James Yannatos

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Composer and conductor James Yannatos (1929-2011) led the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra for more than 45 years. He was born and educated in New York City. He attended the High School of Music and Art and the Manhattan School of Music. Subsequent studies with Nadia Boulanger, Luigi Dallapiccola, Darius Milhaud, Paul Hindemith, and Philip Bezanson in composition; William Steinberg and Leonard Bernstein in conducting; and Hugo Kortschak and Ivan Galamian on violin took Yannatos to Yale University (B.M., M.M.), the University of Iowa (Ph.D.), Aspen, Tanglewood, and Paris. As a young violinist, he performed in various professional ensembles including a piano trio, string quartet, early music groups with Hindemith and Boulanger, and in the Casals Festival.

In 1964, he was appointed music director of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, and led that group on tours to Europe, Russia, South America, and Asia. He organized and co-directed the New England Composers Orchestra, the Tanglewood Young Artists Orchestra, and taught conducting at Tanglewood. He appeared as guest conductor-composer at the Aspen, Banff, Tanglewood, Chautauqua, and Saratoga festivals; with the Boston Pops, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Baltimore, and San Antonio symphonies, and the Sverdlovsk, Leningrad, Cleveland, and American Symphony chamber orchestras.

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1 ALL ABOUT MICE - VAR. ON "HICKORY-DICKORY-DOCK" FOR ORCHESTRA (2002)
2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bsn, 4 fr hn, 2 tpt, 3 tbn, tba, perc, 2 vln, vla, vlc, cbs, vv

2 ALL ABOUT SAX (2010)
Saxophone Quartet SATB

3 ALL ABOUT SAX - FANTASY FOR SAX QUARTET (2010)
sop sax, alt sax, ten sax, bar sax / 4 sax (SATB)

4 AMAZING GRACE - a Choral Drama (1999)
SATB chorus, Narrator, Vocal Soloists, Trio: Piano, Perc, Double Bass

6 Bits and Pieces (1976)
string quartet or string orchestra

7 CANTATA: CREATION SINGS ITS OWN SONG (1988)
2 pf, fl, ob, cl, bn, tpt, perc, hp, 2 vln, vla, vc, cb

9 CONCERTO FOR CONTRABASS AND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (1987)
Solo contrabass, 1-1-1-1, 1-1-1-0, perc, hp, pf, strings

10 CONCERTO FOR PIANO AND ORCHESTRA (1995)
2222 2220 perc strings - solo piano

11 CONCERTO FOR STRING QUARTET & ORCHESTRA
2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bn, 2 hn in F, 2 tpt in C, 2 tbn, perc / solo string quartet vla, 2 vln, vlc

