Daniel Dorff

  • 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.

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    August Idyll
    For Solo Flute
    114-41285 4:00 Flute Unaccompanied
    Day Things Went Wrong At The Pet Store
    11 Cartoons for Piano
    490-01145 17:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    Deep Funk, Pt. 2
    Dance Sonata for Solo Viola
    114-41196 16:00 Viola Unaccompanied
    Flowers of St. Francis
    Five Scenes for solo Bass Clarinet
    114-41600 14:00 Bass Clarinet Unaccompanied
    In A Deep Funk
    Dance Set For Solo Bass Clarinet (Or Contralto Or Contrabass)
    114-41636 14:00 Bass Clarinet
    In A Deep Funk
    Dance Set for Unaccompanied Contrabassoon
    114-40881 16:00 Contrabassoon Unaccompanied
    Nocturne Caprice
    For Solo Flute
    114-41176 7:45 Flute Unaccompanied
    On A Theme By Rochberg
    110-40719 4:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    For Solo Viola
    114-41768 3:00 Solo Viola
    For Solo Piccolo
    114-41447 4:30 Piccolo Unaccompanied
    Woodland Reverie
    For Solo Flute
    114-41506 3:30 Flute Unaccompanied
    Chamber Ensemble (2 Performers)
    9 Walks Down 7th Avenue
    Rondo Variations for Flute and Piano
    114-41245 9:00
    Allegro Volante
    For Xylophone and Piano
    114-40750 4:30 Percussion with Piano
    Andante Con Variazioni 494-01337 4:30 Woodwind Duet
    April Whirlwind
    For Flute and Piano
    114-40913 8:00
    Barnyard Bash
    For Eb Alto Saxophone and Piano
    114-40434 2:00 Alto Saxophone with Piano
    for Flute and Piano
    114-41918 10:45 Flute, Piano
    Concerto for Contrabassoon 114-41819 :12:00 Contrabassoon, Piano
    Cool Street
    For E-Flat Alto Saxophone and Piano
    114-40433 1:15 Alto Saxophone with Piano
    Dance Music for Mr. Mouse
    A Cartoon Ballet for Eb Clarinet and Piano (and optional Animation)
    114-40749 9:30 Clarinet with Piano
    Dances and Canons 494-01416 7:00 Woodwind Duet
    Desert Dusk 114-41831 :9:00 Mixed Duet
    Fanfare for Two Trumpets 494-02685 0:40 Trumpet Duet
    For Piccolo and Piano
    114-41360 6:30 Piccolo with Piano
    Folk Song Suite
    for Two Flutes
    114-41807 8:30 Two Flutes
    For Elise
    for Flute and Piano
    114-41804 8:00 Flute, Piano
    Invention after BWV 1013 114-41812 2:30 Two Flutes
    It Takes Four To Tango
    For Violin (Or Flute) and Guitar
    Old New Borrowed Blue
    A Collection Of Fun Duets for Flute and Bb Clarinet
    Pastorale (Souvenirs Du Frog)
    For Bb Clarinet and Piano
    114-40873 6:00 Clarinet with Piano
    Peaceful Journey
    For Cello and Piano
    494-02688 8:00 Cello and Piano
    Serenade For Flute And Harp 114-41769 16:00 Flute, Harp
    Serenade To Eve, After Rodin
    For Flute and Guitar – Set Of Two Performance Scores
    114-41023 9:00
    Snow Angel
    for Flute and Piano
    114-41906 5:30 Flute, Piano
    Sonata (Three Lakes)
    For Flute and Piano
    114-41566 18:00 Flute with Piano
    Sonatina D’Amore
    For Two Contrabassoons
    114-40941 8:00 Contrabassoon Duet
    Sonatine De Giverny
    For Piccolo and Piano
    114-41088 10:00 Piccolo with Piano
    Summer Solstice
    Concerto for Clarinet and Strings
    114-41823 Clarinet with Orchestra
    Three Dance Etudes
    For Marimba (Duo Or Ensemble)
    114-40432 18:00
    Three Little Waltzes 494-03014 7:00 Woodwind Duet
    Three Mysteries of Nagasaki
    For Violin and Percussion
    114-41079 13:00 Mixed Duet
    Three Romances
    For Flute and Clarinet
    494-02813 8:00 Bb Clarinet, Flute
    (After The Poem By Joyce Kilmer)
    494-02853 5:00
    The Seven Chakras 114-41328
    Sunshine Rondo 494-02689 2:15 Violin with Piano
    Two Cats
    For Flute and Clarinet
    494-02817 8:30
    Zoe & Xena
    A Romp In The Park For Piccolo And Bass Clarinet
    114-41660 7:00 Woodwind Duet
    Chamber Ensemble (3 or More Performers)
    Cape May Breezes
    For Wind Quintet
    114-41662 18:00 Woodwind Quintet
    Concerto for Contrabassoon
    quartet version, score and parts
    114-41818 :12:00 Contrabassoon, Clarinet, Horn, Piano
    Dark Romance 494-02684 4:00 Clarinet Quartet
    Fantasy, Scherzo and Nocturne 494-02801 11:00 Saxophone Quartet
    Fast Walk
    for 3 Bassoons and Contrabassoon
    114-41822 :2:30 Bassoon Ensemble
    Fast Walk
    for 3 Bb Clarinets and Bass Clarinet
    114-41820 :2:30 Clarinet Quartet
    Fast Walk
    for SATB Saxophone Quartet
    114-41821 :2:30 SATB Saxophone Quartet
    For Flute Orchestra
    114-41770 :5:00 Flute Ensemble
    Hallelujah Chorus From “Messiah”
    For Clarinet Quartet Or Ensemble(arr.)
    114-41737 3:30 Clarinet Quartet
    It Takes Four to Tango
    for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, and Bassoon
    114-41813 :3:00 Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon
    It Takes Four To Tango
    For 2 C Flutes, Alto Flute (Or 3 C Flutes), and Bass Flute
    114-41507 2:30 Flute Quartet
    It Takes Four To Tango
    For 3 Bassoons and Contrabassoon (Quartet Or Ensemble)
    114-40872 2:30 Bassoon Ensemble
    It Takes Four To Tango-clar4
    For 3 B-Flat Clarinets and Bass Clarinet (Quartet Or Ensemble)
    114-40871 2:30 Clarinet Quartet
    It Takes Four To Tango
    For Saxophone Quartet
    114-40870 Saxophone Quartet
    It Takes Four To Tango
    For String Quartet
    114-40942 2:30 String Quartet
    It Takes Four To Tango
    For String Quintet
    114-41060 2:30 String Quintet
    Musetta Steps Out
    based on Musetta’s Waltz from Giacomo Puccini’s “La Boheme”
    114-41889 3:00 Flute Quartet
    Musetta Steps Out
    based on “Musetta’s Waltz” from Puccini’s La Bohème
    114-41616 3:00 Saxophone Quartet
    Perennials 494-02907 21:00 Woodwind Trio
    Through A Misty Arch…
    For Flute Ensemble (With Optional Narrator And/Or Dance)
    114-40435 4:00 Flute Ensemble
    The Year Of The Rabbit
    A Watercolor for 3 C Flutes and Alto Flute
    114-41015 7:00 Flute Quartet
    Vocal / Choral
    S.A.T.B., With Optional Keyboard
    312-41580 3:00 SATB
    Ave Maria
    For Mezzo-Soprano, With Piano Or Organ
    111-40104 1:30
    The Colors Of Creation
    For S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella
    312-41836 6:20 SATB
    Eyelash Wish 111-40178 2:45
    S.A.T.B., A Cappella
    312-41406 3:00 SATB
    He Is Love
    For Two-Part Chorus and Keyboard
    362-03404 2:00 Mixed Chorus
    For S.A.T.B Chorus, A Cappella
    312-41725 3:00
    S.A.T.B., With Optional Organ Or Piano, English Text(arr.)
    312-41489 2:40 SATB
    My Bonny Lass She Smileth
    S.S.A.T.B., A Cappella(arr.)
    312-41492 1:30 SATB
    My Bonny Lass She Smileth
    S.A.B. and Piano(arr.)
    312-41575 1:40 Mixed Chorus
    Works for Young Audiences
    The Adventures Of Mary’s Little Lamb
    (Version A) for Narrator, Contrabassoon, Horn, Violin, Viola, and Piano
    111-40219 3:30 Chamber Ensemble
    The Adventures Of Mary’s Little Lamb
    (Version B) for Narrator, Bassoon, Trombone, Percussion, Violin, and Piano
    111-40220 3:30 Chamber Ensemble
    The Bear Went Under The Mountain
    For Narrator With Flute/Piccolo, Bass Trombone, Cello, Percussion, and Piano
    111-40196 6:00 Chamber Ensemble
    Billy and the Carnival
    A Children’s Guide to the Instruments for Narrator and Orchestra
    15986 14:00 Narr.; 2(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 2 2 1 0; Timp. 3Perc.(Toy Bicycle Horn) Str.
    Blast Off!
    for Narrator and Orchestra
    10052 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 Bears
    for Narrator and Orchestra
    10098 8:00 Narr.; 1 1 1 1 – 1 1 1(B.Tbn.) 0; 2Perc. Hp. Str.
    Goldilocks and the Three Bears
    for Narrator and Octet
    10069 8:00 Narr.: 1 0 1 0 – 0 0 1(B.Tbn.) 0; 1Perc. Hp. 1Vln. 1Vcl. 1Cb.
