Harold Oliver

Biography

Harold Oliver has composed music that  has received high praise from discerning musicians and listeners.  Oliver was born in 1942, studied music and performed at an early age.  He continued advanced studies at the Peabody Conservatory, the Yale School of Music, the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, the Arnold Schoenberg Institute, and Princeton University and has studied with many distinguished American composers, including: Donald Martino, Mel Powell, Gunther Schuller and Milton Babbitt.

His works include chamber operas, cantatas, orchestral compositions, concertos, choral compositions, woodwind quintets, string quartets, works for percussion ensemble, and
numerous other chamber and vocal works which have been performed throughout
the United States and internationally.
Oliver is the recipient of over thirty fellowships, grants and awards, including: the Berkshire Music Center, the Vermont Composer's Conference, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Music Center, Arts Councils in New York and New Jersey and Meet The Composer, and the League/ISCM.

His music has been published by Music Sales Corporation/G.Schirmer, Inc. (BMI), Carl Fischer Facsimile Editions (ASCAP), the Edwin A. Fleisher Collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia, and the Association for the Promotion of New Music (APNM-BMI).
Oliver has taught composition and theory at Duke University, Queens College CUNY, Geneseo College SUNY, Southern Methodist University and is Professor of Composition/Theory at Rowan University , where he
teaches composition, theory and directs the Contemporary Music Ensemble.

ACE Publications

33 title(s)
Composer Title SCORING/INSTRUMENTATION Year
Harold Oliver ODE ON A GRECIAN URN -
2 vin
Harold Oliver HIDDEN DIMENSIONS -
Cl (Bass Cl), Guit, 2 vn, vla, cello, bass, perc, marimba, pno
Harold Oliver FOUND OBJECTS Picc, 2 fl, 2 ob, eng horn, 2 cl, bass cl, 2 bassoon, contrabassoon, 4 hn, 3 tpt, 2 tbn, bass tbn, tba, timp, perc, marimba, vibraphone, harp, str
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Harold Oliver GOING ON GOING -
Solo Koto, 3 Koto, Bass Koto
Harold Oliver EXTENSIONS -
Sop Sax, Alto Sax, Ten Sax, Bar Sax
Harold Oliver SHADOW GROUND -
Bar Sax, Guitar, Frame Drum (or Tom Tom), Piano
Harold Oliver STRING QUARTET IV -
2 violin, vla, cello
Harold Oliver AIR BOURNE Picc, 2 fl, 2 ob, eng horn, 2 cl, bass cl, 2 bassoon, contrabassoon, 4 hn, 3 tpt, 2 tbn, bass tbn, tba, perc, marimba, vibraphone, harp, str
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Harold Oliver AIR BOURNE -
Picc, 2 fl, ob, eng hn, 2 bassoon, 3 cl, bass cl, sop sax, alto sax, ten sax, 2 tpt, 4 hn, 2tbn, bass tbn, Euph, tba, bass, perc, Marimba, vibraphone, harp
Harold Oliver COLLISION -
2-1-1
Harold Oliver CONVERGENCE -
picc, 2 fl, 2 ob, eng horn, 2 bassoon, 3 cl, bass cl, sop sax, alto sax, ten sax, 2 tpt, 4 hn, 2 tbn, bass tbn, euph, tba, bass, timp, perc, vibraphone, harp
Harold Oliver FLOWERS AND BRANCHES -
Clarinet, cello, piano
Harold Oliver FANTASIA FOR GUITAR -
guitar
Harold Oliver IN A DARK TIME -
Clarinet, Horn, Cello, Piano
Harold Oliver ISOMORPHIC PLENUM -
fl, cl, pno
Harold Oliver AND THEN... -
cl
Harold Oliver WITH RUE MY HEART IS LADEN -
Soprano and Baritone Solo Voices, SATB choir, Eng. Hn, Strings
Harold Oliver KOETSU SETTINGS -
Soprano, Shakuhachi, Bass Koto
Harold Oliver QUANTUM FOAM -
two guitars or solo marimba
Harold Oliver UNWYIELDINGLY -
vn, vla, vcl, pno
Harold Oliver BANDFARE -
Picc, fl, 2 ob, bassoon, contrabassoon, 3 cl, alto cl, bass cl, sop sax, alto sax, ten sax, bar sax, 3 tpt, 4 hn, 2tbn, bass tbn, baritone, Euph, tba, bass, perc, Timp, vibraphone
Harold Oliver SAHOS IOTA -
Viola or Alto and Bass Flute
Harold Oliver GLIMMERINGS -
guitar, vibraphone
Harold Oliver SINGULARITIES -
Violin, Cello, Piano
Harold Oliver WATER SONGS -
Sop or Mezzo Sop Voice, Flute(picc., alto fl., bass fl.) French horn

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