Elliott Schwartz

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Elliott Schwartz was born 1936 in New York City and studied composition with Otto Luening and Jack Beeson at Columbia University. He has recently retired from the faculty at Bowdoin College, where he served for 43 years, twelve of them as department chair. His many extended residencies and/or visiting professorships include Ohio State University, the University of California (San Diego and Santa Barbara), Harvard, Oxford, and Cambridge. Schwartz’s compositions have been performed by such groups as the Minnesota Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, and the Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands and featured at numerous international music centers and festivals including Tanglewood, the Library of Congress, Monday Evening Concerts (Los Angeles), DeIjsbreker (Amsterdam), Music of the Americas (London), and the European Youth Orchestra Festival (Copenhagen).

Leading orchestras and chamber ensembles have recorded his music for New World, CRI, Albany, Innova, Capstone and other labels. Honors and awards for his compositions include the Gaudeamus Foundation (Netherlands), the Rockefeller Foundation (two Bellagio residencies), and the National Endowment for the Arts. Over the course of his career he has served as president of The College Music Society, president of the Society of Composers, Inc, vice-president of the American Music Center, and board member of the American Composers Alliance.

Schwartz has also written or edited a number of books on musical subjects. These include Music: Ways of Listening, Electronic Music: A Listener’s Guide, Music since 1945 (co-author with Daniel Godfrey) and the anthology Contemporary Composers on Contemporary Music (co-editor with Barney Childs). During 2006, Schwartz’s 70th birth-year was celebrated with concerts and guest lectures at Oxford, the Royal Academy of Music (London), Butler University, Concordia College, the University of Minnesota, the ACA Festival (NYC) and the Library of Congress. The last-named also celebrated the Library of Congress acquisition of his collected papers and archives.

ACA List for Elliott Schwartz

ALTO PRISMS (1997)
8 violas
ANAGRAMS (2011)
B flat trumpet and percussion (1)
ARCHEOPTERYX (1976)
tbn,pf
ARIA WITH INTERRUPTIONS (1993)
vla, perc
BEGINNER'S LUCK (2003)
solo gtr, with pre-recorded gtr
Version II is guitar with added piano
BIRD BATH (2004)
woodwind quintet, recording of bird sounds
BIRTHDAY OFFERINGS (2009)
vla, b flat cl
BY GEORGE (2004)
ob., vc., pf.
CALIFORNIA GAMES (1978)
aleatoric w/perc,4-10 tapes(made by perfs) & audience chorus
currently withdrawn by composer
CAMBRIDGE MOSAIC
Flute, Horn, Violin, Cello, Piano-4-hands, Percussion (i.e. a total of six instruments, seven performers).
CELEBRATION FANFARE 1 MIN (2013)
4141, 4441, 5 SAXES, CBASS, PERC (5)
large concert band
CELEBRATION OVERTURE (2013)
4141, 4441, 5 SAXES, CBASS, PERC (5)
large concert band
CHAMBER CONCERTO V (1992)
bsn solo, fl, pf, perc(2), strings
CHAMBER CONCERTO VI: MR JEFFERSON (2007)
Violin solo, chamber orchestra 1-(Picc)-1 (E.H.)-1 (Bass Clar)-1 (CBsn), 1-1-1-0, Percussion (1 or 2 players), piano (doubles on harpsichord & celesta), strings.
CLEVELAND DOUBLES (1981)
soli cl/bcl-sax/SA & concert band: 3/pic-0-3/bcl,dbl reeds,3 sax(atb);2-2-2-euph-1;2perc
COLLAGE CONCERTANTE (2010)
cl, tpt, pno, guitar, drumset, boom box for CD playback
DARWIN'S DREAM (2010)
any melodic instrument, piano, tape playback
DARWIN'S DREAM II (2011)
chamber ensemble, video projections with sound

schwartzdarwinsdreamiiexcerpt.mp3

Darwin's Dream II excerpt from ACA Festival performance
DARWIN'S DREAM III (2013)
Mixed choir SATB, narrator, piano, video/audio projections
DIAMOND JUBILEE (2010)
pic,2fl,2ob,2cl,bscl,2bsn,cbsn;4hn,3tpt,2tbn,bstbn,tba; hp, pf(dbl elec kb); timp(4drums), perc(4), strings

schwartzdiamjubportlmesym2011excerpt2.mp3

Excerpt - Diamond Jubilee - Elliott Schwartz (begins with quiet part)
DOWNEAST FANFARE (2001)
3 tpts
Downtown Crossing
concert band, tbn, bs tbn
A DREAM OF BELLS & BEATS (1978)
pf,11 audience performers with radios,metronomes, music
DREAMSCAPE (1997)
solo theremin, theremin choir, ob, vcl, pf
ELEVATOR MUSIC (1966)
various pitched or non-pitched instruments as available
12 groups of students on different floors of an elevator building
EXTENDED OBOE (1974)
ob,tape
FACEBOOK CHRONICLES (2009)
sop, guit, tpt, trb, 2 perc, pno

schwartzfacebookchronbostonconservexcerpt.mp3

excerpt - Boston Conservatory performance 2009
FOUR MOBILES FOR DAVID (2013)
solo percussionist, plus 2 audio playback tracks
HALL OF MIRRORS (2001)
Sax Quartet (1 alto/sop., 1 alto, 1 ten., 1 bar.), pf.
HALO (1995)
bcl
HEARING DAVID (2012)
solo instrument with audio playback
IN MEMORIAM WBW (2007)
flute, piano
INAUGURAL FANFARE (2000)
2 trumpets, 1 percussion
INSIDE AND OUT (2003)
Eb cl., pf.
JACK O'LANTERN (2000)
chamber orchestra and lights
JET PIECE (1980)
pf/elec pf/drms & any 3 melodic instr
Kaleidoscope (1999)
Contrabassoon, violin, piano
MEHITABEL'S SERINADE (2001)
Eb solo alto sax, Fl1,2; Ob1,2-EH;Cl1,2-BsCl; Bsn1,2-CB; 4HN; 2 TPT; 2 TBN; BSTBN; TBA; TIMP; PERC (3); HP; PIANO; STRINGS: 87665
alto saxophone and orchestra
MEMORABILIA for piano (2013)
pianist, singer, narrator, other instrumentalist
MEMORIAL IN TWO PARTS (1988)
vln, pf
MIRRORS AND BRANCHES (2012)
piano solo, with two pre-recorded piano tracks, created by the performer
MIRRORS FOR BARNEY & ARNEY (1989)
cl, self-prepared tp(or 2cl)
MOBILE & DREAM (1978)
1-6pf, audience, optional tape
MUSIC FOR AUDIENCE & SOLOIST (1970)
soloist, audience, 4 conductors
Any instrument small enough to walk around with;
MUSIC FOR NAPOLEON AND BEETHOVEN (1969)
tpt., pf., 2 audio tapes, assistant
MUSIC FOR PRINCE ALBERT (1969)
pf., 2 tapes, assistant
NORTHERN PINES (1988)
2ob,cl,2hn,pf
PALINDROMES (1989)
vcl, perc
PENTAGONAL MOBILE (1977)
5pf (or 1pf & tape)
PHOENIX (1995)
bsn, pf
POLAR VARIATIONS (2003)
concert band
Portraits for Patrick McArdle (2015)
flute/piccolo, piano
PRELUDE & VARIATIONS (1980)
vln, percussion
Quartet for Horns (2014)
4 horns
RAIN FOREST WITH BIRDS (2001)
concert band
READING SESSION (1983)
cl,pf/narr
REMEMBERING DAVID: ECHO VARIATIONS (2012)
cl, hn, vcl, pf, plus audio recording
A RIOT OF REEDS (clarinet choir) (2004)
Ebcl, Bbcl, alt cl, bass cl, cb cl
RIVERSCAPE (2002)
cl., str. qt., pf., electronics
ROWS GARDEN (New Views of Old Sets) (1992)
fl, ob, cl, hn, bsn
woodwind quintet
SECOND THOUGHTS (1984)
ob,pf
SERENADE (1964)
fl., cb., perc.
SEVEN SEASONS (2008)
piano solo; inside the piano techniques
SHAKER VARIATIONS
Violin & Cello
SNAPSHOTS (2013)
flute/pic, viola, percussion
SOLILOQUIES (1965)
fl. (picc., al. fl.), cl. (b. cl.), vln., pf.
SOLILOQUY III (2015)
solo flute, doubling picc and alfl
SQUARING THE CYCLES (2006)
Organ, Trumpet, Chamber Ensemble of 8 players plus 2 percussion
SUMMER'S JOURNEY (I. Sunrise with Seascape II. Twilight Arrival) (2005)
solo flute (1st movement) solo horn (2nd movement), drawn from the instrumentation listed
2 fl/dbl pic, ob, 2 cl/1dbls bscl, bsn, 2 altosx, tensx, barisax, 2tpt, 2hn, 2tbn, tba, 3perc, piano, db
TELLY (1972)
winds or brass, percussion, TVs, radios, and pre-rec tape
TENOR VARIATIONS (2013)
tenor bassoon (Tenoroon) in F, and piano
TEST DRIVE (2007)
4-hands, grand piano
TRAVELOGUE (1989)
fl, cb
TRIBUTE (2001)
6 cl., 2 perc.
TWO WATTERSON POEMS (2004)
SATB, perc (2)

SchwartzTwoWattersonIIexcerpt.mp3

Two Watterson Poems - E. Schwartz, excerpt from II
VARIATIONS IN NOMINE (1993)
ob,cl,bsn
VIENNA DREAMS (1998)
Bflat Cl, Viola, Piano
VOYAGER (2002)
3222 4231 Timp, 3 perc, strings
WATER MUSIC (2002)
string orchestra, recorded water sounds
ZIGGURAT (1976)
fl(with tape made by performer)

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