12 CYCLES: A MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT (1974)
cb, vlc, cl, fl, perc, pf, vla

13 DUO FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (1981)
vln, pf

14 EIGHT HAIKU FOR SOLO FLUTE (2000)
flute

15 ELEGY - In Memoriam Stephen Albert (2003)
cello, piano

16 FANTASY FOR SOLO OBOE (1993)
oboe

17 FANTASY FOR VIOLA AND PIANO (2008)
vla, pf

18 Four Sillies
SATB

20 HAIKU CYCLE (1995)
v, fl, cl, vln, vc, pf, perc

21 HERE--THERE -- THIS AND THAT (2004)
10 players: Fl, ob, cl, bsn, hn, 5 part strings

22 I Thank You God
SATB

23 JUBILEE FANFARE (1993)

24 LITTLE WAVE (2001)
women's chorus, piano

26 MADRIGALS FOR FLUTE OR VIOLIN AND VIOLA (1981)
fl or vln, vla

29 MINIATURES FOR VIOLIN, CELLO, AND PIANO (1981)
vln/fl, vc/bsn, pf

31 My River Runs to Thee
women's chorus

32 Nine Haiku
SATB

33 O Nata Lux de Lumine (1989)
SATB a cappella

35 Out of the Earth I Sing
men's chorus

36 PIANO QUINTET (2007)
piano + string quartet

37 PIANO TRIO IN D MAJOR (1994)
vln, vc, pf

38 POLARITIES: A CONCERTO FOR BRASS AND PERCUSSION (1993)
4 tpt, 4 hn, 3 tbn, tba, perc

39 PRELUDE AND TOCCATA (2002)
organ

40 PRIERES DANS L'ARC FOR CHAMBER ENSEMBLE (2004)
fl, cl, perc, pf, vln/vla, vc

42 QUOD LIBET FOR BRASS TRIO AND PERCUSSION (2001)
tpt, hn, tbn, perc

43 RITUAL IMAGES (1974)
3 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 alt sax, 1 bass cl, 1 ten sax, 2 bsn, cbn, 4 hn, 3 tpt, 2 tbn, 1 bass tbn, 1 tba, perc, chorus SATB, 2 vln, vla, vc, db

44 ROCKET'S RED BLARE
chamber orchestra 14 players; 5 major roles, 10 minor roles
cast of soloists, chorus (SATB), ensemble of winds, brass, strings, percussion, and keyboard

45 ROMANCE (1981)
vln, pf

46 SERENADE FOR STRING TRIO (1981)
vln, vla, vlc

47 Setting Sun
SATB, piano

48 SEVEN EPISODES FOR BRASS QUINTET (1962)
tbn, 2 tpt, tba or basstbn, hn

49 SEVEN EPISODES FOR BRASS QUINTET (1982)
tbn, 2 tpt, tba or basstbn, hn, perc

50 SILENCE BOTTLE
Bb cl, bn, cb, pf, perc, kazoo, harm, ocarina, slide whistle

51 SILLY AND SERIOUS SONGS (2007)
1 to 4-part songs

52 SIMULTANEOUS CONTRASTS (1987)
hn

54 SONATA FOR SOLO CELLO (1978)
vlc

55 SONGS OF LIFE, LOVE AND LOSS FOR ORCHESTRA (2011)
ob, 2 vln, vla, vc, cb

56 SONGS OF LIFE, LOVE, AND LOSS QUARTET VERSION (2004)
voice, oboe, 2 vln, vla, vcl

58 STRING QUARTET NO. 1 (1983)
2 vln, vla, vlc

59 STRING QUARTET NO. 2 (1999)
2 vln, vla, vlc

60 STRING QUARTET No. 3 (1999)
string quartet

62 SUITE FOR ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE (1981)
1111 2000 perc (2) strings

63 SUITE FOR SIX (1984)
fl, bscl, hn, db, 1-2 perc

64 SYMPHONY (NO. 1) BREVIS (1987)
2222 2220 perc (1) timp, harp, divisi strings

65 Symphony No. 2 Earth Fire Air Water (2000)
4 solo singers, orchestra

66 Symphony No. 3 Prisms
string orchestra with string soloists

67 Symphony No. 4 Tiananmen Square (2001)
2222 4331 perc timp piano hp strings

68 SYMPHONY No. 5: Son et lumiere (1991)
1-1-1-1, 4-3-2-1, perc2, hp, pf, divisi strings

69 Symphony No. 6: A Lear Symphony (2003)
Baritone solo, orchestra

71 Symphony No. 7: Prais'd Be The Fathomless Universe (2002)
3222 4331 Perc, Sop solo, Bass-Bar solo, SATB chorus, harp, strings

72 Ten for Ten (1998)
fl, ob, clar, bsn, hn, 2 vln, vla, vcl, cb

76 THREE SONGS FOR VOICE AND STRING QUARTET (1981)
2 vln, vla, vlc

77 TRINITY MASS (1985)
soloists, chorus, large orchestra
4 Flutes (3rd and 4th dbl pic 3 Oboes English Horn (dbl 4th Oboe) 3 Clarinets Bass Clarinet 4 Bassoons (4th dbl Cbsn) Baritone Sax* 4 Hn 4 Tpt 3 Tbn Tuba Timpani (2 ) Percussion (5–6 ) 2 Hp Celesta, singers,speakers, choir, Strings

78 TRIO FOR VIOLIN, CELLO, AND PIANO (1994)
violin, cello, piano

79 TUNES AND DANCES
large wind ensemble

80 VARIATIONS FOR SOLO CONTRABASS (1998)
contrabass

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