    Old MacDonald Had An Orchestra
    For Narrator, Oboe, Trombone, Percussion, Cello, and Piano
    111-40244 6:00 Chamber Ensemble
    Stone Soup
    An Operatic Fable in One Delicious Act
    16656 35:00 Piano accompaniment, or Fl . Ob. Cl. Bsn. Tpt. Tbn. Pno. Hp. 2Perc. Str.
    Take the Orchestra Out to the Ballgame
    for Narrator and Orchestra
    17481 5:00 Narr.; 1(=Picc.) 1 1 1 – 1 1 1 0; 1Perc. Str.
    Take the Orchestra Out to the Ballgame
    For Narrator With English Horn, Bb Trumpet, Percussions, Bass, and Piano
    111-40191 5:00 Mixed Ensemble
    The Three Little Pigs
    For Narrator, Violin, and Cello
    111-40216 10:45 Violin, Cello
    A Treeful of Monkeys
    for Narrator and Orchestra
    23631 7:30 Narr.; 1(=Picc.) 1 1 1 – 1 1 1 0; Perc. Hp. Str.
    A Treeful Of Monkeys
    For Narrator, Bb Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Percussion, And Piano
    111-40253 7:30 Chamber Ensemble
    Fanfare Overture
    for Orchestra
    23542 3:00 2 2 2 2 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; 3Perc. Str.
    Fast Walk
    Version for Orchestra
    23541 3:00 2 2 3(B.Cl.) 2 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 0; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    It Takes Four To Tango
    For String Orchestra
    116-40040 2:30 String Orchestra
    The Kiss
    for Orchestra
    10137 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.
    for String Orchestra
    16007 5:00 Str.
    Pachelbel’s Christmas
    A Merry Mélange for Orchestra
    16937 4:30 2 2 2 2 – 2(opt.dbl. ) 2 2 1; 1Perc.(dbl.Timp.) Str.
    Philly Rhapsody
    for Orchestra
    10449 11:30 3(Picc.) 2 3(B.Cl.) 2 – 4 3 3 1; 3Perc. Drum Set, Pno. Hp. Str.
    Orchestra with Soloist(s)
    Allegro Volante
    for Xylophone and Orchestra
    15975 5:00 Solo Xyl.;2(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.Version for Xylophone and Band published
    for Flute and Orchestra
    23637 10:45 Solo Fl.; 0 1 2 1 -1 0 0 0; 1Perc (Glock., 2 Sus Cym, BD) Str.
    Concerto for Contrabassoon
    with Clarinet, Horn, and Strings
    23540 12:00 Solo Cbsn.; Cl. Hn.; Str. (minimum
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra 16994 24:00 Solo Pno.; 2 2 2 2 – 3 2 3 1; 3Perc., Str.
    Concerto for Solo Percussion and Orchestra 15997 20:00 Solo Perc.; 2(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 3 3(Euph.) 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
    for Piccolo and Orchestra
    21780 6:30 Solo Picc.; 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 1; 2Perc. Str.
    Summer Solstice
    Concerto for Clarinet and Strings
    23539 17:00 Solo Cl. in A; Str. (minimum
    for Solo Violin and Strings
    16302 3:30 Solo Vln.; Str. Orch.
    Band / Wind Ensemble
    Allegro Volante
    For Xylophone and Band
    115-40196 4:30 Concert Band
    Brahms’ Scherzo From Piano Quintet In F Minor, Op. 34
    For Band(arr.)
    115-40188 7:00 Concert Band
    For Piccolo and Band
    115-40204 6:30 Concert Band
    Foshay Tower Washington Memorial
    March for Band(arr.)
    115-40190 3:00 Concert Band
    Symphony of Delusions
    for Wind Ensemble
    23543 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
    Pachelbel Canon(arr.) 114-40647 4:00 Alto Saxophone with Piano
    Pachelbel Canon
    For A.A.T.B. (Or S.A.T.B.) Saxophone Quartet(arr.)
    114-41221 5:00 Saxophone Quartet
    Pachelbel Canon
    For Any 2 Or 3 Melody Instruments and Bass Instrument(arr.)
    114-41230 5:30 Chamber Ensemble
    Pachelbel Canon
    For Any 2 Or 3 Melody Instruments and Piano(arr.)
    114-41231 3:30 Chamber Ensemble
    Pachelbel Canon
    For B-Flat Clarinet and Piano(arr.)
    114-40824 3:30 Clarinet with Piano
    Pachebel Canon
    For B-Flat Tenor Or Soprano Saxophone and Piano(arr.)
    114-40917 4:00
    Pachelbel Canon
    For B Flat Trumpet and Piano(arr.)
