Posts Tagged ‘piano’

Gretchen’s Lock

23 February, 2016

A piano trio, inspired by the stories of Gretchen’s Lock in Beaver Creek State Park, in Ohio. This piece uses a magic square process based on a triangular number sequence. Parts available, just ask.

Gretchen’s Lock



While I’m Taking a Pause in Dissertating.

13 April, 2010

Years ago I wrote some settings of fragments from various poems by Edgar Allan Poe. As anyone who’s known me for more than ten minutes is likely aware, my favorite authors are Lovecraft and Poe. I read Poe for the first time in first grade, in an illustrated edition of The Murders in the Rue Morgue, and I haven’t been right since. So, naturally, I beat it into my younger brother as well. He sang these on my senior comp recital at YSU in their original versions, the recording of which was misplaced by the person who ran the machine. Shortly thereafter, the disc the piece was saved on (this was back when discs were allegedly “floppy” and held about 4kb) became “corrupted” and would no longer open. I thought the piece was irrepairably lost until Philip gave me his rehearsal copy of the score, allowing the rewrite I am in the midst of when not writing the dissertation.

Here’s two of the three movements from …while the angels, for tenor and piano. The third, a setting of the final lines of Annabel Lee, will be up soon.

from The Conqueror Worm

from Bridal Ballad

A mind of winter, continued

21 March, 2010

The Snow Man is a finished product, in two versions. One with (very) austere and minimal piano accompaniment, and another for string quartet.

Not Quite Juvenilia, Vol. 1.

7 December, 2009

Some older works this week. We’ll start with a pair of smaller works, I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time, for any low (bass clef) instrument and piano, and Fanfares, Canons, and Chorales, for brass.  I Think… is based on a very simple magic square reading. Pitches are derived from a D mode, combining the major tetrachord (D, E, F-sharp, G) with the natural minor scale’s upper tetrachord (A, B-flat, C, D). The rhythms are not coordinated by the square at all, only the pitch content.

Fanfares is based on two Native American love songs (the titles I have forgotten and the source material is in a storage space at the moment). It was composed as a wedding gift for a family member. It begins and ends with a fanfare that features overlapping rhythmic ideas between upper and lower voices. In the middle, as one might expect from the utilitarian title, the two songs are treated canonically and are then stated in a pair of chorale harmonizations.

Five Preludes for piano solo

20 September, 2009

Five Preludes
I wrote three of these between 2004-5, rewrote them several times, and added the other two this year. As always, download and perform them, just let me know.

Music for Bass and Piano

19 May, 2009

This is a piece I wrote last year, originally for a tubist friend at Youngstown State. Since he never moved on it, I repurposed it for the bass.

Three Movements for Double Bass and Piano, Full Score


Three Movements for Double Bass and Piano, Bass Part

Premiere tonight!

16 April, 2009

Fire Melted Steel premiere tonight at Kent Stark in Canton. 8PM.