Percussion Concerto #2

"Concerto for Percussion Section & Orchestra"

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra



THE AWAKENING HOUR for wind ensemble



Piccolo, Flute 1, Flute 2-3, 

Oboe 1, Oboe 2-3, English Horn

Bb Clarinet 1, Bb Clarinet 2-3, Bass Clarinet in Bb

Eb Alto Saxophone 1-2, Bb Tenor SaxophoneEb Baritone Saxophone

Bassoon 1-2, Contrabassoon

(Flutes 1,2 & 3 and Clarinets 1,2 & 3 may employ multiple players)


C Trumpet 1, C Trumpet 2-3

Horn 1-2, Horn 3-4

Trombone 1, Trombone 2-3, Bass Trombone

Euphonium 1-2

Tuba 1-2


Percussion 1: Crotales (two-octave set), Chimes (tubular bells), Timbales, Bongos

Percussion 2: Vibraphone, Large Tam-tam, 4 Tom-toms

Percussion 3: Glockenspiel, Concert Bass Drum

Contrabass 1-2 (amplified)

Piano (amplified)


University of Connecticut Wind Ensemble

School of Fine Arts, Department of Music

von der Mehden Recital Hall

premiere performance: November 30, 2017

for Jeffrey Renshaw, with support from the Jeffrey H. Renshaw Fund for New Music

[4']- performance materials available for purchase from: ATHERTON HILL PRESS

(score & parts available in both printed copies as well as digital PDF versions)


LUMINOSITY "Concerto for Wind Orchestra"    

commissioned by the CBDNA (College Band Director's National Association) with support by a consortia of university, college and professional ensembles organized by Dr. Nikk Pilato, Emory University.

 Other participating institutions include: Arkansas State University, Augustana College, California State University-Stanislaus, Cincinnati College Conservatory, Depauw University, Eastern Kentucky University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida State University, Georgia Southern University, Kansas State University, Kennesaw State University, Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Mt. San Antonio College, New World School of the Arts, New World School of the Arts High-School (SOTA), Ridgewood Concert Band, St. Olaf University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Tennessee Tech University, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Texas Tech University, Troy University, University of British Columbia, University of Illinois, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Montana, University of South Carolina, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Texas, University of Texas Pan- American, University of Washington, University of West Georgia, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 

Premiere performance: Emory University Wind Ensemble,  April 24,2015, Conductor: Nikk Pilato, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Atlanta, GA.

score- Schott-Helicon ED 30106



 Piccolo, Flute 1 (2-3 players), Flute 2 (2-3 players), Oboe 1, Oboe 2, English Horn, Eb Clarinet., Bb Solo Clarinet, Bb Clarinet 1 (2-3 players), Bb Clarinet 2 (2-3 players), Bb Clarinet 3 (2-3 players), Bb Bass Clarinet, Eb Alto Saxophone 1, Eb Alto Saxophone 2, Bb Tenor Saxophone, Eb Baritone Saxophone, Bassoon (2 players), Contrabassoon


C Trumpet 1, C Trumpet 2, C Trumpet 3, Horn 1-2, Horn 3-4, Trombone 1, Trombone 2, Bass Trombone, Euphonium (2 players), Tuba (1-2 players), C. Bass (2 players)

Piano (amplified)


Percussion 1- crotales, amplified marimba (shared with Percussion 2), bongos, timbales, small tam-tam, small suspended cymbal, brake drum, stainless steel mixing bowl, mark tree, wind chimes, 2 small suspended triangles, wood block

Percussion 2- marimba (shared with Percussion 1), vibraphone, 4 tom-toms, medium tam-tam, medium suspended cymbal, brake drum, stainless steel mixing bowl, mark tree, wind chimes, 2 medium suspended triangles,wood block

Percussion 3- xylophone, glockenspiel, tubular bells, concert bass drum, 20” by 20” tom, 2 conga drums, large tam-tam, large suspended cymbal, brake drum, stainless steel mixing bowl, 2 large suspended triangles, wood block


[23'] Schott Helicon score- ED 30106, performing materials available on rental.

