Two Hornéd Demons 2003, 3′

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Dedicated to two of my favorite demons, my son, Jacob, and his friend, Francisco

Available from Subito Music


Two Hornéd Demons

I get lots of musical ideas inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This one comes from two surprisingly small figurines in the exposition “First Cities: Ur.” Two porcelain figurines, ur-Rumpelstiltzkins, not more than nine inches high and dating back 5000 years, stole my heart; this little scherzo wrote itself while I stood and gazed at them in all their mischievous perfection. The sound file sounds like it was recorded in a bathtub, but it was actually the math room at school. I wish someone would animate it. It’s short, but pungent!