Elliott Schwartz

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Elliott Schwartz was born 1936 in New York City and studied composition with Otto Luening and Jack Beeson at Columbia University. He retired from the faculty at Bowdoin College, where he served for 43 years, twelve of them as department chair. His many extended residencies and/or visiting professorships include Ohio State University, the University of California (San Diego and Santa Barbara), Harvard, Oxford, and Cambridge. Schwartz’s compositions have been performed by such groups as the Minnesota Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, and the Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands and featured at numerous international music centers and festivals including Tanglewood, the Library of Congress, Monday Evening Concerts (Los Angeles), DeIjsbreker (Amsterdam), Music of the Americas (London), and the European Youth Orchestra Festival (Copenhagen).

Leading orchestras and chamber ensembles have recorded his music for New World, CRI, Albany, Innova, Capstone and other labels. Honors and awards for his compositions include the Gaudeamus Foundation (Netherlands), the Rockefeller Foundation (two Bellagio residencies), and the National Endowment for the Arts. Over the course of his career he has served as president of The College Music Society, president of the Society of Composers, Inc, vice-president of the American Music Center, and board member of the American Composers Alliance.

Schwartz wrote or edited a number of books on musical subjects. These include Music: Ways of Listening, Electronic Music: A Listener’s Guide, Music since 1945 (co-author with Daniel Godfrey) and the anthology Contemporary Composers on Contemporary Music (co-editor with Barney Childs). Schwartz’s 70th and 80th birthdays were celebrated with concerts and guest lectures at Oxford, the Royal Academy of Music (London), Butler University, Concordia College, the University of Minnesota, the ACA Festival (NYC) and the Library of Congress.  His music is published by ACA, Associated Music Publishers, and Lauren Keiser Music, and is preserved at archives including the Library of Congress and Special Collections in Performing Arts at the University of Maryland. He passed away December 7, 2016 in Brunswick.

 

ACE Publications

1 ALTO PRISMS (1997)
8 violas

2 ANAGRAMS (2011)
B flat trumpet and percussion (1)

3 ARCHEOPTERYX (1976)
tbn,pf

4 ARIA WITH INTERRUPTIONS (1993)
vla, perc

5 BEGINNER'S LUCK (2003)
solo gtr, with pre-recorded gtr
Version II is guitar with added piano

6 BIRD BATH (2004)
woodwind quintet, recording of bird sounds

7 BIRTHDAY OFFERINGS (2009)
vla, b flat cl

9 BY GEORGE (2004)
ob., vc., pf.

10 CALIFORNIA GAMES (1978)
aleatoric w/perc,4-10 tapes(made by perfs) & audience chorus
currently withdrawn by composer

11 CAMBRIDGE MOSAIC
Flute, Horn, Violin, Cello, Piano-4-hands, Percussion (i.e. a total of six instruments, seven performers).

12 CELEBRATION FANFARE 1 MIN (2013)
4141, 4441, 5 SAXES, CBASS, PERC (5)
large concert band

13 CELEBRATION OVERTURE (2013)
4141, 4441, 5 SAXES, CBASS, PERC (5)
large concert band

14 CHAMBER CONCERTO V (1992)
bsn solo, fl, pf, perc(2), strings

15 CHAMBER CONCERTO VI: MR JEFFERSON (2007)
Violin solo, chamber orchestra 1-(Picc)-1 (E.H.)-1 (Bass Clar)-1 (CBsn), 1-1-1-0, Percussion (1 or 2 players), piano (doubles on harpsichord & celesta), strings.

16 CLEVELAND DOUBLES (1981)
soli cl/bcl-sax/SA & concert band: 3/pic-0-3/bcl,dbl reeds,3 sax(atb);2-2-2-euph-1;2perc

17 COLLAGE CONCERTANTE (2010)
cl, tpt, pno, guitar, drumset, boom box for CD playback

19 DARWIN'S DREAM (2010)
any melodic instrument, piano, tape playback

20 DARWIN'S DREAM II (2011)
improvisation ensemble of 3 to 6 players, including piano and percussion
chamber ensemble, video projections with sound

schwartzdarwinsdreamiiexcerpt.mp3

Darwin's Dream II excerpt from ACA Festival performance

21 DARWIN'S DREAM III (2013)
Mixed choir SATB, narrator, piano, video/audio projections

22 DIAMOND JUBILEE (2010)
pic,2fl,2ob,2cl,bscl,2bsn,cbsn;4hn,3tpt,2tbn,bstbn,tba; hp, pf(dbl elec kb); timp(4drums), perc(4), strings

schwartzdiamjubportlmesym2011excerpt2.mp3

Excerpt - Diamond Jubilee - Elliott Schwartz (begins with quiet part)

23 DOWNEAST FANFARE (2001)
3 tpts

24 Downtown Crossing (2005)
solo trombone and bass trombone, 3 percussion, and approx 15 additional woodwind and brass players

25 A DREAM OF BELLS & BEATS (1978)
pf,11 audience performers with radios,metronomes, music

26 DREAMSCAPE (1997)
solo theremin, theremin choir, ob, vcl, pf

27 ELEVATOR MUSIC (1966)
various pitched or non-pitched instruments as available
12 groups of students on different floors of an elevator building