Luminoisty Stage Setup

Chapel Music five "diverse" songs for chorus and orchestra                

commissioned by Northwestern University for the 50th Anniversary Birthday Celebration Concert

Alice Millar Chapel Choir
Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble
Millar Brass Ensemble
Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra
Dr. Stephen Alltop- Music Director and Conductor
Premiere Performance: February 9, 2014
the Alice Millar Chapel Northwestern University Evanston, Illinois 

[30'] Schott-Helicon

Percussion Concerto #2 "concerto for percussion section and orchestra"''commissioned by the Percussive Arts Society to celebrate its 50th  anniversary

Hans Graf- Conductor

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

World Premiere Performances:

November 11 &12, 2011

Hibert Circle TheaterIndianapolis, Indiana

[38'] Schott-Helicon''

The Poet's Hour...  "Solioquy for Violin and Strings"reflections on Thoreau."

commissioned by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Gerard Schwarz- Music Director and Conductor

World Premiere Performances

September 23-26, 2010

Benaroya Hall

Seattle, Washington

[13'] Schott-Helicon

Chasing Light... for orchestra

a Ford Made in America Commission
Reno Chamber Orchestra
Theodore Kucher-Music Director and Conductor
World Premiere Performances
September 20-21, 2008
Nightingale Concert Hall
Reno, NV

Ford Made in America is made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company.

Major support is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional funding from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts and The Amphion Foundation. The Reno Chamber Orchestra's performance of Chasing Light...; was made possible in part by a generous gift from Sue and Dieter von Hennig.

2-picc-2-2-Obs, 2-Cls, 2-Bsn, 2-2-1, amp Pf, 1- perc, timp, strings
[18'] Schott-Helicon

Morning's Embrace for orchestra

commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra for the orchestra's 75th Anniversary Classical Season and supported in part by Frank and Geryl Pearl
National Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slakin- Music Director
World Premiere Performance
Thursday, February 23, 2006
The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Washington, DC

2-picc-2-E Hn-2-Bs Cl-2-C bsn; 4-2-3-Bs tbn-1; perc (3); timp; amp pf; amp hp;
[18'] Schott-Helicon

Recoil for wind ensemble

commissioned by the University of Connecticut and the Raymond and Beverly Sackler New Music Foundation
University of Connecticut Wind Ensemble
Jeffery Renshaw- Music Director and conductor
World Premiere Performance
November 3, 2004
Carnegie Hall, New York, NY

2 Fls, picc, 2 Obs, E Hn, 3 Clars, Bs.Clr, 2 Bsns, C.Bsn, SATB-Saxes, 4-2-2, Euph, Tuba, amp Pf; Perc (4)
[12'] Schott-Helicon

Full score and parts are available for sale and distributed by Hal Leonard. 

Full Score:   ED30008, HL 49016683

Set of Parts: ED30008-1, HL 49016684

New Morning for the World "Daybreak of Freedom"  for narrator and Orchestra, (text from the words of Martin Luther King, Jr) 

commissioned by AT&T for the Eastman Philharmonia Orchestra

Narrator; 4(3.4.pic)-3(3.E hn)-3(3.b cl)-3; 4-3-4-1; amp pf, amp cel, hp; timp, perc (4); strings
[23'] [EA 484 Study Score] Schott-Helicon

New Morning for the World "Daybreak of Freedom"

version for narrator and Chamber Orchestra, (text from the words of Martin Luther King, Jr) 

chamber orchestra version commissioned by the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston

Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston
Isaiah Jackson- Music Director and conductor
World Premiere Performance January 25, 2004
Sanders Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Narrator; 2 Fls (2-pic), 2 Obs (2-E hn), 2Clars (3-Bs Clr), 2 Bsns, 2 Hns, 2 Tpts, Pf, 1 Perc, Strings
[23'] Schott-Helicon

New Morning for the World "Daybreak of Freedom" 

version for narrator and wind ensemble, (text from the words of Martin Luther King, Jr)

 [23']  Schott-Helicon transcription by Nikk Pilato.

September Canticle "Fantasy" (In Memoriam) for Organ, Brass, Percussion, Amplified Piano and Strings

commissioned by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Jesus Lopez-Cobos- Guest Conductor
James Diaz- organist
Premiere Performance
February 21,22,23,24, 2002
Eugene McDermott Concert Hall
Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, TX
4-3-3(3Bs.tbn)-1; perc (4). timp; amp. pf; organ; strings
[18'] Schott-Helicon

Angelfire "Fantasy" for Amplified Violin and Orchestra

commissioned by the Howard Hanson Memorial Institute of the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music
National Symphony Orchestra

Anne Akiko Meyers- violinist 

Marin Alsop- Conductor

Premiere Performance: November 8, 2002,

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC

2-1-E. Hn-2(; 4-2-2-; amp. pf; hp; timp; perc (3); solo amp. vln; strings
[18'] Schott-Helicon

Beyond Autumn "Poem for Horn and Orchestra"

commissioned by the International Horn Society with support from the Barlow Endowment and the Dallas Symphony
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Gregory Hustis- Principal Horn
Andrew Litton- Music Director and Conductor
World Premiere Performance
September 30, October 1, 1999
Eugene McDermott Concert Hall
Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, TX

2-picc-2-E Hn-2-Bs Cl-2-C bsn; 4-3-2-Bs tbn-1; perc (3); timp; amp pf; hp; solo Hn; strings
[19'] Schott-Helicon

Evening Land Symphony

commissioned by the by the Barlow Endowment and the St. Louis Symphony

3(3.pic)-3(3.E Hn)-3(; 4-3-3 1;pf/harpsichord;timp;perc(3);str;soprano solo (movement two)
Text by Par Lagerkvist from his collection of poems, "Aftonland," translated by W.H. Auden and Leif Sjoberg

[30'] [EA 781 Study Score] Schott-Helicon

Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra

commissioned by the New York Philharmonic for its 150th anniversary

Christopher Lamb- soloist

New York Philharmonic Orchestra

World Premiere Performance

January 6, 1995, in Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center

3(3.picc)-(2.,E Hn)-3(; 4-3-3-1;pf, harp;timp;perc (3); strings

[30'] [EA 802 Study Score] Schott-Helicon

Percussion Concerto (wind ensemble version)

Picc, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, E. Hn, Eb Clr, & Bb Clr, Bs. Clr, 2 Bsns, c. Bsn, 4 Horns, 3 C Trumptes, 2 Trombones, Bs Tbn and Tuba, Piano, Harp, 3 percussion, solo percussion.

transcription by: Andrew Boysen, Jr.

[30'] Schott-Helicon

Percussion Concerto (version for two pianos and soloist)

[30'] Schott-Helicon

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra

commissioned by the Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A. for The New York International Festival of the Arts

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Leonard Slatkin- Conductor

Emanuel Ax- Soloist

World Premiere Performance

July 8, 1988 in Avery Fisher Hall, New York City

2(2.picc)-2(2. E.H.)-2(2.Bs.Cl)-2; 2-2-2-1; cel; perc (2); strings

[29'] [EA 802 Study Score] Schott-Helicon

Distant Runes and Incantations for Piano solo (amplified) and Orchestra

commissioned by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

2(2.pic)-2(2.E hn)-2(2.b cl)-2; 2-2-0-0; cel; perc (2);strings

[15'] [EA 541 Study Score] Schott-Helicon

Dreamcaller - Three Songs for Soprano, Violin solo and Orchestra

commissioned by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, (text by the composer)

Pinchas Zukermann- Violin

Lucy Shelton- Soprano

1(al fl)-2(2.E hn)-1(b cl)-2; 2-1-0-0; 2-1-0-0; pf/cel; perc; strings

[21'] Schott-Helicon

Freeflight "Fanfares" & "Fantasy"

commissioned by the Boston Pops Orchestra

John Williams Music Director 3(3.picc)-3-3( cl)-3(; 4-3-3-1; pf; hp; timp; perc (3); strings

[6'] Schott-Helicon

From Afar..."Fantasy for Guitar and Orchestra"

commissioned by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Premiere Performance

January, 1988,

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra

Leonard Slatkin- conductor

Sharon Isbin- soloist

3(3.picc)- 3(3.E Hn)-3(3 b cl)-3(3.cbsn); 4-3-3-1; pf/cel, hp; timp, perc (3); strings, amp guitar

[16'] Schott-Helicon

From Afar..." A Fantasy for Guitar and Orchestra" (chamber orchestra  version)

