Vocal Works


#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.

Cellular World. A Gonzo Opera in one act. Libretto and original story by Janice Leber. For soprano, mezzo, 2 tenors, baritone. Flute, clarinet, double bass, piano.

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.
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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.)
Duration: 45 minutes.

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 medium orchestra.
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes. Mezzo-soprano excerpt on ARIAS CD.

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.)
Duration: 1 hour. Soprano excerpt recorded on ARIAS CD.  Partial recording available. Hear sound clip

For Solo Voice

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.
Proposing Edward de Vere as the true author of the works attributed to Wm. Shaksper of Stratford.


  1. Introduction (Arrangement of "The Earl of Oxford's Marche" by William Byrd)
  2. "Come, thou Monarch of the Vine" (Anthony & Cleopatra)
  3. Labour's Reward (Edward de Vere)
  4. "We are glad the Dauphin is so pleasant with us" (Henry V)
  5. "Alas, poor Yorick (Hamlet)
  6. Bylbis and Caune (Ovid -- translation credited to Arthur Golding, but likely at least in part by Edward de Vere)
  7. "While You Here Do Snoring Lie" (The Tempest)
  8. "Imagine that you see the wretched strangers" (The Boke of Sir Thomas More-Anon, but thought to be written by Shake-speare)
  9. "A Fool, a Fool, a Motley Fool" (As You Like It)
  10. Lord's monologue (Taming of the Shrew)
  11. Good Friend for Jesus' sake forbear (Shaksper's Epitaph)
  12. Mad scenes (King Lear)
  13. Sonnet 72 (Shake-speare)

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.

  1. To the Virgins / Upon Julia's Clothes / Chop Cherry (Robert Herrick) (Tenor)
  2. Matin Song (Thomas Heywood) (Soprano)
  3. The Passionate Shepherd to his Love (Christopher Marlow) (Tenor)
  4. Love is Enough (William Morris) (Duet)
  5. Never Love Unless (Thomas Campion) (Soprano)
  6. Longing (Matthew Arnold) (Tenor)
  7. Echo (Christina Rossetti) (Soprano)
  8. Return (John Wilmot) (Tenor)
  9. Farewell, Ungrateful Traitor (John Dryden) (Soprano)

From a Distant Mesa. For tenor and orchestra (commissioned by Jerry Hadley).

  1. Spider Woman (Adam Cornford)
  2. Cancion al Rio Grande (Rudolfo Anaya)
  3. Being the Waters (V. B. Price)

Duration: 45 minutes.

Wordless Duets for soprano, tenor, and piano.

  1. Ever Lost in Precient Felicity
  2. Distance Over Long Introspection
  3. Dreams of Fears Irrelevant

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.

  1. I am Not as I Seem to Be
  2. Revenge of Wrong
  3. Were I a King
  4. Reason & Affection
  5. Labour and Its Rewards

Duration: 15 minutes.

Cat Stories. A song-cycle of poems about cats for voice and piano.

  1. Verses to a Cat (Shelley)
  2. The Owl & the Pussycat (Lear)
  3. On the Death of a Cat (C. Rosetti)
  4. Cat Stretching
  5. Elegy to a Favourite Cat (Gray)

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
Duration: 35 minutes. Hear sound clip.

Illinois Farmer. Setting of a poem by Carl Sandburg for voice and piano. (Commissioned by Jerry Hadley for performance in 1998.)
Duration: 4 minutes. Hear sound clip.

Who's Who. A satirical song-cycle from a text by Denise Mordecai for voice and piano.
Duration: 4 minutes.

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.
(Recorded on the BACAT CD -- ARIAS.)

  1. Personals Hear sound clip
  2. Disabling a Computer with a Hammer or Other Heavy Blunt Instrument is Still Legal in Most States
  3. Language of the Bard
  4. You're Going to Need a Lawyer!

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.

Choral Works

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 Two).
Duration: 3 minutes.

To a Strange Land for children's chorus, based on poems written by elementary school children under the tutelage of Adam Cornford.
Duration: 20 minutes.

Vocalise No. 2 for male chorus.
Duration: 8 minutes.

