Audio & Video Excerpts

Ancren Chronicles

(1980)
SSA divisi + Solos, Harp, 2 Percussion

A Maze (With Grace)

(1975; revised 2003)
Open Instrumentation

Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches

Flute (Piccolo, Alto Flute), Clarinet (Bass Clarinet), Violin (Viola), Cello, Percussion, Keyboards

Prelude to Act 1

video

Act I, Scene 3: Mr. Lies

video

Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika

Prerecorded synthesized and sampled sound.

Promotional Video

Act I, Scene 1: The World's Oldest Bolshevik

video

“I Want More Life”

Anonymous Fame

(2005)
Saxophone Quartet

Cowboys

(1998)
Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Percussion, Piano
video

The Crucible

(1994, revised 2014)
Oboe (English Horn), Mandolin, Percussion, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass

De Profundis

(1991)
SATB

The Devil’s Handyman

(2002)
Flute (Piccolo, Alto Flute), Clarinet (Bass Clarinet), Violin (Viola), Cello, Percussion, Piano
III. Machine Dedicated to Spike Jones (20th Century Consort)
XI. Abandoned Death Ship of No Port with a List (20th Century Consort)

The Devil’s Handyman Suite

(2019)
Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone (+ “Whee Whistle”), Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone (+ Slapstick, Cowbell, Vibraslap, Slide Whistle, and Duck Call)
III. Machine Dedicated to Spike Jones (Washington Saxophone Quartet)

Devil’s Rain

(1986)
Open Instrumentation

The Gift

(1982)
video

Harusame (Spring Rain)

(1992)
Soprano, Flute, Clarinet, Piano

Illuminations

(2007)
Flute (Piccolo, Alto Flute), Clarinet, Violin (Viola), Cello, Percussion, Piano, and Tap Dancer

The Lark

(2001)
Prerecorded and processed SATB chorus

Lizbeth

(1976; revised 1981, 2003)
5 women, 1 man, small children’s chorus; flute (piccolo), 2 clarinets (2nd doubling bass clarinet), 2 horns, percussion, synthesizer, piano (toy piano), 2 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, contrabass

Documentary

Metamorphoses

(2012)
Prerecorded synthesized and sampled sound.

Night Music

(2006)
Flute (Piccolo, Alto Flute), Clarinet (Bass Clarinet), Violin (Viola), Cello, Percussion, Piano

O Magnum Mysterium

(2003)

SSA divisi, Organ

Peer Gynt

(2011)
Prerecorded synthesized and sampled sound.

Syrinx8

(2006)

Thirteen Ways

(1997)
Flute (Piccolo, Alto Flute), Clarinet (Bass Clarinet), Violin (Viola), Cello, Percussion, and Piano

Three Spirits

(1992)
Soprano, Flute (Piccolo, Alto Flute), Clarinet (Bass Clarinet), Violin (Viola), Cello, Percussion, Piano

To Kill a Mockingbird

(2013)
Prerecorded synthesized and sampled sound.

Variations and Theme

(2002)
Version for String Quartet
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