Transformations for String Orchestra

This eight-movement work for string orchestra was inspired by pioneer director Alice Guy Blaché’s 1912 silent film Making an American Citizen.  Beginning as a piece for string quartet, the moods range from nostalgia to agitation to resolution.  This haunting score is...

Rhapsody Jardine for Oboe and String Orchestra

Rhapsody Jardine vividly evokes a landscape full of lush harmonies and exotic melodic perfumes, a musical vista of resonant colors and aromatic counterpoint.  The opening fantasy-like section juxtaposes a minimalistic ostinato pattern in the lower strings with the...

Arcadian Reverie for String Orchestra

Arcadian Reverie begins with a simple setting of the pastoral theme that recurs in many forms from theme with gentle counterpoint to pulsing rhythms and undercurrents. A faster middle section with punctuating, slightly dissonant chords herald the introduction of...

​The Soul of Ra for String Orchestra

The Soul of Ra has two contrasting movements: In Memoriam and Phoenix Rising. In Memoriam portrays all our lost loves, loved ones and the many war dead. The throbbing pulse of pain alternates with the soaring melody of hope and heart’s ease. Phoenix Rising personifies...

Lilia Polka for String Orchestra

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