Repertoire of original music since 2007. If a recording is available, a "listen" link appears next to the piece's title. Please feel free to contact Bram to obtain scores, parts, and performance permissions.
Solos and duets
Outfacing the Storm – 2012 — recording coming soon!
A song cycle on texts by the polar explorer Ernest Shackleton, telling the story of his Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. The cycle is my Master's thesis in composition at the University of Texas at Austin. For tenor and piano. 17 min.
In Wooster Square – 2011
An Impressionist-inspired piece about memory, for solo piano. 3 min.
Codebreaking – 2011 — Listen
An extremely fast, motivically-driven piece for solo flute. 7 min.
The Gray and the Gold – 2011 (rev. 2012) — Listen
A fantasia-like duet for bassoon and cello. 7 min.
How to Cross the Susquehanna – 2010 — Listen
A short, rapid, eccentric piece for organ, structured on the outline of a suspension bridge. 5 min.
Bessie's Song to Her Doll – 2009
An art song on a poem by Lewis Carroll. For soprano and piano. 5 min.
Fantasia for Viola and Piano – 2008 — Listen: Movement ii
A duet in three movements, based on an original synthetic scale not reliant on octave equivalence. 15 min.
Works for chamber ensembles
Sonatina – 2016
A jaunty, neo-Baroque movement for oboe, harpsichord, and 'cello. 2 min.
Preces and responses – 2016
Quietly colorful settings of the traditional preces and responses from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. For solo soprano, solo alto, and solo viola. 2 min.
The City Which Is To Come – 2012 — Listen
A stormy quartet for oboe, clarinet, viola, and 'cello. 9 min.
Have We Forgotten? – 2009
Composed for a concert of new miniatures, Have We Forgotten is a fragmentary exploration of different divisions of a serial row. For chamber wind ensemble. 1.5 min.
her she me – 2008
A collaborative style study in postmodernism by three composers and three dancers. For prepared piano, piano, and dance. 18 min.
The soundtrack to Sundays, a student film by film by Murat C. Bey. Sundays premiered in May of 2008. Music was recorded by students and conducted by the composer. For harp, viola, and violoncello. 11 min.
Sentinel – 2008
Written for the Yale Art Gallery's premiere of artwork-based student compositions, Sentinel accompanies Yale's section of the Babylonian Way, on display in the Swartwout Gallery. For bassoon, horn, violin, and double bass. 8 min.
Incidental score: Icarus – 2007
The soundtrack to Icarus, Edwin Sanchéz's play about the beauty of dreams and the ugliniess of reality. This is the play's first original score. It was composed for a production by the Yale Dramat and directed by Lian Walden (Yale College '09) in October 2007. Music was recorded by students and conducted by the composer. For flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, harp, viola, and violoncello. 7 min.
Works for chorus
God's Grandeur – 2010 — Listen
A setting of Gerard Manley Hopkins' famous sonnet. For SATB chorus and organ. 4 min.
Through Eden – 2008 — Listen
A setting of Peter Salovey's closing speech at the Baccalaureate service of Yale College Commencement. Winner of the 2008 Fenno Heath Award for the composition of new Yale songs. For a cappella SATB chorus. 4 min.
Justorum animæ – 2007 — Listen
The fifth movement from Words from Heaven and Earth (a cantata in progress). A violent, dogmatic setting of a sacred text, this philosophically charged piece is a keystone of the set. For a cappella SATB chorus. 4 min.
Works for large ensembles
The Mirror – May 2009
A long and dramatic journey of two themes searching for reconciliation. The Mirror was my senior thesis for my Music major at Yale. 15 min.
Hi Ho Balls – 2011
A University of Texas student song. For a cappella mixed chorus. 2 min.
Works in progress
Words from Heaven and Earth
Six sacred motets, setting texts from the Latin Vulgate against texts from Nietzsche's Also Sprach Zarathustra. For SATB a cappella chorus. 25 min. Movement V, "Justorum animæ," is completed — see above.
Bram is available to compose pieces by commission. Whether you are interested in a new choral setting, service music such as introits, or a custom piece for a special occasion, Bram would like to hear from you. Please use the form on the contact page to request or discuss a possible commission; be sure to include an indication of the performance level of the musicians for which the piece is intended. Thank you!