28 ESSAYS for TRUMPET AND TROMBONE (1966)
tpt, tbn

29 EXTENDED OBOE (1974)
ob,tape

30 FACEBOOK CHRONICLES (2009)
sop, guit, tpt, trb, 2 perc, pno

schwartzfacebookchronbostonconservexcerpt.mp3

excerpt - Boston Conservatory performance 2009

31 FOUR MOBILES FOR DAVID (2013)
solo percussionist, plus 2 audio playback tracks

33 HALL OF MIRRORS (2001)
Sax Quartet (1 alto/sop., 1 alto, 1 ten., 1 bar.), pf.

34 HALO (1995)
bcl

35 HEARING DAVID (2012)
solo instrument with audio playback

36 IN MEMORIAM WBW (2007)
flute, piano

37 INAUGURAL FANFARE (2000)
2 trumpets, 1 percussion

38 INSIDE AND OUT (2003)
Eb cl., pf.

39 JACK O'LANTERN (2000)
chamber orchestra and lights

41 JET PIECE (1980)
pf/elec pf/drms & any 3 melodic instr

42 Kaleidoscope (1999)
Contrabassoon, violin, piano

43 MEHITABEL'S SERINADE (2001)
Eb solo alto sax, Fl1,2; Ob1,2-EH;Cl1,2-BsCl; Bsn1,2-CB; 4HN; 2 TPT; 2 TBN; BSTBN; TBA; TIMP; PERC (3); HP; PIANO; STRINGS: 87665
alto saxophone and orchestra

44 MEMORABILIA for piano (2013)
pianist, singer, narrator, other instrumentalist

45 MEMORIAL IN TWO PARTS (1988)
vln, pf

46 MIRRORS AND BRANCHES (2012)
piano solo, with two pre-recorded piano tracks, created by the performer

47 MIRRORS FOR BARNEY & ARNEY (1989)
cl, self-prepared tp(or 2cl)

48 MOBILE & DREAM (1978)
1-6pf, audience, optional tape

49 MUSIC FOR AUDIENCE & SOLOIST (1970)
soloist, audience, 4 conductors
Any instrument small enough to walk around with;

50 MUSIC FOR NAPOLEON AND BEETHOVEN (1969)
tpt., pf., 2 audio tapes, assistant

51 MUSIC FOR PRINCE ALBERT (1969)
pf., 2 tapes, assistant

52 NORTHERN PINES (1988)
2ob,cl,2hn,pf

53 PALINDROMES (1989)
vcl, perc

54 PASTORALE (1961)
chamber orchestra - ww quintet + strings
fl, ob, cl, bsn, hn, strings

55 PENTAGONAL MOBILE (1977)
5pf (or 1pf & tape)

56 PHOENIX (1995)
bsn, pf

57 POLAR VARIATIONS (2003)
concert band

58 Portraits for Patrick McArdle (2015)
flute/piccolo, piano

59 PRELUDE & VARIATIONS (1980)
vln, percussion

60 PRELUDE, MEMORIAL, AND ARIA (2008)
vcl, pf

62 Quartet for Horns (2014)
4 horns

63 RAIN FOREST WITH BIRDS (2001)
concert band

64 READING SESSION (1983)
clarinet, piano, narration by players

65 REMEMBERING DAVID: ECHO VARIATIONS (2012)
cl, hn, vcl, pf, plus audio recording

67 A RIOT OF REEDS (clarinet choir) (2004)
Ebcl, Bbcl, alt cl, bass cl, cb cl

68 RIVERSCAPE (2002)
cl., str. qt., pf., electronics

69 ROWS GARDEN (New Views of Old Sets) (1992)
fl, ob, cl, hn, bsn
woodwind quintet

70 SECOND THOUGHTS (1984)
ob,pf

71 SERENADE (1964)
fl., cb., perc.

72 SEVEN SEASONS (2008)
piano solo; inside the piano techniques

73 SHAKER VARIATIONS
Violin & Cello

74 SNAPSHOTS (2013)
flute/pic, viola, percussion

75 SOLILOQUIES (1965)
fl. (picc., al. fl.), cl. (b. cl.), vln., pf.

78 SOLILOQUY III (2015)
solo flute, doubling picc and alfl

79 SQUARING THE CYCLES (2006)
Organ, Trumpet, Chamber Ensemble of 8 players plus 2 percussion

80 STRING QUARTET No. 2: For Louise and Aaron (2008)
2 vln, va, cello

81 STRING QUARTET No. 3 "FOR DEEDEE" (2016)
2 vln, vla, vcl

82 SUMMER'S JOURNEY (I. Sunrise with Seascape II. Twilight Arrival) (2005)
solo flute (1st movement) solo horn (2nd movement), drawn from the instrumentation listed
2 fl/dbl pic, ob, 2 cl/1dbls bscl, bsn, 2 altosx, tensx, barisax, 2tpt, 2hn, 2tbn, tba, 3perc, piano, db

83 TELLY (1972)
winds or brass, percussion, TVs, radios, and pre-rec tape

84 TENOR VARIATIONS (2013)
tenor bassoon (Tenoroon) in F, and piano

85 TEST DRIVE (2007)
4-hands, grand piano

90 TRAVELOGUE (1989)
fl, cb

91 TRIBUTE (2001)
6 cl., 2 perc.

92 TWO POEMS OF WILLIAM MEREDITH (2004)
voice, pf

93 TWO WATTERSON POEMS (2004)
SATB, perc (2)

SchwartzTwoWattersonIIexcerpt.mp3

Two Watterson Poems - E. Schwartz, excerpt from II

94 VARIATIONS IN NOMINE (1993)
ob,cl,bsn

95 VIENNA DREAMS (1998)
Bflat Cl, Viola, Piano

96 VOYAGER (2002)
3222 4231 Timp, 3 perc, strings

97 WATER MUSIC (2002)
string orchestra, recorded water sounds

98 WINGS (2009)
piano

99 ZIGGURAT (1976)
fl(with tape made by performer)

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