Current & Recent Projects

Current Projects

Go, Little Poem

Started: 5 August 2015
Description: Five-song cycle for myself and Marc Peloquin to perform in October 2015 on the KeyedUp MusicProject. The cycle, about the life and thoughts of a poet, will use texts by Billy Collins.

Call Me By Your Name

Started: 3 March 2015
Description: A short work for oboe and piano. Part of a larger project to compose thirteen 5-7 minute duos. The piece takes its title from André Aciman’s novel of the same name.

Sketches complete as of 8/5/15.

And He’ll be Mine

Started: 9 November 2014
Description: An album of art songs performed by Dennis and pianist Marc Peloquin. Contains works by Chester Biscardi, David Del Tredici, Darien Shulman, Dennis Tobenski, and Zachary Wadsworth. Recorded 9-18 November 2014. Due to be released by Perfect Enemy Records in 2015.

The Composer’s Guide to Doing Business

Description: An ongoing series of blog posts exploring the business aspects of creating and maintaining a career as a concert music composer. The posts will be collected into a book with the same title, to be published by the Tobenski Music Press.

Recent Projects

It Is Not Always May

Completed: 16 April 2015
Description: A 4½-minute SATB choral work with piano accompaniment. Text by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal

Completed: 7 January 2015
Description: A three-minute work for SATB chorus, a cappella. Text by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Such Gentle Rapture

Started: 12 August 2014
Completed: 14 March 2015
Description: A 7½-minute piece for clarinet and piano. Part of a larger project to compose thirteen 5-7 minute duos. The piece takes its title from Barry Eisler’s novel Redemption Games.