Latest and upcoming concerts:

Greetings to all visitors! I have not been very active in keeping up this website in the past few years, as well as not writing much music.  Now, at age 70, I have plans to write some more music, a song cycle for soprano and flute, to be performed next Spring in 2025.  Meanwhile, I invite you to peruse my website and listen to some of my music. This year, 2024, my song cycle, “This Wavy, Clumpy Yard of Mine” for mezzo-soprano and piano, to poems by my aunt, Mary Catherine Kirtley Young, was published by Classical Vocal Reprints. You may listen to an excellent performance of the cycle on this, my website, as well as on the Classical Vocal Reprints website where you may order the score. Here’s the link:

In the year before the COVID pandemic, two piano works of mine were performed on November 4th, 2019 at Jiyuugakuen Myounichikan-Koudou in Tokyo, Japan.   “Lear Meditation 2: Into the Storm” for two pianos (new edition, completed January 2019) was given its Japan premiere by pianists, Kazuhiro Miura and his wife, Mayumi Miura.  Kazuhiro Miura gave his second performance of “Lear Meditation 1” for solo piano (completed June 2015).  Both pieces were performed beautifully!  Thank you, Kazuhiro-san et Mayumi-san!

Haiku Songs of Karigane

Announcing the release of Haiku Songs of Karigane:  Here, below, is a Youtube link to the fourth song of this five-song work.  The song cycle is written for soprano and piano, and was released on the Navona Records label on October 14, 2016.  It is the first work on an album titled, Cadence: New Works for Voices in Verse.  For this recording the performers are Jennifer Bird, soprano and Mutsumi Moteki, piano.

By using this website’s Compositions tab, you may listen to an excellent, live performance of the complete Haiku Songs of Karigane as presented in September 2006 by MeeAe Cecilia Nam, soprano and Mutsumi Moteki, piano.  There, you will also find English translations of the five Japanese haiku.

Leaves falling from the Holy Tree

I am happy to announce the rerelease of my work for large orchestra, Leaves falling from the Holy Tree.  It appears on the Navona Records CD NV5969 titled Luminescence, which it shares with the excellent works of five other composers.  For this CD, released 9 September 2014, my piece has been remastered and edited.

(The first excerpt in this Youtube montage is the opening 2 minutes 25 seconds of Leaves falling from the Holy Tree. The piece has a total duration of 12 minutes 30 seconds.)

For more information and to listen to the complete work, please refer to the “Compositions” tab, click on the arrow, then click on the “Orchestral” arrow and select the work.