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Threnody   for clarinet, viola, piano
The complete title of this piece is Threnody (for Naboth). As a Christian, this lament is a kind of personal exercise of both sympathy and faith — an expression of sympathy for the man Naboth who was murdered by King Ahab...

Teal   for two B–flat clarinets
The guiding organizational principle of Teal for two Bb clarinets is canon, as the two clarinet parts are linked canonically throughout much of the piece. While the canonic relationship is at times strict, more commonly...

Hypallage   for Violin, B–flat clarinet, piano
Written according to the required specifications of the 2015 Rapido! Composition Contest, Hypallage is a set of five variations on an original theme. The theme, consisting of a single long melodic strand, is presented in a sprightly minimalist texture...

Five Mazurkas   for piano solo
The title of this collection should in reality require quotation marks since these "mazurkas" stand significantly removed from the Polish mazur tradition to which they refer...

Calder Cadences   for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano
Each of the four movements of Calder Cadences is inspired by a Calder structure: the first by "The Crab" (1962) which rests outside the Houston Museum of Fine Art, the second by "The Grand Sail" (1965) which stands on the campus of MIT in Boston...

Penumbrae   for clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano
Written for the Moscow Conservatory Studio for New Music, Penumbrae was named winner of the 2010 League of Composers/ISCM Composition Competition...

Traces   for piano solo
Traces is a set of seven free–standing character pieces, each of which bear in some way marks, or "traces," of influences on the composer’s approach. Each movement is followed by one or more allusions to the influences...

Pentimenti   for large ensemble
The word "pentimento" refers to a visible trace of an image previously painted on a canvas that shows through the surface image. A guiding principle in Pentimenti for large ensemble is the constant emerging of elements through the musical texture...

Confessions of St. Augustine  
Version 1 for soprano and piano
Version 2 for soprano and orchestra
Version 3 for soprano, clarinet, and piano

This set of songs is the result of a collaboration with soprano Michelle Crouch. Based on St. Augustine’s monumental Confessions, it is my hope that this formidable text, as powerful today in its deep introspective devotion as I am sure it was...

Downward Courses   for piano solo
Written for pianist Ryan Fogg, its title comes from a poem by the Kentuckian writer and poet Wendell Berry. Musically, descending melodic fragments, or "downward melodic courses," are pulled from a five–chord progression that serves as a basis...

Edges   for large ensemble
Written for the University of Iowa’s renowned Center for New Music, Edges was recorded by the Center and is available on an Albany label disc (TROY956) commemorating the ensemble’s fortieth anniversary.

Buffalo Dance   for alto sax and piano
Written for saxophonist Kenneth Tse, Buffalo Dance for alto saxophone and piano is based on an Indian chant of the same name. At the work’s opening, the piano serves as a accompanimental drum to the saxophone’s winding melodies, which are peppered with...

davon kam der Tod so bald   for flute, alto sax, cello
Davon kam der Tod so bald reflects more than a slight nod to J.S. Bach, the great master whose many musical portrayals of the suffering Christ are unmatched in their beauty, deep sincerity, and expressivity. The most obvious nod...

Kyrie   for a cappella SATB choir
While the Kyrie text is deeply penitential at its heart, it can also provide the worshipper a deep expression of gratitude and even thanksgiving for the mercies of the Lord. Consider the Psalmist’s reflection in Psalm 145:9...

...Like a Fantastic Ague   for large ensemble
The title comes from the last of the Holy Sonnets of John Donne ("Oh, to vex me") in which he bemoans the constant wavering of his religious fervor: "...My devout fits come and go away like a fantastic ague..." Such an inconstancy is reflected...

(Ex)changing (Ex)tracts   for violin and piano
Written for Wolfgang David (violin) and David Gompper (piano). The work’s opening sonority is derived from the closing moments of David Gompper’s Star of the County Down, a sonority that appears in various guises throughout the harmonic terrain...

Dash   for brass quintet
Written for the Boston Brass, Dash for brass quintet opens with a minimalistic unfolding of a single sonority. After the higher instruments in the ensemble enter on a single pitch, F, in staggered fashion, more and more new notes gradually emerge...

After Darkness, Light   for symphonic band
After Darkness, Light was written for the Northwestern College Symphonic Band of Orange City, Iowa and its director Dr. Tim McGarvey. The primary source material for the work is the hymn tune "Wilhelmus" which is both the College’s alma mater and the Dutch national anthem...


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Discography

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The Fogg Project Albany (TROY1288)

Ryan Fogg, piano

Pattern Preludes, Books 2 and 3 (Karim Al–Zand)
Remnants (Joseph Dangerfield)
Fractured Spaces (Tim Sullivan)
Traces and Downward Courses (Luke Dahn)
Schematic Nocturne (Bruce Bennett)



Spirals: American Music in Moscow Albany (TROY1095)

A joint effort between MIdwestern American composers and the Moscow Conservatory's Studio for New Music ensemble.

The Swash of Water and Red (Ching-Chu Hu)
Penumbrae (Luke Dahn)
Spirals (David Gompper)
Crossed (David Gompper)
Piano Quintet (Joseph Dangerfield)
Ballistic Etude 3.1 (Mark Kilstofte)



Into the Future Albany (TROY956)

Music performed by the University of Iowa Center for New Music

Musica segreta (David Gompper)
Piccolos and Plungers (John Berners)
Edges (Luke Dahn)
Wind Quintet (Michael Eckert)
4 Mod 4 (Lawrence Fritts)
The Waves Roll on, Thundering and Shimmering (Joseph Dangerfield)




MAPP: Midwest American Piano Project Albany (TROY1069)

Stacey Barelos, piano

Hommage á W. A. (David Gompper)
Downward Courses (Luke Dahn)
Lake Sonata (David Maki)
Quiet Music (John Allemeier)
Free and Unticketed (Stacey Barelos)
Two Geometric Etudes (Joseph Dangerfield)