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DANIEL DORFF

DANIEL DORFF

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Recordings

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Daniel Dorff’s music has been performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, commissioned five times by the Philadelphia Orchestra’s education department resulting in over 20 performances, and commissioned twice by the Minnesota Orchestra’s Kinder Konzert series which has performed his music over 200 times.

Dorff’s works have also been performed by the Baltimore Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Aspen Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, and Eastman Wind Ensemble; chamber concerts of the Chicago Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, and Oregon Symphony; on the 1998 Chicago Symphony Radiothon, by clarinetists of the Berlin Philharmonic and Vienna Philharmonic, and by pianist Marc-André Hamelin, clarinetist John Bruce Yeh, flutists Jean-Pierre Rampal, Donald Peck, Mimi Stillman, and Gary Schocker; and conducted by maestros Alan Gilbert and Wolfgang Sawallisch. Other commissions have come from Walfrid Kujala, the Colorado Symphony’s Up Close and Musical series, Sacramento Symphony, Young Audiences, American Composers Forum, Ithaca College School of Music, Symphony in C (formerly Haddonfield Symphony), Network for New Music, National Flute Association Piccolo Committee, Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, and other organizations. Dorff has also created arrangements for Sir James Galway and pop musicians Keith Emerson and Lisa Loeb.

Highlights of the 2010-11 season include Three Fun Fables performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, 48 performances of Three Fun Fables on the Minnesota Orchestra's Kinder Konzert series; performances of Three Fun Fables and Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the Parlance Chamber Concerts series featuring members of the Metropolitan Opera orchestra; Flash! for piccolo and band featuring Linda Toote with the Boston University Wind Ensemble; the world premiere by Cindy Anne Broz of Woodland Reverie for solo flute at the National Flute Association's annual convention; the world premiere by Lois Herbine of Tweet for solo piccolo at the National Flute Association's annual convention; the world premiere of newly-commissioned Perennials for flute, clarinet, and piano, details t.b.a.; the world premiere of It Takes Four to Tango by the Flûtes de Salon ensemble, and the long-awaited publication of the piano-vocal score to the opera Stone Soup. Dorff gave pre-concert talks about Stravinsky to Philadelphia Orchestra audiences in April 2011, as well as to Symphony In C audiences throughout the season. Commissions for the 2011-12 season include a flute sonata commissioned by Cindy Anne Broz.

Symphony In C (formerly Haddonfield Symphony) has recorded an all-Dorff CD recently released on Bridge Records, featuring Ann Crumb and Ukee Washington as narrators, conducted by Rossen Milanov. The companion coloring book for his narrated work Billy and the Carnival is now given out annually to young audiences at the Colorado Symphony's educational concerts. Laurel Zucker recently released August Idyll for solo flute on Cantilena Records, and in May 2010 flutist Pam Youngblood released Dorff's 9 Walks Down 7th Avenue and his flute/piano transcription of Ives's Variations on "America" on Azica Records.

Daniel Dorff was born in New Rochelle, NY in 1956; acclaim came early with First Prize in the Aspen Music Festival’s annual composers’ competition at age 18 for his Fantasy, Scherzo and Nocturne for saxophone quartet. Dorff received degrees in composition from Cornell and University of Pennsylvania; his teachers included George Crumb, George Rochberg, Karel Husa, Henry Brant, Ralph Shapey, Elie Siegmeister, and Richard Wernick. He studied saxophone with Sigurd Rascher. In 1996, Dorff was named Composer-In-Residence for Symphony in C (formerly Haddonfield Symphony), in which he played bass clarinet from 1980 through 2002.

Daniel Dorff serves as Vice President of Publishing for Theodore Presser Company; he is a sought-after expert on music engraving and notation, having lectured at many colleges as well as Carnegie Hall, and advising the leading notation software companies. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Music Publishers' Association of the USA, the Board of Directors of the National Flute Association, and the Executive Board of The Charles Ives Society.

Dorff’s compositions have been published by Theodore Presser Company, Carl Fischer, Lauren Keiser Music (formerly MMB), Elkan-Vogel, Shawnee Press, Mel Bay, Kendor Music, Tenuto Publications, and Golden Music, and recorded on the Bridge, Crystal, Cantilena, New Focus, Silver Crest, Barking Dog, Capstone, Orange Note, Farao Classics, Northbranch, Sea Breeze, Isis, and Meister labels.

For more information, please visit www.danieldorff.com

2011-05

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Works

Arrangements and Editions | Band and Wind Ensemble | Brass | Mixed Ensembles | Opera and Musical Theater for Children | Orchestra | Percussion Solos and Ensembles | Piano | Strings | Vocal and Choral | Woodwinds




Arrangements and Editions


"Spring Song" from Songs Without Words (Mendelssohn) arrangement for Clarinet Quartet (3 B-flats & Bass)
Available From Kendor Music


"Wir Eilen" from Cantata No. 78 (Bach) arrangement for Two Flutes and Piano
Published: #114-40838


"Wir Eilen" from Cantata No. 78 (Bach) arrangement for Two Violins and Piano
Published: #114-40867


A Treasury of Bach Duets 12 Familiar Favorites arranged for Flute and Clarinet
Fl. Cl.
Premiere Information: 22nd February, 2009; (excerpts) Cindy Anne Strong, Flute, Daniel Dorff, Clarinet. Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair, Reston, VA.


Air on a G String (Bach) arrangement for Clarinet Quartet (3 B-flats & Bass)
Available From Kendor Music


Alleluia ABC (Mozart) Alleluia from ‘Exsultate, Jubilate’ adapted to the alphabet
arranged for Soprano and Piano (or Orchestra)
Available From Composer


Ave Verum Corpus (Mozart) arrangement for Clarinet Quartet (3 B-flats & Bass)
Available From Kendor Music


Brahms’ Scherzo from "Piano Quintet in F Minor", Arrangement for Band
Published: #115-40188

Available Separately:

Full Score - Large (#115-40188F)
Set of parts (#115-40188P)


Clair de Lune (Debussy) arrangement for Mixed Octet
Fl. Cl. B.Tbn. Hp. Perc. Vln. Vcl. Cb.
Published: #114-41101

Available Separately:

Set of parts (#114-41101P)
Full Score - Large (#114-41101S)


Colonel Bogey March (Alford) arrangement for Clarinet Quartet (3 B-flats & Bass)
Available From Kendor Music


Concerto for Flute and String Quartet or Orchestra (Jerome Moross)
Published: #494-02315
Additional Information: Arrangement for Flute and Piano


Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Tchaikovsky) arrangement for Clarinet Quartet (3 B-flats & Bass)
Available From Kendor Music


Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Mozart) 1st movement theme arranged for Fl., Cl., Tbn., Hp., Triangle, Vln., Vcl., and Bass
Available From Composer


Foshay Tower Washington Memorial March for Band (Sousa), ed. Dorff
Published: #115-40190
Premiere Information: U.S. Marine Band, Baltimore & Washington D.C., April 6, 1988
Additional Information: First publication of this march, edited and restored manuscript.
Recordings

Available Separately:

Condensed Score (#115-40190C)
Full Score - Large (#115-40190F)
Set of parts (#115-40190P)


Funeral March of a Marionette (Gounod) arrangement for Clarinet Quartet (3 B-flats & Bass)
Available From Kendor Music


Gregorian Chants for Christmas
Published: #312-41700
Additional Information: Modern edition with modern notation and historical notes


Gregorian Chants for Easter
Published: #312-41711
Additional Information: Modern edition with modern notation and historical notes


Hallelujah Chorus from "Messiah" (Handel) arrangement for Clarinet Quartet (3 B-flats & Bass)
Available From Kendor Music


Largo from "New World Symphony" (Dvorak) arrangement for Violin and Vibraphone
Available From Composer


Magnificat (Gibbons) practical edition for SATB Chorus, a cappella
Published: #312-41489


My Bonny Lass (Morley) arrangement for Clarinet Quartet (3 B-flats & Bass)
Available From Kendor Music


My Bonny Lass She Smileth (Morley) arrangement for SAB Chorus and Piano
Published: #312-41575


My Bonny Lass She Smileth (Morley) practical edition for SSATB Chorus, a cappella
Published: #312-41492


Ode to Joy (Beethoven) arranged for Alto Saxophone and Piano
Published: #114-41241


Ode to Joy (Beethoven) arranged for Cello and Piano
Published: #114-41244


Ode to Joy (Beethoven) arranged for Clarinet and Piano
Published: #114-41242


Ode to Joy (Beethoven) arranged for Trumpet and Piano
Published: #114-41243


Ode to Joy (Beethoven) arranged for Violin and Piano
Published: #114-40779


Overture to "The Barber of Seville" (Rossini) arrangement for Clarinet Quartet (3 B-flats & Bass)
Published: #114-40847
Additional Information: Arrangement for Clarinet Quartet (3 B-flats & Bass)


Pachelbel Canon
Reviews


Pachelbel Canon arrangement for Woodwind Quintet
Published: #114-40406


Pachelbel Canon arrangement for Flute and Piano
Published: #114-40523


Pachelbel Canon arrangement for Alto Saxophone and Piano
Published: #114-40647


Pachelbel Canon arrangement for Violin and Piano
Published: #114-40648


Pachelbel Canon arrangement for B-flat Trumpet and Piano
Published: #114-40649


Pachelbel Canon arrangement for Euphonium and Piano
Published: #114-40660


Pachelbel Canon arrangement for Cello and Piano
Published: #114-40723


Pachelbel Canon arrangement for Viola and Piano
Published: #114-40757


Pachelbel Canon arrangement for B-flat Clarinet and Piano
Published: #114-40824


Pachelbel Canon arrangement for Two Flutes and Piano
Published: #114-40825


Pachelbel Canon arrangement for Horn and Piano
Published: #114-40826


Pachelbel Canon arrangement for Two Violins and Piano
Published: #114-40868


Pachelbel Canon arrangement for Oboe and Piano
Published: #114-40889


Pachelbel Canon arrangement for Trombone and Piano
Published: #114-40890


Pachelbel Canon arrangement for B-flat Tenor or Soprano Saxophone and Piano
Published: #114-40917


Pachelbel Canon arrangement for Bassoon and Piano
Published: #114-40918


Pachelbel Canon arrangement for Contrabass and Piano
Published: #114-40919


Pachelbel Canon arrangement for String Quartet
Published: #114-40926


Pachelbel Canon arrangement for Recorder (Soprano or Tenor) and Piano
Published: #114-40927


Pachelbel Canon arrangement for Flute and Guitar (includes Tabulature)
Published: #114-40928


Pachelbel Canon arrangement for Violin, Cello, and Piano
Published: #114-41054


Pachelbel Canon arrangement for Two B-flat Trumpets and Piano
Published: #114-41161



Pachelbel Canon arrangement for Saxophone Quartet (AATB)
Published: #114-41221


Pachelbel Canon for Mixed Ensemble
Published: #114-41230


Piano Concerto No. 1 (Keith Emerson)
Published: #496-00025
Additional Information: Orchestral Score


Piano Concerto No. 1 (Keith Emerson) arrangement for Solo Piano with Piano reduction
Published: #490-01001


Power and Glory (March of the Mitten Men) for Band (Sousa), ed. Dorff
Published: #115-40194
Additional Information: Modern band edition
Recordings

Available Separately:

Condensed Score (#115-40194C)
Full Score - Large (#115-40194F)
Set of parts (#115-40194P)


Sarabande (Debussy) arrangement for Clarinet Quartet (3 B-flats & Bass)
Published: #114-40769
Additional Information: Arrangement for Clarinet Quartet (3 B-flats & Bass)
Reviews


Schubert’s Greatest Melodies arrangement for Violin (first position) and Piano
Published: #114-40958
Additional Information: Arrangement for Violin (first position) and Piano


Siciliano from Flute Sonata in E-flat (Bach) arrangement for Flute (or Violin), Clarinet, and Bassoon (or Cello)
Published: #114-40455
Additional Information: Arrangement for Wind Trio


Sleigh Ride (Troika) from Lt. Kije (Prokofiev) arrangement for Clarinet Quartet (3 B-flats & Bass)
Available From Lauren Keiser Music


The Seasons, January-May (Tchaikovsky) arrangement for Two Harps
Available From Composer


Three Preludes from Op. 28 (Chopin) arrangement for Clarinet Quartet (3 B-flats & Bass)
Available From Composer


Traumerei (Schumann) arrangement for Clarinet Quartet (3 B-flats & Bass)
Available From Kendor Music


Twelve Preludes for the Intermediate Pianist (Scriabin), ed. Dorff
Published: #410-41271
Additional Information: Selected and edited, with biography


Wachet Auf, Chorale Prelude from Cantata 140 (Bach) arrangement for Clarinet Quartet (3 B-flats & Bass)
Available From Kendor Music



Band and Wind Ensemble


Allegro Volante for Xylophone and Band (1992) -- 4' 30''
Published: #115-40196
Premiere Information: Harvey Price and the University of Delaware Wind Ensemble, conducted by Robert Streckfuss, May 1997
Additional Information: Band version of "Allegro Volante for Xylophone and Orchestra", third movement from "Concerto for Solo Percussion and Orchestra"

Available Separately:

Full Score - Large (#115-40196F)
Full Score - Large (#115-40196L)
Solo Part (#115-40196P)


Ardmore Avenue Circus March for Intermediate Band
Available From Composer


Beethoven’s Blues for Elementary Band
Available From Composer


Benjamin Franklin Bridge for Intermediate Band
Available From Composer


Concertino Molto Grosso for 12 Soloists and Wind Ensemble
Available From ComposerRecordings


Conga Time in Aldan for Elementary Band
Available From Composer


Pavane for Band
Available From Composer


Symphony of Delusions for Wind Ensemble
Available From Lauren Keiser Music



Brass


Fanfare for Two Trumpets (1992) -- 40"
Published: #494-02685


Pachelbel's Christmas A Merry Melange for Brass Quintet (1986) -- 4'
Published: #114-40460
Additional Information: Canon and quodlibet combining 44 Christmas melodies with the Pachelbel Canon
Recordings
Reviews


Taps for Tubas for TTBBB or TBBBB Tuba Quintet (1978) -- 3'
Not yet released (in prep: #494-02690)



Mixed Ensembles


Goldilocks and the Three Bears for Narrator and Octet (2000) -- 7'
Narrator; Flute, Clarinet, Bass Trombone, Violin, Cello, String Bass, Harp, Percussion (1 Player)
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Premiere Information: September 25th, 2000. Joanna Cortright, narrator, 8 members of the Minnesota Orchestra, Symphony Hall, Minneapolis.
Recordings


Perennials for Flute, Clarinet in A, and Piano (2011) -- 21'
Commission Information: Walfrid and Sherry Kujala in honor of the retirement of Helen Ann and Richard Shanley from Baylor University
Premiere Information: Sherry Kujala flute, Larry Combs clarinet, Nolan Pearson; Evanston IL piano, 10/12/11
Additional Information: Published: #494-02907
Reviews


Quartet for Alto Saxophone, Violin, Cello, and Piano (1976) -- 16'
Available From Lauren Keiser Music


Serenade to Eve, After Rodin for Flute and Guitar (1999) -- 9'
Published: #114-41023
Commission Information: Taggart-Grycky Duo
Premiere Information: April 11, 1999; Eileen Grycky flute, Christiaan Taggart guitar; West Chester, PA
Additional Information: Finalist, National Flute Association Newly Published Music award 2000. mp3 audio sample available at www.danieldorff.com.
Recordings
Reviews


Take the Orchestra Out to the Ballgame for Narrator with English Horn, B-flat Trumpet, Percussion, Bass, and Piano (2002) -- 4'30"
Published: #111-40191
Commission Information: Philadelphia Orchestra Education Department
Premiere Information: March 29, 2003; Charlotte Blake Alston and members of the Philadelphia Orchestra
Additional Information: Also available for Chamber Orchestra (rental)


The Adventures of Mary and Her Little Lamb for Narrator, Violin, Viola, Horn, Contrabassoon and Piano (2000) -- 3' 30"
Available From Composer


The Bear Went Under the Mountain for Narrator with Flute/Piccolo, Bass Trombone, Celle, Percussion, and Piano (2003) -- 4'
Published: #111-40196
Commission Information: Philadelphia Orchestra Education Department
Premiere Information: April 24, 2004; Charlotte Blake Alston and members of the Philadelphia Orchestra


Three Fun Fables for Narrator & Mixed Octet (1996) -- 10' 30"
Available From Lauren Keiser MusicRecordings


Trees (after the poem by Joyce Kilmer) for solo Flute with Narration -- 5'
Fl. Narr.
Premiere Information: 22nd February, 2009. Tiffany Holmes, Flute, Cindy Anne Strong, Narrator; Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair, Reston, VA



Opera and Musical Theater for Children


It Isn’t Easy Being a Kid Children’s Musical
Available From Composer


Life Is Not a Rainbow Children’s Musical
Available From Composer


Stone Soup: An Operatic Fable in One Act for SATB Soloists, optional SATB Chorus, Piano Accompaniment or Chamber Orchestra (1982, orch. 1983) -- 35'
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Commission Information: Young Audiences of Greater Philadelphia for in-school Opera Workshop repertory
Premiere Information: February 22, 1983; Elena Clancy, Martine Johns, Jeremy Slavin, Gregory Cantwell, singers and Doug Tester, piano; Young Audiences of Philadelphia at Scenic Hills Elementary School, Springfield, PA
Additional Information: Libretto by Frank McQuilkin after the traditional fable, with additional verses by the composer.


Superstar Children’s Rock Musical
Available From Composer


We’re Not Just Pretty Faces Children’s Musical
Available From Composer



Orchestra


Allegro Volante for Xylophone and Orchestra (1992) -- 4' 30''
2(Picc.) 2 2 2 - 4 3 3 1; Timp., 3Perc., Hp., Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Additional Information: Mvt. 3 from Concerto for Solo Percussion and Orchestra


Billy and the Carnival A Children's Guide to the Instruments for Narrator and Orchestra (1985, rev. 1988) -- 14'
2(Picc.) 2 2 2 - 2 2 1 0; Timp., 2Perc., Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Commission Information: Sacramento Symphony
Premiere Information: April 22, 1986; Sacramento Symphony, Michael Neumann, conductor, Jeffrey Boudov, narrator; Sacramento, CA
Additional Information: mp3 audio sample available at www.danieldorff.com
Recordings

Available Separately:

Coloring Book (#418-41021)


Blast Off! for Narrator and Orchestra (1999) -- 9'30"
2(Picc.) 2(E.H.) 2 2(Cbsn.) - 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Hp. Str.; Narrator
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Commission Information: commissioned by Lockheed Martin for the Haddonfield Symphony for a March 2000 children’s concert with a theme about outer space.
Premiere Information: 31st March, 2000. Narrated by Astronaut Kenneth Reightler, Jr., STS 48 & 60. Haddonfield Symphony, conducted by Daniel Hege.
Recordings

Available Separately:

Full Score - Study (#416-41237)


Concerto for Contrabassoon with Clarinet, Horn, and String Orchestra
Available From Lauren Keiser Music


Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (2006) -- 24'
Solo Piano; 2 2 2 2 – 3 2 3 1; 3Perc.(no Timp.) Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Commission Information: Commissioned by the Etowah Youth Orchestras, Michael Gagliardo, Music Director & Conductor, for Jeffrey Biegel
Premiere Information: 20th May, 2007. Jeffrey Biegel, Piano, Etowah Youth Orchestra, conducted by Michael Gagliardo, Gadsden, Alabama.
Additional Information: NY premiere: 9th June, 2007. Jeffrey Biegel, Piano, Etowah Youth Orchestra, conducted by Michael Gagliardo, Carnegie Hall, New York.
2-pno version also available

Movements:
I. Allegro
II. Dark
III. Scherzando, exuberant


Concerto for Solo Percussion And Orchestra (1991-1992) -- ca. 20'
2(Picc.) 2 2 2 - 4 3 3 1; Timp., 3Perc., Hp., Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Commission Information: Polish Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society for the International Music Workshops in Bydgoszcz, Poland
Premiere Information: October 25, 1994; Haddonfield Symphony, Alan Gilbert, conductor, Dean Witten, percussion; Voorhees, NJ
Additional Information: Third movement, "Allegro Volante" also available separately. mp3 audio sample available at www.danieldorff.com.
Reviews

Available Separately:

Solo Part (#114-40751)
Full Score - Large (#416-41193)


Fanfare Overture for Orchestra (1983) -- 3'
Available From Lauren Keiser Music


Fast Walk for Orchestra (1990) -- 2' 30"
Available From Lauren Keiser MusicReviews


Goldilocks and the Three Bears for Narrator and Orchestra (2001) -- 8'
Narrator; 1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1(B.Tbn. only) 0; 2Perc.(no Timp.) Hp. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Premiere Information: December 1st, 2001. Carolyn Black-Sotir, narrator, Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra (MD), conducted by Sheldon Bair.


It Takes Four to Tango for String Orchestra (1998) -- 2' 30"
Published: #116-40040
Premiere Information: March 20, 1998; members of the Haddonfield Symphony, Merchantville, NJ
Additional Information: Adaptation of original version for Clarinet Quartet (1990). Other adaptations available for String Quartet, String Quintet, Bassoon Quartet, Clarinet and Bass Clarinet, and Saxophone Quartet.

Available Separately:

Full Score - Large (#116-40040F)
Part (#116-40040P)


Lamentations for String Orchestra (1977) -- 4'
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Commission Information: Composed for the Santa Monica Civic Orchestra, Frank Fetta, Music Director
Premiere Information: August 1978; Transylvania Youth Orchestra, Mario Mancinelli, conductor; Brevard Music Center, NC
Additional Information: Also available for String Quartet
Reviews


Pachelbel's Christmas A Merry Mélange for Orchestra (2005) -- 4'30"
2 2 2 2 - 2(opt.dbl.) 2 2 1; 1Perc.(d.Timp.) Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Premiere Information: 3rd, 10th December, 2005. Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sheldon Bair, Havre de Grace, Maryland.
Additional Information: • includes references to Jingle Bells, Jolly Old Saint Nick and 42 other well-known Christmas songs over Pachelbel’s famous Canon • playable by youth or community orchestras


Philly Rhapsody for Orchestra (1997) -- 11' 30"
3(Picc.) 2 3(B.Cl.) 2 - 4 3 3 1; Pno., Hp., Drum Set., 3Perc. (no Timp.), Str. (Ob.2, Bsn.2, Hns.3 & 4 may be omitted).
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Commission Information: Network for New Music, for the Creative and Performing Arts High School Orchestra, Philadelphia
Premiere Information: April 30, 1998; Creative and Performing Arts High School Orchestra, Jan Krzywicki, conductor; Philadelphia, PA
Reviews


Summer Solstice for Clarinet and String Orchestra (1993) -- c. 18'
Available From Lauren Keiser Music


Sunburst for Solo Violin and Strings (1998) -- 3'
String Orchestra (min. 2 2 2 2 1)
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Premiere Information: October 1st, 1998. Erik Peterson, violin, members of the Colorado Symphony; Boettcher Hall, Denver, CO.


Take the Orchestra Out to the Ballgame for Narrator and Orchestra (2011) -- 5'
Narr.; 1(=Picc.) 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 0; 1Perc. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Additional Information: Also available for mixed ensemble (sale)


The Kiss (after the painting by Gustav Klimt) for Orchestra (2001) -- ca. 14'
3(A.Fl., Picc.) 3(E.Hn.) 3(T.Sax.) 2 - 4 3 3 1; Timp., 3Perc., Hp., Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Premiere Information: February 16, 2002; Haddonfield Symphony, Rossen Milanov, conductor
Additional Information: mp3 audio sample available at www.danieldorff.com
Reviews


The Tortoise and the Hare for Narrator and Orchestra (1996) -- c. 5' 30"
Additional Information: Last movement of "Three Fun Fables"
Available From Lauren Keiser Music


Three Fun Fables for Narrator and Orchestra (1996/1999) -- 11'
Available From Lauren Keiser Music



Percussion Solos and Ensembles


Allegro Volante for Xylophone and Piano (1992) -- 4' 30''
Published: #114-40750
Additional Information: Reduction of Allegro Volante for Solo Percussion and Orchestra, third movement of Concerto for Solo Percussion and Orchestra
Reviews


Three Dance Etudes for Marimba Duo or Ensemble (1984) -- 17-21'
Published: #114-40432
Premiere Information: Simultaneously premiered by Hitoshi Maeda and Brian Prechtl, Philadelphia, and by Nachiko Maekane, Sacramento, November 8, 1985
Additional Information: Included on New York State’s NYSSMA contest list.
Reviews


Three Mysteries for Violin and Percussion (1993) -- 13'
Published: #114-41079
Premiere Information: March 27, 2000; Marion Judish, violin, Terry Vermillion, percussion; St. Cloud State University, MN
Additional Information: mp3 audio sample available at www.danieldorff.com

Available Separately:

Full Score - Large (#114-41079S)



Piano


Look What I Can Play!
Not yet released (in prep: #410-41336)


Piano Variations on a Theme of Siegmeister
Available From Lauren Keiser Music


Prelude and Fugue on "Old MacDonald Had a Farm"
Additional Information: in collection "Look What I Can Play!" (in prep.)
Available From Composer


Romanza on a Theme by Rochberg (1987) -- 4'
Published: #110-40719
Commission Information: Mrs. Gene Rochberg to celebrate George Rochberg’s 70th birthday
Premiere Information: June 4, 1988; Nancy McDill; Delaware Valley Composers, Philadelphia, PA


