Elias Tanenbaum

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Born in 1924 in Brooklyn, New York, Mr. Tanenbaum studied trumpet at an early age and played with many jazz bands. After serving with the U.S. Army in World War II, he received a B.S. from the Juilliard School of Music in 1949, and an M.A. from Columbia University. He studied composition with Dante Fiorillo, Bohuslav Martinu, Otto Luening and Wallingford Riegger. Mr. Tanenbaum composed over 100 works in all idioms. Works include music for concert, jazz, theater, television, ballet and electronic and comptuer music. His music has been performed extensively throught this country, Europe and Japan by orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Japan Philharmonic, Brooklyn Philharmonia, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Westchester Philharmonic and many other performing groups. His many awards and grants include a WCBS commission, a MacDowell Fellowship, a commission from the Chicago Symphony, two Composers Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1974 and 1989, a Ford Foundation Recording Grant in 1970, an American Composers Allience Recording Award in 1975 and 1979, Composers Grant from the New York State Foundation for the Arts in 1989 and numerous "Meet the Composer" grants. Mr. Tanenbaum was the Founding Director of the Electronic Computer Music Studio and a member of the composition faculty at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. He held that post from 1970 until his retirement. In addition, Mr. Tanenbaum was a visiting composer at the California Institute for the Arts in 1983 and a visiting lecturer at Stuttgart Conservatory in 1993. He was married to pianist Mary Tanenbaum in 1952. They have two children, David and Jacob, and three grandchildren. He was awarded the purple heart in 1944.

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1 Again (1996)
tpt, hn, bstbn

