Works List

Most scores available from  ACALogo7rev American Composers Alliance
Follow links under individual works for audio files at my Soundcloud page.

LARGE ENSEMBLE MUSIC

•  ASA NISI MASA (2016) for violin solo and chamber orchestra [2,2,2,2 / 2,1,1,0 / 1 perc / str]. Premiered by Trond Saeverud and the Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra, Greg Biss conducting, 6/17/16 in Eastport, ME; 6/18/16 in Machias, ME; 6/19/16 in Calais, ME. 9 min.
•  SIXTEEN WALTZES, OP. 39, BY BRAHMS
(2014), arranged for chamber orchestra and gypsy jazz trio (two guitars and violin). Premiered by University of Maine at Farmington Orchestra and Mes Amis, 11/9/14. 18 min.
•  PHANTASTISCHE SONATE
(2014) for piano and chamber orchestra. Premiered by the University of Maine at Farmington Orchestra with Steven Pane, piano soloist, 4/26/14. 7 min.
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•  CAR-CAR CAN-CAN (2013) for automobile orchestra. Premiered at University of Maine at Farmington, 4/30/13. 15-20 min.
Michael Johnson blog with photos
•  REINCARNATION (2012) for automobile orchestra. Premiered at University of Maine at Farmington, 4/24/12. 15-20 min.
Oct 2015 Salzburg performance
•  INCARNATION (2009) for orchestra of 32 automobiles, arranged in a circle, plus whirly-spinners and skateboarder. Premiered at University of Maine at Farmington, 4/30/09. 15-20 min.
Michael Johnson blog with photos
•  CAR AFTERLIFE (2008) for automobile orchestra (50 cars and four conductors). Premiered at University of Maine at Farmington, 4/15/08. 15-20 min.
•  CAR LIFE (2007) for automobile orchestra (50 cars and four conductors), arranged in four antiphonal “choirs.” Premiered at University of Maine at Farmington, 4/10/07. 15-20 min.
•  IAMBUS (2006) for chamber orchestra [2,2,2,2 / 2,0,0,0 / str]. Premiered by the University of Maine at Farmington Orchestra, 4/28/06. 6 min.
•  SNOW LEAF (2005) for Javanese gamelan (slendro and pelog). Premiered at Bates College, Lewiston, ME, 3/4/05. 8 min. 
•  VALENTINE (2005) for Javanese gamelan (slendro and pelog). 12 min.
•  THE LOTOS-EATERS (2003) for Javanese gamelan (slendro), singers (gerongan) and Western orchestra [2,1+1,2d1,2 / 2,2,0,0 / str]. Text by Tennyson. From Suite Mawar Mekar, written for Gamelan Mawar Mekar at Bates College. Premiered at Bates College, Lewiston, ME, 3/28/03. 8 min. 
Score Sample (PDF)Audio Excerpts (Soundcloud)
•  DUST AS WE ARE (2003) for Javanese gamelan (pelog), singers (gerongan) and Western orchestra [2d1,1+1,1+1,2 / 2,2,0,0 / str]. Text by Wordsworth. From Suite Mawar Mekar, written for Gamelan Mawar Mekar at Bates College. Premiered at Bates College, Lewiston, ME, 3/28/03. 12 min.
•  ECHO PIECE NO. 1 (1998) for double wind quintet, cellos, and basses. Premiered 4/17/98 in Farmington. 4 min.
•  A DARK PINE’S HAND (1997) for orchestra [2d1,2,2,1+1 / 4,2,3,1 / timp / 3 perc / str]. Written for the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Toshiyuki Shimada, music director. Premiered 4/2/97. 2 min.
Audio (Soundcloud)
•  ROWING IN EDEN (1992) for orchestra [2d1,2d1,2,2 / 4,2,3,1 / timp / 1 perc / str]. Commissioned by the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Toshiyuki Shimada, music director. Premiered 10/13/92. 10 min.
Audio (Soundcloud)
•  MODUS OPERANDI (1988) for band.
•  INAUGURAL MARCH (1984) for band.
•  BECAUSE IT IS THERE (1974) for 54 trombones. Written in collaboration with Alan Dorsey. Premiered at International Trombone Workshop in Nashville, TN, 1975.

