Orchestral

Living is easy with eyes closed (2017)

for string orchestra (min. 43221) and electronics

Premiered April 19, 2017, by Quodlibet Ensemble, Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church, New York, NY

Living is easy with eyes closed was commissioned by Quodlibet Ensemble.

Oxford Alley (2014)

for chamber orchestra (1202 2200 timp str [44321]

Premiered February 2, 2014, by the Sheep Island Ensemble (James Blachly, cond.), Hungarian House, New York, NY

Oxford Alley was commissioned by the Sheep Island Ensemble.

Composer's Note
One might imagine each movement of a Haydn symphony – take the Oxford – as a magnificent eighteenth-century rococo building: the slow introduction to the first movement, a grand marble staircase leading to the Allegro spiritoso, a bourgeois gentlemen's club perhaps, sitting on the same city block as the library (Andante) and a music hall (Menuetto).

With such a scenario in mind, I've sought to animate the silence between the Oxford Symphony's first two movements, imagining the rascals, degenerates, and ne'er-do-wells making merry in the alley below with dice, bootleg liquor, and a music of their own. And I believe that Joseph Haydn, the prankster behind the Joke Quartet and the Surprise and Farewell Symphonies, would have enjoyed their company – which is to say that I've marauded his work with the greatest reverence, and hope he would have approved. (It may or may not be also worth noting that while at work on Oxford Alley, I discovered AMC's The Walking Dead.)

Oxford Alley is dedicated with profound fondness to the late Michael Steinberg – like Haydn, a genius equally of music and of mischief, and an irreplaceable mentor and friend – who once observed to me with his signature eloquence, "The clarinet seems to me so quintessentially a Mozartian sound in its roundness. Haydn is more of an oboe man."

Two Chinese Folk Songs (2014)

for orchestra (2222 4321 timp+3 perc hp pf str)

Two Chinese Folks Songs was commissioned by the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra.