Nancy Van de Vate

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Born in the United States and now living permanently in Vienna, Austria, Nancy Van de Vate is known worldwide for her music in the large forms.  She currently teaches music composition at the Institute for European Studies in Vienna. Nancy Van de Vate has also been a faculty member at eleven colleges and universities in the United States and at the Jakarta Conservatory (Yayasan Pendidikan Musik) in Indonesia.  Her full-length opera, All Quiet on the Western Front (Im Western Nichts Neues) premiered in Osnabrück, Germany in 2003 and was performed there ten times to great critical acclaim. The same work was included in May 2003 by the New York City Opera in its VOX 2003: Showcasing American Opera series, again to critical acclaim.

Her 26 orchestral works include the well-known Chernobyl, which has been performed in Vienna, Hamburg, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, and in the United States at the Chautauqua Festival and by the Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra. A special performance on February 25, 2006 by the Yale Symphony Orchestra, Toshiyuki Shimada, conductor, marked the 20th anniversary of the world's most famous nuclear accident. Chernobyl has been widely broadcast worldwide since its first appearance on compact disc in 1987. Many of Van de Vate's recordings are available for streaming on You Tube.

The composer has also created a large body of solo and chamber music for a wide variety of instruments and ensembles. Among her newest chamber works are String Quartet No. 2, commissioned by the Vienna Mozart Year 2006, and Brass Quintet No. 2: Variations on the "Streets of Laredo," commissioned by the University of Mississippi for an October 2005 festival of her music. Journeys Through the Life and Music of Nancy Van de Vate, a complete biography and extensive anaylsis of her music, written by Laurdella Foulkes-Levy and Burt Levy, was published in 2004 by Scarecrow Press.

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1 ADAGIO AND RONDO FOR VIOLIN AND STRING ORCHESTRA (1994)
Solo violin, string orchestra

2 ADAGIO FOR ORCHESTRA (1957)
2222-2221-timp-strings

3 ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1999)
2 tenors, 2 baritones, bass, soprano, mezzo; 2-2-2-2, 2-2-2-0, percussion (3), harp, strings

5 BALINESE DIPTYCH (2003)
piano

7 CANTATA FOR WOMEN'S VOICES - CHOIR AND ENSEMBLE (1979)
SSAA, pic, fl, cl, 2 perc, cel, hp

8 CANTATA FOR WOMEN'S VOICES - CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA (1993)
SSAA, pic, fl, cl, 2 perc, cel, hp, strings

9 CHERNOBYL (1987)
3-3-3-3, 4-3-3-1, timpani, percussion (3), celesta, harp, piano, strings (12/10/8/8/6)

10 CHORAL SUITE FROM NEMO (SUITE FOR CHOR AUS NEMO) (1997)
SATB with orchestra (or piano accompaniment)

11 COCAINE LIL (1986)
Mezzo soprano, jazz singers (4), handheld percussion

12 CONCERT SUITE FROM NEMO (2000)
Soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass; 3-3-3-3, 4-4-3-1, percussion (4), celesta, harp, piano, strings

