Penitence tells a story of prayer, anguish, and forgiveness. The subject is one who repeatedly tries and fails to overcome a self-destructive habit, but with the help of God they ultimately conquer.It holds a special place for me as the first of my compositions ever publicly performed, in a recital in 2014.
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This playful duet for two female singers is based on a poem by Goethe, translated by A. S. Kline. The music reflects the leaping, rushing, and streaming of the water described in the text. Duration: 3 minutes (Singers: Sarah Earl and Maddy Hunter) Back to voice music
I started writing “Hallelujah” in December of 2018. At the time, Zach Griffin and I were regularly doing Four-Hand piano numbers together and we had talked about trying to make a full Christmas album the next year. I thought it would be good to have a couple original numbers for that set and this light melody was the result. I…
This piece uses most of the text from Emily Dickenson’s powerful poem about love, I Cannot Live With You. While the speaker clearly has affection for the individual she is talking about, she ultimately concludes that their love would be impossible. The poem is used by permission of Harvard University Press. Duration: 3 minutes 30 seconds (Singer: Maddy Hunter) Back…
This short piece is deeply pensive and introspective. It depicts someone sitting alone at the shore of a lake on a cool summer night, staring at the water and thinking. All has the appearance of quiet and calm, but the mind is alight with memory. He thinks of mistakes he has made, opportunities he passed up, and imagines a thousand…