Chamber Music - Opera - Music/Theatre

new chamber-music/theatre piece -

text by Samuel Beckett 

 8-voiced motet KYRIE featuring, and with lyrics by, Alice Ripley

inspired by the life, work, and shocking death of Ana Mendieta

​In 1980, Samuel Beckett gave me permission to set his IMAGINATION DEAD IMAGINE to music.  This is one of my most personal  compositions, an opera of sorts for string quartet and laptop, wherein the players in the quartet respond, akin to a Beckett play, to an onslaught of recorded voices. Premiered in 2017, supported by an ACF/LA Subito Grant & Indiegogo

click here for details, a video, and a rough demo.  

For the score of

​KYRIE-MERCY-

ANA M,

click here - 

for 2 photos

click here

With Alice Ripley, 

premiere performance, 

KYRIE-MERCY-ANA M, ​

American Composers

Forum/LA (2007)​

THEIR THOUGHT AND BACK AGAIN

 

Chamber Opera (1993-98)

"Songs that one could imagine Charles Ives composing had he lived long enough to encounter rock-and-roll and beat poetry," was American Theatre Magazine's response to THEIR THOUGHT AND BACK AGAIN.  Music-Web International called it "something Hunter S. Thompson might have experienced after taking mescaline."  Hailed as "a masterpiece" by both the classical critic at the San Diego Reader and the pop critic at the Union-Tribune, a "highly original work that defies categorization" by Opera Journal, and praised for its "memorable tunes and unpretentious lyricism" by Opera News, THEIR THOUGHT is a chamber opera or song-cycle for two singers, six dancers, string quartet, and piano. Originally a collaboration with choreographer John Malashock and his dancers, the story (I call it my version of Bernstein's WONDERFUL TOWN) concerns two women who come to a place (a town) where dancers are, and after a time, they stay there. The lyrics are derived from William Burroughs-style cut-ups. The CD, featuring Roxane Carrasco and Celeste Tavera, was recorded by Peter Sprague, and I put together a series of collage-like music/videos to post the music in YouTube.  To see those videos and hear the opera, and for more information, including the libretto, a video of William Burroughs, the Los Angeles Times feature article, and the American Theatre Magazine review by Stephen Nunns, 

please see this page.

 

STREICH

winner - American Composers Forum/LA competition (2009)

STREICH SLIDESHOW/MUSIC VIDEO

 

 

                TUESDAY FOR TOY PIANO

demo - slideshow/music video

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                                ADDITIONAL COMPOSITIONS, WORKS IN PROGRESS

 

MORNING ARGUMENTS - AN OVERTURE - FOR STRING OR SMALL CHAMBER ENSEMBLE



​TO SPITE YOUR FACE - INSPIRED BY "CHINATOWN" - FOR TUBA ENSEMBLE OR TUBA & LOOPER

​​JUDGE NOT - OPERA, TEXT BY NELL BENJAMIN - FOR SINGERS, STRING QUARTET, PERCUSSION

 

​FROM FRAMMENT AZIONI​ - MUSIC FOR AN ITALIAN RADIO FILM/DANCE EVENT (2008)

A STREETCAR - FOR SOPRANO SAXOPHONE, STRING QUARTET, PERCUSSION, RECORDED VOICE

 

UNTITLED DUET - FOR RECORDED VOICE, ELECTRONICS - DANCE BY JEAN ISAACS, 3'S COMPANY

 

THEME FOR A FUTURISTIC MOVIE - EARLY PIANO PIECE RECORDED BY GEORGE WINSTON

   music theory exercise composed at 16 - also used for a dance piece (1983) and in recital; available via iTunes

DYNAMITE TONIGHT -TWO PIANO ADAPTATION OF AN OPERA BY WILLIAM BOLCOM 



American Composers Forum/LA Salon, with, clockwise, Alex Shapiro, Gernot Wolfgang,

Giovanna Imbessi, MR, Randy Newman, Bei-Bei He, Kubilay Uner, Drew Schnurr

This video uses the STREICH demo, with digital/piano sounds making the Nancarrow influence clear - 

I'm fond of the recording, even if it's a touch fast for the actual instruments . .

STREICH IS THE THIRD IN A SERIES OF RAGS FOR CHAMBER ENSEMBLES:​

click here for the score to STREICH​

RAG FOR FIVE INSTRUMENTS (1982)

violin, oboe/e. horn, clarinet, bassoon, trombone

NO END TO STAND ON - RAG FOR THE NEW YORK QUINTET (1983)
   marimba, percussion, clarinet, flute, double bass

STREICH - RAG FOR FLUTE QUARTET (1988, revised 2008)

flute, violin, viola, cello

FOR PERUSAL SCORES, DEMOS, ADDITIONAL PIECES AND MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE COMPOSER