Music for Orchestra
After completing Lysistrata and the concerto Four Angels, I spent half a year revisiting some previous (rushed, late) orchestral scores: the cantata Late Victorians, and the first drafts of the suite from Little Women and the Overture to Lysistrata. I am delighted to report that Eclipse Chamber Orchestra’s beautiful performance of these three scores–including a new harp-and strings arrangement of the slow movement of Four Angels–was released on Naxos in November of 2009.
Alcott Music (1999: revised 2007)
Music from the opera Little Women for percussion, piano, celesta, and strings. Commissioned by Eclipse Chamber Orchestra: revised version introduced by Eclipse Chamber Orchestra at The George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, VA. in October 2007. Sylvia Alimena, conductor.
Four Angels: Concerto for Harp and Orchestra (2007)
Commissioned by The National Symphony Orchestra: introduced by Dotian Levalier, harpist, and The National Symphony at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. in June 2007. Leonard Slatkin, conductor.
- Notes on the piece
- A conversation with Stephen Brooke, for The Washington Post
- An essay on how it was composed, for NewMusicBox
- Responses from Tim Page, The Washington Post
- …and from Tim Smith, in The Baltimore Sun
- Available from G. Schirmer
Regina Coeli (for harp and string orchestra)
An arrangement of the central slow movement of Four Angels, for harp and string orchestra.
Late Victorians (1995: revised 2007)
Poems by Emily Dickinson: text by Richard Rodriguez. Commissioned by Eclipse Chamber Orchestra: revised version introduced by Emily Pulley, soprano, Richard Kleinfeldt, narrator, and Eclipse Chamber Orchestra at The George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, VA. in May 2007. Sylvia Alimena, conductor.
Prepositions and the Names of Fish (2011)
When New York City Opera toured Japan a few years back with Madama Butterfly and Little Women, Matthew Price, the tour’s organizer, informed me that, in any language, the two parts of speech most difficult to translate are —one guess; and I immediately promised, someday, to write a piece with that title. Hence, my wee scherzo for Cabrillo, to celebrate the great Marin Alsop‘s twentieth year as leader of that indispensable festival: I was delighted to be included in some very distinguished company. The Times takes note, and takes names, here.
Sisters of the Night! (2015)
from Becoming Santa Claus
for mezzo and orchestra
I was delighted that Becoming Santa Claus was as happy an experience for The Dallas Opera, which commissioned and introduced it, as it had been for me, and more delighted still when they requested this arrangement of Queen Sophine’s climactic aria to include on the competition list for TDO’s groundbreaking Linda and Mitch Hart Women Conductor’s Institute. The wonderful Eve Gigliotti first sang this arrangement in 2016: Jennifer Rivera, the first and indelible queen (pictured,) reprised it the following year.