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MUSIC FOR STRING QUARTET OR QUARTET PLUS SOLOIST
Tenacious Turns for Oboe and String Quartet (2016, 11:00)
Premiered by Keve Wilson and the Lyris Quartet.
Map of Found Memories for Percussion and String Quartet (A few pithy presidential quotes) (2015, ca. 13 min).
Premiered by M.B. Gordy, Percussion and the Lyris Quintet. Listen.
Scenes from Lemuria, Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet (2006/2014, ca. 14 min). Dedicated to William Powell.
Premiered by/dedicated to William Powell (cl.), with Mark Menzies and Eric Clark (vlns.), Nancy Uscher (vla.) and Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick (vc.) in REDCAT/Disney Hall, Los Angeles 2006. Listen.
Many years ago, clarinettist Bill Powell gave me a recording of an amazing improvisation he did, which he had labeled, “From Lemuria”. Lemuria, I learned, was an ancient mythical place which disappeared into the sea much like Atlantis, but in Lemuria, the arts and creativity were the focus of civilization. Bill’s improvisation, done completely extemporaneously, seemed to be pulling magic out of the ether. This idea, though not his music, became the inspiration for the clarinet quintet.
Time Cycles for Voice and String Quartet (12:30, 2013). With Lyrics by Lois Becker. In three movements: Hurricane Housekeeping, The Mayfly Rag, The Turning of the Seasons. Premiered by Moira Smiley and the California String Quartet. Listen.
Beneath the Surface of a Sea of Silence for String Quartet (11:30, 2012)
Premiered by the Lyris Quartet.
TRIOS: Piano Trios, Trios for Clarinet/Saxophone, Violin, Cello and Piano; Flute and Clarinet
Feast of Fives, Trio for for Flute, Cello and Piano (13:00, 2003). for flute, cello and piano (13:00, 2003). Recorded in 5:1 surround-sound DVD and CD by Chamber Music Palisades on AIX Records: Susan Greenberg, Peter Stumpf, Delores Stevens.
Recording: SHOSTAKOVICH, DEBUSSY, BROCKMAN: FEAST OF FIVES for flute, cello and piano: Chamber Music Palisades (Susan Greenberg, fl., Peter Stumpf, cello, and Delores Stevens, piano) DVD for AIX Records. Recorded in Zipper Hall. Produced by Mark Waldrep. Can also be digitally downloaded at iTrax.com and on Blu Ray. In 5:1 Surround Sound.
Departures for Violin, Cello and Piano (11:00, 2009) Premiered by Movses Pogossian, Maggie Parkins, Delores Stevens. Listen
A piece about many kinds of departures (to name a few):
“The hour of departure has arrived and we go our ways; I to die, and you to live. Which is better? Only God knows.”
Socrates (470 BC-399 BC)
“An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought.”
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
“Visits always give pleasure - if not the arrival, the departure.”
Dance of Spirals, Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano (12:00, 2008)
The piece's title describes the shape of its ubiquitous theme. This is what happens when I can't get an idea out of my mind. It may hide, lurk behind trees and around corners, but it can leap out at any time. It may be fierce, sweet, friendly, romantic, sassy; it puts on Sunday clothes and makes nice. My mission has been to give this theme its own organic 'dance of life'.
Lemuria Trio: Scenes from Lemuria version for Clarinet, Violin and Piano (14:30)
Fantasy on a Vodoun Rhythm, Trio for Violin, Alto Saxophone and Piano (9:30 2003) Commissioned by John Sampen, and "The Cleveland Duo and James Umble". Premiered by James Umble and the Cleveland Duo at the World Saxophone Congress, Minneapolis, July 2003.
Imagine a huge bonfire on a dark night, at the white sand shores of Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans in the early 19th century. Half naked slaves, bodies glistening with perspiration in the firelight, dancing their hearts out. Voodoo queen Marie Laveau leads the dance, entwined with her python named Zombie--having smoked who knows what. Eventually, they levitate.
Nibiru Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano(16:00, 1999)
Nibiru Trio Version for Alto Saxophone, Violin and Piano.
Nibiru is the best kept secret in our solar system. An exotic tone poem based on Sumerian legend (ca. 2800BCE).
Divergencies, Trio for Flute, Soprano Saxophone and Piano (10:00, 1975/2007)
Flute and Saxophone diverge and merge in imitation of one another.