PRINCIPAL WORKS (chronological listing)
TWO RIMBAUD SONGS
for baritone and piano 1963-64
electronic tape 1968
electronic tape 1968
electronic tape 1968
a collection of musical scores, poems, and graphic works with contributions by
Martin Bartlett, Philip Glass, Patrick Gleason, Anthony Gnazzo, Steve Reich, and Alden Jenks; the collection as a whole designed and edited by Alden Jenks.
Published by the Mills College Tape Music Center and given away free 1969
electronic tape 1971
for acoustic instruments, color TV/oscilloscope, and TV monitors with video modulation 1971
electronic tape. Performed alone in some circumstances, with instruments in others. 1972
SEEING IN THE DARK
electronic tape: one version with a male vocalist, another with a male actor/dancer 1972
for mime, tape and synthesizer 1975
a film of electronically generated images with Britton Pyland and Efrem Lipkin 1975
THOSE LONG CANADIAN WINTERS
for actor/composer in bird costume by artist Peter Veres, two tapes, synthesizer, and slide projections
THE CONFINES OF SYMMETRY --
for winds, brass, and percussion. A set of variations, based on computer-generated symmetrical rhythmic processes
1975-1977 Performed Oct. 20, 1977, SF Conservatory New Music Ensemble cond. by John Adams
MARRYING MUSIC for two pianos 1978 Rev.1983
Winner of "Diploma and Medal" from the 3rd Viotti-Valsesia International Music Competition in 1983
electronic tape for dance 1980
for a choreographed drama; for string quartet, clarinet, piano, percussion. 1981
NAGASAKI (1982-83) - electronic tape
AND THE WINNER IS...
electronic tape for a choreographed drama 1983
THREE STAFFORD SONGS
(text by Wm. Stafford) for tenor, flute, clarinet, viola 1985-88
SNEAK PREVIEW or HOUSES OF MUD AND ROCK
electronic sound track for video drama 1987
Merle Come on Home - 1987
The Tears of Gilles de Rais - 1987
Be That Way - 1988
Tombeau de Gershwin - 1988
akuboku - 2017
A Twilight Mazurka – 2017
A Morning Mazurka – 2020
After the Waltz – 2022
The Comedian as the Key of C - 2022
Endo Time - 2022
ANSICHTSKARTE AN JOHANN for two pianos 1989, rev.1994
performances: 12/10/2008 SFCM Recital Hall
WEST MEETS EAST
commercial project --- sound track for instructional video
electronic tape 1990
for synthesizer, piano, and percussion 1994
THE CANDLE A SAINT
(text by Wallace Stevens) for reader, guitar, and tape 1994
(text by Chas. Simic)
for singer, tape, synthesizer, percussion instruments, MIDI percussion controller, Macintosh computer
1994, rev. 1995
LETTER FROM LINDA
song for soprano, actress, and piano; text anonymous 1998-99
12/10/2008 SFCM Recital Hall
6/20/2010, San Francisco Cabaret Opera, Indre Viskontas, singer, Sarita Cannon, actress, Keisuke Nakagoshi, piano
Feb. 1, 2014 at the Center for New Music in San Francisco. Lora Libby, singer, Amy Foote, actress, Mikako Endo, piano
Feb. 10, 2014, at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, same personnel
MARTIN PUT THAT GUN AWAY
electroacoustic composition 2000
SOUR MUSIC for 12 instruments and electronic sound 2002
OGNAGGIO AD ANZZONIO for Anthony Gnazzo - electroacoustic composition (2003). Revised version, with performance element (2011), Performances:
July, 2011, at The Luggage Store, San Francisco, with Anthony Gnazzo soloist; Sept. 20, 2011, Raleigh, N.C., Rodney Waschka II, actor.
Jan. 14, 2014, Raleigh, N.C., Rodney Waschka II, actor.
Feb. 1, 2014 at the Center for New Music in San Francisco. AJ actor. Feb. 10, 2014, at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. AJ actor
Feb. 18, 2014 North Carolina State University. Rodney Waschka II, actor.
GHOST SONGS Three Songs on Poems by Charles Simic for soprano and piano (Night Picnic; Ghosts; Shadow Publishing Company)
Nov. 13, 2005, San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Elena Krell, soprano, Mack McCray, piano
March 12, 2006, Sounds New‚-concert at Unitarian Universalist Church, Kensington, CA. Anna Carol Dudley, soprano, Herb Bielawa, piano
March 10, 2012, National Association of Composers/USA National Conference, Portland, Oregon. Irene Weldon, soprano, Christopher Schindler, piano;
Nov. 16, 2013 at the Bentley Music Academy, Mutiara Damansara (near Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia. Nicole Thomson, soprano, ?, piano.
TIME SUITE Seven Songs on Poems by Jim Harrison for baritone and piano 2005
The following songs published in the Oregon Literary Review, Winter/Spring 2007, ISSN 1556 0325, Vol.2, No.1:
‚Ä¢ After Ikkyu #51. Score, Music.
