PETER MENNIN Biography Works List

ORCHESTRA AND STRING ORCHESTRA

Canto for Orchestra (1961) 8:00
Picc./2/2/E. hn./2/b. cl./2; 4/3/3/3/1; timp., perc. (2-3); str.
*study score: SC22
Commissioned by the Association of Women's Committees for Symphony Orchestras. First performed March 4, 1963, by Victor Alessandro conducting the San Antonio Symphony. First New York performance February 16, 1965 by Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Concertato for Orchestra ("Moby Dick") (1952) 10:00
picc./2/2/eng. hn./2/b. cl./2; 4/3/3/1; timp., perc., str.
* study score: SC10
Commissioned by the Erie Philharmonic. First performance October 21, 1952 by Fritz Mahler conducting the Erie Philharmonic.

Fantasia for String Orchestra (1947) 11:00
Commissioned by the League of Composers for its 25th Anniversary. First performance January 17, 1948 by Walter Hendl conducting the New York Philharmonic.

Folk Overture (1945) 8:00
2 (picc.)/2/2/2; 4/3/3/1; timp., perc.; str.
First performance November, 1945 by Hans Kindler, conducting the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, D. C.

Sinfonia for Chamber Orchestra (1946) 5:00
2/2/2/2; 2/2/1/0; timp., pno.; str.
Commissioned by NBC Station WHAN, Rochester, NY.

Symphony No. 1 (1942) 56:00
Picc./2/2/e. hn./2/b. cl/2; 4/3/3/1; timp., perc. (3); str.

Symphony No. 2 (1944) 31:00
3 (picc.)/2/e. hn./2/2; 4/3/3/1; timp., perc.; str.
Bearns Prize in Composition from Columbia University, 1945. First Gershwin Memorial Prize for Symphonic Allegro movement. First performance March 27, 1945 by Leonard Bernstein conduction the New York Philharmonic.

Symphony No. 3 (1946) 23:00
picc./2/2/2/2; 4/3/3/1; timp., perc.; str.
First performance February 27, 1947 by Walter Hendl conducting the New York Philharmonic. Wlater W. Naumburg American Music Recording Award.

Symphony No. 4 (See: Chorus and Orchestra)

Symphony No. 5 (1950) 22:00
picc./2/2/2/2; 4/3/3/1; timp., perc. (3); str.
Commissioned by Dallas Symphony Orchestra. First performance April 2, 1950 by Walter Hendl conducting the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. First New York performance January 17, 1951 by Charles Munch conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Symphony No. 6 (1953) 25:00
picc./2/2/eng. hn./2/b. cl./2; 4/2/3/1; timp., perc. (3); str.
*Study score: SC18
Commissioned by the Louisville Orchestra. First performance November 18, 1953 by Robert Whitney, conducting the Louisville Orchestra. First New York performance February 17, 1955 by Dimitri Mitropoulos conducting the New York Philharmonic.

Symphony No. 7 (in one movement) ("Variation-Symphony") (1964) 26:00
picc./2/2/eng. hn./2/b.cl./2/cbn.; 4/3/3/1; timp., perc.; str.
*Study score: SC28
Commissioned by the Cleveland Orchestra. First performance January 23, 1964 by George Szell conducting the Cleveland Orchestra. First New York performance February 17, 1964 by George Szell conducting the Cleveland Orchestra.

Symphony No. 8 (1973) 26:00
3 (fl. 3 dbl picc.)/2/eng. hn./2/b. cl./bn./cbn.; 4/3/3/1; timp., perc. (4); str.
*Score: O5174
First performance November 21, 1974 by Daniel Barenboim conducting the New York Philharmonic.

Symphony No. 9 (1981) 20:00
picc./2/2/eng. hn./2/b. cl./2/cbn.; 4/4/3/1; timp., perc.; str.
Commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra for its 50th Season Anniversary. First performance in Washington, D. C., March 10, 1981 by Mstislav Rostropovich conducting the National Symphony Orchestra.

SOLO INSTRUMENT AND ORCHESTRA

Concertino for Flute, Strings, and Percussion (1945) 11:00
Solo flute; timp., snare drum; str.

Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (1955) 25:00
Solo cello; picc./2/2/2; 4/2/3/1; timp., perc., str.
*Cello & piano: O4963
Commissioned by the Juilliard Musical Foundation. First performance in New York City February 10, 1956, by Leonard Rose with Jean Morel conducting the Juilliard Orchestra.

Concerto for Flute and Orchestra (in one movement) (1983) 22:00
Solo flute; picc./1/2/eng. hn./2/b. cl./2/cbn.; 4/3/3/1; timp., perc. (3); str.
*Flute & piano: O5172
Commissioned by the New York Philharmonic. First performance May 25, 1988 by Jeanne Baxtresser with Zubin Mehta conducting the New York Philharmonic.

