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Musical Explorations of the Messier Catalogue of 

Star Clusters and Nebulae


This album is based on the life work of French astronomer Charles Messier (1730-1817) who compiled a "catalogue" of approximately 110 diffuse objects in the night sky, objects which are now known as nebulae, star clusters, galaxies, and immense patches of interstellar gas. Recent Hubble telescope photos of Messier  objects reveal vistas of extraordinary be and also great variation in energy patterning – spiraling, floating, exploding, diffusing – which suggest musical variations in rhythm, texture, formal design, and melodic elements.  


For more information, music samples, published sheet music

and videos, please visit Messier Star Cluster and Nebulae page.

Messier (excerpts)B. Lazarus
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November Sonata for flute and piano (EP)


Composed in 2011, November Sonata is a three-movement, 15-minute work for flute and piano. The title refers to the composer's favorite time of year: late autumn, when    late afternoon sunlight is soft and diffused. The three movements are entitled November, May, and February. Features Barbara Siesel, flute. 


For score and part contact the composer directly at 

3. February B. Siesel, flute
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Works for Solo Piano

The music from Works for Solo Piano was composed between 1983 and 1985 and was largely inspired by the natural beauty of the woodland areas of Pennsylvania and western New Jersey (the location of beautiful Hacklebarney Park). The musical language of these neo-classical, multi-movement sonatas and more free-flowing pieces was influenced by folksong and New Age music along with dollops of Copland, mid-period Stravinsky, and jazz pianists with styles ranging from Erroll Gardener's stride to Bill Evans' harmonic sophistication. 

"Hacklebarney" SonataB. Lazarus
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Song of the Earth (single)


A calm solo piano meditation on quiet, peace, and oneness with nature.  This piece may also be found on Works for Solo Piano

For sheet music to Song of the Earth please contact the composer directly


Song of the EarthB. Lazarus
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