Monday, June 13, 2016

Score of the Week: on that winter day

on that winter day a butterfly floated on the cold mountain stream

A short character piece for solo piano with a six against four rhythmic scheme.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Score of the week: Dark Stairs in a Strange City . . .

A musical Haiku in 12/8 time divided 3+2+2+3+2. For a quartet of Alto Flute, Guitar, Bass and Drums.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A Short Cruise ...

A short cruise through the semi-abandoned side streets and alleys of L.A during the wee hours of a hot mid-summer’s night

A Non-Standard tune in a quasi rondo form (arch form) for Jazz Quartet. Each of the three main Themes are in a different time signature: 5/4, 6/4 and 4/4.

Score and MP3 at:

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Score of the week: “the darkness between the stars”

This is a tone poem for String Orchestra and Solo Bass Clarinet in which I tried to invoke the darkness/void/loneliness of deep space; out where there is nothing. 99.9999+ percent of the universe is an empty lonely place.

while I was writing this piece I imaged myself floating in the darkness of deep space billions of miles from any other being, billions of miles from even just another object, with just the faint dots of stars everywhere in the black void.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Score of the Week: Threnody for a Servant of God

For String Orchestra; A fugue in E minor in a slow 5/2.

In memory of Sr. Leonella Sgorbati, 1940-2006 Anno Domini.

Score and MP3 at:

Monday, May 09, 2016

Score of the Week: Ojiichan

A short character piece for Oboe and Bassoon.

Ojiichan means Grandfather in Japanese. What do you picture when you listen to this? What would you title it? I would love to hear your suggestions

Score and MP3:

Monday, May 02, 2016

Score of the week: Impression No. 1

First of a set of five Impressions. Impression of what you ask? That is up to your mind and ears to decide.

Listen to this piece in a calm and quiet spot.
Close your eyes.
Let the music take your imagination on a trip.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Score of the Week: Meisa's Lullaby

An arrangement of Brahm's Lullaby for for big band. It features a flugelhorn soloist with the rest of band backing him up.

I have re-titled the piece Meisa’s Lullaby in honor of my granddaughter.

Those of you who take time to listen I hope you will enjoy it.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Score of the Week: The Heat Death of the Universe

An atmospheric piece for  solo bass clarinet (plus effects) using a limited number of pitch classes in its composition.

You Tube: The Heat Death of the Universe
Score and MP3: The Heat Death of the Universe

Monday, April 11, 2016

Score of the Week: "...and into dust you shall return"

... and into dust you shall return

Another Fugue for String Orchestra

This piece started when I challenged myself to come up with a fugue subject that spanned less than a fifth, was fairly simple rhythmically and very short. Previously my various fugue subjects tended to cover a large range and where long when compared to fugue subjects from the Renaissance. What I came up with is a seven note subject that covers the interval of just a perfect fourth. Harmonically the subject is in the Phygian mode.
MP3 and Score:  "... and into dust you shall return"


Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Score of the Week: Forgotten Thoughts

Forgotten Thoughts

A laid back 12/8 groove featuring a soprano vocalise followed by a harder 4/4 middle section and finishes up with a return to the 12/8 groove. Ten minutes of sounds and textures that go nowhere.

MP3 and PDF Score: Forgotten Thoughts

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Haiku of the Week

White petals stained pink
Falling, Drifting, Descending
Once more spring arrives.