Samuel Adler

  • Samuel Adler was born March 4, 1928, Mannheim, Germany and came to the United States in 1939. He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in May 2001, awarded the the highest civilian honor from the German government (the Bundesverdienstkreuz, 1st class) in 2018, and inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame in October 2008. He is the composer of over 400 published works, including 5 operas, 6 symphonies, 12 concerti, 8 string quartets, 4 oratorios and many other orchestral, band, chamber and choral works and songs, which have been performed all over the world. He is the author of three books, Choral Conducting (Holt Reinhart and Winston 1971, second edition Schirmer Books 1985), Sight Singing (W.W. Norton 1979, 1997), and The Study of Orchestration (W.W. Norton 1982, 1989, 2001). He has also contributed numerous articles to major magazines and books published in the U.S. and abroad.

    Adler was educated at Boston University and Harvard University, and holds honorary doctorates from Southern Methodist University, Wake Forest University, St. Mary’s Notre-Dame, the St. Louis Conservatory, and Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. His major teachers were: in composition, Herbert Fromm, Walter Piston, Randall Thompson, Paul Hindemith and Aaron Copland; in conducting, Serge Koussevitzky.

    He is Professor-emeritus at the Eastman School of Music where he taught from 1966 to 1995 and served as chair of the composition department from 1974 until his retirement. Before going to Eastman, Adler served as professor of composition at the University of North Texas (1957-1977), Music Director at Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, Texas (1953-1966), and instructor of Fine Arts at the Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas (1955-1966). From 1954 to 1958 he was music director of the Dallas Lyric Theater and the Dallas Chorale. From 1997 to his retirement in 2014 he was a member of the composition faculty at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City, and was awarded the 2009-10 William Schuman Scholars Chair. Adler has given master classes and workshops at over 300 universities worldwide, and in the summers has taught at major music festivals such as Tanglewood, Aspen, Brevard, Bowdoin, as well as others in France, Germany, Israel, Spain, Austria, Poland, South America and Korea.

    Some recent commissions have been from the Cleveland Orchestra (Cello Concerto), the National Symphony (Piano Concerto No. 1), the Dallas Symphony (Lux Perpetua), the Pittsburgh Symphony (Viola Concerto), the Houston Symphony (Horn Concerto), the Barlow Foundation/Atlanta Symphony (Choose Life), the American Brass Quintet, the Wolf Trap Foundation, the Berlin-Bochum Bass Ensemble, the Ying Quartet and the American String Quartet to name only a few. His works have been performed lately by the St. Louis Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Mannheim Nationaltheater Orchestra. Besides these commissions and performances, previous commissions have been received from the National Endowment for the Arts (1975, 1978, 1980 and 1982), the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations, the Koussevitzky Foundation, the City of Jerusalem, the Welsh Arts Council and many others.

    Adler has been awarded many prizes including a 1990 award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Charles Ives Award, the Lillian Fairchild Award, the MTNA Award for Composer of the Year (1988-1989), and a Special Citation by the American Foundation of Music Clubs (2001). In 1983 he won the Deems Taylor Award for his book, The Study of Orchestration. In 1988-1989 he was designated “Phi Beta Kappa Scholar” In 1989 he received the Eastman School’s Eisenhard Award for Distinguished Teaching. In 1991 he was honored being named the Composer of the Year by the American Guild of Organists. Adler was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship (1975-1976); he has been a MacDowell Fellow for five years and; during his second trip to Chile, he was elected to the Chilean Academy of Fine Arts (1993) “for his outstanding contribution to the world of music as a composer” In 1999, he was elected to the Akademie der Kuenste in Germany for distinguished service to music. While serving in the United States Army (1950-1952), Adler founded and conducted the Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra and, because of the Orchestra’s great psychological and musical impact on European culture, was awarded a special Army citation for distinguished service. In May, 2003, he was presented with the Aaron Copland Award by ASCAP, for Lifetime Achievement in Music (Composition and Teaching).

