Sunday, December 5, 1999

Quadruple Concerto ("Metal"), Op. 83


Op. 83 QUADRUPLE CONCERTO ("Metal") (December 5, 1999)
For Flutes (and Metallic Orchestra)
For Wind Quartet (and Metallic Orchestra)
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante
III. Moderato

Performance:

March 4, 2000
Composers Performance Ensemble
National Association of Composers, Arts Center, Palo Alto, CA

Recording:

MYTHOS IN TEMPORE BELLI (Complete Works, Volume 28)

Tuesday, November 16, 1999

Symphony No. 4 ("Sequence Music"), Op. 82


Op. 82 SYMPHONY NO. 4 ("Sequence Music") (November 16, 1999)
For Orchestra (2222 2231 2perc, pf, strings)
I. Allegro
II. Andante moderato
III. Allegro molto
IV. Allegro molto

Recording:

MYTHOS IN TEMPORE BELLI (Complete Works, Volume 27)

Friday, October 1, 1999

The Beatitudes, Op. 81


Op. 81 THE BEATITUDES (BLESSED ARE) (October 1, 1999)
for Chorus and Orchestra









Recording:

STORIES WITH A VIEW (Complete Works, Volume 26)

Wednesday, September 1, 1999

John and Salome, Op. 80


Op. 80 JOHN AND SALOME (September 1, 1999)
Operetta in One Unnatural Act


Part I


I. Turn










II. You Snakes!










III. CHORUS - "I Should Be"











IV. PAVANE - "Are You the One"










V. SALOME'S DANCE - "I Swear"











VI. BLUES TROPE - "Ah, Marvellous!"











VII. DIRGE - "Bring Me the Head"










John and Salome is a dismemberment of G.F. Handel's Messiah (Comfort Ye and Ev'ry Valley), Stephen Schwartz's Godspell (Alas, Alas for You), Igor Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms (I.), Gabriel Faure's Pavanne, Richard Strauss's Salome, and Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique (IV. March to the Scaffold).

Sunday, August 1, 1999

Job: A Masque, Op. 79


Op. 79 JOB: A MASQUE (August 1, 1999)
for Voices and Orchestra [or Pierrot Ensemble]

SCENE I - INTRODUCTION - "What you been doing?"
(Duet - God and Satan)
SCENE II - DIRGE - "We were plowing"
(Quartet - 4 Messengers / Solo - Job)
SCENE III - DOUBLE - "Where have you been?"
(Duet - God and Satan)
SCENE IV - CANON - "Curse God and die" (Duet - Job and Job's Wife)
SCENE V - MOTET - "Place a curse" (Aria - Job)
SCENE VI - DIALOGUE I - "Man is born to suffer" (Sextet I)
SCENE VII - DIALOGUE II - "Empty words" (Sextet II)
SCENE VIII - DIALOGUE III - "Is there someone" (Sextet III)
SCENE IX - MONOLOGUE - "I am still young" (Aria - Elihu)
SCENE X - WHIRLWIND - "Who are you" (Arioso - Quintet - Arioso)
SCENE XI - EPILOGUE - "Lord blessed the last part" (Aria - Satan)

Premiere

June 17, 19, 2010
San Francisco Cabaret Opera , Live Oak Theatre, Berkeley, CA

God / Bildad the Shuhite - Nanette McGuinness
Satan / Zophar the Naamathite / Messenger IV - Crystal Philippi
Job - Marilyn Pratt
Job's Wife / Messenger III - Kate Bautch
Eliphaz the Temanite / Messenger II - Sarita Cannon
Elihu / Messenger I - Heather Klein

Mark Alburger's JOB: A MASQUE is born to suffer in comparison with its troping sources, including Ralph Vaughan Williams's Job: A Masque for Dancing (which serves as overall framework) with sparks flying upwards into Alban Berg's Three Pieces for Orchestra and Wozzeck, George Crumb's Makrokosmos (Volume III: Music for a Summer Evening), Alburger's Animal Farm, and Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, plus related trials from Philip Glass and 60's rock.




SCENE I - INTRODUCTION - "What you been doing?"









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SCENE II - DIRGE - "We were plowing"












SCENE III - DOUBLE - "Where have you been?"















SCENE IV - CANON - "Curse God and die"













SCENE V - MOTET - "Put a curse"













SCENE VI - DIALOGUE I - "Man is born to suffer"















SCENE VII - DIALOGUE II - "Empty words"












JOB: VIII. DIALOGUE III - "Is There Someone"


















SCENE IX - MONOLOGUE - "I am still young"











SCENE X - WHIRLWIND - "Who are you"











SCENE XI - EPILOGUE - "Lord blessed the last part"










Thursday, July 1, 1999

Esther Xerxes, Op. 78 (1999)


Op. 78 ESTHER XERXES (July 1, 1999)
Opera in Three Acts for Voices and Orchestra



Ouverture










Atto Primo


I. CORO - "Bring Queen Vashti"











II. ARIOSO


"Why don't you make a search to find some beautiful young virgins?"










III. SINFONIA E SCENA


"When King Nebuchadnezzar" (Esther in the Harem)











IV. DUETTO


"Bigthana and Teresh" (The Plot Against Xerxes)











Atto Secondo
V. ARIA - "There is a certain race" (The Plot Against the Jews)
VI. SCHERZO - "On the thirteenth day of Adar" (Esther and Mordecai)
VII. ARIA - "If anyone" (Esther in the Hall)
VIII. SCENA - "What is it" (Esther, Xerxes, and Haman)

Atto Terzo
IX. TERZETTO - "Now, then, Queen Esther" (The Death of Haman)
X. ARIA E CORO - "Proclamation issued"

Recording:

STORIES WITH A VIEW (Complete Works, Volume 26)