Orchestra

North Atlantic Sea Songs

  1. Sailing Under the Stars (5:00) | Purchase Full Score | Purchase Parts
                Instrumentation:2+1,2+1,2+1,A.Sax,2+1/-4,flg.,3,1/Timp.,Harp/Strings
  2. Seal Gazing (10:56) | Purchase Full Score | Purchase Parts
                Instrumentation:2,2,2+1,A.Sax,2/4,flg.3(ATB),1/2 Perc.,Piano,3 Narrators,Strings
  3. The Flying Lesson (6:07) | Purchase Full Score | Purchase Parts
                Instrumentation:2+1,2+1,1+2,A.B.Sax,2/2,2,3,0/2 Perc.,Piano,Narrators,Strings
  4. ‘thicka Fog’ (Tidal Pool) (8:36) | Purchase Full Score | Purchase Parts
                Instrumentation:2,2,2,2/2,0,0,0/Harp,Vla.,Cello,Bs.
  5. Seabreeze (Voice and Orchestra) (6:23) | Purchase Full Score | Purchase Parts
                Instrumentation:2,2,2,2/2,0,0,0,/Harp,Vla.,Cello,Bs.
  6. Squall (5:35) | Purchase Full Score | Purchase Parts 
                Instrumentation:2+1,2+1,2+1,2+1/3,3,3,1/4 Perc.,Harp,Piano,Strings

 


“Sailing under the Stars” is one of seven “Songs of the North Atlantic”. On a calm clear mid-ocean night, in the days of Celestial Navigation, a human climbs slowly and ponderously up on deck, raising gaze to the cold, cloudless sky and heavenly wonders above. The unfolding, overwhelming, and mysterious beauty above transports the viewer away from self. This stargazer turns his view and thoughts to earth, contemplating fate. The perception of cold, unfeeling stars contrasting with the experience of warm human feelings, inspired by the magnificence, engulfs his mind and soul. This piece is inspired by the poem “Stars” from Robert Frost’s first collection, “A Boy’s Will”, written during his years in England.

Spin Skater Episodes (18:00) | Purchase Full Score | Purchase Parts
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Instrumentation:
2+1,2+1,2,2/3,3,3,1/Timp+2/Harp, Piano/Strings

 

Notes on “The Spin Skater” (Becoming One) the real life tale of a boy who.  .  .  .  .  .     

.  .  . discovered his dream at a very early age; to become a World Champion Olympic figure skater.

Beside the road in front of his rural home there was a pond.  He would rise at 4:30 AM on winter mornings and head for the pond; practicing loops, axels, salchows, double triple axels, and especially loving spinning. This dedicated routine attracted the attention of a local children’s story writer, Linda Godfrey. She was inspired to write a book, “The Spin Skater of Pin Point Pond”, extolling his extraordinary commitment and ability.  

By the age of fourteen he had made remarkable accomplishments; it was at that age he was diagnosed with an incurable heart disease, cardiomyopathy.  In spite of all of the medical efforts, his heart was ever larger, with the inevitable weight gain and gradual loss of energy. The only hope for a normal life would be a heart transplant. During these dark days and years of waiting he was ridiculed and bullied by schoolmates for his dream, for his unstoppable weight gain, for his love of Rachmaninoff,  and because he didn’t fit in with the macho bravado of the most vocal of the student body.

Yet he continued to skate, practicing jump techniques on dry land in the off season, and on days when he was unable to get to a rink.  As his body failed the “Spin Skater” grew ever more dependent upon his beautiful spirit.

Along with his love of the graceful movements of skating, the beauty of music follows him from birth, through early years, and the awakening of his dream.

Then terrible news from the Doctor resulting in deep depression and emotional pain.  Gradually he transformed depression through the ‘other’ heart, the Heart of the Spirit, fighting away the depression as he continued toward his dream; but at an ever slower pace.

