See also listings under: "Gothic Ballet," "Vocal Music," "Choral Music," and "Gothic Opera." Information is included below for the "Tarot Symphonies."
String Orchestra: Dream Fugue: 2 minutes and 40 seconds; Fugue I: Subject from a dream; Fugue II: Inversion: Fugue III: Retrograde; Fugue IV: Retrograde Inversion. Also for piano or string quintet. Unperformed. Included (down a whole step) in the Viola Concerto (see below): Tarot Symphony #6.
Passacaglia: The Star: 4 minutes. Unperformed. for large string orchestra. Unperformed. See Tarot Symphony #17.
Cloud Blue: 6 minutes; based on the background colour of Renaissance paintings; recorded by The Juilliard String Orchestra under Thomas Ludwig. Otherwise unperformed. See Tarot Symphony #14.
Overture To A Streetcar Named Desire: 6 minutes: harp and large string orchestra with prominent violin and viola solos; after Tennessee Williams) Unperformed. See Tarot Symphony #11.
Transformations: Theme and eight variations in 10 minutes. See version in "Keyboard Music." Unperformed. See Tarot Symphony #7.
Song of War: 3 movements in 12 minutes; has an extensive violin solo. See string quintet version in "Chaber Music," and Chamber Orchestra version below. Unperformed. See Tarot Symphony #8.
Paradise Regained: 3 movements in 15 minutes; Unperformed in this version. See Flute Octet and String Nonet in "Chamber Music" and "Time" in "Keyboard Music." See Tarot Symphony #10.
Orchestra (double winds, tuba, percussion, harp and strings):
Lace: 1 and a half Minutes. Unperformed in this version. See "Keyboard Music." Tarot Symphony #13.
The Wood Sprite: 4 minutes; 3 brass, no harp. See "Ballets" and Symphony #0.
The Masque of The Red Death: 6 minutes; no harp. Based on Edgar Allan Poe. Read by The Juilliard Concert Orchestra under Thomas Ludwig, otherwise unperformed. The last page is missing.
This Old Man: 10 minutes; 5 movements; single winds; parodies familiar tunes. See version in "Keyboard Music." Keyboard selections included in Nostadomus 23 on BNN-TV. Otherwise unperformed. See Tarot Symphony #5.
Gothic Noel: 10 minutes, 5 movements; 2 percussion, piano, optional celesta; parodies Christmas Carols and Songs; synthesized versions cablecast in the video "Nostradomus 23" on BNN-TV. Otherwise unperformed. See Tarot Symphony #12.
Song of War: 3 movements in 12 minutes with extensive oboe solo; see above for String Orchestra and "Chamber Music" for string quintet version. Unperformed. See Tarot Symphony #8.
Scaramouche et Pulcinella: 3 movements in 12 minutes; no harp or tuba, 1 trumpet. After "Fantoches" by Charles Verlaine. Synthesized version by Michael Rafferty was cablecast on BNN-TV with the futuristic play: "Now and Then" featuring TJ Norris and the composer. Otherwise unperformed. See "Ballets" and alternate versions listed in "Chamber Music." See Tarot Symphony #1.
Clover Ceres: 6 movements in 14 minutes. See "Ballets." Unperformed. See Tarot Symphony #2.
The Crystal Forest: 15 minutes; based on the piano piece. Finished 6/7/13. See "Keyboard Music" for version cablecast on BNN-TV. See Tarot Symphony #9.
The Great Liberator: 5 movements in 30 Minutes; See "Ballets" and "Chamber Music." Unperformed. See Tarot Symphony #3.
Scrooge: 7 movements in 40 minutes; 2+/2+2+2+ 2/2/1/1 5-9 piano, harp and stings; based on "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. See "Ballets" and the version for five instruments in "Chamber Music" as commissioned and performed by The Copley Square Ballet. Orchestral version is unperformed. See Tarot Symphony #4 and "Watch Scrooge."
Large Orchestra or Concert Band:
Last Judgement: 3 movements, as above work; 21 minutes (15 minutes without repeats): Large Orchestra: 3/3/3/3 4/3/3/1 2 and strings or Concert Band: 3/3/3/3 4/3/3/1 2 and S. A. T. B. Saxophones. Movement II features a soprano solo, set to an Orphic Hymn, Translated by Thomas Taylor. Movement III (concert band version): performed twice by The M. I. T. Concert Band under John Corley; cablecast as the video "The Plague" as part of "Crazy Dinosaurs" on BNN-TV. Otherwise unperformed. See Tarot Symphony #20.
Solo Instrument with Orchestra:
Lunar Eclipse: 7 and a half minutes, for tenor saxophone or bass clarinet, with harp or piano and strings. See alternate versions in "Chamber Music." Performed with piano. See Tarot Symphony #18.
Viola Concerto: 15 minutes, 6 movements with percussion and strings; based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, with a happy ending. Dedicated to my partner, Andrew Swan. Unlike the violin concerto, the solo part is not difficult. It also has an elaborate story line. There is also an 8 minute version, without the second movement and without the Dream Fugue (see above). There are versions with piano in which the soloist has more to play. Unperformed. See Tarot Symphony #6.
Piano Concerto: 3 movements in 15 minutes: with strings and percussion. See version with double bass and string quartet in "Chamber Music." Unperformed. See Tarot Symphony #19. Violin Concerto: 3 movements in 15 minutes; with orchestra (piano, 1 trombone and tuba; harp and marimba have extensive parts); other versions: violin solo with: 1. piano; 2. piano and string quintet (piano septet) and piano, percussion and string orchestra. See Tarot Symphony #15.
Orchestral with Voices:
Stupet tergeminus novo (Orpheus in The Underworld): low voice; 15 minute cycle of 7 songs in Latin, text by Boethius. This version has an unhappy ending. Cablecast, by the composer, with piano, on BNN-TV as part of "Crazy-Dinosaurs." See Tarot Symphony #16. See other listings under "Vocal Music" and "Gothic Opera."
Large Wind Ensembles:
Kali (14 minutes; 4 singers (CMAB), double woodwinds, percussion, harp, violin solo (open strings sawed by an actress); 5 movements. Starts as all things are about to begin and ends as all things end. The middle 3 movements explore the life of ordinary objects: window, chair, table, sofa, pen, paper, flame and candle. Performed, with synthesized tape, by The Acting Singers Project with Carol Millard, Danute Mileko and David Walther.) See "Gothic Opera" and Tarot Symphony #21.