A one-act opera collaboration with playwright Dominic Orlando, director Christopher Alden, and producers StageTime Collaborative. Beautiful Creatures is about the politics and people in the environmental movement. More broadly, the opera is about the loss of ideals and how we reconcile our best hopes with sobering realities. After several libretto readings, the last in December, 2009, in July, 2010 we had a music reading of the first half, and I composed the second for a recent workshop-reading in November, 2011. Over the summer of 2011, Alden, Orlando and I workshopped for 3 days overhauling the libretto. The non-profit, StageTime, has devoted countless hours developing this opera, and they’re now pitching the opera to festival producers in Europe and America for full production. I plan to orchestrate for fuller ensemble with a dramatic lyric soprano to play Eileen. For a smaller production I plan to score for fl, ob, tp/fluegel, tb, stg 4tet, db, and perc.
Preview piano/vocal score of Beautiful Creatures: Pt1.pdf
Dream President (2008)
Dream President for soprano and orchestra (fl, ob, cl, bn, tp, hn, tb, vln, vla, vc, db, pno, drum kit, perc) was presented at New York City Opera’s Showcasing American Composers in 2004, and again in revised version (2 sop, mezzo, baritone, ten/sop sax, db, pno, drums), directed and semi-staged by Caren France at the Manhattan School of Music’s Opera Theater opera previews in 2005. The final version was premiered in a collaborative production Opera After Hours, directed by the internationally acclaimed Christopher Alden at the Zipper Factory in 2008.
The X-Dresser (2004)
an opera short – libretto by Jennifer Griffith
The Reed (2010)
a chamber oratorio for mezzo-soprano and tenor soloists, narrator, SATB, pn, cl, vla, vc, perc.
A Short Drive (2003)
for chamber orchestra; fl/pc, cl, tpt, tbn, vn, vla, vc, db, pno.
french horn, violin, cello, piano, percussion.
On the Stairs (2003)
flute, violin, viola.
Pandora’s Hope (2003)
two guitars, flute, oboe, violin, cello;
The Clinton Dreams (2001-03)
three movements for soprano & 9 players;
“Bill & Hillary’s Caravan”
“A Short Drive”
Clinton’s Harem (2002)
Bb/bass cl, vn, vc, pn, perc.
Wind Quintet (2000)
3 Short Pieces for Flute, Horn and Piano (2001)
Two Pieces for Flute, Oboe and Guitar (2001)
Morphine (2007), baritone, pno; 3 mins.
Songs for Early Spring (2005), settings of cummings, Joiner, Silsbee; soprano, pno; 7 mins.
Frank O’Hara Rocks! 4 settings from Lunch Poems (2004), baritone, pno; 10 mins.
Walt Whitman songs (2004), mezzo-soprano, gtr or pno; 4 mins.
Trails (2005), poem by Ann Silsbee; soprano, pno; 2.5 mins.
Three Songs (1998), settings of Stevens, St. Vincent Millay; soprano; 5 mins.
Part of One (1993), jazz/pop vocal, pno; 3 mins.
Labor Day (1991), jazz vocal, pno; 3 mins.
A Little Beastliness for Guitar (2002); 5 mins.
Five Easy Pieces (in A) I. Arnold II. Anton III. Alban IV. Aaron V. Alberto (2003), piano; 6 mins.
Something close to tango (2012), piano; 1 min.
the first four notes of something close to tango use the extra bass notes on the bösendorfer piano (or can be played an octave higher on a standard keyboard) and almost match the first pitches of nazareth’s famous tango odeon. I juxtapose rhythms and styles from brazilian and argentine tango.
Who Is Miranda? (2009), 5:39
Text from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” Sounds, additional text, and narration by Jennifer Griffith. Miranda, Anne Fiero; Prospero, Tom Noonan; Ferdinand, Patrick Porter
Calling G.B. (2006), 1 min.