Small Ensembles (3-5 players)

Double Palimpsest

Double Palimpsest is so named for the two sources which are "written over": an earlier piece of mine,Ives Music  #2 and some quoatations from two works of Stravinsky, Requiem Canticles and Movements, the latter's series which is woven throughout the piece.

Double Palimpsest was written for Unheard-Of//Ensemble



The title 3,2,1 refers to the number of instruments playing in each of the three sections. The first movement is for all three instruents, the second for violin and percussion and the third for solo piano with a short coda adding violin and glockenspiel.


Percussion (1 player)


5 triangles

3 cooking pots

5 ceramic bowls

A Commonplace Book

The keeping of a commonplace book, a collection of sayings, poems, articles, virtually any written matter, flourished in the 19th C.  It was not necessary that there be any thematic link to the entries save the value to the keeper of the book. A Commonplace Book follows this same concept in its makeup. The six pieces are highly contrastive by design.

1. Accusì va er monno- a setting of a scabrous sonnet (That's the way the world goes) by the 19th C. Roman dialect poet G.G. Belli.

Ives Music (#1)

Ives Music is the first in a series of pieces that employs quotations from other music. In this case the quotations are from Ives himself. In the first movement,Largo, the "human faith" melody from Concord Sonata is referenced. In the second movement, Romanza, the quotation is more direct as the piece concludes with a rhythmically altered statement of the opening of Ives' song Romanzo di Central Park. 


Glocken (Ger: bells) is in six continuous movements. On the recording, Mvts 2 and 3 are grouped together while the others are cued individually.


The four "sisters" of Sisters are 1) Annabel Lee (Poe), 2) Hazel Shade (Nabokov) 3) Lolita (Nabokov) and 4) Ophelia (Shakespeare).


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