Tape Recorder Compositions
#trialbytext. A Gonzo Opera in one act. Libretto and original story by Janice Leber. For soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, 2 baritones. Clarinet, double bass, and piano.
Baggage. A Gonzo Opera in 2 acts. Original story and libretto by Rick Huff. Principal roles: tenor, mezzo-soprano / also soprano, 2 tenors, 2 baritones. Flute, clarinet, bass and piano.
Adonais. Opera in 2 acts. Libretto by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold, based on the poetry and letters of John Keats and his circle. Principal roles: tenor (Keats), mezzo-soprano (Fanny). Also for soprano, contralto, 2 tenors, 3 baritones and chorus. Orchestra: 2322/22/harp/strings.
All the Right Moves. A Gonzo Opera in one act. Libretto by Thomas B. Woodward from his original prize-winning play. For soprano, mezzo, 2 tenors, baritone. Flute, clarinet, bassoon, string bass, piano. Duration: 50 min.
Love at the Kitty Cat Hotel. A Gonzo Opera in three acts. Libretto and original story by Janice Leber. For soprano, mezzo, tenor, baritone. Clarinet, oboe, cello, string bass and piano. Duration: 90 min.
And the Winner Is . . . A Gonzo Opera in one act. Libretto by Thomas B. Woodward from his original prize-winning play. For mezzo, baritone, soprano, tenor. Piano, bass, flute, clarinet and bassoon. Duration: 50 min.
Sappho of Lesbos. An opera in three acts based on the novel Sappho, the Tenth Muse by Nancy Freedman. Libretto by Nancy and Benedict Freedman. Mezzo-soprano, baritone, tenor, alto, 7 sopranos, 1 high soprano, mixed chorus (including several short solo parts). NY Times Review
La Llorona. An opera in three acts, based on the play by Rudolfo Anaya. Libretto by the author. Soprano, boy soprano, tenor, mezzo-soprano, 2 baritones.
Too Much Coffee Man.
The first comic-strip opera, in two acts, based on the satirical
cartoon character of Shannon Wheeler. Libretto by Shannon Wheeler,
Damian Willcox, Carolyn Main, and the composer. Mezzo-soprano,
tenor, baritone. Clarinet, bass, piano.
GASP!. A comic eco-operetta for children about the science of air and atmosphere!! Original story & libretto by Rick Huff.
Bartleby, The Scrivener. An opera in two acts, based on the short story by Herman Melville. Libretto by Erik Bauersfeld. For baritone, tenor, baritone, bass, and medium orchestra.
Diary Of A Madman. One-act opera based on the story by Gogol. Libretto by Erik Bauersfeld. For tenor, baritone, soprano, bass and medium orchestra.
Goblin Market. One-act
opera based on the poem by Christina Rossetti. For mixed chorus, soprano, mezzo-soprano, baritone with bassoon and piano.
(Additional instruments may be added.)
Under A Halogen Sun. An opera in three acts. Original story and libretto by D. S. Black. For soprano, mezzo-soprano, 2 tenors, 2 baritones, 3 basses, chorus (with short solo roles for chorus members), and medium orchestra. Four excerpts recorded on ARIAS CD. Hear sound clip
The Furnished Room.
An opera in one long act, based on the short story by O.
Henry. Libretto by Richard Kuss. For tenor, 2 sopranos,
mezzo-soprano; 2 contraltos, boy soprano, baritone, bass and
The Pied Piper. An opera
in one act based on the poem by Robert Browning. Libretto by
Adam Cornford. For mixed chorus, soprano, tenor, baritone,
piano and flute. (Additional instruments may be added.)
As I Lay on Yoolis Night. An arrangement of the traditional carol, for soprano, string quartet, flute and bassoon. Written for Deborah Domanski.
Do Not Weep, Maiden. A setting of the anti-war poem by Stephen Crane for baritone and string orchestra or piano.
Bury My Name. A theater work in two acts for baritone/actor and piano, or baritone and speaker and piano in 2 Acts.
Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! A setting of speeches from Shake-speare's King Lear. For baritone, tenor and orchestra (or piano reduction). (Can be done with just baritone.)
Love's Kaleidoscope. A love-song-cycle for Soprano and Tenor with string orchestra or piano reduction.
From a Distant Mesa. For tenor and orchestra (commissioned by Jerry Hadley).
Wordless Duets for soprano, tenor, and piano.
The Real Shake-speare. A cycle of 5 songs, settings of poems by Edward de Vere, whom many believe to be the writer of the Shake-speare plays and sonnets. For voice and piano.
Duration: 15 minutes.
Cat Stories. A song-cycle of poems about cats for voice and piano.
