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Works

    Chamber

    • Afterlight (For Dottie) (2015)

      guitar and voice
      Duration: 2'

      Afterlight (For Dottie) (2015)

      guitar and voice
      Duration: 2'
    • Little Theorbo Concertino (2008)

      theorbo and electric guitar quartet
      theorbo and four electric guitars
      Duration: 3'

      Little Theorbo Concertino (2008)

      theorbo and electric guitar quartet
      theorbo and four electric guitars
      Duration: 3'
    • Simple Composition (2007)

      guitar duo
      Ebb & Flow Arts
      Duration: 3'

      Simple Composition (2007)

      guitar duo
      Ebb & Flow Arts
      Duration: 3'

      Notes

      Ms. Suzuki did a project at Weill Hall where young musicians composed tunes and conposers composed works based on the young composers' tunes.

      Buried in the little duo is the ostinato created by Shoko Suzuki's 4th Grade Class.

      Ebb & Flow commissioned the final, elaborated version.

    • Vintage 2007 ( after I Kissed a Girl & I liked It, by Katy Perry ) (2007)

      electric guitar quartet
      Duration: 2'

      Vintage 2007 ( after I Kissed a Girl & I liked It, by Katy Perry ) (2007)

      electric guitar quartet
      Duration: 2'
    • Various Roses (2005)

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      violin & guitar
      Duration: 3'

      Various Roses (2005)

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      violin & guitar
      Duration: 3'

      Notes

      For several years, Anderson experimented with couterpoints of arrays.

      Guitar has an array; violin arco has an array, violin pizz has an array.

      ...add screenshot of the arrays...

    • The Job of Journeywork (2002)

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      uiliiean pipes & Cygnus
      uillean pipes, fl, ob, vln, vc, and 2 tenor banjos
      Duration: 7'

      The Job of Journeywork (2002)

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      uiliiean pipes & Cygnus
      uillean pipes, fl, ob, vln, vc, and 2 tenor banjos
      Duration: 7'

      Notes

      Thanks to Isaac Alderson, the extraordinary piper, and the Cygnus players. The piece was written for Isaac when Cygnus was in residence at Sarah Lawrence College.

    • Apple Variations (1992)

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      septet
      pno, gt, mand, fl, vln, vc, perc
      Duration: 7'

      Apple Variations (1992)

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      septet
      pno, gt, mand, fl, vln, vc, perc
      Duration: 7'

      Notes

      Variations on the folksong, "I will give my love an apple"

    Solo

    • Poema harmónico (2016)

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      guitar solo
      Ebb & Flow Arts
      Duration: 3'

      Poema harmónico (2016)

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      guitar solo
      Ebb & Flow Arts
      Duration: 3'

      Notes

      Thanks for Angel Mendez for his excellent recent performances of Poema harmónico.Look for a link to those performances and others here, shortly.

      Attached here is the premiere performance by the composer in Maui, thanks to Ebb & Flow Arts.

    • Scherzo (Counterpoint of Supertonics) (2001)

      solo guitar ( optional singing )
      solo guitar or singing guitarist
      Weekend of Chamber Music
      Duration: 3'

      Scherzo (Counterpoint of Supertonics) (2001)

      solo guitar ( optional singing )
      solo guitar or singing guitarist
      Weekend of Chamber Music
      Duration: 3'

      Notes

      This is another piece that came out of Anderson's work with Judith Pearce, Annie Hat and the Weekend of Chamber Music in Sullivan County, in the Catskills.

      This piece introduces Elliott Carter's all-trichord hexachord to bourgeois (functional harmonic) society.

      Scherzo for guitar is dedicated to David Starobin and his Stauffer
      Scherzo for fortepiano is dedicated to Robert Levin

    • Kern Variations (1994)

      guitar solo
      Duration: 5'

      Kern Variations (1994)

      guitar solo
      Duration: 5'

      Notes

      Thanks to Jacob ter Veldhuis (Jacob TV) for organizing performances of this piece throughout Holland in 1994 or 5.

