John and June Hechinger Commissioning Fund for New Orchestral Works)
(first performances: June 5,6 & 7, 2003)
Concert Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.
National Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, cond.

through dancing echoes spreading softly: concerto for orchestra (2005)
(17 min.)
(4,4,4,2) (4,2,2,1) (timpani, marimba, 2 harps, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

the comfort of his voice (2006) (10 min.)
(4,4,2,2) (4,2,2,1) (marimba, vibraphone, harp, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the Musical Arts Society of Cleveland/Cleveland Orchestra)
(first performance: January 14, 2007)
Severance Hall
Cleveland, OH.
Cleveland Orchestra
Chelsea Tipton II, cond.

murmurs of light . . . becoming still (2007) (1 min.)
(string orchestra)
(commissioned by the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra for its “Progressions” program)

verdant and shimmering air: four views of a reflected forest (2007) (8 min.)
(3,3,3,2) (4, 3,3,1) (timpani, vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(commissioned by the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra)
(first performance: May 6, 2007)
Uihlein Hall
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
Milwaukee, WI.
Milwaukee Youth Symphony Senior Symphony
Margery Deutsch, cond.

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. . . and symphonies of deepening light . . . expanding . . . ever cavernous (2008) (11 min.)
(4,4,4,2) (4,2,2,1) (timpani, harp, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Ann and Harry Santen)
(first performance: March 27, 2009)
Music Hall
Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
James Gaffigan, cond.

three rhapsodies for ‘cello & strings (2009 – 10, rev. 2013) (13 min.)
‘cello solo, strings
I. revisiting variazioni elegiaci . . . within the fabric of caressing air
II. echoing fields . . .spreading light
III. brightness dispersed
(first performance: May 1, 2010 – mvts I & II)
Stocker Arts Center Auditorium
Lorain County Community College
Elyria, OH
Civic Orchestra
Tanya Ell, ‘cello
Robert Beckstrom, cond.

(first performance of revised version: Feb. 10, 2013 – mvts I & II)
West Garden Court
National Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C,
Members of the National Gallery Orchestra
Julia Bruskin, ‘cello
Peter Wilson, cond.

through a stillness brightening (2011) (11 min.)
(solo violin, E-flat clar., bsn., tpt,, trb., vib., mar., cb.)
(commissioned by the Argento New Music Project through the generosity of Marianna Bettman [in memory of Judge Gilbert Bettman] and Sonia Rothschild)
(first performance: April 11, 2011)
Cutting Edge Concerts Series
Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre, Symphony Space
New York, N.Y.
Argento Chamber Ensemble
Miranda Cuckson, violin
Michel Galante, cond

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a dance into reflected daylight (2012) (10 min.)
(2,2,2,2,) (4,2,2,1) (harp, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the Sphinx Organization in consortium with eight American orchestras)
(first performance: September 22, 2012)
New World Center
Miami Beach, FL.
New World Symphony Orchestra
Michael Francis, cond.

becoming . . . (2014) (16 min.)
(piano solo, flute, horn, mar., vib., harp, 2 vlns., vla., vlc., bass)
(commissioned by a consortium consisting of Otho Eskin,
Walter Douglas, Rand Curtiss, Bonnie Jo Dopp and Peter Hurley)

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Recordings

linear cycles II and quartet no. 3 (string quartet no. 1)
Composers’ Recordings, Inc. (CRI 468) (LP)
Helmut Braunlich, violin, Barbro Dahlman, piano – New York String Quartet

a pond within the drifting dusk
“Bang On A Can Live, Vol. 2”
Composers’ Recordings, Inc. (CRI/New World 646) (CD)
Laura Gilbert, fl., Joshua Gordon, vlc., Victoria Drake, hp.

her eastern light amid a cavernous dusk, the focus of blue light, amid fleeting pockets of billowing radiance, a diffuse light that knows no particular hour (revised version), linear cycles VII (cambiamenti II) (revised version), filaments
“the focus of blue light”
Composers’ Recordings, Inc. (CRI/New World 650) (CD)
Various Artists

fragments from the surrounding evening
“Dark Fires”
Albany Recordings (TROY 266) (CD)
Karen Walwyn, piano

barbaglio dal manca
“Telling Tales”
Capstone Recordings (CPS 8736)
Tuyen Tonnu, piano

wending, the promise of the far horizon, a landscape of interior resonances, a window of resonant light, the milliner’s fancy
“the promise of the far horizon”
Albany Recordings (TROY 698) (CD)
Various Artists

in the community of encompassing hours
“Bachmann to Music”: Ingeborg Bachmann Writing against War
Capriccio Recordings (71 095)
Haydn Trio Eisenstadt

tango-variations
Tangos for Piano
Ravello Records (Parma Recordings)
Amy Briggs, piano

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Publications

a window’s gathering of clouds
Quadrivium Music Press

for Elliott
Perspectives of New Music, Vol. 22, Nos. 1 & 2 (with accompanying cassette)

tango variations
Quadrivium Music Press

variazioni elegiaci (revised version)
National Capital ‘Cello Club, Inc. Newsletter (Washington, D.C.), Summer 1997
Theodore Presser Co.

All other published works published by Theodore Presser Co., Bryn Mawr, PA.
(www.presser.com) & Quicklight Music, Oberlin, OH.

Bibliography: (selected)
Aaron Harder: “Composer had his head in the clouds” Columbus Dispatch (October, 20, 2005)
Jeffrey Mumford: “The Degree of Difference” KUSC (NPR) membership newsletter,
(Feb. 2004)
Daniel Ginsberg: “Musical Passages from a Washington Life” Washington Post (5/4/03)
William C. Banfield: “Musical Landscapes in Color: Conversations with Black
American Composers, ” Scarecrow Press. (2003)
Jessica Duschen:The STRAD (UK) (December 2002)
New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians (2000)
Tim Page: ”Composer At Work” v, Washington Post (8/30/98)
Sandra Hyslop: “Sonidos De Las Americas: Mexico, The Sound in America”, SYMPHONY,
xlv / 3 (May-June 1994), p. 39-43
Jeff Rosenfeld: “Setting the sky to song”, Weatherwise , xlvii / 5 (October/November 1994),
p. 10-11
Mimi Carter: “Atlanta Symphony and Black Arts Festival join forces to
underwrite compositions”, Inside Arts, vi /6 (December 1994) p. 11-12
“Symphonium” (Classical Expressions, p. 29) Collage magazine (premiere issue, 1995)

CD Reviews: (selected) the focus of blue light
Joseph McLellan: Washington Post: (11/21/93)
Paul Cook: American Record Guide, lvii / 2 (March/April 1994)
Joshua Freeman: Minnesota Composers Forum Newsletter, xxi / 7 (Sept. 1994)
Robert Carl: Fanfare magazine, xviii / 3 (Jan./Feb. 1995)

CD Reviews (selected) the promise of the far horizon
Frank Oteri: “New MusicBox”, American Music Center (12/04)
Joseph Dalton: “Time Out New York” No. 485 (1/13-1/19/05)
Donald Rosenberg: Cleveland Plain Dealer (2/13/05)
Joseph McLellan: Washington Post (5/8/05)

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Robert Carl: Fanfare magazine (Jan/Feb. 2006)
Steve Smith: New York Times (4/8/14)
Mike Telin: Clevelandclassical.com (7/8/14)

