Ring Out, Wild Bells

Composed for LA Children’s Chorus Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson in honor of her final season with LACC, this energetic setting of verses by Alfred Tennyson is scheduled to be premiered on Dec. 3 at Walt Disney Concert Hall with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

 

Wreath of Wakeful Dreams, A

Cellist Roger Lebow commissioned this set of three songs on poems by W.B. Yeats for his son, outstanding tenor Theo Lebow. Details of the premiere featuring the two musicians plus harpist Marcia Dickstein are to be announced. In order, the poems are He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven, The Stolen Child, and When You Are […]

 

Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service (Beach Spring)

Using the beautiful tune BEACH SPRING from the Sacred Harp, this Festive Hymn Setting was commissioned by Frank Brownstead, music director of Our Lady of the Angels cathedral in Los Angeles.

 

Instrumental Music


Calls of the Owl, The

Violin, clarinet, cello, and harp    [c. 17:30]

This multi-movement work, played continuously, is inspired by Margaret Craven’s affecting novella about life among the Kwakiutl people in British Columbia, I Heard the Owl Call My Name.
“[Gibson’s] moving The Calls of the Owl evoked nature imagery with lyrical counterpoint and flowing ostinatos.” – Los Angeles Times

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DT Variations in a Tasty Rondo Shell

flute, viola, harp    c. 4:15

This lively piece now serves as the final movement of Ternion Sonata No. 1, but is available separately, as an encore, etc.

excerpt performed by the Debussy Trio

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Available from the composer

He Sleeps Less Tremulous: A Lament

English horn, string quartet    [c. 8:45]

This somber, expressive quintet was inspired by a Wilfred Owen poem, Asleep.

[virtual realization through Sibelius Sounds]

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In Memoriam: Elegia-Passacaglia

String orchestra    [6:40]

This string piece reflects several levels and stages of profound grief. Premiered by the Orange County High School for the Arts, led by Christopher Russell.
(Watch the YouTube video based on this music.)

[virtual realization through Sibelius Sounds]

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Ritual Dances (of The Divine Trinity)

Flute, viola, and harp    [c. 6:10]

Commissioned, premiered, and recorded by the Debussy Trio, this highly rhythmic chamber work uses both tonal and serial techniques in contemplation of divine interplay. The Debussy Trio released their recording of this work, Look Ahead, both in CD and mp3 formats.

[Excerpt from "Look Ahead," performed by the Debussy Trio]

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Ternion Sonata No. 1

flute, viola, harp    [c. 14.30]

Commissioned, premiered, and recorded by the Debussy Trio.
Movements include:
I. Forgetting the Words
II. How sad, how strange the days that are no more
III. DT Variations in a Tasty Rondo Shell

[excerpt realized through Sibelius Sounds]

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