‚Ä¢ After Ikkyu #19. Score, Music.
‚Ä¢ Time Suite. Score, Music (selections).
‚Ä¢ After Ikkyu #29. Score, Music.
* Lullaby for a Daughter. Score, Music.
Nov. 13, 2005 Allen Shearer, baritone; Tim Bach, piano Four songs performed:
Feb. 1, 2014 at the Center for New Music in San Francisco. Lora Libby, soprano, Ian Scarfe, piano
Feb. 10, 2014, at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Lora Libby, soprano, Ian Scarfe, piano
Two Songs performed:
Nov. 5, 2016, at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, San Francisco; Jane S. Mills, sop; Ian Scarfe, piano
PRELUDE for organ 2005
FIVE CALIFORNIA SONGS on texts by Richard Brautigan, Robert Hass, Leonard Nathan, and Philip Whalen for tenor, cello, and piano
THE SOUP for baritone/mezzo, alto saxophone, electric guitar, string bass, piano, synthesizer+sampler, two percussion, electronics
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
U.C. Santa Cruz
electroacoustic composition 2008-09
WAR OF WORDS for computer generated sound, electric guitar, percussion (performers also have narration roles) 2010-11
Performed at San Francisco Community Music Center in 2011 HEARING TEST for actors, electronics, and Skatchbox 2011 Performances:
July, 2011, at The Luggage Store, San Francisco
Feb. 1, 2014 at the Center for New Music in San Francisco. AJ + audience Feb. 10, 2014, at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, AJ + audience
Oct. 12, 2016, at North Carolina State University, Rodney Waschka II + audience
UNRESTFUL SLEEP for piano solo 2011
July 15, 2011 at the Berkeley Arts Festival. Jerry Kuderna, piano.
August 21, 2011, ‚Mano a Mano Piano Festival, Cornelia Street Cafe, New York City, NY. Jerry Kuderna, piano.
Feb. 11, 2012, National Association of Composers/USA, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto, CA Mikako Endo, piano
March 6, 2012, Western Illinois University, Jeffrey Brown, piano. November, 2012, Tokyo, Japan, Mikako Endo, piano
Feb. 1, 2014 at the Center for New Music in San Francisco. Mikako Endo, piano Feb. 10, 2014, at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Mikako Endo, piano
April 27, 2014, Foothill Presbyterian Church 5301 McKee Rd., San Jose, CA, Mikako Endo, piano
May 24, 2014, Berkeley Arts Festival, Berkeley, CA, Mikako Endo, piano June 4, 2017, Old First Church, San Francisco, Dale Tsang, piano February 4, 2018, Berkeley (CA) Piano Club, Dale Tsang, piano
HAMMERED for piano and computer 2012
Feb. 1, 2014 at the Center for New Music in San Francisco. Ian Scarfe, piano, AJ computer. Feb. 10, 2014, at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, same personnel.
May 24, 2014, Berkeley Arts Festival, Berkeley, CA, same personnel Oct. 16, 2016, Berkeley Hillside Club, Berkeley, CA, same personnel Nov. 5, 2016, Holy Innocents Church, San Francisco, same personnel
OH IT'S YOU for soprano and computer (text by the composer) 2000 - 2013 (video revised 2023, cutting the last five minutes, and making another edit at the beginning of the piece. As of 9/2023 the score has not been revised to reflect these improvements). Performances:
Feb. 1, 2014 at the Center for New Music in San Francisco. Amy Foote, actress/soprano, AJ computer.
Feb. 10, 2014, at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, same personnel. May 24, 2014, Berkeley Arts Festival, Berkeley, CA, , same personnel.
INTERUPTIONS for Electric Guitar, Percussion, and electronics 2014
QUINTET for strings (solo or ensemble) 1997-2014
AFTERWORLD, opera in three acts, text and music by Alden Jenks 2000-2016
Scenes presented by West Edge Opera, 1/21/17, 1/22/17
Scenes presented at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 6/2/17
SOLITUDE song for soprano and piano, text by Charles Simic
TRIPLETS, for pianist/actor/singer (composer), soprano, and cello. Text, twenty rhymed poems by Alden Jenks (2018) Performed 5/2/2018 at the Center for New Music, San Francisco. (Jane Spencer Mills, soprano; Charly Akert, cello; Alden Jenks, piano)
JOSIE BABY, for actor/singer (tenor) and piano (2021) Performed 2021 at the Center for New Music, San Francisco.
BAGATELLE, for string quartet (or consort of viols) (2022) (aka “An Old Idea”)
POEMS OF YOSANO AKIKO, for mezzo and ensemble (piano, violin, flute, bass clarinet) (2023) Performed June 2023, at the Center for New Music, San Francisco.
DEATH MARRIAGE, for soprano and string quartet (2023) Test by Joseph Stroud