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List of Works and First Performances
Piano
barbaglio dal manca (1981, rev. 1992, 2000) (10 min.)
(first performance [original version], January 18, 1982)
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Barbro Dahlman, piano
(first performance [second revised version], November 21, 2002)
Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, OH.
Toyen Tonnu, piano
(recorded by Tuyen Tonnu, Capstone, CPS 8736)

for Elliott (1983) (1 min.)
(first performance, December 5, 1983)
Carnegie Recital Hall, New York, N.Y.
Claudia Stevens, piano

tango variations (1984, rev, 2001) (3 min.)
(commissioned by Quadrivium Music Press for pianist Yvar Mikhashoff)
(first performance, March 2, 1986)
Bessie Schonberg Theatre, New York, N.Y.
Yvar Mikhashoff, piano

fragments from the surrounding evening (1984) (9 min.)
(commissioned by the La Gesse Foundation)
(first performance, February 24, 1985)
Lafayette Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Bruce Anderson, piano
(recorded by Karen Walwyn on Albany Recordings TROY 266)

a flower in folding shadows (piano, four-hands) (1986) (8 min.)
(first performance, April 6, 1989)
Renee Weiler Concert Hall, Greenwich House Music School,
New York, N.Y.
Continuum: Joel Sachs and Cheryl Seltzer, piano, four-hands

a landscape of interior resonances (2001) (16 min.)
(commissioned by the Phillips Collection [Washington, D.C.], Miller Theatre [New York, N.Y.] and the Schubert Club [St. Paul, MN.])
(first performance, May 5, 2002)
Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
Margaret Kampmeier, piano
(recorded by Margaret Kampmeier, “the promise of the far horizon”,
Albany, TROY 698)

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four dances for Boris (2004) (8 min.)
(commissioned by Boris Willis)
(first performance, September 17, 2004)
Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Washington, D.C.
Lura Johnson, piano

a celebration of Elliott (2007) (2 min.)
(commissioned by the Network for New Music to celebrate the 100th birthday of Elliott Carter)
(first performance: February 29, 2008)
Leonard Nimoy Theatre – Symphony Space, New York, N.Y.
Stephen Gosling, piano

of ringing and layered space (2010 . . . ongoing)
(commissioned by consortium for pianists Jenny Lin, Lura Johnson, Tuyen Tonnu, Amy Briggs, and Shannon Wettstein)
I. “Jenny” (3 min.) (2010)
II. “Lura” (3 min.) (2010)

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Solo Instrumental

linear cycles VII (cambiamenti II) (solo violin) (1979, rev. 1993) (8 min.)
(first performance, July 22, 1979) (original version)
Aspen Music Festival
Kurt Nikkanen, violin
(first performance [revised version])
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
Lina Bahn, violin
(recorded by Kurt Nikkanen,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

variazioni elegiaci (solo ‘cello) (1979-80, rev. 1997) (9 min.)
(first performance, July 10, 1981) (original version)
Aspen Music Festival
Julie Charland ‘cello

morning thunder for solo flute (1979-80) (8 min.)
(first performance, December 15, 1980)
live radio broadcast, KPFK, Los Angeles
Janice Tipton, flute

amid fleeting pockets of billowing radiance (solo ‘cello) (1990) (11 min.)
(first performance, September 20 ,1991)
St. Mary’s College, St. Mary’s County, MD.
Pamela Greitzer, ‘cello
(recorded by Joshua Gordon,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

the clarity of remembered springs (solo viola) (1992-93) (13 min.)
(commissioned by the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation)
(first performance, April 26, 1993)
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
New York, N.Y.
Misha Amory, viola

a window’s gathering of clouds (solo guitar) (1981) (7 min.)
(first performance, March 2, 1986)
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Todd Seelye, guitar

variazioni elegiaci II (solo violin) (1983) (8 min.)
(first performance, July 11, 1986)
Seattle Chamber Music Festival
Ida Levin, violin

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revisiting variazioni elegiaci (solo viola) (2001) (9 min.)
(first performance, February 10, 2001)
Kulas Recital Hall
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Wendy Richman, viola

wending (solo viola) (2001) (11 min.)
(first public performance, Nov. 11, 2001)
Phillips Collection
Washington, D.C.
Wendy Richman, viola
(recorded by Wendy Richman, “the promise of the far horizon”
Albany, TROY 698)

the milliner’s fancy (solo alto saxophone) (2003) (5 min.)
(commissioned by Rhonda Taylor & David Reminick)
(first performance, April 9, 2003)
Warner Concert Hall
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
David Reminick, alto saxophone
(recorded by Rhonda Taylor, “the promise of the far horizon”
Albany, TROY 698)

three musings . . . revisiting memories (solo violin) (2005) (5 min.)
(written for Ole Bohn)
(first performance, March 8, 2005)
Warner Concert Hall
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Ole Bohn, violin

eight musings . . . revisiting memories (solo violin) (2005) (11 min.)
(written for Ole Bohn)
(first performance, Aug. 5, 2005)
Monadnock Music Festival
Fitzwilliam Town Hall, Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire
Ole Bohn, violin

an expanding distance of multiple voices (solo violin) (2005) (11 min.)
(commissioned by consortium for Lina Bahn)
(first performance, Sept 18, 2005)
Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium
Corcoran Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
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a focus further within (solo ‘cello) (2010) (3 ½ min.)
(commissioned by Rhonda Rider as part of her residency at the
Grand Canyon)
(first performance, March 10, 2011)
Seully Hall
Boston Conservatory of Music
Boston, MA
Rhonda Ryder, ‘cello

to find in the glimmering air . . . a buoyant continuity of layering blue
(‘solo ‘cello) (2011) (9 min.)
(funded by the Lorain County Community College Foundation through its Campus Grants Program)
(first performances, April 17, 2011, October 25, 2011, October 26, 2011)
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Brookfield ,WI; Studio Theatre, Stocker Arts Center, Lorain County Community College; Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH.)
Seaunn Thorsteinsdottir, ‘cello

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Chamber

linear cycles II (violin and piano) (1978) (8 min.)
(commissioned by the Robert Evett Fund of Washington, D.C.)
(first performance, February 20, 1978)
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
members of the Contemporary Music Forum:
Helmut Braunlich, violin
Barbro Dahlman, piano

string quartet no. 1 (formerly quartet no. 3 ) (1978 rev. 1980) (12 min.)
(first performance, December 6, 1980)
Concert Hall, University of California, Irvine
New York String Quartet
(recorded by the New York String Quartet on CRI/New World 468) (LP)

a wind of suspended prominences (clarinet and piano) (1981) (7 min.)
(first performance, April 17, 1981)
Mandeville Recital Hall, University of California, San Diego
William Powell, clarinet
Zita Carno, piano
(first performance, revised version, October 28, 1991)
Roy O. Disney Music Hall, California Institute of the Arts,
Valencia, California
William Powell, clarinet
Zita Carno, piano

duo concerto (1981-82) (15 min.)
(commissioned by ‘cellist Fred Sherry)
(vlc. solo, percussion – xylophone, marimba [A], vibraphone, clar., vln., piano)
(first performance, February 21, 1984)
Kaufman Concert Hall, 92nd St. YM/YWHA, New York, N.Y.
Group for Contemporary Music:
Fred Sherry, solo ‘cello
Daniel Druckman, percussion
Anand Devendra, clarinet
Ik-Hwan Bae, violin
Aleck Karis, piano
Daniel Shulman, cond.