    • Of Course (1980)

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      guitar solo
      Duration: 3'

      Of Course (1980)

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      guitar solo
      Duration: 3'
    • Grüne Heinrich (1979)

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      guitar solo
      Duration: 2'

      Grüne Heinrich (1979)

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      guitar solo
      Duration: 2'

      Notes

      Many thanks to Daniel Conant for his excellent performances of this very tricky little piece.

    Orchestral

    • Four Counterpoints (2017)

      voice and string orchestra
      Soprano or Mezzo, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 or more or less
      With thanks to the Millennium Chamber Symphony
      Duration: 8'

      Four Counterpoints (2017)

      voice and string orchestra
      Soprano or Mezzo, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 or more or less
      With thanks to the Millennium Chamber Symphony
      Duration: 8'
    • Eine Gezupfteweltanschauung (2017)

      guitars, mandolins, theorbo (2 players) and string orchestra
      2 mandolin, 2 guitars, theorbo, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2
      Commissioned by Zaidee Parkinson (Cornelius Bliss Fund)
      Duration: 15'

      Eine Gezupfteweltanschauung (2017)

      guitars, mandolins, theorbo (2 players) and string orchestra
      2 mandolin, 2 guitars, theorbo, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2
      Commissioned by Zaidee Parkinson (Cornelius Bliss Fund)
      Duration: 15'

      Notes

      The video here is the 4th movement in an early version.

      Thanks to the truly remarkable players:

      Benjamin Grow, Conductor
      Koh Kazama & composer, guitars
      Kinga Augustyn, Keats Dieffenbach, violins
      Jocelyn Pan, viola
      Serafim Smigelskiy, violoncello

      I. Allegro (for two mandolins)
      II. Grazioso (for two guitars)
      III. Andante (for guitar & theorbo)
      IV. Allegro (for two guitars)

    • Unverhofftes Wiedersehen (Unexpected Reunion) (2017)

      voices, guitar orchestra & strings
      S, M, T, B, Vln, Vla, Vc, and 8 or more guitars
      Commissioned by Zaidee Parkinson
      Duration: 14'

      Unverhofftes Wiedersehen (Unexpected Reunion) (2017)

      voices, guitar orchestra & strings
      S, M, T, B, Vln, Vla, Vc, and 8 or more guitars
      Commissioned by Zaidee Parkinson
      Duration: 14'
    • Eight Rhythms / Djuna Barnes Settings, orchestration by Anthony Korf (2015)

      voice, string orchestra, and plucked instruments
      voice (belting soprano with overtone singing ability) 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, guitar, theorbo, maondolin (2 players who also sing backup vocals)
      Commissioned by Riverside Symphony
      Duration: 16'

      Eight Rhythms / Djuna Barnes Settings, orchestration by Anthony Korf (2015)

      voice, string orchestra, and plucked instruments
      voice (belting soprano with overtone singing ability) 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, guitar, theorbo, maondolin (2 players who also sing backup vocals)
      Commissioned by Riverside Symphony
      Duration: 16'

      Notes

      Thanks to Anthony Korf for his orchestration, to George Rothman's Riverside Symphony's conductor, to the unique singer, Elizabeth Farnum, and Zaidee Parkinson.

      The sound samples here are the chamber version.

    • Folksong Settings (2001)

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      soprano or mezzo and string orchestra
      Thanks to the Weekend of Chamber Music & Judith Pearce
      Duration: 7'

      Folksong Settings (2001)

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      soprano or mezzo and string orchestra
      Thanks to the Weekend of Chamber Music & Judith Pearce
      Duration: 7'

      Notes

      The MP3 here is of a reduction for 2 guitars, but the preferred version is for voice & string orchestra, or voice & 2 guitars.