The Adventures of Mary and Her Little Lamb
Additional Information: in collection "Look What I Can Play!" (in prep.)
Available From Composer


The Day Things Went Wrong at the Pet Store 11 Cartoons for Piano (1976-78) -- 17'
Published: #490-01145

Movements:
A Color-blind Peacock Suffers Through Mating Season
A Hummingbird Hides on the Ceiling
A Tortoise Drinks Decaf and Falls Asleep
A Worm with Two Broken Hearts
An Inchworm Converts to Metric
An Injured Gerbil Goes to the Re-tail Store
Centipedes Dance a Sarabande
Kissing Gouramis Get Chapped Lips
The Melancholy Collie (Lassie Sings the Blues)
Two Moths Fight Over an Old Flame
Two Porcupines Try to Cuddle


Variations in the Styles of Famous Composers on “This Old Man”
Available From Composer


Variations on "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"
Available From Composer



Strings


Deep Funk, Part 2: Dance Sonata for Solo Viola (2002) -- 15'
Published: #114-41196
Premiere Information: Mara Gearman, viola; Clearfield Salon, Philadelphia, PA; January 26, 2003

Movements:
Agitato Swirl with Waltzes
Prelude and Free Form Viola Funk
Romance
Salsa Grande


It Takes Four to Tango for String Quartet (1998) -- 2' 30"
Published: #114-40942
Premiere Information: (with Flute) July 18, 2002; Mimi Stillman, flute with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra; Ocean Grove, NJ
Additional Information: Adaptation of original version for Clarinet Quartet (1990). May be performed with Flute reading 1st Violin. Other adaptations available for String Orchestra, String Quintet, Bassoon Quartet, Clarinet and Bass Clarinet, and Saxophone Quartet.


It Takes Four to Tango for String Quintet (1998) -- 2' 30"
Published: #114-41060
Additional Information: Adaptation of original version for Clarinet Quartet (1990). Other adaptations available for String Orchestra, String Quartet, Bassoon Quartet, Clarinet and Bass Clarinet, and Saxophone Quartet.

Available Separately:

Set of parts (#114-41060P)
Full Score - Large (#114-41060S)


Peaceful Journey for Cello and Piano (1987) -- 8'
Published: #494-02688
Premiere Information: March 20, 1994; Natalie Pessin Bliss and Alan Sukennik; Philadelphia, PA


Sunshine Rondo for Violin and Piano (1981) -- 2'
Published: #494-02689
Premiere Information: July 31, 1994; Todd Reynolds and Leonard Lehrman, Hofstra University


The Three Little Pigs for Narrator, Violin, and Cello (2004) -- 10'30"
Commission Information: American Composers Forum community partnerships for the Auricolae ensemble and Strings in the Schools
Additional Information: Published: 111-40216 (set of performance scores) and 111-40126S (score)
Recordings



Vocal and Choral


Alleluia in D for SATB Chorus with opt. Keyboard (1988) -- 2'
Published: #312-41580
Premiere Information: January 15, 1989; Holy Nativity Lutheran Church, Wenonah, NJ; Frank Bonanno, conductor.
Additional Information: mp3 audio sample available at www.danieldorff.com.


Ambivalence of Opposites for Voice and Piano (1978) -- 7'
Available From Composer


American Declaration "We Hold These Truths to be Self-Evident" for SATB Chorus, a cappella (1973) -- 3'
Available From Composer


Ave Maria for Mezzo-soprano, Flute, Oboe, Two Clarinets, and Glockenspiel (1980) -- 2'
Published: #111-40104P
Premiere Information: July 1980; Christina Lynn, voice, University of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, PA.

Available Separately:

Piano Reduction (#111-40104)


Dreams for Voice and Piano
Available From Composer


Eyelash Wish for Voice and Piano (1973) -- 2' 40"
Published: #111-40178
Premiere Information: Diane Rama voice, LouCelle Golden piano, Spring 1974, Roslyn NY
Recordings


Five Songs from the Goliards for Tenor, Clarinet/Soprano Sax, Bassoon, Trombone, Viola/Percussion, and Cello/Percussion
Available From Composer


Flames for SATB Chorus, a cappella (1979) -- 3'
Published: #312-41406
Premiere Information: July 1979; University of Pennsylvania, Daniel Dorff, conductor
Additional Information: mp3 audio sample available at www.danieldorff.com


He Is Love for Two-part Chorus and Piano (1997) -- 2'
Published: #362-03404
Premiere Information: February 14, 1999; Community Presbyterian Church, Leonard Lehrman, conductor; Malverne, NY.


Heaven-Haven for SATB Chorus, a cappella (1980) -- 2'
Available From Composer


Jabberwocky for SATB Chorus, a cappella (1973) -- 2'
Published: #312-41725
Premiere Information: November 1973; Roslyn H.S. Madrigal Singers, LouCelle Golden, conductor
Additional Information: mp3 audio sample available at www.danieldorff.com


Kokoro o Komete for Voice and Piano
Available From Composer


Kurontokai for Tenor and Piano
Available From Composer


Nature for Voice and Piano
Available From Composer


Newness for Tenor and Flute
Available From Composer


Scholars’ Refrain for TTBB Chorus and Piano (1978) -- 4'
Available From Composer


Si Linguis Angelicis for Soprano, Flute or Clarinet, and Piano
Available From Composer


Snowy Evening for Voice and Piano
Available From Composer


The Center Ring for Voice and Piano
Available From Composer


The Colors of Creation for SATB Chorus, a cappella (2003) -- 6'
Published: #312-41836
Premiere Information: November 15, 2003; Ithaca College Choir, Lawrence Doebler, conductor


The Curse of Catullus for Soprano, Tenor, Flute/Alto Flute, Soprano Sax/Alto Sax, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Electric Piano,
Available From Composer


Tidal Song for Voice and Piano
Available From Composer


To Daffodils for Baritone and Cello
Available From Composer


Tobetara for Voice and Piano
Available From Composer


Two Alphabetical Songs for Voice and Piano
Available From Composer


Wedding Songs for Tenor, Flute, and Piano
Available From Composer


Yuki no Uta for Voice and Piano
Available From Composer



Woodwinds


9 Walks Down 7th Avenue for Solo Flute and Piano (2004) -- 9'
Published: #114-41245
Premiere Information: Julie Seftick-McGough, flute, Donna Amato, piano; Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, June 2004
Recordings


