Works

Chamber Music​


A Bonnie Tune (2011) [3:30]
For Flute solo
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Commissioned to celebrate Bonita Boyd’s 35th Anniversary at the

     Eastman School of Music.
 

A Dozen for Two [11:00]
A duet for 2 violins (beginners)
Publisher: Carl Fischer, Inc.
 

Acrostics (1985) [16:00]
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Premiere: Buffalo, NY; April 16, 1985.
Recording: Albany Records Troy 328
 

Aeolus, King of the Winds (1977) [14:00]
For Clarinet, Violin, Violoncello, and Piano
Publisher: G. Schirmer, Inc.
Commission: the Aeolian Players
Premiere: New York City; 1978.
Recording, PARMA Records
 

“Be Not Afraid: the Isle is Full of Noises” (1999) [9:00]
For Brass Quintet
Publisher: Carl Fischer, Inc.
Commission: the American Brass Quintet
Premiere: August 20, 2000; Aspen, Colorado.
Recording: Summit Record #365
 

Bravura (2010) [4:00]
For Bass Trombone solo
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Commission: Jonathan Warburton, bass trombone.
 

Bridges to Span Adversity (1989) [5:00]
For Harpsichord
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Recording: Gasparo Records
 

Caccia for Two Flutes (2007) [3:30]
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Commission: Carol Wincenc for American Flute Association.
Premiere: American Flute Association; Pittsburgh; 2008.
 

Canto I (1970) [9:00]
For Trumpet
Publisher: Ludwig Music Masters-Kalmus
Premiere: Allen Vizzuti; Rochester, NY; 1971.
Recording: Albany Records (First Chairs) Troy 306
 

Canto II (1970) [8:00]
For Bass Trombone
Publisher: Ludwig Music Masters-Kalmus
Premiere: Thomas Everett; Buffalo; 1971.
Recording: Albany Records (First Chairs) Troy 306
 

Canto III (1976) [8:00]
For Violin
Publisher: Ludwig Music Masters-Kalmus
Premiere: Zvi Zeitlin; New York; 1977.
Recording: Naxos #8.559743
 

Canto IV (1975) [7:00]
For Alto Saxophone
Publisher: Ludwig Music Masters-Kalmus
Premiere: Donald Sinta; 1975.
Recording: Albany Records (First Chairs) Troy 306
 

Canto V (1968) [10:00]
For Soprano, Flute, Violoncello, and Piano
Publisher: Ludwig Music Masters-Kalmus
Commission: for opening of Interfaith Chapel; University of Rochester;

     1969.
 

Canto VI (1971) [5:00]
For Double Bass
Publisher: Ludwig Music Masters-Kalmus
Premiere: Bert Turetzky; Oberlin College; 1972.
 

Canto VI A – (Actually Canto XVII) (2000) [5:00]
For Double Bass
Publisher: Ludwig Music Masters-Kalmus
Premiere: J.B. Vandemark
Recording: Naxos #8.559743
 

Canto VII (1972) [8:00]
For Tuba
Publisher: Ludwig Music Masters-Kalmus
Premiere: Cherry Beauregard; Rochester, NY; 1973.
 

Canto VIII (1973) [5:00]
For Piano
Publisher: Ludwig Music Masters-Kalmus
Premiere: Bradford Gowen; Kennedy Center, Washington; 1973.
Recording: New World Records LPNW 304 called “Exultation”
 

Canto IX (1976) [10:00]
For Timpani and Roto toms
Publisher: Ludwig Music Masters-Kalmus
Premiere: John Beck; Eastman School of Music; 1978.
 

