Hearing Bells: a 17-minute work for soprano, flute, oboe, cello, percussion, and piano written for the composer's sister, Ann Crumb. The songs are settings of three Chinese poems from the Tang Dynasty era. Ann is well known for her work as an actress/singer on and off Broadway, and as a recorded jazz artist. Recently, through performances of George Crumb's music, she has established herself as a much sought after performer of contemporary art music. Hearing Bells was commissioned by the Bowdoin International New Music Festival in honor of George Crumb's 75th birthday. Ann, joined by the festival's musicians, premiered the work July 14, 2004 at Crooker Theater, Brunswick, Maine. Program Notes I Review
Improvisations on an English Folk Tune: a 15-minute work for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, and piano completed in December 2004. Commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University, this set of nine variations on the tune "Scarborough Fair" was premiered by the Third Angle Ensemble on January 19, 2005 at The Old Church, Portland, Oregon. Mp3 Clip I Program Notes
Suspended Blue: an 11-minute work written for the Oregon Brass Quintet. Completed in November 2003, the premiere took place May 2, 2005 at Beall Hall, University of Oregon.
Vestiges of a Distant Time: an 11-minute work for orchestra originally completed in 1996. However, in fall 2003 this work was extensively re-orchestrated. The revised version was presented February 7, 2004 by the Northwest Symphony, David Delta Gier conducting, and again on June 9, 2005 by the Riverside Symphony (NYC), George Rothman conducting. Program Notes I Review
Primordial Fantasy: an 8-minute work for piano and chamber ensemble (ob, cl, hn, perc, hp, vla, vc, db) completed August 2002. Commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard, this work was premiered by pianist Marcantonio Barone and Orchestra 2001 on October 6, 2002. Mp3 Clip I Program Notes