Score video of Jasmine

I tried my hand at a video of the score of Jasmine, tracking with the recording. The YouTube link is Below is the embedded player.

Score available for The Geography of Dreams (for symphony orchestra)


In my last post, I was able to present the score for one of my three most recent orchestral pieces. Tn this post I can announce that I’ve finished editing the score of the second of these. It can be downloaded (free) HERE.

The audio may be streamed (free) HERE (or use the player below). I strongly recommend listening on headphones or good speakers, not just tiny laptop speakers.

In my last post, I also talked a bit about the orchestra I find myself writing for. Basically, it’s solo woodwinds, solo and ensemble brass, at least 3 percussionists plus timpani, keyboard, and harp, plus–always–a full string section. However, in multi-movement compositions different movements use different subsets of that basic orchestration.

For instance, in The Geography of Dreams, you can compare the instrumentation among the movements from this list.

Mov. 1 – Dream of the City by the Sea and the Dark Castle Beyond Its Walls

flute solo
trumpet solo

Mov. 2 – Busts made of cork spinning slowly through the air

oboe solo

Mov. 3 – In the Hills Outside the City, the Old Man Sits by His Fire Conversing with the Forest Animals

picc solo
flute solo
oboe solo
english horn solo
french horn
Perc 1: Marimba
Perc 3: celeste
keyboard (“chiffy” organ sound)

Mov. 4 – Amidst The City’s Desolation The Anima Appears As A Woman Clothed In Radiant White

horn section & solo
trumpet solo
Perc 1: tam-tam
Perc 2: grand casa
Perc 3: tubular bells

Mov. 5 – Twilight Peal in the City of Dreams

horns section (unison)
trumpet section (unison)

Score available for The Forest (for symphony orchestra)

Frideric in the snow by a fire ring_001 copyI’m in the process of editing my three most recent orchestral pieces. I just finished editing the score of the first of these. It can be downloaded (free) HERE. The audio may be streamed (free) HERE (or use the player below). I strongly recommend listening on headphones or good speakers, not just tiny laptop speakers.

In retrospect–I didn’t do this intentionally, things just came out this way–I’ve noticed that the “orchestra,” for which I naturally tend to write, has the following characteristics:

  • Normal string section;
  • Far fewer woodwinds and brass which are used almost exclusively only in solo/soli writing;
  • Expanded percussion/keyboard sections;
  • Always harp but also sometimes other plucked instruments;
  • Except for string section which seems to always be present in every movement, not all movements have same instrumentation, and some instruments might only be used in one or two movements.

For example, the instrumentation of this orchestral suite is as follows:

English Horn
C Trumpet
Percussion 1

  • Tubular bells
  • Sistrum or tambourine (or any metal or bright sounding shaken instrument such as “egg” shaker)
  • Claves
  • Anvil or brake drum

Percussion 2

  • Hand bells
  • 6 large drums of varying sizes (in a pinch, roto-toms would do); notes immediately repeated should be of slightly different tonal inflection; the lowest 2 (or 3) drums may be of wood–at any rate, the lowest drums should be significantly lower than the upper 3

Percussion 3

  • Orchestra bells
  • Dumbek or a similar, single drum that can create a variety of pitches and timbers.

Violins I
Violins II

A More Prodigious Tulip for cello and piano

2015-04-12 12.47.16 copyThis was composed in 1972. It has had several versions. This is the most recent. It is a series of variations (“strophes”) on an abstract Schenkerian melodic skeleton, embellished over the course of the variations as one might embellish a raga. Unlike a raga which is handed down by tradition, this underlying structure was composed by me. Two salient features that help the ear keep its place are the tonic cadences and the move from the raised 4th scale degree up to the 5th. The score is available at…gious_Tulip.pdf.

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra

This concerto was composed in 1994 and slightly revised in 2015. It’s for piano and small orchestra (just piano, strings, and only 4 woodwinds–no brass, no percussion). The score is still being cleaned up but will eventually be available at

Festival Prelude for Piccolo Trumpet and Organ

Here’s an old piece of mine: Festival Prelude for Piccolo Trumpet and Organ: I don’t think I’m allowed to say who the trumpet player is because this wasn’t done for publication, just a demo. But, he’s the trumpet player for whom I wrote all my life. I love his concept of how the trumpet should sound, noble and strong. The not-so-good organist is me. The score is available at

New movement added to The Golden Thread — Wendeyaho

I’ve added a movement to The Golden Thread, Wendeyaho.

Although the arrangement and orchestration is my own, the melodic source for this movement is a traditional Native American tune called “Wendeyaho” that is often described as a “Cherokee Morning Song.” However discussion of it on the Internet indicates that the word, “Wendeyaho,” is not Cherokee. For a full, and fascinating discussion of this, please see Why You Can’t Find “Wendeyaho” in a Cherokee Dictionary

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