But Ruth Said (1999, revised 2012)

Setting of Ruth's reply to Naomi, Book of Ruth, 1:15-17, 19. Requested from this website for perusal by composer & organist Carson Cooman. Honored, hence my revision.

Naomi said, "Behold your sister-in-law is gone back unto her people, back unto her gods..."

But Ruth said:

"Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you. Where you go I will go. Where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people and your God my God. Where you die, I will die. There will I be buried. May the Lord to thus and so to me and more as well if even death parts me from you."

So Naomi returned together with Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter-in-law. They came to Bethlehem at the beginning of the barley harvest...


  • Soprano (D above middle C (brief, optional G below) to C# 2 octaves above)
  • Church organ (2 manuals and pedals)
8 min.

if the yellow moon (2008)

A setting of April Bernard's poem of the same name. Premiered at Freshman Orientation at Bennington College, 2008.

  • voice
  • electric bass

5 min.

Three Orchestral Songs(2008)

  • Remembered Music—A Fragment
  • The Fountain
  • New England Arming!

Three orchestral songs composed while studying on sabbatical with composer David Del Tredici.

Settings of Civil War-era poetry by James Russell Lowell (Remembered Music… and The Fountain) and his brother the Rev. Robert Traill Spence Lowell (New England Arming!). Remembered Music… andThe Fountain were read by Musician's Accord, David Del Tredici conducting, Kitty Brazelton singing.

Remembered Music…later re-orchestrated for string orchestra (String Orchestra of New York City or SoNYC) and performed at Make Music New York 08, in June outdoors on Cornelia St., organized by Composers Collaborative Inc.

Three versions:

  • Voice and piano
  • Voice and chamber ensemble (flute, alto sax, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, french horn, piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass)
  • Voice and string orchestra
6, 4 & 3 min.

The House Upon The Love Is Gone (2004)

Premiered by Kitty Brazelton, Spring Music Festival '04, Bennington College.

  • voice
  • piano

6 min.

Lookin' for Honey (1997)

Minimalist jazz song. Premiered by Dr. Laura Mann, soprano, George Mason University, VA, March 1998.

  • voice
  • piano

5 min.

Three Songs for Mezzo-Soprano and Harp (1988)

3 short love songs to be sung continuously. Premiered Columbia Composers, Miller Theater, Fall, 1989

  • mezzo-soprano
  • harp
5 min.

stabat mom
(co-composed with Dafna Naphtali, 2006, 2008)

A collage about motherhood created for Mother's Day 2006 at Tonic curated by Gisburg, with other mother musicmakers Miya Masaoka, Mari Kimura, Lois V. Vierk and Gisburg herself.

Adapted for full BAT? trio including Danny Tunick and premiered at Music with a View series at the Flea Theater, curated by Kathy Supové, January 2008, stabat mom juxtaposes 18th-c. Pergolesi Stabat mater duet for alto and soprano, with Naphtali's hard rock song about the rages of motherhood, and an adaptation of Brazelton's 1992 Lullaby for Handbells for hammered electric bass, glockenspiel, vocals, guitar and computer.

Recorded fall 2008 at HarvestWorks.


  • two voices
  • electric guitar
  • MAX live interactive processing
  • electric bass
  • laptop soundtracks processing Pergolesi and miscellaneous elements of piece
  • vibes
  • glockenspiel
  • music box
  • musical pull-toys
  • drums
  • "found" sounds of childern's voices, washing machine and other household, child-rearing associations, processed and collaged in MAX
  • Morse code ostinato of stabat mater created from musical pull-toy
20 min.

5 dreams; marriage
(co-composed with Dafna Naphtali, 2000)

Five arias based on her wedding vows composed for and sung by Dafna Naphtali, alternate with five answers by Kitty Brazelton derived from her 1978 song I Told You So which describes the decay of a marital relationship. Everything explodes at the end of Answer 5 and is concluded by the Glory Chorale with Dafna, Kitty, drummer Danny Tunick and sound designer Paul Geluso singing a fugue over CMIX pluck algorithms.

Premiered Sound Symposium 2000, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. American premiere, Whitney Museum Design Triennial, New York City, listed in New Yorker magazine.

Released on Tzadik/Oracles summer 2003. Reviews: The Wire, All Music Guide, Boston Herald, etc.

  • four voices
  • electric guitar
  • MAX live interactive processing with Eventide delay unit
  • electric bass
  • laptop soundtracks
  • MIDI-controlled sampler using Logic software
  • drums
26 min.

she said–she said, "can you sing 'Sermonette' with me?"
(co-composed with Dafna Naphtali, 1997)

Life study created in collaboration with composer Dafna Naphtali for our trio WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE A BAT?; my portion developed at Columbia University Computer Music Center, March-June 1997.

Women's Avant Fest '97, Chicago, October 12 1997. Columbia University Computer Music Center's Interactive Arts Festival 99, The Kitchen, April 1999. Reviewed in Chicago Tribune 10/14/97 and Reader 10/23/97.

Released on Tzadik/Oracles summer 2003. Reviews: The Wire, All Music Guide, Boston Herald, etc.

  • two voices on microphones
  • electric guitar
  • MAX live interactive processing with Eventide delay unit
  • electric bass
  • DAT soundtracks with CMIX-processed "found" sounds and recordings of Dafna's dreams
  • MIDI-controlled sampler
  • drums
  • soprano recorder
26 min.

Fishy Wishy (1997)

A re-texting of the 4th mov't of Schubert's Trout Quintet—text from or based on Brazelton translation of text from Schubert's lied "Die Forelle".

"Alternative Schubertiade," Downtown Arts Festival, American Opera Projects, NYC 9/19/97 (reviewed in N.Y.Times 9/22/97 and Voice 9/30/97). Recorded for CRI CD "Alternative Schubertiade" spring 1999.

  • soprano
  • mezzo-soprano
  • alto
  • vibes
  • piano
7 min

Half-Way Between Dante's View and Vegas (1992)

Theatrical song; libretto by Denise Lanctot, composed during Composed Librettist Workshop at New Dramatists, New York City, April 1992, featuring tenor Tom Bogdan.

Public premieres by the New Music-Theater Ensemble of Minnesota Opera, Ben Krywosz, director, Atlanta Arts Festival, October, 1992; Washington, D.C., April 1993; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, fall 1993.

a cappella quartet:

  • tenor solo
  • baritone
  • two sopranos
5 min.