      The Wedding Dress
      The Er-i-e
      Whistle, Daughter Whistle
      The Er-i-e Reprise
      The Farmer is the Man

    Electronics

    • A Giddy Thing (2000)

      mandolin and electronic plucked sounds
      Theater Chamber Players
      Duration: 3'

      A Giddy Thing (2000)

      mandolin and electronic plucked sounds
      Theater Chamber Players
      Duration: 3'

      Notes

      Thanks to Dina Koston, who presented a longer version of this piece for mandolin and piano at the Kennedy Center. The piece explores some simple harmonic ideas that are obviously quite influenced by Schoenberg's Op. 27 #4.

      The Washington Post called that "a long yawn". Composer agreed, and reworked and eventually settled on this number to be the most worthy of the experiments from that period.

      Looking at some of the other movements today, some are really fun and quite salvageable.

    Vocal

    • Afterlight (For Dottie) (2015)

      guitar and voice
      Duration: 2'

      Afterlight (For Dottie) (2015)

      guitar and voice
      Duration: 2'
    • Djuna Barnes Settings (2014)

      voice and 2 plucked string players
      for belting soprano, guitar, guitar/mandolin/theorbo
      Zaidee Parkinson & Cornelius Bliss Fund
      Duration: 14'

      Djuna Barnes Settings (2014)

      voice and 2 plucked string players
      for belting soprano, guitar, guitar/mandolin/theorbo
      Zaidee Parkinson & Cornelius Bliss Fund
      Duration: 14'

      Notes

      First performance at the Italian Academy at Columbia University, October 2014

      Thanks to Zaidee Parkinson & Alanna Maharajh Stone.

      Optional Tibetan overtone singing in

      1. Seen from the "L" / Rite of Spring (guitar, mandolin)
      2. She Passed This Way (two guitars)
      3. Crystals (guitar, theorbo)
      4. The Child Would Be Older (guitar & theorbo)
      5. Paradise / When the kissing flesh is gone (guitar & mandolin)
      interlude
      6. Pastoral (guitar & mandolin)

    • My Morphine (2006)

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      voice & two guitars
      2 guitars & voice
      Duration: 3'

      My Morphine (2006)

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      voice & two guitars
      2 guitars & voice
      Duration: 3'

      Notes

      This setting of Gillian Welch's song uses 2 partitions of the same 4 part array. The array is partitioned in two ways. The ending is harmonically faster because of the 5/2/2/5 partition. The opening is lugubrious, with a slower harmonic rhythm that chugs along in the strait 3/3/3/3 partition.

      Some of the tonal features of the original are superimposed over the array structure.

    • Quant L'herba Fresq (2006)

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      voice and two guitars
      2 guitars & voice
      Duration: 3'

      Quant L'herba Fresq (2006)

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      voice and two guitars
      2 guitars & voice
      Duration: 3'
    • Horace Ode (2005)

      soprano and guitar
      Duration: 2'

      Horace Ode (2005)

      soprano and guitar
      Duration: 2'

      Notes

      This is the last surviving portion of a project larger work based on Hermann Broch's The Death of Virgil.

    • Folksong Settings (2001)

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      soprano or mezzo and string orchestra
      Thanks to the Weekend of Chamber Music & Judith Pearce
      Duration: 7'

      Folksong Settings (2001)

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      soprano or mezzo and string orchestra
      Thanks to the Weekend of Chamber Music & Judith Pearce
      Duration: 7'

      Notes

      The MP3 here is of a reduction for 2 guitars, but the preferred version is for voice & string orchestra, or voice & 2 guitars.

      The Wedding Dress
      The Er-i-e
      Whistle, Daughter Whistle
      The Er-i-e Reprise
      The Farmer is the Man

    • Bacchus (Emerson) (1997)

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      soprano and Cygnus
      soprano, fl, ob, vln, vc, and two guitars
      Duration: 2'

      Bacchus (Emerson) (1997)

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      soprano and Cygnus
      soprano, fl, ob, vln, vc, and two guitars
      Duration: 2'