lullaby (in folk style) (‘cello and piano) (1982) (4 min.)
(first performance, January 10, 1983)
Chamber Music from SoHo Series
Fred Sherry, ‘cello
Rebecca Silver, piano

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string quartet no. 2 (1982-83, rev. 1995) (14 min.)
(first performance, February 5, 1993) (original version)
Strathmore Hall Arts Center, North Bethesda, MD.
Maia Quartet

notturno (crystals of suspended evening) (1983-84) (10 min.)
(commissioned by Tafelmusik)
(fl., ob., vlc., hpschd.)
(first performance, April 4, 1983)
Provincetown Playhouse, New York, N.Y.
Tafelmusik:
Lauren Weiss, flute
Pamela Epple, oboe
Christine Gummere, ‘cello
Linda Kobler, harpsichord

her eastern light amid a cavernous dusk (1983-84, rev. 1987) (9 min.)
(wind quintet)
(commissioned by the Aspen Wind Quintet)
(first performance, March 6, 1987)
Calvary Episcopal Church, New York, N.Y.
Aspen Wind Quintet
(recorded by the Aspen Wind Quintet,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

a veil of liquid diamonds (1985-86, rev. 1995, 1999) (16 min.)
(string quartet)
(first performance, August 27, 1995)
Music at Gretna Festival, Mt. Gretna, PA.
Borromeo Quartet

a pond within the drifting dusk (1986-87, rev. 1988) (10 min.)
(alto fl., vlc., hp.)
(first performance, November 16, 1988)
Settlement Music School, Mary Louise Curtiss Branch
Philadelphia, PA.
Edward Schultz, alto flute
Charles Forbes, ‘cello
Karin Fuller, harp
(recorded by Laura Gilbert, alto fl., Joshua Gordon, ‘cello,
Victoria Drake, harp, “Bang on A Can Live, Vol. 2”
CRI/New World 646)

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the focus of blue light (1987-88) (18 min.)
(violin and piano)
(commissioned by the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress)
(first performance, March 17, 1989)
Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress,
Washington, D.C.
Kurt Nikkanen, violin
Bruce Anderson, piano
(recorded by Kurt Nikkanen, violin & Bruce Anderson, piano,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

echoes in a cloud box (1988) (10 min.)
(violin and ‘cello)
(commissioned by the Contemporary Music Forum)
(first performance, May 8, 1989)
Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C
members of the Contemporary Music Forum:
Helmut Braunlich, violin,
Lori Barnet, ‘cello

jewels beyond the mist (1988) (12 min.)
(commissioned by the New York New Music Ensemble)
(fl./alto fl., clar., vln., vlc., piano, percussion – vibraphone, marimba [A])
(first performance, March 15, 1989)
Merkin Concert Hall, New York, N.Y.
New York New Music Ensemble:
Jayn Rosenfeld, flute/alto flute
Jean Kopperud, clarinet
Linda Quan, violin
Chris Finckel, ‘cello
Elizabeth DiFelice, piano
Daniel Druckman, percussion
Robert Black, conductor

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a diffuse light that knows no particular hour (1989-90, rev. 1993)
(16 min.) (alto fl., clar., vln., vlc., piano) (commissioned by the Amphion Foundation for the Da Capo Chamber Players)
(first performances: Nov. 11 & 25, 1991)
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. (Nov. 11)
Merkin Concert Hall, New York, N.Y. (Nov. 25)
Da Capo Chamber Players:
Patricia Spencer, alto flute
William Blount, clarinet
Eric Wyrick, violin
Andre Emelianoff, ‘cello
Sarah Rothenberg, piano
(recorded by the Da Capo Chamber Players,”the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

filaments (2 flutes) (1990) (9 min.)
(commissioned by Peter Brown & Karen Johnson)
(first performance, June 9, 1991)
Tawes Recital Hall, University of Maryland College Park
College Park, MD.
Peter Brown & Karen Johnson, flutes
(recorded by Peter Brown & Karen Johnson, ,”the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

(arranged for 2 violins)
(first performance, April 15, 1996)
La Maison Francaise
Washington, D.C.
Jennifer Gordon & Mayumi Pawel, violins

from the middle . . . becoming air (1991) (19 min.)
(string trio) (commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation)
(first performance, April 26, 1992)
Conference Center Auditorium
University of Maryland College Park
College Park, MD.
members of the Boston Chamber Music Society:
Stephanie Chase, violin
Marcus Thompson, viola
Ronald Thomas, ‘cello

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two miniatures for violin & piano (1993) (6 min.)
(arrangement for David Abel & Julie Steinberg of two songs for mezzo soprano & piano [1983-84, 1985]) (6 min.)
(first performance, Oct. 14, 1994)
Mills College Concert Hall
Mills College, Oakland, California
David Abel, violin
Julie Steinberg, piano

a still radiance within dark air (1995, rev. 1996) (15 min.)
(piano solo, fl., clar., vln., vlc.)
(commissioned by radio station WGUC in Cincinnati)
(first performance, December 3, 1995)
Linton Music Series
First Unitarian Church
Cincinnati, OH.
Sandra Rivers, solo piano
Randolph Bowman, flute
Richard Hawley, clarinet
Alexander Kerr, violin
Daniel Culnan, ‘cello
Colin Jagger, cond.

a vivid distance serenely layered (1995) (5 min.)
(‘cello quartet)
(commissioned by CELLO)
(first performance, March 3, 1996)
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, PA.
CELLO:
Maria Kitsopoulos Laura Bontrager Maureen McDermott,
Caryl Paisner

in forests of evaporating dawns (1996) (18 min.)
(string quartet)
(written for the Maia Quartet)
(first performance, October 26, 1997)
Merrick Hall
Goucher College
Towson, MD.
Maia Quartet

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eight aspects of appreciation (1996, rev. 2000) (11 min.)
(violin and viola)
(written for the Mann Duo)
(first performance, February 9, 1997)
The Phillips Collection
Washington, D.C.
The Mann Duo:
Nicholas Mann, violin
Robert Mann, viola

ringing fields of enveloping blue (1997) (14 min.)
(‘cello & piano)
(written for Joshua Gordon & Margaret Kampmeier)
(first performance, March 1, 1998)
Music in Chelsea Series
Historic St. Peter’s Church (Chelsea)
Joshua Gordon, ‘cello
Christopher Oldfather, piano

a window of resonant light (1997) (16 min.)
(‘cello, piano, percussion)
(Commissioned for the CORE Ensemble as part of the Meet the Composer/Arts Endowment Commissioning Music USA program)
(first prrformance, October 6, 1997)
Washington & Lee University
Roanoke, VA.
The CORE Ensemble:
Andrew Mark, ‘cello
Hugh Hinton, piano
Michael Parola, percussion
(recorded by the CORE Ensemble, “the promise of the far horizon”,
Albany, TROY 698)

in afternoons of deep and amplified air (1998) (11min.)
(string quartet)
(Commissioned by the 1998 Reston Prelude Festival)
(first performance, June 19, 1998)
Reston Prelude Festival
Reston Community Theatre
Reston, VA.
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undiluted days (1999 – 2000) (11 min.)
(piano trio)
(Commissioned by Sonia & Louis Rothschild)
(first performance, March 19, 2000)
Hearst Hall
The National Cathedral School
Washington, D.C.
Opus 3 Trio

still air (2000) (1 1/2 min .)
(viol trio)
(first performance, April 13, 2000)
Bowling Green State University Early Music Ensemble

