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Orchestra Works

POMEGRANETS (2012) 5'
Chamber Orchestra
2,2,2,2; 4,2,1,0; 2 percussion, piano, strings - for chamber orchestra
FIDDLER'S DELIGHT (2010) 6'
Student string orchestra
ALWAYS PARISA (2010) 11'
Solo cello and string orchestra
FIRST LIGHT (2010) 4'
Beginning string players and student string orchestra
DEISIS (2008) 6'
Violin and string orchestra
BY FIRE, BRILLIANT FIRE (2007) 8'
String orchestra
BY EARTH, EARTH (2006) 6'
String orchestra
BY AIR, BRIGHT AIR (2005) 8'
String orchestra
RIVER (2004) 12'
2,2,2,2; 4,2,3,0; 2 percussion, harp, strings - for chamber orchestra
Commissioned by the Reading Museum, premiered by the Reading Symphony.
BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON (2000) 5'
3,3,3,2; 4,3,1,1; 3 perc, piano, strings - for full orchestra
Commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Music Director.
DEVIL STONE (2000) 16'
2,2,2,2; 2,2,2,0; 2 perc, piano, strings - for chamber orchestra
THE SELKIE BOY (2000) 17'
1991-2001. Narrator, 2,2,2,2; 2,3,1,0; 1 perc, piano, strings - for narrator and chamber orchestra
Commissioned by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, premiered in December 2001.
CELESTIAL TURNINGS (1999) 15'
For string orchestra
Catskill Symphony Orchestra, Charles Schneider, conductor, Oneonta, NY, May 5, 2007
STARFIRE (1996) 5'
For youth orchestra
Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony, Mary Sorles, conductor, Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, May 13, 2007.
OVER SALT RIVER (1995) 15'
Solo soprano; 3,3,3,3; 4,3,3,0; 3, perc, piano, strings - for soprano and full orchestra
Commissioned by Newark Symphony Orchestra, premiered May 1996.
Text: Joy Harjo's "Eagle Poem," dedicated to composer's cousin who died of AIDS.
THEY COME DANCING (1994) 15'
3,3,3,3; 4,3,3,1; 3 perc, piano, strings - for full orchestra
A Meet the Composer/Reader's Digest
Commission for the Women's Philharmonic, Roanoke Symphony, New Orchestra of West Chester and Westmoreland Symphony.
BLESSINGS (SACRED SPACE) (1992) 15'
Solo alto and soprano saxophone; 3,3,3,3; 4,3,3,1; harp, 3 perc, piano, strings - for alto saxophone and orchestra
Commissioned by the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, Luis Biava conducting, October 1993.
THE SELKIE BOY (1991) 17'
Narrator; 2 (alt picc),2 (alt Eng. Hr.),2 (alt BCl),2; 4,3,2,1; harp, 3 perc, piano, strings, - for narrator and full orchestra
Commissioned by the Greater Twin Cities Youth Orchestras, premiered in February 1993.
Text is based on a children's story by Helen Claire.
IN THE DARKNESS I FIND A FACE [IT IS MINE] (1989) 20'
3*, 2 (alt Eng. hr), 2 (alt BCl), 3*; 4,3,3,1; 3 perc, piano, strings - for full orchestra
Premiered by Harrisburg Symphony, Larry Newland, conductor, Feb. 13-14, 1990.
BLOOD MEMORY: A LONG QUIET AFTER THE CALL (1985) 15'
Solo cello, 2,2,2,2, (optional BCl, Ten Sax); 4,3,2,1; 2 perc, piano, str. - for cello and orchestra
Commissioned and premiered by the Sage City Symphony, Louis Calabro, conductor, Maxine Newman, cello, June 1, 1986.
PIANO CONCERTO (1981) 18'
Piano; 2,2,2,2; 4,3,2,1; 3 perc, strings - for piano and orchestra, in 5 movements
Written for, premiered by the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, Robert Fitzpatrick, conductor, Tina Davidson, piano, February 18, 1982.
DANCERS (1980) 8'
2,2,2,2; 4,2,1,1; 3 perc, strings - for orchestra
Premiered by the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, Robert Fitzpatrick, conductor, May 1, 1980.
TWO BEASTS FROM THE FOREST OF IMAGINARY BEINGS (1975) 15'
Narrator, 2,2,2,2; 4,2,2; 3 perc, strings - for narrator and orchestra
For children's audience, based on a text of Jorge Luis Borges.
Commissioned and premiered by the Sage City Symphony, 1976.
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Strings Works