Andante Con Variazioni for Flute and Clarinet (1975) -- 4' 30''
Published: #494-01337
Premiere Information: Spring 1975; Daniel Dorff, clarinet, Sharon Ostow, flute, Bennington College
Reviews


April Whirlwind for Flute and Piano (1997) -- 7'
Published: #114-40913
Commission Information: Composed for Gary Schocker
Premiere Information: April 26, 1998; Gary Schocker, flute, Elisha Gilgore, piano; Heights Casino, Brooklyn, NY
Reviews


August Idyll for Solo Flute (2006) -- 4'
Additional Information: Published: #114-41285
Recordings


Barnyard Bash for Alto Saxophone and Piano (1986) -- 2'
Published: #114-40434


Concerto for Contrabassoon with Clarinet, Horn, and Piano
Available From Lauren Keiser Music


Concerto for Contrabassoon with Piano accompaniment
Available From Lauren Keiser Music


Cool Street for Alto Saxophone and Piano (1986) -- 1' 30"
Published: #114-40433


Dance Music (Mr. Mouse Dances and Dies) for E-flat Clarinet and Piano (1981) -- 10'
Published: #114-40749
Premiere Information: April 21, 1982; Temple University Chamber Players, Sherry Hartman, clarinet, Lotus Cheng, piano


Dances and Canons for Flute and Clarinet (1975-76) -- 7'
Published: #494-01416
Premiere Information: Spring 1976, Sharon Ostow flute, Daniel Dorff clarinet, Ithaca, NY


Dark Romance for Clarinet Quartet (3 B-flats & Bass)
Published: #494-02684


Fantasy, Scherzo and Nocturne for Saxophone Quartet
Available From Shawnee Press (LD-212)Reviews


Fast Walk for Bassoon Quartet (3 Bassoons & Contrabassoon) or Ensemble
Published: #494-02686


Fast Walk for Clarinet Quartet (3 B-flats & Bass) or Ensemble
Published: #494-02687


Fast Walk for Saxophone Quartet (1991) -- 2' 30"
Published: #494-02547
Premiere Information: Spring 1992, San Francisco Saxophone Quartet (on the streets)
Additional Information: mp3 audio sample available at www.danieldorff.com Also available for Orchestra, Bassoon Quartet, or Clarinet Quartet (all available from Lauren Keiser Music).
Recordings


Flash! -- 6'
Picc. Pno.
Premiere Information: January 31st, 2009; Kate Prestia-Schaub, Piccolo, Jeanette-Louise Yaryan, Piano. Murietta, CA
Reviews


In A Deep Funk: Dance Set for Unaccompanied Contrabassoon (1996) -- 14'
Published: #114-40881
Commission Information: Required Contest Piece for the 1997 International Contrabassoon Festival, Las Vegas
Premiere Information: June 28, 1997; Roger Soren, contrabassoon; IDRS annual convention, Evanston, IL
Additional Information: mp3 audio sample available at www.danieldorff.com

Movements:
Bear Hug
Funk Scherzo
Hustle Misterioso
Twist Variations

Reviews


It Takes Four to Tango for Bassoon Quartet (3 Bassoons and Contrabassoon) (1996) -- 2' 30"
Published: #114-40872
Premiere Information: October 30, 1996; Ohio State Bassoon Ensemble, Christopher Weait, director; Columbus, OH
Additional Information: Adaptation of original version for Clarinet Quartet (1990). Other adaptations available for String Orchestra, String Quartet, String Quintet, Clarinet and Bass Clarinet, and Saxophone Quartet.


It Takes Four to Tango for Clarinet Quartet (3 B-flats & Bass) (1990) -- 2' 30"
Published: #114-40871
Premiere Information: November 11, 1990; Clarinessence, Settlement Music School, Philadelphia, PA
Recordings


It Takes Four to Tango for Saxophone Quartet (SATB) (1995) -- 2' 30"
Published: #114-40870
Premiere Information: 1995; Harmo Saxophone Quartet, Tokyo
Additional Information: Adaptation of original version for Clarinet Quartet (1990). Other adaptations available for String Orchestra, String Quartet, String Quintet, Bassoon Quartet, and Clarinet and Bass Clarinet. mp3 audio sample available at www.danieldorff.com.
Recordings
Reviews


Nocturne Caprice for Solo Flute (2002) -- 7' 30"
Published: #114-41176
Commission Information: Mimi Stillman
Premiere Information: Mimi Stillman, Philadelphia; November 2, 2002
Additional Information: mp3 audio sample available at www.danieldorff.com
Recordings
Reviews


Pastorale (Souvenirs du Frög) for B-flat Clarinet and Piano (1994) -- 6'
Published: #114-40873
Premiere Information: August 27, 1994; Daniel Dorff, clarinet, James Primosch, piano, Bristol, PA
Additional Information: mp3 audio sample available at www.danieldorff.com
Recordings


Sonatina d’Amore for Two Contrabassoons (1997) -- 8'
Published: #114-40941
Commission Information: Susan Nigro for The Two Contras, Susan Nigro and Burl Lane (of the Chicago Symphony)
Premiere Information: April 18, 1998; Chicago Symphony WFMT-FM Radiothon; The Two Contras
Additional Information: mp3 audio sample available at www.danieldorff.com
Recordings


Sonatine de Giverny for Piccolo and Piano (2000) -- 10'
Published: #114-41088
Commission Information: National Flute Association Piccolo committee, for premiere at the 2000 NFA Convention
Premiere Information: August 19, 2000; Jan Gippo, piccolo, Martin Amlin, piano; NFA convention, Columbus, OH
Additional Information: mp3 audio sample available at www.danieldorff.com

Movements:
En ville
Les fleurs ravissantes
Les jardins d'eaux

Recordings
Reviews


Summer Strut for Alto Saxophone and Piano
Available From Kendor Music


Summer Strut for B-flat Clarinet and Piano
Available From Kendor Music


The Beautiful Frog Pond Waltz for Alto Saxophone and Piano
Available From Composer


The Year of the Rabbit for Flute Quartet (3 C Flutes and 1 Alto) or Ensemble (1999) -- 7'
Published: #114-41015
Commission Information: Composed for the Columbia Flute Choir.
Premiere Information: February 21, 1999; Columbia Flute Choir, Alexandra Molnar-Suhajda, conductor; Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair, Bethesda, MD
Additional Information: Winner, NFA Newly Published Music award, 2000.
Reviews


