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      Welcome to this site, where you will find a wide selection of scores for download plus a full catalog of my compositions.  Any score here may be freely downloaded, reproduced, performed, broadcast, and/or recorded provided only that you identify me as the composer and notify me of your activity (lkramer@fordham.edu).  Instrumental parts are available on request.

        My career as a composer has come in two waves: one spanning the 1980s, when several of my orchestral pieces were performed along with vocal and chamber works, and another starting in 2006 after a decade and a half of intensive work as a musicologist. (Most of my sixteen books, including The Thought of Music, Expression and Truth, Interpreting Music, Why Classical Music Still Matters, and Musical Meaning are published by the University of California Press.  I teach at Fordham University, where I hold the position of Distinguished Professor.)  My return to composition was prompted by the unexpected opportunity to write a song cycle based on Henry James’s novel The Wings of the Dove.  Since then I have divided my time between scholarship and composition, with numerous performances of vocal and chamber works across the United States, including Lincoln Center and the campus of the Santa Fe Opera, and Europe, including Vienna, Oxford, Edinburgh, Belgrade, Krakow, and London.