A BRIGHT FLASH OF WINGS (2004) 16'
2 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos
Commissioned by Concertante, premiered at Merkin Concert Hall, NYC, February 10, 2004.
BODIES IN MOTION (2001) 18'
Violin, cello and piano, with optional parts for soprano and marimba
Commissioned by WHYY-TV.
Recording; Thomas Eakins: Scenes from Modern Life, WHYY, Inc. 2002.
PAPER, GLASS, STRING & WOOD (2000) 15'
for string quartet and string orchestra
Kansas City String Program, Pembroke Hill, Kansas City August 23, 2008.
CELESTIAL TURNINGS (1999) 20'
Cello Octet
THE DELIGHT OF ANGELS (1999) 18'
String quartet
Commissioned for the Cassatt Quartet, premiered at Fleisher Art Memorial, May 21, 1999.
LULLABY (sweet child, sleep and dream) (1997) 5'
Cello octet
Premiered November 9-11, 1998 by Musik Fabrik, Paris, France.
IT IS MY HEART SINGING (1996) 16'
2 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, (also available for string quartet and piano)
Commissioned by the Wilmington Music Festival, premiered June 19, 1996, by Barbara Gavotos and musicians from the Philadelphia Orchestra.
BLEACHED THREAD, SISTER THREAD (1991) 16'
String quartet
Commissioned by the Mendelssohn Quartet, premiered March 13, 1992.
Recording; Tina Davidson: I Hear the Mermaids Singing, CRI #681, Emergency Music, 1996.
CASSANDRA SINGS (1989) 16'
String quartet
Commissioned and premiered by the Kronos String Quartet, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, NY, February 11, 1989.
Recording; Cassatt; The Cassatt String Quartet, CRI # 671, Emergency Music, 1994.
DARK CHILD SINGS (1988) 10'
revised 1998
Cello quartet
Commissioned and premiered by Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, November 16, 1987.
Recording; Bennington Cello Quartet, Opus One, #148
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Chamber Works

WEPAN (2014) 9'
2 Violins, viola, cello and piano
Written for Open End ensemble
TREMBLE (2013) 10'
Violin, cello and piano
Written for Astral Foundation and the American Philosophical Society
BAREFOOT (2011) 12'
Violin, viola, cello and piano
BLUE LIKE AN ORANGE (2009) 11'
Violin, cello & piano
Also available for piano trio and student string orchestra.
CLOSE TO THE BONE (2007) 9'
For three performers on one marimba
Attacca Percussion Group
RUN (2007) 8'
Cello and piano
\CEL"E*BRATE\ (2003) 12'
For alto saxophone, bass clarinet, piano and percussion
University of Texas Pan-American, November 1, 2008.
IN THAT EARLY LIGHT (1999) 6'
Glass harmonica and cello trio
Commissioned by WHYY-TV for their hour-length feature, "Philadelphia Diaries."
OF THE RUNNING WAY (1996) 12'
Clarinet and piano (also alto saxophone and piano)
Commissioned and premiered by Linda Bartley, Madison, WI, October 17, 1997.
FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN (1993) 11'
For marimba, vibraphone and piano
University of Michigan, March 28, 2008.
THE DANCING SWORD (UNSHEATHED) (1992) 15'
Two pianos
Written for by Double Edge, premiered March 1993.
WOMAN DREAMING (1990) 12'
Flute, English horn, clar/Bcl, violin, cello, piano, and percussion
Commissioned and premiered by the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, David Stock, conductor, September 17, 1990.
I HEAR THE MERMAIDS SINGING (1990) 10'
Flute, English horn, bassoon and piano
Commissioned and premiered by the Sylmar Ensemble, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, March 25, 1990.
Recording; Tina Davidson: I Hear the Mermaids Singing, CRI #681, Emergency Music, 1996.
BLUE DAWN [THE PROMISED FRUIT] (1989) 10'
Flute, English horn, bassoon and piano.
Commissioned and premiered by the Sylmar Ensemble, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, March 25, 1990.
Recording; Tina Davidson: I Hear the Mermaids Singing, CRI #681, Emergency Music, 1996.
LULLABY (1986) 8'
Unspecified instrumentation (6-8 players)
Premiered by Relache, the Ensemble for Contemporary Music, Mandell Theater, March 4, 1987.
Recording; Tina Davidson: I Hear the Mermaids Singing, CRI #681, Emergency Music, 1996.
NEVER LOVE A WILD THING (1986) 8'
Unspecified instrumentation (6-10 players)
Relache, the Ensemble for Contemporary Music, Charles Ives Center, CT, Aug. 18, 1986.
WAIT FOR THE END OF DREAMING (1983) 16'
1983-1985. 2 baritone saxophones and double bass (or bassoon)
Premiered by Relache Ensemble, Yellow Springs Institute, Chester Springs, PA, June 17, 1984.
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Solo Works

BLUE CURVE OF THE EARTH (2011) 5'
Solo violin, or violin and piano
Commissioned by Hilary Hahn, recorded on Deutsche Grammophon, 2013
RUN (2007) 8'
Solo piano
BAR NONE (2007) 1"
For Piano Solo
Guy Livingstone, performances in Gouda, Zwolle, Leeuwarde, December 11-13, 2009.

