This piece is scored for soprano and tenor soloists, SATB choir and electronics. It is based on three Nahuatl texts attributed to the great philosopher, poet and ruler Nezahualcoyotl (1402–72). I wanted to use non-European poetry composed during the Renaissance to complement the early music ensemble’s standard repertoire, while also using contemporary vocal techniques and […]

Ouroboros Miniatures Six miniatures for steel-string guitar duo. In this piece I explore the 3rd Mode of Limited Transposition steeped in a more popular style, idiomatic of the steel-string guitar. Dedicated to Kelsey Osgood. 2008 Chorale Phase Vals Swell Alloy Mute

Paris 8th November, 1913 Don’t fall to the ground, Dear Friend, it is only me!!! Of course, if we begin, you wishing to understand and I to explain why I haven’t written yet, our hair will fall out. And then, something marvellous is happening here: at least once a day everyone talks about you. Your […]

And so we proceed: a crippling bout of laziness has kept me from finally finishing these fingerboard diagrams, but it’s about time to wrap things up. Here is the sixth mode, with all of its transpositions. Sixth MLT, First transposition: Sixth MLT, Second transposition: Sixth MLT, Third transposition: Sixth MLT, Fourth transposition: Sixth MLT, Fifth […]

Meet the fifth mode of limited transposition – a “truncated” version of the fourth mode. This one is also interesting – I kind of like it better than the fourth… the two consecutive semitones remind me of the blues pentatonic scale. Here they are: all six transpositions! Fifth MLT, first transposition: Fifth MLT, second transposition: […]