Duration: 12 minutes.
Six Wordless Arias for voice and piano (written for Deborah Benedict).
Kubla Khan. A setting of the poem by Samuel Coleridge for bass and orchestra. Also in piano reduction.
The Song and the Slogan. A setting of
poetry by Carl
Sandburg. For orchestra with harmonica, solo cello. Version for
flute, oboe, French horn, harmonica, banjo, cello, piano and tenor.
(Commissioned by Jerry Hadley for performance in 2000.) EMMY WINNER FOR BEST MUSIC, 2003
Illinois Farmer. Setting of a poem by
Carl Sandburg for
voice and piano. (Commissioned by Jerry Hadley for performance in
Who's Who. A satirical song-cycle
from a text by Denise
Mordecai for voice and piano.
La belle dame sans merci. Setting of a poem by Keats for tenor and orchestra. Also in piano reduction.
Music, when soft voices die... Setting of a poem by Shelley for voice and piano.
To His Coy Mistress. Setting of a poem by Andrew Marvell for tenor and piano.
Bittersweet Dreams. Three poems by Christina Rossetti for soprano and piano. (Written for Deborah Benedict.)
The Houses of Iszm. Setting of a poem by Adam Cornford for tenor and orchestra (or piano). (Written for Jerry Hadley.)
Ozymandias. Setting of a poem by Shelley for male voice and piano. Best performed by baritone or bass, but appropriate for tenor as well (in transposition).
Jabberwocky. Setting of a poem by Lewis Carroll for male voice and piano. Best performed by baritone or bass, but appropriate for tenor as well (in transposition).
Lines to a Reviewer. Setting of a poem by Shelley for voice and piano.
Contemporaries for Voice and Piano.
Setting of found
texts for voice and piano.
Songs of Innocence & Experience. A complete setting of the poem cycles by William Blake for four voices and orchestra. (Also in piano reduction.) (Excerpts recorded on the BACAT CD -- ARIAS.)
The Songs of Innocence are also intended to serve also as "training songs" for singers, just as are the classical Italian arias, and can be performed individually.
Songs of Experience. excerpt for tenor and orchestra "Little Girl Lost / Little Girl Found / The Tyger".
Three Blake Songs. For soprano and string orchestra. Version for soprano and piano; and for soprano and string quartet (arrangement made for Deborah Benedict).
Annabel Lee. A setting of the poem by Edgar Allen Poe for tenor and piano. (Written for Jerry Hadley.)
She Walks in Beauty. A setting of the poem by Byron for tenor and piano.
Vocalise No. 3. Virtuoso work for soprano and piano, or mezzo-soprano and piano.
In proud and glorious memory. Setting of anti-war poems by Siegfried Sassoon for baritone and string orchestra with snare drum and tympani. Could possibly be performed with piano and percussion.
There was a naughty boy.... Setting of a poem by Keats for mixed chorus and piano.
The Jumblies. Setting of a poem by Edward Lear for unaccompanied mixed chorus.
Hyacinth Moon Reflections. Setting of 6 poems by Abbot Small, for unaccompanied mixed chorus.
Song of the Shepherds. Christmas
work--setting of a poem
by William Morris. (Arrangements for solo singer and piano, and
mixed chorus and piano). Recorded by the Kiev Philharmonic,
conducted by Robert Ian Winstin (Holidays
of the New Era - Volume
To a Strange Land for children's
chorus, based on poems
written by elementary school children under the tutelage of Adam
Vocalise No. 2 for male
Through the Gates Delinquent.
(2,2,2,2/4,2,3/snare, tym/ strings)
The Vandalism of the Ozone of Human Desire.
(2,2,2,2/4,2,3/ tym/ strings)
The Conductivity of Electric Reason Dismisses an Impossible Proclamation.
Movement in which the orchestra sheds its skin.
Metaphorical Combustion Born of Clandestine Schizophrenia.
Intangible Gridirons Marking the Anesthesia of Self-Knowledge.
Let's Play with Matches on Company Time.
(2,2,2,2/4,2,3/piano, xyl, 2/ strings)
Careening Over the Cliff of Pre-History
Symphony 13 (four movements). (2,3,2,2/4,2,3/strings)
Symphony 12 (four movements). (2,3,2,2/4,2,3/strings)
Symphony 11 (four movements). (2,3,2,2/4,2,3/strings)
Symphony No. 10 (four movements). (2,2,2,2/4,3,3/2perc.,tym./strings)
Symphony No. 9 (four movements). (2,2,2,2/4,3,3/2perc.,tym./strings)
Landscape of Enchantment. (string quartet or string orchestra)
Now the Harsh Land Unfolds its Secret Beauty.