    Adler has appeared as conductor with many major symphony orchestras, both in the U.S. and abroad. His compositions are published by Theodore Presser Company, Oxford University Press, G. Schirmer, Carl Fischer, E.C. Schirmer, Peters Edition, Ludwig Music, Southern Music Publishers, Transcontinental Music Publishers. Recordings of his works have been done on RCA, Gasparo, Albany, CRI, Crystal and Vanguard.


  • Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation
    Solo Instrumental
    110-40754 4 Composer Portraits
    Birthday Cards for Solo Piano
    Piano Unaccompanied
    114-41523 A Bonnie Tune
    A Scherzo for Solo Flute
    3:40 Flute Unaccompanied
    114-40102 Bassoonery
    Study for Bassoon Solo
    Bassoon Unaccompanied
    114-41517 Bravura
    A Concert Piece for Bass Trombone
    6:00 Bass Trombone Unaccompanied
    110-40687 Bridges To Span Adversity
    For Harpsichord
    6:00
    114-41905 Cantilena
    For Solo Horn
    5:00 Horn in F
    FE155 Canto III
    Solo Violin
    Violin
    FE158 Canto V
    O5013 Canto VIII
    Piano
    114-40101 Clarinon
    Study for B Flat Clarinet Solo
    2:00 Clarinet Unaccompanied
    110-41804 Fantasy
    For Solo Piano
    6:30 Piano
    110-41770 Festschrift for Piano Solo
    Piano Unaccompanied
    114-40099 Flaunting
    Study for Flute Solo
    Flute Unaccompanied
    113-40042 From Generation To Generation
    A Celebration for Organ Solo
    6:00 Organ Unaccompanied
    114-41518 In Memory Of Milton
    For Solo Violin
    5:00 Violin Unaccompanied
    113-40039 In Praise Of Bach
    A Fantasy for Organ On Bach
    7:00 Organ Unaccompanied
    114-40724 Meadowmountetudes
    Four Studies Of 20Th-Century Techniques, for Solo Violin
    7:00
    114-40100 Oboration
    Study for Oboe Solo
    Oboe Unaccompanied
    114-41715 Solemn Soliloquy
    For Violin Solo
    5:00 Violin
    114-40509 Sonata
    For Solo Guitar
    11:00
    110-40672 Sonata for Harpsichord
    14:00
    110-40638 The Sense Of Touch
    Eight Short Pieces Introducing The Young Pianist To Techniques Used In Twentieth-Century Music
    12:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    PL125 Three Piano Preludes
    Piano
    110-40637 Thy Song Expands My Spirit
    (A Tribute To Aaron Copland On His 80th Birthday) for Piano Solo
    3:30 Piano Unaccompanied
    153-00399 Two Meditations
    For Organ
    Chamber Ensemble
    534-02272 5 Movements
    114-40876 Acrostics
    Four Games for Six Players
    18:00
    CY2983 Be Not Afraid: The Isle Is Full Of Noises
    For Brass Quintet
    7:00 trumpet 1, Horn in F, trombone, Bass trombone or tuba, trumpet 2
    114-40915 Brahmsiana
    6:00
    114-41300 Caccia
    A Scherzo for Two Flutes (2 Scores)
    CY2984 Contrasting Inventions
    114-40875 Diary Of A Journey
    20:00
    114-41174 Divertissement
    For Viola and Marimba
    114-41172 Divertissement
    for Violin and Marimba
    14:00
    114-41443 Festival Fanfare and Dance
    For Brass Ensemble
    8:00 Brass Ensemble
    114-41865 Fidl-Fantazye: A Klezmer Concerto
    (arr.)
    Violin, Piano
    O5034 Four Dialogues for Euphonium
    Mixed Duet
    114-40725 Into The Radiant Boundaries
    A Duo for Viola and Guitar
    String Duet
    534-02288 Introit & Toccatina
    FE156 L’Olam Vaed
    A Meditation for Cello and Piano
    114-41629 Let The Trumpet Sound
    A Prelude For An Auspicious Occasion For Trumpet And Organ
    5:00 Trumpet in C, Organ
    114-41824 Life Is an Ecstasy
    An Essay for Trumpet and Organ
    8:00 Trumpet, Organ
    114-40842 Pasiphae
    A Musical Portrait for Piano and Percussion
    10:00 Piano, Percussion
    114-40914 Pensive Soliloquy
    For E-Flat Alto Saxophone and Piano
    7:00 Alto Saxophone with Piano
    114-40726 Ports Of Call
    Violin Duet
    554-01010 Praeludium