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Instrumental Works

For Orchestra

Through the Gates Delinquent. (2,2,2,2/4,2,3/snare, tym/ strings)
Duration: 10:00 Hear sound clip

The Vandalism of the Ozone of Human Desire. (2,2,2,2/4,2,3/ tym/ strings)
Duration: 8:15 Hear sound clip

The Conductivity of Electric Reason Dismisses an Impossible Proclamation. (2,2,2,2/4,2,3/ strings)
Duration: 5:15 Hear sound clip

Movement in which the orchestra sheds its skin. (2,2,2,2/4,2,3/snare/ strings)
Duration: 3:30 Hear sound clip

Metaphorical Combustion Born of Clandestine Schizophrenia. (2,2,2,2/4,2,3/snare/ strings)
Duration: 4:00 Hear sound clip

Intangible Gridirons Marking the Anesthesia of Self-Knowledge. (2,2,2,2/4,2,3/strings)
Duration: 8:00 Hear sound clip

Let's Play with Matches on Company Time. (2,2,2,2/4,2,3/piano, xyl, 2/ strings)
Duration: 3:00 Recording: Czech Philharmonic

Indulgent amorevolezza. (2,2,2,2/4,2,3/strings)
Duration: 5:20 Hear sound clip

Careening Over the Cliff of Pre-History (2,2,2,2/4,2/strings)
Duration: 8:00 Hear sound clip

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)

  1. Sandia Mountains
  2. Rio Grande
  3. High Desert
commissioned by the New Mexico Philharmonic

Now the Harsh Land Unfolds its Secret Beauty. (string orchestra)
Duration: 8 minutes.

Fanfare Overture: Red or Green? (Commissioned by the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra to celebrate its 75th anniversary.) (2222/433/tym.,xyl.,3perc./strings)
Duration: 6 minutes.

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.) (3222/434/tym.,2perc./strings)
Duration: 8 minutes.

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).

  1. Entrance from the East
  2. Eagles' Landing
  3. The Narrows
  4. The Great Arches
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.

  1. Sound Bites Ripping Through the Fabric of Time 
  2. The Blue Sky Will Remain Grey Until it is Reinvented
  3. Opera Without Words -- No Singing! Just the Music!
  4. Traces of Relationship Having Fallen Among Office Machines 
  5. Still Looking for a Way Out of the Nightmare that is the 20th Century
    (A Re-Viewing of "The Scream" by Edvard Munch)
  6. Helpless Amusement at the Recurrence of One's Own Obsessions
  7. Advertising is the Worst Form of Graffiti
  8. Fallen Angels Sipping Diet Soda

(3333/4331/tym.,3 perc.,piano/strings) (Can be performed individually or in any combination.)
Total Duration: 35 minutes.

Orchestral Suite

  1. Prelude
  2. Hip Hop
  3. Funky Chicken
  4. Country Waltz
  5. Slam Dance
  6. Truckin'
  7. Too Breezy for Funk
  8. Finale

Duration: 25 minutes.

Theater Of Operations

  1. The Battle Hymn of Everyday Life
  2. Isn't this the promised future in which all drudgery would be done by machines leaving leisure time for all?
  3. Let's play with matches on company time

Duration: 13 minutes.

Ode To The Furies (3332/433/tym.,xyl.,3perc.,piano/strings)
Duration: 7 minutes.

Alienation -- A setting of a poem by Adam Cornford for speaker and orchestra. (2322/423/perc.,harp/strings)
Duration: 15 minutes.

Songs of Experience -- Instrumental excerpts from the larger vocal work. (2333/4331/tym.,perc./strings) (smaller arrangement available)
Duration: 14 minutes.

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 Coffee (Concertino for Clarinet and String Orchestra). Also arranged for clarinet and piano.
Duration: 10 minutes.

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
Duration: 12 min.

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.

For Solo Piano

Fantasia in no particular key.
Duration: 5 minutes.

Rhapsody on Russian-Jewish Folk-Themes.
Duration: 10 minutes. (Written for Rozalina Gutman.)

Contemporaries for Piano.

