Dirty Music, concerto for amplified violin and burlesque band

Art Songs

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  1. 1 I never saw a moor 02:18
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  2. 2 Ballad of the Boy Who Went to Sea 05:33
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  3. 3 Amarilli mia bella from Ossessione 04:38
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  4. 4 Sebben crudele from Ossessione 03:26
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  5. 5 How Many Churches? 02:41
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  6. 6 Droplets 04:50
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  7. 7 Jordan 04:13
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  8. 8 The Road to Avrillé 02:09
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  9. 9 Why Can't I Let You Go? 04:36
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  10. 10 When I Kiss You 03:55
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  11. 11 Spring Rain 1: Old Tunes 03:42
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  12. 12 Spring Rain 2: The Ghost 02:33
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  13. 13 Spring Rain 3: Child, Child 02:50
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  14. 14 Spring Rain 4: Spring Rain 04:19
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Cabaret Songs

Race for the Sky is a cycle of songs for soprano, violin, and piano by Richard Pearson Thomas. It was inspired by poems collected in New York City from makeshift shrines and memorials left following the attacks of September 11th, 2001. Commissioned by Lisa Radakovich Holsberg, Race for the Sky was premiered at the New York Historical Society on September 11, 2002 and has received numerous performances nationwide, including in an orchestral version with the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Race for the Sky: Voices of 9/11

Choral Music

The Ghosts of Alder Gulch was commissioned and premiered by the Riverside Philharmonic Orchestra, Helen Cha-Pyo, conductor
About the piece ...
            In May 1863, gold was discovered near the Gravelly Range of Montana’s Rocky Mountains by Bill Fairwhether and a rag-tag band of prospectors. By summer’s end, tens of thousands of fortune seekers and parasites stretched seventeen miles up Alder Gulch and Virginia City was born. It didn’t last long -- gold rushes never do -- but of the tens of thousands who once inhabited the gulch, a few have lingered, fading shades now -- ghosts -- still felt, occasionally seen.                       
            Wurdemann's Music Hall museum in nearby Nevada City has a superb collection of antique instruments, music boxes, “orchestrians,” and carousel organs of all shapes and sizes. Although they are powered now by electricity, sometimes it seems that phantom hands are on the valves and keys, and if you listen closely, ethereal voices sing along. The Ghosts of Alder Gulch is a symphonic evocation of those machines and the spirits who are still making music through them. 

The Ghosts of Alder Gulch for Symphony Orchestra

Piano Music