Robert Parris

ACE Publications

2 BOOK OF IMAGINARY BEINGS, THE (PART 2) (1983)
cl,vln,vla,vcl,2perc

6 CANTATA: ALAS FOR THE DAY (1954)
ten solo,satb,org

7 CANTATA:ALAS FOR THE DAY (1954)
ten solo, satb, orch:2-2-2-2, 2-1-1-0,timp,str

8 CHAMBER MUSIC FOR ORCHESTRA (1984)
orch:pic-2-2-Ebcl-2-bcl-2-cbsn,4-3-3-1,cel,hp,timp&4perc,str

9 CONCERTO FOR FLUTE & ORCH (1964)
solo fl & orch:0-2-4-2, 4-2-3-1,pf,timp,3perc,str

11 CONCERTO FOR PIANO & ORCH (1954)
orch:1-1-1-1,2-1-0-0,str

12 CONCERTO FOR TROMBONE (1964)
tbn solo, pic/fl-ob-Bbcl-Ebcl, pf, 3perc, str

13 CONCERTO FOR VIOLA & ORCH (1956)
orch:1-1-1-1,2-1-1-1,perc,str

14 CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN (1959)
orch:2/pic-2/ehn-2/bcl-2/cbsn, 4-2-3-1,timp,perc,hp,str

15 CYNTHIA'S REVELLS (1979)
Bass Baritone with piano, or guitar

16 DIRGE FOR THE NEW SUNRISE (1970)
fl,vln,vcl,timp,perc

17 DREAMS (1976)
sop, fl, ob, vln, vcl, cb, pf, cel, 4perc
Soprano with mixed ensemble

18 A FANTASY ON J S BACH'S ADAPTATION OF THE TE DEUM (HERR, DICH LOBEN WIR) (1962)
full recorder consort: min 2sopranino,2sop,2alt,3ten,3b(F),1great b(C)

20 FIVE EASY CANONS & A FUGUE, For winds or strings (1959)
ww trio(any combination of 2treble and 1bass part)OR str trio

21 FOUR PIECES (1965)
tpt, hn, tbn OR cl, hn, bsn

24 GOLDEN NET (1976)
Fl, Ob, Cl, Bsn, Hn, C Tpt, Vn, Vla, Vcl, Perc

25 HYMN FOR THE NATIVITY (1962)
satb,3tpt,3tbn,tb,timp,2perc

26 JESU DULCIS MEMORIA (1966)
satb a capella

27 THE LEADEN ECHO & THE GOLDEN ECHO (1960)
bar & orch: pic-2-2-2-2,2-2-2-0,timp,str

28 MAD SCENE (1959)
sop,2bar, cham orch:1-1-1-1,1-1-0-0, perc,str qrt

29 MESSENGERS, THE (1974)
orch:pic-2-2-2-bcl-2,4-3-2-btbn-1, timp,hp,pf/cel,5perc,str

30 METAMORPHIC VARIATIONS (1986)
fl/pic,cl/Ebcl/bcl,perc,pf,vln,vcl

31 NOCTURNES (1992)
fl/pic,vln,vla,vcl,perc

33 PARABOLAE SALOMONIS (BOOK OF PROVERBS) (1995)
T, fl/pic, ob, eh, bsn, vla, vc, elec gtr, perc

34 QUINTET (1957)
fl,ob,bsn,vln,vcl

35 REFLECTIONS ON IMMORTALITY (1966)
satb,2hn,2tpt,2tbn,perc

36 RITE OF PASSAGE (1978)
solo cl,ele gtr,cel,hp, perc,pf,vcl,cb

38 SINFONIA (1963)
Brass Quintet (2 Bb Tpts, hn, tbn, btbn

41 Sonata for harpsichord (1961)
harpsichord

42 SONATA for viola (1957)
vla,pf

43 SONATA for violin & harpsichord (1956)
vln,hpschd(OR pf

44 SONATINA FOR BRASS (1948)
2tpt, 3tbn, tba

45 SONATINA FOR FOUR RECORDERS (1960)
sop,2alt,ten

46 SONATINA FOR WINDS (1954)
1-1-1-1,hn

47 ST. WINEFRED'S WELL (1967)
fl,perc,timp,pf,2vcl

48 STRING QUARTET NO.1
str qrt

49 STRING QUARTET NO.2 (1953)
str qrt

50 STRING TRIO NO.2(LAMENT FOR JOSEPH) (1951)
vln,vla,vcl

51 SYMPHONIC VARIATIONS (1987)
orch:pic-2-2-3-2-cbsn, 4-4-3-1,5timp,4perc,pf,cel,hp,str

52 SYMPHONY NO.1 (1952)
orch:pic/fl,ob/ehn, cl/bcl,bsn,2-2-0-0,timp,tamtam/cym,str

53 THIRTEEN PIECES (1988)
tpt,perc,vln,vla,vcl

54 THREE CHORALE PRELUDES(Bach) (1983)
tpt,tbn,keyb

55 THREE CHORALE-PRELUDES (1983)
tbn,keyb

56 THREE DUETS (1985)
el gtr, amp hpschd(or pf)

57 THREE LOVE SONGS (1979)
bbar,pf

59 THREE SMALL DUETS & A SOLO (1989)
vln,pf

60 TOCCATA (1950)
2pf

61 TRIO (clarinet, cello, piano) (1959)
cl, vcl ,pf

62 TRIO for violin, viola, and cello (1948)
vln, vla, vcl

63 UNQUIET HEART, THE (1981)
vln & orch:pic-2-2-2-2, 4-2-3-1,hp,pf/cel,4perc,str

65 WALKING AROUND (1973)
men chor,cl,2perc,pf,vln

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Biography: 

An American composer who worked primarily in the Washington DC area, Robert Parris (1924 - 1999) was a Juilliard student who later studied with Luening and Copland, though he counted their influence on his music as "minimal."

Known as a musical colorist, Parris specializes in small ensembles, and has been known to push instruments to the limits of virtuouso playing -- his solo violin sonata is considered quite difficult, and the composer-directors of CRI believed his trombone concerto to be unplayable until they heard a recording of it. A longtime professor at George Washington University; Parris has had his works performed by Mstislav Rostropovich and the NSO.

In the early seventies, he turned to Borges for inspiration and produced the marvelous Book of Imaginary Beings, (I) a work for flute (pic), violin, cello, piano, celeste, and percussion, from 1972. Part II was published in 1983.

Parris got his first international recognition in 1958 with his concerto for five kettledrums and orchestra, premiered by Fred Begun, and the National Symphony in Washington, under Howard Mitchell. CRI recorded a number of his works, and ACA is the largest distributor of his music, with more than 65 works available for sale and rental.