VOCAL MUSIC

•  NIGHT THOUGHTS (1996; 2015) for soprano soloist, SATB chorus, and piano. (Also available in version with chamber orchestra.) Settings of poetry by Wesley McNair and Emily Dickinson. Originally commissioned by University of Maine at Farmington Community Chorus, Steven Pane, music director, premiered 4/27 and 4/28/96. Revised version premiered by UMF Community Chorus and Orchestra, Jane Parker, soprano soloist, Philip Carlsen conducting, 5/10/15. 18 min.
——–1. Glass Night (McNair)
——–2. We Grow Accustomed to the Dark (Dickinson)
——–3. When the Trees Came for Her (McNair)
——–4. Good Morning, Midnight (Dickinson)
•  MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM SUITE (2015) for singers and chamber orchestra. Settings of texts from the play. Premiered by UMF Community Orchestra with members of Northfield, 4/26/15. 15 min.
——–Part 1: Spells and Lullabies
——–Part 2: Titania and Puck

•  SOFT VOICES (2005) for vocal quintet. Poem by Shelley. Premiered in a version with chamber orchestra by UMF Community Orchestra with members of Northfield, 4/26/15. 3 min.
•  THE GARDEN (2000) for SATB chorus, two pianists, and two percussionists. Settings of texts by Lee Sharkey. Commissioned and premiered by the University of Maine at Farmington Community Chorus with Percussiano, 5/6/00. 10 min.
——–1. Something Fine
——–2. Or Close Your Eyes
——–3. At the Winter Window
——–4. That Music
Audio (Soundcloud)
•  SONGS OF HERSELF (1993), settings of four poems by Emily Dickinson for SATB chorus. Commissioned and premiered by Occasional Chorale, Waterville, ME. 10 min.
——–1. I Like a Look of Agony
——–2. I’m Nobody
——–3. I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died
——–4. I Started Early
•  FOUR JOURNEYS IN MAINE (1989) for soprano and chamber orchestra. Settings of four poems by Wesley McNair. Commissioned by the University of Maine at Farmington in celebration of its 125th anniversary. 16 min.
——–1. Driving to Dark Country
——–2. Snowplow on Perham Street
——–3. House in Spring
——–4. Flying on Monhegan Island

Audio (Soundcloud)
•  FAIR SEED-TIME (1985) for tenor and orchestra. Settings of four selections from Wordsworth’s Prelude. Premiered by the Colby Symphony Orchestra, Jon Hallstrom, conductor, with tenor soloist Rockland Osgood, 3/20/88. 17 min.
——–1. This Gentle Breeze
——–2. Fair Seed-time
——–3. Above the Raven’s Nest
——–4. And in the Frosty Season
•  MORNING STAR (1981) for soprano and vibraphone. Settings of five poems by Gary Snyder. 18 min. Score available from C. Alan Publications.
——–1. The Morning Star
——–2. Shaman Song
——–3. Pine Tree Tops
——–4. Birds
——–5. The Myth
Back Duo performance of 1 and 3
•  THREE SONGS (1976) for voice and piano. 7 min.
——–1. Projection (poem by Susan Carlsen)
——–2. 2 little whos (poem by e.e. cummings)
——–3. Upon Julia’s Voice (poem by Robert Herrick)
Audio (Soundcloud)
•  POLTER TE CRESO (1973) for 14-part chorus with doubling instruments, spatially separated into two 5-part choirs and one 4-part choir.

