Catalogue | Orchestral :: Imaginary Numbers

Imaginary Numbers (2015) | for oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, and orchestra
Commissioned by Paul and Linnea Bert in honor of their longtime friendship with Dede and Tony Spano and Robert Spano,
Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Duration: 25′
Instrumentation: 2.1.1.1/2.1.1.0/timpani/2 percussion/harp/oboe solo, clarinet solo, horn solo, bassoon solo/strings
I. Sky and Water
II. Duetti Misteriosi
III. Hymn of the Five Suns
IV. Mandelbrot’s Rondo
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Catalogue | Orchestral :: Ascending Light

Ascending Light (2015) | for organ and orchestra
Commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons, Music Director, with generous support provided by the
Gomidas Organ Fund, in memory of Berj Zamkochian and commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
Duration: 28′
Instrumentation: 3 (3rd dbl. Picc.).3 (3rd dbl. E.H.).3 (3rd dbl. B. Cl.).3 (3rd dbl. Cbsn.)/4.3.3.1/Timp./3 Perc./Hp./ Organ solo/Strings
I. Vis Vitalis (Grand, Majestic) ~ II. Lullaby of Tigranakert /Variations, Scherzo, Reverie ~ Coda: Aravot lousaber (Ascending light)
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»  Watch excerpts from world premiere at Boston’s Symphony Hall on 26 March, 2015.

Catalogue | Orchestral :: The Queen and the Conjurer

The Queen and the Conjurer (2013) | Tarot-derived score titles and program by Dana Bonstrom
Commissioned by the Boston Landmarks Orchestra and the Conservatory Lab Charter School.
Duration: 9′ 30″
Instrumentation: 2 (2nd dbl. Picc.).2.2.2/4.2.3.1/Timp./3 Perc./Hp./ Strings
(also includes an optional/companion scoring for youth orchestra: 5.0.4.0/0.5.2.0/4 Perc./Strings)
The Queen and the Conjurer

Catalogue | Orchestral . Choral :: Chesapeake: Summer of 1814

Chesapeake: Summer of 1814 (2013) | for SATB chorus and orchestra; Historical Narrative by Dana Bonstrom
Commissioned by the the Reno Philharmonic Association in commemoration of the writing of the “Star-Spangled Banner” by Frances Scott Key in 1814.
Duration: ~28′
Instrumentation: 2(2nd dbl. Picc.).2(2nd dbl. E.H.).2.2(2nd dbl. Cbsn.)/4.2.3.1/Timp./3 Perc./Hp./SATB Chorus/Strings

Catalogue | Orchestral . Choral :: Only Converge: An Exaltation of Place

Only Converge: An Exaltation of Place (2012) | for SATB chorus and orchestra; Lyrics by Dana Bonstrom
Commissioned by the Grant Park Orchestral Association for the Grant Park Orchestra & Chorus; Carlos Kalmar, Principal Conductor; Christopher Bell, Chorus Director.
Duration: ~27′
Instrumentation: 3(3rd dbl. Picc).3(3rd dbl. E.H.).3(3rd dbl. B.Cl.).3 (3rd dbl. Cbsn)/4.3.2.1/Tuba/Timp./3 Perc./Hp./Pno./SATB Chorus/Strings
I. Chicago, Summer of ’62
II. Millennium Rising

Catalogue | Orchestral :: Concerto for Clarinet and Bassoon (From Eve’s of Reeds)

Concerto for Clarinet and Bassoon (From Eve’s of Reeds) (2011)
Commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University for Erin Svoboda (clarinet), Richard Svoboda (bassoon) and the Melrose Symphony Orchestra, Yoichi Udagawa, conductor.
Duration: 23′
Instrumentation: 2.2.2.2/2.2.0.0/Timp./2 Perc./Strings/ Bb Clarinet Solo, Bassoon Solo
I. Contour and Shadow
II. Words Unspoken
III. Flow
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Catalogue | Orchestral :: Q.E.D.: Engaging Richard Feynman

Q.E.D.: Engaging Richard Feynman (2010) | for SATB chorus and orchestra
Commissioned by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus.
Premiere performance dates: June 3, 5, 6, 2010, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia, Robert Spano, conductor; Norman Mackenzie, Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus.
Duration: 25′
Instrumentation: 3(3rd dbl. Picc).3(3rd dbl. E.H.).3(3rd dbl. B.Cl.).3 (3rd dbl. Cbsn)/4.3.3.1/Timp./3 Perc./Hp./Pno./SATB Chorus/Strings
I. On Waking
II. Song of the Universal

Physicist Richard Feynman

Catalogue | Orchestral :: Of Angels and Neurones

Of Angels and Neurones (2009)
Commissioned by Tonu Kalam and the University of North Carolina’s 10×10 Commissioning Project with funds from Carolina Performing Arts.
Premiere performance by the University of North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, Tonu Kalam, conductor, October 2009.
Duration: 18′
Instrumentation: 3(3rd dbl. Picc.).3 (3rd dbl. E.H.). 3 (3rd dbl. Bass Cl.). 3 (3rd dbl. Cbsn.)/4.3.3.1/Timp./3 Perc./Hp./Strings
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Catalogue | Orchestral :: Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra

Da Vinci | Vitruvian Man

Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra (2009)
Commissioned by Yoichi Udagawa and the Melrose Symphony Orchestra.
Duration: 20′
Instrumentation: 2.2.2.2/2.2.0.0/timp./1 perc./strings/Bassoon Solo

Catalogue | Orchestral :: The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

The Garden of Cosmic Speculation
The Garden of Cosmic Speculation (2007)
This newly expanded version of ‘Impressions from The Garden of Cosmic Speculation’
was commissioned by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Movements I, II, III and XI were commissioned by the Tanglewood Music Center in 2004.
It is intended that any arrangement of movements, in any order, may be selected for a given performance.
11-movement combined duration: 70′
Instrumentation: 3.3.3.3/4.3.3.1/timp./3 perc./hp/pno/strings
Part I: [Movement times in brackets. *]
Part II:
The Garden of the Senses Suite (in six movements): [total time for suite: 13’54″; all midi/sequenced]:
Gigue (Vision)/Chorale (The Sixth Sense: Intuition) [4:07]
Part III:
* All times based on actual performance data, not midi-realization times.
 

Catalogue | Orchestral :: Impressions from ‘The Garden of Cosmic Speculation’

The Nonsense
Impressions from ‘The Garden of Cosmic Speculation’ (2004)
Commissioned by the Tanglewood Music Center.
Duration: 23′
Instrumentaion: 3.3.3.3/4.3.3.1/timp./3 perc./hp/pno/strings
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Catalogue | Orchestral :: Pinocchio’s Adventures in Funland

Pinocchio
Pinocchio’s Adventures in Funland (1999) | libretto by Dana Bonstrom
Commissioned by the Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center (NYC).
Duration: 30′
Instrumentation: 2.2.2.2/2.1.1.0 piano, percussion, strings, narrator
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Pinocchio

Catalogue | Orchestral :: Points of Departure

Points of Departure (1988)
Commissioned by the Orpheus, St. Paul and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestras through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Duration: 17′
Instrumentation: 2.2.2.2/2.0.0.0 strings
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