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Anthony Louis SCARMOLIN (1890-1969)

The Caliph - Dance (1948), Three Miniatures (1920)
Three Preludes (1995), The Sunlit Pool (1951)
Invocation (1947), Variations on a Folk Song (1953)
Arioso for strings (1953), Prelude (1964)
Concert Piece for trumpet and strings (1962)

Review by Rob Barnett

Peter SCHICKELE (b. 1953)

A Year in the Catskills (2009)
Gardens (1968)
What Did You Do Today at Jeffrey’s House? (1988)
Dream Dances (1988)
Diversions (1963)

Review by Kevin Sutton

Paul SCHOENFIELD (b. 1947)

Six British Folk Songs (1985)
Peccadilloes (1997)
Refractions (2006)

Review by Oleg Ledeniov

Camp Songs (2001)
Ghetto Songs

Reviews by Oleg Ledeniov and Dan Morgan

William SCHUMAN (1910-1992)

The symphonies and orchestral works

Reviews by Rob Barnett and Gary Higginson

Violin Concerto (1947 rev 1954, 1958)
New England Triptych (1956)
Variations on America (Ives, orch. Schuman)

Review by Rob Barnett

Symphony No. 4 (1941)
Orchestra Song (1963)
Circus Overture (1944)
Symphony No. 9 (‘Le fosse ardéatine’) (1967)

Reviews by John Quinn and John Phillips

Symphony No. 7 (1960)
Symphony No. 10 ('American Muse') (1976)

Reviews by Rob Barnett and John Quinn

Symphony No. 3 (1941)
Symphony No. 5 ('Symphony for Strings') (1943)
Judith (1949)

Reviews by Rob Barnett and John Quinn

A Song of Orpheus (1960-61)

Reviews by Dan Morgan and Bob Briggs

Symphony No. 6 (1948)
Prayer in a Time of War (1943)
New England Triptych (1956)

Reviews by Rob Barnett and Nick Barnard

Symphony 8 (1962)
Night Journey (1947)
Variations on ‘America’ (Ives, arr. Schumann, 1891/1964)

Reviews by Rob Barnett and Nick Barnard

Joseph SCHWANTNER (b. 1943)

Sparrows (1979)
Soaring (1986)
Distant Runes and Incantations (1984, arr. 1987)
Two Poems of Aguedo Pizarro (1980)
Music of Amber (1981)

Reviews by Hubert Culot and Gwyn Parry-Jones

Percussion Concerto (1994)
Morning's Embrace (2005)
Chasing Light (2008)

Review by Byzantion and Paul Godfrey

Gerard SCHWARZ (b. 1945)

In memoriam (2005)

Reviews by Robert Hugill and Bob Briggs

Rudolf and Jeanette (2007)

Reviews by Oleg Ledeniov and Dan Morgan

Ruth Crawford SEEGER (1901-1953)

Suite for five wind instruments and piano (1927 revised 1929)
Sonata for violin and piano (1925-26)
Two Ricercari (Poems of H T Tsiang) (1932)
Prelude No.1 – Andante (1924)
Prelude No.9 – Tranquillo (1928)
Study in Mixed Accents (1930)
Diaphonic Suite No.1 for flute (1930)
Diaphonic Suite No.2 for bassoon and cello (1930)
Three Songs (Poems of Carl Sandburg) (1930, 1932)

Reviews by Rob Barnett and Jonathan Woolf

Roger SESSIONS (1896-1985)

Quintet for two violins, two violas and cello (1958)
Canons (to the memory of Igor Stravinsky) for string quartet (1971)
Six Pieces for Solo Cello (1966)
String Quartet No. 1 in E minor (1938)

Reviews by Michael Cookson and Jonathan Woolf

Bright SHENG (1955-)

Red Silk Dance (1999)
Tibetan Swing (2002)
The Phoenix (2004)
H’un (1988)

Review by Glyn Pursglove

Elie SIEGMEISTER (1909-1991)

