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haven't i been here before
solo baritone voice, piano acc.
haven't i been here before was originally composed as a song in a singer/songwriter style for guitar and male voice. it was eventually transcribed for baritone voice and piano accompaniment and altered slightly to fit the art song style. it follows a form typical of most singer/songwriter songs and uses an original text in a similar style.
violin and mezzo-soprano
follows from was written for Duo Cortona during their residency at the Frost School of Music. the text slowly develops a quote from Mark Twain, "the fear of death follows from the fear of life".
how to disappear completely
SSAATTBB, piano, electric guitar, vibraphone, bass drum
how to disappear completely explores the necessary methods of completely removing oneself from their current life. These methods revolve around the larger ideas of thinking through the process of disappearing, making it so that you cannot be traced, and adapting to your new life. The individual movements within these sections discuss the specific steps required to do this. Spoken text is interspersed with sung text throughout the piece.
This piece also discusses the various reasons a person may want to disappear, whether it be running from the law or an abusive relationship, or as an alternative to suicide. These different reasons warrant different approaches. Overall this piece attempts to reflect the moods and emotions a person who is considering disappearing may be feeling.
everything (i have ever)
baritone voice, trumpet, trombone, bass clarinet
everything (i have ever) was composed for loadbang and premiered in June 2017 at the first Divergent Studio workshop at the Longy School of Music. The text follows a single sentence, "you are everything I have ever missed" and watches it develop slowly over the course of the piece.