When I was a kid I almost became a Naturalist! I still remember the ‘Amateur Naturalist’s Handbook’ with great affection! Later, when I was in music, I had fantasies about someday getting out into nature and recording the sounds of insects and nature to compose music with. But then, as a student at Cornell University, I discovered the Macaulay Library of Ornithology and much later, when commissioned by Quintet of the America’s to compose a new piece dedicated to nature, I made great use of this library and found that they had hundreds of wonderful natural sounds! The work here mentioned is titled HUDSON VALLEY MUSIC, visit the project page by pressing the WOLF picture! Not only has HVM been performed by many ensembles, soloists and even full Chamber Orchestra, but I have created from it presentations which I include in my THE PHANTASTIC THEATER productions and workshops for families and young people!
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OCEAN FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO
This chamber work also has an environmental theme and develops musical material from HVM. Please press the picture below to visit the project page for this exciting and powerful work which is written in response to the BP Oil Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico… from which cause ocean creatures are still dying and the Environment paying a price.
Another of my works which is in the ‘Environmental Music’ category and precedes Hudson Valley Music is my MUSIC FROM EARTH – for Alto Sax, CDTape and Video – the same style of presentation as HVM. I wrote this piece for the amazing composer/saxophonist Demetrius Spaneas, Visit the link to see the colorful page I’ve created for this project! Press the Picture below!
The very first of these type of pieces was my NATUREMUSIC – which you can some of in the Music Player in the Sidebar (or below if you’re on a mobile) – you can hear String Quintet with Elephant Seals, Humpback Whales and Dolphins!