• My Love (2018)

    Download the score – My Love Range: G4 – A5 My love,will there come a daywhen my nights are emptied of your touch?Your breath on my neck,my lips against your skin…What, then, to fill the hours,the spaces we can only feel with our hearts,and never measure with our finger-lengths?What, then, to warm the sheets,to pull… Continue reading

  • A Draft of Guinness (2018)

    jaybatzner · A Draft of Guinness Download the score – A Draft of Guinness Range: F4 – A5 Can’t say I’m enjoying the film — new rubbish dialogue reaches me every other day on wages of pink paper — and none of it makes my character clear or even bearable. I just think, thankfully, of… Continue reading

  • A Dream of Fabled Lands (2017)

    Download the score – A Dream of Fabled Lands Range (for complete cycle): E4 – B-flat 5 all poems by Elizabeth Browningedited by Aiden Feltkamp and Jay Batzner Continue reading

  • Word of the Day (2015)

    Download the score – Word of the Day (piano version) Range: B-flat 3 – F5 “Orbs (Word of the Day)” I tear off yesterdayand see orbicular,circle pressed, orbicularis oris kissof wind into the flute.Spread your lips along the silver tube as we onceblew over curved green glassof bottled coke, foghorn low. Or pucker a whistle,trill… Continue reading

  • Sufi Songs (2014)

    jaybatzner · Sufi Songs Download the score – Sufi Songs Range: F4 – G5 Continue reading

  • perfect summer sky (2013)

    jaybatzner · perfect summer sky Download the score – perfect summer sky Range: F-sharp 4 – G5 perfect summer skyone blue crayonmissing from the box – Evelyn Lang Continue reading

  • Voiseynvention (2009)

    Download the score – Voiseynvention Voiseynvention was composed for Robert Voisey’s XL birthday. I took the letters in Robert’s name and created two musical mottos from them. One of the mottos was a simple numerical procedure which I have subsequently forgotten. The other procedure mapped the letters of his name onto a telephone keypad and… Continue reading

  • Toccata (1994)

    jaybatzner · Toccata Download the score – Toccata This is my first “keeper” composition. A simple aggressive ostinato provided the inspiration and motivation for the work. Even though this toccata is only about two minutes long, there is a brief break in the motoric energy for a more lyrical moment. Finally, a mad dash towards… Continue reading

  • Deconstructionist Preludes (2003)

    jaybatzner · Deconstructionist Preludes Download the score – Deconstructionist Preludes The plural title is not a mistake. While this piece is one continuous work, four separate preludes are woven together. The first prelude is light and delicate, quiet and apologetic. The second prelude molds this delicate material into a more mechanical and persistent character. Prelude… Continue reading

  • Miniatures (2006)

    jaybatzner · Miniatures Download the score – Miniatures These four short pieces are an outlet for my newfound interest in improvisation. Since the tape part for these pieces will not change it made sense to me to have a piano part that would always be different. The first piece uses short rhythmic gestures and drones.… Continue reading

About Me

Jay C. Batzner (b. 1974) is currently on the faculty of Central Michigan University. He reads too many comic books and tries to find time for sewing and other various hobbies. Jay likes playing chess but loses a LOT of games. 

Jay’s frequent interdisciplinary collaborations with choreographer Heather Trommer-Beardslee has led to several dance works based on student veterans, ecological succession, the Larry Craig scandal, and hyena behaviors. The hyena piece even includes puppets! 

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