INSTRUMENTAL CHAMBER MUSIC

•  NACH BACH (2017) for marimba quartet, “A refracted transcription of the second movement from Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D minor.” 6 min.
•  ALL THE DESANCTIFIED PLACES (2017) for violin, viola, and cello, a setting of the first part of Robert Bringhurst’s New World Suite No. 3. The players speak the poem while playing. Premiered by Tracey Jasas-Hardel, Bryan Brash, and Philip Carlsen 4/9/17 at SPACE Gallery in Portland, ME. 19 min.
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•  MOVING DAY (2016) for cello and piano. Written for the wedding of Eric Carlsen and Melanie Knight, 9/10/16, in Sidney, ME. Played by Philip Carlsen, cello, and Melsen Carlsburg, piano. 3 min.
•  THREE PRELUDES (2016) for solo piano. 5 min.
——–1. Ballad
——–2. Emergent
——–3. Turning in Place
•  SUSURRUS (2014) for solo marimba. Premiered by Daniel Hallett at Berklee College of Music, 3/30/17. 5 min.
•  DISTANCE and PROXIMITY (2013) for brass quintet. Written for the inauguration of President Kathryn Foster, University of Maine at Farmington, 10/4/13. 5 min.
•  TANGO TANGGUNG (2012) for solo cello and Sundanese gamelan degung. Premiered by Philip Carlsen and Bates College Gamelan at UMF, 3/18/12. 10 min.
Audio (Soundcloud)
•  EAST BY NORTHEAST (2009) for wind octet [fl, ob, cl, bn, hn, tpt, tbn, tuba]. 9 min.
•  DRAGONFLY (2008) for solo marimba. 4 min.
•  OCTOBER (2003) for solo piano. Premiered by Melsen Carlsen, Oberlin College Conservatory, 12/12/03. Released on Navona Records CD Pendulum. 10 min.
Score at Navona Records site
•  FAR PSALTERIES OF SUMMER (2003) for violin, cello, marimba, and piano. Premiered at the Ernest Bloch Music Festival Composers Symposium, Newport, OR, 7/2/03. 11 min.
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•  LANDSCAPE WITH LADYSLIPPER (1997) for seven players [fl (dbl picc), ob (dbl Ehn), cl (dbl bcl), vln, vla, vc, db]. Commissioned by the Sebago-Long Lake Chamber Music Festival in celebration of its 25th anniversary. Premiered 8/5/97 at Deertrees Theatre, Harrison, ME, and 8/6/97 at Nordica Auditorium, UMF.  14 min.
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•  MAINE TRAVELER’S ADVISORY (1997) for seven players [fl, cl, bsn, tbn, mar, vln, db]. Commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra and Kennedy Center in connection with the orchestra’s residency in Maine. Premiered at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 11/17/00. 13 min.
•  POLKA FOLKS (1991) for solo accordion or piano. Premiered by Guy Klucevsek, St. Louis, January 1992. 5 min.
•  THREE ETUDES (1991) for solo tuba. 5 min.
•  EVENING’S SABRES (1990) for marimba quartet. Commissioned by the American Composers Alliance and Town Hall. Premiered by the Manhattan Marimba Quartet at Town Hall, NYC, 3/6/90. 11 min. Score and parts available from C. Alan Publications.
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•  ECHOES OF A SHADOW (1990) for solo piano. 5 min.
•  THE ELUSIVE BLUES (1990) for solo piano. 2 min.
•  NOCTURNE (1988) for three trumpets and three flutes. 7 min.
•  PENUMBRA (1987) for violin, clarinet, and piano. 12 min.
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•  SOLILOQUY (1986) for solo viola. 5 min.
•  STRING QUARTET NO. 2 (1981). 12 min.
•  SKYKOMISH RIVER MUSIC (1979) for three recorders. 5 min.
•  NIMBUS (1978) for three percussionists (marimba, vibraphone, and 4 auxiliary instruments). 12 min.
•  TOTEM (1972) for cello and percussion. 10 min.

THEATRICAL WORKS

•  FARMINGTON VOICES (2014), songs and incidental music for the play by Jayne Decker, produced at University of Maine at Farmington, 5/1 and 5/2/14.
•  THE TEMPEST (2014), incidental music and vocal settings of various texts from the play, accompanied by Roland FP-7F keyboard. Production by Theatre UMF, University of Maine at Farmington, Jayne Decker, director, 3/13-3/16/2014.
•  A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (2009), incidental music and vocal settings of various texts from the play, with accompaniment for toy piano, flute, cello, and percussion. Production by Sandy River Players, Jayne Decker, director, Farmington, Maine, January 2009.
•  HOLLY AND IVY (1998), two-act ballet for eight players [fl (dbl picc), cl, hn, perc, vln, vla, vc, db], based on The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Goden, adapted and choreographed by Andrei Bossov. Commissioned and premiered by Bossov Ballet Theatre, 11/23/98, Oakland, ME. 70 min.
Audio of Scene 5 (Soundcloud)Audio of Scene 6 (Soundcloud)
•  IMPLICATIONS OF MELISSA (1982), one-act chamber opera on original libretto for three singers (soprano, mezzo-soprano, and tenor), cl, vln, vc, and pno. Premiered February 1982 by Brooklyn College Opera Theatre. 17 min.
Audio (Soundcloud)
 TENDRIL (1979) for clarinet, violin, vibraphone, and voice. Commissioned by the Pilobolus Dance Theatre. 6 min.