Carondolet Caprice for Chamber Ensemble

Carondelet Caprice for Chamber Ensemble was inspired by pioneer American director Lois Weber’s 1913 silent film How Men Propose.  The moods and themes range from vibrant to nostalgic and feature a distinctly American idiom.  The whimsical interaction between the...

Echoes from Tomorrow for Chamber Ensemble

Echoes from Tomorrow was inspired by Adolf Mérei’s 1915 Hungarian-Jewish silent film Simon Judit (Judith Simon), based on the nineteenth-century ballad by Jewish poet József Kiss. Judith Simon is the sad and poignant story of a young woman who fell in love with a...

Confluencity for Bassoon and Piano

Confluencity for Bassoon and Piano begins as a fantasy-rhapsody followed by a playful imitative section where bassoon meets piano, intermingles, and then go its separate way. A calm theme enters, reminiscent of the tunes from the Sacred Harp, and provides the canvas...

Lilia Polka for Woodwind Quintet

Kate Chopin (1850-1904) wrote Lilia Polka for piano for her daughter which was published by H. H. Rollman in St. Louis. Polkas were quite popular in the German and German American communities in St. Louis in 1899. Lilia Polka is a lively, spirited polka showcasing...