“silence hangs in misty layers” (2011). for B♭ bass clarinet.

silence hangs in misty layers is a solo, reflective work written during my recovery from serious illness.  Musical material is derived from various spectra, and arranged in semi-biographical format.  That recovery–and it’s unknown outcome–was constantly a difficulty that I struggled with.  The struggle is not depicted; instead a sense of peaceful withdrawal and sense of […]

“spaces : between : time” (2004) for flute(also picc), B♭ clarinet (also bass cl.), violin, cello, piano.

spaces : between : time, completed in December 2004, is a work exploring the juxtaposition of contrasting musical ideas and later the subsequent melding and interplay between those ideas.   The most striking pair of elements used here is comprised of rhythmic ideas, and takes the form of short, percussive, staccato attacks and longer, legato, more […]

“Lumen” (2006). for alto flute (also flute and picc), B♭ clarinet (also bass cl.), violin, cello, percussion, piano.

Lumen is an expansive work (~16″) that required the breaking of some compositional boundaries by which I had felt somewhat previously confined. The result is a work that explores a whole array of musical ideas from two-part counterpoint to dense, virtuosic ensemble work; from solo sections to a rich, vibrant kaleidoscope of color and timbre. […]

“Tenebrae” (2008). for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano

Tenebrae was written in fulfillment of a commission from the New York New Music Ensemble. One of the main issues I dealt with in composing Tenebrae was the exploration of methods of transition between various types of timbral/harmonic constructs.  Forward motion and formal narrative relies on gradual transformative processes that change one structural harmony into another. […]