What Goes Around —2019

“What Goes Around” was written as a gift for my longtime friend, flutist Bart Feller.

I wrote What Goes Around as a gift for my longtime friend, flutist Bart Feller in the Fall of 2019. It is both a musical reflection on our decades-long friendship and collaborations, and a look back at a few influences that have shaped me as a composer. I have written music for plays since I was in school, and the first and fourth movements (prelude and interlude) are based on music I wrote for a production of Moisés Kaufman’s powerful play The Laramie Project. The second movement (follow you, follow me) consists entirely of imitative writing in which the flute leads the way at first, then passes the lead to the cello in the second half. The third movement (after talking with Gavin Bryars) was written after attending the premier of Bryars’ A Native Hill by The Crossing. At the post-concert reception, I told Bryars how inspiring his music had been for me, especially his violin duo, The Last Days, which captivated me with its textural simplicity, clarity and depth of expression. The final movement (what goes around) closes out this collection of minatures with an optimistic refrain.


1. prelude (the fence)

2. follow you, follow me

3. after talking with Gavin Bryars

4. interlude (interview)

5. what goes around