Monthly Archives: May 2010

Three Jefferson Pieces I. “Poplar Forest”

Albumleaf 15: May 27, 2010 (Farmville) Located just west of Lynchburg, Poplar Forest is the small, octagonal house Thomas Jefferson built during his second term as President. He intended the house to be a private retreat from his public showpiece, Monticello. While staying at Poplar Forest, Jefferson wrote much of Notes on the State of […]

“The High Bridge Over the Appomattox”

Albumleaf 14: May 26, 2010 (Farmville) [Audio clip: view full post to listen]

“Signals”

Albumleaf 13: May 23, 2010 (Farmville) [Audio clip: view full post to listen]

Wagner Imitation

I dug this up recently. It’s from the good ol’ days teaching Theory IV at Brooklyn College. Model composition was the order, and the poor kids had to try to write something Wagner-like. This was my example for them. As far as gesture and phrasing are concerned, the piece strikes me as more Rosenkavalier than […]

“L’italiana armoniosa”

Albumleaf 12: May 11, 2010 (Farmville) “Happy Birthday, Gabriella!” [Audio clip: view full post to listen]

“Trembles”

Albumleaf 11: May 10, 2010 (Farmville) [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Albumleaf 12 will be posted next Tuesday instead of Monday.

“Prose Poem”

Albumleaf 10: May 6, 2010 (Farmville) [Audio clip: view full post to listen]

“Curtain Call”

This is the curtain call music I wrote for the spring 2010 Hampden-Sydney theater production, The Importance of Being Earnest. The director was my colleague—and Noh theater aficionado—Matt Dubroff.[Audio clip: view full post to listen]

“Spring is In the Air”

Albumleaf 9: April 30, 2010 (Farmville) [Audio clip: view full post to listen]