Piano Music Vol. 1
American Sonata (1944), On This Ground (1971)
Theme and Variations No. 2 (1971)
Piano Sonata No. 4 (1980), Piano Sonata No. 5 (1987)

Review by Rob Barnett

Piano Music Vol. 2
Sunday in Brooklyn (1946), Piano Sonata No. 2 (1964)
Theme and Variations No. 1 (1932)
Piano Sonata No. 3 (1979), From These Shores (1985)

Review by Rob Barnett

Roberto SIERRA (b. 1953)

Vestigios rituales (1984)
Conjuros (1982)
Trio tropical (1991)
Cinco bocetos (1984)
Glosa a la sombra (1987)
Descarga, for piano and ten instruments (1987-90)

Reviews by Dan Morgan and Byzantion

Piano Trio no.1 Trío Tropical (1991)
Piano Trio no.2 (2002)
Piano Trio no.3 Romántico (2008)
Fanfarria, Aria y Movimiento Perpetuo, for violin and piano (2000)

Reviews by Byzantion and Gary Higginson

Missa Latina (2005)

Reviews by Brian Reinhart and Nick Barnard

Fandangos, for orchestra (2000)
Sinfonía no.4 (2008-09)
Carnaval, for orchestra (2007)

Reviews by Byzantion, Bert Bailey and David Dunsmore

Sinfonia No. 3 'La Salsa' (2005)
BorikÚn (2005)
El Baile (2012)
Beyond the Silence of Sorrow (2002)

Review by Paul Corfield Godfrey
Cantares (2015)
LoÝza (2014-2015)
Triple Concerto (2015)

Review by Mike Parr

Haskell SMALL (1949-)

Lullaby of War (2007)
Renoir's Feast (2005)
Three Etudes in Sound (1993)

Review by Byzantion

John Philip SOUSA (1854-1932)

On Stage
The Bride Elect (1897)
People Who Live in Glass Houses
El Capitan (1895)
Our Flirtations (1880)

Review by Rob Barnett

At the Symphony

Review by Rob Barnett

Music For Wind Band Vol. 1
Marches: Hands across the Sea, Manhattan Beach, The Invincible Eagle, Hail to the Spirit of Liberty, Colonial Dames, Imperial Edward, Foshay Tower (Washington Memorial), Daughters of Texas, Kansas Wildcats, Power and Glory
Looking Upward (suite)
Humoresque of George Gershwin's Swanee

Review by Simon Jenner

Music for Wind Band Vol. 2
Marches: The Royal Welsh Fusiliers, The Fairest of the Fair, Wisconsin Forward Forever, Solid Men to the Front, King Cotton, Bullets and Bayonets
Songs of Grace and Songs of Glory
Willow Blossoms
Suite at the Movies: The Serenaders, The Crafty Villain and the Timid Maid, Balance All and Swing Partners
Rose, Shamrock and Thistle

Review by Raymond Walker

Music for Wind Band Vol. 3
The Corcoran Cadets (1890), Semper Fidelis (1888)
Selections from 'The Free Lance' (1905)
The New York Hippodrome (1916), La Flor di Sevilla (1929)
Waltzes from 'El Capitan' (1896)
A Century of Progress (1931), The White Rose (1917)
The Last Days of Pompeii (1893)
With Pleasure – Dance Hilarious (1912)
The Belle of Chicago (1892), The National Game (1925)

Reviews by Raymond Walker and Don Satz

Music For Wind Band Vol. 4
Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (1922)
Sesqui-Centennial Exposition (1926)
Tales of a Traveler (1911), Riders for the Flag (1927)
Ancient and Honorable Artillery Co. (1924)
Coeds of Michigan (1925), Pathfinder of Panama (1915)
The Glory of the Yankee Navy (1909)
Bride Elect Selections (1898), The Aviators (1931)
The Stars and Stripes Forever (1896)

