Ben Weber

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1 AUBADE (1949)
fl,hp,vcl

2 BALLADE FOR CELLO & ORCHESTRA (or PIANO REDUCTION) (1943)
solo vc, orch: 222/bcl2/cbsn; 2200, hp, pf, str
pf, vc

3 BALLET, op26 (The Pool of Darkness) (1950)
fl,bsn,tpt,pf,vln,vcl

4 A BIRD CAME DOWN THE WALK (1963)
mez-sop,pf

5 CAPRICCIO,op 67,nos 1-3 (1977)
vcl,pf

6 CHAMBER FANTASIE, op 51 (1959)
Solo vln,2cl,bcl,hp,2vcl,cb

7 CONCERT ARIA AFTER SOLOMON, Op 29
soprano, flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, violin cello
Sop, pf reduced version also available

9 CONCERTO op. 32 (1950)
Solo pf,vcl obl,winds:1/picc-1-1/bcl-1,hn

10 DANCE op 31 (1949)
vcl

11 ENCHANTED MIDNIGHT, THE; op 60 (1967)
orch:2-2-ehn- 2-bcl-2-cbsn,4-3-2-btbn-1,hp,cel,perc,str

12 EPISODES,op 26a (1957)
pf

15 IMAGE IN THE SNOW (film score) (1952)
tbn, cel, vcl

16 INTERMEZZO, op 64 (1972)
pf

17 LYRIC PIECE op7 (1940)
STR QUARTET

18 PIANO CONCERTO op. 52 (1961)
orch:pic-2-2-ehn- 2-bcl-2-cbsn,4-2-2-btbn-tb,timp(2),3perc,str

20 PRELUDE AND PASSACAGLIA Op. 42 (1955)
2/pic-2/eh-2-2; 4-2-3-1; timp, perc(2), hp, pf/cel; strings

21 SERENADE, op 39 (1953)
fl,ob,vcl,hpschd OR vln,vla,vcl,pf

22 SINFONIA, op 21, for Cello & Orch (1945)
vcl&orch:2-2-2-2, 4-2-3-1,timp,perc,hp,str(or w/pf)

28 THREE SONGS for soprano and strings (1958)
sop & string qt or str orch

29 TRIO FOR STRINGS, op 19 (1944)
violin, viola, cello

30 VARIATIONS, op 11a (1941)
cl,pf,vln,vcl

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Biography: 

William Jennings Bryan "Ben" Weber (July 23, 1916 in St. Louis – June 16, 1979 in New York) was an American composer.

Weber was largely self-taught. He worked initially as a copyist and only came to recognition in the 1950s. Weber used the twelve-tone technique but, rather than avoid tonality, he worked with it and achieved a virtuoso Romantic style. He composed chamber music for various combinations of instruments, orchestral music including concertos for violin and piano, piano music, and songs.

Among those who admired Weber's music were Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson, John Cage, Elliott Carter, Milton Babbitt, and David Diamond.

Weber received the Thorne Music Award in 1965. He authored his own memoirs, How I Took 63 Years to Commit Suicide, the year he died.