Ellis Kohs

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1 AUTOMATIC PISTOL (1943)
TTBB a capella

2 BRASS TRIO (1958)
tpt,hn,tbn

3 BURLESCA NO.1 (1945)
fl,cl,bsn,tbn,timp

4 BURLESCA NO.2 (1945)
cl,hn,vla

5 BURLESCA NO.3 (1945)
tpt,vln,cb,bdr/cym

6 BURLESCA NO.4 (1945)
ob,vln

7 BURLESCA NO.5 (1945)
pf

8 BURLESCA NO.5 (1945)
pf

9 BURLESCA NO.6 (1945)
bsn

10 BURLESCA NO.7 (1945)
pf

11 BURLESCA NO.7 (1945)
pf

12 BURLESCA NO.8 (1945)
pf

13 BURLESCA NO.8 (1945)
pf

14 CALUMNY (1978)
bar vc,fl,hn,vcl,2 timp

16 CONCERTO FOR CELLO & ORCH (1947)
vcl & orch:2-2-2-2, 2-0-0-0,str

17 CONCERTO FOR ORCHESTRA (in 1 mvt) (1941)
pic-2-2- eh-2-bcl-2-cbsn,4-3-3-1,timp,4perc,str

18 CONCERTO FOR PIANO & ORCHESTRA (1945)
Piano &Orch:picc-2-2-2-2, 4-3-3-1,timp.Perc,Str,

20 CONCERTO for violin and orchestra (1980)
vln solo with orch: picc.2.2.ehn.2.bcl.2.cbsn.sax, 4.3.3.1, timp, 2 perc, hp, strings

21 CONCERTO, for Perc Quartet (1978)
4perc

23 EPITAPH (1959)
hg vc,pf

28 FATAL INTERVIEW (1951)
lw vc,pf

29 FOUR ORCHESTRAL SONGS (1959)
alt & ten solo,orch:2/pic-2/ehn-2-2, 2-2-3-1,hp,perc,str

32 LOHIAU AND HIIAKA (1987)

33 MEN, An Abstraction (1983)
3perc,narr

34 NIGHTWATCH (1943)
fl,hn,timp

35 PASSACAGLIA (1946)
org, strings

37 PSALM 25 (1947)
satb,orch:2-2-2-2,2-2-2-0,str)

38 PSALM XXIII (1957)
satb soli, dbl mix choir

39 PSALM XXIII (1957)
sop,ten,pf

40 PSALM XXV (1947)
SATB &Orch:2-2-2-2, 2-2-2-0, Str.(OR w

44 SONATA NO.1 (1957)
pf

45 SONATINA (1948)
vln,pf

46 SONATINA FOR BASSOON & PIANO (1944)
bsn,pf

47 STRING TRIO (1983)
vln,vla,vcl

48 STUDIES IN VARIATION (1962)
ww qtt,str trio,pf,solo pf,solo vln

49 SUBJECT CASES (1982)
perc,narr

51 SYMPHONY NO. 1 FOR SMALL ORCH (1950)
small orch:1-1-1-1, 1-1-1-0,2timp,str.

52 SYMPHONY NO. 2 (1956)
satb,orch:2/pic-2/ehn-2/bcl-2/cbsn, 2-2-2-2,2-2-2-1,3timp,perc,hp,str

55 THREE ELEGIAC AIRS (1959)
lw vc,pf

56 THREE MEDIEVAL LATIN STUDENTS' SONGS (1957)
ttbb, ten, bar soli

57 VARIATIONS ON L'HOMME ARME (1947)
piano

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Ellis Kohs (b. 1916 - d. 2000) was an American composer, theory textbook author, and Professor at the University of Southern California.

Born in Chicago on May 12, 1916 to Pauline Bonoff, a school teacher of Russian Jewish extraction, and Samuel C. Kohs, Kohs grew up in San Francisco, where he undertook his early musical studies at the San Francisco Conservatory. In 1928 his family moved to New York where he entered the Institute of Musical Art. He continued his studies at the University of Chicago, studying composition with Carl Bricken. After he completed his master's degree there in 1938, he returned to New York and enrolled at the Juilliard School, where he studied composition with Bernard Wagenaar. He also studied composition with Walter Piston and musicology with Willi Apel and Hugo Leichtentritt at Harvard University. During World War II, Kohs conducted the Army and Air Force bands at Fort Benning, Ga.; St. Joseph, Mo.; and Nashville. After the war he joined the faculty of Wesleyan University, where he taught composition from 1946 to 1948, and the Kansas City Conservatory, where he taught during the summers of 1946 and 1947.Kohs in 1946

He moved to California in 1948 and undertook teaching positions at the College of the Pacific and at Stanford University. He began teaching at USC in 1950 where he remained on the faculty for 38 years, serving as chairman of the music theory department for several years.

Kohs' stage works include "Amerika" (1969), an opera based on Kafka's novel, "Lohiau and Hiiaka," a choreographed setting of a Hawaiian legend, and incidental music for Shakespeare's "Macbeth" (1947). His orchestral works include a Concerto for Orchestra (1942), a Cello Concerto (1947), a Violin Concerto (1980) and two Symphonies (1950 and 1957). His vocal works included settings of Navajo songs and "The Lord Ascendant," based on "The Epic of Gilgamesh." He also composed solo and chamber music. A recording of Kohs' music, including the Chamber Concerto, Passacaglia for Organ and Strings, Toccata for Harpsichord or Piano, a Short Concert for String Quartet, and a Sonatina for Violin and Piano was released on Composers Recordings, Inc. In addition to composing, Kohs wrote several music theory textbooks, including "Music Theory, a Syllabus for Teacher and Student" (1961), "Musical Form: Studies in Analysis and Synthesis" (1976), and "Musical Composition: Projects in Ways and Means" (1980). He died in Los Angeles on May 17, 2000.