Three Lullabies for Solo Clarinet
Available From Composer


Through a Misty Arch... for Flute Ensemble with optional Narration and/or Dance (1985) -- 4'
Published: #114-40435
Commission Information: Composed in residence at Ardmore Avenue Elementary School, Lansdowne, Pa., after a poem by 6th grader Joy MacAlister
Premiere Information: January 1985; Students at Ardmore Avenue Elementary School, Stuard Young, conductor; Lansdowne, PA
Reviews


Two Cats for Flute and Clarinet (2007) -- 8'
Premiere Information: December 2, 2007, Poughkeepsie, NY, Julie Martyn-Baker, flute, Daniel Dorff, clarinet
Additional Information: Published: 494-02817


Recordings


Blast Off! for Narrator and Orchestra


Bridge Records 9229: The Tortoise and the Hare & Other Tales



Goldilocks and the Three Bears for Narrator and Octet


Bridge Records 9229: The Tortoise and the Hare & Other Tales
members of Symphony in C, conducted by Rossen Milanov, Ann Crumb, narrator



Eyelash Wish for Voice and Piano


Capstone Records CPS-8667: Helene Williams Sings More Songs of Love
Helene Williams, soprano; Leonard Lehrman, piano.



Pachelbel's Christmas A Merry Melange for Brass Quintet


Isis CD 028:
Fine Arts Brass



It Takes Four to Tango for Saxophone Quartet (SATB)


Meister Music (Japan) CD MM-1016:
Harmo Saxophone Quartet



Miles Osland CDEP22: In the Land of Ephesus
The Osland Saxophone Quartet



It Takes Four to Tango for Clarinet Quartet (3 B-flats & Bass)


Farao Classics B 108-011: inter-Clarinet
Inter-Clarinet Ensemble



Pastorale (Souvenirs du Frög) for B-flat Clarinet and Piano


Northbranch Records The Clarinetist Composer
David Hattner, clarinet; Albert Tiu, piano



Sonatina d’Amore for Two Contrabassoons


Crystal Records CD 349:
Susan Nigro and Burl Lane, contrabassoons.



Serenade to Eve, After Rodin for Flute and Guitar


Barking Dog Records The White Peacock
Harris-Coates Duo: Debora Harris, flute; Mike Coates, guitar.



Sonatine de Giverny for Piccolo and Piano


Crystal Records CD 713:
Lois Herbine, piccolo, Charles Abramovic, piano



Crystal Records CD 713: Take Wing
Lois Herbine, piccolo, Charles Abramovic, piano



Nocturne Caprice for Solo Flute



Mimi Stillman, flute



9 Walks Down 7th Avenue for Solo Flute and Piano


Azica Records 71257:
Pam Youngblood flute, Gabriel Bita piano



Foshay Tower Washington Memorial March for Band (Sousa), ed. Dorff


AMP Records
Allentown Band



Naxos Classical 8.559058: Sousa: Music for Wind Band, Vol. 1
Royal Artillery Band, Keith Brion, conductor.



Power and Glory (March of the Mitten Men) for Band (Sousa), ed. Dorff


Naxos Classical 8.559058: Sousa: Music for Wind Band, Vol. 1
Royal Artillery Band, Keith Brion, conductor.



Concertino Molto Grosso for 12 Soloists and Wind Ensemble


Silver Crest COWE - 18:



Three Fun Fables for Narrator & Mixed Octet


Bridge Records 9229: The Tortoise and the Hare & Other Tales
Symphony in C, conducted by Rossen Milanov, Ann Crumb, narrator



Fast Walk for Saxophone Quartet


Meister Music (Japan) CD MM-1016:
Harmo Saxophone Quartet



Meister Music MM1016: Saxophone Quartet Arrangements
Harmo Saxophone Quartet



August Idyll for Solo Flute


Cantilena Records 66042-2: Inflorescence III- Music for Solo Flute
Laurel Zucker, flute



Billy and the Carnival A Children's Guide to the Instruments for Narrator and Orchestra


Bridge Records 9229: The Tortoise and the Hare & Other Tales
Symphony in C, conducted by Rossen Milanov, Ukee Washington, narrator



The Three Little Pigs for Narrator, Violin, and Cello


New Focus Recordings FCR 108: Fairy Tales, Folklore, and Fables
Auricolae



Reviews

"…the music in these pieces are [sic] enthusiastic, and hopefully the listener will be moved and remember these versions of the stories when they grow up. For the adult, I think it’s nice to hear these stories done in a manner that isn’t dated. It reveals the power of classical music, and of course the beauty and mystery of the human voice, all meant to prepare a child for the big world they will become a part of when it is their time."

-therunoffgroove.blogspot.com (about Bridge Records 9229: The Tortoise and the Hare & Other Tales)

"…a significant contribution to the future of classical music"

-Stephen Eddins, allmusic.com (about Bridge Records 9229: The Tortoise and the Hare & Other Tales)


The Kiss (after the painting by Gustav Klimt) for Orchestra

"The performance encourages me to delve further into the music of the composer.… A world premiere from a relatively young yet established composer is always thrilling, especially when the music is as enjoyable as that of the orchestra's composer-in-residence, Daniel Dorff… The performance was stunning perhaps because the musicians seemed to be enthusiastic about the score. This certainly reflects well on the composer. The audience clearly felt and responded to the music.… I was delighted to hear such unabashed melodic writing."

-Classical New Jersey


Three Dance Etudes for Marimba Duo or Ensemble

"highly appealing, vigorous… coloristic, lively dances exploited the instrument’s best qualities."

-Kimmelman, Philadelphia Inquirer


Through a Misty Arch... for Flute Ensemble with optional Narration and/or Dance

"A very nice piece, with pleasing harmonic progressions…"

-New Flute Review


Pachelbel's Christmas A Merry Melange for Brass Quintet

"successfully achieved… will not soon be forgotten."

-Olcott, ITA Journal

"This is a clever, original and amusing number which will add spice to the Christmas concert."

-Winds Magazine (UK)


Allegro Volante for Xylophone and Piano

"An entertaining piece, exceptional well received by the audience."

-Sigal, Penn Sounds

"…The four-and-a-half minute solo captures the technical possibilities of the xylophone. ...Congratulations to Daniel Dorff for supplying a worthy extension of his concerto for those looking for a recital-quality xylophone piece."

-John Beck, Percussive Notes


Sarabande (Debussy) arrangement for Clarinet Quartet (3 B-flats & Bass)

"It is a good test of sensitive phrasing and flexible tempo changes. …quite a sophisticated little piece."

