COMPOSITIONS (SORTED BY MEDIUM)

Scores for many of the following works are available for purchase online. For works not yet available online, please contact the composer.

Solo Instrumental

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Seven Bagatelles (solo piano)(2011) (18 min)

Sonata per Cembalo (harpsichord solo) (2001)(7 min.)

Solitaire  (Clarinet solo) (4 min.)             

Short Suites (Eleven intermediate-grade piano pieces) (15 min.) (1976)

Ornithophonic Recrudescence (solo Baroque oboe or Eb clarinet;)  (6 min.) (1973)

Humoresque  (piano solo) (32 min.) (1968-70)

6 Piano Rags (1970-71)

Christmas Canons  (Canonic variations on Christmas carols) (16 min.) Book I: Piano solo  (1969-70)

Three Canons  (piano solo) (1961-66) (5 min.)

Canzona (organ)(1963)  (7 min.)

Seven Short Pieces for Piano  (1961) (6 min.)

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Silken Rags: music for violin and piano

The Silken Rags series is the outcome of years of collaboration with my wife, the violinist Dorothea Cook.   From the first moment  Deede and I played together in 1987, we knew there was a special musical chemistry between us.  We fell in love overnight and began a musical collaboration that has lasted ever since.

"Silken Rags," the name of our duo, suggests the combination of earthiness and elegance we aim for when we make music together.  This collection reflects our love of popular music of many kinds – gospel music, tango, American popular song, ragtime, etc.  – and our attempt to capture some of the spirit and feeling of these styles within the medium of concert music for violin and piano.  

Silken Rags Collection: 

CD Available from CDBaby and other outlets.  The CD also includes "Yaa Amponsah" and "Waterborne"

CD Available from CDBaby and other outlets.

The CD also includes "Yaa Amponsah" and "Waterborne"

Available separately (click on links for details):

Gospel Hymn (1990) (7 min.)

Saboreando el Gusto Cubano (1994) (5:20 min.)

Afterglow (1976)

Le Tango Éternel (1985)

Fern Honey (1972)

Blue Ridge Samba (3 min.) (2001)

Betty's Creek (2003) (6 min.) 

       

OTHER SILKEN RAGS WORKS:

  June Waltz (2016) (5:30 min.)       

 "How Can I Keep from Singing?" Variations for Violin and Piano (2012)

 Introduction and Slow Drag (2010)

Cabo Maio (2006) (8 min.)

Saying Goodbye (2005) (3:21)

Walnut Hill (2005) (11 min.)

 For the Beauty of the Earth (Chorale Prelude) (2000-2015) (3:40 min)

Yaa Amponsah - Fantasy on a Ghanaian Popular Song (1988) (10 min.)

chamber duos

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Sonata para los Separados for cello and piano (2019)(14 min)

Returning to the Root (1999-2000) (11 min.) (horn and piano)

Fantasy II for Flute and Accordion (2015) (11 min) 

Shirley’s Fiddle Farewell for two violins (2009)(3:30)

Elliptic Bounce (trombone, bass) (2007) (9 min.)

Mississippi John (Guitar, Piano and/or Harpsichord) (2003)

Gili's Music (bassoon and cello) (2003) (8 min)

Waterborne (Violin solo  and Tape) 16 min.(1991)

Do It!  (2 pianos) (written with Daniel Deutsch) (20 min.) (1973, rev. 1977) 

Christmas Canons  (Canonic variations on Christmas carols) Book II: Piano 4-hands (1970-71)

Etudes for 2 Horns (1963) (8 min.)



chamber ensemble (3-7 players)

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Trio for Horn, Violin, and Piano (2013) (20 min)

Fantasy for Cello and Cello Ensemble (7 Celli) (2007) (14 min.)

Nine Waltzes (Piano Trio) (1997)(21 min.)

Phoebe in the Green Hall (3 violins) (2011)

Sarabande-Tombeau for violin, gamba, and harpsichord (2001-2008) (10 min.)