2 ALLEGRO FOR ORCHESTRA (1953)
2222 4221 timp, perc (1), string section

3 ALPHA (1982)
chorus,soloists,orch:fl/pic/alfl,cl,alsax,tpt, tbn,pf,2perc,str(qnt or orch),tape

4 ANDANTE & ALLEGRO (1961)
tpt,pf

7 Back (2003)
Viola, Guitar

8 BELLS AND THINGS (1997)
percussion (4)

9 BIRTHDAY WAVES (1983)
orch: 2-2-2-2; 4-3-3-1; 2perc; str

10 BLURRED VISIONS (1985)
fl/alfl/pic, perc, hp, vla

11 Bring Em On
String Quartet

13 CANON FOR STRING ORCHESTRA (1950)
vn1,vn2,va,vc,db

14 CAPE COD GIRLS (1951)
vn1,vn2,va,vc,db,pf (oversized score)

15 CHAMBER PIECE NO.1 (1956)
fl,cl,perc,pf,vcl

16 CLARINET FANFARE (1993)
2 Bb cl,bcl

17 CLARINET TRIO WITH TAPE (1980)
cl,vln,vcl,tape

18 COLUMBUS (1992)
orch: 3-3-3-3, 4-3-3-1, timp, 5perc, hp, str

19 COMING TOGETHER (1987)
tbn,vln

20 COMING TOGETHER AGAIN (Quartet) (1995)
vln, cb, bstbn (also plays woodblock with snare stick), piano

21 CONCERTANTE NO.1 (1954)
orch:2pic/fl,2,2,2-cbsn, 4-3-3-1,timp,perc,hp,str

22 CONCERTANTE NO.2 (1957)
orch:2-2-ehn-2-bcl-2-cbsn,4-3-3-1, timp,2perc,hp,str

23 CONSORT (1970)
fl, ehn, alsax, el gtr, perc(1) ,vcl, cb

24 Contradictions (1974)
Tape

25 CONTRASTS FOR TEACHER & PUPIL (1965)
pf 4-hands

26 CYCLES (1991)
perc,2pf,tape

27 CYGNOLOGY (1957)
vc,pic/fl,cl/bcl,str

28 DIVERTIMENTO FOR STRING ORCHESTRA, PIANO, AND PERCUSSION (1953)
strings, piano, timpani, perc

29 DUO (1980)
gtr,vla

30 DUO FOR TWO CLARINETS IN B FLAT (1952)
2 Bb clarinets

31 EXCITEMENT
fl,cl,tpt,hn,chorus,pf,perc

32 EXTENSIONS (1977)
ww qnt(1-1-1-1,hn),tape

33 FALLUJAH for Saxophone Quartet (2004)
Bb soprano sax, Eb alto Sax, Bb tenor sax, Eb Baritone sax

34 FAMILIES OF SON MY, THE (1970)
satb,tape and also version for women's chorus and tape

35 FANTASIA (1958)
vln,pf

36 FANTASY (1974)
4 hps,tape

37 FANTASY (1974)
vln,tape

38 FIRST BASS MAN (1996)
solo contrabass, orch

39 FLIGHT (1984)
pf,tape

41 FOUR OF US, THE (1982)
4cb

42 FOUR PIECES (1959)
solo speaking voice,pf

43 FURTHER REFLECTIONS (1978)
pf,vln,vcl,tape

44 GUITAR-1975 (1975)
gtr

45 GuitarPerc (1998)
guitar and percussion(1)
guitar, marimba, 2 small susp cymbals, bongos, 4 temple blocks

46 GUITARS (1987)
4 or more gtrs

47 Guitarscape - New York (2002)
solo guitar

48 Hazy Light
String Quartet

49 HIROSHIMA (1964)
2pt chil chor,pf,school band & rhythm band

50 IMAGES (1973)
female voice,pf,perc,tape

52 IMPOSITION, THE (An Opera in 1 Act) (1994)
sop,bar,narr, cl,perc,vcl,pf

53 IMPROVISATONS
brass 5tet: 2tpt, hn, 2tbn

54 INTERRUPTIONS (1973)
orch:2-2-ehn-2-bcl-2-cbsn,4-3-3-1, timp,perc,str--w/jazz ens:tpt,alsax,amplified vln,amplified bass, drms vib,tape

55 JAMMIN' (1998)
4 guitars

56 JAZZ SET (1969)
ten sax, tpt, drm, pf, cb, tape

57 KALEIDOSCOPE (1986)
str orch, tape

58 KEEP GOING, BY GEORGE
Sop, Vln, Bs Vln, Pf, Perc (1)

59 Ko Ballet (1989)

60 LAND BORN OF GRASS (1989)
sop,alfl,perc,vla,tape,dancer(opt.)

61 Landscape with Chants (1973)
Tape

62 LAST LETTERS FROM STALINGRAD (1981)
bar,gtr/pf/perc, perc,vla/perc

63 LAST OF THE JUST, THE (1967)
Double satb & orch:2/pic/alfl- 2-ehn-2-bcl-2-cbsn-alsax,4-3-3-1,timp,perc,hp,vib,glock,str

64 Lazer Light (2000)
percussion

65 The Lies of War (2004)
B flat Clarinet, Guitar, Bass Violin

67 LITANY II
fl,cl,tpt,hn,chorus,pf,perc

68 LITTLE SERENADE (1955)
pf

70 A MEMORY (1988)
pf, tape

71 MIRAGE & INCANTATIONS (1976)
fem vc,cl,pf,vln,vcl,tp

72 MORE WAVES (1984)
gtr

73 Mostly Five (1999)

74 MOVEMENTS (1971)
vc on tape

75 MUSIC FOR 2 PIANOS (1968)
2pf

76 MUSIC FOR GUITAR (1972)
gtr

77 MUSIC FOR PIANO (1963)
pf

78 MUSIC FOR THREE CHAMBER GROUPS (1961)
cham orch divided into 3groups(ww/perc-br/perc-str/perc):1alfl/pic-1/ehn-1-1-cbsn, 2-1-1-1,3perc,hp,str(2-1-1-0)

