Harmony in music is the simultaneous use of different pitches to make chords; often referred to as the "vertical" aspect of music.


Playing a round

Program note:
A few years ago, Jane Chapman and Kate Ryder of the duo keynote+ gave a memorable concert at CNMAT. Their combination of harpsichord and prepared piano created a strikingly unusual sound-world—and I thought, what a strange and interesting combination! Such noisy pitches! I grew excited thinking about all of the new possibilities for a piece.


Outside Music

(The text that follows is adapted from a text by Beth E. Levy. The full text can be found in the liner notes of the Edmund Campion/SFCMP Outside Music CD, Albany Records Troy 1037)


Domus Aurea

Domus Aurea for vibraphone and piano was commissioned by Daniel Ciampolini, at the time, of the the Ensemble Intercontemporain. The piece was premiered in 2001 at the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris with the "Soloists of the Ensemble Intercontemporain."



Acquario Romano, Rome, Italy
In collaboration with artists Andrew Ginzel and Kristen Jones
June 21 from sunset to midnight

Sponsored by: Commune di Roma
American Academy in Rome

Dimensions: H 70' x W. 45' x D. 135' (21.3 x 13.7 x 41.1 m.)

Elements: 4,000 water filled glasses
Hemispherical vessels
Bay laurel trees
Circumnavigating solar light


Losing Touch

Losing Touch (duration 11') for vibraphone and fixed electronics was composed in 1994. The piece is published by Billaudot Editions (Catalog #GB7027) in Paris (Theodor Presser, US representative). A complete published edition with rehearsal CD and mono performance tape is available for student performance from several on-line dealers.