Daniel Dorff’s music for flute and piccolo has entered the standard repertoire for those instruments, and is frequently performed and recorded worldwide. He has written 7 commissioned works for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s education department, and the Minnesota Orchestra’s Kinder Konzert series has performed his music over 200 times. Highlights of 2015 include performances of Three Fun Fables by the Utah Symphony in March, and by the Philadelphia Orchestra in July.
Dorff’s works have also been performed by the Atlanta Opera (60 performances), Baltimore Symphony (32 performances), Pittsburgh Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Aspen Music Festival, Spoleto Festival, and Eastman Wind Ensemble; chamber concerts of the Chicago Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, and Oregon Symphony; on the Chicago Symphony Radiothon, by clarinetists of the Chicago Symphony and Berlin Philharmonic, by pianist Marc-André Hamelin, flutists Jean-Pierre Rampal, Walfrid Kujala, Donald Peck, and Denis Bouriakov; and conducted by maestros Alan Gilbert and Wolfgang Sawallisch.
Other commissions have come from piccolo legends Walfrid Kujala and Sarah Jackson, the Colorado Symphony’s Up Close and Musical series, Sacramento Symphony, Young Audiences, American Composers Forum, Ithaca College School of Music, Symphony in C, and other organizations. Dorff has also created arrangements for Sir James Galway and pop musicians Keith Emerson and Lisa Loeb.
Premieres in the 2014-15 season include:
—Cape May Breezes for wind quintet, commissioned by The Monmouth Winds
—Zoe & Xena: A Romp in the Park for piccolo and bass clarinet, commissioned by Leonard Garrison for Shannon Scott
—Invention after BWV 1013 for two flutes, premiered by Jeffrey Khaner and Mimi Stillman
—Cindy (based on the American folk song) for two flutes, premiered at an all-Dorff concert by Cindy Rugolo and Cindy Anne Broz, Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair
—A Treeful of Monkeys for Narrator, Clarinet, Violin, Horn, Percussion and Piano; commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra for their May 2015 Sound All Around series
Premieres for the 2015-16 season include a commission for the Sparx Flute & Harp Duo.
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Daniel Dorff was born in New Rochelle, NY; 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; teachers included George Crumb, George Rochberg, Karel Husa, Henry Brant, Ralph Shapey, Elie Siegmeister, and Richard Wernick. He studied saxophone with Sigurd Rascher. Dorff has served since 1996 as Composer-In-Residence for Symphony in C, in which he played bass clarinet from 1980 through 2002.
Daniel Dorff serves as VP 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 Executive Board of The Charles Ives Society, and has served on the board of the National Flute Association.
Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation Solo August IdyllFor Solo Flute 4:00 Flute Unaccompanied Day Things Went Wrong At The Pet Store11 Cartoons for Piano 17:00 Piano Unaccompanied Deep Funk, Pt. 2Dance Sonata for Solo Viola 16:00 Viola Unaccompanied Flowers of St. FrancisFive Scenes for solo Bass Clarinet 14:00 Bass Clarinet Unaccompanied In A Deep FunkDance Set For Solo Bass Clarinet (Or Contralto Or Contrabass) 14:00 Bass Clarinet In A Deep FunkDance Set for Unaccompanied Contrabassoon 14:30 Contrabassoon Unaccompanied Nocturne CapriceFor Solo Flute 7:45 Flute Unaccompanied RomanzaOn A Theme By Rochberg 4:00 Piano Unaccompanied SparkFor Solo Viola 3:00 Solo Viola TweetFor Solo Piccolo 4:30 Piccolo Unaccompanied Woodland ReverieFor Solo Flute 3:30 Flute Unaccompanied Chamber Ensemble (2 Performers) 9 Walks Down 7th AvenueRondo Variations for Flute and Piano 9:00 Allegro VolanteFor Xylophone and Piano 4:30 Percussion with Piano Andante Con Variazioni 4:30 Woodwind Duet April WhirlwindFor Flute and Piano 8:00 Barnyard BashFor Eb Alto Saxophone and Piano 2:00 Alto Saxophone with Piano Concertinofor Flute and Piano 1045 Flute, Piano Concerto for Contrabassoon 12:00 Contrabassoon, Piano Cool StreetFor E-Flat Alto Saxophone and Piano 1:15 Alto Saxophone with Piano Dance Music for Mr. MouseA Cartoon Ballet for Eb Clarinet and Piano (and optional Animation) 9:30 Clarinet with Piano Dances and Canons 7:00 Woodwind Duet Desert Dusk 9:00 Mixed Duet Fanfare for Two Trumpets 40 Trumpet Duet Flash!For Piccolo and Piano 6:30 Piccolo with Piano Folk Song Suitefor Two Flutes 8:30 Flute Duet For Elise for Flute and Piano 8:00 Flute, Piano Hot Spots 8:00 English Horn, Clarinet in Bb Invention after BWV 1013 2:30 Flute Duet It Takes Four To TangoFor Violin (Or Flute) and Guitar Old New Borrowed BlueA Collection Of Fun Duets for Flute and Bb Clarinet Pastorale (Souvenirs Du Frog)For Bb Clarinet and Piano 6:00 Clarinet with Piano Peaceful JourneyFor Cello and Piano 8:00 Cello and Piano Serenade For Flute And Harp 16:00 Flute, Harp Serenade To Eve, After RodinFor Flute and Guitar 9:00 Flute and Guitar Snow Angelfor Flute and Piano 5:30 Flute, Piano Sonata (Three Lakes)For Flute and Piano 18:00 Flute with Piano Sonatina D’AmoreFor Two Contrabassoons 8:00 Contrabassoon Duet Sonatine De GivernyFor Piccolo and Piano 10:00 Piccolo with Piano Summer SolsticeConcerto for Clarinet and Strings 19:00 Clarinet with Orchestra Sunshine Rondo 2:15 Violin with Piano The Seven Chakras Three Dance EtudesFor Marimba (Duo Or Ensemble) 18:00 Three Little Waltzes 7:00 Woodwind Duet Three Mysteries of NagasakiFor Violin and Percussion 13:00 Mixed Duet Three RomancesFor Flute and Clarinet 8:00 Bb Clarinet, Flute Trees(After The Poem By Joyce Kilmer) 5:00 Two CatsFor Flute and Clarinet 8:30 Zoe & XenaA Romp In The Park For Piccolo And Bass Clarinet 7:00 Woodwind Duet Chamber Ensemble (3 or More Performers) Cape May BreezesFor Wind Quintet 18:00 Woodwind Quintet Concerto for Contrabassoonquartet version, score and parts 12:00 Contrabassoon, Clarinet, Horn, Piano Dark Romance 4:00 Clarinet Quartet Fantasy, Scherzo and Nocturne 11:00 Saxophone Quartet Fast Walkfor 3 Bassoons and Contrabassoon 2:30 Bassoon Ensemble Fast Walkfor 3 Bb Clarinets and Bass Clarinet 2:30 Clarinet Quartet Fast Walkfor SATB Saxophone Quartet 2:30 SATB Saxophone Quartet FireworksFor Flute Orchestra 5:00 Flute Ensemble Hallelujah Chorus From “Messiah”For Clarinet Quartet Or Ensemble(arr.) 3:30 Clarinet Quartet It Takes Four To TangoFor 2 C Flutes, Alto Flute (Or 3 C Flutes), and Bass Flute 2:30 Flute Quartet It Takes Four To TangoFor 3 Bassoons and Contrabassoon (Quartet Or Ensemble) 2:30 Bassoon Ensemble It Takes Four to Tangofor Flute, Clarinet, Horn, and Bassoon 3:00 Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon It Takes Four To TangoFor Saxophone Quartet Saxophone Quartet It Takes Four To TangoFor String Quartet 2:30 String Quartet It Takes Four To TangoFor String Quintet 2:30 String Quintet It Takes Four To Tango-clar4For 3 B-Flat Clarinets and Bass Clarinet (Quartet Or Ensemble) 2:30 Clarinet Quartet Musetta Steps Outbased on “Musetta’s Waltz” from Puccini’s La Bohème 3:00 Saxophone Quartet Musetta Steps Outbased on Musetta’s Waltz from Giacomo Puccini’s “La Boheme” 3:00 Flute Quartet Perennials 21:00 Woodwind Trio The Year Of The RabbitA Watercolor for 3 C Flutes and Alto Flute 7:00 Flute Quartet Through A Misty Arch…For Flute Ensemble (With Optional Narrator And/Or Dance) 4:00 Flute Ensemble Vocal / Choral AlleluiaS.A.T.B., With Optional Keyboard 3:00 SATB Ave MariaFor Mezzo-Soprano, With Piano Or Organ 1:30 Eyelash Wish 2:45 FlamesS.A.T.B., A Cappella 3:00 SATB He Is LoveFor Two-Part Chorus and Keyboard 2:00 Mixed Chorus JabberwockyFor S.A.T.B Chorus, A Cappella 3:00 MagnificatS.A.T.B., With Optional Organ Or Piano, English Text(arr.) 2:40 SATB My Bonny Lass She SmilethS.A.B. and Piano(arr.) 1:40 Mixed Chorus My Bonny Lass She SmilethS.S.A.T.B., A Cappella(arr.) 1:30 SATB The Colors Of CreationFor S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella 6:20 SATB Works for Young Audiences A Treeful of Monkeysfor Narrator and Orchestra 7:30 Narr.; 1(=Picc.) 1 1 1 – 1 1 1 0; Perc. Hp. Str. A Treeful Of MonkeysFor Narrator, Bb Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Percussion, And Piano 7:30 Chamber Ensemble Billy and the CarnivalA Children’s Guide to the Instruments for Narrator and Orchestra 14:00 Narr.; 2(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 2 2 1 0; Timp. 3Perc.(Toy Bicycle Horn) Str. Blast Off!for Narrator and Orchestra 9:30 Narrator; 2(Picc.) 2(E.H.) 2 2(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Hp. Str. Goldilocks and the Three Bearsfor Narrator and Octet 8:00 Narr.: 1 0 1 0 – 0 0 1(B.Tbn.) 0; 1Perc. Hp. 1Vln. 1Vcl. 1Cb. Goldilocks and the Three Bearsfor Narrator and Orchestra 8:00 Narr.; 1 1 1 1 – 1 1 1(B.Tbn.) 0; 2Perc. Hp. Str. Old MacDonald Had An OrchestraFor Narrator, Oboe, Trombone, Percussion, Cello, and Piano 6:00 Chamber Ensemble Stone SoupAn Operatic Fable in One Delicious Act 35:00 Piano accompaniment, or Fl . Ob. Cl. Bsn. Tpt. Tbn. Pno. Hp. 2Perc. Str. Take the Orchestra Out to the Ballgamefor Narrator and Orchestra 5:00 Narr.; 1(=Picc.) 1 1 1 – 1 1 1 0; 1Perc. Str. Take the Orchestra Out to the BallgameFor Narrator With English Horn, Bb Trumpet, Percussions, Bass, and Piano 5:00 Mixed Ensemble The Adventures Of Mary’s Little Lamb(Version A) for Narrator, Contrabassoon, Horn, Violin, Viola, and Piano 3:30 Chamber Ensemble The Adventures Of Mary’s Little Lamb(Version B) for Narrator, Bassoon, Trombone, Percussion, Violin, and Piano 3:30 Chamber Ensemble The Bear Went Under The MountainFor Narrator With Flute/Piccolo, Bass Trombone, Cello, Percussion, and Piano 6:00 Chamber Ensemble The Three Little PigsFor Narrator, Violin, and Cello 1045 Violin, Cello Orchestra Fanfare Overturefor Orchestra 3:00 2 2 2 2 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; 3Perc. Str. Fast WalkVersion for Orchestra 3:00 2 2 3(B.Cl.) 2 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 0; Timp. 2Perc. Str. It Takes Four To TangoFor String Orchestra 2:30 String Orchestra Lamentationsfor String Orchestra 5:00 Str. Pachelbel’s ChristmasA Merry Mélange for Orchestra 4:30 2 2 2 2 – 2(opt.dbl. ) 2 2 1; 1Perc.(dbl.Timp.) Str. Philly Rhapsodyfor Orchestra 11:30 3(Picc.) 2 3(B.Cl.) 2 – 4 3 3 1; 3Perc. Drum Set, Pno. Hp. Str. The Kissfor Orchestra 14:00 3(Picc., 2nd dbl.AltoFl.) 3(E.H.) 2 2, 1Ten.Sax. – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Cel. Hp. Str. Orchestra with Soloist(s) Allegro Volantefor Xylophone and Orchestra 5:00 Solo Xyl.;2(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str. Concertinofor Flute and Orchestra 1045 Solo Fl.; 0 1 2 1 -1 0 0 0; 1Perc (Glock., 2 Sus Cym, BD) Str. Concerto for Contrabassoonwith Clarinet, Horn, and Strings 12:00 Solo Cbsn.; Cl. Hn.; Str. (minimum 22.214.171.124.1) Concerto for Piano and Orchestra 24:00 Solo Pno.; 2 2 2 2 – 3 2 3 1; 3Perc., Str. Concerto for Solo Percussion and Orchestra 20:00 Solo Perc.; 2(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 3 3(Euph.) 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str. Flash!for Piccolo and Orchestra 6:30 Solo Picc.; 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 1; 2Perc. Str. Summer SolsticeConcerto for Clarinet and Strings 17:00 Solo Cl. in A; Str. (minimum 126.96.36.199.1) Sunburstfor Solo Violin and Strings 3:30 Solo Vln.; Str. Orch. Band / Wind Ensemble Allegro VolanteFor Xylophone and Band 2:30 Concert Band Brahms’ Scherzo From Piano Quintet In F MinorFor Band(arr.) 7:00 Concert Band Flash!For Piccolo and Band 6:30 Concert Band Foshay Tower Washington MemorialMarch for Band(arr.) 3:00 Concert Band Symphony of Delusionsfor Wind Ensemble 18:00 Picc., 2Fl., 2Ob., Eb Cl., 3Cl., A.Cl.(opt.), B.Cl., Cb.Cl.(opt.), Bsn., Cbsn., 2A.Sax., T.Sax., Bar.Sax. – 2Hn., 3Tpt., 2Tbn., B.Tbn., Euph., Tu.; 5Perc. Pno. Pachelbel Canon Arrangements Pachebel CanonFor B-Flat Tenor Or Soprano Saxophone and Piano(arr.) 4:00 Pachebel CanonFor Euphonium and Piano(arr.) 4:00 Euphonium with Piano Pachebel CanonFor Flute and Guitar(arr.) 4:00 Pachebel CanonFor Soprano (Descant) Or Tenor Recorder and Piano(arr.) 4:00 Pachelbel Canon(arr.) 4:00 Alto Saxophone with Piano Pachelbel CanonFor A.A.T.B. (Or S.A.T.B.) Saxophone Quartet(arr.) 5:00 Saxophone Quartet Pachelbel CanonFor Any 2 Or 3 Melody Instruments and Bass Instrument(arr.) 5:30 Chamber Ensemble Pachelbel CanonFor Any 2 Or 3 Melody Instruments and Piano(arr.) 3:30 Chamber Ensemble Pachelbel CanonFor B Flat Trumpet and Piano(arr.) 4:00 Trumpet with Piano Pachelbel CanonFor B-Flat Clarinet and Piano(arr.) 3:30 Clarinet with Piano Pachelbel CanonFor Bassoon and Piano(arr.) 4:00 Bassoon with Piano Pachelbel CanonFor Cello and Piano(arr.) 4:00 Pachelbel CanonFor F Horn and Piano(arr.) 4:00 Horn with Piano Pachelbel CanonFor Flute and Piano(arr.) 4:00 Flute with Piano Pachelbel CanonFor Marimba (Or Vibraphone Or Bells) and Piano(arr.) Pachelbel CanonFor Oboe and Piano(arr.) 4:00 Oboe with Piano Pachelbel CanonFor String Quartet(arr.) 5:30 String Quartet Pachelbel CanonFor Trombone and Piano(arr.) 4:00 Trombone with Piano Pachelbel CanonFor Two Bb Trumpets and Piano(arr.) Trumpet Duet Pachelbel CanonFor Two Flutes and Piano(arr.) 3:30 Flute Duet with Piano Pachelbel CanonFor Two Violins and Piano(arr.) 3:30 Violin Duet Pachelbel CanonFor Viola and Piano(arr.) 4:00 Viola with Piano Pachelbel CanonFor Violin and Piano(arr.) 4:00 Violin with Piano Pachelbel CanonFor Violin, Cello, and Piano(arr.) 3:30 Piano Trio Pachelbel CanonFor Woodwind Quintet(arr.) 3:30 Woodwind Quintet Other Arrangements A Treasury Of Bach DuetsFor Flute and Bb Clarinet(arr.) Woodwind Duet A Treasury Of Mozart Duets7 Familiar Favorites(arr.) Woodwind Duet A Treasury Of Puccini Duets8 Favorite Arias for Flute and Bb Clarinet(arr.) 16:00 Woodwind Duet American ConcertoFor Trumpet and Orchestra(arr.) 16:00 Trumpet with Piano Clair De Lune(arr.) 1:30 Concerto for Violin and Orchestra(arr.) 26:00 Violin with Piano Duo for Flute and Clarinet(arr.) 8:30 Woodwind Duet Kol NidreiFor Flute and Piano(arr.) 7:00 Ode To JoyFrom Symphonie No. 9, for Flute and Piano(arr.) 2:20 Ode To JoyFrom Symphony No. 9(arr.) 2:20 Ode To JoyFrom Symphony No. 9 – Arranged for E-Flat Saxophone and Piano(arr.) 2:20 Alto Saxophone with Piano Ode To JoyFrom Symphony No. 9 – for Violin and Piano(arr.) 2:20 Violin with Piano Ode To JoyFrom Symphony No. 9, Arranged for B-Flat Clarinet and Piano(arr.) 2:20 Clarinet with Piano Ode To Joy, From Symphony No. 9Arranged for B-Flat Trumpet and Piano(arr.) 2:20 Trumpet with Piano Overture To “The Barber Of Seville”Arranged for Clarinet Quartet Or Ensemble(arr.) Clarinet Quartet Piano Concerto No.1(arr.) 19:00 2 Pianos 4 Hands SarabandeFor Clarinet Quartet(arr.) 3:40 Clarinet Quartet Schubert Greatest MelodiesArranged for Violin (First Position) and Piano(arr.) 10:00 Violin with Piano SicilianoFrom Flute Sonata No. 2 In E-Flat Major – for Flute, B-Flat Clarinet, and Bassoon (Or Cello)(arr.) 1:45 Mixed Quartet Variations On AmericaFor Flute and Piano(arr.) 6:50 Variations On AmericaFor Trumpet and Piano(arr.) Trumpet with Piano Variations On America(arr.) Violin with Piano Wir EilenFrom Cantata No. 78 – for Two Violins and Piano(arr.) Violin Duet Wir Eilen, From Cantata No. 78Arranged for Two Flutes and Piano(arr.) 6:00 Flute Duet
…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.
…a significant contribution to the future of classical music.
–Stephen Eddins, allmusic.com
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
ANDANTE CON VARIAZIONI FOR FLUTE AND CLARINET
interesting, imaginative…and certainly worthy of performance
–The Clarinet (West)
The concert opened with Daniel Dorff’s “April Whirlwind” (1997), an exuberant and joyful paean to Spring…
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.
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
DANCE MUSIC FOR MR. MOUSE
It really was fun to play through this piece.
–Paul Roe, The Clarinet
for Alto Flute & Cello
Acclaimed American composer Daniel Dorff’s flute and piccolo works have become part of the standard repertoire…this single movement work comes with a score and two individual parts…The melody has frequently changing time signatures and tonal and dynamic contrasts.
