VOICE(S) AND INSTRUMENT(S)


Updated 9 April 2016


Again, cf. ELECTROACOUSTIC
(originally titled Template series one)
2 Sopranos, 2 Fl, 2 Tbn, 2 Perc, 2 Db,
Quadraphonic electroacoustic sound, amplification, optional lighting


Blind Men (1966) 16'
24-voice Mixed Chorus, Chamber Ensemble
3 Tpt, 2 Tbn, B-tbn, Tba, 2 Perc, Pf
Text extracted from Journal up the Straights by Herman Melville
First performance: 15 August 1966
Berkshire Music Festival, Lenox
Tanglewood Choir, Iva Dee Hiatt, Conductor
Commissioned by the Fromm Foundation
EP06826



Compass (1972-73) 30'
Tenor, Bass, Vc, Db, Quadraphonic electroacoustic sound,
35mm slide projections by Jerry Uelsmann
Text on the poem by Jorge Luis Borges
First performance: 7 March 1974
Theatre Vanguard, Los Angeles
Howard Crook, Tenor, Philip Larson, Bass,
Peter Farrell, Cello, Bertram Turetzky, Double Bass
Commissioned by the Judith S. Stark Foundation
EP66250


Consider (2004) 8'30"
Tenor and French horn
Text: adapted by the composer from a prose poem by Paul Aster
First performances: 12, 13 September 2004
Thomas Meglioranza, Baritone, William Purvis, French horn
"Works & Process", Guggenheim Museum, New York



The Emperor of Ice-Cream, cf. MUSIC FOR THEATER
(Staged) 8 Voices, Perc, Pf, Db


ILLUSION, cf. MUSIC FOR THEATER
2 Actors, Baritone, High Soprano
Solo Picc, Solo Cl, Solo Vc, Chamber Ensemble,
8-channel computer processed sound, Staging


JUSTICE, cf. MUSIC FOR THEATER
Actress, Soprano, Percussion, Real-time computer sound spatialization,
Computer processed sound, Staging


I/O: A Ritual for 23 Performers, cf. MULTIMEDIA
(Staged) 9 Female Vocalists, 9 Male Mimes, 2 Fl, Cl,
2 Technician/Performers, live electronic processing, projections


last things, I think, to think about (1994) 66'
Bass-Baritone, Piano, Stereophonic
computer processed sound, optional 35mm slide projections of text
Text: several poems of John Ashbery
I. I Had Thought, II. The Painter, III. Sonnet,
IV. At North Farm, V. Landscape, VI. Faust,
VII. Hotel Lautréamont, VIII. Myrtle,
IX. Illustration (I and II), and Debit Night,
a poem commissioned for this composition
and recorded by Mr. Ashbery
[The following can be performed out of context:
Sonnet, At North Farm, Faust, Myrtle,
Illustration I, Illustration II.]
First performance: 17 November 1994
Kathryn Bache Miller Theatre, New York
Philip Larson, Bass-Baritone, Aleck Karis, Piano
Commissioned by the Meet The Composer/
Reader's Digest Commission Program
EP67620



Masks, cf. ORCHESTRA
8-part Mixed Chorus, Orchestra


A Merciful Coincidence [Voicespace II], cf. ELECTROACOUSTIC
Music theater for three vocalists, Electroacoustic sound


Not Only Night (1988) 10'
Soprano, Fl (Picc), Cl Eb (B-cl), Pf, Vl, Vc,
Stereophonic computer processed sound
Text: O. E. Hartleben's translations from Pierrot Lunaire
by Albert Giraud of Abend, and Morgen
First performance: 7 November 1988
Monday Evening Concerts, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
New York New Music Ensemble, Christine Schadeberg, Soprano,
Robert Black, Conductor
Commissioned by the Schoenberg Institute
EP67266



Odyssey (originally titled Entre le galet et la dune) (1989-93) 75'
Mezzo Soprano, Bass Baritone, Ensemble (16 players),
8-channel [4 + 4] computer processed sound, lighting
Fl (Picc), Ob, Cl, Bsn (Cbsn), Hn, Tpt, Tbn,
B-tbn, 3 Perc, Pf, 2 Vln, Vc, Db
Texts by Samuel Beckett: I. they come,
II. what would I do, III. my way is in the sand,
IV. section IX from Texts for Nothing
First performance: 17 June 1993
Georges Pompidou Center, Paris
Ensemble Intercontemporain, David Robertson, Conductor
Commissioned by Ircam
EP67370


Of this Word’s being … heard / not heard, cf. INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE
Soprano, Flute, Piano, Percussion


The Palace [Voicespace IV], cf. SOLO
(Modest staging) Bass Baritone, Quadraphonic computer processed sound


A Portrait of Vanzetti (1962-63) 21'
Narrator, 2 Fl (2 Picc), Cl, 2 Hn, Tpt, Tbn, 2 Perc,
4-channel electroacoustic sound
Text edited by the composer from the letters of Bartolomeo Vanzetti
First performance: 16 February 1963
ONCE Festival, Ann Arbor
Jack O'Brien, Narrator, Donald Scavarda, Conductor


The Red Act Arias, cf. ORCHESTRA
Orchestra, Chorus, Narrator, 8-channel computer processed and spatialized
vocal, instrumental, and environmental sound


SEASONS: Cycle II (2010-2012) 30'
Soprano, Cl, Ob, Bsn, Tbn, Pf, Vl
First performance [première]: 14 July 2011
Susan Naruki, Soprano, Alarm Will Sound, Alan Pierson, Conductor
Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts
MIZZOU New Music Summer Festival
Columbia, Missouri

Commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts

Movements may be performed separately.
EP68300



SEASONS: Cycle II a: What's To Come 7'
Soprano, Cl, Ob, Pf, Vl
First performance: 14 July 2011
Susan Naruki, Soprano, Alarm Will Sound, Alan Pierson, Conductor
Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts
MIZZOU New Music Summer Festival
Columbia, Missouri

Movements may be performed separately.
EP68300E



SEASONS: Cycle II b: Surprised Accords 7'30"
Soprano, Cl, Ob, Pf, Vl
First performance: 14 July 2011
Susan Naruki, Soprano, Alarm Will Sound, Alan Pierson, Conductor
Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts
MIZZOU New Music Summer Festival
Columbia, Missouri

Movements may be performed separately.
EP68300F



SEASONS: Cycle II c: Something Resides... 5'30"
Soprano, Ob, Bsn, Tbn, Pf
First performance: 14 July 2011
Susan Naruki, Soprano, Alarm Will Sound, Alan Pierson, Conductor
Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts
MIZZOU New Music Summer Festival
Columbia, Missouri

Movements may be performed separately.
EP68300G



SEASONS: Cycle II d: When They Were Gone 8'30"
Soprano, Ob, Bsn, Tbn, Pf
First performance: 14 July 2011
Susan Naruki, Soprano, Alarm Will Sound, Alan Pierson, Conductor
Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts
MIZZOU New Music Summer Festival
Columbia, Missouri

Movements may be performed separately.
EP68300H



SEASONS: Cycle I, cf. INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE
Flute, Bass Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Percussion, Real-time computer sound processing


Sketchbook (for The Unbearable Lightness of Being), cf. SOLO
Low female voice accompanying herself at the piano,
electronic processing


Submerged Memories (2006) 20'
Narrator, B-cl, Vln, Elect Gtr, Perc,
Electroacoustic processing, Visual projections
Text: from W.G. Sebald's Vertigo and The Rings of Saturn as translated from the German by Michael Hulse
Visual projections: Leonardo de Vinci's The Annuciation and Portrait of Ginevra de' Benci and Rembrandt's The Anatomy Lesson

First performance with all components: 20 April 2013
Philip Larson, Narrator, Leah Asher, Violin, Curt Miller, Bass Clarinet, Pablo Gómez Cano,
Electric Guitar, Dustin Donahue, Percussion, Image and sonic montages, Paul Hembree
Initiative for Digital Exploration of Arts & Sciences
Calit2 Theater, Atkinson Hall
La Jolla, California
Commissioned by the Fromm Foundation for The Paul Dresher Ensemble Electro-Acoustic Band

First performances with musical components: 31 March 2006 and 1 April 2006
The Paul Dresher Ensemble Electro-Acoustic Band with Tenor John Duykers
Project Artaud Theater, San Francisco