Reviews by Patrick Gary and Jonathan Woolf

Music for Wind Band Vol. 5
The Minnesota March (1927), The Thunderer (1889), The Charlatan Waltzes (1898), The Pride of the Wolverines (1926), University of Nebraska (1928), The Gallant Seventh (1922), Powhattan’s Daughter (1907), Cubaland - Suite in three parts (1925), George Washington Bicentennial (1930), The Diplomat (1904), The Directorate (1894), Our Flirtation (1880), Sabre and Spurs (1918), The Atlantic City Pageant (1927)

Review by Patrick Waller

Music for Wind Band Vol. 6
Easter Monday on the White House Lawn (1928)
The Golden Star (1919), The Dauntless Battalion (1922)
Sextet from The Bride Elect (1897), The Federal March (1910)
Three Quotations (1895), Liberty Bell (1893)
The Gridiron Club (1926), La Reine de la Mer (1886)
The Chariot Race (1890), The Gladiator (1886)
New Mexico March (1928), The Picador March (1889)

Review by Patrick Waller

Music for Wind Band Vol. 7
America First (1916), The Presidential Polonaise (1886)
The Rifle Regiment March (1886), Intaglio Waltzes (1884)
Congress Hall March (1882), El Capitan March (1896)
Golden Jubilee March (1928), Sheridan’s Ride (1891)
The Bride-Elect March (1897), The Charlatan March (1898)
Sounds from the Revivals (1896)
The Naval Reserve March (1917)
The Black Horse Troop March (1924)

Review by John Sheppard

Music for Wind Band Vol. 8
The High School Cadets (1890) The Northern Pines (1931)
Selections from El Capitan (1895)
Boy Scouts of America (1916) Crusader March (1888)
Oh, Warrior Grim (1895) On the Campus (1920)
Jack Tar (1903) Comrades of the Legion (1920)
Pride of Pittsburgh (1901) At the King’s Court (1904)
The Washington Post (1899)

Review by Raymond Walker

Music for wind band Vol. 9
From Maine to Oregon, The Charlatan
Flags of Freedom, Nymphalin
The Dwellers of the Western World
The Man behind the Gun, The Lily Bells
The Chantyman’s March, When my dreams come true
US Field Artillery March, Harmonica Wizard March
University of Illinois March

Review by John Sheppard

Music for wind band Vol. 11
Mother Hubbard March, Keeping step with the Union March
In Parlor and Street Fantasy, Wolverine March
Globe and Eagle March, In Pulpit and Pew Fantasy
On Parade March, Tally Ho Overture, We are coming March
Liberty Loan March, National Fencibles March
Guide Right March, You’re the Flower of my Heart, Bonnie Annie Laurie March

Review by John Sheppard

Music for wind band Vol. 12
Sound Off March, Peaches and Cream, Transit of Venus March
Marching Through Georgia - Patrol, Maidens Three - Suite
Mikado March, The Honored Dead - Funeral March, Marquette University March
Revival March, Chris and the Wonderful Lamp - Overture, Right Forward March
Leaves From My Notebook - Suite, Right-Left March

Reviews by Rob Barnett and John Sheppard

Music for wind band Vol. 13
Occidental March, Mother Goose March, Katherine, While Navy Ships are Coaling
Chris and the Wonderful Lamp, President Garfield’s Inaugural March
President Garfield’s Funeral March ‘In Memoriam’, Resumption March
Gallagher and Shean, Paroles D’Amour, Camera Studies, White Plume March

Review by Brian Wilson

Music for wind band Vol. 14
March of the Royal Trumpets, The American Maid: Overture, The Triton Medley,
Listen to My Tale of Woe, The Lambs, Esprit de Corps, El Capitan and His Friends,
The Circumnavigators Club, The Loyal Legion, The International Congress

Review by Steven Vasta

Music for wind band Vol. 16

Review by Bruce McCollum

Music for wind band Vol. 17

Review by Bruce McCollum

Leo SOWERBY (1895-1968)

Works for Organ and Orchestra
Classic Concerto (1944)
Medieval Poem (1926)
Pageant (1931)
Festival Musick (1953)

Review by Rob Barnett

William Grant STILL (1895-1978)