–Sharon Lierse, Stringendo
FANTASY, SCHERZO AND NOCTURNE
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
This short, upbeat piece makes a terrific opener for a concert, or as the first piece after intermission.
–Susan Fancher, Saxophone Journal
…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…
–Rosamund Plummer, flutefocus.com
Dorff’s “Flash!” is indeed, ‘flashy’ taking full advantage of that stereotypical bubbly upper register of the piccolo and plenty of trills to be had in a somewhat jazzy context.
–Daniel Coombs, Audiophile Audition
IN A DEEP FUNK
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
INVENTION AFTER BWV 1013
–David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer
IT TAKES FOUR TO TANGO
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
Worthy of the spotlight … the most interesting and sensitively performed on the concert … the composer should be heard from again.
–Valdes, Philadelphia Inquirer
MUSETTA STEPS OUT
for Flute Quartet
We are very excited to program this piece in the future, and I cannot stress enough how much fun any quartet will have learning and performing this piece, which could be played by high school students but is appropriate for any advanced quartet. Expect this work to be a crowd pleaser when you perform it.
–Ronda Benson Ford, The Flutist Quarterly
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
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.
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.
…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.
–Wind’s Magazine (UK)
…the material conjures brilliant floral bouquets: upbeat jazzy rhythms, luminous color and an elegant tribute to Bach.
–Peter Burwasser, Philadelphia City Paper
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
It is a good test of sensitive phrasing and flexible tempo changes. …quite a sophisticated little piece.
SERENADE TO EVE, AFTER RODIN
A really charming miniature.
–Hubert Culot, Music Web (UK)
SONATINE DE GIVERNY
…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…
–Rosamund 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, 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
Concerto for Clarinet and Strings
[“Summer Solstice”] is in the American symphonic language of midcentury neoclassicists and is extremely beautiful. … This concerto manages to be tonal, expressive and beautiful without seeming cliche. At 18 minutes, it makes a great recital piece and is perfect for high school and college students as well as professionals. … Highest recommendation.
–Sean Osborn, The Clarinet
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
THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT
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
THREE DANCE ETUDES
…highly appealing, vigorous … coloristic, lively dances exploited the instrument’s best qualities.
–Kimmelman, Philadelphia Inquirer
…a breezy, sultry, singing duo for flute and clarinet that sounds just plain fun to play.
–Francesca Arnone, The Flutist Quarterly
THROUGH A MISTY ARCH…
A very nice piece, with pleasing harmonic progressions…
–New Flute Review
DANCES AND DELIGHTS
Move Records (MD 3421); January 1, 2017
Performer(s): Monash University Flute Ensemble
THE AMERICAN ALBUM
Centaur Records (CRC3525); November 11, 2016
Performer(s): Patricia Surman, flute, Kostas Chardas, piano
Work(s): Sonata (Three Lakes)
Albany Records (TROY1652); November 1, 2016
Performer(s): The Scott/Garrison Duo (Leonard Garrison, piccolo; Shannon Scott, bass clarinet)
Work(s): Zoe & Xena
FACETS: MUSIC FOR FLUTE AND GUITAR
Cline / Cuestas Duo (); October 14, 2016
Performer(s): Cline/Cuestas Duo (Jenny Cline, flute; Carlos Cuestas, guitar)
Work(s): Serenade to Eve, After Rodin
CD Baby (5638365148); January 1, 2014
