Eric Ewazen

  • Born in Cleveland, Ohio, and receiving his Bachelor’s of Music Degree from Eastman, and Master’s and Doctorate Degrees from The Juilliard School, ERIC EWAZEN has written many chamber works for brass, winds, percussion and increasingly strings, piano, and voice that have become standards of the repertoire. His music in all genres, including orchestra, wind ensemble and chorus, has been performed around the world with great acclaim. Distinguished soloists and chamber ensembles performing his music include players as diverse as percussionist Evelyn Glennie, the American Brass Quintet, and the Ahn Trio; trombonists Charles Vernon, Joseph Alessi, Ronald Barron, Christian Lindberg, Nitzan Haroz, David Taylor and James Lebens; clarinetists Franklin Cohen and Larry Combs; flutists Elizabeth Rowe, Mindy Kaufman, Julius Baker and Jan Gippo; trumpet players Chris Gekker, David Bilger and Philip Smith; among many others from major symphonies around the world, including the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Symphony, the Concertgebouw, the Paris Opera Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, and noted players from major symphonies and orchestras in every state of the U.S.

    Recent orchestral performances of Ewazen’s music include major symphonies such as the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra in Colorado, the Alabama Symphony, the Anchorage Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic, the West Virginia Symphony, the Calgary (CA) Symphony, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Lille in France, the Birmingham (U.K.)Philharmonic, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Valladolid and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife in Spain, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Thailand Philharmonic, and the Moment Musicale Orchestra of Taiwan. His music for wind ensemble has been performed by all the major service bands in the U.S., including the USMA Band (which premiered his work commissioned for the 200th anniversary of West Point in Carnegie Hall), the U.S. Army Band, Marine Band, Navy Band, Army Field Band and U.S. Coast Guard Bands.

    He has been a guest composer at conservatories, colleges and universities, doing residencies (so far) in 47 of the 50 U.S. States, and overseas at conservatories such as McGill and Laval Universities in Canada, the Birmingham (U.K.) Conservatory, the Paris Conservatoire, the Zagreb Conservatory, the Matera (Italy) Conservatorio, the Conservatories in Tenerife and Salamanca, Spain, the Lisbon Conservatory in Portugal, Saratov Conservatory in Russia, the Showa and Senzoku Gakuen Conservatories in Japan, Mahidol University in Bangkok, the Sydney, Brisbane, Hobart, and Australian National University in Australia, Rio de Janeiro, Joao Pessoa and Recife Conservatories in Brazil, and at festivals such as the Festival of Wind Instruments in Jeju (Korea), WASBE (Singapore), Jonkoping Brass Festival (Sweden), and the Southeast Asian Brass Festival in Bangkok and all major Summer music Festivals in the U.S., including Tanglewood, Aspen and the Music Academy of the West.

    His music can be heard on over 60 commercially released CDs, and over 400 Youtube clips.

    He received his Bachelors of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music and Masters and Doctorate Degrees from The Juilliard School, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1980. His teachers have included Samuel Adler, Milton Babbitt, Warren Benson, Eugene Kurtz, Gunther Schuller and Joseph Schwantner. He was Composer-in-Residence with the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, and Vice-President of the League of Composers – International Society of Contemporary Music.

    For the 2011-12 season, he has been commissioned to write a Concerto Grosso for Three Trombones and Orchestra for the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Virginia Symphonies, with JoAnn Falletta. The Virginia Symphony will also be performing his “Hymn for the Lost and the Living”, an In Memoriam to 9/11, orchestrated by Otto Werner Mueller, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Three solo CDs of his music will be released in 2011, all on Albany Records: one devoted to his chamber music for flute, performed by Marya Martin with the Bridgehampton Chamber Musicians; another to his trumpet music, featuring Chris Gekker, Nathaniel, and James Lebgens; and a third devoted to his music for wind ensemble, featuring the University of Memphis Wind Ensemble.

  • Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation
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    Sonata for Harpsichord 110-41817 :18:00 Harpsichord
    Three Inventions
    For Piano
    110-41791 8:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    Smoky Mountain Celebration
    From “Southern Landscapes”
    110-41795 6:30 2 Pianos
    Larkspur And Rubies
    For Solo Marimba
    114-41740 1:30 Solo Marimba
    A Night In New Orleans
    Sonatine for Solo Flute
    114-41663 12:00 Flute
    Chamber Ensemble (Woodwinds)
    Classical Concerto
    For Saxophone and Orchestra
    114-41458 23:00 Tenor Saxophone, Piano
    Cumberland Suite
    Woodwind Quintet No. 2
    114-41548 18:00 Woodwind Quintet
    Divinities At Dawn 114-41462 Flute with Piano
    Eternal Spring
    (Hudson River Idyll)
    114-41785 :10:00 2 Flutes, Piano
    For Alto Saxophone
    114-41441 11:00 Alto Saxophone with Piano
    Harmony In Blue and Gold 114-41472 21:00 Flute Quartet
    Hold Fast Your Dreams
    Concerto No. 2 for Oboe
    114-41553 Oboe with Piano
    Palisades Suite (A Trio for Our Time) 114-41451 22:00 Woodwind Trio
    Rhapsody for Saxophone Quartet 114-41478 9:00 Saxophone Quartet
    Sonata No. 1
    For Flute and Piano
    114-41442 20:00 Flute with Piano
    Sonata No. 2
    For Flute and Piano
    114-41564 21:00 Flute with Piano
    A Song From The Heart
    For Alto Saxophone and Piano
    114-41777 7:00 Alto Saxophone, Piano
    A Song From The Heart
    For Bb Clarinet and Piano
    114-41776 7:00 Bb Clarinet, Piano
    A Song From the Heart
    for Oboe and Piano
    114-41832 7:00 Oboe, Piano
    Two Festive Fanfares
    for Clarinet Choir
    114-41554 Clarinet Ensemble
    Two Festive Fanfares
    For Double Reed Choir
    114-41650 Chamber Ensemble
    A Trio for Piccolo (Or Flute), Clarinet, and Piano
    114-41496 22:00 Woodwind Trio with Piano
    Chamber Ensemble (Brass)
    A Response To 9/11
    114-41452 4:00
    Autumn Rondo
    For Horn And Piano
    114-41728 :2:40 Horn with Piano
    Bachauer Fanfare
    For Brass Quintet
    114-41453 5:00 Brass Quintet
    Four Scenes From The Balkans for Brass Quintet
    114-41525 18:00 Brass Quintet
    Barcarolle and Caprice
    A Chamber Concerto for Trombone and Brass Quintet
    114-41551 12:00 Brass Quintet
    Basso Cantante
    For 6 Euphoniums and 6 Tubas
    114-41454 8:00 Brass Ensemble
    Bridge Of Dreams
    For 8 Horns
    114-41455 20:00 Horn Octet
    Canto Di Lutto, Danza Della Vita
    In Memoriam Per Le Vittime Del Terremoto L’Aquila
    114-41457 11:00 Trombone Quartet
    For Horn and String Orchestra
    114-41501 20:00 Horn with Piano
    Double Concerto
    For Trumpet, Trombone, and Orchestra
    114-41463 21:00 Brass Duet with Piano
    A Duet for Our Time 114-41450 22:00 Trombone Ensemble
    A Duet for Our Time 114-41542 22:00 Brass Duet
    For 8-Part Trumpet Choir
    114-41465 5:15 Trumpet Octet
    Emerald Rhapsody
    For Three C Trumpets and Piano
    114-41531 10:00 Trumpet Trio with Piano
    Emerald Rhapsody
    For Three Trombones and Piano
    114-41466 10:00 Trombone Trio
    Encomium 114-41467 10:00 Trombone Ensemble
    Eternal Spring
    (A Hudson River Idyll)
    114-41444 :10:00 Trumpet, Piano
    Fanfare for A Great Teacher
    For 8-Part Trumpet Choir
    114-41502 2:30 Trumpet Octet
    Fanfarria Castellana
    for 11 Brass
    114-41469 12:00 Brass Ensemble
    A Festival Of Trumpets
    For The National Trumpet Conference
    114-41449 4:30 Trumpet Octet
    Front Range Fanfare
    for 11 Brass and 2 Percussion
    114-41470 8:00 Brass Ensemble
    Gold Coast Harmony
    for 2 Horns and Piano
    114-41471 5:00 Horn Duet with Piano
    High Desert Octet
    For 8 Horns In F
    114-41473 16:00 Horn Octet
    In Memoriam
    For Trumpet Sextet
    114-41642 5:00 Trumpet Quartet
    Midlands Melody
    For Bass Trombone and Piano
    114-41474 5:00 Bass Trombone with Piano
    Palmetto Suite
    For Alto Trombone and Piano
    114-41476 20:00 Alto Trombone with Piano
    Scènes de Flandres 114-41480 20:00 Trombone Quartet
    A Song From The Heart
    For Horn and Piano
    114-41778 7:00 F Horn, Piano
    A Song From The Heart
    For Trumpet and Piano
    114-41439 7:00 Trumpet with Piano
    Songs of Love and Loss
    For Bass Trombone And Piano
    114-41644 Bass Trombone, Piano
    Songs Of The Sun
    (Canções do Sol) Concerto No. 3 for Trombone and Orchestra
    114-41539 18:00 Trombone with Piano
    Three Lyrics Of Edna St. Vincent Millay
    For Trumpet And Piano
    114-41489 Trumpet with Piano
    Trio for Trombone, Tuba, and Piano 114-41493 18:00 Brass Trio
    Triple Concerto
    For 3 Trombones and Orchestra
    114-41565 24:00 Brass Trio
    Trois Peintures 114-41494 Piccolo Trumpet (or Soprano Saxophone) and Piano
    Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Brahms
    for Trumpet (or Flugelhorn) and Piano
    114-41495 12:00 Trumpet with Piano
    Woodland Quartet
    For 4 Horns
    114-41497 16:00 Horn Quartet
    Chamber Ensemble (Strings)
    for Violin and String Orchestra
    114-41498 23:00 Violin with Piano
    Midlands Melody
    For Cello and Piano
    114-41547 5:00 Cello with Piano
    Winter Rondo
    For Cello and Piano
    114-41550 Cello, Piano
    Chamber Ensemble (Percussion)
    Soliloquy and Rondo
    From The Eternal Dance Of Life
    114-41481 12:00 Percussion Ensemble
    Symphony for Percussion 114-41488 18:00 Percussion Ensemble
    Chamber Ensemble (Voice)
    Hosanna to Life 111-40271 4:00 Voice, Piano
    A Summer’s Journey
    For Voice, Trombone, and Piano
    111-40237 22:00 Voice with Instrument
    Songs of Love and Loss
    For Bass Voice and Piano
    111-40263 Piano, Bass
    Three Lyrics Of Edna St. Vincent Millay
    For High Voice And Piano
    111-40248 Voice with Piano
    Chamber Ensemble (Mixed)
    The Art Of The City 114-41556 25:00 Chamber Ensemble
    Bridgehampton Suite 114-41456 13:30 Flute and String Ensemble
    The Diamond World
    For Violin, Cello, Piano, and Optional Drum Set
    114-41487 8:00 Piano Trio
    Eternal Spring (A Hudson River Idyll)
    for Trumpet and Ensemble
    23412 00:10:00 Solo Tpt.; Fl., Ob., Cl., Hn., Bsn.; Pno., 2Vln., Vla., Vcl. Cb.
    Island Chants and Dances 17464 8:00 Woodwind Quintet, Brass Quintet and String Quartet
    A Quintet for Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Violin, and Cello
    114-41503 24:00 Chamber Ensemble
    Rattlin’ Roarin’ Willie
    From “Songs To The Banks Of Ayr”
    114-41603 6:00 Piano Trio
    For Wind Quintet
    114-41799 5:30 Woodwind Quintet
    Three Lyrics Of Edna St. Vincent Millay
    For Trumpet And Marimba
    Trio for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano 114-41490 22:00 Piano Trio
    Trio for Horn, Violin, and Piano 114-41492 21:00 Piano Trio
    for Trumpet, Violoncello, and Piano
    114-41491 22:00
    For Violin, Cello, And Piano
    114-41643 21:00 Piano Trio
    Chamber Symphony 17462 24:00 2 2 2 2 – 2 0 0 0; Timp. 2Perc. Pno. Str.
    Island Songs and Landscapes
    for Chorus and Orchestra
    23544 SATB Ch.; 1 1 1 1 – 2 0 1(B.Tbn.) 0; Perc. Pno. Str.
    Monument to Color and Light
    for Orchestra
    21666 8:00 3(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 2 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Vibr. Mar. Perc. Hp. Str.
    Orchestra with Soloist(s)
    Classical Concerto
    for Saxophone and Orchestra
    17521 23:00 Solo Ten.Sax.; 2 2 2 2 – 4 2 2 1; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    Concerto for Horn and String Orchestra 17463 20:00 Solo Hn; Str.
    Concerto for Oboe and Wind Ensemble 17519 3(Picc.) 2 3(B.Cl.) 2, 2A.Sax., Ten.Sax., Bar.Sax. – 2 2 3(B.Tbn.) 1, Euph; 2Perc. Vibr. Marim.
    Concerto for Violin and Strings 17518 Solo Vln.; Str.
    Double Concerto
    for Violin, Cello and Orchestra
    23524 22:00 Vln. Vcl. Soli; 3(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 2 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    Emerald Rhapsody
    for Trombone Trio and Orchestra
    21725 3Tbn. Soli; 3(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    Fantasia for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble 21763 11:00 Solo AltoSax.; Picc., 2Fl., 2Ob., 3Cl., B.Cl., Contralto Cl., 2Bsn., 2A.Sax., 1Ten., 1Bar.Sax., – 4Tpt., 4Hn., 2Tbn., B.Tbn., 2Euph., 2Tu., Cb.; Timp. 2Perc. Vib. Mar.
    Fantasia for Taiko and Orchestra 23549 7:20 6Taiko; 3(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 2 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 1Perc. Vib. Mar. Glock. Str.
    A Poem of Hope
    for Violoncello and String Orchestra
    21664 Solo Vcl.; Str. Orch.
    Songs of the Sun (Canções do Sol)
    Concerto No. 3 for Trombone and Orchestra
    21707 18:00 Solo Tbn.; 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 2 1; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    Triple Concerto
    for 3 Trombones and Orchestra
    21716 24:00 3 Tbn. Soli; 3(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 2 0 1; Timp. 2Perc. Vib. Mar. Str.
    Symphony for Percussion 21715 18:00 10Perc.
    Heartland Symphony
    for Orchestra
    21782 15 3(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 2Perc. Mar. Vib. Str.
    Band / Wind Ensemble
    Allegro Brillante From ‘Triple Concerto’
    For Band
    115-40215 :8:45 Concert Band
    Artisans (3. From Celestial Dancers)
    For Band
    115-40223 :7:00 Concert Band
    Celestial Dancers 21665 20:00 Wind Ensemble
    Faces (1. From Celestial Dancers)
    For Band
    115-40221 :7:00 Concert Band
    (1. From Symphonic Dances)
    115-40209 Concert Band
    Grand Mesa
    for Band
    115-40210 7:00 Concert Band
    Hold Fast Your Dreams
    (Concerto No. 2 for Oboe and Wind Ensemble)
    21672 Solo Ob.; 3(Picc.) 2 3(B.Cl.) 2, 1A.Sax., 1T.Sax., 1Bar.Sax. – 2 2 3(B.Tbn.) 1, Euph.; Timp. 4Perc.
    Southern Landscapes
    for Band
    21667 22:00 Picc., 2Fl., 2Ob., 3Cl., B.Cl., CA.Cl., 2Bsn., 2A.Sax., T.Sax., Bar.Sax. – 4Tpt., 4Hn., 2Tbn., B.Tbn., 2Euph., 2Tu., Str.Bass; Timp., 2Perc., Vib.. Mar.
    Spring Serenade
    For Band
    115-40212 7:00 Concert Band
    Symphonic Dances
    for Band
    21668 20:00
    Trees (2. From Celestial Dancers)
    For Band
    115-40222 :6:00 Concert Band
    Visions (4. From Celestial Dancers)
    For Band
    115-40224 :4:00 Concert Band

  • This is the kind of music that inspires people to become musicians. …conspicuous value…communicative, well-wrought structures… That Ewazen is so often effective in writing appealing sounds without descending into banality is testimony to his command of harmony, counterpoint, rhythm, texture, and pacing – and the fine judgment that shapes it all. … Ewazen has a keen sense of sound and absolute mastery of craft. He has long been writing some of the best music of our time. … Ewazen always communicates, and what he has to say here is well worth listening to again and again.
    –Gorman, American Record Guide

    …proved the perfect opener [and] was instantly likeable. It’s bright, fanfare-like opening was akin to the curtain opening going up on a cinematic, wide-screen spectacle. Indeed, there were elements of a Hollywood western epic in its expansive feel and sweep of energy. A calmer mood prevailed in the second movement, yet even here the momentum never let up, with a return of the victorious fanfare theme at the end. The Good Guys won again.
    –Steve Siegel, The Morning Call

  • Perspectives PERSPECTIVES
    Summit Records (692); January 1, 2017
    Performer(s): American Brass Quintet
    Work(s): Canticum Honoris Amicorum
    Inspired by Brahms INSPIRED BY BRAHMS
    Albany Records (TROY1616); February 1, 2016
    Performer(s): Michael Thornton, horn; Yumi Hwang-Williams, violin; Andrew Litton, piano
    Work(s): Trio for Horn, Violin, and Piano
    Marya Martin Plays Eric Ewazen MARYA MARTIN PLAYS ERIC EWAZEN
    Albany Records (TROY1271); May 1, 2011
    Performer(s): Marya Martin, flute, Jeewon Park, piano
    Work(s): Bridgehampton Suite
    Sonata No. 1
    New American Masters, Vol. 3 NEW AMERICAN MASTERS, VOL. 3
    Albany Records (TROY1195); July 1, 2010
    Performer(s): Palisades Virtuosi
    Work(s): Palisades Suite
    Escape Velocity ESCAPE VELOCITY
    Albany Records (TROY1159); December 1, 2009
    Performer(s): TCU Percussion Ensemble, Brian A. West, conductor
    Work(s): Symphony for Percussion
    Clarion CLARION
    Albany Records (TROY962); October 1, 2007
    Performer(s): Chris Gekker, trumpet, David Salness, violin, Rita Sloan, piano
    Work(s): Trio for Horn, Violin, and Piano
    Sejong Plays Ewazen SEJONG PLAYS EWAZEN
    Albany Records (TROY577); July 1, 2006
    Performer(s): International Sejong Soloists, Adele Anthony, violin
    Work(s): Concerto for Violin and Strings
    Winter WINTER
    Albany Records (TROY670); June 29, 2004
    Performer(s): Chris Gekker, trumpet, Ted Guerrant, piano
    Work(s): Aftershock
    Three Lyrics of Edna St. Vincent Millay
    Orchestral Music & Concertos ORCHESTRAL MUSIC & CONCERTOS
    Albany Records (TROY477); February 26, 2002
    Performer(s): Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Paul Polivnick, conductor, James Houlik, tenor saxophone
    Work(s): Chamber Symphony
    Classical Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra

  • Composer-in-Residence with the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble
    Vice-President of the League of Composers – International Society of Contemporary Music

  • Concerto for Horn and String Orchestra
    Concerto for Violin and Strings
    Double Concerto
    for Trumpet, Trombone and Orchestra
    Grand Mesa
    for Band
    Hold Fast Your Dreams
    Concerto No. 2 for Oboe and Wind Ensemble
    Songs of the Sun (Canções do Sol)
    Concerto No. 3 for Trombone and Orchestra
    Southern Landscapes
    for Band
    Spring Serenade
    for Band
    Triple Concerto
    for Three Trombones and Orchestra