Guy Livingstone, performances on tour, Verkadefabriek, in Den Bosch, Kunsthuis 13 in Velp, Het Bethanienklooster in Amsterdam and Theater Kikker in Utrecht, November 16-December 17, 2008.
MANGO SONGS (2000) 15'
Piano solo or piano & reader - six pieces based on a poem by Regie Cabico
Jed Distler, piano, premiered June 2000.
LOST LOVE SONGS (1997) 22'
Cello (also available for marimba) - seven pieces based on poems of Paul Luard
Commissioned by Anna Sokolow, new work for dance, premiered on May 2, 1998.
TRANSPARENT VICTIMS (1987) 7'
Soprano/alto saxophone and pre-recorded saxophones, written for the New Music America Festival 1987, Marshall Taylor, October 4, 1987.
Recording; Tina Davidson: I Hear the Mermaids Singing, CRI #681, Emergency Music, 1996.
STAR MYTHS (1987) 12'
Piano
Commissioned and premiered by the Millersville University, March 23, 1987.
REQUIEM FOR SOMETHING LOST (1986) 5'
Soprano saxophone and pre-recorded saxophones
Commissioned by the New Works for American Radio, Marshall Taylor, saxophones, Gregory Whitehead, radio sound artist, premiered on NPR December, 1990.
I AM THE LAST WITNESS (1984) 8'
Piano, left hand alone
Premiered by Tina Davidson, piano, Ghent, Belgium, March 25, 1988.
DAY OF RAGE (1984) 8'
Piano
COMPANY (1980) 12'
Accordion
Premiered by Guy Klucevsek, Roulette, NY, October 11, 1981.
SEVEN MACABRE SONGS (1979) 20'
For piano
Performances at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA, April, 2007.
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Vocal Works

SPRING AFTER SPRING (2005) 10'
Soprano and voice - three pieces based on poems by Eva Davidson
SONGS OF PASSAGE, LOVE AND WAR (1997) 45'
Two sopranos, mezzo-soprano, tenor or baritone (five singers) and piano
15 selected songs from opera-theater piece, Billy and Zelda. Includes solos, duos, quartets, and quintets. Each song is approximately 3'-4' long.
OVER SALT RIVER (1994) 5'
Soprano, English horn, piano
Commissioned by Newark Symphony Orchestra, premiered by Orchestra 2001, May 23, 1996, as part of the AIDS Songbook.
DESCENDING FIGURE WITH LULLABY (1986) 10'
Mezzo-soprano and unspecified ensemble (4-10)
Premiered by Relache, the Ensemble for Contemporary Music, Mandell Theater, March 4, 1987.
LULLABY (1986) 6'
Mezzo-soprano and unspecified ensemble (4-10)
Premiered by Relache, the Ensemble for Contemporary Music, Mandell Theater, March 4, 1987.
TO UNDERSTAND WEEPING (1980) 8'
For Soprano
Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, April 18, 2009.
FIVE SONGS (1975) 12'
Soprano and viola
Bennington College, May 1976.
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Choral Works

