Angels in America

Part One: Millennium Approaches

(1998; revised, 2010, 2017)
Incidental music for “Angels in America”, ​by Tony Kushner.
1998 Original Version

Premiere: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH, November 1998

Richard Hess, director; music performed live by Eighth Blackbird. 

2010 Revision

Prerecorded synthesized and sampled sound.

Premiere: Shenandoah University, Winchester VA, November 2010

Mark Kittlaus, director 

2017 Revision

Prerecorded synthesized and sampled sound.

Premiere: Short North Stage, Columbus OH, June 2017

JJ Parkey and Edward Carignan, co-directors 

Promotional Video

Prelude to Act I


Act I, Scene 3: Mr. Lies

“Thomas Albert’s urgent, discordant, shimmering, contemporary score is like adding a necessary character.”

– The Cincinnati Enquirer 
“[the production] is most significantly enhanced by Thomas Albert’s musical score…”

– City Beat
“The music, acting almost like a cinematic score, pushes pace, strengthens emotional impact and adds a new dimension of jazzy, bebop, and almost a Kerouac feel to much of the material.”

– Everybody’s News
1998 Original Version
Eighth Blackbird & University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
2017 Revision
Short North Stage
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?Who Stole the Polka?

Guy Klucevsek

1992, Eva Records – WWCX 2037

?Who Stole the Polka? is the second volume of pieces that accordionist Guy Klucevsek commissioned from composers ranging widely over the contemporary new music scene in the mid-’80s. 

Track 9A

“The Devil’s Polka”

Serenely Cedille

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Cedille Records – CDR 8001

This new disc of calming classics, drawn from 16 different, acclaimed CDs in the Cedille Records catalog, consists of rare gems of relaxing classical music, ranging from symphony and concerto movements to solo piano, choral, and chamber works. 

Track 9

“Thirteen Ways” - Mvt. IV


Round Nut Tool

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“Round Nut Tool is our debut CD! A mix of our favorite works from the 1998-99 season, including excerpt tracks from Thomas Albert’s Thirteen Ways. This CD was independently recorded in Warner Concert Hall, Oberlin College, Oberlin OH. Produced and recorded by Michael Schulze and Charles Dixon. Additional support provided by AT&T Research Labs.” 

Tracks 6-8

“Thirteen Ways” - Mvts. VI, XI, VIII

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Eighth Blackbird - Thirteen Ways, Thomas Albert

Thirteen Ways

eighth blackbird

2003, Cedille Records
Thirteen Ways is Eighth Blackbird’s commercial recording debut album on Cedille Records, featuring music by four of America’s most gifted composers: David Schober (b. 1974), Thomas Albert (b. 1948), Joan Tower (b. 1938), and George Perle (b. 1915).
Tracks 12 – 24

“Thirteen Ways”

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Thomas Albert, Composer - A Maze (with Grace), Devil's Rain - Relâche

On Edge


1990, Mode Records – mode 22
Founded in Philadelphia in 1977, Relâche is devoted to the development and performance of contemporary music with an emphasis on works of an experimental nature.
Track 3

“A Maze (With Grace)”

Track 4

“Devil's Rain”


Thomas Albert, Night Music - Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble

Drunken Moon/Night Music

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble

2007, Lime Green Productions
Two engaging, imaginative and accessible works are featured on this disk of commissions from our 30th Anniversary Season.
(Tracks 11 – 17)

“Night Music”

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