In Memoriam (1943)
Africa (Symphonic Poem) (1930)
Symphony No. 1 Afro-American (1930)

Review by John France

Three Visions (1935)
Seven Traceries (1939)
The Blues [from the ballet Lenox Avenue] (1937)
A Deserted Plantation (1933)
Africa (1928) (arr. for piano by Verna Arvey)

Review by Jonathan Woolf

Symphony No. 5 Western Hemisphere (1945, rev. 1970)
Poem for Orchestra (1944)
Symphony No. 4 Autochthonous (1947)

Reviews by Bob Briggs, Rob Barnett and Nick Barnard

Wood Notes (1947)
Symphony No. 2 in G minor Song of a New Race (1937)
Symphony No. 3 The Sunday Symphony (1958)

Review by William Kreindler

Can’t You Line ’Em (1940)
Three Visions – No. 2. Summerland (1936)
Quit Dat Fool’nish (1935)
Pastorela (1946)
American Suite (c. 1918)
Fanfare for the 99th Fighter Squadron (1945)
Serenade (1957)
Violin Suite (1943)
Threnody: In Memory of Jean Sibelius (1965)

Reviews by Rob Barnett and William Kreindler

George Templeton STRONG (1856-1948)

Symphony No. 2 ('Sintram') (1887-88)
Chorale on a Theme of Leo Hassler (1929)

Reviews by Rob Barnett and Ian Lace

Die Nacht (1913)
Le Roi Arthur (1916)

Review by Rob Barnett

Ondine (1882-3; rev. 1939)
Suite No. 1
Suite No. 2 “Athens”
Suite No. 3

Review by Ian Lace

Steven STUCKY (1949-2016)

Concerto for Orchestra No. 2 (2004)

Reviews by Dan Morgan and John Quinn

Art TATUM (1909-1956)

Tea for Two, St. Louis Blues, Tiger Rag, Aunt Hagar’s Blues, Humoresque, Sweet Lorraine, Get Happy, The Jitterbug Waltz, Tatum Pole Boogie, Cherokee, Lover, Come Back to Me!, Elegy, Hallelujah, Willow Weep for Me, Emaline, Yesterdays,
I Know That You Know

Reviews by Steve Arloff and Jonathan Woolf

Deems TAYLOR (1885-1966)

Through the Looking Glass, Op 12 (1919-21)

Review by Brian Reinhart

Peter Ibbetson

Reviews by John Sheppard and William Kreindler

Andy TEIRSTEIN (b. 1957)

Open Crossings

Review by Jonathan Woolf

Edward THOMAS (b. 1924)

Desire Under The Elms

Reviews by Rob Barnett and John Quinn

Randall THOMPSON (1899-1984)


Review by Paul Corfield Godfrey

Symphony No. 2 in E minor

Reviews by Bob Stevenson and John Quinn

Virgil THOMSON (1896-1989)

Symphony on a Hymn Tune (1928)
Symphony No. 2 (1931-41)
Symphony No. 3 (1972)
Pilgrims and Pioneers (1964)

Reviews by Ian Lace and Adrian Smith

Synthetic Waltzes (1925)
Four Songs to Poems of Thomas Campion (1951)
Sonata for Violin and Piano (1930)
Two by Marianne Moore (1963)
Praises and Prayers (1963)

Review by Jonathan Woolf

The Plow That Broke the Plains (1936)
The River (1937)

Reviews by Bob Briggs and Dan Morgan

Cello Concerto (1945-50)

Reviews by Dan Morgan and Bob Briggs

Three Portraits (arr. Samuel Dushkin) (1944)
Five Ladies (1983)
Eight Portraits (1928-1940)

Reviews by Patrick Gary and Dan Morgan

Ernest TOCH (1887-1964)

Tanz-Suite, Op.30 (1923-4)
Concerto for Cello and Chamber Orchestra, Op.35 (1924-5)

