Live recordings, Other original music and arrangements, Piano, Vocal

The Hawthorn Tree – Live

This was a commission from the Shenandoah University Cantus Singers to portray works by women. The poem is “The Hawthorn Tree” by Willa Cather. It is performed by the Cantus Singers under the direction of Dr. Karen Keating.

The Hawthorn Tree is a poem by Willa Cather (1783-1847), pulitzer-prize winning author and journalist. She is well known for her novels about the Great Plains (e.g., O Pioneers!), but she was born in Gore, Virginia, a few miles west of Winchester. She lived nearby for her first ten years, then moved with her family to Nebraska, where she is a cultural icon. Her birthplace is on Route 50 west of Winchester. There is an historical marker on the highway, although the house itself is gone.

by: Willa Cather

Across the shimmering meadows–
Ah, when he came to me!
In the spring-time,
In the night-time,
In the starlight,
Beneath the hawthorn tree.

Up from the misty marshland
Ah, when he climbed to me!
To my white bower,
To my sweet rest,
To my warm breast,
Beneath the hawthorn tree.

Ask of me what the birds sang,
High in the hawthorn tree;
What the breeze tells,
What the rose smells,
What the stars shine–
Not what he said to me!

“The Hawthorn Tree” is reprinted from “April Twilights” by Willa Cather; published by The Gorham Press, Boston, in 1903.

This setting is modeled on the style of an English madrigal, calling for restraint in dynamics, gentle lyricism, and clear articulation of the text.

(recorded live 10 April 2015; posted 24 September 2017)

Country & Western, Live recordings, Other original music and arrangements, Pop & Rock

Pop Song Trilogy

I took three pop songs I wrote and arranged them as a suite for unspecified instruments, although the key is brass-friendly: “1. Drop Dead Blues”, “2. Don’t Give Up On Me”, “3. I Wanna Be a Rock Star”.

I provided a group of friends/musicians with chords, melody, tempo, and they took it (improvised) from there.

On this live recording are Eli Thomas (violin), Alex Hill (baritone sax), Andy Herring (euphonium), and TJ Maher (guitar). This is a live 2014 concert recording.

By the way, I also posted a live-stream recording of me singing #2. Don’t Give Up on Me.

Live recordings, Other original music and arrangements, Woodwinds

The Red Wheelbarrow – Live

This is a live 2014 concert recording of a transcription for woodwinds of “The Red Wheelbarrow”, originally an a cappella vocal piece for quartet, setting William Carlos Williams’ poem of the same name. The performers are James Waters (flute), Caelan Shirey (clarinet), Jose Romero (oboe), and Tim Woerner (bassoon).

Note: I also posted a MIDI realization of this same piece.


Ballet scores, Live recordings, Strings

Renaissance – Live

This is a composition for three cellos, written for a ballet choreographed by Courtney Bechamin entitled Split. The theme is “rebirth,” although Courtney extended this to “osmosis.” The title, Renaissance, is the French word for “rebirth.”

The music follows the emotion of the ballet, and uses resolved dissonances to get the sense of splitting cells. Just for fun, each movement is in a different mode, but the whole piece is in a single key.

This performance was recorded live in concert on 21 April 2014, with cellists Alexander Scheetz, Robert Rohr, and Sydney Bennett, at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia.

(remastered 11 Oct 2017)

Guitar, Live recordings, Other original music and arrangements, Woodwinds

Trio for Two Flutes and Guitar

I reworked original themes I wrote in the early 1970s into a romantic trio.

This is a live 2012 video featuring Robyn Olichwier (flute), Sarah Walters (alto flute), and Christopher Alexander (guitar), recorded in concert at Shenandoah University. The video is from a cellphone in the audience, but the audio track was professionally recorded.