    111-40157 Primavera Amarilla
    114-41123 Quintet
    For Piano and String Quartet
    13:00 Piano Quintet
    114-41628 Recitative And Rondo Capriccioso
    For Flute And Piano
    8:00 Flute with Piano
    23644 Ricercare a 6
    from “The Musical Offering”(arr.)
    8:00 Fl. Cl. Tpt.; Hp. Str.
    114-41124 Romp
    3:00 String Quartet
    10101 Scherzo Schmerzo
    8:00 4Tpt. 1Hn. 4Tbn. Tu. 2Perc.
    415-41139 Scherzo Schmerzo
    A Fun Piece for 4 Trumpets, Horn, 4 Trombones, Tuba, and Percussion
    8:00 Trumpet Ensemble with Percussion
    CP22 Sixth String Quartet
    A Whitman Serenade for Medium Voice and String Quartet
    Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, violonCello
    114-41287 Sonata
    For Flute and Piano
    114-40445 Sonata
    For Viola and Piano
    14:00 Viola with Piano
    114-41626 String Quartet No. 10
    15:00 String Quartet
    114-41516 String Quartet No. 9
    20:00 String Quartet
    114-41431 Three Pieces
    For Cello and Piano
    12:00 Cello, Piano
    416-41266 Time In Tempest Everywhere
    114-41298 Trio
    “5 Snapshots”
    String Trio
    114-41627 Two Southern Appalachian Folk Songs
    For Violin And Piano
    4:00 Violin, Piano
    Vocal / Choral
    312-41730 A Psalm Trilogy
    For S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella
    10:00
    17379 Five Choral Scherzi
    For Mixed Chorus, Viola and Guitar
    S.A.T.B. Chorus; Vla. Guit.
    111-40211 In Praise Of Labor
    For Voice and Piano
    Voice with Piano
    412-41089 Jonah
    The Man Without Tolerance. A Cantata for Soprano, Tenor, Baritone Soli, Choir and Orchestra
    35:00 SATB
    FE189 Nuptial Scene
    111-40273 Of Love and Dreams
    A Song Cycle on Irish Poetry
    15:00 Voice with Piano
    FE157 Of Saints & Sinners-Mez
    FE159 Passionate Sword-Fl/Cl
    111-40195 Recalling The Yesterdays
    Mezzo-Soprano, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Piano, Percussion
    CP2 Serenade
    O5012 Sixth String Quartet
    A Whitman Serenade for Medium Voice and String Quartet
    full score, medium voice, Violin 2, violonCello, Viola, Violin 1
    111-40210 Song Of Songs Fragments
    For Mezzo-Soprano, Clarinet, and Piano
    7:00 Voice with Instrument
    CY2854 Those Were The Days
    362-03338 To —
    S.A.T.B., With Piano
    3:10 SATB
    312-41710 To Remember: To Be Remembered
    7:00
    111-40212 Todesfuge
    For Tenor and Piano
    5:00 Tenor, Piano
    362-03339 Two Shelley Songs
    The Fugitives
    2:45
    CP9 We Believe A Hymn Of Fa
    Orchestra
    17090 A Bridge to Understanding
    A Suite for Orchestra
    18:00 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 2 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    17417 All Nature Plays
    An Overture for Orchestra
    9:00 2(dbl. Picc.) 2 2 2 – 2 2 2 0; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    17551 American Airs and Dances
    15:00 3(dbl. Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 2Perc. Hp. Str.
    11168 Art Creates Artists
    A Celebration for Orchestra
    2:30 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    416-41166 Art Creates Artists – Small Score
    11169 Centennial
    A Celebration for Symphony Orchestra
    4:00 3 2 2 3 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    416-41216 Centennial – Small Score
    17418 Drifting on Wind and Currents
    A Poem for Orchestra
    8:00 3(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    416-41587 Drifting On Wind And Currents
    A Poem For Orchestra
    8:00 Orchestra
    11174 Elegy
    for String Orchestra
    7:30 Str.
    416-41055 Elegy
    For String Orchestra
    String Orchestra
    416-41316 Elegy
    For String Orchestra
    7:30 Strings
    23645 Gedenkfeier
    for String Orchestra
    6:00 Str.
    11175 In Just Spring
