Celebrating Wendell Berry in Music (Volume 1) 〉
Composer/Producer/Executive Producer. 2013.
In 2006, I hatched the idea of celebrating one of my literary heroes in my own language of appreciation: music. I contributed an album of choral music and folk art songs (listed below) and invited my collaborator, Grammy-nominee Eric Bibb, to contribute an album as well. You can read more about it and purchase recordings and scores here. (All texts by Wendell Berry.)
- “The Clearing Rests”—unaccompanied SATB, 4′
- “And When We Speak Together, Love”—unaccompanied SATB, 6′
- “For the Future”—SATB, cello, fiddle, 3′
- “A Gracious Sabbath Stood Here”—SATB + optional string quartet (added 2016), 4′
- “Stay Home”—baritone, piano, violin, cello, 3′
- “Prayer After Eating”—unaccompanied SATB, 2′
- “The Little Stream Sings”—unaccompanied SATB, 5′
- “I Love the Passing Light”—baritone, piano, violin, cello, 4′
- “Whatever is Foreseen in Joy”—unaccompanied SATB, 3′
- “The Seed is in the Ground”—unaccompanied SATB, 5′
Celebrating Wendell Berry in Music (Volume 2) 〉
Composer/Producer/Executive Producer. 2016.
After premiering music from Volume 1 with Voces Novae in Lexington, KY, I didn’t intend to return quickly to Berry’s work for musical purposes. But his words kept working in my imagination, and so I added a lighter-weight sequel to the project in 2016. (Recording and scores found here.) Although I included a few selections from Volume 1 on the Volume 2 album, these are the new works included:
- “Not Again in This Flesh”—baritone & string quartet, 6′
- “To Sit and Look at Light-filled Leaves”—unaccompanied SATB, 4′
- “One Household, High and Low”—unaccompanied SATB in the Sacred Harp tradition, 2′
- “Here Where the World is Being Made”—unaccompanied SATB & soprano and alto soloists, 6′
- “I Think of Gloucester, Blind”—bass voice, BB choir, cello, 3′
- “The Necessity of Faith”—baritone & string quartet, 3′
The Bridge 〉
With a terrific creative team, my brother Stuart Maxfield and I created a genre-bending stage adaptation of Ambrose Bierce’s short story, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” The narrative was relayed through contemporary dance, video projections, and scenic design, though there was no character dialogue. The score combine prerecorded and live electronica with live singing (by Stuart) and performances by an extended jazz orchestra. I contributed a song called “Saffron” as well as lyrics for the show. 49′
NOTE: A substantially developed version of The Bridge will be produced by SALT Contemporary Dance in November 2018. The show will be about 60 minutes in duration, and I’m contributing orchestrations as well as additional lyrics and new music.
Magical Miscellany 〉
- “Lock and Key” music video for Fictionist. Writer/Director.
- Pip the Parakeet (forthcoming children’s book). Author.