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Started this discussion. Last reply by Victor Grauer Apr 12, 2013. 3 Replies

Here's a little march I wrote for a play of mine called "I, Bertolt Brecht." My play is a takeoff on one of my favorite Brecht plays, "Mann ist Mann," and contains several musical numbers, more of…Continue

How I Wanted to Learn Composition

Started this discussion. Last reply by Victor Grauer Feb 9, 2013. 5 Replies

My title is shamelessly lifted from the title of an autobiographical essay by the German artist George Grosz. When, as a teenager, I first encountered this essay in a literary journal purchased from…Continue

Yehudi (not Menuhin)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Victor Grauer Feb 8, 2013. 17 Replies

Glutton for punishment that I am, I've decided to post yet another composition for your "dissecting" pleasure. It's for violin and piano and is called "Yehudi," but it is not a tribute to Yehudi…Continue

Shady Grove

Started this discussion. Last reply by Julie Harris Feb 6, 2013. 20 Replies

I posted a little essay on the origin of this piece as a Blog post, along with a link, but haven't had any critical comments so I decided to present it here. I posted in the Blogs area because this…Continue


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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Multimedia, Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
No favorite genre.
Is music your main income source?
Sort Of - Music Related
Where do you live?
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
I'm a complicated person with a great many interests, mostly in the arts, some of which I have explored in some depth, as both creator and theorist. This includes not only music, but film, video, installation art, performance art, poetry, drama and probably a few etceteras as well. Much of my electronic and computer music has been incorporated in my gallery or museum installations, or art-oriented performance events.

My work in various media has been presented in many venues worldwide, including The New York Film Festival, the Whitney Museum of Art, the Kitchen (NYC), the Albright-Knox Museum (Buffalo), the Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh), the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh), the Barbicon Center (London), etc.

I've been based in Pittsburgh for several years, where I have taught at the Univ. of Pgh, Chatham College and the High School of Creative and Performing Arts, among other institutions.

My training is in music, primarily as a composer, but also ethnomusicologist. I hold a Ph. D. in composition and theory from SUNY Buffalo, where I studied with Leo Smit, Henri Pousseur and Lejarin Hiller. I've written a lot of music for all sorts of combinations, but have always had a difficult time relating to performers and consequently haven't had that many live performances, unfortunately.

Since I've always felt comfortable with computers, a good chunk of my musical output is available in computer-generated form, with fairly decent sampled or synthesized sounds. Lately I've been working with Finale, using the wonderful sampled sounds of the Garritan "orchestra," which please me no end.

The website listed below provides a small sampling of my output, mostly electronic or computer music.

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Shady Grove

Posted on January 31, 2013 at 2:46pm 0 Comments

Shady Grove, my little love,

Shady Grove I say,

Shady Grove, my little love,

I'm bound to go away.

I fell in love with this old American folk song many years ago, in a version by Clarence Ashley, I think. Or maybe Pete Steele. And while still in my early 20's, as a grad student at Wesleyan University (studying Ethnomusicology), I became actually haunted by it and, as is often the case with me, felt almost compelled to respond with music of my own.  I got…


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