    Overture for Symphony Orchestra
    8:00 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno.(Cel.) Str.
    116-40048 In The Spirit Of Bach
    (Nel Spirito Di Bach) For String Orchestra
    3:15 Strings
    16918 Jonah
    The Man Without Tolerance. A Cantata for Soprano, Tenor, Baritone Soli, Choir and Orchestra
    35:00 Sop., Ten., Bar. Soli; SATB Chorus; 2 2 2 2 – 3 3 3 0; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    16977 Man Lebt Nur Einmal (Darum Tanzen Wir)
    Dance Suite for Large Orchestra
    23:00 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Hp. Str.
    17558 Serenade
    17:00 SATB chorus; picc., fl.(2), ob.(2), eng.hn., Eb cl., cl.(3), a.cl., b.cl., bsn., a.sax.(2), t.sax.; hn.(4), tpt.(4), tbn.(3), bar.hn., tba.; timp., perc.(4), hp.
    416-41545 Seven Variations On “God Save The King”
    For Orchestra(arr.)
    10:00 Orchestra
    23509 Seven Variations on ‘God Save the King’
    for Orchestra(arr.)
    10:00 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. Str.
    11178 Shadow Dances
    Suite of Dances for Orchestra
    20:00 3(Picc.) 3 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Str.
    416-41164 Shadow Dances – Small Score
    Orchestra
    10212 Show An Affirming Flame
    A Poem for Orchestra (“September 1, 1939” by W. H. Auden)
    5:00 Small Orch.: 2(dbl.Picc.) 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
    Full Orch.: 2(dbl.Picc.) 2 2 2 – 2 2 2 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
    416-41161 Symphony #1
    416-41162 Symphony #2
    416-41163 Symphony #6 – Small Score
    11179 Symphony No. 1
    27:00 3 3 2 3 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Hp. Str.
    11180 Symphony No. 2
    29:00 3 3 3 3 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Pno. Str.
    11182 Symphony No. 6
    20:00 3 3 3 3 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Pno. Str.
    11183 Time in Tempest Everywhere
    for Soprano, Oboe and Chamber Orchestra
    17:00 2 1 2 2 – 2 0 0 0; Perc. Pno. Str.
    17560 We Believe: A Hymn of Faith
    18:00 Solo SATB voices; SATB Chorus; Fl., Cl., Bsn., A.Sax.; Vln., Vcl.; amp. Hpschd., Perc.
    Orchestra with Soloist(s)
    17330 Arcos Concerto (A Bridge between the old and the new)
    for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and String Orchestra
    15:00 Fl. Ob. Cl. Bsn. Soli; Str.
    10182 Beyond the Pale
    A Portrait of a Klezmer for Clarinet and String Orchestra
    14:00 Solo Cl.; Str.
    416-41278 Beyond The Pale
    114-41018 Concerto
    For Cello and Orchestra
    20:00 Cello solo, Piano
    114-41125 Concerto
    for Viola and Orchestra
    23:00 Viola, Piano
    416-41261 Concerto
    for Viola and Orchestra
    114-41567 Concerto
    For Violin and Orchestra
    20:00 Violin, Piano
    416-41460 Concerto
    For Violin and Orchestra
    20:00 Orchestra
    11173 Concerto “Shir Ha Ma’alot”
    18:00 Solo Woodwind Quintet; 0 0 0 0 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Str.
    11170 Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
    20:00 Solo Vcl.; 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Cel. Str.
    416-41357 Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
    11171 Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra
    21:00 Solo Gtr.; 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
    114-40829 Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra
    Solo Part and Piano Reduction
    21:00
    416-41358 Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra
    114-41177 Concerto for Horn and Orchestra
    Horn, Piano
    16396 Concerto for Horn and Orchestra
    20:00 Solo Hn.; 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
    17552 Concerto for Organ and Orchestra
    20:00 Solo Org.; 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