Canto X (1979) [7:00]
For Violoncello
Publisher: Ludwig Music Masters-Kalmus
Premiere: University of Alabama; 1980.
Recording: Naxos #8.559743
 

Canto XI (1984) [6:00]
For Horn
Publisher: Ludwig Music Masters-Kalmus
Premiere: Verne Reynolds; Eastman School of Music; December, 1985.
Recording: Albany Records (First Chairs) Troy 306
 

Canto XII (1989) [10:00]
For Bassoon
Publisher: Ludwig Music Masters-Kalmus
Premiere: Judith LeClair; 1991.
Recording: Albany Records (First Chairs) Troy 306
 

Canto XIII (1994) [6:00]
For Piccolo
Publisher: Ludwig Music Masters-Kalmus
Commission: Jan Gippo
Recording: Albany Records (First Chairs) Troy 306
 

Canto XIV (1997) [12:00]
For Clarinet
Publisher: Ludwig Music Masters-Kalmus
Commission: Franklin Cohen
Premiere: September, 1997; Cleveland, OH.
Recording: Albany Records (First Chairs) Troy 306
 

Canto XV (1997) [8:00]
For English Horn
Publisher: Ludwig Music Masters-Kalmus
Premiere: Thomas Stacy; January, 1998; New York, NY.
Recording: Albany Records (First Chairs) Troy 306
 

Canto XVI (2004) [6:00]
For Viola
Publisher: Ludwig Music Masters-Kalmus
Premiere: Randolph Kelly; Pittsburgh; November 2004.
Recording: Naxos Records #8.559743
 

Canto XVII (Also known as Canto VI A) (2000) [5:00]
For Double Bass
Publisher: Ludwig Music Masters-Kalmus
Premiere: J.B. Vandemark
Recording: Naxos #8.559743
 

Canto XVIII (2009) [5:00]
For Accordian

Publisher: Ludwig Music Masters-Kalmus
Commission: The American Accordian Association
Premiere: City University of New York; 2009.
 

Canto XIX, (2009) [6:00]
For Oboe

Publisher: Ludwig Music Masters-Kalmus
Premiere: Jacqueline Leclair; Double Reed Convention; Oklahoma City;

     2009.
 

Canto XX (2010) [5:00]
For Guitar
Publisher: Ludwig Music Masters-Kalmus
Premiere: Ricardo Iznaola; University of Denver; May, 2010.
Recording: Naxos #8.559743
 

Canto XXI (2010) [6:00]
For Harp
Publisher: Ludwig Music Masters-Kalmus
Premiere: June Han, harp; Bowdoin International Music Festival;

     July, 2010.
Recording: Naxos 8.559743

 

Canto XXII (2015)

For Euphonium

Publisher: Ludwig Music Masters-Kalmus

Commission: Christian Becher

Premiere: Christian Becher; Cologne, Germany; 2016.

Capriccio (1954) [1:00]
In the collection “New Music for Piano”
For Piano
Publisher: Lawson-Gould Music Publishers
Recording: RCA Victor
 

Clarrion Calls (1995) [12:00]
For Trumpet and Organ
Publisher: Robert King Music Sales
Premiere: Keith Benjamin, trumpet and Melody Turnquist, organ;

     Kansas City; September, 1996.
 

Close Encounters (1989) [10:00]
For Violin and Violoncello
Publisher: Ludwig Music Pub. Co.
Commission: Joseph Swensen
Recording: Naxos #8.559743
 

Contrasting Inventions (1998) [6:00]
For Alto Saxophone and Tenor Saxophone
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Commission: Lawrence Gwozdz
Premiere: November, 1998.
Recording: Saxophone Classics CC 4006
 

Deja Vu (1975) [10:00]
For 6 Recorders
Publisher: G. Schirmer, Inc.
 

Diary of a Journey (1995) [15:00]
For Flute, Bassoon, and Violoncello
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Commission: the Friends of the Library of the City of Phoenix.
Premiere: The Arpeggio Trio; Phoenix, AZ; April 21, 1996.
 

Divertissement (1999) [13:00]
For Violin and Marimba
Publisher: Unknown
Commission: Jacques and Michael Israeliewitch.
Premiere: Jacques and Michael Israeliewitch; July 31, 2000;

     Ottawa, Canada.
 

Double Portrait (1985) [10:00]
For Violin and Piano
Publisher: Southern Music Company
Commission: Cary Lewis and Ronald Neal in memory of Carroll Glenn

​     and Eugene List.
Recording: PARMA
 

Duo Sonata (1983) [16:00]
For 2 Piano
Publisher: Ludwig Music Pub. Co.
Premiere: Cardiff, Wales, Music Festival; March 7, 1984.
Recording: PARMA
 

Epistrophe (1990) [12:00]
A sonata for Organ
Publisher: Wayne Leopold Publisher
Commission: the University of Kansas

A Euphonious Quartet (2016)

For Euphonium, Violin, Viola and Cello

Publisher: Theodore Presser

Commission: Evan Kelsick

Premiere: Eastman School of Music; Rochester, NY; November, 2016.

Fantasy for Piano [c. 6’]

Publisher: Theodore Presser

Commission: Michael Brown

Premiere: Michael Brown; 2015

Fantasia on the Name Craighead (1980) [6:00]
For Organ
Publisher: Wayne Leopold Publisher
Commission: the AGO Rochester Chapter
Premiere: Mel Butler; September, 1980.
 

Festival Fanfare and Dance (2009)
For Brass Ensemble
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Premiere: Cincinnati 2009
 

Festive Proclamation (1995) [4:00]
For Organ
Publisher: Wayne Leopold Publisher
Premiere: William Neil, organ; Kennedy Center; Washington, D.C.;

     November 9-11, 1995.
Recording: SMR Classics M51112
 

Five Movements (1963) [10:00]
For Brass Quintet
Publisher: Robert King Music Sales
Commission: Houston Brass Quintet

 

Five Related Miniatures for Two Violins [c. 15’]

Publisher: Theodore Presser

Commission: Cecilia and Martin Gelland

Premiere: Cecilia and Martin Gelland; Stockholm; 2014.

Four Composer Portraits (2001-02) [8:00]
For Piano
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Recording: Naxos Records #8.559602
 

Four Dialogues (1974) [10:00]
For Euphonium and Marimba
Publisher: Carl Fischer, Inc.
Recording: Crystal Records CD 393
 

Four Studies for Woodwinds (1965)
Published separately as Flaunting, Oboration, Clarinon, and Bassoonery
Publisher: Theodore Presser
 

Fragments from the Song of Songs (2005) [9:00]
For Mezzo-Soprano, Clarinet, and Piano
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Premiere: Berlin, Germany; June 14, 2005.
 

From Generation to Generation
For Organ Solo
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Commission: Randolph Schönberg
Premiere: Los Angeles; April 2011.
 

Gottschalkiana (1982) [10:00]
For Brass Quintet
Publisher: Samuel H. Adler
Premiere: The Canadian Brass; 1982.
 

Gradus Books I, II, & III (1979)
60 studies for piano
Publisher: Oxford University Press
 

Harobed [10:00]
Six Studies for flute or clarinet
Publisher: Southern Music Company
 

Hymnset (1983) [12:00]
Four Chorale Preludes
For Organ
Publisher: G. Schirmer, Inc.
Premiere: Clair Rozier; Rochester, NY; May 3, 1984.
Recording: Gasparo Records

 

Hymnset for Woodwind Quintet (2017)

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Premiere: Toledo Symphony Woodwind Quintet; September 2017.

In Memory of Milton (2011) [6:00]
For Violin solo
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Premiere: Michelle Ross, violin; Juilliard School of Music; April, 2011.
Recording: Perspectives of New Music Princeton U. prim/os CD 3
 

In Praise of Bach (2001) [7:00]
For Organ
Publisher: Wayne Leopold Publisher
Premiere: Cleveland, OH; June 23, 2003.
 

Into the Radient Boundaries of Light (1993) [8:00]
For Viola and Guitar
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Premiere: John Graham, viola and Nicholas Golouses, guitar;

     Rochester, NY; January 24, 1994.
Recording: www.duofresco.com; also on Albany Records
 

Intrada (1967) [5:00] for Woodwind Quintet
Publisher: Oxford University Press
 

Introduction and Capriccio [8:00]
For Zabaleta
For Harp
Publisher: Peer-Southern Music Company
 

Introit and Toccatina (1982) [7:00]
For Trumpet and Organ
Publisher: Robert King Music Sales
Premiere: Barbara Butler, Charles Geyer, and Barbara Harbach;

     November 12, 1982.
 

Let the Trumpet Sound for Trumpet and Organ (2013) [c. 5’]

Publisher: Theodore Presser

Commission: Schoenberg Family

Premiere: Los Angeles; 2013.

Life is An Ecstasy for Trumpet and Organ [c. 8’]

Publisher: Theodore Presser

Commission: Keith Benjamin and Melody Turnquist Steed

Premiere: Keith Benjamin and Melody Turnquist Steed;

     Kansas City; 2017.

Line Drawings (1978) [8:00]
Publisher: Dorn Publications, Inc.
Premiere: The Sigurd Rascher Sax Quartet; Prague; 1978.
Recording: BIS #953
 

Madrigals (1986) [8:00]
For 6 Flutes
Publisher: Peer-Southern Music Company
 

Meadowmountetudes [8:00]
For Violin
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Recording: PARMA
 

Miscellany (1956) [11:00]
A Serenade
For Mezzo-Soprano, English Horn, and String Quartet
Publisher: Ludwig Music Pub. Co.
 

Nuptial Scene (1975) [10:00]
For Mezzo-Soprano, Flute, Oboe, Bass Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Violoncello,

     Percussion, and Celeste.
Publisher: Carl Fischer, Inc.
Commission: the City of Jerusalem
Premiere: Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra; 1979.
Recording: Naxos Records #8.559415
 

Partita (2007)
For Organ Solo
Publisher: Wayne Leopold Publisher
Commission: Paul Jacobs
 

Pasiphae (1987) [9:00]
For Percussion and Piano
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Premiere: James Avery and Steven Schick; Rochester, NY;

     March 16, 1988.
Recording: Naxos 8.559602
 

Pensive Soliloquy (1997) [5:00]
For Alto Saxophone and Piano
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Premiere: World Saxophone Congress; August, 1998; Valencia, Spain.
Recording: Albany Records #442
 

Piano Quintet (1999) [14:00]
For Piano and String Quartet
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Commission: the American String Quartet
Recording: Albany Records
 

Piano Trio (1964) [18:00]
For Violin, Violoncello, and Piano
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Premiere: The Alma Trio; San Francisco; 1965.
Recording: PARMA
 

Piano Trio No. 2 (1978) [21:00]
Publisher: Ludwig-Kalmus Music Masters
Premiere: The Western Arts Trio; Laramie, WY; 1979.
Recording: PARMA
 

Porgy and Bess Rondo (1994) [14:00]
For Marimba (or Violin and Marimba, 2010)
Publisher: Keyboard Percussion Publishers
Commission: Leigh Howard Stevens
 

Ports of Call, A Suite for 2 Violin and Guitar (1992) [14:00]
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Commission: Trio Tiento
 

Primavera Amarilla (1993) [4:00]
For Mezzo-Soprano, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Violoncello, and Piano
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Premiere: Bartok Ensemble; Santiago, Chile; July 15, 1993.
 

Quintalogues (1968) [12:00]
For Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Marimba, and Vibraphone
Publisher: Ludwig Music Pub. Co.
Premiere: Rochester, NY; New York State Music Teachers’ Convention;

     November 8, 1986.
 

Recitative and Rondo Capriccioso for Flute and Piano (2014) [c. 8’]

Publisher: Theodore Presser

Commission: Studio for New Music of the University of Siegen,

     Germany.

Premiere: Siegen, Germany; 2014.

Reconciliation (1992) [14:00]
For Soprano, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Violoncello, and Piano
Publisher: Transcontinental Music Pub. Co.
Premiere: Rochester, NY; 1993.
 

Reflection (1979) [3:00]
For Organ
Publisher: Wayne Leopold Publisher
 

Romp [5:00]
For String Quartet
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Commission: Wolftrap for the Ying Quartet
 

Seven Epigrams (1966) [10:00]
For Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, and Bassoon
Publisher: Oxford University Press

 

Solemn Soliloquy for solo Violin (2014) [c. 5’]

Publisher: Theodore Presser

Commission: Atis Bankas

Premiere: Toronto; 2014.

Sonata (1989) [10:00]
For Oboe and Piano
Publisher: Southern Music Company
 

Sonata #2 (1956) [13:00]
For Violin and Piano
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Premiere: Marjory Harrel, violin, Brooks Smith, piano; Aspen; 1957.
Recording: PARMA; Troy 041
 

Sonata #3 (1965) [16:00]
For Violin and Piano
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Premiere: Carroll Glenn, violin, Brooks Smith, piano;

     Town hall, New York; 1969.
Recording: PARMA
 

Sonata #4 (1989) [18:00]
For Violin and Piano
Publisher: Ludwig Music Pub. Co.
Commission: William Steck, concertmaster, the National Symphony.
Recording: PARMA
 

Sonata Breve (1963) [12:00]
For Piano
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Premiere: Steve Bardas; Fort worth, Texas; 1964.
Recording: New World Records CDNW 304
 

Sonata for Cello Solo (1968) [10:00]
For Lynn Harrell
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
 

Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (2004) [15:00]
Publisher: Southern Music Company
 

Sonata for Flute and Piano (2006) [14:00]
For Carol Wincenc and the 100th Anniversary of the Juilliard School
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Recording: Naxos Records #8.559602
 

Sonata for Guitar Solo (1987)
Publisher Theodore Presser
Commissioned by Stephen Robinson
Recording: Centaur CRC 2204
 

Sonata for Harpsichord (1982) [11:00]
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Premiere: Barbara Harbach, harpsichord; March 20, 1984.
Recording: Gasparo Records
 

Sonata for Horn and Piano (1947) [13:00]
Publisher: Robert King Music Sales
 

Sonata for Organ Solo (2003) [20:00]
For Stephen Tharp
Publisher: Wayne Leopold
 

Sonata for Solo Flute (1981) [10:00]
For James Galway
Publisher: Southern Music Company
Premiere: Seattle, Washington; July, 1982.
Recording: Vox Records 7509
 

Sonata for Viola and Piano (1984) [14:00]
For Atar Arad and Evelyn Brancart
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Premiere: Rochester, NY; 1985.
Recording: Albany Records Troy 582
 

Sonatina (1979) [15:00]
For Piano
Publisher: G. Schirmer, Inc.
Premiere: Jeff Jacob; Carnegie Hall; 1980.
Recording: New World Records CDNW 304
 

Soundings (1989) [10:00]
For Alto Saxophone and Piano
Publisher: Southern Music Company
Commission: John-Edward Kelley
 

String Quartet No. 3 (1953, rev. 1964) [24:00]
Publisher: Ludwig Music Pub. Co.
Premiere: Dallas Symphony String Quartet; March 1964 (orig.). Welsh.

String Quartet

Premiere: Cardiff, Wales, March 7, 1984 (rev.)
Recording: New World Records CRI 608
 

String Quartet No. 4 (1963) [23:00]
Publisher: Samuel Adler
Commission: the Fine Arts Quartet
Premiere: Fine Arts Quartet; Chicago; November, 1965.
Recording: PARMA
 

String Quartet No. 5 (1969) [19:00]
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Commission: the Pro Arte Quartet
Premiere: Pro Arte Quartet; Madison, Wisconsin; 1970.
Recording: PARMA
 

String Quartet No. 6 (1975) [20:00]
Publisher: Carl Fischer, Inc.
Commission: the Fine Arts Quartet
Premiere: Chicago; November 6, 1976.
Recording: New World Records 608
 

String Quartet No. 7 (1981) [19:00]
Publisher: G. Schirmer, Inc.
Premiere: The Cleveland Quartet; Orchestra Hall, Chicago;

     March 5, 1983.
Recording: New World Records 608
 

String Quartet No. 8 (1990) [18:00]
Publisher: Ludwig Music Pub. Co.
Commission: the Pro Arts Quartet, Franciscan Chamber Players,

     Westbrook, and Ying Quartets.
Recording: PARMA and Albany Records
 

String Quartet No. 9 (2009) [19:00]
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Commission: Esterhazy String Quartet in honor of their 40th Anniversary.
Premiere: Esterhazy Quartet; University of Missouri; December 2009.
Recording: Albany Records
 

The Feast of Weeks (1962) [4:00]
In the collection “Organ Music for Worship”
For Organ
Publisher: Transcontinental Music Pub. Co.
 

The Lord of All (1962) [1:30]
In the collection “Organ Music for Worship”
For Organ
Publisher: Transcontinental Music Pub. Co.
 

The Organ is King (2002)
A celebration and demonstration of the organ
Publisher: Wayne Leopold Editions
 

The Road to Terpsichore: A Suite of Dances (1988) [9:00]
For Piano
Publisher: G. Schirmer, Inc.
Commission: the Music Teachers of California
Recording: New World Records CDNW 304
 

The Sense of Touch (1981) [10:00]
8 pieces for piano
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Commission: “Clavier” Magazine
 

Three Piano Preludes (2001) [9:00]
For Piano solo
Publisher: Carl Fischer, Inc.
Recording: Naxos Records #8.559602
 

Three Pieces for Cello and Piano (2008)
Emunah, L’olam Vaed, Tribute
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Premiere: New York City; September 2008.
 

Thy Song Expands My Spirit (1980) [3:30]
Written in tribute for Aaron Copland’s 80th Birthday
For Piano
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Premiere: Claudia Stevens; National Gallery; April 20, 1981.
 

Toccata, Recitation and Postlude (1959) [8:00]
For Organ
Publisher: Wayne Leopold
Commission: Temple Emanu-El; New York City.
Recording: Gasparo
 

Trio (Five Snapshots) (2001) [15:00]
For Violin, Viola and Cello
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Commission: Deutsches Streich Trio
Recording: Naxos #8.559743
 

Triolet (1989) [9:00]
For Flute, Viola, and Harp
Publisher: C.F. Peters
Commission: Sigma Alpha Iota
 

Trumpetry (1983) [3:30]
A Fanfare
For 3 Trumpet
Publisher: Robert King Music Sales
Premiere: Barbara Butler, Charles Geyer, trumpets; Rochester, NY;

     October 1983.
 

Tubetudes [8:00]
For Tuba
Publisher: Southern Music Company
 

Two Meditations (1955, rev. 1964) [1:30]
For Organ
Publisher: Wayne Leopold Publisher
Recording: Gasparo Records
 

Two Southern Appalachian Folk Songs for Violin and Piano [c. 4’]

Publisher: Theodore Presser

Commission: Yui Kitamura

Premiere: New York; 2013.

Welcoming the Sabbath (1963) [3:00]
For Organ
Publisher: Wayne Leopold Publisher
 

Wind Songs [14:00]
Four Organ Pieces
Publisher: Wayne Leopold Publisher
Recording: Gasparo Records

Xenia (1971) [8:00]
For Organ and Percussion
Publisher: Samuel Adler
Recording: Crystal Records #8

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