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.

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

6 CANTATA FOR WOMEN'S VOICES (1979)
SSAA, 2010-0000-2 perc, cel, hp, strings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20 CRADLESONG (1962)
Voice, piano

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

28 EIGHT PRELUDES FOR PIANO (1958)
Piano

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

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

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

32 FANTASY FOR HARPSICHORD (1982)
Harpsichord

33 FANTASY PIECES FOR PIANO (1995)
Piano

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

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

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

38 HAMLET (2009)

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

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

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

42 JOURNEYS (1984)
2-2-2-2, 4-3-3-1, timpani, percussion (2), celesta, harp, piano, strings

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

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

45 LENTO FOR PIANO (1961)
Piano

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

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

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

49 LO-YANG (1962)
Voice, piano

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

51 MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE (1972)
SATB, piano, organ

52 MUSIC FOR MW2 (1985)
Piano 4-hands, percussion

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

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

55 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

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

57 NIGHT JOURNEY (1996)
Piano

58 PATROLING BARNEGAT (1993)
TTBB, piano

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

60 THE POND (1970)
SATB a cappella

62 PSALM 121 (1958)
SATB a cappella

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

64 A QUIET PIECE FOR SOLO SAXOPHONE (2009)
Saxophone

65 QUINTET FOR BRASS (1974)
Brass quintet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

76 SIX ETUDES FOR SOLO CELLO (2009)
Cello

77 SIX ETUDES FOR SOLO VIOLIN (1979)
Violin

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

79 SONATA FOR HARPSICHORD (1982)
Harpsichord

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

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

82 SONATA No. 2 for PIANO (1983)
pf

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

84 STRING QUARTET NO. 1 (2017)
string quartet

85 STRING QUARTET NO. 2 (2005)
string quartet

86 SUITE FOR ALTO SAXOPHONE (2009)
Alto saxophone

87 SUITE FOR MARIMBA (2002)
Marimba

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

89 SUITE FOR SOLO VIOLA (1975)
Viola

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

100 TWO BAGATELLES FOR FOUR HORNS (2006)
Horn quartet

101 TWO BAGATELLES FOR FOUR TRUMPETS (2006)
Trumpet quartet

102 TWO FOR TWO (2009)
2 marimbas

103 TWO SONGS

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

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

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

108 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)

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

110 YOUTHFUL AGE (1960)
Voice, piano

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