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OPERATIC and MUSIC THEATER WORKS

Countdown (1987)

Opera in one act. Duration circa 35 minutes.
Commissioned by the Boston Lyric Opera Company under the auspices of Opera America and The National Institute of Music Theater.
Composed during an "Opera in the Eighties and Beyond" workshop.
Awards: 1989 -- First Prize: SW Virginia Opera's "New One-act Operas" Competition.
Libretto by Laura Harrington.
Premiere: February 12, 1987, by the Boston Lyric Opera Company, Boston, Massachusetts.
Sound Clips
First few bars of the overture (34k au 8kHz)
Entire overture (438k au 8kHz)
"OperaNetta" The first on-line opera! (access to the complete MP3 recording)

The Rogue (1986)

Opera in one act. Duration circa 1 hour.
Commissionedby Tobi Haleen.
Composed during a Cummington Community of the Arts Fellowship.
Libretto by the composer based on an original fairy tale by the composer.
Staging illustrations printed in the score and libretto designed by the composer.
Sound Clips
An instrumental arrangement of one of the trios (760k au 8kHz) that also appeared on one of the RedBook tracks of the Verbum Interactive CD-ROM

Incidental Music, for Brecht's "Caucasian Chalk Circle" (1985)

Songs, Choruses, Dances, and Background Music for the play. Total duration circa 30 minutes.
Commissioned by The Modern Times Theater (New York).
Premiere: April 25 through May 19, 1985, New York, NY.

The Passion of Vincent van Gogh (1983)

Opera in three acts (eighteen scenes). Duration circa 3 hours.
Commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts. Research supported by the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) sponsored by the American Council of Learned Societies and the Social Science Research Council.
Composed at the Camargo Foundation during a Camargo Fellowship in Cassis, France.
Libretto compiled by the composer from the letters of Vincent van Gogh (with permission from the Vincent van Gogh Foundation), Paul Gauguin's "Journal," and additional official documents relating to Vincent van Gogh. Each line is footnoted in the score and libretto. German (singing) translation by Monique Fasel appears in both the score and libretto.
Staging illustrations printed in the score and libretto were designed by the composer, and based on the paintings of Vincent van Gogh.
Premiere: of an abridged version by the University of Texas at Dallas -- April 14, 1984.
Sound Clips
Entrance of Rachel (290k au 8kHz) the prostitute to whom Vincent presented his ear saying, "Here is a souvenir of me, guard this object carefully." (Act II scene 5)

Woman (1979)

Chamber Opera in seven scenes. Duration circa 1 hour.
Commissioned by Collage--The Contemporary Music Ensemble of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Libretto compiled by the composer from the Bible, the sonnets of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and the writings of Simone de Beauvoir, Betty Friedan, and Germain Greer.
Premiere: postponed indefinitely pending text rights negotiations.

Incidental Music for Brecht's "Fear and Misery of the 3rd Reich" (1980)

SATB Chorus. Duration 20 minutes.
Commissioned by the Department of Dramatic Arts, Schiller College, Strasbourg, France.
Premiere: Schiller College -- May, 1980.


BALLETS and MIMODRAMAS

Behold Icarus (1975)

Mimodrama in three acts for four mimes and orchestra. Duration circa 2 hours, 20 minutes.
Commissioned by Kinesis--A Theater of Sound & Movement, Mass. Council on the Arts grant.
Choreography by John Seitz and Carla Montagno.
Premiere: Hampshire College (Massachusetts) -- April 4, 1975.
Publisher: American Composers Edition (ACE) NY, NY.

Bisoliloquoy (1973)

Ballet for two dancers accompanied by instrumental septet. Duration 20 minutes.
Commissioned by Kinesis III through a grant from the Massachusetts Council on the Arts.
Choreography by Leslie Innis and Lisa Hahn.
Premiere: Brown University (RI) -- December 13, 1973.
Publisher: American Composers Edition (ACE) NY, NY.

Malediction (1973)

Ballet for 16 dancers accompanied by tape. Duration circa 40 minutes.
Commissioned by Kinesis III through a grant from the Massachusetts Council on the Arts.
Choreography by Leslie Innis and Lisa Hahn.
Premiere: Brown University (RI) -- December 13, 1973.

Etcetera (1973)

Ballet for 12 dancers accompanied by tape. Duration 1 minutes.
Commissioned by The Windhover Center for the Creative and Performing Arts.
Choreography by Ina Hahn.
Premiere: The Windhover Center for the Creative and Performing Arts -- July 27 & 28, 1973
Sound Clips
(Interlude)

Medea (1973)

Ballet for 10 dancers accompanied by tape. Duration 10 minutes.
Commissioned by The Windhover Center for the Creative and Performing Arts.
Choreography by Lisa Hahn.
Premiere: The Windhover Center for the Creative and Performing Arts -- July 27 & 28, 1973.
Sound Clips
Medea.mp3

The Metamorphosis of the Pierides (1973)

Ballet for 14 dancers accompanied by tape. Duration 5.5 minutes.
Commissioned by the Windhover Center for the Creative and Performing Arts.
Choreography by Lisa Hahn.
Premiere: The Windhover Center for the Creative and Performing Arts -- August 24 & 25, 1973.
Sound Clips
TheMetamorphosis,mp3

Hecuba and Polyxena (1973)

Ballet for 8 dancers and prepared piano. Duration 5 minutes.
Commissioned by the Windhover Center for the Creative and Performing Arts.
Choreography by Ina Hahn.
Premiere: The Windhover Center for the Creative and Performing Arts -- August 24 & 25, 1973.
Sound Clips
August 24
August 25

Narcissus and Echoe (1973)

Ballet for 20 dancers accompanied by tape. Duration 12.5 minutes.
Commissioned by the Windhover Center for the Creative and Performing Arts.
Choreography by Lisa Hahn.
Premiere: The Windhover Center for the Creative and Performing Arts -- August 24 & 25, 1973.
Sound Clips
Part 1
Part 2

ORCHESTRAL WORKS

Monument (1980)

String Orchestra: 6.6.4.4.2. Duration 19 minutes.
Publisher: American Composers Edition (ACE) NY, NY.

