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Orchestra REVELATION (14') REVEL (7') recorded on Opus One # 100; performed: Richmond Sinphonia, The Baltimore Women's Symphony, New Britain Symphony in Connecticut; Themes include a meditative 6-note scale, dueling trumpets, a Spanish/gypsy section, an E-major melody, a brass chorale and cut-ups of the themes. MINNESOTA SWALE (10'11") for flute, oboe, B-flat clarinet, bassoon, B-flat trumpet, 2 French horns, percussion and strings (8,8,6,6,2). Includes an improvised percussion cadenza. Commissioned and premiered by the Minnesota Synfonia with Jay Fishman conducting; performed by the Wellesley College Orchestra, conducted by Joel Suben; recorded by Opus One in 1995 in Bratislava with the Slovak Radio Symphony. This piece is available on New Music For Orchestra, Opus One. Operetta QOHELETH words by Roye Dendler, for baritone, contralto, harpsichord, percussion, commissioned by the Soho Baroque Opera, 1998 Opera QUEEN CHRISTINA (90') words assemblage produced: Mills College; one act Oratorio JOAN (20') words from the trial of Joan of Arc commissioned and produced by Cabrillo Festival Chorus MAGNIFICATE for SSA and organ/piano, 1998 PRECIOUS MEMORIES (10') words by Jo-Ann Krestan and the composer; commissioned and produced by Eclectix, NYC WYNKEN, BLYNKEN, & NOD (4') words by Eugene Field; performed by the Mount Sterling High School Madrigal Singers, John Stegner conducting Musical Comedies THE FAT OPERA (75') The book and lyrics are a collaboration between the composer and Jo-Ann Krestan. The Fat Opera is about dealing with the issue of weight. The cast includes a very large woman who is quite outgoing/romantic, a medium sized sweet/thoughtful/depressed woman, a thin bulimic woman, and a cute male exercise instructor.) It was produced at the Greenwich House Music School in New York City as a one evening equity showcase. It was remounted non-equity at Caffe e Dolce, Asbury Park, NJ, directed by George Hansel for 3 weekends. Selections were also performed at The Golden Fleece, Theatre 22, NYC. NIRVANA MANOR (90') book and lyrics by Judith Morely produced by Eccentric Circles off-off Broadway ran 3 1/2 weeks It is about a suburb that is supposed to be heaven, but isn't. It takes place between 1950 and 1976 and involves a cast of three generations. ELIZABETH REX: Or, The Well-Bred Mother Goes To Camp (90') book and lyrics by Jo-Ann Krestan Produced at the Carter Theatre, off-off Broadway, ELIZABETH REX ran 3 1/2 weeks. Selections were also performed at Golden Fleece, NYC. This musical is about a mother, Elizabeth, who is determined to make Kate, her high church Episcopalian lesbian daughter, straight. It's also about Kate's lover, friends, and a drag queen named Lilly who is in love with Elizabeth's minister, Justin, who also loves Lilly. Music For Theatre AVON (60') Avon is a new musical theater work with words by Stephen Paul Miller. In the play William Shakespeare writes and presents a play (within a play) about Stephen Paul Miller's attempt to explain his Ph.D. Dissertation, Three Self-Consuming Mechanisms of the Mid-1970's: John Ashbery's "Self-Portrait" in a Convex Mirror, The Watergate Affair, and Jasper John's Crosshatch Paintings, to John Ashbery, Richard Nixon and Jasper Johns. In 1997, Duke University Press is slated to publish a revised version of this dissertation entitled The Seventies Now: Nixon/Ashberry/Johns. Jasper Johns sings Eruch Jessawala Said. (Eruch Jessawala is one of Meher Baba's closest disciples. Baba was silent for 44 years, and Eruch interpreted Baba's hand gestures to the world.) Nixon in China sings Talks To Teachers. Shakespeare, who has not been invited to a poetry reading for almost four hundred years, sings Lately, I've Been Working As A Model In A Life Study Class as he walks across the Williamsburg Bridge on a beautiful Spring day when the bridge is closed to vehicular traffic due to a structural defect. Thomas Buckner sang in the premier of "Avon" and premiered all four songs in concert. Avon was produced at 8BC and also at St. Mark's Poetry Project in NYC with Tom Buckner and Taylor Mead. WHATEVER BERNHARDT GOETZ play by Stephen Paul Miller produced at 8 BC's National Theater For The Lower East Side and also at The Bad Museum, NYC with Taylor Mead, Mary Sutton, Peggy Lowenberg, Julius Klein, and Phil Suraci Theatre Pieces RIOT ROT (11' 9") a text-sound and music theatre piece designed for radio (rock band with singer, two speakers) SOAP TUNING (two speakers) ZEN PIECE (two speakers) Band SUITE FOR WINDS AND PERCUSSION commissioned and performed by The Staten Island Symphony, conducted by Robert Kogan OVERTURE FOR BAND performed Damrosh Park, NYC by The New Wilderness Band Multimedia SHE WROTE (2 violins, mezzo with multiphonics, tape) texts by Gertrude Stein and Kathy Acker written for Stein's 100th birthday first performance 1750 Arch Street M.A. thesis composition, Mills College also performed Cabrillo Festival and The Kitchen NYC HE SAID (two clarinets, video tape, speaker, audio tape) commissioned by the San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble, John Adams conductor also performed at The Kitchen, NYC video by Jack Briece THEY DID IT (piano and tape) first performance The Kitchen, NYC also performed by Sorrel Hayes in Europe RECITAL PIECE (piano and tape) graphic score first performance Ann Marie Mooney, Mills College TOWER OF POWER (organ and quad tape) graphic score first performance Linda Collins, Mills College Chapel TULIP CLAUSE (tenor voice, alto flute, B-flat clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor sax, string bass, cello, organ, timpani, tape) commissioned by The San Francisco Conservatory's New Music Ensemble, John Adams, conductor numerologically derived pitches graphic score tape based on lecture regarding Jupiter at Chabot Observatory also performed Cabrillo Festival published in a book entitled ED VOGELSANG-"VIEWS BESIDE..." edited by Fritz Balthaus, Berlin 1982 VALID FOR LIFE (tape and large strung instruments and large soft membranophones piano strings and timpani can be used with large soft beaters) graphic score published in ASSEMBLINGS edited by Richard Kostelanetz first performance Mills College by the composer and Sybl Chickenmint PEACHY KEEN-O (tape, female voices, organ, electric guitar, vibraphone, large membranophones, improvisatory dancers, light) graphic score first performance Mills College with Hysteresis GOOD-BYE BRIDGET BARDOT OR HELLO CHARLOTTE MOORMAN (cello, tape, with or without dancer and green cloth) performed 1750 Arch Street, Berkeley, CA and Composers' Forum, NYC SKATE SUITE (violin, mezzo, cello, electric bass, tape) Commissioned by the Diane Jacobwitz Dancers. Also performed at The Kitchen, NYC. MORNING VIEW & MAIDEN SPRING (tape, speaker, slides, light) MUSIC FOR MYSELF (piano, mirrors, vibraphone, voice, light) THE MESSIAH IS COME (revised to be THE BRIDEGROOM IS HEAR) collaboration with sculptor, Paul Cotton human sculpture with internal and external sound sources, tape, string bass, flute, voices, speakers, piano, percussion, slides produced at 1750 Arch Street, Berkeley, CA HALLOPHONE (environment, 2 sax, steel guitar, voice, tapes, slides, dancers commissioned and produced by Nanny Goat Hill, San Francisco, CA Tape GERMAN SWALE commissioned and played as an environment for three German art galleries ODE (heard The Kitchen, NYC) TULIP CLAUSE AND BUCHLA BIRD HISS DOWN THE ROAD OF LIFE JOAN (15 track version of the pitches only in the oratorio) THUS SPAKE JOHNSTON (uses the voice of Jill Johnston) broadcast KPFA String Quartets JANUARY SWALE (Clearwater String Quartet, first performance) This is a swale that includes a lot of partying framed by a theme going forwards at the beginning and backwards near the end, a Janus. Because it was written with Carol Buck and her children in mind, there is a small children's theme just after the introduction which runs in and out later on in the piece. An aeolian alleluia interrupts and returns later a half-step down. It ends with the feeling of a "starry night" at the original tonal center. PENNYROYAL SWALE (Soldier Quartet, first performance) Pennyroyal is a member of the mint family and a healing herb with a distinctive odor. Pennyroyal Swale combines folk-related vernacular music with "classically" developed techniques in an open, somewhat repetitive form. The work is dedicated to Mr. James Roy, the now deceased ex-head of Concert Music at BMI, a great Southern man who was a big help to women composers and to me especially. It has been performed at the New Music Festival at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, the Soho Baroque Opera Company, and at St. Michael's in New York City. ROSEMARY SWALE (Soldier Quartet, first performance) Rosemary Swale is dedicated to Rosalie Calabrese who ran American Composers Alliance for many years. Rosemary is not only a cooking herb but is also a fixative for perfume--perfect for Rosalie who combines functionality with aesthetics. MUSIC FOR CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE (graphic score) I AM UH AM I (graphic score) performed Mills College, Oakland and Intersection, San Francisco by Ear Ensemble exhibited various shows Brass Quintets SATURDAY/SUNDAY SWALE (Saturday Brass Quintet, first performance, Eclectix, NYC) THE BRASS SWALE (Saturday Brass Quintet, first performance, Eclectix, NYC) Brass Quartets THE BRASS SWALE (quartet version) first performance The University of the Redland's New Music Ensemble, Barney Childs, director Mixed Ensembles for 3-8 players PIANO CONCERTO 2 violins, viola, cello, string bass, percussion includes marimba and drum set+, piano; The first performance was at Merkin Hall, NYC 10/97 on the Interpretations Series with Joseph Kubera, soloist. NEW MEXICO SWALE (flute, percussion, violin, viola, cello) first performance Music Under Construction, NYC The swatches in this piece are in a variety of styles and feeling states somewhat descriptive of the diverse regions of New Mexico. AUGUST SWALE (flute, oboe, French horn, bassoon, violin, viola) first performance Bennington College's Chamber Music Conference (Frank Wiggelsworth, musical director) where I was in residence also performed Muisc Under Construction, NYC The swatches in this piece are in a variety of styles and feeling states including anxious modernity, cheerful Americanism, passionate "gypsiness" and round, modal resolution--a sort of life cycle. BELGIAN TANGO (violin, accordion, piano) performed and recorded by The Tango Project for Newport Classics performances at Bard College & Nell's in NYC piano solo version exists, as well NET WORK ( saxophone quartet and two pianos) commissioned by Barbara Jo Fleming's Commotion Dance Company a piano solo version exists, as well REVEL (electric violin, B-flat clarinet, E-flat saxophone, B-flat trumpet, trombone, piano, percussion, string bass) commissioned and performed by the University of the Redlands' New Music Ensemble, Barney Childs, conductor also performed by the Brooklyn Symphony, Tania Leo, conducting orchestral version exists, as well TRIO: DREAM IN "d" (violin or flute, cello, piano) recorded for Tirreno performed by Downtown Music Productions also by Aviva Players, NYC and by Gramercy Ensembles, NYC THE EIGHTH ANCESTOR (violin, flute, cello, piano; or, flute, oboe, cello, piano; or, flute, clarinet, cello, piano; or baroque flute, alto recorder, cello, harpsichord) first performance DelBarton Baroque Ensemble also performed by The ISCM in Belgium published by Joshua Corp/General Music, order # 1234 ($12.95) via The Boston Music Co. SKATERS' SUITE (violin, flute, cello, piano or, flute, oboe, cello, piano or, baroque flute, alto recorder, cello, harpsichord or, violin, cello, string bass, mezzo) pub. Joshua Corp./General Music, order # 1235 ($12.95) via The Boston Music Co. WATER STRIDER COURRENTE (flute, clarinet, string bass, percussion, organ, piano) orig. a part of SKATE SUITE first performance Experimental Intermedia, NYC ALLELUIA (two celli and two tenors; or, two trumpets & two tenors) LITTLE TRIO (flute, cello, guitar) Instrumental Solos/Duets: RHODE ISLAND SWALE (harpsichord or piano solo) first performed by Elaine Comparone, Harpsichord commissioned by Bobby Buecker. The piece begins with a Phrygian folk-like tune which ends with a turn (BCBAB). This is followed by a lochrian tango and an aeolian melody in which the harpsichord sings words whose text remains mysteriously hidden under the music, ending with a turn (ABAGA). The text is derived from an English translation of the Heine poem "Auf flugeln des gesanges", "On Wings of Song", as loosely condensed and paraphrased by Jason Serinus (the prize-winning whistler who performed Puccini's "O mio babbino caro" as the voice of Woodstock in an Emmy-nominated Peanuts cartoon). The next group of swatches includes an aeolian minimalistic section marked "mindfully", a d-minor tune, a G-major choral, a C-major folk-like tune, and some lochrian mysterioso, along with various kinds of connective tissue. In the next section the original musical groups are cut up with some fiddle music, moving backwards and forwards and in new tonal areas. The work ends with a shortened version of the Heine section on 'e', rather than 'a'. The figuration at the end is a turn (EF#EDE). The poem within the piece is: "On wings of song my beloved, I shall take you away/ Away to the banks of the Ganges/ There I know the loveliest spot/ The birds will sing, the gazelles will leap/ And arm in arm, we shall fall into a dream/ A dream of bliss. " SEPTEMBER SWALE (harpsichord or piano solo) first performed by Elaine Comparone, Harpsichord, Beucker & Harpsichords; also performed at the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; at Richmondtown Branch Library on Staten Island and 80 Langdon Street in San Francisco by Joseph Kubera; and in Allentown, PA, by Elaine Comparone GUITAR SWALE (two acoustic guitars) commissioned and performed by University of the Redlands' New Music Ensemble, Barney Childs, director also performed at Cal State Hayward's Musica Delle Donne It combines various oriental scales with Satie-like lyricism. MAY SWALE (viola) commissioned by Mimi Dye premiered by Mimi Dye at Old First Church in San Francisco on 5/30/97 FLUTE SWALE (flute) commissioned and performed by Andrew Bolotowsky PREPARATION FOR THE DOMINANT: OUTRUNNING THE INEVITABLE (ocarina or flute or violin solo) for Andrew Bolotowsky, published by Joshua Corp./General Music order # 1237 ($4.50) via The Boston Music Co. SHAKUHACHI RUN (flute with or without hand drum) for Andrew Bolotowsky THE PRAYING MANTIS AND THE BLUEBIRD (flute and piano) for Andrew Bolotowsky, published by Joshua Corp./General Music order # 1238 ($4.95) via The Boston Music Co. LULLABY OF THE EIGHTH ANCESTOR (flute or violin and piano) published by Joshua Corp./General Music order # 1236 ($4.95) via The Boston Music Co. DR. BLOOD'S MERMAID LULLABY (flute or violin or cello and piano) for Andrew Bolotowsky also performed by the Aviva Players, NYC BELGIAN TANGO (3' piano solo) commissioned and performed by Yvar Mikashoff WALLONIAN WALTZ (3' piano solo) often performed with BELGIAN TANGO as a pair MANOS INQUIETAS Part I, II, and III (piano solo) parts may be played singly-15'-20'@- or together commissioned by Bonnie Schiebman Dancers first performance Cunningham Studio, NYC Part II performed by Joseph Kubera at Cami Hall, NYC QUILT MUSIC (30' piano solo) commissioned by Daniel McCusker Dancers for his choreography entitled TAKING SIDES, performed St. Mark's Dance Project, NYC NET WORK (10' piano solo) A version for sextet and a 6' version for piano solo both exist. A longer version was commissioned by Montclair State College and first performed at their Spring Dance Festival. Songs LULLABY (a capella low voice or low voice with keyboard/guitar chords) 1997, words by Stephen Paul Miller LULLABY (mezzo or baritone and piano) 1998, words by W.H. Auden, dedicated to Ned Rorem THE ANGEL (12') (soprano, harp, celeste, 2 violins, viola, cello) words by Hans Christian Andersen as translated by Mrs. E.V. Lucas with additional lyrics by Anthony Calabrese The Angel was commissioned and first performed by The Shore Festival of Classics in Ocean Grove, NJ. It has also been performed at Greenwich House Music School and Beucker & Harpsichords The Angel tells the story of a sick girl who died, and was taken to heaven by an angel, who allowed her to pick flowers to take to God who would choose one. To this one flower, He would give a voice so that it could sing in heaven. The child chose the flower that had been her only comfort on earth and God gave it a voice. AVON (Four songs for medium voice and piano) words by Stephen Paul Miller TALKS TO TEACHERS ERIC JESSAWALA SAYS THE NEW TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK LATELY I'VE BEEN WORKING AS AN ARTIST'S MODEL IN A LIFE STUDY CLASS DREAMING FIELDS (song cycle of 3 medium voice songs with piano) words by Eugene Field. These may be sung singly or together. 1.THE SUGARPLUM TREE 2.THE DUEL 3.WYNKEN, BLYNKEN, AND NOD KNOTS (medium voice with piano) Knots has words by R.D. Laing, the eminent psychotherapist. They are taken from his book, Knots, (1971). In his introduction he writes, "The patterns delineated here have not yet been classified by a Linnaeus of human bondage. They are all, perhaps, strangely, familiar. In these pages I have confined myself to laying out only some of those I actually have seen. Words that come to mind to name them are: knots, tangles, fankles, impasses, disjunctions, whirligogs, binds." A WAY BACK HOME (low G to High F) voice and piano; words by Joann Krestan THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE (soprano and piano) words by Robert Louis Stevensen JUNK LOVE ( medium voice and piano) words by the composer THE ONLY ONE I WANT (medium voice and piano) words by the composer WOMANRITE (contralto and piano) words by Ana Perez performed City University of NY Graduate Center by Julius Eastman TWINKLE TONIGHT (medium voice and piano) words by the composer TIME STANDS STILL (medium voice and piano) words by the composer BEAUTY RUNS FASTER (medium voice and piano) words by the composer HE SAYS HE'S GOT (medium voice and piano or guitar) words by the composer IN SIX (medium voice and piano) words by the composer PARANOIA (medium voice and piano or medium voice with two C-flutes) words by the composer first performance University of Kentucky also performed at The Kitchen, NYC A DAY (medium voice and piano) words by the composer first performance at the University of Kentucky; A Day was also performed at The Music At DelBarton Series, The Kitchen, and the Soho Baroque Opera Company. A Day is not meant to be heard by anyone's employer. A POSTCARD (medium voice and piano) A Postcard was first performed at the University of Kentucky. IT has also been performed at The Music At DelBarton Series, The Kitchen, and the Soho Baroque Opera Company. The words for A Postcard were very difficult to copyright because of their common usage. Rounds MY LAUGHING CHILD words by Bici Forbes, now known as Nye Ffarrabas published in ROUNDS GALORE!, 1994, edited by Sol Weber, > Rounds MY LAUGHING CHILD words by Bici Forbes, now known as Nye Ffarrabas published in ROUNDS GALORE!, 1994, edited by Sol Weber, > available from Sol Weber/Astoria Press, firstname.lastname@example.org 25-14 37th Street, Astoria, NY 11103-4228 IF YOU HAVE A THOUGHT IN YOUR HEAD words by the composer to be published in ROUNDS GALORE! Vol. II, edited by Sol Weber, available from Sol Weber/Astoria Press, email@example.com 25-14 37th Street, Astoria, NY 11103-4228 Chant/Mantra INCLINE THINE EAR TO ME words from The Bible first performance The Kitchen, NYC also performed Buecker & Harpsichords Text-Sound Text-sound is the use of words and phonemes to make a kind of vocal-percussive music. IF I WERE A POET (1m17s) solo voice recorded for NPR COUNTRY TIME (1m 41s) voice, drum set, with or without taped bird calls recorded for NPR broadcast THE PEOPLE RUMBLE LOUDER ( 52s) voice with tape recorded for NPR YES SIR REE (1m 25s) voice and percussion recorded for NPR LET IT (2m 47s) solo voice I CAN'T STAND IT (1m 57s) voice and drum set: recorded Dial-A-Poem Poets LP and private label and for NPR performed Whitney Museum of American Art I WISH I WERE SINGLE AGAIN (1m 3s) solo voice OCEAN MOTION MILDEW MIND (1m 27s) voice and drum set recorded for private label and NPR JOHN CAGE (20s) solo voice other name poems for: Alison Knowles, Jackson MacLow, Martha Graham, John Giorno, various others TORERO PIECE (7m 53s) two voices 3'30" version recorded on1750 Arch Records published in a book entitled ED VOGELSANG-"VIEWS BESIDE..." edited by Fritz Balthaus, Berlin 1982 SIX STORIES IN SERIES (6m 40s) speaker and piano SALLY'S SUCCESS speaker and piano CRACKERS AND CHECKERS solo voice HE'S NOT AFRAID OF MARRYING ME solo voice NONGOVERNMENTAL PROCESS solo voice TWELVE BAR BLUES solo voice KITCHY KITCHEN solo voice PE-YO-TE solo voice published in a book entitled ED VOGELSANG "VIEWS BESIDE...", edited by Fritz Balthaus, Berlin 1982 Film Score WORLD HONEYMOON for Sunrise Films Radio Production POETRY IS MUSIC for National Public Radio eighteen 8' programs designed to be used as drop-ins for magazine shows each one presenting a different text-sound artist and his/her work