All text is from the last words spoken by various male American inmates who were executed between 1919 and 2019.


  • SIGNS YOU ARE A PEOPLE-PLEASER (baritone voice & cello) 2019, 4 min.

Text from various internet sources. The signs one might be a people-pleaser are sung, with the cellist representing the internal monologue of the singer as frustration and panic builds.


​Poem by Elinor Wylie, 1921. A work about women overcoming adversity.


  • He Wrote Me a Poem - Samuel Lord Kalcheim, arr. Denney πŸ”ˆ (mezzo-soprano voice & chamber orchestra) 2016, 3 min.​

Lyrics by Lee Kalcheim. An arrangement of a song from the musical American Gothic.


  • ​But Men Loved Darkness rather than Light πŸ”ˆ (baritone voice & piano) 2015, 4 min.

​Poem by Richard Crashaw, 1646. A sarcastic art song about eternal judgment.


  • When Awake (SSAATTBB chorus & prepared piano) 2015, 8 min.

A work that explores choral textures and the phonetic sounds of short phrases about dreaming. The simple prepared piano part involves pencils, paper, and aluminum foil.


  • Psalm 16: a michtam of David (SATB chorus a cappella) 2013, 5 min.


  • Unwilting (soprano, mezzo-soprano, cello, & piano) 2011, 5 min.

Poem by Dona McCormack, 2011.

instrumental chamber / solo music

​This work is a small celebration of nonsense, femininity, and the piccolo. The title is taken from Plato, who disliked wind instruments and dismissed women playing them as β€œfrivolous nonsense.”


  • Syrah  (violin, cello, & piano) 2017, 8 min.

A work that explores textures and octatonic/whole tone scales. Two movements: I. Backbone and II. Aftertaste.


  • SO MUCH SO: a suite for chamber ensembles πŸ”ˆ (sinfonietta) 2017, 40 min.

​A spatial, seven-part theme and variations for sinfonietta ensemble and smaller combinations thereof. Melodic fragments, harmonic developments, and changes in texture are the overall ideas among the variations. Within the piece, community and individuality are displayed and developed.

 

​A work about the three classified forms of absent-mindedness: I. Hyperfocus, II. Zoning Out, and III. Unwarranted Distractions by Irrelevant Thoughts. The ensemble represents an individual mind as a whole.


  • White-Knuckling πŸ”ˆ (cello) 2016, 8 min. 

A solo work which depicts the feeling of frustration over unreached goals.


  • How Are You?: a conversation between acquaintances πŸ”ˆ (bassoon & double bass) 2015, 6 min.

A humorous, non-verbal transcription of a fictional dialogue between two acquaintances.


  • Air β€‹πŸ”ˆ (oboe & string quartet) 2015, 9 min.

A work for oboe soloist with string accompaniment, exploring lush harmonies and lyrical melody.


  • Strained (flute, clarinet, horn, trumpet, bass drum, viola, & cello) 2014, 8 min. 


  • En Masse πŸ”ˆ (12+ violins & 8+ violas) 2014, 9 min. 

A work exploring the textures and spatial effects of a large group of violins and violas.


  • Romance & Tango β€‹πŸ”ˆ (violin & piano) 2014, 14 min. 

A lighthearted, dramatic, & melodic duet ending in a tango.


  • Pavane πŸ”ˆ (oboe, alto flute, English horn, & bassoon) 2014, 6 min.

An exploration of harmonic language and woodwind textures.


  • Effusion ​(flute) 2014, 3 min. 


  • Music for Beneath the Text πŸ”ˆ (2 violins, viola, & bass clarinet) 2013, 30 min.

Collaborative live music for an aerial dance performance choreographed by Sonya Smith.


  • Two Brass Moods (brass quintet) 2013, 8 min


  • Rovescio β€‹πŸ”ˆ (string quartet) 2012, 15 min. 

A string quartet in three movements, exploring texture and phrasing.


  • String Trio (violin, viola, & cello) 2011, 12 min.


  • Halls of Air (flute) 2010, 2 min.


  • Duet for Violin and Viola β€‹πŸ”ˆ 2009, 8 min.

composer / arranger / engraver

orchestral / large ensemble music

Vocal / choral music

Morgan ​denney

EDUCATIONAL music

Contact Morgan for inquiries about commissions, arrangement requests, and acquiring pre-existing scores and parts.

  • SO MUCH SO: a suite for chamber ensembles  πŸ”ˆβ€‹ (sinfonietta) 2017, 40 min. 

​A spatial, seven-part theme and variations for sinfonietta ensemble and smaller combinations thereof. Melodic fragments, harmonic developments, and changes in texture are the overall ideas among the variations. Within the piece, community and individuality are displayed and developed.


  • Notwithstanding πŸ”ˆβ€‹ (full orchestra) 2016, 7 min. 

A work exploring long melodies and various ways of treating them within a large ensemble.


  • Confessions From a Non-Quiet Mind  πŸ”ˆβ€‹ (full orchestra) 2015, 8 min.

This work depicts the constant noise and thoughts in one’s mind, often unwanted.

 

  • La Puerta del Vino - Claude Debussy, arr. Denney (full orchestra) 2014, 4 min.


  • Inconveniences  πŸ”ˆ (chamber orchestra) 2013, 6 min. ​

A work depicting the frustrating feeling of obligatory and menial tasks.


​Each movement is a musical description of a person the composer knows.

Experience this poignant folk song about loneliness and desire that builds from a solitary melody to an emotional, harmony-driven climax. Smooth textures and flowing melodies meld seamlessly with dramatic phrases as the work develops. An inspiring and unique arrangement of a delightful folk song.


  • Saltarello - Att. to Vincenzo Galilei, arr. Denney πŸ”ˆ (Grade 1.5 string orchestra) 2018, 3 min.

This lively triple-meter dance from the 16th century is very popular with classical guitarists and is now a wonderful addition to the string orchestra repertoire. Pizzicato accompaniments interact with a playful melody that is cleverly developed throughout the ensemble. A delightful work, perfect as a change-of-pace on any program.


​This arrangement of In the Bleak Midwinter captures the sentiment of the holidays by placing Holst’s beautiful melody in a lush string orchestra atmosphere. Each section contributes with lyrical motives and nuanced harmonies while students have the opportunity to practice bow distribution, tone, and balance.


  • ​All Mixed Up (Grade 3 string orchestra) 2014, 4 min.

​​A Mixolydian theme & variations for beginning strings.


  • Senary Blues (violins, viola, cello, & guitar) 2013, 4 min.