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Garrett List - Composer

For 40 years, Garrett List composed an impressive amount of pieces, whether it’s chamber music, cantatas, music for jazz orchestras, symphonic music or even music for solo instrument.

The 70’


For Summer (1971) – Piano solo

For Piano (1971) – Piano solo

On the Natural Harmonics Of Found Objects (1972) – 3-25 participants

Through Line Meditation (1972) – Brass Choir - 16 Instruments

Wind Study (1972) – Wind orchestra - free instrumentation

Your Own Self (1972) – Cantata for Instruments, voices and rhythm section - free instrumentation - Text by Garrett List

Songs (1972) – For Strings, Winds, Percussion and Piano from 4-20 instruments

Resonance Music (1972) – Amplified Clarinet, Viola, Trombone and Piano - Melodies from “Now and How” 4-20 instruments - free instrumentation

Elegy : To the People of Chile (1973) – Piano solo or for 4-20 instruments - free instrumentation

Orchestral Etudes (1975) – 4 melodic and 4 rhythmic studies for 4-20 instruments - free instrumentation

I Am Electric (1976) – For Big Band - 5,4,4,3

The Symphony No. A-1 (1976) – For any number of improvising musicians and soloists - Text by Garrett List

Ludlow – Cantata for 4 Voices and 4-10 instruments - free instrumentation - Text by Ed Friedman

Standard Existence (1977) – Cantata for Strings, Winds, Rhythm Section and Solo Voice - Texts by Studs Terkel, Jacky Apple, Garrett List

American Images (1977) – Cantata for improvising ensemble - Computer generated text

Homage à Giovanni Gabrieli – Tall buildings (1978) – Cantata for Strings, Brass, Choir (SATB) Rhythm Section and Amplification

The Black Star Pilgrimage (1979) – For Improvising Soloists, Voice and Symphony Orchestra - Text by Ed Friedman

And various Songs, Melodies and things for improvisers :

- Songs With Ed Friedman - Fly Hollywood, Romance, It Takes Imagination, Something Like Paradise

- The Canyon Song (from Ludlow)



- She Comes By Night, Local Loan, Another April, Conversations (w/ Genie Sherman)

- Edith’s Eyes, Doo-Dah, Slugging Rocks, Fire and Ice(Robert Frost), You Are More Beautiful Than The Sky And The Sea, My Mothers Belly(Blaise Cendrars) Now and How, The Bird

The 80’


A Requiem for Helen Lopez (1980) – Piano and 4-10 instruments - free instrumentation

Flesh and Steel (1982) – Piano and 4-12 instruments - free instrumentation

The Man Ray Cycles – Music for the 4 silent films of Man Ray ((1983) – Solo Voice and Trombone

Hotel des Etrangers (1983) – Piano and 4-10 instruments - free instrumentation - Text by Blaise Cendrars

B… (d’après Charles Baudelaire) (1984) – Piano and 4-10 instruments - free instrumentation

Preludes and Songs for Orpheo (1984) – Cantata for 2 solo voices, Fl, Clar, Alto Saxophone, Trb. 2 Perc, Clavier, Strings - Text by Francoise Walot and Garrett list

Music for Silent Films (1984-90) – The Battleship Potemkin (Eisenstein), La Coquille et le Clergyman (Germaine Dulac), The Doll, The Oyster Princess (Ernst Lubitch), Moana (Robert J. Flaherty), For Various Ensembles

Temporary Storms – Music for Dance (1985) – Choreography by Kitty Cortez Lynch - Solo Trombone and Electronics

La Véritable Histoire de Julliette et Roméo – Une Comédie Musicale (1987) – Scenario by Chiquét Mahwet

Music for Trees (1987 – 89)

The Human Relations Suite (1987-8) – Solo Trombone and Synthesized Midi Orchestra

Minimal Tendencies (1988) – For Big Band - 5,4,4,3

Hoping Hipply (1988) – For Big Band - 5,4,4,3

The Comedy of Suffering (1988) – For Big Band - 5,4,4,3

The Song of Oneness (1988) – For Big Band - 5,4,4,3

Reggae Dream (1988) – For Big Band - 5,4,4,3

Five Propositions (1983 – 89) – For 4-25 Improvising Musicians

6 Spheres (1989) – For 3-5 Trombones

Various Songs, melodies and things for improvisers :

- Chinoiserie
- Le Miracle de la Nature
- At the Heart of the World

The 90’


Anyone Lived In A Pretty How Town – For Soprano & Alto voice, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Trumpet, 2 Trombones, Guitar, Bass, Drums - Text by e.e. cummings

Emily – For Soprano & Alto Voice, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Trumpet, 2 Trombones, Guitar, Bass, Drums - Text by Emily Dickenson

Time and Place – The LA Riots (1992) – For String Quartet

Fishtracks (1992) – For choreography by Bud Blumenthal - Trombone, Voice and Synthesized Midi Orchestra

Avna (1993) – For choreography by Michel Noiret - For Electronic Sounds

5 Aba’s (1993-4) – For Solo Piano

Apollo’s Tango (1994-5) – For Strings, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Accordion and/or Piano, Bass - Text by Garrett List

The Unbearably Light (1994) – For Strings, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Trumpet, Piano and Bass

Tollund (1994) – for choreography by Michel Noiret - For Clarinet and Sampled Sounds Played Live

The 14 Ages of the Moon (1995) – For Symphony Orchestra - After “Un rêve pour qu’elle revienne” by TOUT asbl

Five Rounds For One Year (1995) – For Symphony Orchestra - After “12 étoiles pour un rêve” by TOUT asbl

Voyage (1996) – For 4-12 instrument - free instrumentation, Accordion and/or Piano and Bass

The Verlaine Mix (1997) – For Soprano, Flute,Violoncello, Piano, Percussion - Text by Paul Verlaine

Crazy Love (1997) – For Strings, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano, Bass

The Dialogue of Time and Space (1997) – For Strings, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano, Bass

Exotica (1996) – Flute, Violin, Cello, Synthesizer