as a spray of reflected meadowlight informs the air (2000) (10 min.)
(commissioned by Philip Berlin and the Contemporary Music Forum)
(first performance, Dec. 7, 2000)
Frances & Armand Hammer Auditorium, Corcoran Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
members of the Contemporary Music Forum

through the filtering dawn of spreading daybright (2001) (8 min.)
(viola & contrabass)
(commissioned by Wendy Richman)
First performance, November 20, 2011 – Studio Theatre, Stocker Arts Center, Lorain County Community College
Eliesha Nelson, viola / Scott Dixon, double bass

the promise of the far horizon (2002, rev. 2013) (16 min.)
(string quartet)
(commissioned by the Nancy Ruyle Dodge Charitable Trust)
(first performance, Dec. 4, 2002)
Miller Theatre, Columbia University
New York, N.Y.
Corigliano Quartet
(recorded by the Corigliano Quartet, “the promise of the far horizon”,
Albany, TROY 698)

a focused expanse of evolving experience (2003) (8 min.)
(fl., vln., vla., vlc., piano)
(commissioned by the Empyrean Ensemble)
(first performance, Nov. 2, 2003)
Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA.
Empyrean Ensemble,
David Milnes, cond.

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toward the deepening stillness beyond visible light (2004) (11 min.)
(piano, string quartet)
(commissioned by the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Chamber Music Columbus (OH.) and Omus Hirshbein)
(first performance, Oct. 19, 2004)
Mandel Hall
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Pacifica Quartet & Amy Dissanayake, piano

an evolving romance for flute and piano (2005) (5 min.)
(commissioned by Lura Johnson)
(first performance, Nov. 2005)
Proctor-Munson-Institute
Utica N.Y.
Christina Jennings, flute
Lura Johnson, piano

in the community of encompassing hours (2005) (9 min.)
(piano trio)
(commissioned by the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt)
(first US performance, May 17, 2006
Austrian Embassy
Washington, D.C.
Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
(first European performance, May 27, 2006
Glaserner Saal, Magna Auditorium Musikverien
Vienna, Austria
Haydn Trio Eisenstadt

the play of intervening objects (2007) (10 min.)
(wind quintet)
(commissioned by consortium for Imani Winds)
(first performance, November 9, 2007)
Kobacher Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH.
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in soft echoes . . . a world awaits (2007) (11 min.)
(string trio)
(commissioned by the Fortnightly Musical Club of Cleveland)
(first performance: March 11, 2008)
Mixon Hall
Cleveland Institute of Music
Cleveland, OH.
Emma Shook, violin
Eliesha Nelson, viola
Martha Baldwin, ‘cello

further evolving . . . (2008) (5 min.)
(fl., vlc., piano)
(commissioned by the Chamber Music Conference and Composers’ Forum of the East)
(first performance: August 2, 2008)
Carriage Barn, Bennington College
Bennington, VT.
Andrea Berger, flute
Robert Park, ‘cello
Richard Friedberg, piano

a garden of flourishing paths (2008) (12 min.)
(fl., vln., vlc., piano, percussion)
(commissioned by the National Gallery of Art and the VERGE Ensemble in celebration of Elliott Carter’s 100th birthday)
(first performance: November 30, 2008)
West Garden Court
National Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
VERGE Ensemble
Daniel Walshaw, cond.

three short duos for violin & harp (2011) (6 min.)
(commissioned by a consortium consisting of Pamela Johnson, Philip Berlin, Otho Eskin. Eve Sandberg and Mika Hornyak)
(first performance: November 13, 2011)
Phillips Collection
Washington, D.C.
Kelly Hall-Tompkins, violin
Bridget Kibbey, harp

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eight aspects of appreciation II (2012) (12 min.)
(violin & ‘cello)
(first performance: February 10, 2013)
West Garden Court
National Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
Miranda Cuckson, violin
Julia Bruskin, ‘cello

still air (2013) (6 min.)
(piano quartet)
(commissioned by the Chamber Music Conference and Composer’s Forum of the East, Inc.)
(first performance: Aug. 10, 2013)
Carriage Barn,
Bennington College
Bennington, VT
Tom Frenkel, violin
Bonnie Maky, viola
Judy Tobey, ‘cello
Giovanni Koll, piano

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Vocal

orage (1978, rev. 1993) (7 min.)
(sop., clar., vib., piano) (text by the composer)
(first performance, July, 1978)
Aspen Music Festival
Mary Elizabeth Poore, sop.
Joaquin Valdepenas, clar.
William Moersch, vib.
Mary Ann Brown, piano

diamonds suspended in a galaxy of clouds (soprano solo)
(1980-81) (7 min.) (text: Pedro Salinas: translated by
Rafael Chabrain Gonzales)
(first performance, February 25, 1983)
Mainstage Theatre, California State University,
Stanislaus, CA.
Deborah Kavasch, soprano

lullaby (in folk style) (soprano & piano) (1982) (4 min.)
(text by the composer) (first performance, August 13, 1982)
Berkshire Music Festival, Tanglewood
Corliss Uecker, soprano

two songs for mezzo soprano & piano
“Low Anchored Cloud” (1983-84) (4 min.)
(text: Henry David Thoreau)
(first performance, April 6, 1989)
Renee Weiler Concert Hall, Greenwich House Music School,
New York, N.Y.
Fredrika Rhodie, mezzo-soprano
Bruce Anderson, piano

“Dream Dust” (1985) (2 min.)
(text: Langston Hughes)

two haiku settings: of place and love (2006) (7 min.)
(sop., vlc., marimba, vibraphone)
(text: Sonia Sanchez)
(commissioned by Network for New Music)
(first performance, March 19, 2006)
Art Sanctuary
Philadelphia, PA
Network for New Music:
Jan Krzywicki, cond., Elisabeth Stevens, sop.

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three windows (2014) (8 min.)
(sop., vlc., harp)
(text: Sonia Sanchez)
(commissioned by Washington Performing Arts)

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Choral

Hillman Ode (1987) (3 min.) (SATB)
(commissioned by Carsey-Werner for NBC television series,
“A Different World”)

Orchestral / Large ensemble

violin concerto no. 1 (1981, rev. 1982) (20 min.)
violin solo (2,1,2,1) (0,2,2,0) (piano, percussion) (strings)
(first performance, March 31, 1982)
Symphony Space, New York, N.Y.
American Composers’ Orchestra
Kurt Nikkanen, violin
James Dixon, cond.

viola concerto (1993) (23 min.)
viola solo (2,2,2,2) (2,2,2,0) (timpani, vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(dedicated to violist Misha Amory)

as the air softens in dusklight (1994) (9 min.)*
(2,2,3,2) (4,2,2,1) (vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(winner, 1994 National Black Arts Festival/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition)
(first performances: July 29, 30 & 31, 1994)
Symphony Hall, Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA. (July 29 & 30)
Grant Park, Atlanta, GA. (July 31)
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Yoel Levi, cond.

distinct echoes of glimmering daylight (1994) (16 min.)
(2,2,2,2) (4,2,2,1) (vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(commissioned by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Kenneth Fain)
(first performance, October 16, 1995)
Roanoke Civic Center, Roanoke, VA.
Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
David Wiley, cond.

