In 2014 MM Steer became interested in the Tao Te Ching. After consulting several versions and finding each as impenetrable as the last, he took a literal translation and began to use each chapter as... More > a meditative exercise, piecing together the pœtic meaning implicit wthin the extremely terse text.
After paraphrasing the words and honing the language to its most epigrammatic, he subsequently rearranged the chapters to improve the reading flow by grouping those with similar subject matter together.
MM Steer hopes that his ‘reimagination’ of this ancient text will awaken interest in readers to consider for themselves how energy flow works within and around their own lives.< Less
Nine interfaith hymns suitable for unison or choral singing written & composed by Michael Maxwell Steer 1998-2014, which express spiritual sentiments in non-sectarian language. Most are arranged... More > for SATB & keyboard.< Less
These poems by Sally Purcell reflect on some of the Christian seasons that occur in the church year. 1 Eternal Image. 2 First Mystery. 3 Poem for Lent or Advent. 4 Magi. 5 I see them walking in an... More > air of glory. Envoi: Rilke. Michael Maxwell Steer set them for acappella vocal quintet in 2012.< Less
Setting of 5 poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins for soprano & piano. Moonrise, The Lantern Out of Doors, The Starlight Night, A 'Terrible' Sonnet, Heaven-Haven. Made in 2001. Recorded in 2013 by... More > Frances M Lynch & the composer< Less
30' opera for two singers, written & composed by Michael Maxwell Steer.
A young woman is shown round a one-room flat by a letting agent. We learn she's a photographer who is trying to fund a... More > photography project about deserts. She agrees to take it and he leaves.
She then phones a friend while boiling a kettle. Looking for somewhere to put the teabag she discovers wads of banknotes in the wastebin. She is horrified & excited in equal measure.
At first she doesnt know what to do & searches for traces of the previous tenant. But finding almost nothing she slowly realises it's enough to fund her project, and is trying to work out if she could get away with it - when there's a shot & the lightbulb above her head shatters. Terrified, in the darkness she grabs her belongings & exits - but we don't see whether she's taken the money or replaced it.
The opera ends with the letting agent showing someonelse round in identical language. We never know whether she put the money back or took it.< Less