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, and then 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 and the St. Louis Conservatory. 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. Since 1997 he has been 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
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    Solo Instrumental
    4 Composer Portraits
    Birthday Cards for Solo Piano
    110-40754 Piano Unaccompanied
    Bassoonery
    Study for Bassoon Solo
    114-40102
    A Bonnie Tune
    A Scherzo for Solo Flute
    114-41523 3:40 Flute Unaccompanied
    Bravura
    A Concert Piece for Bass Trombone
    114-41517 6:00 Bass Trombone Unaccompanied
    Bridges To Span Adversity
    For Harpsichord
    110-40687 6:00
    Canto III
    Solo Violin
    FE155 8:00 Violin
    Canto V FE158
    Canto V FE158S full score
    Canto VIII O5013 Piano
    Clarinon
    Study for B Flat Clarinet Solo
    114-40101 2:00 Clarinet Unaccompanied
    Fantasy
    For Solo Piano
    110-41804 6:30 Piano
    Festschrift for Piano Solo 110-41770 Piano Unaccompanied
    Flaunting
    Study for Flute Solo
    114-40099 Flute Unaccompanied
               
    From Generation To Generation
    A Celebration for Organ Solo
    113-40042 6:00 Organ Unaccompanied
    In Memory Of Milton
    For Solo Violin
    114-41518 5:00 Violin Unaccompanied
    In Praise Of Bach
    A Fantasy for Organ On Bach
    113-40039 7:00 Organ Unaccompanied
    Meadowmountetudes
    Four Studies Of 20Th-Century Techniques, for Solo Violin
    114-40724 7:00
    Oboration
    Study for Oboe Solo
    114-40100 Oboe Unaccompanied
    The Sense Of Touch
    Eight Short Pieces Introducing The Young Pianist To Techniques Used In Twentieth-Century Music
    110-40638 12:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    Serenata Concertante 415-41116
    Sonata
    For Solo Guitar
    114-40509 11:00
    Sonata for Harpsichord 110-40672 14:00
    Three Piano Preludes PL125 Piano
    Thy Song Expands My Spirit
    (A Tribute To Aaron Copland On His 80th Birthday) for Piano Solo
    110-40637 3:30 Piano Unaccompanied
    Two Meditations
    For Organ
    153-00399
    Chamber Ensemble
    5 Movements 534-02272
    Acrostics
    Four Games for Six Players
    114-40876 18:00
    Be Not Afraid: The Isle Is Full Of Noises
    For Brass Quintet
    CY2983 7:00 trumpet 1, Horn in F, trombone, Bass trombone or tuba, trumpet 2
    Brahmsiana 114-40915 6:00
    Caccia
    A Scherzo for Two Flutes (2 Scores)
    114-41300
    Concert Piece 554-00999
    Contrasting Inventions CY2984
    Diary Of A Journey 114-40875 20:00
    Divertimento 534-02440
    Divertissement
    For Viola and Marimba
    114-41174
    Divertissement
    for Violin and Marimba
    114-41172 14:00
    Festival Fanfare and Dance
    For Brass Ensemble
    114-41443 8:00 Brass Ensemble
    Four Dialogues for Euphonium O5034 Mixed Duet
    Into The Radiant Boundaries
    A Duo for Viola and Guitar
    114-40725 String Duet
    Introit & Toccatina 534-02288
    L’Olam Vaed
    A Meditation for Cello and Piano
    FE156
    Let The Trumpet Sound
    A Prelude For An Auspicious Occasion For Trumpet And Organ
    114-41629 5:00 Trumpet in C, Organ
    Life Is an Ecstasy
    An Essay for Trumpet and Organ
    114-41824 :8:00 Trumpet, Organ
    Pasiphae 114-40842 10:00
    Pensive Soliloquy
    For E-Flat Alto Saxophone and Piano
    114-40914 7:00 Alto Saxophone with Piano
    Ports Of Call 114-40726 Violin Duet
    Praeludium 554-01010
    Primavera Amarilla 111-40157
    Quintet
    For Piano and String Quartet
    114-41123 13:00 Piano Quintet
    Recitative And Rondo Capriccioso
    For Flute And Piano
    114-41628 8:00 Flute with Piano
    Romp 114-41124 3:00 String Quartet
    Scherzo Schmerzo 10101 8:00 4Tpt. 1Hn. 4Tbn. Tu. 2Perc.