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within a cloudburst of echoing brightness (1995) (4 min.)*
(3,3,3,2) (4,3,3,1) (timpani, vibraphone, harp, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Music Director, through a grant from the John and June Hechinger Commissioning Fund)
(first performances: November 2, 3, 4, 7, 1995)
Concert Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.
National Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, cond.

a layer of vivid stillness (1996) (5 min.)
‘cello solo, 12 ‘cellos
(orchestration of a vivid distance serenely layered [1995] originally written for ‘cello quartet)

a distance of unfolding light: rhapsody for violin & orch. (2000) (15 min.)
(2,2,2,2) (4,2,2,1) (vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(Commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation)
(first performance: November 13, 2004)
First Baptist Church
Hickory, N.C.
Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra
James Dickenson, violin
John Gordon Ross, cond.

a still radiance within dark air (2000) (15 min.)
piano solo, (1,1,1,1,) (2,2,2,0) (marimba, vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(orchestration commissioned by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony
(first performance: November 20, 2000)
Drinko Recital Hall, Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH.
Cleveland Chamber Symphony
Robert Shannon, piano
Andrew Rindfleisch, cond.

billowing pockets brightly layered (2000 rev. 2007) (11 min.)
‘cello solo, (1,1,1,1,) (harp) (strings)
(first performance of the revised version, March 16, 2008)
Glick Recital Hall, Cleveland Music School Settlement
Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Chamber Symphony
Darrett Adkins, ‘cello
Steven Smith, cond.

• paired with as the air softens in dusklight as a precious continuity is a day expanding (2001)
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amid the light of quickening memory (2002) (9 min.)
(2,2,2,2,) (4,2,2,1) (marimba, vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Music Director, through funds provided by the John and June Hechinger Commissioning Fund for New Orchestral Works)
(first performances: June 5,6 & 7, 2003)
Concert Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.
National Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, cond.

through dancing echoes spreading softly: concerto for orchestra (2005)
(17 min.)
(4,4,4,2) (4,2,2,1) (timpani, marimba, 2 harps, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

the comfort of his voice (2006) (10 min.)
(4,4,2,2) (4,2,2,1) (marimba, vibraphone, harp, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the Musical Arts Society of Cleveland/Cleveland Orchestra)
(first performance: January 14, 2007)
Severance Hall
Cleveland, OH.
Cleveland Orchestra
Chelsea Tipton II, cond.

murmurs of light . . . becoming still (2007) (1 min.)
(string orchestra)
(commissioned by the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra for its “Progressions” program)

verdant and shimmering air: four views of a reflected forest (2007) (8 min.)
(3,3,3,2) (4, 3,3,1) (timpani, vibraphone, harp) (strings)
(commissioned by the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra)
(first performance: May 6, 2007)
Uihlein Hall
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
Milwaukee, WI.
Milwaukee Youth Symphony Senior Symphony
Margery Deutsch, cond.

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. . . and symphonies of deepening light . . . expanding . . . ever cavernous (2008) (11 min.)
(4,4,4,2) (4,2,2,1) (timpani, harp, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Ann and Harry Santen)
(first performance: March 27, 2009)
Music Hall
Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
James Gaffigan, cond.

three rhapsodies for ‘cello & strings (2009 – 10, rev. 2013) (13 min.)
‘cello solo, strings
I. revisiting variazioni elegiaci . . . within the fabric of caressing air
II. echoing fields . . .spreading light
III. brightness dispersed
(first performance: May 1, 2010 – mvts I & II)
Stocker Arts Center Auditorium
Lorain County Community College
Elyria, OH
Civic Orchestra
Tanya Ell, ‘cello
Robert Beckstrom, cond.

(first performance of revised version: Feb. 10, 2013 – mvts I & II)
West Garden Court
National Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C,
Members of the National Gallery Orchestra
Julia Bruskin, ‘cello
Peter Wilson, cond.

through a stillness brightening (2011) (11 min.)
(solo violin, E-flat clar., bsn., tpt,, trb., vib., mar., cb.)
(commissioned by the Argento New Music Project through the generosity of Marianna Bettman [in memory of Judge Gilbert Bettman] and Sonia Rothschild)
(first performance: April 11, 2011)
Cutting Edge Concerts Series
Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre, Symphony Space
New York, N.Y.
Argento Chamber Ensemble
Miranda Cuckson, violin
Michel Galante, cond

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a dance into reflected daylight (2012) (10 min.)
(2,2,2,2,) (4,2,2,1) (harp, piano) (strings)
(commissioned by the Sphinx Organization in consortium with eight American orchestras)
(first performance: September 22, 2012)
New World Center
Miami Beach, FL.
New World Symphony Orchestra
Michael Francis, cond.

becoming . . . (2014) (16 min.)
(piano solo, flute, horn, mar., vib., harp, 2 vlns., vla., vlc., bass)
(commissioned by a consortium consisting of Otho Eskin,
Walter Douglas, Rand Curtiss, Bonnie Jo Dopp and Peter Hurley)

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Recordings

linear cycles II and quartet no. 3 (string quartet no. 1)
Composers’ Recordings, Inc. (CRI 468) (LP)
Helmut Braunlich, violin, Barbro Dahlman, piano – New York String Quartet

a pond within the drifting dusk
“Bang On A Can Live, Vol. 2”
Composers’ Recordings, Inc. (CRI/New World 646) (CD)
Laura Gilbert, fl., Joshua Gordon, vlc., Victoria Drake, hp.

her eastern light amid a cavernous dusk, the focus of blue light, amid fleeting pockets of billowing radiance, a diffuse light that knows no particular hour (revised version), linear cycles VII (cambiamenti II) (revised version), filaments
“the focus of blue light”
Composers’ Recordings, Inc. (CRI/New World 650) (CD)
Various Artists

fragments from the surrounding evening
“Dark Fires”
Albany Recordings (TROY 266) (CD)
Karen Walwyn, piano

barbaglio dal manca
“Telling Tales”
Capstone Recordings (CPS 8736)
Tuyen Tonnu, piano

wending, the promise of the far horizon, a landscape of interior resonances, a window of resonant light, the milliner’s fancy
“the promise of the far horizon”
Albany Recordings (TROY 698) (CD)
Various Artists

in the community of encompassing hours
“Bachmann to Music”: Ingeborg Bachmann Writing against War
Capriccio Recordings (71 095)
Haydn Trio Eisenstadt

tango-variations
Tangos for Piano
Ravello Records (Parma Recordings)
Amy Briggs, piano

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Publications

a window’s gathering of clouds
Quadrivium Music Press

for Elliott
Perspectives of New Music, Vol. 22, Nos. 1 & 2 (with accompanying cassette)

tango variations
Quadrivium Music Press

variazioni elegiaci (revised version)
National Capital ‘Cello Club, Inc. Newsletter (Washington, D.C.), Summer 1997
Theodore Presser Co.

All other published works published by Theodore Presser Co., Bryn Mawr, PA.
(www.presser.com) & Quicklight Music, Oberlin, OH.