    114-40649 4:00 Trumpet with Piano
    Pachelbel Canon
    For Bassoon and Piano(arr.)
    114-40918 4:00 Bassoon with Piano
    Pachelbel Canon
    For Cello and Piano(arr.)
    114-40723 4:00
    Pachebel Canon
    For Euphonium and Piano(arr.)
    114-40660 4:00 Euphonium with Piano
    Pachelbel Canon
    For F Horn and Piano(arr.)
    114-40826 4:00 Horn with Piano
    Pachebel Canon
    For Flute and Guitar(arr.)
    114-40928 4:00
    Pachelbel Canon
    For Flute and Piano(arr.)
    114-40523 4:00 Flute with Piano
    Pachelbel Canon
    For Marimba (Or Vibraphone Or Bells) and Piano(arr.)
    Pachelbel Canon
    For Oboe and Piano(arr.)
    114-40889 4:00 Oboe with Piano
    Pachebel Canon
    For Soprano (Descant) Or Tenor Recorder and Piano(arr.)
    114-40927 4:00
    Pachelbel Canon
    For String Quartet(arr.)
    114-40926 5:30 String Quartet
    Pachelbel Canon
    For Trombone and Piano(arr.)
    114-40890 4:00 Trombone with Piano
    Pachelbel Canon
    For Two Bb Trumpets and Piano(arr.)
    114-41161 Trumpet Duet
    Pachelbel Canon
    For Two Flutes and Piano(arr.)
    114-40825 3:30 Flute Duet with Piano
    Pachelbel Canon
    For Two Violins and Piano(arr.)
    114-40868 3:30 Violin Duet
    Pachelbel Canon
    For Viola and Piano(arr.)
    114-40757 4:00 Viola with Piano
    Pachelbel Canon
    For Violin and Piano(arr.)
    114-40648 4:00 Violin with Piano
    Pachelbel Canon
    For Violin, Cello, and Piano(arr.)
    114-41054 3:30 Piano Trio
    Pachelbel Canon
    For Woodwind Quintet(arr.)
    114-40406 3:30 Woodwind Quintet
    Other Arrangements
    Overture To “The Barber Of Seville”
    Arranged for Clarinet Quartet Or Ensemble(arr.)
    114-40847 Clarinet Quartet
    American Concerto
    For Trumpet and Orchestra(arr.)
    144-40259 16:00 Trumpet with Piano
    Clair De Lune(arr.) 114-41101 1:30
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
    Solo Violin Part and Piano Reduction(arr.)
    144-40314 26:00 Violin with Piano
    Duo for Flute and Clarinet(arr.) 154-40017 8:30 Woodwind Duet
    Kol Nidrei
    For Flute and Piano(arr.)
    114-41233 7:00
    Ode To Joy
    From Symphony No. 9(arr.)
    114-41244 2:20
    Ode To Joy
    From Symphony No. 9, Arranged for B-Flat Clarinet and Piano(arr.)
    114-41242 2:20 Clarinet with Piano
    Ode To Joy, From Symphony No. 9
    Arranged for B-Flat Trumpet and Piano(arr.)
    114-41243 2:20 Trumpet with Piano
    Ode To Joy
    From Symphony No. 9 – Arranged for E-Flat Saxophone and Piano(arr.)
    114-41241 2:20 Alto Saxophone with Piano
    Ode To Joy
    From Symphonie No. 9, for Flute and Piano(arr.)
    114-41240 2:20
    Ode To Joy
    From Symphony No. 9 – for Violin and Piano(arr.)
    114-40779 2:20 Violin with Piano
    Piano Concerto No.1(arr.) 490-01001 19:00 2 Pianos 4 Hands
    For Clarinet Quartet(arr.)
    114-40769 3:40 Clarinet Quartet
    From Flute Sonata No. 2 In E-Flat Major – for Flute, B-Flat Clarinet, and Bassoon (Or Cello)(arr.)
    114-40455 1:45 Mixed Quartet
    Schubert Greatest Melodies
    Arranged for Violin (First Position) and Piano(arr.)
    114-40958 10:00 Violin with Piano
    A Treasury Of Bach Duets
    For Flute and Bb Clarinet(arr.)
    414-41199 Woodwind Duet
    A Treasury Of Mozart Duets
    7 Familiar Favorites(arr.)
    414-41203 Woodwind Duet
    A Treasury Of Puccini Duets
    8 Favorite Arias for Flute and Bb Clarinet(arr.)
    414-41207 16:00 Woodwind Duet
    Variations On America(arr.) 114-41353 Violin with Piano
    Variations On America
    For Flute and Piano(arr.)
    114-41286 6:50
    Variations On America
    For Trumpet and Piano(arr.)
    114-41305 Trumpet with Piano
    Wir Eilen
    From Cantata No. 78 – for Two Violins and Piano(arr.)
    114-40867 Violin Duet
    Wir Eilen, From Cantata No. 78
    Arranged for Two Flutes and Piano(arr.)
    114-40838 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