    Scherzo Schmerzo
    A Fun Piece for 4 Trumpets, Horn, 4 Trombones, Tuba, and Percussion
    415-41139 8:00 Trumpet Ensemble with Percussion
    Sixth String Quartet
    A Whitman Serenade for Medium Voice and String Quartet
    CP22 Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, violonCello
    Sonata 534-02241 Horn with Piano
    Sonata
    For Flute and Piano
    114-41287
    Sonata
    For Viola and Piano
    114-40445 14:00 Viola with Piano
    String Quartet No. 9 114-41516 20:00 String Quartet
    String Quartet No. 10 114-41626 15:00 String Quartet
    Three Pieces
    For Cello and Piano
    114-41431 :12:00 Cello, Piano
    Time In Tempest Everywhere 416-41266
    Trio
    “5 Snapshots”
    114-41298 String Trio
    Trumpet Triptych 534-02401
    Trumpetry 534-02432
    Two Southern Appalachian Folk Songs
    For Violin And Piano
    114-41627 4:00 Violin, Piano
    Vocal / Choral
    Five Choral Scherzi
    For Mixed Chorus, Viola and Guitar
    17379 S.A.T.B. Chorus; Vla. Guit.
    In Praise Of Labor
    For Voice and Piano
    111-40211 Voice with Piano
    Jonah
    The Man Without Tolerance. A Cantata for Soprano, Tenor, Baritone Soli, Choir and Orchestra
    412-41089 35:00 SATB
    Nuptial Scene FE189
    Nuptial Scene
    Full Score
    FE189S
    Of Saints & Sinners-Mez FE157
    Passionate Sword-Fl/Cl FE159
    Passionate Sword-Fl/Cl FE159S
    A Psalm Trilogy
    For S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella
    312-41730 10:00
    Recalling The Yesterdays 111-40195 Mezzo-Soprano, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Piano, Percussion
    Serenade CP2
    Sixth String Quartet
    A Whitman Serenade for Medium Voice and String Quartet
    O5012 full score, medium voice, Violin 2, violonCello, Viola, Violin 1
    Song Of Songs Fragments
    For Mezzo-Soprano, Clarinet, and Piano
    111-40210 7:00 Voice with Instrument
    Those Were The Days CY2854
    To —
    S.A.T.B., With Piano
    362-03338 3:10 SATB
    To Remember: To Be Remembered 312-41710 7:00
    Todesfuge 111-40212
    Two Shelley Songs
    The Fugitives
    362-03339 2:45
    We Believe A Hymn Of Fa CP9
    Orchestra
    All Nature Plays
    An Overture for Orchestra
    17417 9:00 2(dbl. Picc.) 2 2 2 – 2 2 2 0; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    American Airs and Dances 17551 15:00 3(dbl. Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 2Perc. Hp. Str.
    Art Creates Artists
    A Celebration for Orchestra
    11168 2:30 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    Art Creates Artists – Small Score 416-41166
    A Bridge to Understanding
    A Suite for Orchestra
    17090 0:18 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 2 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    Centennial
    A Celebration for Symphony Orchestra
    11169 4:00 3 2 2 3 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    Centennial – Small Score 416-41216
    Drifting on Wind and Currents
    A Poem for Orchestra
    17418 8:00 3(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    Drifting On Wind And Currents
    A Poem For Orchestra
    416-41587 :8:00 Orchestra
    Elegy
    For String Orchestra
    416-41055 String Orchestra
    Elegy
    for String Orchestra
    11174 7:30::00 Str.
    Elegy
    For String Orchestra
    416-41316 :7:30 Strings
    In Just Spring
    Overture for Symphony Orchestra
    11175 8:00 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno.(Cel.) Str.
    In The Spirit Of Bach
    (Nel Spirito Di Bach) For String Orchestra
    116-40048 :3:15 Strings
    Jonah
    The Man Without Tolerance. A Cantata for Soprano, Tenor, Baritone Soli, Choir and Orchestra
    16918 35:00 Sop., Ten., Bar. Soli; SATB Chorus; 2 2 2 2 – 3 3 3 0; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    Man Lebt Nur Einmal (Darum Tanzen Wir)
    Dance Suite for Large Orchestra
    16977 23’ 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Hp. Str.
    Serenade 17558 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.
    Seven Variations On “God Save The King”
    For Orchestra(arr.)
    416-41545 10:00 Orchestra
    Seven Variations on ‘God Save the King’
    for Orchestra(arr.)
    23509 10:00 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. Str.
    Shadow Dances
    Suite of Dances for Orchestra
    11178 20:00 3(Picc.) 3 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Str.
    Shadow Dances – Small Score 416-41164 Orchestra
    Show An Affirming Flame
    A Poem for Orchestra (“September 1, 1939” by W. H. Auden)
    10212 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.
    Symphony #1 416-41161
    Symphony #2 416-41162
    Symphony #6 – Small Score 416-41163
    Symphony No. 1 11179 27:00 3 3 2 3 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Hp. Str.
    Symphony No. 2 11180 29:00 3 3 3 3 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Pno. Str.
    Symphony No. 6 11182 20:00 3 3 3 3 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Pno. Str.
    Time in Tempest Everywhere
    for Soprano, Oboe and Chamber Orchestra
    11183 17:00 2 1 2 2 – 2 0 0 0; Perc. Pno. Str.
    We Believe: A Hymn of Faith 17560 18:00 Solo SATB voices; SATB Chorus; Fl., Cl., Bsn., A.Sax.; Vln., Vcl.; amp. Hpschd., Perc.
    Orchestra with Soloist(s)
    Arcos Concerto (A Bridge between the old and the new)
    for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and String Orchestra
    17330 15:00 Fl. Ob. Cl. Bsn. Soli; Str.
    Beyond The Pale 416-41278
    Beyond the Pale
    A Portrait of a Klezmer for Clarinet and String Orchestra
    10182 14:00 Solo Cl.; Str.
    Concerto
    For Cello and Orchestra
    114-41018 20:00 Cello solo, Piano
    Concerto
    for Viola and Orchestra
    114-41125 23:00 Viola, Piano
    Concerto
    for Viola and Orchestra
    416-41261
    Concerto
    For Violin and Orchestra
    416-41460 20:00 Orchestra
    Concerto
    For Violin and Orchestra
    114-41567 20:00 Violin, Piano
    Concerto “Shir Ha Ma’alot” 11173 18:00 Solo Woodwind Quintet; 0 0 0 0 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Str.
    Concerto for Cello and Orchestra 416-41357
    Concerto for Cello and Orchestra 11170 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.
    Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra 416-41358
    Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra 11171 21:00 Solo Gtr.; 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
    Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra
    Solo Part and Piano Reduction
    114-40829 21:00
    Concerto for Horn and Orchestra 114-41177 Horn, Piano
    Concerto for Horn and Orchestra 16396 20:00 Solo Hn.; 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
    Concerto for Organ and Orchestra 17552 20:00 Solo Org.; 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
    Concerto for Viola and Orchestra 10055 20:00 Solo Vla.; 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 2 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra 21708 20:00 Solo Vn.; 3(Picc.) 2 3(B.Cl.) 2 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 0; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    Concerto No. 2
    For Piano and Orchestra (Solo Piano and Piano Reduction)
    410-41318 23:00
    Concerto Shir Hama’A Lot
    For Woodwind Quintet and Orchestra
    416-41315
    Fidl – Fantazye: A Klezmer Concerto
    for Violin and Orchestra(arr.)
    23525 Solo Vln.; 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 2 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    Lux Perpetua 113-40040 Organ with Piano
    Lux Perpetua
    A Poem for Organ and Orchestra
    113-40038
    Lux Perpetua
    A Poem for Organ and Orchestra
    11176 14:00 Solo Org.; 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    Piano Concerto No. 2 416-41318
    Piano Concerto No. 3
    for Piano and String Orchestra
    16948 15:00 Solo Pno.; Str.
    Second Piano Concerto 11177 22:00 Solo Pno.; 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 2 1; Timp. 2Perc. Pno. Str.
    Those Were the Days
    Four Nostalgic Songs
    21765 Solo Voice; 2 2 3(B.Cl.) 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    Band / Wind Ensemble
    Concerto for Guitar and Wind Ensemble 10018 21:00 Solo Guit.; 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.), 2AltoSax, Ten.Sax. – 2 3 2 1; Timp. 2Perc. Cb.
    Concerto for Winds, Brass and Percussion 17553 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)
    Dawn to Glory 17554 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)
    A Little Night and Day Music J702 Concert Band
    A Little Night and Day Music J702F Concert Band
    A Little Night and Day Music J702P Concert Band
    Pygmalion
    An Overture for Large Wind Ensemble
    17557 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)
    The River That Mines The Silences Of Stones
    An Adagio For Wind Ensemble
    115-40225 :10:00 Wind Ensemble
    Rogues & Lovers 412-41079
    Rogues & Lovers 416-41151
    Rogues and Lovers
    A Folksong Suite for Chorus and Wind Ensemble
    10021 18:00 SATB Chorus; 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 5(Eb Cl./B.Cl.) 0, AltoSax. – 2 2 2 1, Euph.; Timp. Perc.
    Serenata Concertante
    for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Saxophone and Wind Ensemble
    16299 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.
    Solemn March(arr.) 21164 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)
    Staged Works
    The Lodge of Shadows
    A Musical Drama for Baritone Solo, Dancers and Orchestra
    17555 30:00 Solo baritone voice; dancers; 2(dbl. Picc.) 1 1 1 – 1 1 2 0; Perc. amp.Hpschd. Str.
    The Waking 17559 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

  • 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
    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 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
    Man lebt nur einmal (darum tanzen wir)
    for Large Orchestra
    Nuptial Scene
    for Mezzo-Soprano and Eight Instruments
    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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