Warren Benson

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    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
    Solo
    110-40710 3 Macedonian Miniatures
    Piano Unaccompanied
    110-40708 If I Could Be?
    Four Daydreams
    3:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    110-40711 Not Without Merritt
    Piano Unaccompanied
    Chamber Ensemble
    114-40836 A Gentle Song
    For B-Flat Clarinet and Piano
    1:30 Clarinet with Piano
    FE178 Canon
    tuba, hand drum
    FE91 Capriccio
    full score, vln., vla., vlc., pno.
    114-40763 Concertino
    For Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble (Solo Part and Piano Reduction)
    12:00 Alto Saxophone with Piano
    FE184 Invocation and Dance
    114-40772 Largo Tah
    FE68 Quartet One-String Quar
    FE226 Quintet-Oboe and String
    Oboe (Or Bb Soprano Saxophone) and String Quartet
    114-40762 Steps
    FE183 String Quartet #1
    114-40176 The Dream Net
    For Alto Saxophone and String Quartet
    Chamber Ensemble
    FE92 Wind Rose
    Sax Quartet
    full score, saxophone quartet
    Vocal / Choral
    312-41706 An Englishman With An Atlas Or America The Unpronounceable
    S.A.B. Chorus, A Cappella
    1:30
    411-41086 Five Lyrics Of Luise Bogan
    For Mezzo-Soprano and Flute
    FE188 Nara-Parts
    full score, solo soprano voice, fl., pno., perc. (2)
    312-41717 Psalm 139: Whither Can I Go From Your Spirit?
    For S.A.T.B. Chorus and Keyboard
    3:00 SATB
    19672 Psalm 24
    12:00 SA chorus; 2Vln., Vla., Vcl.
    312-41697 Sing and Rejoice
    For S.S.A.A.T.T.B.B. Chorus, A Cappella
    1:10 SATB
    312-41705 Song Of The Pop-Bottlers
    For Three-Part Treble Chorus, A Cappella
    30:00 Women’s Chorus
    312-41744 The Singers and The Cherry Tree
    For S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella
    1:15 SATB
    FE176 Three Solitary Songs
    medium voice (treble clef) and Piano
    FE177 Three Solitary Songs
    Band
    CFD1 A Perfect Union
    51:55 Concert Band
    19667 Danzon-Memory
    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)
    19668 Dawn’s Early Light
    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.
    J707 Ginger Marmalade
    Concert Band
    CFD7 Grainger and Friends
    Band
    16798 Leaves Are Falling, The
    for Band
    115-40195 Polyphonies for Percussion
    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)
    19673 Remembrance
    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.
    19675 Symphony 2 (“Lost Songs”)
    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.
    19671 The Mask of Night
    1030 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.
    J729 The Solitary Dancer
    Concert Band
    CFD4 Vigor
    Concert Band
    19676 Wings
    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)
    11845 Aeolian Song
    for Alto Saxophone and Band (Second Movement of Concertino)
    5:00
    16797 Concertino for Alto Saxophone and Band
    19670 Helix
    for Solo Tuba and Concert Band
    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.
    19674 Star Edge
    for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble
    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
    11851 Polyphonies
    for Percussion
    5:30 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 4Perc. Str.
    Orchestra with Soloist(s)
    11844 Aeolian Song
    for Alto Saxophone and Small Orchestra (Second Movement of Concertino)
    5:00 Solo A.Sax.; 1(Picc.) 1 1 1 – 1 0 0 0; Bells, Str.
    11848 Concertino for Alto Saxophone
    12:00 Version for Chamber Orchestra
    Version for String Orchestra
    Version for Wind Ensemble
    19666 Concertino for Flute, Strings and Percussion
    14:00 Solo flute; Perc. Str.

  • Concertino for Eb Alto Saxophone and Band
    Danzon-Memory
    for Concert Band
    Dawn’s Early Light
    for Concert Band
    Divertissment I
    for Band
    Helix
    for Solo Tuba and Concert Band
    Remembrance
    for Concert Band
    Star-Edge
    for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble
    Symphony II – “Lost Songs”
    for Concert Band
    The Mask of Night
    for Concert Band
    Wings
    for Concert Band

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