#NewTuneThursday: Aradia, La Bella Pellegrina

Welcome to #NewTuneThursday! Today’s tune was composed in 2017 for my friend, violinist Payman Eliahoo, and his son, who (at the time) was a beginning clarinet student. As I was putting it together I built the entire work off of the opening feel of the piano part and simply let …

#NewTuneThursday: Solitude’s Hypocrisy

Welcome to #NewTuneThursday! Today’s tune is our first foray into the works created for “Music for The Book of I“… Presenting “Solitude’s Hypocrisy”! Back in 2014, I was approached by author Jorge Armenteros to create a 50-minute album of “musical response” works to be released with the debut of his …

#NewTuneThursday: Of Roses and Lilies

Welcome to #NewTuneThursday! Our first new composition of the new year is a 2013 work for solo soprano, women’s choir, piano, and string orchestra, with english horn and soprano recorder. Completed in 2013, Of Roses and Lilies is “A Romantic Expression Based on King Solomon’s Song of Songs.” Flirting with …

#NewTuneThursday: Resplendence

Welcome to #NewTuneThursday! Let’s ring the bells for today’s new tune, since the New Year is just around the corner! “Resplendence” is a five-and-a-half minute long work for 3.5 octave handbell choir. Composed in 2014, I used the opportunity to experiment with various sorts of combinatoriality (I really dig playing …

#NewTuneThursday: Christmas Wayfarer

Happy Holidays to one and all! Today’s #NewTuneThursday features one of my favorite works, “Christmas Wayfarer”!  Composed in 2015, this 8 minute medley includes unique adaptations of “I Saw Three Ships,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Coventry Carol,” “O Holy Night,” and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.” The following year I …

#NewTuneThursday: Now Winter Nights Enlarge

Welcome to #NewTuneThursday! Today’s tune continues the Christmasy-slash-Holidays edition of these four Thursdays in December. I have to say I really love today’s tune! It’s sassy, medieval-feeling, and conveys the imagery of youthful revelry during holiday celebrations. This work for SSA a cappella trio and hand percussion (rainstick, tambourine, and finger cymbals) …

#NewTuneThursday: Cradle Song (of Mary’s Beloved)

Welcome to #NewTuneThursday! Today’s tune kicks off the Christmasy-slash-Holidays edition of these four Thursdays in December. Sadly I have yet to hear this lovely little song for SATB and solo instrument performed with real musicians; I can only give you a tase of its beauty with the midi demo below… …

#NewTuneThursday: Gypsy Wanderer

Welcome to #NewTuneThursday! Today’s tune holds a special place in my heart. 🙂 “Gypsy Wanderer” is an original, 4-movement sonata for solo violin and piano. [C]ompleted in April of 2013, the originating sketches for this four-movement work existed as early as 2008, and were a part of Wallin Huff’s first …

#NewTuneThursday: Face in the Moonlight

Welcome to #NewTuneThursday! This little song for mezzo-soprano, string quartet, and piano was written back in 2002. I recall originally composing its melody and words by hand while on one of my music tours (“Pittsburgh Melody” was another such song, written while we were, quite literally, driving through Pittsburgh…). In …

#NewTuneThursday: Falada

Welcome to #NewTuneThursday! This week’s tune is a bit of a “blast from the past.” Back in 1998, one of the earliest “commissions” I did was a short string trio (violin, viola, and cello) for a colleague’s students. Back in those days, I composed everything I did by hand, with …