Warren Benson

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    As composer, conductor, performer, writer, and humorist, Warren Benson (1924-2005) was perhaps best known for his dynamic music for wind ensemble, acclaimed as “among the most important of this century” (United States Marine Band, Bicentennial Collection), along with percussion and chamber works, and moving song cycles. Benson wrote over 150 works, including pieces which have been heralded as masterpieces of the twentieth century. His music has been played and recorded worldwide by the Kronos Quartet, New York Choral Society, International Horn Society, and the United States Marine Band. Benson’s teaching career spanned over 50 years and culminated with honors including the Kilbourn Professorship for Distinguished Teaching, and appointment as University Mentor and Professor Emeritus at the Eastman School of Music.

    Benson played timpani in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Ormandy, Reiner, Goosens, and Bernstein while an undergraduate at the University of Michigan. He later received Fulbright Teaching Fellowships, a John Simon Guggenheim Composer Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts composer commissions, and the Diploma de Honor from the Republic of Argentina. He also held residencies at the McDowell Colony. He was elected to the National Band Association Academy of Excellence and the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame, and was a founding member of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles.

    Benson was Professor of Percussion and Composition for fourteen years at Ithaca College, which included seminal work on music education for the Ford Foundation’s Contemporary Music Project. From 1967-93, he was Professor of Composition at the Eastman School of Music. He also served as Distinguished Meadows Visiting Professor at Southern Methodist University from 1986-88.

    Benson was largely self-taught in composition, found great inspiration in jazz and poetry, and was highly influenced by nature, languages, literature, and travel. His archive is located at the Eastman School of Music and his bio-bibliography by Alan D. Wagner is published by Edwin Mellen Press.