    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…
    –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,

    for Narrator and Orchestra
    …a delightful trip through space!
    Sharon Herald

    “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

    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

    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

    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

    …highly engaging…
    –David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer

    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

    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.
    –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.

    …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.
    –Music Teacher

    A really charming miniature.
    –Hubert Culot, Music Web (UK)

    …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

    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

    …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

    A very nice piece, with pleasing harmonic progressions…
    –New Flute Review

    for Solo Piccolo
    …a joyful, fun, and challenging piece for solo piccolo…
    –Barbara Siesel, The Flute View

  • Dances and Delights DANCES AND DELIGHTS
    Move Records (MD 3421); January 1, 2017
    Performer(s): Monash University Flute Ensemble
    Work(s): Fireworks
    The American Album THE AMERICAN ALBUM
    Centaur Records (CRC3525); November 11, 2016
    Performer(s): Patricia Surman, flute, Kostas Chardas, piano
    Work(s): Sonata (Three Lakes)
    Chimera CHIMERA
    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 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
    The Elements THE ELEMENTS
    CD Baby (5638365148); January 1, 2014
    Performer(s): Angela Massey, flute; Vahan Sargsyan, piano
    Work(s): April Whirlwind
    Perennials PERENNIALS
    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
    Three Romances
    Two Cats
    Wind Song WIND SONG
    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 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 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
    Blast Off!
    Goldilocks and the Three Bears
    Three Fun Fables
    Take Wing TAKE WING
    Crystal Records (CD 713); October 1, 2004
    Performer(s): Lois Herbine, piccolo, Charles Abramovic, piano
    Work(s): Sonatine de Giverny
    The White Peacock 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 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 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 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 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 SOUNDS OF CELEBRATION
    Isis (CD 028); January 1, 2000
    Performer(s): Fine Arts Brass Ensemble
    Work(s): Pachelbel’s Christmas
    More Songs of Love 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 THE 2 CONTRAS
    Crystal Records (CD 349); May 28, 1996
    Performer(s): Susan Nigro, Burl Lane, contrabassoons
    Work(s): Sonatina d’Amore
    Gift GIFT
    Meister Music (Japan) (MM1016); November 1, 1995
    Performer(s): Harmo Saxophone Quartet
    Work(s): Fast Walk
    It Takes Four to Tango
    Mimi MIMI
    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 Orchestra
    A Treeful of Monkeys
    For Narrator, Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Percussion, And Piano
    Allegro Volante
    for Xylophone and Band
    Billy and the Carnival
    A Children’s Guide to the Instruments
    Blast Off!
    for Narrator and Orchestra
    for Flute and Orchestra
    Concerto for Contrabassoon
    with Clarinet, Horn, and Strings
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
    Concerto for Solo Percussion and Orchestra
    Fanfare Overture
    for Orchestra
    Fast Walk
    for Orchestra
    for Piccolo and Band
    for Piccolo and Orchestra
    Goldilocks and the Three Bears
    for Narrator and Mixed Octet
    Goldilocks and the Three Bears
    for Narrator and Orchestra
    for String Orchestra
    Pachelbel’s Christmas
    A Merry Mélange for Orchestra
    Philly Rhapsody
    for Orchestra
    Stone Soup
    An Operatic Fable in One Delicious Act
    Summer Solstice
    Concerto for Clarinet and Strings
    Symphony of Delusions
    for Wind Ensemble
    Take the Orchestra Out to the Ballgame
    for Narrator and Orchestra
    The Kiss
    for Orchestra