Helen Valnliere

helenvalnHelen Valnliere for narrator and electronics, was written in 2003. It is the third and final installment of the “Some Antics trilogy” with poet Michael Walter.

The piece is for one narrator and live electronic music. The narrator speaks Walter’s poetry in a sort of half-rhtyhm-half-sprectstimme style. All the accompaniment is generated in realtime using Max/MSP. The text tells the story of a young Helen Valnliere (pronounced Valn-lee-air)

Duration: 7:00

Requiem

Requiem for SSAATTBB chorus and electronics was written in 2001. The premiere performance was conducted by Scott Jones, for which it won the 2001 Prix d’Ete Composition Prize.

duration: 9:21

Score Excerpts:

Requiem, Page 1

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Requiem, Page 5 (Score)

Requiem, Page 5 (Score)



I Meant You Have Blue Eyes

blueeyesI Meant You Have Blue Eyes is a short, fun percussion piece for 2 narrators. Bordering on a theater piece, the text is sometimes funny, sometimes sad, but always rhythmic. A great concert opener for percussion, voice, or any mixed ensemble. Although it is technically a voice piece, it can be performed by either gender or combinations of men and women.

The work consists of four movements: Slow, Fast, Moderate/Fast, and Slow.

All text by Michael Walter, used by permission.

duration: 5:20

Example pages:

I Meant You Have Blue Eyes I Meant You Have Blue Eyes

Mix Tapes

mixtapesMix Tapes is a percussion work for 3 narrators. It is the second part of the “Some Antics Trilogy” with poet Michael Walter. The work consists of three movements:

I. Whisper: Three poems are split between the three narrators

II. Poem 1/Poem 2: 2 poems read simultaneously, split between the three narrators

III. Grand Rapids Sutra: One poem split between the three narrators. The text for this movement has been published in other contexts.

All text by Michael Walter, used by permission.

Duration: 6:00

Where I Should Look

whereishouldlookWhere I Should Look for soprano and piano was commissioned by the Aspen Music Festival and School in 2004. The small amount of text in the piece comes from email conversations with Katie Glover, although the text is largely obscured.

The majority of the music is untexted.

The piece unfolds in 7 unnamed movements.

duration: 12:00

Example pages:

Where I Should Look Where I Should Look Where I Should Look