    23617 Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra
    21:00 Solo Tu.; 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 2 2 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 0; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    10055 Concerto for Viola and Orchestra
    20:00 Solo Vla.; 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 2 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    21708 Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
    20:00 Solo Vn.; 3(Picc.) 2 3(B.Cl.) 2 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 0; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    410-41318 Concerto No. 2
    For Piano and Orchestra (Solo Piano and Piano Reduction)
    23:00
    416-41315 Concerto Shir Hama’A Lot
    For Woodwind Quintet and Orchestra
    23525 Fidl-Fantazye: A Klezmer Concerto
    for Violin and Orchestra(arr.)
    Solo Vln.; 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 2 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    11176 Lux Perpetua
    A Poem for Organ and Orchestra
    14:00 Solo Org.; 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    113-40038 Lux Perpetua
    A Poem for Organ and Orchestra
    113-40040 Lux Perpetua
    Organ with Piano
    416-41318 Piano Concerto No. 2
    16948 Piano Concerto No. 3
    for Piano and String Orchestra
    15:00 Solo Pno.; Str.
    11177 Second Piano Concerto
    22:00 Solo Pno.; 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 2 1; Timp. 2Perc. Pno. Str.
    21765 Those Were the Days
    Four Nostalgic Songs
    Solo Voice; 2 2 3(B.Cl.) 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    Band / Wind Ensemble
    J702 A Little Night and Day Music
    Concert Band
    23580 American Airs and Dances
    Version for Band
    15:00 3Fl.(dbl. Picc.) 2Ob. 3Cl. B.Cl. 2Bsn. 2A.Sax. Ten.Sax. Bar.Sax – 4Hn. 3Tpt. 3Tbn. Euph. Tu. Cb. Timp. 4Perc.
    10018 Concerto for Guitar and Wind Ensemble
    21:00 Solo Guit.; 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.), 2AltoSax, Ten.Sax. – 2 3 2 1; Timp. 2Perc. Cb.
    17553 Concerto for Winds, Brass and Percussion
    19:00 picc.(2), fl.(2), ob.(2), eng.hn., Eb cl., cl.(3), a.cl., cb.cl., bsn.(2), a.sax.(2), t.sax., b.sax.; hn.(4), cor.(3), tpt.(1), tbn.(3), bar., tba.; cb., timp., perc.(4)
    17554 Dawn to Glory
    10:00 fl.(3) (picc.), ob.(2), eng.hn., Eb cl., cl.(3), b.cl., bsn.(2), s.sax., a.sax., t.sax., b.sax.; hn.(4), tpt.(4), tbn.(3), bar.hn., tba.; timp., perc.(4)
    17557 Pygmalion
    An Overture for Large Wind Ensemble
    5:30 picc., fl.(2), ob.(2), eng.hn., Eb cl., cl.(3), b.cl., bsn.(2), cbsn.; s.sax., a.sax., t.sax, b.sax.; hn.(4), tpt.(4), tbn.(3), euph., tba; timp., perc.(3)
    10021 Rogues and Lovers
    A Folksong Suite for Chorus and Wind Ensemble
    18:00 SATB Chorus; 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 5(Eb Cl./B.Cl.) 0, AltoSax. – 2 2 2 1, Euph.; Timp. Perc.
    16299 Serenata Concertante
    for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble
    24:00 Fl., Ob., Cl., Bsn., A.Sax. Soli; 3(Picc.) 2 3(BbCl.) 2, A.Sax., Ten.Sax. – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3 Perc.
    21164 Solemn March
    (arr.)
    11:00 picc., fl.(2), ob.(2), eng.hn., Eb cl., cl.(2), b.cl., bsn.(2), cbsn.; a.sax.(2), t.sax.; hn.(4), tpt.(3), tbn.(3), bar.hn., tba.; cb., timp., perc.(2)
    115-40225 The River That Mines The Silences Of Stones
    An Adagio For Wind Ensemble
    10:00 Wind Ensemble
    Staged Works
    17555 The Lodge of Shadows
    A Musical Drama for Baritone Solo, Dancers and Orchestra
    30:00 Solo baritone voice; dancers; 2(dbl. Picc.) 1 1 1 – 1 1 2 0; Perc. amp.Hpschd. Str.
    17559 The Waking
    40:00 SATB chorus; Children’s Chorus; 3(Picc.) 2 3(B.Cl.) 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Str.

  • ACROSTICS
    Four Games for Six Players
    Adler consistently finds new things to say within his chosen musical language and makes wonderfully resourceful use of his tiny forces. This piece is a winner in every way.
    –John Story, Fanfare

    CONCERTO FOR CELLO AND ORCHESTRA
    …mysterious chants, quizzical chattering, jazzy riffs and virtuosic flights came together to form a substantial and vigorous whole.
    –Donald Rosenburg, The Cleveland Plain Dealer

    …opens on a note of tranquil reflection. It continues to unfold in a gracefully spacious manner, ratcheting up tension in small stages and often using the solo instrument to add a layer of calm introspection to proceedings.
    –Marc Rochester, MusicWeb International

    CONCERTO FOR VIOLA AND ORCHESTRA
    …textural and tuneful elements successfully rub shoulders…the range of contrast is wider [than other viola concertos], the orchestration more colorful (listen to the inventive writing for solo accompanied by temple blocks in the finale). I would say that it represents a major contribution to the genre.
    –www.classicstoday.com

    Mr. Adler wrote a lovely orchestra part for this Concerto, and it fits with the viola nicely. They were balanced well, sometimes complimenting, sometimes contrasting each other, but always making musical sense. This was a truly delightful piece … I certainly hope that this piece makes its way into the standard viola repertoire soon.
    –Paul Richelmi, The Pittsburgh Tartan

    The Concerto reflects Adler’s love of the viola, which was his own instrument, as well as his quick-witted, and it must be said, quirky mind. It pushes the viola to its limits. This music is genuinely memorable.
    –Mark Kanny, Pittsburgh Tribune

    This exhilarating three-movement work walks a fine line between accessibility and substance. The orchestration is especially skillful and wonderfully diaphanous at times. The work came across like a cheerful, untroubled piece which is essentially what the composer was shooting for in varying degrees.
    –Andrew Druckenbrod, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    JOSÉ SEREBRIER CONDUCTS SAMUEL ADLER (RECORDING)
    These works are benchmarks of contemporary American composition: monumental in scale and embracing a wide expressive spectrum with ease and visceral power, Adler merges twenty-first century ebullience with an almost classical economy and balance.
    –Amazon.com

    LUX PERPETUA
    A Poem for Organ and Orchestra
    Adler exploits all the resources of the organ. It is a bright, outgoing piece in which the organ becomes the assertive partner of the large orchestra. It was a breath of fresh air in this season and its attractive melodies in a basically theatrical setting made this piece a most celebratory and thrilling work.
    –Olin Chism, The Dallas Morning News

    SHOW AN AFFIRMING FLAME
    A Poem for Orchestra (“September 1, 1939” by W. H. Auden)
    …a skillfully put-together and most effective work.
    –Allan Kozinn, New York Times

    SONATA FOR GUITAR SOLO
    Adler’s “”Sonata”” is a work that is both streamlined and confidently written, a splendid contemporary guitar piece. It recalls Britten’s Nocturnal without the color.

