And All Time

For Chamber Ensemble – Fl. Ob. Cl. Hn. Bsn. Pno. Vln. Vla. Vcl. Cb.
Duration: 13′
Commission: Commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation for Fifth House Ensemble.
Premiere: March 24, 2017. Fifth House Ensemble; Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL
Text: from “The Bells” (Edgar Allan Poe)
“Time Is” (Henry van Dyke)
from “On Time” (John Milton)
from “Poem of Joys” (Walt Whitman)
Program Note:
I devised the idea of a piece on time when I found several texts all dealing with time from various points-of-view. These four poems work very well together: Edgar Allan Poe’s The Bells addresses the delight of the universe spinning in rhythmical time; Henry van Dyke’s Time Is comments on how we experience the slow or swift passage of time based on various states of emotion; John Milton’s On Time accuses time of being greedy, stealing time from man’s lives; and Walt Whitman’s Poem of Joys celebrates the joy of time, both now and always, as well as throughout the universe. I arranged these four texts in this specific order to craft a narrative that moves through delight, sadness, anger, and finally joy. I carry out the idea of time through the tempo of the works – all but one tempo indication are derived from a musical beat lasting one second (i.e. the speed of the quarter note is sixty beats per minute). The performers double as the narrators of the poems throughout the piece.

…because it is winter everywhere…

For Alto Flute, Viola, Cello, and Contrabass
Duration: 10′
Commission: Commissioned by the Network for New Music, Philadelphia, Linda Reichert, artistic director, for the “Poetry Through Music” project.
Premiere: February 26, 2017. Network for New Music; Presser Hall, Settlement Music School, Philadelphia, PA.

For Orchestra
3(2nd dbl. A.Fl.; 3rd dbl. Picc.) 3(dbl. E.H.) 3(2nd dbl. Eb Cl.) 3(3=CBsn) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1;
Timp. 3Perc. Pno.(dbl. Cel.) Hp. Str.
Duration: 11′-12′
Commission: Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director.
Premiere: February 24, 25, and 26, 2017. Los Angeles Philharmonic, James Gaffigan, conductor; Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA.