A Still Point
violin and piano
This short study evokes an image from the first of T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets. The violin describes a melodic palindrome centered on the "golden ratio," marked by sparse moments of resonance in the piano.
violin, piano, mixed percussion.
A tribute to the life and legacy of Russian physicist Andrei Sakharov. Commissioned by Scott Eddlemon for the Oak Ridge Civic Music Society's Isotone concert series.
II. Balance of Power
IV. "The truth is never simple" (π)
V. Common Grace (In Memoriam Eskaterina)
Mostly St. Columba
Soprano, flute, cello.
Commissioned for the dedication of the Thea G. Korver Art Building at Northwestern College of Iowa. The soprano begins and ends with a traditional Irish tune, but temporarily shifts to a more strident melody.
O Waly Waly
flute (alt. violin), oboe, piano.
This setting was commissioned by Dave Stuntz, music director at Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian Church. It has found its way into worship services, weddings, college chapel services, and even a musical mission trip to Peru.
Sextet (Contemporary Obsolescence)
flute, trumpet, bassoon, cello, piano, harpsichord.
This piece begins with four themes at once, developing each in turn (more or less) and introducing an additional baroque-like theme which later returns with romantic vengeance.
Faith and Reason.
flute, clarinet, violin, viola, piano, percussion.
This piece presents the old hymn, "If thou but suffer God to guide thee," in the context of colorful, intellectual musical discourse, not seeking to answer a question as much as wonder about a relationship.
String Quartet (#1)
A short three-movement work given to abrupt thematic contrasts and a blend of tonal and post-tonal impulses. This piece won the University of Oregon Chamber Music Series competition and was premiered by the Alexander String Quartet in 1995.
Wind sextet, dancers.
In this piece, instrumentalists are widely-spaced on stage to allow for dancers to move around them. During the piece, the players individually move closer together, causing the dancers to expand their movements outward. Margo van Ummerson provided choreography (see also For Margo).