    –Ellis, American Record Guide

    SYMPHONY NO. 6
    …a splendid orchestral tour de force which showcases every section of a very fine orchestra indeed in a vivid recording.
    –Marc Rochester, MusicWeb International

    Don’t play this if you have a hangover. The American composer Samuel Adler’s sixth symphony is so loud, frantic and brilliantly exciting it will blow you across the room. In three movements it crackles with electric energy, with only the central section offering a brief respite. Yet for all the clamour it is tightly organised, with a clarity of purpose and sense of direction that sends it hurtling to a dramatic conclusion.
    –Stephen Pritchard, The Guardian

    TIME IN TEMPEST EVERYWHERE
    for Soprano, Oboe and Chamber Orchestra
    Everything sounds organically grown with an impeccable ear for detail and color. Adler makes explosive use of the chamber orchestra, but evokes tenderness and delicacy as the texts raise more questions than answers. A fascinating and haunting work.
    –Donald Rosenberg, The Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • 2018: Bundesverdienstkreuz, 1st class
    2009-2010: William Schuman Scholars Chair at the Juilliard School
    2008: American Classical Music Hall of Fame
    2003: Aaron Copland Award by ASCAP, for Lifetime Achievement in Music (Composition and Teaching)
    2001: American Academy of Arts and Letters
    2001: Special Citation by the American Foundation of Music Clubs
    1999: Akademie der Kuenste in Germany for distinguished service to music
    1993: Chilean Academy of Fine Arts
    1991: Composer of the Year by the American Guild of Organists
    1990: American Academy of Arts and Letters
    1989: Eastman School’s Eisenhard Award for Distinguished Teaching
    1988-1989: Phi Beta Kappa Scholar
    1988-1989: MTNA Award for Composer of the Year
    1975-1976: Guggenheim Fellowship
    1950-1952: Special Army citation for distinguished service
    Charles Ives Award
    Lillian Fairchild Award
    MacDowell Colony Fellowships

  • A Bridge to Understanding
    A Suite for Orchestra
    A Little Night and Day Music
    for Concert Band
    American Airs and Dances
    for Concert Band
    American Airs and Dances
    for Orchestra
    Arcos Concerto
    for Flute, Oboe, Bassoon and String Orchestra
    Art Creates Artists
    A Celebration for Orchestra
    Beyond the Pale
    A Portrait of a Klezmer
    for Clarinet and String Orchestra
    Centennial
    A Celebration for Symphony Orchestra
    Composer Scrapbook
    Concerto “Shir HaMa’alot”
    for Woodwind Quintet and Orchestra
    Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
    Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra
    Concerto for Guitar and Wind Ensemble
    Concerto for Horn and Orchestra
    Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra
    Concerto for Viola and Orchestra
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
    Drifting on Wind and Currents
    A Poem for Orchestra
    Elegy
    for String Orchestra
    Festival Fanfare and Dance
    for Brass Ensemble and Timpani
    Five Choral Scherzi
    for Mixed Chorus, Viola and Guitar
    In Just-spring
    An Overture for Symphony Orchestra
    Jona
    Der Mann ohne Toleranz (The Man Without Tolerance)

    A Cantata for Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, SATB Choir, and Orchestra
    Man lebt nur einmal (darum tanzen wir)
    for Large Orchestra
    Nuptial Scene
    for Mezzo-Soprano and Eight Instruments
    Piano Concerto No. 3
    for Piano and String Orchestra
    Quintet
    for Piano and String Quartet
    Rogues and Lovers
    A Folksong Suite for Chorus and Wind Ensemble
    Serenade
    for Mixed Chorus and Band
    Serenata Concertante
    for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone and Wind Ensemble
    Shadow Dances
    A Suite of Dances for Orchestra
    String Quartet No. 10
    String Quartet No. 9
    Symphony No. 1
    for Large Orchestra
    Symphony No. 2
    for Orchestra
    Symphony No. 6
    for Orchestra
    Those Were The Days
    Four Nostalgic Songs for Soprano and Orchestra
    Time in Tempest Everywhere
    for Soprano, Oboe and Chamber Orchestra

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