Morning Breeze (flute, oboe/duduk, guitar)(2006) (4 min.)

The Darkling Spring: Fantasia a5 for Low Consort (2006)

Cowgirl Rag  (1998) (7 min.) (2 violins and piano) 

Wedding Hymn (Fl., Vln, Vla, Vc.) (4 min.) (1989)

No Condition is Permanent (Fl., Cl., Vln., Vc./Electric Bs., Pno., Perc.) (25 min.) (1980-89)  

Recitativo e Terzetto (Ob., Cl., Bn.) (12 min.) (1980)

Clarinet Bouquet: Four Concert Rags (Cl., Pno., Bs.) (1. Fern Honey; 2. Afterglow; 3. Novembers; 4. Rondo) (25 min.) (1976-80)

Ragtime Grackle (oboe solo, piano and cantus firmus -viola or men's chorus – accompaniment ad lib.) (1972)  (14 min.)

Christmas Canons  Book III: Double Chorale Prelude, Stille Nacht/Von Himmel Hoch (fl., trb., vln., vc., bells, organ) (1972)

String Quartet  (1965-67) 15 min.

Trio for Flute, Cello, and Piano (1962) (18 min.)




orchestra, large ensemble

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Nighthawks (1971-2017) for Jazz Big Band

Elegy for Horn and Wind Ensemble (2014)(8 min)

A Midsummer Overture (Orchestra, 2-2-2-2, 4-3-3-1, 3 perc., harp, strings) (2002, revised 2003)

Partita for Baroque Ensemble  (25 min.) (fl, bn., trpt., trb/sackbut, perc., strings, continuo) (2001)

Elegía (2018) (String Orchestra) (11 min)

Symphony (Orchestra, 2-2-2-2, 2-2-2, 4 perc., strings) (40 min.) (1971-78)(revised 2014-15)

Stony Brook Fanfare (Wind ensemble) (2009) (1:09)

Gathering Reel / Departing Reel (2004-05)  Chamber orchestra (2-2-2-2, 2-2-2 2, perc., strings)

Serenade for String Orchestra (1998) (23 min.)





songs, vocal works

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Nottamun Town (Soprano, Harp) (2016) (8 min)

“Tamara, Queen of the Nile” (lyrics by Ernst Muller) from Professionally Speaking. (1986) (4 min)

Remembering (text by Wendell Berry) (2003) Voice and piano or guitar. (7 min.)

"Wanda Faye Jefferson" (lyrics: Ramona Dillahunt and Winston Clark) (1985)

"Stony Brook Alma Mater" (lyrics: Winston Clark) (1985)

But A Rose (text: Iva Kroeger) (Countertenor, piano 4-hands)  5 min. (1965)




opera, musical theater

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The Herbert Situation (work in progress;  Libretto: Rhoda Levine with Peter Winkler) (One Act)

Fox Fables (2008-10) (Libretto: Rhoda Levine with Peter Winkler) (One Act, 3 Scenes, 38 min.)

Out!  (text: Winston Clark) (1997) (Male Chorus TTBB,  piano, bass, drums) (2 Acts, 23 numbers,  71 min.)

Wonderland (book and lyrics by Ernst Muller, after Lewis Carroll) (2 acts, 14 songs)(1987)

Professionally Speaking (music co-written with Fred Block; lyrics by Ernst Muller and Fred Block) 2 Acts, 20 songs, 1986)


choral

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Holiday Rounds (2000-present)

Requiem Aeternam (in memory of the victims of September 11, 2001) Chorus SATB (2001) (6 min.)

Praise of Silence (Text: Matthew Cartmill) (soprano solo, chorus SATB, Oboe, Gamba, Lute, electronic tape) 11 min. (1969)

Spring Canons  (Text: Song of Solomon II: 10-13, in Latin Vulgate) (SATB). 10 min. (1967)