Fanfare Overture: Red
(Commissioned by the New
Mexico Symphony Orchestra to celebrate its 75th anniversary.)
Symphony No. 8 (four movements). (2232/433/tym.,/strings)
Symphony No. 7 (four movements). (2232/433/tym.,perc.,/strings)
Symphony No. 6 (four movements). (2232/433/tym.,perc.,/strings)
Entrance to the City of Proud Fancy.
(Commissioned by the
Northwest Symphony to celebrate its 50th anniversary.)
Otter's Odd Adventure -- an original satire for narrator / comedian and orchestra, written with Adam Cornford (2222/433/tym.,perc./strings)
Symphony No. 5 "Sinawava Sinfonia" (four movements).
Duration: 30 minutes.
Symphony No. 4 (four movements). (2232/433/tym.,perc.,/strings)
Symphony No. 3 (four movements). (2222/433/perc.,piano/strings)
Symphony No. 2 (one continuous movement). (2222/433/perc./strings)
Symphony No. 1 (four movements). (2222/433/perc.,piano/strings)
Contemporaries for Orchestra. A set of eight relatively short individual works with satirical titles.
(3333/4331/tym.,3 perc.,piano/strings) (Can be performed
individually or in any combination.)
Theater Of Operations
Ode To The Furies (3332/433/tym.,xyl.,3perc.,piano/strings)
Alienation -- A setting of a poem by
Adam Cornford for
speaker and orchestra. (2322/423/perc.,harp/strings)
Songs of Experience -- Instrumental
excerpts from the
larger vocal work. (2333/4331/tym.,perc./strings) (smaller
My Mistress Suite (four movements). Based on music of Johannes Ockeghem. Flute, oboe, English horn (or clarinet), two horns, strings. (Commissioned by Kent Nagano for the Berkeley Symphony.)
The Persistence of Amnesia for big band ensemble. (Commissioned by Jaap Derchsen for De Volharding Orchestra of Amsterdam.)
Oboe Concerto (three movements) (2222/423/strings)
An Iconoclast Savors the Effects of Too Much
(Concertino for Clarinet and String Orchestra). Also arranged for
clarinet and piano.
Designing a Virtual Reality for a Landscape that Never Was for bassoon and orchestra. (2222/423/strings) Recorded by the Kiev Philharmonic, conducted by Robert Ian Winstin (ERM Masterworks Vol. 13). Hear sound clip
Bassoon Concerto (three movements) (2232/423/tym.,perc./strings)
The Erotic Cello for cello and string orchestra
Piano Concertino No. 2 (three movements) (written for student performer) (2222/310/tym.,perc./strings)
Piano Concertino No. 1 (three movements) (written for student performer) (2222/310/tym.,perc./strings). Recording of 1st movement available. Watch performance of first movement.
Fantasia in no particular key.
Rhapsody on Russian-Jewish Folk-Themes.
Contemporaries for Piano.
Duration: 25 minutes.
Contemporaries for Woodwind Quintet.
Contemporaries for Cello and Piano.
Prairie Mother Suite for cello and piano. (Written for Barbara Hedlund.)
Duration: 8 minutes. Published by Cellobration
In Memoriam for cello quartet or cello ensemble.
Contemporaries for Flute and Piano.
Duration: 25 minutes. Complete recording on CD CONTEMPORARIES.
Contemporaries for Viola and Piano (or clarinet and piano).
Duration: 20 minutes.
Soap Opera Septet for flute, violin, guitar, bass, xylophone/vibraphone,
piano and tape recorder.
Vocalise No. 1 for vocal soloist and computer controlled piano.
Fantasia for violin and computer-controlled piano. Same work as Vocalise No. 1 rescored for violin instead of vocal soloist.
Ghouls for French horn and tuba. Also
arranged for cello
and double bass, or 2 cellos.
Trio for flute, viola, guitar. Also arranged for violin, viola and cello.
Fanfares for Vernal Equinox, Summer Solstice,
Autumnal Equinox, Winter Solstice for brass quintet.
In Memorium -- Christopher Cornford
for string quartet or
Snake Oil Symphony. (Recorded on Lutra LP) (In the permanent archives of the Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges in the French National Library.)
Soap Opera Suite. (Recorded on Lutra LP)
Ad Nauseam. A theater/performance work written with Adam Cornford. Hear sound clip.
Tape Composition No. 5 "The Society Of The Spectacle"
Tape Composition No. 4 "Tortured By Demons"
Tape Composition No. 3 "At the Movies"
Tape Composition No. 2
Tape Composition No. 1