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Selected Works



"As a performer what I want is to be told exactly what to do within a musical ensemble, and to find that by doing it well I help make beautiful music. This is what I ask of my own compositions, those of another composer, and this is what I looked for and found when I studied Balinese and African music. The pleasure I get from playing is not the pleasure of expressing myself, but of subjugating myself to the music and experiencing the ecstasy that comes from being a part of it."

Key Works
1966 Come Out for tape
  Melodica for tape
1967 My Name Is for 3 or more tape recorders, performers, and audience
  Violin Phase for 4 violins or violin and tape
1968 Pendulum Music for 3 or more microphones, amplifiers, loudspeakers, and performers
1972 Clapping Music, for 2 musicians clapping
1973 Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ
1976 Music for Eighteen Musicians
1981 Tehillim : Psalms for 4 sopranos, percussion, woodwinds, electric organ and string quartet
1983 Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ
1984 Desert Music for orchestra
1985 New York Counterpoint for clarinet and tape
1988 Different Trains
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