    For more information, please visit www.warrenbenson.com


  • Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation
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    Solo
    110-40710 3 Macedonian Miniatures 110-40710 Piano Unaccompanied
    110-40708 If I Could Be?
    Four Daydreams
    110-40708 3:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    110-40711 Not Without Merritt 110-40711 Piano Unaccompanied
    Chamber Ensemble
    FE178 Canon FE178 tuba, hand drum
    FE91 Capriccio FE91 full score, vln., vla., vlc., pno.
    114-40763 Concertino
    For Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble (Solo Part and Piano Reduction)
    114-40763 12:00 Alto Saxophone with Piano
    114-40176 The Dream Net
    For Alto Saxophone and String Quartet
    114-40176 Chamber Ensemble
    114-40836 A Gentle Song
    For B-Flat Clarinet and Piano
    114-40836 1:30 Clarinet with Piano
    FE184 Invocation and Dance FE184
    114-40772 Largo Tah 114-40772
    FE68 Quartet One-String Quar FE68
    FE226 Quintet-Oboe and String
    Oboe (Or Bb Soprano Saxophone) and String Quartet
    FE226
    114-40762 Steps 114-40762
    FE183 String Quartet #1 FE183
    FE92 Wind Rose
    Sax Quartet
    FE92 full score, saxophone quartet
    Vocal / Choral
    21703 The Drums of Summer
    for Small Wind Ensemble (27 players) and SATB Chamber Choir (16 singers)
    21703 22:10 16 Voices, SATB; 2(2nd dbl. Picc.) 2(2nd dbl. E.H.) 4(B.Cl., Cb.Cl.) 2(2nd db. Cbsn.) – 2 2 2 1, Euph.; String Bass.; Timp. 5Perc.(Note: Additional percussion instruments played by wind players)
    312-41706 An Englishman With An Atlas Or America The Unpronounceable
    S.A.B. Chorus, A Cappella
    312-41706 1:30
    411-41086 Five Lyrics Of Luise Bogan
    For Mezzo-Soprano and Flute
    411-41086
    FE188 Nara-Parts FE188 full score, solo soprano voice, fl., pno., perc. (2)
    19672 Psalm 24 19672 00:12:00 SA chorus; 2Vln., Vla., Vcl.
    312-41717 Psalm 139: Whither Can I Go From Your Spirit?
    For S.A.T.B. Chorus and Keyboard
    312-41717 3:00 SATB
    312-41697 Sing and Rejoice
    For S.S.A.A.T.T.B.B. Chorus, A Cappella
    312-41697 1:10 SATB
    312-41744 The Singers and The Cherry Tree
    For S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella
    312-41744 1:15 SATB
    312-41705 Song Of The Pop-Bottlers
    For Three-Part Treble Chorus, A Cappella
    312-41705 30:00 Women’s Chorus
    21746 Songs for the End of the World 21746 30:00 Mezzo-soprano; Horn, English Horn, Marimba, and Cello
    FE176 Three Solitary Songs FE176 medium voice (treble clef) and Piano
    FE177 Three Solitary Songs FE177
    Band
    11843 Adagietto
    for Wind Ensemble
    11843 11: 00
    19667 Danzon-Memory 19667 00:11:00 picc., fl.(2), ob.(2), eng.hn., cl.(3), b.cl., cb.cl., bsn.(2), cbsn., a.sax.(2), t.sax., bar. sax.; hn.(4), tpt.(3), tbn.(2), b. tbn., bar.hn., tba.; cb., timp., perc.(5)
    19668 Dawn’s Early Light 19668 00:18:00 picc., fl.(2), ob.(2), eng.hn., cl.(3), b.cl., cb.cl., bsn.(2), cbsn., s.sax., a.sax., t.sax., b.sax.; hn.(4), tpt.(3); tbn.(2), b. tbn., bar.hn., tba.; cb.(3), timp., perc.(5), pno.
    11849 Divertissement
    for Band
    11849 6: 00
    J707 Ginger Marmalade J707 Concert Band
    CFD7 Grainger and Friends CFD7 Band
    16798 Leaves Are Falling, The
    for Band
    16798
    19671 The Mask of Night 19671 00:10:30 picc., fl.(2), ob.(2), eng.hn., Eb cl., cl.(12), a.cl.(2), b.cl., cb.cl., bsn.(2), a.sax.(2), t.sax., b.sax.; hn.(4), tpt.(6), tbn.(3), bar.hn., tba.; cb., perc.(3), hp.
    115-40195 Polyphonies for Percussion 115-40195 5:00 Concert Band
    19673 Remembrance 19673 00:12:00 picc., fl.(2), ob.(2), eng.hn., bsn.(2), Eb cl., cl.(3), a.cl., b.cl., cb.cl., bsn.(2), s.sax., a.sax., t.sax., b.sax., bass sax.; hn.(4), tpt.(4), tbn.(3), bar.hn., tba.; cb., timp., perc.(4), pno.
    11853 Shadow Wood
    Six Poems of Tennessee Williams
    11853 20: 00 Mezzo Soprano; 2(Picc.) 1 3(B.Cl.) 1 – 1 1 1 0; 4Perc. Hp. Cb.
    16799 The Solitary Dancer 16799
    19675 Symphony 2 (“Lost Songs”) 19675 00:27:00 picc., fl.(2), ob.(2), eng.hn., Eb cl., cl.(3), a.cl., b.cl., cb.cl., bsn.(2), s.sax., a.sax., t.sax., b.sax., bass sax.; hn.(4), tpt.(3), tbn.(3), bar.hn., tba.(2); cb., timp., perc.(4), pno.
    CFD4 Vigor CFD4 :00:00 Concert Band
    19676 Wings 19676 00:04:30 picc.(2), fl.(2), ob.(2), eng.hn., Eb cl., cl.(3), b.cl.(2), cb.cl.(2), bsn.(2), cbsn., s.sax., a.sax., t.sax., b.sax.; hn.(4), tpt.(3), tbn.(3), bar.hn., tba.(2); cb., perc.(5), pno., hp.
    Band with Soloist(s)
    11845 Aeolian Song
    for Alto Saxophone and Band (Second Movement of Concertino)
    11845 00:05:00
    16797 Concertino for Alto Saxophone and Band 16797
    19670 Helix
    for Solo Tuba and Concert Band
    19670 00:14:00 Solo tuba; picc., fl.(2), ob.(2), Eb cl., cl.(3), a.cl., b.cl., cb.cl., bsn.(2),s.sax., a.sax., t.sax., b.sax.; hn.(4), cor.(3), tpt.(2), tbn.(3), bar.hn., tba.; cb., perc.(7), pno., hp.
    11852 Recuerdo
    for Oboe/English Horn (1 Player) and Band
    11852 16: 00
    19674 Star Edge
    for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble
    19674 00:18:00 Solo alto saxophone; picc., fl.(2), ob.(2), eng.hn., Eb cl., cl.(3), bsn.(2), a.cl., b.cl., cb.cl., s.sax., a.sax., t.sax., b.sax., bass sax.; hn.(4), tpt.(3), tbn.(3), bar.hn., tba.; cb., perc.(4), pno.
    Orchestra
    11847 Beyond Winter: Sweet Aftershowers 11847 14: 00 String Orchestra
    11850 The Man With the Blue Guitar 11850 14: 00 2 2 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
    11851 Polyphonies
    for Percussion
    11851 00:05:30 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 4Perc. Str.
    Orchestra with Soloist(s)
    11844 Aeolian Song
    for Alto Saxophone and Small Orchestra (Second Movement of Concertino)
    11844 00:05:00 Solo A.Sax.; 1(Picc.) 1 1 1 – 1 0 0 0; Bells, Str.
    11848 Concertino for Alto Saxophone 11848 00:12:00 Version for Chamber OrchestraVersion for String OrchestraVersion for Wind Ensemble
    19666 Concertino for Flute, Strings and Percussion 19666 00:14:00 Solo flute; Perc. Str.

  • Concertino for Eb Alto Saxophone and Band
    Danzon-Memory
    for Concert Band
    Dawn’s Early Light
    for Concert Band
    Divertissment I
    for Band
    Helix
    for Solo Tuba and Concert Band
    Remembrance
    for Concert Band
    Star-Edge
    for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble
    Symphony II – “Lost Songs”
    for Concert Band
    The Mask of Night
    for Concert Band
    Wings
    for Concert Band

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