Elliott Schwartz

Biography
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

103 title(s)
Composer Title SCORING/INSTRUMENTATION Year
Elliott Schwartz PRELUDE ARIA VARIATIONS duo for violin and percussion
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Elliott Schwartz STRING QUARTET No. 3 "FOR DEEDEE" 2 vln, vla, vcl
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Elliott Schwartz SOLILOQUY III solo flute, doubling picc and alfl
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Elliott Schwartz Portraits for Patrick McArdle Flute (Doubling Piccolo) and Piano
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Elliott Schwartz Quartet for Horns 4 Horns
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Elliott Schwartz SNAPSHOTS Flute (Doubling Piccolo), Viola, Percussion
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Elliott Schwartz FOUR MOBILES FOR DAVID -
solo percussionist, plus 2 audio playback tracks
Elliott Schwartz DARWIN'S DREAM III -
Mixed choir SATB, narrator, piano, video/audio projections
Elliott Schwartz CELEBRATION FANFARE 1 MIN 4141, 4441, 5 SAXES, CBASS, PERC (5)
large concert band
Elliott Schwartz SOLILOQUY I FOR SOLO TRUMPET Trumpet
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Elliott Schwartz SOLILOQUY II FOR SOLO CLARINET Clarinet
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Elliott Schwartz MEMORABILIA for piano pianist, singer, narrator, other instrumentalist
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Elliott Schwartz TENOR VARIATIONS -
tenor bassoon (Tenoroon) in F, and piano
Elliott Schwartz CELEBRATION OVERTURE 4141, 4441, 5 SAXES, CBASS, PERC (5)
large concert band
Elliott Schwartz REMEMBERING DAVID: ECHO VARIATIONS -
cl, hn, vcl, pf, plus audio recording
Elliott Schwartz MIRRORS AND BRANCHES -
piano solo, with two pre-recorded piano tracks, created by the performer
Elliott Schwartz HEARING DAVID -
solo instrument with audio playback
Elliott Schwartz DARWIN'S DREAM II improvisation ensemble of 3 to 6 players, including piano and percussion
chamber ensemble, video projections with sound
Elliott Schwartz JEFFERSON CADENZA: SOLILOQUY AND REMEMBRANCE -
violin
Elliott Schwartz BLOSSOMS AND CANNONS: A BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE -
pf, tape
Elliott Schwartz ANAGRAMS -
B flat trumpet and percussion (1)
Elliott Schwartz DARWIN'S DREAM -
any melodic instrument, piano, tape playback
Elliott Schwartz COLLAGE CONCERTANTE -
cl, tpt, pno, guitar, drumset, boom box for CD playback
Elliott Schwartz DIAMOND JUBILEE -
pic,2fl,2ob,2cl,bscl,2bsn,cbsn;4hn,3tpt,2tbn,bstbn,tba; hp, pf(dbl elec kb); timp(4drums), perc(4), strings
Elliott Schwartz FACEBOOK CHRONICLES -
sop, guit, tpt, trb, 2 perc, pno

Additional Works

Lauren Keiser Music

Divertimento No. 4
Suite for Viola and Piano
Chamber Concerto 1
Chamber Concerto 3
Quartet for oboe and strings
Three Movements for Brass Quintet
Octagon
Fantastic Prisms
Four Maine Haiku (Maine Haiku)
 

Carl Fischer

Aria No. 2 for violin and drum