Composing “Songs from a Quaker Heart”

What fun to hear the rehearsal of “Songs from a Quaker Heart” last night. This new music SATB chorus and piano is getting its premiere by the Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus, who commissioned it. The poems are by Marian Kaplun Shapiro, a fellow resident of Lexington, MA. So many of Marian’s poems are direct observation of   Read More...

Listening: Ran, Jolas, Tower, Chen Yi

A whole disc of solo clarinet seems like a lot of just one flavor, but I found the pieces varied and delightful. I was drawn to it because I was looking for music by Betsy Jolas, with whom I studied a long time ago at Yale.

In memory of my father

My father died in 2011 at the age of 93. I wrote the poem Deepest Shade in 2010 as he was losing the ability to communicate with us. I set it to music soon after.   Read More...