Bibliography: (selected)
Aaron Harder: “Composer had his head in the clouds” Columbus Dispatch (October, 20, 2005)
Jeffrey Mumford: “The Degree of Difference” KUSC (NPR) membership newsletter,
(Feb. 2004)
Daniel Ginsberg: “Musical Passages from a Washington Life” Washington Post (5/4/03)
William C. Banfield: “Musical Landscapes in Color: Conversations with Black
American Composers, ” Scarecrow Press. (2003)
Jessica Duschen:The STRAD (UK) (December 2002)
New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians (2000)
Tim Page: ”Composer At Work” v, Washington Post (8/30/98)
Sandra Hyslop: “Sonidos De Las Americas: Mexico, The Sound in America”, SYMPHONY,
xlv / 3 (May-June 1994), p. 39-43
Jeff Rosenfeld: “Setting the sky to song”, Weatherwise , xlvii / 5 (October/November 1994),
p. 10-11
Mimi Carter: “Atlanta Symphony and Black Arts Festival join forces to
underwrite compositions”, Inside Arts, vi /6 (December 1994) p. 11-12
“Symphonium” (Classical Expressions, p. 29) Collage magazine (premiere issue, 1995)

CD Reviews: (selected) the focus of blue light
Joseph McLellan: Washington Post: (11/21/93)
Paul Cook: American Record Guide, lvii / 2 (March/April 1994)
Joshua Freeman: Minnesota Composers Forum Newsletter, xxi / 7 (Sept. 1994)
Robert Carl: Fanfare magazine, xviii / 3 (Jan./Feb. 1995)

CD Reviews (selected) the promise of the far horizon
Frank Oteri: “New MusicBox”, American Music Center (12/04)
Joseph Dalton: “Time Out New York” No. 485 (1/13-1/19/05)
Donald Rosenberg: Cleveland Plain Dealer (2/13/05)
Joseph McLellan: Washington Post (5/8/05)

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Robert Carl: Fanfare magazine (Jan/Feb. 2006)
Steve Smith: New York Times (4/8/14)
Mike Telin: Clevelandclassical.com (7/8/14)

Piano
barbaglio dal manca (1981, rev. 1992, 2000) (10 min.)
(first performance [original version], January 18, 1982)
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Barbro Dahlman, piano
(first performance [second revised version], November 21, 2002)
Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, OH.
Toyen Tonnu, piano
(recorded by Tuyen Tonnu, Capstone, CPS 8736)

for Elliott (1983) (1 min.)
(first performance, December 5, 1983)
Carnegie Recital Hall, New York, N.Y.
Claudia Stevens, piano

tango variations (1984, rev, 2001) (3 min.)
(commissioned by Quadrivium Music Press for pianist Yvar Mikhashoff)
(first performance, March 2, 1986)
Bessie Schonberg Theatre, New York, N.Y.
Yvar Mikhashoff, piano

fragments from the surrounding evening (1984) (9 min.)
(commissioned by the La Gesse Foundation)
(first performance, February 24, 1985)
Lafayette Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Bruce Anderson, piano
(recorded by Karen Walwyn on Albany Recordings TROY 266)

a flower in folding shadows (piano, four-hands) (1986) (8 min.)
(first performance, April 6, 1989)
Renee Weiler Concert Hall, Greenwich House Music School,
New York, N.Y.
Continuum: Joel Sachs and Cheryl Seltzer, piano, four-hands

a landscape of interior resonances (2001) (16 min.)
(commissioned by the Phillips Collection [Washington, D.C.], Miller Theatre [New York, N.Y.] and the Schubert Club [St. Paul, MN.])
(first performance, May 5, 2002)
Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
Margaret Kampmeier, piano
(recorded by Margaret Kampmeier, “the promise of the far horizon”,
Albany, TROY 698)

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four dances for Boris (2004) (8 min.)
(commissioned by Boris Willis)
(first performance, September 17, 2004)
Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Washington, D.C.
Lura Johnson, piano

a celebration of Elliott (2007) (2 min.)
(commissioned by the Network for New Music to celebrate the 100th birthday of Elliott Carter)
(first performance: February 29, 2008)
Leonard Nimoy Theatre – Symphony Space, New York, N.Y.
Stephen Gosling, piano

of ringing and layered space (2010 . . . ongoing)
(commissioned by consortium for pianists Jenny Lin, Lura Johnson, Tuyen Tonnu, Amy Briggs, and Shannon Wettstein)
I. “Jenny” (3 min.) (2010)
II. “Lura” (3 min.) (2010)

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Solo Instrumental

linear cycles VII (cambiamenti II) (solo violin) (1979, rev. 1993) (8 min.)
(first performance, July 22, 1979) (original version)
Aspen Music Festival
Kurt Nikkanen, violin
(first performance [revised version])
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
Lina Bahn, violin
(recorded by Kurt Nikkanen,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

variazioni elegiaci (solo ‘cello) (1979-80, rev. 1997) (9 min.)
(first performance, July 10, 1981) (original version)
Aspen Music Festival
Julie Charland ‘cello

morning thunder for solo flute (1979-80) (8 min.)
(first performance, December 15, 1980)
live radio broadcast, KPFK, Los Angeles
Janice Tipton, flute

amid fleeting pockets of billowing radiance (solo ‘cello) (1990) (11 min.)
(first performance, September 20 ,1991)
St. Mary’s College, St. Mary’s County, MD.
Pamela Greitzer, ‘cello
(recorded by Joshua Gordon,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

the clarity of remembered springs (solo viola) (1992-93) (13 min.)
(commissioned by the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation)
(first performance, April 26, 1993)
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
New York, N.Y.
Misha Amory, viola

a window’s gathering of clouds (solo guitar) (1981) (7 min.)
(first performance, March 2, 1986)
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Todd Seelye, guitar

variazioni elegiaci II (solo violin) (1983) (8 min.)
(first performance, July 11, 1986)
Seattle Chamber Music Festival
Ida Levin, violin

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revisiting variazioni elegiaci (solo viola) (2001) (9 min.)
(first performance, February 10, 2001)
Kulas Recital Hall
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Wendy Richman, viola

wending (solo viola) (2001) (11 min.)
(first public performance, Nov. 11, 2001)
Phillips Collection
Washington, D.C.
Wendy Richman, viola
(recorded by Wendy Richman, “the promise of the far horizon”
Albany, TROY 698)

the milliner’s fancy (solo alto saxophone) (2003) (5 min.)
(commissioned by Rhonda Taylor & David Reminick)
(first performance, April 9, 2003)
Warner Concert Hall
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
David Reminick, alto saxophone
(recorded by Rhonda Taylor, “the promise of the far horizon”
Albany, TROY 698)

three musings . . . revisiting memories (solo violin) (2005) (5 min.)
(written for Ole Bohn)
(first performance, March 8, 2005)
Warner Concert Hall
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Ole Bohn, violin

eight musings . . . revisiting memories (solo violin) (2005) (11 min.)
(written for Ole Bohn)
(first performance, Aug. 5, 2005)
Monadnock Music Festival
Fitzwilliam Town Hall, Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire
Ole Bohn, violin

an expanding distance of multiple voices (solo violin) (2005) (11 min.)
(commissioned by consortium for Lina Bahn)
(first performance, Sept 18, 2005)
Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium
Corcoran Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
Lina Bahn. Violin

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a focus further within (solo ‘cello) (2010) (3 ½ min.)
(commissioned by Rhonda Rider as part of her residency at the
Grand Canyon)
(first performance, March 10, 2011)
Seully Hall
Boston Conservatory of Music
Boston, MA
Rhonda Ryder, ‘cello

to find in the glimmering air . . . a buoyant continuity of layering blue
(‘solo ‘cello) (2011) (9 min.)
(funded by the Lorain County Community College Foundation through its Campus Grants Program)
(first performances, April 17, 2011, October 25, 2011, October 26, 2011)
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Brookfield ,WI; Studio Theatre, Stocker Arts Center, Lorain County Community College; Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH.)
Seaunn Thorsteinsdottir, ‘cello

