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An Opera in One Act based on Franz Kafka's The Trial.

  • Music and Libretto by Joshua Baerwald​. Story by Franz Kafka, adapted by Joshua Baerwald.

  • One Act  ||  55 minutes

  • Premiere: Florida State University, Opperman Hall. Directed by Matthew Lata, Conducted by Douglas Fisher. May 2017

  • Finalist for the 2018 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award

for access to a video recording of the entire opera, please contact the composer

The ProcessIntroduction
00:00 / 01:20
The ProcessHuld's Aria
00:00 / 05:28

Additional Vocal Music

"The Thorn," a Song Cycle for Low Voice and Piano

"Death By Water" for Baritone and Chamber Ensemble

"The Thorn," movement 1

Matt Cooksey, Singer; Caroline Hayes, Pianist.

Premiered by the A/Tonal Ensemble

March 25, 2019; Comstock Hall, Louisville, KY


Cello Concerto (2017)

2 versions (One with Wind Ensemble, One with Full Orchestra)

  • Wind Ensemble Premiere: Florida State University, Lindsay Recital Hall. Joshua Baerwald as the soloist, and Michael Gabriel as the conductor. October 2017

Photo: Katie M. Lee

Recordings coming soon!

Additional Orchestra Music

Two Miniatures for Orchestra

"Sailboat," for Orchestra

Concerto for Solo Trumpet and Orchestra

Movement 1

American Modern Orchestra

Movement 2

American Modern Orchestra


"Palimpsest" for Brass Quintet

  • Premiered by the Atlantic Brass Quintet in June 2019 at the Mostly Modern Festival

"...mostly" for String Quartet

  • Premiered in June 2018 by the Euclid Quartet at Skidmore College as part of the inaugural year of the Mostly Modern Festival

"The Painter," for Violin, Violoncello, and Piano

  • Premiered in November 2017

"The Painter" - Movement 1
00:00 / 00:00
"The Painter" - Movement 2
00:00 / 00:00
"The Painter" - Movement 3
00:00 / 00:00

Additional Chamber Music

Two Pieces for Violin and Piano

"two roads diverged..." for String Quartet

"Bob Ross," for String Quartet

"Snapshot" for Chamber Ensemble

"two roads diverged..." Movement 1

Eppes String Quartet

"Bob Ross," excerpt

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