Michael Udow


Michael Udow has composed three operas, film scores, orchestral and wind ensemble works, chamber music, and solo compositions. Michael's distinctive compositional voice alludes categorization. Quite often, his rhythmically engaging contrapuntal lines with dense timbres weave effortlessly with memorable melodic lines. His latest 2020 Animated Film to be performed live with orchestra, wind ensemble or 6-percussion with sound playback has received twelve laurel awards, including New York's Sound and Vision International Film & Technology Festival, Hollywood Verge Film Awards, Picasso, Einstein, Buddha Film Festival (India) and Bengal's Model N Movie International Shorts. In addition, Michael was the 2014-15 Composer-in-Residence with the Colorado Chamber Orchestra. Michael is a University of Michigan Emeritus Professor (1982 – 2011). He retired from his distinguished career as the principal percussionist with The Santa Fe Opera (1968 – 2009). Michael holds BM degrees in composition and percussion from the University of Illinois, where he also completed his MM and the first DMA degree in percussion performance. Oxford University Press published his 472-page book, Percussion Pedagogy, A Practical Guide for Studio Teachers, in 2019. The Rhode Island Philharmonic, Boulder Philharmonic, Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Madison Philharmonia have recorded Michael's works. In 2022, the DuPage Symphony Orchestra will be presenting Michael's Shattered Mirror Suite, preceded by a week of guest composer workshops. In addition, the world premiere of his multiple percussion concerto, Ancient Echoes, will be given by the Longmont Symphony Orchestra.

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59 title(s)
Michael Udow Lullaby for Rachel wind octet
fl, alto fl, ob, Ehn, cl, bscl, 2hn
Michael Udow Past & Present Solo Timpani and Tape
Michael Udow Wall of Two (Opera Piano/Vocal Score) Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, and Piano
Michael Udow Echoes of the Past - for Six Percussion and video Six Percussion and Video
Michael Udow Ancient Echoes Percussion Solo and Orchestra
1(+afl)2(2=EH)2(2=bcl)2 - 1000 - hp - perc solo - strings
Michael Udow Wall of Two - A Chamber Opera in Two Acts Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, and Chamber Ensemble
Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Flute, Oboe, Bass Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Viola, Cello, Contrabass, and Piano
Michael Udow Echoes of the Past - for large Wind Ensemble Wind Ensemble and Video
Michael Udow Ancient Echoes - Perc and Winds Solo percussion, wind ensemble
Michael Udow Echoes of the Past - orchestra version orchestra, video
Michael Udow Stepping on Stars Two Percussionists and Fixed Media
Michael Udow Thunderbolt Orchestra
3(3=picc)2(2=EH)4(3=Ebcl, 4=bcl) - 42(2+ptpt)3(3=btbn)1 - timp, 4 perc, pno, 2 hp - strings
Michael Udow Lightning Marimba and Orchestra
1111 - 1110 - perc - marimba solo - strings
Michael Udow Coyote Dreams for Marimba and Orchestra Marimba and Orchestra
22(2=EH)2(2=bcl)2 - 2000 - perc, hp - marimba solo - strings
Michael Udow Coyote Dreams - Marimba - Wind Ens marimba, wind ensemble
Michael Udow Lullaby for Dessa string orchestra
Michael Udow Tree of Life (for Piano) Piano
Michael Udow Tree of Life (for Winds) Flute, Oboe, English Horn, Bass Clarinet, and Bassoon
Michael Udow Flashback for Percussion Quartet Percussion Quartet
Michael Udow Mountain Myths orchestra
Michael Udow Arias & Recitatives for Tuba and Piano Tuba and Piano
Michael Udow Hoodoo Images orchestra
Michael Udow Stepping Stones - for Orchestra Orchestra
4(3=picc,4=afl)2(2=EH)4(3=Eb,4=bcl)3(3=cbsn) - 2231 - timp, 4 perc, pno, hp - strings
Michael Udow Stepping Stones Two Marimbas
Michael Udow Abyss of Time for Percussion Ensemble, Harmonium, Piano, and Video 12 Percussion, Harmonium, Piano (2 Players), and Video
Michael Udow Haiku Variations One Performer

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