Steven D. Block

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Steven Block (b.1952, NYC) has appeared in the various personae of composer, music theorist, music critic, pianist, and both classical radio and disco d.j., among others. His compositions have been performed worldwide including performances in Australia, Paris, and Poland. His articles as a music theorist and music critic have appeared in such journals and magazines as Perspectives of New Music, Integrales, Music Theory Spectrum, the Journal of Music Theory, the Annual Review of Jazz Studies, and High Fidelity.

In 1992, Block received the first University of New Mexico award for excellence in teaching and in 1993 he was a UNM Faculty Scholar. His orchestral work Shadows has been reissued on Navona Records (5990) and is available directly from Navona, Amazon.com, I-Tunes, and most retail outlets. Likewise, FireTiger for violin and piano can be found on Navona (7871) and Five Plainchants for Clarinet, performed by UNM Faculty Keith Lemmons, is also available on the same label.

“His skillful use of tuned percussion gives several passages a gamelanlike quality reminiscent of Messaien. The long-note passages…and their harmonic suspensions are wonderful. I impatiently await the completion of this Symphony” —William Zagorski, Fanfare

Steven Block is the Chair of the Department of Music at the University of New Mexico, having served as the head of the program since the turn of the century.

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1 BIRTHDAY MINIATURES (2016)
oboe, OR clarinet in Eb, piano

2 CHEMICAL WEDDING (1975)
5fl/pic,hn,tpt,tbn,btbn,3perc

3 DARKNESS SONGS (1980)
fl/pic/alfl,ob/eh,pf, perc,vcl,cb-w/opt reciter or group narration

4 Elisha and the Bears, An Obnoxious Operetta in One Swift Act (2014)
cl, piano/toy piano, 2perc, violin, male and female voices

5 EVENINGSPUN/BLACK (1973)
pf

6 FIRE TIGER (1977)
vln,pf

7 Five Plainchants for Clarinet (2009)
A cl, Bb cl, Bass cl, one player

8 MISSA "DE PROFUNDIS" (1978)
SSATTBB

9 MOANING SEA & WIND (1976)
fl/pic,cl, bcl&Ebcl,tpt,2 perc,str:1-1-1-1,pf,speaker

10 OH LLAMA DE AMOR VIVA! (2016)
Baritone, piano

11 PHANTASMAGORIA (1987)
ch orch: 1/pic/alfl-1/eh -1/bcl-2/cbsn; 1-1(C)-0-btbn-0; perc; hp; pf; str:1-0-1-1-1

12 PIANO SONATA NO.1 (1982)
pf

15 PLAYERS(A Suite for Dancers) (1982)
pic/fl-1-1-1,elec pf,perc

16 PUTTIN' IT TOGETHER (2016)
alto sax, ten sax, 2cb, trap set

17 QUARTET (1993)
ob/Eh,cl/bscl,vcl,pf

18 ROCKIN' PNEUMONIA (1984)
fl/pic,ob,cl,perc,pf,vln,vcl(amp)

19 Saint Michael Prayer (2006)
SATB Unaccompanied Choir

20 SHADOWS (for Orch) (1993)
pic-2-2-eh-Ebcl-2 -2-cbsn,4-3(C)-2-btbn-0,perc(4),hp,pf/cel,3-3-2-3-1

21 STRING QUARTET NO.1 (1979)
2-1-1

22 STRING QUARTET NO.2 (1989)
string quartet

23 SWEET SOULLESS SOLSTICE (2016)
solo flute

24 THELONIOUS REX (1982)
cl,tpt,btbn,pf/elec, pcn,cb

25 TOUCHING (1974)
ch.orch:picc-1-al.fl-1-1-2,2-1(C)-2-0,pf, 2 perc,str.div.

26 TUMBLER OF GOD, THE (Opera in 3 acts) (1981)
solo voices,choir,orch:2/pic/alfl-2/ehn-2(Bb)/Eb-bcl-2/cbsn, 2-2-2-btbn-0,2perc,str

27 TWO LORDS,(2 MADRIGALS) (1987)
satb,pf(or handbells)

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