Review by Glyn Pursglove

Violin Sonata No.2 Op.44 (1928)
Burlesken for Piano Op.31 (1923)
Three Impromptus for Cello Op.90c (1963)
Quintet for piano, two violins, viola and cello Op.64 (1938)

Reviews by Jonathan Woolf and Bob Briggs

Michael TORKE (b.1961)

An American Abroad (1998-2001)
Jasper (1998-2001)
Rapture - Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra (1998-2001)

Review by Neil Horner and Hubert Culot

Bright Blue Music (1985)

Reviews by Nick Barnard and William Kreindler

Joan TOWER (b. 1938)

In Memory (2002), Big Sky (2000), Wild Purple (1998), Holding a Daisy (1996), Or Like Engine (1994),
Vast Antique Cubes (2000), Throbbing Still (2000),
Island Prelude (1989)

Review by Hubert Culot

Made in America (2005)
Tambor (1998)
Concerto for Orchestra (1991)

Reviews by Leslie Wright and Julie Williams

Stroke (2010)
Violin Concerto (1991)
Chamber Dance (2006)

Review by Leslie Wright

Sequoia (1981)

Reviews by Dan Morgan and Leslie Wright

George TSONTAKIS (b. 1951)

Anasa for clarinet and orchestra (2011)
True Colours for trumpet and orchestra (2012)
Unforgettable for two violins and orchestra (2009/2013)

Reviews by Gary Higginson and Stephen Barber

Stanley WALDEN (b. 1932)

Maquettes for two pianos (2001)
Sh’mah - duo for violin and cello (2002)
Five Similes for piano (1989)
Trio for horn, violin and piano (2003)

Review by Jonathan Woolf

George WALKER (b. 1922)

String Quartet No. 2 (1968)
Poem (1987)
Lyric for Strings (1946)
Five Fancies (1974)
Modus, various songs

Review by William Kreindler

Dan WELCHER (b. 1948)

Haleakala: How Maui Snared the Sun (1991)
Prairie Light: Three Texas Watercolors of Georgia O’Keeffe (1985)
Clarinet Concerto (1989)

Reviews by Robert Hugill and Jonathan Woolf

Scott WHEELER (b. 1952)


Reviews by Byzantion

Eric WHITACRE (b. 1970)

Choral music

Review by John Quinn

Meredith WILLSON (1902-1984)

Symphony No. 1 ('A Symphony of San Francisco') (1936)
Symphony No. 2 (' The Missions of California') (1939)

Review by Rob Barnett

Bruce WOLOSOFF (1955-)

Songs without Words: Eighteen Divertimenti for String Quartet (2008)

Reviews by Brian Reinhart and Oleg Ledeniov

Max WOLPERT (b. 1993)

Viola Concerto No.1 ‘Giants’

Reviews by Jim Westhead and Stephen Greenbank

Charles WUORINEN (b. 1938)

String Sextet (1989)
Second String Quartet (1979)
Divertimento (1982)
Piano Quintet (1994) [24:45]

Review by Dominy Clements

Tashi (1975)
Percussion Quartet (1994)
Fortune (1979)

Reviews by Glyn Pursglove and Brian Burtt

Dante Trilogy (1993-96)

Review by Glyn Pursglove

Scherzo (2007)
First String Quartet (1971)
Viola Variations (2008)
Second Piano Quintet

Review by Mark Sealey

Ronn YEDIDIA (1955-)

World Dance [8:31]
Farewell, Nathaniel [7:40]
Poème [13:02]
Nocturne [7:28]
Concertino [17:44]
Impromptu [5:51]

Review by John Whitmore

Judith Lang ZAIMONT (b. 1945)

Chroma - Northern Lights (1985)
Symphony 2, Remember Me (2000)

Review by Bob Briggs

Sonata (2000)
Nocturne - La fin de siècle (1979)
A Calendar Set (1978)

Review by Paul Godfrey

Ellen Taaffe ZWILICH (b. 1939)

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (1998)
Rituals for five percussionists and orchestra (2002)

Reviews by John Phillips and Colin Clarke


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