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Bottom’s Dream

Mixed Ensemble and Voice (8')

 

Man is but an ass . . ." declares Bottom as he wakes from his long, adventurous night.  Inspired by and with text from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, this work gives Bottom the Weaver the spotlight he so richly deserves.

 

(English Horn, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Viola, ‘cello, Double Bass, Voice)

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Endings and Beginnings

Tenor with Piano Accompaniment (6')

 

Our lives are an endless cycle of endings and beginnings.  Through it all, it seems a story is being told, moving from one person, to the next, to the next.  Endings are often sad, beginnings are usually exciting, and through it all, we pass our stories from one generation to the next.

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Guardian’s Promise (with Maggie Rowe)

Women’s Voices (SSAA)  (2’ 30”)

 

The poem and original melody are from Maggie Rowe, with Diane providing the arrangement and additional music.

In the Heart of the Earth

Mixed Choral (SATB) (4’ 10”)

 

This work was commissioned by Vocal Synthesis, and depicts the slumbering earth in the depths of winter.  It is the first of an 8-song cycle.

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Let Me Help (Piano/Vocal)

Mezzo Soprano & Piano (3')

 

The poem was a gift to a loved one.  Adapted from the original trio written for vocalist Kristie Collura.

Let Me Help (Trio)

Mezzo Soprano, Alto Flute & Marimba  (3’)

 

The poem was a gift to a loved one.  Set to music for vocalist Kristie Collura, the work is a trio rather than vocal with accompaniment.

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Quaker Hugh (text by Maggie Rowe)

Baritone Voice with Piano Accompaniment (3’ 15”)

 

Text by Maggie Rowe (used with permission):  Quaker Hugh, after knocking out a Redcoat.  The conflict and personal reflection brought about by the realities of war.

She Was So Beautiful (with Maggie Rowe)

Women’s Voices (SSAA) (3’ 25”)

 

The poem and original melody are by Maggie Rowe, with Diane providing the arrangement and additional music.

Still Again

Flute, Clarinet, Violin, 'cello, Percussion & Narrator (12’ 20”)

 

Commissioned for the grand opening of the Matilda Joslyn Gage House.  Five short movements use the speeches and writings of Gage as inspiration.

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Yemanja

Mixed Choir (SATB)  (2’)

 

Honoring the annual celebration and gift offerings to the goddess Yemanja by the Orishas.  Text by Diane Jones, with translation by Dr. Elisa M. Dekaney.