13 CONCERTINO FOR HARP AND SEVEN INSTRUMENTS (2014)
Harp, flute, clarinet, bassoon, piano, violin, viola, cello

14 CONCERTO FOR HARP AND STRING ORCHESTRA (1996)
Harp, string orchestra

15 CONCERTO FOR PIANO AND ORCHESTRA (2016)
2222 2211 perc(2), pf, strings

16 CONCERTO for VIOLA and ORCHESTRA (1990)
3-3-3-3, 4-3-3-1, timpani, percussion (3), harp, piano, celesta, strings

17 CONCERTO NO. 1 FOR VIOLIN AND ORCHESTRA (1986)
2-2-2-2, 4-2-2-1, timpani, percussion (2), harp, piano, strings

18 CONCERTO NO. 2 FOR VIOLIN AND ORCHESTRA (1996)
3-3-3-3, 4-3-3-1, percussion (4), harp, piano, celesta, strings

20 CONCERTPIECE FOR CELLO AND SMALL ORCHESTRA (2012)
solo cello, perc (3), cel, pf, strings

22 CRADLESONG (1962)
Voice, piano

23 DARK NEBULAE (1981)
3222, 4220, timp, 2 perc, cel, hp, pf, strings

24 THE DEATH OF THE HIRED MAN (1958)
Soprano, Baritone, flute, cello, percussion (1), piano

25 THE DEATH OF THE HIRED MAN (piano vocal) (2016)
2 singers with piano

26 DERR HERRSCHER UND DAS MÄDCHEN (1995)
Soprano, baritone, narrator, 2 actors, piano, percussion, clarinet

27 DISTANT WORLDS (1985)
solo vln, 3222, 4331, timp, 3 perc, cel, hp, pf, strings

28 DIVERSION FOR BRASS (1964)
2 tpt, hn, trb

29 THE EARTH IS SO LOVELY (1962)
Voice, piano

30 EIGHT PRELUDES FOR PIANO (1958)
Piano

31 EINE NACHT IM ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM (1983)
Soprano, fixed media audio

32 ELEGY FOR CLARINET AND PIANO (1970)
cl, pf

33 ELEGY FOR OBOE AND PIANO (1969)
ob, pf

34 FANTASY FOR HARPSICHORD (1982)
Harpsichord

35 FANTASY PIECES FOR PIANO (1995)
Piano

37 FOUR SOMBER SONGS (1991)
mezzo-soprano, orchestra: 2222, 2011, 1 perc, hp, strings

38 FOUR SOMBER SONGS - voice and piano (1991)
Mezzo-Soprano, piano

39 GEMA JAWA (ECHOES OF JAVA) (2010)
String orchestra

40 HAMLET (2009)

41 HOW FARES THE NIGHT? (1993)
SSAA, solo violin, string orchestra

42 IM WESTEN NICHTS NEUES (2000)
piano-vocal (German version)

43 IN THE SHADOW OF THE GLEN (1994)
Soprano, Tenor, 2 Baritones 2-2-2-2, 2-0-1-0, percussion (2), harp, strings

44 JOURNEYS I (full version) (1984)
3-2-2-2, 4-2-3-1, timpani, percussion (2), celesta, harp, piano, strings

45 JOURNEYS II (shorter version) (1987)
3222 4231 timp perc (2) cel, hp, pf, strings

46 KATYN (1989)
SATB, 3333, 4331, timp, 3 perc, hp, pf, strings

47 KRAKOW CONCERTO FOR PERCUSSION AND ORCHESTRA (1988)
3-2-2-2, 4-3-3-1, timpani, percussion (6), harp, piano/celesta, strings

48 LENTO FOR PIANO (1961)
Piano

49 LETTER TO A FRIEND'S LONELINESS (1976)
sop, string quartet

50 LISTENING TO THE NIGHT (2013)
Soprano and 7 instruments (flute, vibraphone, 2 violins, viola, cello, contrabass)

51 A LITTLE DAY MUSIC (1990)
3 cl, bscl

52 LO-YANG (1962)
Voice, piano

53 A LONG ROAD TRAVELLED (2007)
viola solo, string quartet

54 MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE (1972)
SATB, piano or organ

55 MUSIC FOR MW2 (1985)
Piano 4-hands, flute, cello, percussion

56 MUSIC FOR VIOLA, PERCUSSION AND PIANO (1976)
vla, perc, pf

57 MUSIC IN FIVE, THREE AND SEVEN (2010)
saxophone quartet

58 NEMO: JENSEITS VON VULKANIA (1995)
2 Sopranos, alto, tenor, baritone, bass, SATB; 3-3-3-3, 4-4-3-1, timpani, percussion (3), harp, piano, celesta, strings