  1. Man attempting to work with a computer whose program is faulty. Hear sound clip
  2. Three Tel-Evangelists on wings. Hear sound clip
  3. 'It's fantastic! The entire spinal cord is missing!'
  4. Child frustrated from watching too much TV.
  5. Clouds whose shadows form the shapes of inviting erotic objects.
  6. Woman deciding whether grocery coupons are worth cutting out of the newspaper.
  7. Waiting in line to correct a mistake that is not your own.
  8. The horror of shopping malls.
Duration: 25 minutes. Complete recording on CD CONTEMPORARIES.

Piano Suite.

  1. Prelude
  2. Hip Hop
  3. Funky Chicken
  4. Country Waltz
  5. Slam Dance
  6. Truckin'
  7. Too Breezy for Funk
  8. Finale

Duration: 25 minutes.

Chamber Music

String Quartet

  1. Quantum Entanglement Cultivating an Over-Civilized Sense of the Absurd
  2. Recalcitrant Rhymes of Forgotten Ancestors Lost in Labyrinthine Memory
  3. High-Resolution JPEG Confirms Exclusive Existence of Dysfunctional Economy.

Contemporaries for Woodwind Quintet.
(Flute, Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet, Bassoon)

  1. Digital Storage Capacity Conduit Blamed in CEO Sex Scandal
  2. Connecting the Dots to a Session of Aversion Therapy
  3. Games are Strictly Forbidden Within the Confines of the Labyrinth
  4. Repackaging the Past into Future Commodities
  5. Survey Says On-Line Matchmaking Sites Lead to Increased Language Skills
  6. A Carpet Shampoo Trainee Discovers He Has Used Bug Repellant on his Last Job
  7. Preserving the True Spirit of Black Friday

Contemporaries for Cello and Piano.

  1. The True Value of a Commodity Is How Much You Can Get for it at a Garage Sale
  2. The Last Evening of Night Sky Before the Orange Street Lights Went In
  3. Inciting Endangered Species to Civil Disobedience
  4. Touring the Convenience Store "Hall of Fame"
  5. A Classic Movie with No Commercial Potential is at Long Last Released in DVD Format
  6. The Economy Is a Nightmare from Which Work Is Trying to Awake

Prairie Mother Suite for cello and piano. (Written for Barbara Hedlund.)

  1. Info Babe Answers the E-Mail
  2. Prairie Mother in her studio late at night with a cup of decidedly NOT decaffeinated coffee Hear sound clip
  3. Super Xerox Woman makes a Midnight Run Hear sound clip
  4. Gig Mama Sets the Schedule

Duration: 8 minutes. Published by Cellobration

In Memoriam for cello quartet or cello ensemble.
Duration: 6 minutes. Published by Cellobration

Contemporaries for Flute and Piano.

  1. A Meter Maid attempts to give a parking ticket to an aggressive alcoholic who has just arrived with three more dimes. Hear sound clip
  2. Studies show people feel happy under blue light. Hear sound clip
  3. On discovering the joys of designer latex.
  4. A game-show contestant talks about her deepest desires.
  5. Overhearing a real estate deal while talking on a cordless phone.
  6. Modular living offers something for everyone.
  7. Tropopause -- that quiet feeling above all turbulence at 35,000 feet.
  8. On the fast track to a questionable destination.

Duration: 25 minutes. Complete recording on CD CONTEMPORARIES.

Contemporaries for Viola and Piano (or clarinet and piano).

  1. Dance of the Spin Doctors.
  2. When the teleprompter fails, a newscaster is forced to improvise.
  3. Driving under the influence of a bad-hair day.
  4. A software engineer dreams of floating in a sea of decaffinated coffee.
  5. After losing the fight to save an ancient tree from the teeth of a new housing development.
  6. Throwing a rock through the "window of opportunity".
  7. When the "bottom line" hits rock bottom.

Duration: 20 minutes.

Soap Opera Septet for flute, violin, guitar, bass, xylophone/vibraphone, piano and tape recorder.
Based on actual TV soap opera broadcasts. Hear sound clip

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.
Duration: 4 minutes. Published by Cellobration.

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.
Duration: 3 minutes each.

In Memorium -- Christopher Cornford for string quartet or string orchestra.
Duration: 5 minutes.

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For Tape Recorder

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)

Fundamentals. A theater/performance work written with Adam Cornford. Hear sound clip 1. Hear sound clip 2.

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