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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

Movement 2


"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 Pieces for Violin and Piano, Movement 2

"two roads diverged..." Movement 1

"Bob Ross," excerpt

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