Lyric Set is a set of four pieces for bassoon and piano, commissioned by and dedicated to my friend, Peabody bassoon professor Phillip Kolker. The pieces are titled: “In the Tide of Times” (from a line in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar), “Every Day Is Saturday” (because it often feels that way to me), “Lord Berners’ Giraffe” (after the eccentric English composer, who did keep a pet giraffe, which took tea with him at Faringdon House), and “Hopeful about the Past” (because I am).
Phil Kolker & I premiered Lyric Set on August 9, 2014, at the 2014 IDRS conference in New York.
Lyric Set: I. In the Tide of Times
Lyric Set: II. Every Day Is Saturday
Lyric Set: III. Lord Berner's Giraffe
Lyric Set: IV. Hopeful About the Past