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Chamber

linear cycles II (violin and piano) (1978) (8 min.)
(commissioned by the Robert Evett Fund of Washington, D.C.)
(first performance, February 20, 1978)
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
members of the Contemporary Music Forum:
Helmut Braunlich, violin
Barbro Dahlman, piano

string quartet no. 1 (formerly quartet no. 3 ) (1978 rev. 1980) (12 min.)
(first performance, December 6, 1980)
Concert Hall, University of California, Irvine
New York String Quartet
(recorded by the New York String Quartet on CRI/New World 468) (LP)

a wind of suspended prominences (clarinet and piano) (1981) (7 min.)
(first performance, April 17, 1981)
Mandeville Recital Hall, University of California, San Diego
William Powell, clarinet
Zita Carno, piano
(first performance, revised version, October 28, 1991)
Roy O. Disney Music Hall, California Institute of the Arts,
Valencia, California
William Powell, clarinet
Zita Carno, piano

duo concerto (1981-82) (15 min.)
(commissioned by ‘cellist Fred Sherry)
(vlc. solo, percussion – xylophone, marimba [A], vibraphone, clar., vln., piano)
(first performance, February 21, 1984)
Kaufman Concert Hall, 92nd St. YM/YWHA, New York, N.Y.
Group for Contemporary Music:
Fred Sherry, solo ‘cello
Daniel Druckman, percussion
Anand Devendra, clarinet
Ik-Hwan Bae, violin
Aleck Karis, piano
Daniel Shulman, cond.

lullaby (in folk style) (‘cello and piano) (1982) (4 min.)
(first performance, January 10, 1983)
Chamber Music from SoHo Series
Fred Sherry, ‘cello
Rebecca Silver, piano

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string quartet no. 2 (1982-83, rev. 1995) (14 min.)
(first performance, February 5, 1993) (original version)
Strathmore Hall Arts Center, North Bethesda, MD.
Maia Quartet

notturno (crystals of suspended evening) (1983-84) (10 min.)
(commissioned by Tafelmusik)
(fl., ob., vlc., hpschd.)
(first performance, April 4, 1983)
Provincetown Playhouse, New York, N.Y.
Tafelmusik:
Lauren Weiss, flute
Pamela Epple, oboe
Christine Gummere, ‘cello
Linda Kobler, harpsichord

her eastern light amid a cavernous dusk (1983-84, rev. 1987) (9 min.)
(wind quintet)
(commissioned by the Aspen Wind Quintet)
(first performance, March 6, 1987)
Calvary Episcopal Church, New York, N.Y.
Aspen Wind Quintet
(recorded by the Aspen Wind Quintet,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

a veil of liquid diamonds (1985-86, rev. 1995, 1999) (16 min.)
(string quartet)
(first performance, August 27, 1995)
Music at Gretna Festival, Mt. Gretna, PA.
Borromeo Quartet

a pond within the drifting dusk (1986-87, rev. 1988) (10 min.)
(alto fl., vlc., hp.)
(first performance, November 16, 1988)
Settlement Music School, Mary Louise Curtiss Branch
Philadelphia, PA.
Edward Schultz, alto flute
Charles Forbes, ‘cello
Karin Fuller, harp
(recorded by Laura Gilbert, alto fl., Joshua Gordon, ‘cello,
Victoria Drake, harp, “Bang on A Can Live, Vol. 2”
CRI/New World 646)

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the focus of blue light (1987-88) (18 min.)
(violin and piano)
(commissioned by the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress)
(first performance, March 17, 1989)
Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress,
Washington, D.C.
Kurt Nikkanen, violin
Bruce Anderson, piano
(recorded by Kurt Nikkanen, violin & Bruce Anderson, piano,
“the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

echoes in a cloud box (1988) (10 min.)
(violin and ‘cello)
(commissioned by the Contemporary Music Forum)
(first performance, May 8, 1989)
Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C
members of the Contemporary Music Forum:
Helmut Braunlich, violin,
Lori Barnet, ‘cello

jewels beyond the mist (1988) (12 min.)
(commissioned by the New York New Music Ensemble)
(fl./alto fl., clar., vln., vlc., piano, percussion – vibraphone, marimba [A])
(first performance, March 15, 1989)
Merkin Concert Hall, New York, N.Y.
New York New Music Ensemble:
Jayn Rosenfeld, flute/alto flute
Jean Kopperud, clarinet
Linda Quan, violin
Chris Finckel, ‘cello
Elizabeth DiFelice, piano
Daniel Druckman, percussion
Robert Black, conductor

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a diffuse light that knows no particular hour (1989-90, rev. 1993)
(16 min.) (alto fl., clar., vln., vlc., piano) (commissioned by the Amphion Foundation for the Da Capo Chamber Players)
(first performances: Nov. 11 & 25, 1991)
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. (Nov. 11)
Merkin Concert Hall, New York, N.Y. (Nov. 25)
Da Capo Chamber Players:
Patricia Spencer, alto flute
William Blount, clarinet
Eric Wyrick, violin
Andre Emelianoff, ‘cello
Sarah Rothenberg, piano
(recorded by the Da Capo Chamber Players,”the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

filaments (2 flutes) (1990) (9 min.)
(commissioned by Peter Brown & Karen Johnson)
(first performance, June 9, 1991)
Tawes Recital Hall, University of Maryland College Park
College Park, MD.
Peter Brown & Karen Johnson, flutes
(recorded by Peter Brown & Karen Johnson, ,”the focus of blue light” CRI/New World 650)

(arranged for 2 violins)
(first performance, April 15, 1996)
La Maison Francaise
Washington, D.C.
Jennifer Gordon & Mayumi Pawel, violins

from the middle . . . becoming air (1991) (19 min.)
(string trio) (commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation)
(first performance, April 26, 1992)
Conference Center Auditorium
University of Maryland College Park
College Park, MD.
members of the Boston Chamber Music Society:
Stephanie Chase, violin
Marcus Thompson, viola
Ronald Thomas, ‘cello

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two miniatures for violin & piano (1993) (6 min.)
(arrangement for David Abel & Julie Steinberg of two songs for mezzo soprano & piano [1983-84, 1985]) (6 min.)
(first performance, Oct. 14, 1994)
Mills College Concert Hall
Mills College, Oakland, California
David Abel, violin
Julie Steinberg, piano

a still radiance within dark air (1995, rev. 1996) (15 min.)
(piano solo, fl., clar., vln., vlc.)
(commissioned by radio station WGUC in Cincinnati)
(first performance, December 3, 1995)
Linton Music Series
First Unitarian Church
Cincinnati, OH.
Sandra Rivers, solo piano
Randolph Bowman, flute
Richard Hawley, clarinet
Alexander Kerr, violin
Daniel Culnan, ‘cello
Colin Jagger, cond.

a vivid distance serenely layered (1995) (5 min.)
(‘cello quartet)
(commissioned by CELLO)
(first performance, March 3, 1996)
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, PA.
CELLO:
Maria Kitsopoulos Laura Bontrager Maureen McDermott,
Caryl Paisner

in forests of evaporating dawns (1996) (18 min.)
(string quartet)
(written for the Maia Quartet)
(first performance, October 26, 1997)
Merrick Hall
Goucher College
Towson, MD.
Maia Quartet