[16'] Schott-Helicon

Magabunda  (Witchnomad) "four Poems of Agueda Pizarro" for Soprano and Orchestra

commissioned by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

4( fl, 4.picc)-3(3.E hn)-3(2.E-flat, 3.b cl)-3(3.cbsn); 4-3-3-1; amp pf/cel, hp; timp, perc (4); strings

[29'] [EA 516 Study Score] Schott-Helicon

A Play of Shadows for Flute and Chamber Orchestra

consortium commission from Ransom Wilson, Paula Robison, and Carol Wincenc with NEA funds

(2.picc)-2-2( cl)-2; 2-1-1-0; pf; hp; perc (3); strings; solo flute[15'] Schott-Helicon

A Sudden Rainbow

Meet the Composer Residency Commission

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, February 1986

3(3.picc)-3(3.E hn)-3(3.b cl)-3(3.cbsn); 4-3-3-1; pf, cel, harp; timp, perc (3); strings

[15'] [EA 558 Study Score] Schott-Helicon

Toward Light

commissioned by the Canton Symphony Orchestra

3(3.pic)-3-3-3; 4-3-3-1; pf (2), hp; timp, perc (3); strings

[22'] [EA 701 Study Score] Schott-Helicon

Aftertones of Infinity

commissioned by the American Composer's Orchestra

2(2.picc)-2(2.E Hn)-2-2 4-2-3-1; T, Pf/Cel, hp; timp; perc (3); strings

[14'] [P66790 Study Score] CF Peters

(The 1979 Pulitzer Prize in Music)

In evening's stillness...

commissioned by the Illinois College Band Directors Association

3-picc,-3,E Hn, -3,Bs.Clr,-3,C.Bsn, 4-3-3-1; amp pf; perc(4)

[15'] [Full Score: EA806FS] [Set of Parts: ES806SET] Schott-Helicon

...and the mountains rising nowhere

commissioned by the Eastman Wind Ensemble with a grant from the NEA

6(1.-4.pic)-4(3.4.E hn)-2-4; 4-4-4-1; amp pf; timp (4), perc (5); cb

[11'] [EA 375FS Full Score] [EA 375SET Parts] Schott-Helicon

From a Dark Millennium

commissioned by the Mid-American Conference Band Directors Association

3(2.3.pic)-2-E hn-3(1.E-flat cl, 2.3.b cl)-3; 4-3-4-1; amp pf, amp cel; timp, perc (4); 2 cb
[12'] [EA 470FS Full Score] [EA 470SET Parts] Schott-Helicon

Modus Caelestis

12 flutes, 12 strings, 3 percussion, Celeste and Piano
premiere performance- Eastman School of Music Nov,. 1972
[12'] Schott-Helicon


Taking Charge for Flute/Piccolo, Percussion and Piano

commissioned by Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University

Premiere performance, June 6, 2012

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

Bienen School of Music

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

Kristin Carr- Flute/Piccolo, tambourine

Andrew Emerich-percussion

Alex More- percussion

Nolan Pearson-piano. tam-tam, tambourine

[20'] Schott-Helicon

Dream Drapery  “Thoreau Songs” for Contralto and Baroque String Quartet

DREAM DRAPERY “Thoreau Songs,”. commissioned by the Galax Quartet and contralto Karen Clark through Meet the Composer's 2011 Commissioning Music/USA program

 (made possible by generous support from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Helen F. Whitaker Fund) and donations from the following individuals: Tara Lynn Fulton, Bryan Higgins, Kirby Leong, Marilyn Marquis, Elizabeth T.Mayer, Annie and Bruce Nalezny, Alexandra Saur, Celeste Winant, and Wendy Zukas).

