Andrew William Thomas

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1 AFTERMATH (1982)
sop,fl,vln,vla,vcl

2 ALEXANDER'S DARK BAND (1978)
alfl/maracas; cl/gourds,bcl; hn/cowbell; tpt/claves; tba/barhn; 1perc; pf; vln/claves; cb
cham ens: afl, cl/bscl, hn, tpt, tba, perc, pf, vln, cb (many players double on aux perc)

3 AN WASSERFLUSSEN BABYLON (1973)
two pianos

4 ANOTHER NEW VOICE TEACHER (1995)
voice and piano

5 BLACK MAMBA (1979)
clarinet (A and Bflat), perc, cello, piano

6 THE BLIND MEN AND THE ELEPHANT (1994)
children's chorus, piano

7 BRIEF, ON A FLYING NIGHT (1986)
marimba and vibraphone

8 THE BROKEN CHORD (1995)
violin, piano, speaker

9 CONSONANZE STRAVAGANTI (1981)
2 tpt, hn, tbn, bstbn

10 DANCES FOR FIVE (1983)
cl, db, fl, mmba, perc
Players double on hand percussion, fl/pic

11 DANCES ON THE CUCHABAMBA LAS PAMPAS RAILWAY (1970)
piano 4-hands with percussion

12 EARLIER THAN MORNING (1994)
voice, pf

13 ECHO (1989)
solo organ

14 ELEGY (In Memory of Max Pollikoff) (1985)
Ehn, Acl, Vcl

15 FIND ME A PRIMITIVE MAN TOO (1994)
voice, pf

16 FOCUS OF THE HEART (2008)
orchestra

17 FOUR (1981)
Mzsop, pf

18 FOUR SCENES SUMMER PALACE (1990)
fl/pc, ob, cl, bn, 2 hn, tpt, tbn, perc, 2 vln, vla, db

20 FROM THE BAT POET (1975)
sop,sax qrt(satb-sop dbls sopranino)

22 THE GREAT SPANGLED FRITILLARY (1991)
violin, marimba

23 THE HEROIC TRIAD (2005)
guitar, perc (1) (marimba), string orchestra

24 HEXENGEHEULE (Witchhowl) (1987)
timpani, marimba

25 HO HO HO!
woodwind quintet, with piano
fl, ob, cl, hn, bsn, pf

26 HONESTY (1995)
Bar, pf

27 IMPRESSIONS
orchestra

28 IN MEMORIAM - METANOIA (1987)
small orch: fl, hn, per, hp, strings (or chamber ensemble w/ single strings)

29 JESSICA'S SONG (1986)
solo timpani

30 LOVING MAD TOM (Concerto for marimba & Orch) (2002)
2222 4231 perc (1), strings 10-10-8-6-4

32 LULLABY (2011)
flute, acoustic guitar

33 MOON'S ENDING (1993)
mmba, vcl

34 MORNING TWILIGHT (2001)
solo piano

35 MUSIC AT TWILIGHT (1986)
pf

38 NIGHT PRELUDE (1980)
clarinet, percussion, cello, piano

39 NINE CHORUSES
SA chorus, piano 4-hands, optional percussion

40 O LAMM GOTTES UNSCHULDIG after JS Bach (1986)
woodwind quintet, piano
flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, & piano

42 PRELUDE FOR FREDERIC (1989)
solo piano

43 PROPERTY (1980)
Mezzo Soprano, chamber orchestra

44 PYTHAGORAS & THE FOUR HAMMERS (1980)
perc quartet

45 RAIN
women's choir, two pianos

46 THE RIVER (1996)
Bar, pf

48 A SAMBA (2004)
solo flutes, antiphonal flute choirs, harp, 3perc, piano, strings

49 SAY ANYTHING (1996)
Bar, pf

50 SEVEN SONGS On Poems of Ronald Cassetti
mez-sop, (with tri,tamb,claves), vln,pf

51 SLEEP BABY (1995)
Bar, pf

52 SLOW LORIS
Hpschd, Cb

54 TETRAMORPH (1977)
4 timp (1 player)

55 THIS HAPPY (1996)
Bar, pf

59 TWO SONGS
sop,pf

60 TWO STUDIES FOR WOODWIND QUINTET (1969)
Woodwind quintet

62 VALSE TRISTE (Sad Waltz) (2005)
solo marimba

63 WIND (1999)
solo marimba

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Andrew William Thomas (b. October 8, 1939 in Ithaca, NY) is an American composer. He studied with Karel Husa at Cornell University, with Nadia Boulanger in Paris, and earned his M.M. and D.M.A. Degrees in Composition at The Juilliard School. At Juilliard he studied with Luciano Berio, Elliott Carter, and Otto Luening. He teaches and was the chairman of the Composition Department at the Pre-College Division at Juilliard from 1969 to 1994.

In 1994, The Juilliard School appointed him the Director of the Pre-College Division. In addition to composing, Dr. Thomas performs as a pianist, conductor, and is a guest teacher throughout the world. His many awards include a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts and a Distinguished Teacher Citation from The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. After Vladimir Ashkenazy conducted The Deutsches Symphonie Orchester/Berlin in Dr. Thomas's Marimba Concerto, ‘Loving Mad Tom,‘ with Evelyn Glennie as the soloist, Jürgen Otten of Der Tagespiel wrote "... his arsenal of romantic ghost music from Weber to Berlioz to Liszt is recognized here, and sound-consciously conveyed into the modern idiom." - .

Many soloists, chamber organizations, and orchestras have recorded Dr. Thomas's music in the United States and abroad, including his work for solo Marimba, 'Merlin,' commissioned by William Moersch, which has become a standard among percussionists. Numerous recordings of this work are available, including ones by Mr. Moersch on Newport Classics and Nancy Zeltsman on GM Records. "Three Transformations" for duo marimbas, commissioned by Nancy Zeltsman, was recorded by Ms. Zeltsman and Jack Van Geem and is available on their "Pedro and Olga Learn to Dance" CD and other recordings. Both works have been requirements for percussion competitions.

The American Brass Quintet includes Dr. Thomas‘s ‘Consonanze Stravaganti‘ a work which they commissioned- on their “American Visions” album on the Summit label. ‘Loving Mad Tom,‘ a marimba concerto by Dr. Thomas and his concerto for guitar, percussion, and string orchestra, ‘The Heroic Triad‘ was recorded by the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the Opus One label with the composer conducting. It will be released sometime in 2007. Other works of Andrew Thomas that were commissioned and premiered by soloists and organizations within the past few years include: ‘Wind‘ for solo Marimba, composed for Makoto Nakura, ‘The Heroic Triad‘, for Twentieth Century Unlimited, ‘For the class of 2003‘, for Renée Fleming, ‘Valse Triste‘, a solo marimba work for Simon Boyar, ‘Crane by the River Li‘, for the traditional Chinese instrument Orchestra of the Guangxi Arts College in Nanning, China, and ‘A Samba‘, a work for two solo flutes (Carol Wincenc and Robert Langevin), two flute choirs, and chamber orchestra.