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Pine Needles is not for the faint-hearted. It is a very serious, very difficult work meant for graduate performance students with a bent towards the hyper-contemporary. I wrote this after becoming acquainted with the works of George Crumb and others of his ilk. I was working on my doctorate and in the flow of groundbreaking music.


There is mostly contemporary notation; there are a lot of contemporary effects, in both the cello and piano parts. But I think it’s a work worth pursuing for those who want a truly definitive work in their repertoire.


Pine Needles has been successfully performed - once. And there was no recording. So it can be done - and I need a recording.


I’m happy to send all 12 pages of the pdf’s for free to those who are committed to getting me a recording of a performance. Email me at for a complete score.

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