MAY YOUR DAYS BE GOOD (2011) 6'
For SATB and piano
LOVE IS (2010) 5'
For SATB, Children's Chorus and piano
LOVE IS THE SPIRIT (2008) 10'
A cappella SATB
Unitarian Universalist Church
WITHIN CIRCLES (2008) 5'
For SATB Chorus
Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster, June 7, 2009.
DUAN NOLLAIG (2005) 25'
SATB chorus and chamber orchestra
Five Celtic Christmas Songs from the Carmina Gadelica
WHAT WE NEED IS HERE (2005) 6'
a cappella SATB chorus
Based on Wendell Berry poem.
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF CHANGE (2005)
a cappella SATB chorus
Based on writings by Richard Shaull
TU AUTEM, DOMINE (2005) 4'
For SATB chorus
Musica Sacra, Mary Beekman, conductor, performances at First Church Congregational, Cambridge, MA and in Providence RI, March 31- April 1, 2007.
AMEN (2004) 2'
a cappella SATB chorus
HYMN OF THE UNIVERSE (2003) 30'
For SATB chorus, string orchestra, English horn and marimba
Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Kraushaar Auditorium, Baltimore, MD, March 30, 2009.
LISTENING TO THE EARTH (2002) 18'
Temple University Choir and Temple Preparatory Children's Choir, Church of the Holy Trinity, Philadelphia, April 15, 2007.
SPEAK TO THE EARTH (2002) 4'
SATB chorus and piano
Extracted from Listening to the Earth.
PLANKTON (2002) 3'
Children's chorus (SAA) and piano
Extracted from Listening to the Earth.
LIVED LIKE A SAINT (2002) 5'
SATB chorus and piano
Extracted from Listening to the Earth.
WALK IN THE LIGHT (2001) 6'
SATB chorus with optional piano
Commissioned by the Singing City in commemoration of the events of September 11th, premiered in Philadelphia, PA, February 23, 2002.
IN THE GARDEN (2000) 8'
SATB chorus and piano
Commissioned by the Mural Art Program.
RIVER OF LOVE, RIVER OF LIGHT (1998) 40'
SATB chorus, English Horn, vln, vlc, piano, and marimba
(also available SATB and piano)
Commissioned by Fleisher Art Memorial for their 100th Anniversary, premiered by Voces Novae et Antiquae, Fleisher Art Memorial, October 24, 1998.
ANTIPHON FOR A VIRGIN (1998) 4'
SATB chorus (also available SSAA)
Extracted from River of Love, River of Light.
ALLELUIA FOR THE VIRGIN (1998) 5'
SATB chorus (also available SSAA)
Extracted from River of Love, River of Light.
ON MY STREET (1998) 5'
Children's and SATB chorus, piano
Commissioned and premiered by Singing City, Philadelphia, February 24, 2001.
MUSIC IS THE SOUND (1998) 5'
Children's Chorus and piano
Commissioned by the Mural Art Program, premiered March 1998.
LULLABY (sweet child, sleep and dream) (1997) 5'
SSATB Chorus (also available for solo SSATB)
Premiered by Voces Noves et Antique, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, May 11, 1998.
QUIETLY (1995) 8'
Children's or SSA and piano (also available for soprano and piano)
Three songs based on text by Cassandra Blum, age 10, premiered by the Treble Singers, NYC, March 17, 2000.
TOUCHING THE ROCK (1995) 15'
Solo soprano, SSAA chorus and marimba
Commissioned by the YWCA of Wilmington DE, 100th Anniversary, premiered May 17, 1995.
CARDAMINE PRATENSIS (1978) 5'
Four female voices
Relache Ensemble, Mask and Wig Theater, Philadelphia, PA, October 21, 1979.
ATROPA BELLADONNA (1976) 5'
Four female voices
Bennington Voice Quartet, Bennington, VT, April 1976.
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Opera

PEARL (2009) 2"
An opera in three acts
Setting of the Act 1: Long Leaf Opera, Raleigh, NC, June 14, 2009.

Songs 1-7
Frost Theater, University of Miami, April 22-23, 2009.
SUMMER OF THE SWANS (2006) 60'
An opera for family audiences
Central Pennsylvania Youth Opera and Capitol Opera Harrisburg, April 24-25, 2009.

View interactive site for Summer of the Swans
BILLY AND ZELDA (1998) 90'
9 cast: 5 principal singers (2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone), chorus, 3 male singers (TBB), actress/singer, string quartet, improviser (string instrument), and percussion.

Opera in two acts. Lyrics by Eva Davidson and script by Lale Davidson.
Commissioned and premiered by OperaDelaware, Wilmington, DE, December 1-13, 1998.
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Music for Children

PLANKTON (2002) 3'
Children's chorus (SAA) and piano
Extracted from Listening to the Earth.
THE SELKIE BOY (2000) 17'
1991-2000.
Narrator, 2,2,2,2; 2,3,1,0; 1 perc, piano, strings - for narrator and chamber orchestra
Commissioned by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, premiered in December 2001.
ON MY STREET (1998) 5'
Children's and SATB chorus, piano
Commissioned and premiered by Singing City, Philadelphia, February 24, 2001.
MUSIC IS THE SOUND (1998) 5'
Children's Chorus and piano
Commissioned by the Mural Art Program, premiered March 1998.
STARFIRE (1996) 5'
For youth orchestra
Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony, Mary Sorles, conductor, Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, May 13, 2007.
QUIETLY (1995) 8'
Children's or SSA and piano (also available for soprano and piano)
Three songs based on text by Cassandra Blum, age 10, premiered by the Treble Singers, NYC, March 17, 2000.
THE SELKIE BOY (1991) 17'
Narrator; 2 (alt picc),2 (alt Eng. Hr.),2 (alt BCl),2; 4,3,2,1; harp, 3 perc, piano, strings, - for narrator and full orchestra.
Commissioned by the Greater Twin Cities Youth Orchestras, premiered in February 1993.
Text is based on a children's story by Helen Claire.
TWO BEASTS FROM THE FOREST OF IMAGINARY BEINGS (1975) 15'
Narrator, 2,2,2,2; 4,2,2; 3 perc, strings - for narrator and orchestra
For children's audience, based on a text of Jorge Luis Borges.
Commissioned and premiered by the Sage City Symphony, 1976.
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