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

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

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

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

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

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

10 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

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

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

13 EIGHT HAIKU FOR SOLO FLUTE (2000)
flute

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

15 FANTASY FOR SOLO OBOE (1993)
oboe

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

17 Four Sillies
SATB

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

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

21 I Thank You God
SATB

22 JUBILEE FANFARE (1993)

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

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

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

30 My River Runs to Thee
women's chorus

31 Nine Haiku
SATB

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

34 Out of the Earth I Sing
men's chorus

35 PIANO QUINTET (2007)
piano + string quartet

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

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

38 PRELUDE AND TOCCATA (2002)
organ

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

41 QUOD LIBET FOR BRASS TRIO AND PERCUSSION (2001)
tpt in C, hn, tbn, perc

42 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

43 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

44 ROMANCE (1981)
vln, pf

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

46 Setting Sun
SATB, piano

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

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

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

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

51 SIMULTANEOUS CONTRASTS (1987)
hn

53 SONATA FOR SOLO CELLO (1978)
vlc

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

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

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

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

59 STRING QUARTET No. 3 (1999)
string quartet

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

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

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

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

65 Symphony No. 3 Prisms
string orchestra with string soloists

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

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

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

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

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

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

76 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

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

78 TUNES AND DANCES
large wind ensemble

79 VARIATIONS FOR SOLO CONTRABASS (1998)
contrabass

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