Song 1: Each More Melodious Note I Hear 

Song 2: I Was Born Upon thy Bank River, The Poet’s Delay

Song 3: I Mark the Summer’s Swift Decline

Song 4: A Winter and Spring Scene

Song 5: Hymn for Bruce–“Dies Irae” 

Song 6: Low-anchored Cloud, Old Meeting-House Bell, Woof of the Sun, Ethereal Gauze

[21'] Schott-Helicon

Looking Back for Flute and Piano

commissioned by the former students of Samuel Baron to honor his memory

[20'] Schott-Helicon

 Silver Halo for Flute Quartet

commissioned by Flute Force with support from the Brannen-Cooper Fund

Flute 1/energy chime

Flute 2/Piccolo/energy chime

Flute 3/Alto Flute

Flute 4/Bass Flute

[16'] Schott-Helicon

Percussion Concerto  (version for two pianos and soloist)

[30'] Schott-Helicon

Rhiannon's Blackbirds

commissioned by Chamber Music America for 8th blackbird
University of Richmond Ensemble-in-Residence.
Premiere Performance
Thursday, October 12, 2006,
Modlin Center for the Arts, Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music,
The University of Richmond, Richmond, VA
Piccolo/Flute, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Violin/Voila, Cello, Piano and Percussion

[16'] Schott-Helicon

Soaring for flute and piano

for Carol Wincenc

[2'] Schott-Helicon EA 733

Black Anemones for flute and piano

a transcription for flute and piano of a song originally published in "Two Poems of Agueda Pizarro"

The flute and piano transcription has been recorded by Ransom Wilson- flute, on New World Records 80403-2 (CD).
[4'] Schott-Helicon EA 755

Consortium II

commissioned by the Boston Musica Viva

fl, cl, vn, vc, pf, perc

[12'] Schott-Helicon

Distant Runes and Incantations

chamber version commissioned by a consortium of ensembles including the Boston Musica Viva; The Da Capo Chamber Players and the 20th Century Consort

fl, cl, vln I, vln II, vla, vcl, pf, perc

[15'] Schott-Helicon

In Aeternum  for cello solo and four players

commissioned by Boston Musica Viva

vcl (bowed crotales), a fl (fl, pf, watergong, 2 crystal glasses), b cl (cl, watergong, 2 crystal glasses), vla (vln, crotales), perc.
[15'] [EA 196FS Score] 
[EA 196SET Parts] Schott-Helicon

Music of Amber

I. Wind, Willow, Whisper..
II. Sanctuary
commissioned by the Fromm Foundation

fl, cl (b cl), vln, vcl, pf, perc.
[20'] [EA 485 Score] Schott-Helicon

Canticle of the Evening Bells

commissioned by the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble

flute solo, ob(EH), cl, bsn, tpt, hrn, trb, pf, perc, vln, vla, vcl, cb

[20'] [P66678] CF Peters

Chronicon for bassoon and piano

[10'] [P66283] CF Peters

Consortium (I)

commissioned by the Boston Musica Viva

fl, cl, vln, vla, vcl
[9'] [P66556] [Set of Parts P66556a] CF Peter

Diaphonia Intervallum

Alto Sax,fl, pf, cl, vln I, vln II, vla, vcl I, vcl II, cb
[12'] [P66586] [Set of Parts P66586a] CF Peters


commissioned by the Boston Musica Viva
fl, cl, vln, vla, vcl, pf 
[15'] [P66679] CF Peters


Dream Drapery for Contralto and Baroque String Quartet

commissioned by the Galax Quartet through the Meet the Composer 2011 Comissioning Music/USA program

Premiere performance, October 21, 2012

Indiana Landmarks

Indianapolis, IN

[20'] Schott-Helicon

Sparrows  for soprano and chamber ensemble; (texts by Issa)

commissioned by the 20th Century Consort

soprano, fl (pic), cl, vln vla, vcl, pf, hp, perc.

[18'] [EA 450 Score] Schott-Helicon

Wild Angels of the Open Hills "a cycle of five songs"  for soprano, flute and harp

Texts by Ursula LeGuin 

commissioned by the Naumburg Foundation for the Jubal Trio

[28'] [P66782] CF Peters


Two Poems of Agueda Pizarro for soprano and piano

[15'] [EA 476] Schott-Helicon


In Aeternum for organ

for Organ [10'] [EA 169] Schott-Helicon

Veiled Autumn (Kindertodeslied) for piano

       Changing Faces Piano Anthology
      [4'] [EA 591] Schott-Helicon

Velocities (Moto Perpetuo for Solo Marimba)

comssioned by Leigh Howard Stevens with a Consortium Commissioning Grant from the Percussive Arts Society and the NEA

[8`] [EA 704]   Schott-Helicon

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