Program Note:Solstice was written for my friends in the Garth Newel Piano Quartet and for the beautiful place they call home, the Garth Newel Music Center in Bath County in the Allegheny Mountains near Warm Springs, Virginia. The piece is divided into four movements, one for each season—Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring—and are ordered as such […]
Program Note:My sons, Izaak and Declan, have profoundly changed and shaped the way I see the world. I initially set out to write a collection of vignettes about them, about childhood—a way to capture the beautiful, tender, and often silly and hilarious moments of their lives, but, my plans suddenly shifted after yet another all […]
Instrumentation: Version 1 – Fl, Cl, A Sax, Electronics/Laptop, Pno, Vibr, Vln, Vc Version 2 – Cl, Vln, Vc, Pno Version 3 – Vln, Vla, Vc, PnoProgram Note: Red Vesper was written for Bill Ryan and the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble for their tour of the Western United States, including several […]
davebied · This Night Philip Brunelle & VocalEssence *Note this piece has been transposed down one semitone from the original performance recording posted above. Instrumentation: SATB a cappella choir and (optional) solo flute (alternate version with violin also available) Program Note: This Night is a simple Christmas carol, written for VocalEssence and Philip Brunelle (winner of the 2012 Welcome Christmas […]
Program Note: I am often inspired by the fleeting moments of consciousness as I fall asleep, a space that lies between the real and the surreal, between waking and dreaming. As I lay in bed one evening, I began to imagine a glass of water, filled to the brim, with the water rising slightly over […]
davebied · Stomp (chamber ensemble) Conducted by David Biedenbender Program Note: The title, Stomp, refers to a heavy, syncopated dance with some serious attitude—picture a Saturday night jam session—in a barn—featuring a crazed country fiddle band and Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers.