Works

Orchestra​


A Little Bit of … (1976) [5:00]
First position only.
For Strings
Publisher: Ludwig Music Pub. Co.
Commission: the New York State String Teachers Association

A Bridge to Understanding (2008)

For Orchestra

Publisher: Theodore Presser

Commission: Empire State Youth Orchestra

Premiere: Empire State Youth Orchestra; Helen Cha-Pyo, conductor;

Albany, NY; March 8, 2008.

All Nature Plays (2009) [9:00]
For Orchestra
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Commission: Bellingham, WA Symphony Orchestra
Premiere: Bellingham Symphony Orchestra; Roger Briggs, conductor;

February 2009.


American Airs and Dances (1998) [18:00]
For Orchestra (also exists in a version for band)
Publisher: Carl Fischer, Inc.
Commission: the Williamsville School District, Williamsville, NY
Premiere: February 1999.
 

Art Creates Artists (1996) [3:00]
For Orchestra
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Commission: the Atlantic Center for the Arts
Premiere: Florida Youth Orchestra; Jonathon May, conductor;

February 1997.

 

As You Like It, A Merry Overture after Shakespeare (2018) [5:00]

For Orchestra

Publisher: Theodore Presser

Commission: Eastman School of Music for its 100th Anniversary

Premiere: During the 2021 Season.
 

Beyond the Land (1988) [28:00]
A symphony for orchestra.
For Orchestra
Publisher: Galaxy-E.C. Schirmer
Commission: Oklahoma City Symphony Orchestra
Premiere: March 10, 1990.
 

Centennial for Orchestra (1993) [4:00]
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Commission: the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for its 100th

Anniversary.
Premiere: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Yuri Temirkanov, conductor;

October 1995.
 

City by the Lake (1968) [6:30]
A portrait of Rochester, New York (3222/2231/timp+2/hrp./str.)
For Full Orchestra
Publisher: G. Schirmer, Inc.
Premiere: Rochester Philharmonic; Samuel Jones, conductor;

November 1968.
 

Concertino (1954) [6:00]
First position only.
For String Orchestra
Publisher: G. Schirmer, Inc.
 

Concertino #2 (1976) [12:00]
For String Orchestra
Publisher: Ludwig Music Pub. Co.
Premiere: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; Samuel Adler, conductor;

June 1977.
 

Concertino #3 (1993) [12:00]
Publisher: Ludwig Music Pub. Co.
Commission: the MENC of Missouri
Recording: Albany Records Troy 582
 

Concerto for Orchestra (1971) [20:00]
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Premiere: Western Michigan Symphony Orchestra;

Herbert Butler, conductor; June, 1971.
 

Drifting on Winds and Currents (2010) [9:00]
For Orchestra
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Commission: Las Vegas Symphony Orchestra
Premiere: Las Vegas Symphony Orchestra; David Itkin, conductor;

November 2010.

Recording: Royal Scottish National Orchestra, José Serebrier, conductor, Linn Records, CKD 545. 


Elegy (1962) [7:30]
For String Orchestra
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Premiere: Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Donald Johannos, conductor;

November 1962.


Five American Folk Tunes (1998) [10:00]
For String Orchestra in the first position
Publisher: Black Squirrel Press
 

Four Early American Folk Songs (1962) [7:00]
First position only
For String Orchestra
Publisher: G. Schirmer, Inc.

 

Gedenkfeier for String Orchestra (2018)

Publisher: Theodore Presser

Premiere: New York Classical Players, Dongmin Kim, conductor. New York City, October 2019.

Recording available on YouTube, New York Classical Players.
 

In Just Spring (1984) [8:00]
An overture
For Full Orchestra
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Commission: Philadelphia Youth Orchestra.

 

In the Spirit of Bach (2014) [3’30“]

For String Orchestra

Publisher: Theodore Presser

Commission: New Baroque Festival, Catania, Sicily.

Premiere: Roberto Carnevale, conductor; September 2014.

Joi, Amor, Cortezia (1982) [16:00]
(2222/perc./str.)
For Chamber Orchestra
Publisher: G. Schirmer, Inc.
Premiere: Texas Little Symphony; John Giordano, conductor;

November 1982.
Recording: Bowling Green Philharmonia, Emily Freeman Brown, conductor, Albany Records Troy 743.
 

Jubilee (1958) [7:00]
A prelude (3333/4331/timp+3/pno/str.)
For Full Orchestra
Publisher: Associated Music Pub., Inc.
Premiere: Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Paul Kletzky, conductor;

November 1958.

 

Mirror Images for Symphony Orchestra (2019) [8:00]

For Full Orchestra

Publisher: Theodore Presser

Premiere: Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, conductor, October 8, 2020.
 

Kol Nidre (1997) [5:00]
For Orchestra
Publisher: Transcontinental Music Publishers
Commission: The Museum of Jewish Culture, New York City.
Recording: Available at the Museum


Lament (1968) [5:00]
For Baritone and Chamber Orchestra
Publisher: Ludwig Music Pub. Co.
Premiere: Eastman Musica Nova; Richard Pittman, conductor;

December 1968.
 

Man Lebt Nur Einmal (One Lives but Once) [23:00]
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Commission: the 300th Anniversary of the Mannheim Orchestra.
Premiere: National Theater Orchestra; Mannheim; February 28, 2004.

Recording: Brandenburgishes Staatsorchestrer Frankfurt (Oder), Emily Freeman Brown, conductor, Linn Records CKD 590.
 

Max und Moritz (1997) [25:00]
For Narrator and Orchestra
Publisher: Schott
Premiere: Bochum, Germany, June 4, 2000.
 

Requiescat in Pace (1963) [12:00]
In Memory of President John F. Kennedy
For Full Orchestra
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Premiere: Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Donald Johannos, conductor;

November 1963.
Recording: Bowling Green Philharmonia, Emily Freeman Brown, conductor, Albany Records Troy 321

Seven Variations on God Save the King by Ludwig van Beethoven, 

orchestrated by Samuel Adler [7:00]

Presser: Theodore Presser

Commission: Lichtenstein Symphony Orchestra

Premiere: Lichtenstein Symphony Orchestra;

Stefan Sanderling, conductor; June 10, 2016.


Shadow Dances (1990) [15:00]
(3333/4331/timp+3/str.)
For Full Orchestra
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Premiere: Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute; June, 1991.
 

Show an Affirming Flame (2001) [7:00]
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Premiere: New York Chamber Symphony; Gerard Schwartz, conductor;  

November 11, 2001.
 

Sinfonietta for Orchestra (1971) [7:00]
Publisher: Samuel H. Adler
Premiere: Allegheny College Orchestra; Samuel Adler, conductor;

May 1971.
 

Summer Stock (1955) [5:00]
An overture (2222/222/timp+2/str.)
For Full Orchestra
Publisher: Associated Music Pub., Inc.
Premiere: San Antonio Symphony Orchestra;

Victor Alessandro, conductor; January 1956.


Symphony #1 (1953) [22:00]
For Full Orchestra
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Premiere: Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Walter Hendl, conductor;

December 1953.

Recording: Brandenburgishes Staatsorchestrer Frankfurt (Oder), Emily Freeman Brown, conductor. CKD 590.


Symphony #2 (1957) [24:00]
For Full Orchestra
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Premiere: Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Walter Hendl, conductor;

February 1958.

Recording: Brandenburgishes Staatsorchestrer Frankfurt (Oder), Emily Freeman Brown, conductor. CKD 590.


Symphony #3 “Diptych” (1960, rev 1980-81) [14:30]
Winds in 4s, brass in 4s
For Wind Orchestra
Publisher: C.F. Peters
Commission: the American Wind Symphony Orchestra;

Robert Boudreau, conductor.
Premiere: July 1961 (original).

Eastman Wind Ensemble; January 1981 (revised).
Recording: Citadel (Klavier) Records CTD 88120
 

Symphony #4 “Geometrics” (1967) [27:00]
For Full Orchestra
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Premiere: Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Donald Johannos, conductor;

May 1970.
 

Symphony #5 “We Are the Echoes” (1975) [28:00]
For Mezzo-Soprano and Full Orchestra
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Premiere: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra; Samuel Adler, conductor;

Jan DeGaetani, mezzo-soprano; November 1976.
Recording: Naxos Records 8.559415
 

Symphony #6 (1985) [22:00]
For Full Orchestra
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Commission: the Koussevitsky Foundation for the Baltimore Symphony

Orchestra; David Zinman, conductor.

Recording: Royal Scottish National Orchestra, José Serebrier, conductor, Linn Records, 2015, CKD 545.
 

The Feast of Lights (1955) [4:00]
Variations on two Chanukah melodies
Publisher: Transcontinental Music Pub. Co.
Premiere: Boston Pops; Arthur Fiedler, conductor; Summer, 1956.
 

The Fixed Desire of the Human Heart (1988) [9:00]
For Orchestra
Publisher: Galaxy-E.C. Schirmer
Premiere: Geneva, Switzerland; July 5, 1988.
Recording: Bowling Green Philharmonia, Emily Freeman Brown, conductor, Albany Records Troy 1020
 

Time in Tempest Everywhere (1993) [17:00]
For Soprano, Oboe, Piano, and Chamber Orchestra
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Premiere: The Plymouth Trio and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony;

Ed London, conductor; May 7, 1995.
Recording: Albany Records Troy 582
 

To Celebrate a Miracle (1991) [13:00]
A Chanukah Suite (3222/4331/timp+3/str.)
For Orchestra
Publisher: Transcontinental Music Pub. Co.

 

Toccata (1954) [12:00]
(3333/4331/timp+3/pno/str)
For Full Orchestra
Publisher: Associated Music Pub., Inc.
Premiere: Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Walter Hendl, conductor;

February 1955.

 

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