Seven Mikrophonae (1975)

Chamber Orchestra: 1.1.1.1.-2.2.2.-2perc-6.6.4.4.2. Duration 5 minutes.
Premiere: The Vermont Symphony Orchestra -- August 23, 1975.
Publisher: American Composers Edition (ACE) NY, NY
Sound Clips
Premiere - August 23, 1975

Axis (1974)

Large Orchestra: 4.4.4.4.-4.4.4.2.-6perc-16.16.12.12.8. Duration 21 minutes.
Awards: 1975 - Finalist: Concorso Internazionale de Composizione (Italy).
Publisher: American Composers Edition (ACE) NY, NY.

Christmas Overture (1973)

Mezzo-soprano and Orchestra: 1.0.2.1.-0.0.1.-5tet. Duration 8 minutes.
Text from the Doxology.
Publisher: American Composers Edition (ACE) NY, NY.

Concert Overture (1973)

Orchestra: 2.2.2.2.-2.2.2.-5tet. Duration 4 minutes.
Premiere: The Vermont Symphony -- August 23, 1975.
Publisher: American Composers Edition (ACE) NY, NY.

And Then We Saw a Sea Lion (1973)

Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra: 2.2.2.2.-4.2.2.-mar.-5tet. Duration 14 minutes.
Premiere: The Atlantic Union College Orchestra, Kris Asgeirsson soloist -- January 24, 1976.
Publisher: American Composers Edition (ACE) NY, NY.

Simple Symphony (1971)

Orchestra: 2.2.2.2.-4.3.3.-5tet. Duration 18 minutes.


CHORAL WORKS

Shoes of Gold (1985)

SATB Chorus. Duration 3 minutes.
Commissioned by the Modern Times Theater (New York).
Text from Brecht's "Caucasian Chalk Circle".
Premiere April 25 through May 19, 1985, New York, NY.

If the Gulf is Deep (1985)

SSA Chorus. Duration 3 minutes.
Commissioned by the Modern Times Theater (New York).
Text from Brecht's "Caucasian Chalk Circle".
Premiere April 25 through May 19, 1985, NewYork, NY.

Kyrie (1977)

SATB Chorus and Orchestra: 2.2.2.2.-4.3.2.1.-3perc-5tet. Duration 8 minutes.
Composed during an IREX Fellowship in Budapest, Hungary.
Text "Omnipotens" Kyrie Trope.

Dona Nobis Pacem (1976)

SSAA Chorus. Duration 7 minutes.
Composed during an IREX Fellowship in Budapest, Hungary.
Awards: 1982 - Competition Work, Rencontres Internationales Choral Competition
1981 - Grand Prix à l'Unanimité, Rencontres Internationales de Chant Choral.
Premiere: U.S.A.: Pine Manor Junior College -- June, 1977
Western Europe: Rencontres Internationales de Chant Choral (Tours)--May 28-31,1982:
The Sunny Hill Chamber Choir (UK)
The Bradley University Chorale (USA)
The Choral de Camera Mioritze (Roumania)
The Chorale du Conservatoire de la Région de Toulouse (France)
The Ensemble Fémina de Musique Vocale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
Publisher: Editions A Coeur Joie (Lyon, France).

Driftwood (1976)

SATB Chorus. Duration 5 minutes.
Text K. Hagerty.

The Lords Prayer (1975)

SATB Chorus. Duration 6 minutes.
Text: The Lords Prayer.
Composed during a MacDowell Colony Fellowship.
Premiere: Eastern Europe: The Zoltan Kodály Institute, Kecskemet, Hungary--April, 1976.
Western Europe: The Choeurs Philharmonique de Toulon (France) -- May 19, 1981.
U.S.A.: Hartt College of Music -- November, 1983.
Publisher: American Composers Edition (ACE) NY, NY.

Auguries of Innocence (1975)

SSAA Chorus. Duration 3 minutes.
Text from W. Blake.
Commissioned by the graduating class of the Kodály Musical Training Institute, Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Premiere: The Kodály Musical Training Institute, Wellesley, Massachusetts -- July 26, 1975.

The Horse With Violin In Mouth (1975)

SSAA Chorus and String Orchestra. Duration 9 minutes.
Text by L. Ferlinghetti.
Awards: 1977 - The Francis Boote Choral Music Award.
1975 - The New American Music Award (honorable mention).
Premiere: The Kodály Musical Training Institute, Wellesley, Massachusetts -- July 23, 1975.
Publisher: American Composers Edition (ACE) NY, NY.

Prelude and Double Fugue (1970)

SATB Chorus and Brass Sextet. Duration 12 minutes.
Text by R. M. Rilke.

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