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Merritt uses unexpected shifts in tempo and tonality for dramatic effect: long, simple lines with echoing violin and horn phrases reflect the singer’s musing. As his unease increases, so does the music, in an undercurrent of skittery, edgy passages and tight harmonics. Bold use of clashing chromatics intensifies the experience, especially in the score’s starkly luminous finale.

-Diane Windeler, San Antonio Express-News

The Aviary for baritone & piano
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The Bookshop for baritone & piano
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Dissonance for baritone & piano
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Five Prophecies for baritone & cello
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London Thoroughfare, 2AM for tenor, horn, violin, & piano
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May Evening in Central Park for baritone & piano
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November Night & Triad for baritone, clarinet, & piano
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On Seeing Weather-Beaten Trees for baritone & viola
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The Sixteenth Floor for baritone & piano
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Steps into Stillness for baritone & piano
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