Performer(s): Angela Massey, flute; Vahan Sargsyan, piano
Work(s): April Whirlwind
Albany Records (TROY1404); February 1, 2013
Performer(s): Shannon Scott, clarinet, Leonard Garrison, flute, Rajung Yang, piano
Work(s): Andante con Variazioni
Dances and Canons
Pastorale (Souvenirs du Frög)
Three Little Waltzes
Azica Records (ACD-71257); May 25, 2010
Performer(s): Pam Youngblood, flute, Gabriel Bita, piano
Work(s): 9 Walks Down 7th Avenue
FAIRY TALES, FOLKLORE, AND FABLES
New Focus Recordings (FCR 108); December 10, 2009
Performer(s): Auricolae Children’s Troupe
Work(s): The Three Little Pigs
THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE & OTHER TALES
Bridge Records (9229); December 11, 2007
Performer(s): Symphony in C, Rossen Milanov, conductor; Ukee Washington, Ann Crumb, narrators
Work(s): Billy and the Carnival
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Three Fun Fables
Crystal Records (CD 713); October 1, 2004
Performer(s): Lois Herbine, piccolo, Charles Abramovic, piano
Work(s): Sonatine de Giverny
THE WHITE PEACOCK
Barking Dog Records (BDR022); November 1, 2002
Performer(s): Harris-Coates Duo: Debora Harris, flute, Mike Coates, guitar
Work(s): Serenade to Eve, After Rodin
SOUSA: MUSIC FOR WIND BAND, VOL. 1
Naxos (8.559058); January 1, 2001
Performer(s): Royal Artillery Band, Keith Brion, conductor
Work(s): Foshay Tower Washington Memorial March
Power and Glory (March of the Mitten Men)
THE CLARINETIST COMPOSER
Northbranch Records (); January 1, 2001
Performer(s): David Hattner, clarinet; Albert Tiu, piano
Work(s): Pastorale (Souvenirs du Frög)
INFLORESCENCE III – MUSIC FOR SOLO FLUTE
Cantelina Records (No. 21); December 1, 2000
Performer(s): Laurel Zucker, flute
Work(s): August Idyll
INTERCLARINET, VOL. 1
Farao Classics ( B 108-011); January 1, 2000
Performer(s): Interclarinet Ensemble
Work(s): It Takes Four to Tango
SOUNDS OF CELEBRATION
Isis (CD 028); January 1, 2000
Performer(s): Fine Arts Brass Ensemble
Work(s): Pachelbel’s Christmas
MORE SONGS OF LOVE
Capstone Records (CPS-8667); January 1, 1999
Performer(s): Helene Williams, soprano, Leonard Lehrman, piano
Work(s): Eyelash Wish
THE 2 CONTRAS
Crystal Records (CD 349); May 28, 1996
Performer(s): Susan Nigro, Burl Lane, contrabassoons
Work(s): Sonatina d’Amore
Meister Music (Japan) (MM1016); November 1, 1995
Performer(s): Harmo Saxophone Quartet
Work(s): Fast Walk
It Takes Four to Tango
Performer(s): Mimi Stillman, flute
Work(s): Nocturne Caprice
2015: Winner, National Flute Association
2009: 1st Prize, International Piccolo Symposium composer competition, for “Flash!”
2000: Winner, National Flute Association
1996-2015: Composer-In-Residence for Symphony in C (formerly Haddonfield Symphony)
1974: First Prize in the Aspen Music Festival’s annual composers’ competition, for “Fantasy, Scherzo, and Nocturne” for Saxophone Quartet
A Treeful of Monkeys
for Narrator and OrchestraA Treeful of Monkeys
For Narrator, Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Percussion, And PianoAllegro Volante
for Xylophone and BandBilly and the Carnival
A Children’s Guide to the InstrumentsBlast Off!
for Narrator and OrchestraConcertino
for Flute and OrchestraConcerto for Contrabassoon
with Clarinet, Horn, and StringsFanfare Overture
for OrchestraFast Walk
for Piccolo and BandFlash!
for Piccolo and OrchestraGoldilocks and the Three Bears
for Narrator and Mixed OctetGoldilocks and the Three Bears
for Narrator and OrchestraLamentations
for String OrchestraPachelbel’s Christmas
A Merry Mélange for OrchestraPhilly Rhapsody
for OrchestraStone Soup
An Operatic Fable in One Delicious ActSummer Solstice
Concerto for Clarinet and StringsSymphony of Delusions
for Wind EnsembleTake the Orchestra Out to the Ballgame
for Narrator and OrchestraThe Kiss