Charles Wuorinen

Biography

CHARLES WUORINEN (1938-2020) was one of the world's leading composers. His many honors included a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the Pulitzer Prize. His compositions encompass every form and medium, including works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, soloists, ballet, and stage. Wuorinen composed more than 275 compositions. His last works include Second Percussion SymphonySudden Changes for Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony,  Exsultet (Praeconium Paschale) For Francisco Núñez and the Young People's Chorus of New York, a String Trio for the Goeyvaerts String Trio, and a duo for viola and percussion, Xenolith, for Lois Martin and Michael Truesdell.

Wuorinen's opera on Annie Proulx's Brokeback Mountain premiered at the Teatro Real in Madrid in January 2014, a major cultural event worldwide. "Madrid has just seen the biggest audience in its history, local and global, for Charles Wuorinen's Brokeback Mountain." The Australian.

Wuorinen has been described as a "maximalist," writing music luxuriant with events, lyrical and expressive, strikingly dramatic. His works are characterized by powerful harmonies and elegant craftsmanship, offering at once a link to the music of the past and a vision of a rich musical future. Both as composer and performer (conductor and pianist) Wuorinen worked with some of the finest performers of the current time and his works reflect the great virtuosity of his collaborators. His works have been recorded on nearly a dozen labels including several releases on Naxos, Albany Records (Charles Wuorinen Series), and two releases on John Zorn's Tzadik label.

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Composer Title SCORING/INSTRUMENTATION Year
Charles Wuorinen PRAYER OF JONAH -
satb, 5 part strings
Charles Wuorinen SYMPHONIA SACRA Soli Tenor, Baritone, Bass; 2 vln, 2 ob, cb, organ
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Charles Wuorinen TRIO flute, cello, piano
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Charles Wuorinen CONCERTONE (1960) for Brass Quintet and Orchestra 2222 4221 timp, perc (2), pf, brass quintet, strings
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Charles Wuorinen DOOR IN WALL 2 mzsop or msop & sop, pf
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Charles Wuorinen ON THE RAFT 2 mzsop or msop & sop, pf
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Charles Wuorinen EIGHT VARIATIONS FOR Violin & Harpsichord vln, hpschd
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Charles Wuorinen SONATA FOR FLUTE with PIANO flute, piano
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Charles Wuorinen SYMPHONY NO. 3 orch:3-3-3-3,4-3-3-1,3perc,timp,pf,str
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Charles Wuorinen INTO THE ORGAN PIPES AND STEEPLES pic, cl, sax, 2 pf, 2vln, 2vla, 2 vcl, cb
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