Native American text telling of the power of the land and the sun.
"Dog Tales" for soprano, flute, clarinet, and piano
Dog Tales -
for soprano, flute, clarinet, & piano
Dog Tales was commissioned by the Cincinnati new music ensemble Conundrum (soprano, flute, clarinet, piano) and was premiered by them in November 2009. They are all avid dog lovers and wanted a piece that told the stories about their various dogs.
In setting out to write this work, the members of Conundrum provided me with stories, pictures, and anecdotes about their four-legged friends. I then passed these wonderful collections onto my poet/writer friend Bobbi Jo Nicotera who then created the amazing text that I set for this piece. What I think is remarkable about the text is that Bobbi Jo not only captures these dogs in prose, but also creates a text that speaks to a more universal theme of relationships and our interaction with the world around us. Often sweet and funny, these touching pieces are a testament to the love for man’s best friend and how these relationships truly affect us each day.
Movements: I. We Live to Run II. Thirteen Ways of Looking at Mona - Part I III. Dig IV. Thirteen Ways of Looking at Mona - Part II V. This is a Good Place VI. Ode to a Golden Retriever
Sun Songs for Soprano, English horn, cello, and piano
Sun Songs for Soprano, English horn, Cello, and Piano
The 3 texts for Sun Songs comes from translated text of the North American Indians. I thought these three texts fit together well in telling a story of honoring the sun and nature for what it does, from bringing beautiful colors to the sky to giving us food and life. I also brought these texts together honor the Native Americans who were here first and who appreciated the Earth and all it provides for us. This work was commissioned by Definiens on the occasion of their 10th anniversary as a new music ensemble dedicated to presenting new music with special guest soprano Tony Arnold.
Watch the video from the premiere of the work with Tony Arnold-soprano, Ryan Zwahlen-English horn, David Mergen-cello, Jeanette Louise Yaryan-piano. Highways in Santa Monica - February 2013.