Works for Film and Stage

Steps to Broadway (1949-50)

One act musical for voices and orchestra. Libretto by Stan Brakhage.



The Christmas Garden (December 16-20, 1955)

An opera vignette for voices and piano. Libretto by Stan Brakhage.



Pittsburgh (March 12-April 15, 1959)

Film score

Inst.: 2 fl (picc), ob, 2 cl (ba cl) 2 hn, tpt, trb, timp, perc, vibr, stgs


Prometheus (February-May 30, 1960)

Opera in one act for six solo voices, mute, speaking part, orchestra, and dancers; based on the drama by Aeschylus. Libretto by composer. Six Scenes and Finale.

Inst.: 3 fl (picc), 2 ob, eh, 3 cl, ba cl, a sx (cl), 2 bn, c bn, 4 hn, 4 tpt, 3 trb, bs trb, tba, timp, perc, stgs


Low Down (1962-63)

A stage musical for voices and piano in two acts (incomplete) based on a novel by Richard Jessup. Words by Richard Jessup.



Music for She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith (December 1970-February 1971)

Incidental music for small orchestra

Overture - End: Scene I - End: Scene 2 - Pantomime Scene - End: Act II - End 1st Half - Prelude 2d Half - Father/Daughter Exit - Reprise: "We Are the Boys" - Garden Scene - Act V/Scene 2: Vanish - Love Scene - Menuetto
Inst.: fl, ob, bn, hrpsch, 4 vn, va, vc, db


Stravinsky: Les Noces (1972)

Stage work for voices (4 soloists and mixedc chorus) and orchestra in Four Tableaux

Inst.: picc, 2 fl, 2 ob, eh, eb cl, 2 cl, 2 bn, 4 hn, 4 tpt, e trb, tba, perc, hrp, pno, stgs


Incidental Music for Anthony and Cleopatra (1974)

Incidental musi for Shakespeare's play (20 sections)

Inst.: 5 tpt, 4 hn, 5 trb, bar, tba, timp, 3 perc, fl, 2 ob


The Patriots (1975-June 1, 1976)

Musical play in a Prologue and two Acts based on the play of Sidney Kingsley. Adaptation and lyrics by the composer

Inst.: fl, 2 cl, bn, 2 hn, 2 tpt, 2 trb, timp, perc, pno, stgs


The Eternal Return (June-September 1981)

Opera in one act for 7 voices with solo piano. Libretto by the composer.

approx. 40 min.

Ramiro Cortés at age 5, with a friend; photo courtesy Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, the University of Utah