The Ridgewood Symphony commissioned me to compose a piece several years ago. The result is this elegy for a young man, a talented violinist in the Ridgewood Symphony, who tragically took his own life. The music not only expresses the pain of his loss, but is also a tribute to his life.
This music was composed to express a love for the string quartet, in its richness of melody, its counterpoint, and the beautiful interplay of all the instruments in an intimate setting.
These three short pieces utilize the sweetness and range of the piano to explore the depth of gentle reflections of our inner thoughts and hopes to find ourselves at peace with ourselves and with the world around us.
The melody of this music for clarinet, piano, and strings expresses the feeling of seeking a bond that never quite materializes, despite the strong desire to do so.
Three Choral Pieces
Three wonderful expressions of how love shapes our lives in profoundly different ways that occur over a lifetime, as written by Emily Dickinson and the unknown authors of The Song of Songs and Ecclesiastes.
The Gentle Path
In this age of such animosity, polarization, and demonizing others in our society, this music expresses the hope that we can find a way to walk together and listen to each other with care and acceptance.
Romance for Clarinet and Orchestra
Based on a melody I composed years ago, this piece was expanded to exhibit the beauty, musical expertise, and range of the clarinet in a small orchestral setting.
– Craig Madden Morris