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1957) 25:00
Solo piano; picc./2/2/2/2; 4/2/3/1; timp., perc.; str.
Commissioned by the Cleveland Orchestra for its 40th Anniversary. First performance February 27, 1958 by Eunice Podis with George Szell conducting the Cleveland Orchestra. First New York performance March 7, 1958 by Eunice Podis with George Szell conducting the Cleveland Orchestra.

CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA (or Instruments)

Cantata de Virture ("The Pied Piper of Hamelin") (1969) 42:00
Text adapted from the Robert Browning poem and Latin secular and religious texts.
Solo tenor, baritone voices; narrator; children's chorus, SATB chorus;
3 (picc.)/2/eng. hn./2/b. cl./2/cbn.; 4/3/3/1; timp., perc. (4); str.
Commissioned by the Cincinnati Musical Festival Association for the 1969 May Festival. First performance May 2, 1969 by Max Rudolf conducting the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, with Cyril Richard, Richard Lewis, Ara Berberian, the May Festival Chorus, and Children's Chorus.

The Christmas Story (1949) 24:00
Text adapted from the Bible.
Solo soprano, tenor voices; SATB chorus; trp. (2), trb. (2); timp.; str.
*Vocal score: O3700
Commissioned by the Protestant Radio Commission. First performance December 24, 1949 by Robert Shaw conducting the Robert Shaw Chorale, Station WABC in New York City.

Reflections of Emily (1978)
Settings of Poems by Emily Dickenson.
SSA chorus; perc., pno., hp.
*Score: O5173
Commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts for the Newark Boys Chorus. First performance in New York City, January 18, 1979 by Terrence Shook, conducting the Newark Boys Chours.

Symphony No. 4 ("The Cycle") (1948) 23:00
SATB chorus; picc./2/2/2/2; 4/3/3/1; timp., perc., str.
*Vocal score: O3647
Commissioned by the Collegiate Chorale, Robert Shaw, Director. First performance by the Collegiate Chorale, Robert Shaw conducting members of the New York Philharmonic.

CHORUS (a cappella or with Piano Accompaniment

Four Settings of Chinese Poems by Kiang Kang-Hu (1948) 8:00
SATB chorus, a cappella
Translations by Witter Bynner.
*1. In the Quiet Night (CM6417)
*2. A Song of the Palace (CM6415)
*3. Crossing the Han River (CM6416)
*4. The Gold Threaded Robe (CM6418)

(The above is the composer's preferred order of performance.)

Two Choruses for Women's Voices (1949) 6:00
SSA Chorus, with piano accompaniment
*1. Bought Locks - Poem from the Latin of Martial, translated by Sir John Harrington (CM6474)
*2. Tumbling Hair - Poem by e. e. cummings (CM6485)

Commissioned by Sigma Alpha Iota for the Sigma Alpha Iota Modern Music Series.

BAND

Canzona (1951) 4:30
picc., fl. (2), ob. (2), Eb cl., cl. (3), a. cl., b. cl., bn. (2), a. sax. (2), t. sax., b. sax.; hn. (4), cor (3), trp. (2), trb. (3), bar. hn., t.; cb., timp., perc.
*Score & parts: J542
Commissioned by Edwin Franko Goldman, through the League of Composers. First performance in New York City, June 15, 1951 by Edwin Franko Goldman conducting the Goldman Band.

Allegro Tempestuoso (from Symphony No. 5) (1982)
Arranged by Frank Bencriscutto
picc., fl. (2), ob. (2), eng. hn., Eb cl., cl. (3), b. cl., bn. (2), a. sax. (2), t. sax., b. sax.; hn. (4), trp. (3), trb. (3), bar. hn., t.; cb., timp., perc. (5)

PIANO

Five Piano Pieces (1949) 16:00
*Piano solo: O3712
First performance in New York City, March 28, 1950 by Grant Johannesen.

Sonata for Piano (1963) 17:00
*Piano solo: O4646
Commissioned by Claudette Sorel through the Ford Foundation Program for Concert Artists.

CHAMBER MUSIC AND WORKS FOR SOLO INSTRUMENT

Cadenza Capricciosa for Solo Harp (from Reflections of Emily) (1978) 3:00
*Solo harp: H65

Sonata Concertante for Violin & Piano (1956) 15:00
*Violin & piano: O4113
Commissioned by the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Foundation in honor of the 30th Anniversary of the League of Composers. First perfomance at the Library of Congress, October 19, 1956 by Ruggiero Ricci and Leon Pommers. First New York Performance January 12, 1957 by Ruggiero Ricci and Arthur Balsam.

String Quartet No. 2 (1951) 20:00
*Score: SC11; Parts: O4002
Commissioned by the Koussevitsky Music Foundation. First performance February 24, 1952 by the Juilliard String Quartet, in New York City. Columbia Records Chamber Music Award.

Voices (1976) 15:00
Poetry by Thoreau, Melville, Whitman and Dickinson.
Solo mezzo-soprano; hpshcd., hp., pno., perc. (6)
Commissioned by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. First performance March 28, 1976 by Frederica von Stade with Gerard Schwarz, conducting the Chamber Music Society in New York City.

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