80 NOVE (1963)
fl/pic/alfl,cl/alsax,bsn,tpt,tbn,perc,pf,vln,cb

81 Octatonic Haze (1997)

82 OFF-CENTER (1992)
cl,bsn,hn,vln,cb

83 PARALLEL WORLDS (1979)
orch:2-2-2-2,4-3-3-1, 4perc/cel,str & tape

84 A Passion for an Athiest (2003)
String quintet, 2 percussion, piano

85 PATTERNS (1968)
br qnt:2-1-1-btb & tape

86 PATTERNS AND IMPROVISATIONS (1969)
br qnt,tape

87 PETER QUINCE AT THE CLAVIER (1959)
sop,fl,pic,cl,btbn,gtr,vla

88 PHANTASIES OF A PRISONER, THE (1964)
bar,cham orch:pic/fl/alfl, cl/alsax,tpt,tbn,perc,hp,vln,vcl

89 PIANO & TAPE (1975)
pf,tape

90 PIANO MUSIC (1982)
pf

92 RAIN AND FOG- A SUNNY DAY
children's chorus,pf,perc

93 REFLECTED IMAGES (1988)
fl,gtr

94 REMEMBRANCE (1975)
fl,alsax,2perc,vln,vcl,cb,tape

96 RITUALS & REACTIONS (1974)
female soloist,chorus,2tpt,3tbn, 3perc,dancer or mime,tape

97 Roaming Star
Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Piano

98 RONDO FOR PIANO (1953)
pf

99 SAX QUARTET (1999)
SOPRANO, ALTO, TENOR, BARITONE SAXOPHONES

100 SHADOWS (1987)
gtr,str qrt

101 SIDE BY SIDE (1980)
3 chamber groups:(1)alsax,perc,cb, (2)fl,ob,cl,(3)vln,vla,vcl and computer controlled tape

102 SIX DESIGNS (1962)
sop,large orchestra & cham orch:2/pic-2/ehn-2-bcl- 2-cbsn,4-3-3-1,perc,hp,str

103 SONATA FOR PIANO (1959)
pf

104 SONATINA FOR PIANO (1954)
pf

106 SONATINA for woodwind quintet (1954)
ww qnt:1-1-1-1,hn

107 SOUND PATTERNS (1968)
wind ensemble:2fl,3cl,2alsax,2hn,3tpt, 3tbn,3perc,pf,tape

108 SOUNDS ARE (1978)
16voices,pf,tape

109 STAR FLIGHT (1979)
vcl,tape

110 STRING QUARTET & TAPE (1977)
str qrt,tape

111 STRING QUARTET NO.1 (1953)
str qrt

112 STRING QUARTET NO.2 (1956)
str qrt

113 STRUCTURES FOR BRASS QUINTET (1961)
br qnt

114 SYMPHONY NO.1 IN ONE MOVEMENT (1955)
orch:2-2-2-2, 4-3-3-1,timp,perc,hp,str

115 THINGS CHANGE (1992)
gtr

116 THE THREE OF US (1983)
fl/alfl,perc,pf

118 Toccata for Piano
Piano

119 TRANSFORMATIONS (1972)
fl, tape

120 TRIO for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano (1964)
cl, vcl, pf

121 TRIO FOR FLUTE, TENOR VIOLIN (OR CELLO), AND BASS TROMBONE (1958)
fl (alto fl-picc), tenor vn (sounding 1 oct lower, alt vc), bass tbn (alt db)

122 TRIOS 1 2 3 (1967)
alsax, perc, cb, vln,vla,vcl, tpt, hn, tbn
(1) alsax, perc, cb, (2) vln,vla,vcl (3) tpt,hn,tbn

123 TWELVE WITH TAPE (1978)
cl,bcl,alsax,tpt,tbn, 2vln,vla,vcl,cb,perc,tape

124 THE TWO OF US (1979)
Double bass and tape

125 TWO SHORT MOVEMENTS FOR BRASS QUINTET (1950)
pt 1, tpt 2, trmb 1, trmb 2, trmb instead of horn. no horn part

126 VARIATIONS & IMPROVISATIONS (1981)
alfl,tape

127 VARIATIONS FOR ORCHESTRA (1958)
orch:2/pic-2-ehn-2- bcl-alsax-2-cbsn,4-3-3-1,timp,perc,hp,str

128 VU SHON 2001 (1997)
DAT--COMPUTER

129 WAVES (1983)
solo gtr & orch:2-2-ehn-2-bcl-2-cbsn, 4-3-3-1,perc,hp,str

131 WOODWIND QUINTET NO.2 (1959)
ww qnt:1-1-1-1,hn

132 WORDS OR BLUES FOR US (1977)
alsax,vib,perc,cb,tape

133 WYHIWYG(What You Hear is What You Get) (1995)
solo amp gtr, solo cb, cham orch:1-1-1-bcl-asax-0,0-1-1-0,2perc,vln,vla,vcl

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