-Music Teacher


It Takes Four to Tango for Saxophone Quartet (SATB)

"It is a wonderful little soprano saxophone feature. You could program this anywhere on a concert, either on its own or right after Fast Walk, for example. It can be played "straight" as written, or more inflected in a jazz style."

-Susan Fancher, Saxophone Journal


In A Deep Funk: Dance Set for Unaccompanied Contrabassoon

"Based on the popular dance from the 1960s, this is a fun piece for the audience as well as the accomplished contra player. A standard rock and roll chord progression is treated in a variety of ways melodically and rhythmically, with a few nods in the direction of Dave Brubeck and other jazz musicians as well. Although its duration is less than six minutes, the piece is quite grueling. The entire four-movement set is quite a blow at around twelve minutes! ... the piece really is a hoot for both the player up to the challenge, and for the audience."

-Jon Beebe, The Double Reed


April Whirlwind for Flute and Piano

"The concert opened with Daniel Dorff’s April Whirlwind (1997), an exuberant and joyful paean to Spring…"

-Penn Sounds

"Great piece! April Whirlwind has everything — lovely lyricism, a spontaneous spirit, and jazzy brilliance. It sounds like a great audience piece and fun to play."

-Jeanne Baxtresser


The Year of the Rabbit for Flute Quartet (3 C Flutes and 1 Alto) or Ensemble

"Daniel Dorff always pleases and his The Year of the Rabbit... did not disappoint. Dorff is deeply musical, eschews rhetoric, and this piece for eight flutes was charming and unaffected."

-Lou Camp, Penn Sounds


Serenade to Eve, After Rodin for Flute and Guitar

"A really charming miniature."

-Hubert Culot, Music Web (UK)


Sonatine de Giverny for Piccolo and Piano

"…a beautiful French-flavoured piece inspired by a visit to Monet’s home and its famous gardens. The work contains much lovely writing for the piccolo…"

-Rosumund Plummer, flutefocus.com

"Daniel Dorff’s Sonatine de Giverny is the first composition for piccolo and piano that is in the great tradition of the French School… Giverny will become the landmark composition for expressive French piccolo playing. We are grateful for Dorff’s fine effort. Giverny now becomes a musical standard which other composers must attain."

-Jan Gippo, solo Piccolo, Saint Louis Symphony

"Bravo! This is a wonderful piece. The impressionist mood is so lovely and the piccolo fits into this environment beautifully. I am delighted with this piece of music. Congratulations – your piece makes me wish I still played piccolo."

-Jeanne Baxtresser, former Principal Flute, New York Philharmonic


Nocturne Caprice for Solo Flute

"Daniel Dorff wrote his Nocturne Caprice expressly for this event, and an express composition it was, with about three weeks separating the commission and the premiere. It is an admirable addition to the repertoire, structured in a circular manner, as inspired by Chopin Nocturnes. Dorff encompasses a number of stylistic gestures, starting with a bluesy motif that morphs into whole-tone rows and flashy arpeggios, before settling back into a sweet repose. The elements are well integrated and are set out with calm pacing. Stillman rendered the music with utter confidence and palpable expressiveness."

-Burwasser, Philadelphia City Paper


Philly Rhapsody for Orchestra

"We know Mr. Dorff from other works of his, well crafted, full of tunes, and always good to hear. The Philly Rhapsody is no exception. A steady beat throughout steadies things, and allows for some knotty syncopations. Some obligates toward the end gave soloists a chance, and the piece kept the attention… should become part of the standard repertoire for talented high school and college orchestras. Kudos to Mr. Dorff… what a prize!"

-Lou Camp, Penn Sounds


Perennials for Flute, Clarinet in A, and Piano

"…the material conjures brilliant floral bouquets: upbeat jazzy rhythms, luminous color and an elegant tribute to Bach."

-Peter Burwasser, Philadelphia City Paper


Pachelbel Canon

"The sound was impressive, even though the recorder has no note higher than A and only a few leisurely diatonic 16th note runs. The pianist didn’t have to work up a sweat either, and the final deep, deep bass notes boomed out soul-satisfyingly on my recently tuned Chickering."

-Reichenthal, Early Music Newsletter

"Appropriate for weddings, this arrangement in the key of F major of the popular canon is suitable for two C instruments… A charming arrangement that is familiar, young players will enjoy working on and performing this ensemble."

-Flute Talk

"This is a simple and effective arrangement of the Canon…The edition is nicely presented and should be useful additional material, popular to performer and listener alike."

-ESTA


Fast Walk for Orchestra

"This short, upbeat piece makes a terrific opener for a concert, or as the first piece after intermission."

-Susan Fancher, Saxophone Journal


Fantasy, Scherzo and Nocturne for Saxophone Quartet

"One hopes that many college ensembles will add this interesting selection to the short list of American saxophone quartets."

-Steve Mauk, MLA Notes

"The Fantasy is a lovely lyrical movement in medium tempo, followed by the fast, playful Scherzo. The slow Nocturne begins with a lovely duo for tenor and baritone saxophones. This is a dramatic and emotional movement... It's a good piece for both college students and professional players. The ensemble writing is excellent, with all four voices getting a chance to sing out. It is a remarkable work from such a young composer."

-Susan Fancher, Saxophone Journal


Andante Con Variazioni for Flute and Clarinet

"interesting, imaginative... and certainly worthy of performance”"

-The Clarinet (West)


Flash!

"…a jazzy American-sounding piece with shades of Gershwin to my ears. It’s a lot of fun to listen to and I imagine to play…"

-Rosumund Plummer, flutefocus.com


Concerto for Solo Percussion And Orchestra

"Concerto for Solo Percussion and Orchestra is an excellent addition to the much-needed percussion concerto literature. Its contrasting movements, challenging solo part, creative orchestration, accessibility to many players and visual interest makes this a worthwhile solo for those percussionists looking for a new percussion concerto."

-John Beck, Percussive Notes

"…it is only a truly inventive and inspired composer like Mr. Dorff who is able to go one step further [than just using many percussion instruments] and create unusual sounds, textures, and combinations that work for the listener."

-Maestro Alan Gilbert

"…impressive… highlighted the concert… It exploits the full range of sonorities and technical possibilities of a whole arsenal of percussion instruments… most arresting… a joyous finale… bold and extroverted but also filled with sensitive details."

-Baxter, Camden Courier-Post


Lamentations for String Orchestra

"Worthy of the spotlight... the most interesting and sensitively performed on the concert... the composer should be heard from again."

-Valdes, Philadelphia Inquirer




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