As composer, conductor, performer, writer, and humorist, Warren Benson (1924-2005) was perhaps best known for his dynamic music for wind ensemble, acclaimed as “among the most important of this century” (United States Marine Band, Bicentennial Collection), along with percussion and chamber works, and moving song cycles. Benson wrote over 150 works, including pieces which have been heralded as masterpieces of the twentieth century. His music has been played and recorded worldwide by the Kronos Quartet, New York Choral Society, International Horn Society, and the United States Marine Band. Benson’s teaching career spanned over 50 years and culminated with honors including the Kilbourn Professorship for Distinguished Teaching, and appointment as University Mentor and Professor Emeritus at the Eastman School of Music.
Benson played timpani in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Ormandy, Reiner, Goosens, and Bernstein while an undergraduate at the University of Michigan. He later received Fulbright Teaching Fellowships, a John Simon Guggenheim Composer Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts composer commissions, and the Diploma de Honor from the Republic of Argentina. He also held residencies at the McDowell Colony. He was elected to the National Band Association Academy of Excellence and the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame, and was a founding member of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles.
Benson was Professor of Percussion and Composition for fourteen years at Ithaca College, which included seminal work on music education for the Ford Foundation’s Contemporary Music Project. From 1967-93, he was Professor of Composition at the Eastman School of Music. He also served as Distinguished Meadows Visiting Professor at Southern Methodist University from 1986-88.
Benson was largely self-taught in composition, found great inspiration in jazz and poetry, and was highly influenced by nature, languages, literature, and travel. His archive is located at the Eastman School of Music and his bio-bibliography by Alan D. Wagner is published by Edwin Mellen Press.
For more information, please visit www.warrenbenson.com
Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation Drag Here to Add To List Solo 3 Macedonian Miniatures 110-40710 Piano Unaccompanied If I Could Be?
110-40708 3:00 Piano Unaccompanied Not Without Merritt 110-40711 Piano Unaccompanied Chamber Ensemble Canon FE178 tuba, hand drum Capriccio FE91 full score, vln., vla., vlc., pno. Concertino
For Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble (Solo Part and Piano Reduction)
114-40763 12:00 Alto Saxophone with Piano The Dream Net
For Alto Saxophone and String Quartet
114-40176 Chamber Ensemble A Gentle Song
For B-Flat Clarinet and Piano
114-40836 1:30 Clarinet with Piano Invocation and Dance FE184 Largo Tah 114-40772 Quartet One-String Quar FE68 Quintet-Oboe and String
Oboe (Or Bb Soprano Saxophone) and String Quartet
FE226 Steps 114-40762 String Quartet #1 FE183 Wind Rose
FE92 full score, saxophone quartet Vocal / Choral The Drums of Summer
for Small Wind Ensemble (27 players) and SATB Chamber Choir (16 singers)
21703 22:10 16 Voices, SATB; 2(2nd dbl. Picc.) 2(2nd dbl. E.H.) 4(B.Cl., Cb.Cl.) 2(2nd db. Cbsn.) – 2 2 2 1, Euph.; String Bass.; Timp. 5Perc.(Note: Additional percussion instruments played by wind players) An Englishman With An Atlas Or America The Unpronounceable
S.A.B. Chorus, A Cappella
312-41706 1:30 Five Lyrics Of Luise Bogan
For Mezzo-Soprano and Flute
411-41086 Nara-Parts FE188 full score, solo soprano voice, fl., pno., perc. (2) Psalm 24 19672 12:00 SA chorus; 2Vln., Vla., Vcl. Psalm 139: Whither Can I Go From Your Spirit?
For S.A.T.B. Chorus and Keyboard
312-41717 3:00 SATB Sing and Rejoice
For S.S.A.A.T.T.B.B. Chorus, A Cappella
312-41697 1:10 SATB The Singers and The Cherry Tree
For S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella
312-41744 1:15 SATB Song Of The Pop-Bottlers
For Three-Part Treble Chorus, A Cappella
312-41705 30:00 Women’s Chorus Songs for the End of the World
for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble
21746 30:00 Solo Sop.; Horn, English Horn, Marimba, and Cello Three Solitary Songs FE176 medium voice (treble clef) and Piano Three Solitary Songs FE177 Band Adagietto
for Wind Ensemble
11843 11: 00 Danzon-Memory 19667 11:00 picc., fl.(2), ob.(2), eng.hn., cl.(3), b.cl., cb.cl., bsn.(2), cbsn., a.sax.(2), t.sax., bar. sax.; hn.(4), tpt.(3), tbn.(2), b. tbn., bar.hn., tba.; cb., timp., perc.(5) Dawn’s Early Light 19668 18:00 picc., fl.(2), ob.(2), eng.hn., cl.(3), b.cl., cb.cl., bsn.(2), cbsn., s.sax., a.sax., t.sax., b.sax.; hn.(4), tpt.(3); tbn.(2), b. tbn., bar.hn., tba.; cb.(3), timp., perc.(5), pno. Divertissement
11849 6: 00 Ginger Marmalade J707 Concert Band Grainger and Friends CFD7 Band Leaves Are Falling, The
16798 The Mask of Night 19671 10:30 picc., fl.(2), ob.(2), eng.hn., Eb cl., cl.(12), a.cl.(2), b.cl., cb.cl., bsn.(2), a.sax.(2), t.sax., b.sax.; hn.(4), tpt.(6), tbn.(3), bar.hn., tba.; cb., perc.(3), hp. A Perfect Union CFD1 51:55 Concert Band Polyphonies for Percussion 115-40195 5:30 Piccolo, Flute 1, Flute 2, Oboe 1, Oboe 2, Clarinet in Eb, Clarinet 1 in Bb, Clarinet 2 in Bb, Clarinet 3 in Bb, Alto Clarinet in Eb, Bass Clarinet in Bb, Bassoon 1, Bassoon 2, Alto Saxophone 1 in Eb, Alto Saxophone 2 in Eb, Tenor Saxophone in Bb, Baritone Saxophone in Eb, Cornet 1 in Bb, Cornet 2 in Bb, Cornet 3 in Bb, Trumpet 1 in Bb, Trumpet 2 in Bb, Horn 1 in F, Horn 2 in F, Horn 3 in F, Horn 4 in F, Trombone 1, Trombone 2, Trombone 3, Euphonium, Euphonium T.C. in Bb, Tuba, String Bass, Percussion 1 (Tambourine, 3 Tom-toms), Percussion 2 (Snare Drum, Field Drum, Wood Block), Percussion 3 (Timpani), Percussion 4 (Bass Drum, Suspended Cymbal, Triangle) Remembrance 19673 12:00 picc., fl.(2), ob.(2), eng.hn., bsn.(2), Eb cl., cl.(3), a.cl., b.cl., cb.cl., bsn.(2), s.sax., a.sax., t.sax., b.sax., bass sax.; hn.(4), tpt.(4), tbn.(3), bar.hn., tba.; cb., timp., perc.(4), pno. Shadow Wood:
Six Poems of Tennessee Williams
11853 20: 00 2(Picc.) 1 3(B.Cl.) 1 – 1 1 1 0; 4Perc. Hp. Cb. The Solitary Dancer J729 Concert Band Symphony 2 (“Lost Songs”) 19675 27:00 picc., fl.(2), ob.(2), eng.hn., Eb cl., cl.(3), a.cl., b.cl., cb.cl., bsn.(2), s.sax., a.sax., t.sax., b.sax., bass sax.; hn.(4), tpt.(3), tbn.(3), bar.hn., tba.(2); cb., timp., perc.(4), pno. Vigor CFD4 Concert Band Wings 19676 4:30 picc.(2), fl.(2), ob.(2), eng.hn., Eb cl., cl.(3), b.cl.(2), cb.cl.(2), bsn.(2), cbsn., s.sax., a.sax., t.sax., b.sax.; hn.(4), tpt.(3), tbn.(3), bar.hn., tba.(2); cb., perc.(5), pno., hp. Band with Soloist(s) Aeolian Song
for Alto Saxophone and Band (Second Movement of Concertino)
11845 5:00 Concertino for Alto Saxophone and Band 16797 Helix
for Solo Tuba and Concert Band
19670 14:00 Solo tuba; picc., fl.(2), ob.(2), Eb cl., cl.(3), a.cl., b.cl., cb.cl., bsn.(2),s.sax., a.sax., t.sax., b.sax.; hn.(4), cor.(3), tpt.(2), tbn.(3), bar.hn., tba.; cb., perc.(7), pno., hp. Recuerdo
for Oboe/English Horn (1 Player) and Band
11852 16: 00 Star Edge
for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble
19674 18:00 Solo alto saxophone; picc., fl.(2), ob.(2), eng.hn., Eb cl., cl.(3), bsn.(2), a.cl., b.cl., cb.cl., s.sax., a.sax., t.sax., b.sax., bass sax.; hn.(4), tpt.(3), tbn.(3), bar.hn., tba.; cb., perc.(4), pno. Orchestra Beyond Winter: Sweet Aftershowers 11847 14: 00 String Orchestra The Man With the Blue Guitar 11850 14: 00 2 2 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Hp. Str. Polyphonies
11851 5:30:: 00 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 4Perc. Str. Orchestra with Soloist(s) Aeolian Song
for Alto Saxophone and Small Orchestra (Second Movement of Concertino)
11844 5: 00 Solo A.Sax.; 1(Picc.) 1 1 1 – 1 0 0 0; Bells, Str. Concertino for Alto Saxophone 11848 12: 00 Version for Chamber OrchestraVersion for String OrchestraVersion for Wind Ensemble Concertino for Flute, Strings and Percussion 19666 14:00 Solo flute; Perc. Str.
for Concert BandDawn’s Early Light
for Concert BandDivertissment I
for Solo Tuba and Concert BandRemembrance
for Concert BandStar-Edge
for Alto Saxophone and Wind EnsembleSymphony II – “Lost Songs”
for Concert BandThe Mask of Night
for Concert BandWings
for Concert Band