Elliott Schwartz

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)
Elliott Schwartz DREAM OF BELLS & BEATS
pf,11 audience performers with radios,metronomes, music
Elliott Schwartz DREAMSCAPE solo theremin, theremin choir, ob, vcl, pf
Elliott Schwartz ELEVATOR MUSIC various pitched or non-pitched instruments as available
12 groups of students on different floors of an elevator building
Elliott Schwartz ESSAYS for TRUMPET AND TROMBONE tpt, tbn
Elliott Schwartz EXTENDED OBOE ob,tape
sop, guit, tpt, trb, 2 perc, pno
solo percussionist, plus 2 audio playback tracks
Elliott Schwartz GARDEN FOR RKB (In Memoriam, Robert K. Beckwith) cl/bcl, vln, pf
Elliott Schwartz HALL OF MIRRORS Saxophone quartet S/A,A,T,B, piano, portable radios
Elliott Schwartz HALO bcl
Elliott Schwartz HEARING DAVID
solo instrument with audio playback
Elliott Schwartz IN MEMORIAM WBW flute, piano
Elliott Schwartz INAUGURAL FANFARE 2 trumpets, 1 percussion
Elliott Schwartz INSIDE AND OUT Eb cl., pf.
Elliott Schwartz JACK O'LANTERN chamber orchestra and lights
Elliott Schwartz JET PIECE pf/elec pf/drms & any 3 melodic instr
Elliott Schwartz Kaleidoscope
Contrabassoon, violin, piano
Elliott Schwartz MEHITABEL'S SERINADE 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
Elliott Schwartz MEMORABILIA for piano pianist, singer, narrator, other instrumentalist
Elliott Schwartz MEMORIAL IN TWO PARTS vln, pf
piano solo, with two pre-recorded piano tracks, created by the performer
Elliott Schwartz MIRRORS FOR BARNEY & ARNEY cl, self-prepared tp(or 2cl)
Elliott Schwartz MOBILE & DREAM 1-6pf, audience, optional tape
Elliott Schwartz MUSIC FOR AUDIENCE & SOLOIST soloist, audience, 4 conductors
Any instrument small enough to walk around with;

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
Fantastic Prisms
Four Maine Haiku (Maine Haiku)

Carl Fischer

Aria No. 2 for violin and drum