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eight aspects of appreciation (1996, rev. 2000) (11 min.)
(violin and viola)
(written for the Mann Duo)
(first performance, February 9, 1997)
The Phillips Collection
Washington, D.C.
The Mann Duo:
Nicholas Mann, violin
Robert Mann, viola

ringing fields of enveloping blue (1997) (14 min.)
(‘cello & piano)
(written for Joshua Gordon & Margaret Kampmeier)
(first performance, March 1, 1998)
Music in Chelsea Series
Historic St. Peter’s Church (Chelsea)
Joshua Gordon, ‘cello
Christopher Oldfather, piano

a window of resonant light (1997) (16 min.)
(‘cello, piano, percussion)
(Commissioned for the CORE Ensemble as part of the Meet the Composer/Arts Endowment Commissioning Music USA program)
(first prrformance, October 6, 1997)
Washington & Lee University
Roanoke, VA.
The CORE Ensemble:
Andrew Mark, ‘cello
Hugh Hinton, piano
Michael Parola, percussion
(recorded by the CORE Ensemble, “the promise of the far horizon”,
Albany, TROY 698)

in afternoons of deep and amplified air (1998) (11min.)
(string quartet)
(Commissioned by the 1998 Reston Prelude Festival)
(first performance, June 19, 1998)
Reston Prelude Festival
Reston Community Theatre
Reston, VA.
Audubon Quartet

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undiluted days (1999 – 2000) (11 min.)
(piano trio)
(Commissioned by Sonia & Louis Rothschild)
(first performance, March 19, 2000)
Hearst Hall
The National Cathedral School
Washington, D.C.
Opus 3 Trio

still air (2000) (1 1/2 min .)
(viol trio)
(first performance, April 13, 2000)
Bowling Green State University Early Music Ensemble

as a spray of reflected meadowlight informs the air (2000) (10 min.)
(commissioned by Philip Berlin and the Contemporary Music Forum)
(first performance, Dec. 7, 2000)
Frances & Armand Hammer Auditorium, Corcoran Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
members of the Contemporary Music Forum

through the filtering dawn of spreading daybright (2001) (8 min.)
(viola & contrabass)
(commissioned by Wendy Richman)
First performance, November 20, 2011 – Studio Theatre, Stocker Arts Center, Lorain County Community College
Eliesha Nelson, viola / Scott Dixon, double bass

the promise of the far horizon (2002, rev. 2013) (16 min.)
(string quartet)
(commissioned by the Nancy Ruyle Dodge Charitable Trust)
(first performance, Dec. 4, 2002)
Miller Theatre, Columbia University
New York, N.Y.
Corigliano Quartet
(recorded by the Corigliano Quartet, “the promise of the far horizon”,
Albany, TROY 698)

a focused expanse of evolving experience (2003) (8 min.)
(fl., vln., vla., vlc., piano)
(commissioned by the Empyrean Ensemble)
(first performance, Nov. 2, 2003)
Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA.
Empyrean Ensemble,
David Milnes, cond.

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toward the deepening stillness beyond visible light (2004) (11 min.)
(piano, string quartet)
(commissioned by the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Chamber Music Columbus (OH.) and Omus Hirshbein)
(first performance, Oct. 19, 2004)
Mandel Hall
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Pacifica Quartet & Amy Dissanayake, piano

an evolving romance for flute and piano (2005) (5 min.)
(commissioned by Lura Johnson)
(first performance, Nov. 2005)
Proctor-Munson-Institute
Utica N.Y.
Christina Jennings, flute
Lura Johnson, piano

in the community of encompassing hours (2005) (9 min.)
(piano trio)
(commissioned by the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt)
(first US performance, May 17, 2006
Austrian Embassy
Washington, D.C.
Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
(first European performance, May 27, 2006
Glaserner Saal, Magna Auditorium Musikverien
Vienna, Austria
Haydn Trio Eisenstadt

the play of intervening objects (2007) (10 min.)
(wind quintet)
(commissioned by consortium for Imani Winds)
(first performance, November 9, 2007)
Kobacher Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH.
Imani Winds

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in soft echoes . . . a world awaits (2007) (11 min.)
(string trio)
(commissioned by the Fortnightly Musical Club of Cleveland)
(first performance: March 11, 2008)
Mixon Hall
Cleveland Institute of Music
Cleveland, OH.
Emma Shook, violin
Eliesha Nelson, viola
Martha Baldwin, ‘cello

further evolving . . . (2008) (5 min.)
(fl., vlc., piano)
(commissioned by the Chamber Music Conference and Composers’ Forum of the East)
(first performance: August 2, 2008)
Carriage Barn, Bennington College
Bennington, VT.
Andrea Berger, flute
Robert Park, ‘cello
Richard Friedberg, piano

a garden of flourishing paths (2008) (12 min.)
(fl., vln., vlc., piano, percussion)
(commissioned by the National Gallery of Art and the VERGE Ensemble in celebration of Elliott Carter’s 100th birthday)
(first performance: November 30, 2008)
West Garden Court
National Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
VERGE Ensemble
Daniel Walshaw, cond.

three short duos for violin & harp (2011) (6 min.)
(commissioned by a consortium consisting of Pamela Johnson, Philip Berlin, Otho Eskin. Eve Sandberg and Mika Hornyak)
(first performance: November 13, 2011)
Phillips Collection
Washington, D.C.
Kelly Hall-Tompkins, violin
Bridget Kibbey, harp

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eight aspects of appreciation II (2012) (12 min.)
(violin & ‘cello)
(first performance: February 10, 2013)
West Garden Court
National Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
Miranda Cuckson, violin
Julia Bruskin, ‘cello

still air (2013) (6 min.)
(piano quartet)
(commissioned by the Chamber Music Conference and Composer’s Forum of the East, Inc.)
(first performance: Aug. 10, 2013)
Carriage Barn,
Bennington College
Bennington, VT
Tom Frenkel, violin
Bonnie Maky, viola
Judy Tobey, ‘cello
Giovanni Koll, piano

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Vocal

orage (1978, rev. 1993) (7 min.)
(sop., clar., vib., piano) (text by the composer)
(first performance, July, 1978)
Aspen Music Festival
Mary Elizabeth Poore, sop.
Joaquin Valdepenas, clar.
William Moersch, vib.
Mary Ann Brown, piano

diamonds suspended in a galaxy of clouds (soprano solo)
(1980-81) (7 min.) (text: Pedro Salinas: translated by
Rafael Chabrain Gonzales)
(first performance, February 25, 1983)
Mainstage Theatre, California State University,
Stanislaus, CA.
Deborah Kavasch, soprano

lullaby (in folk style) (soprano & piano) (1982) (4 min.)
(text by the composer) (first performance, August 13, 1982)
Berkshire Music Festival, Tanglewood
Corliss Uecker, soprano

two songs for mezzo soprano & piano
“Low Anchored Cloud” (1983-84) (4 min.)
(text: Henry David Thoreau)
(first performance, April 6, 1989)
Renee Weiler Concert Hall, Greenwich House Music School,
New York, N.Y.
Fredrika Rhodie, mezzo-soprano
Bruce Anderson, piano

“Dream Dust” (1985) (2 min.)
(text: Langston Hughes)

two haiku settings: of place and love (2006) (7 min.)
(sop., vlc., marimba, vibraphone)
(text: Sonia Sanchez)
(commissioned by Network for New Music)
(first performance, March 19, 2006)
Art Sanctuary
Philadelphia, PA
Network for New Music:
Jan Krzywicki, cond., Elisabeth Stevens, sop.

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Vocal, cont’d

three windows (2014) (8 min.)
(sop., vlc., harp)
(text: Sonia Sanchez)
(commissioned by Washington Performing Arts)

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