59 A NIGHT IN THE ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM (1983)
Soprano or Mezzo,with fixed media audio

60 NIGHT JOURNEY (1996)
Piano

61 PATROLING BARNEGAT (1993)
TTBB, piano

62 A PEACOCK SOUTHEAST FLEW: CONCERTO FOR PIPA AND ORCHESTRA (1997)
2-2-2-2, 2-1-1-0, percussion (3), pipa, strings

63 THE POND (1970)
SATB a cappella

65 PSALM 121 (1958)
SATB a cappella

66 PURA BESAKIH (1987)
3333, 4331, timp, 2 perc, hp, pf/ cel, strings

67 A QUIET PIECE FOR SOLO SAXOPHONE (2009)
Saxophone

68 QUINTET FOR BRASS (1974)
Brass quintet

69 SARABANDE FOR FLUTE AND PIANO (1973)
Flute, piano

70 SARABANDE FOR OBOE AND PIANO (2006)
oboe, piano

72 SEXTET FOR HARP AND STRINGS (1996)
hp, 2 vln, vla, vc, cb

74 A SHORT SET FOR CLARINET AND STRING ORCHESTRA (2014)
Clarinet, string orchestra

75 A SHORT SET FOR CLARINET AND STRING QUINTET (2014)
Clarinet, string quintet 2-1-1-1

76 SHORT SUITE FOR BRASS QUARTET (1960)
Trumpet (2), trombone, bass trombone

77 SIX DUOS FOR VIOLA AND CELLO (2014)
viola, cello

78 SIX DUOS FOR VIOLIN AND VIOLA (2014)
Violin, viola

79 SIX ETUDES FOR SOLO CELLO (2009)
Cello

80 SIX ETUDES FOR SOLO VIOLIN (1979)
Violin

81 SONATA FOR CLARINET AND PIANO (1970)
Clarinet, piano

82 SONATA FOR HARPSICHORD (1982)
Harpsichord

83 SONATA FOR OBOE AND PIANO (1970)
Oboe, piano

84 SONATA FOR VIOLA AND PIANO (1964)
Viola, piano

85 SONATA No. 2 for PIANO (1983)
pf

86 SONGS FOR THE FOUR PARTS OF THE NIGHT (1986)
Soprano, piano

87 STRING QUARTET NO. 1 (2017)
string quartet

88 STRING QUARTET NO. 2 (2005)
string quartet

89 SUITE FOR ALTO SAXOPHONE (2009)
Alto saxophone

90 SUITE FOR MARIMBA (2002)
Marimba

91 SUITE FOR ORCHESTRA FROM 'NEMO' (1996)
3333, 4431, timp, 3 pec, hp, pf, cel, strings

92 SUITE FOR SOLO VIOLA (1975)
Viola

94 TEUFELSTANZ FOR PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE (1989)
Percussion ensemble - 6 or more percussionists

95 THREE SOUND PIECES FOR BRASS AND PERCUSSION (1973)
Brass instruments+ percussion (6)

96 TO THE EAST AND TO THE WEST (1972)
Soprano, piano

97 TRIO FOR BASSOON, PERCUSSION AND PIANO (1980)
Bassoon, percussion, piano

98 TRIO FOR CLARINET, BASSOON AND PIANO (2005)
Clarinet, bassoon, piano

99 TRIO FOR CLARINET, VIOLA AND PIANO (2013)
Clarinet, viola, piano

100 TRIO FOR HORN, VIOLA AND PIANO (2006)
Horn, viola, piano

101 TRIO FOR HORN, VIOLIN, AND PIANO (2006)
hn, vln, pf

102 TRIO FOR VIOLIN, CELLO AND PIANO (1983)
Violin, cello, piano

103 TWO BAGATELLES FOR FOUR HORNS (2006)
Horn quartet

104 TWO BAGATELLES FOR FOUR TRUMPETS (2006)
Trumpet quartet

105 TWO FOR TWO (2009)
2 marimbas

106 TWO SONGS

107 VARIATIONS FOR CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (1958)
Flute/oboe/clarinet/bassoon, strings

108 VARIATIONS FOR CLARINET AND PIANO (1961)
Clarinet, piano

110 WESTERN FRONT (1997)
3-3-3-3, 4-3-3-1, percussion (4), harp, piano/celesta, strings

111 WHERE THE CROSS IS MADE (2003)
Kammeroper: Soprano, tenor, baritone, bass; 1-1-1-1, 1, percussion (2), piano/celesta, strings (3/3/2/2/2)

112 WOODWIND QUARTET (1964)
Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon

113 YOUTHFUL AGE (1960)
Voice, piano

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