Original Works

Elizabeth Erickson's original compositions are unified by her intricately constructed sound world which, while uniquely approached for each piece, staunchly resists classification as either tonal or atonal and instead strives for a certain melding of the two. As a result, Liz's melodies achieve an unmistakably fresh lyricism with harmonies that range from pure and simple to janglingly complex. She has always been drawn to the unending possibilities of rhythm and meter and particularly enjoys layering rhythms to achieve an undulating effect.

Recent works include the ripplingly melodic Rumi's Field for piano solo; Beannacht, a song of grief and hope for for soprano and viola with words by John Donohue; and Rhaita, a lively piece for flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, and percussion based on the soundscape of Marrakech. She is currently working on a fantasy for solo cello to celebrate the birth of her third child.