Cucumbers & Gin

Sean plays the showpiece I wrote him so well that we made a movie. And a Kickstarter campaign, and cocktail recipes, and a Noteflight score that plays under the film.




The Seafarer

What goes better with Old English poetry than the cello? Experimental film. I used Burton Raffel’s excellent translation, with permission from Yale University Press.



The Burial of the Dead

Usually the phrase “symphonic poem” is a bit of a metaphor. Here, every note matches a syllable from T.S. Eliot‘s The Waste Land, of which “The Burial of the Dead” is the first section. Try listening as you read the poem – you can hear every word.

Two Yeats Songs

I became a composer because of choral music, and these pieces are my way of saying thank you. Based on two famous poems by William Butler Yeats, The Lake Isle of Innisfree and He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven, they’re as much fun to sing as they are to hear.



The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock

T.S. Eliot was twenty-one years old when he wrote Prufrock. Jerk. The world was his oyster, and he’s worried that as his career slips past, he won’t ever be understood. After a virtuosic opening movement, the saxophone soloist has the same problem, using his instrument and his voice to try to tell his story.



The Stain of Love

William Carlos Williams wrote the poems, Jason Buckwalter commissioned the song cycle, and Zach Herchen recorded them. I love these strange little poems, and I hope I’ve added something to them.