Gradually his inescapable destiny intruded more and more. Then came the Transplant team’s message, he would not be receiving a transplant.

The last part of the music finds the “Spin Skater” singing his inner self of beauty and love. Death is defeated once; he goes back to skating, then again, and again he skates, but with death ever nearer. Now as the Skater lies in a hospital bed he skates in mime with his hands. But death will not be denied. Through the dark clouds of his parting comes the Skater’s voice of his triumphant spirit – a gift to others.

Je Suis Charlie (with “La Marseillaise” ending) (6:13) | Purchase Full Score | Purchase Parts

Instrumentation:
2+1,2,2,2/4,2,3,1/1 Perc., Harp, Strings

 

Three Pieces for ‘Cello and Orchestra

  1. Here and Beyond (4:15) | Purchase full score | Purchase Part
  2. Storm Etude (5:51) | Purchase full Score | Purchase Part
  3. Sunlight & Shadow (8:12) | Purchase full Score | Purchase Part

Instrumentation:

2,2,2+1,1/1,0,0,0/Pf./Solo Cello, Strings

 

Due Sorelle

  1. Sunday Promenade (6:15) | Purchase Full Score | Purchase Parts
  2. Sister I, Catherine (7:10) | Purchase Full Score | Purchase Parts
  3. Spiraling with Angels (4:12) | Purchase Full Score
  4. Parnell Interlude (1:04) | Purchase Full Score
  5. Sister II, Rosamunde (7:10) | Purchase Full Score
  6. Youth & Religion (4:00) | Purchase Full Score
  7. Cotillion (6:10) | Purchase Full Score
  8. Garden Party (6:12) | Purchase Full Score
  9. Finale (14:24) | Purchase Full Score | Purchase Parts

 

“SUNDAY PROMENADE on Commonwealth Avenue”, Act I. Ballet “Due Sorelle”.
In this Victorian age setting, the cast of “Due Sorelle” (including children in baby carriages, Maids, and two generations of their elders) is introduced.

Greyledge Pool (8:13) | Purchase Full Score and Parts
String Orchestra
The inspiration for this piece was a painting of Greyledge Pool, Cos Cob, Connecticut by Leonard Ochtman, depicting a pair of swans gracefully floating in what was a pristine pool when painted in 1930.

Robert Frost Poems, Set I
Voice and Orchestra

  1. Wind & Window Flow’r (8:36)
  2. Going for Water (7:11) | Purchase Full Score
  3. Now Close the Windows (3:36) | Purchase Full Score
  4. Pan with Us (7:16) | Purchase Full Score | Purchase Parts | Purchase Full Score and Parts

Aherne Sonnets (0:00)
Voice and Orchestra
Sonnets by Father J. Aherne, O.S.A.

  1. Thawing Mountain (Orchestra)
  2. The Jubilant Creek (Voice and Orchestra)
  3. A Joyous Wanderer (Voice and Orchestra)
  4. Winter World (Voice and Orchestra)

Duo Concertante “Chiaroscuro” for Violin, Piano and Orchestra (13:30)
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Instrumentation:
2,2,2,2/ 2,0,0,0/Solo Violin, Solo Piano/Full Strings
Fishing off Grand Manan c.1865 Close up of Painting on site by Lemuel Eldred, Fairhaven MA
Fishing off Grand Manan c.1865 Close up of Painting on site by Lemuel Eldred, Fairhaven MA

The concert starts with the world premiere of an attractive modern piece, the “Finale from Due Sorelle” by Paul Gay…”Due Sorelle” is a ballet inspired by photos of mysterious Brahmin sisters Gay glimpsed in a historic house in Boston, Mass. You really don’t have to worry too much about the context. Just enjoy the music, which has a serene feel calling to mind the turn of the last century…Whatever the rest of the piece is like, I admire the composer for writing music this lovely.

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
January 30, 2016 | Buffalo News
By Mary Kunz Goldman

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