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Clark Ross Compositions (ALL)

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Date

Instr.

Dur.

Comments

iPad Song

2010

Piano

5' 25"

·Inspired by music of an iPad commercial…

Click to view score Progr. Notes Click to view score Download Score

Funky Flute Groove Experience

2008

Flute, Electronics (on CD), optional Electric Guitar, optional DJ/Turntablist

6'

•Remarkably funky flute groove happening here; just remarkable!
•Premiered in July, 2008, at Newfoundland Sound Symposium.

Toontown Follies

2007

Flute, Vibes, Piano

7'

·Contemporary Classical Cartoon Music; 'nuff said.

Dream Dance

2007

Piano

10'

·Polystylistic, virtuosic work with references to Scott Joplin, Bach, Minimalism, Haydn, and others.
•Premiered at 2008 Newfound Music Festival by Kristina Szutor

Aftermath

2006

Percussion Solo, String Orchestra

12'

·Commissioned by Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra
·Concerto-like piece for Rob Power, soloist, dedicated to the memory of John Wyre

Dancing on the Edge of the World

2006

5 Percussion

10'

·Premiered at 2006 Sound Symposium
·Commissioned by Rob Power/The Scruncheons through Newfoundland & Labrador Arts Council

I sleep and my soul awakens [Jung]

2005

Guitar, String Quartet

18'

·Commissioned by CBC for Daniel Bolshoy
·Premiered in Marcy, 2007, Virtuosi Series, Winnipeg, by D. Bolshoy with Penerecki Quartet
·Guitar part completely fingered by the composer

Jennifer's Tune

2005

Piano, Bass, optional Drum Kit

5'

·Gospel/Jazz style
·PARENTAL ADVISORY:
>Uses Functional Harmony

The Perfect Day [Black]

2005

High Voice, Piano

6'

·Co-commissioned by (i) Jane Leibel and (ii) De Profundis through the Nfld. and Labrador Arts Council
·About 9/11

Three Pieces for Violin and Piano

1. Old Friends
2. Slow Dance, Interrupted
3. Walking the Dog

1997 (®2004)

Violin, Piano

11'

(4')
(3')
(4')

·Commissioned by Duo Concertante through the Nfld. and Labrador Arts Council

Saturday Night in Olde St. John's

2003

2 Percussion

12'

·Commissioned by Rob Power/Bill Brennan through the Nfld. and Labrador Arts Council
[Programme Notes]

McGillicuddy's Rant - Theme and 10 Variations

1980-2003

Guitar solo

14'

·Original theme, written in 1980; new variations added periodically for the next 20 years!
·Completely fingered by the composer
·Performed by Sylvie Proulx
·Click here to listen to piano version of theme (from 11 Short Pno Pieces)

Urban Dance Music

1. Late-Night Blues
2. Industrial Park Music
3. Suspicious Activity

2000,
2003

Alto Saxophone, MIDI (on CD)

18'

5'
7'
6'

·Commissioned by Paul Bendzsa and Kittiwake Dance Theatre, St. John's
·Choreography by Martin Vallée
·Jazz style

Lamentations

2002

Cello solo

9'

·Based on Biblical text of same name
·Commissioned by Thomas Loewenheim
·Other performers include Vernon Regehr, Kaori Yamagami, and Linc Smelser

Concerto for Viola and Orchestra

2002

2 -2-2-2, 4-2- 0 -0, 3 perc., 1 pno., vla solo, str.

18'

·Commissioned by CBC (Two New Hours) for Rivka Golani
·Never performed

Duck Soup

1994
(®2002)

Bass Trombone, Piano

9'

·Commissioned by Ken Knowles through the Nfld. and Labrador Arts Council

Andrew Jacob's Ragtime Blues
[clicking on title plays MIDI version]

2001

GUITAR SOLO

6'

·Variations on blues theme, ragtime feel
·Even though the MP3 for this piece is a MIDI file, it gives you a reasonably good sense of the piece
·Completely fingered by the composer

Memory Quilt

1999

Flute, Piano

12'

·Recorded in 2005 by Karin Aurell/Barbara Pritchard for an upcoming CD

Last Dance

1999

PIANO SOLO

11'

·Commissioned by Kristina Szutor through the Nfld. and Labrador Arts Council
·Recorded on Kristina Szutor's Bookends in Time CD

The Misty Mall of Avalon

1999

Concert Band

8'

·Begins with first few notes of a famous fast-food restaurant jingle in the tuba, and just goes downhill from there
·Extremely silly

Wanderlust

1998

Viola, 2 Percussion

13'

·Commissioned by CBC (Two New Hours) for Rivka Golani and the 1998 Newfoundland Sound Symposium

Eleven Short Piano Pieces

1. Waltz
2. McGillicuddy's Rant
3. Invention (syncopated rhythm)
4. Invention (canon at the 9th)
5. C-E-G Prelude
6. Sue's Song
7. Chromatic Noodling (study)
8. Hearing Footsteps ... (Dream)
9. Broken Glass
10. Julia's Prelude
11. Waltz (reprise)

1980-1998

PIANO SOLO

12'

·#3, 4, and 7 commissioned by Frederick Harris Music Company for RCM Graded Piano Albums
·#9 commissioned by Barbara Pritchard through the Canada Council
·Can be performed as a set (in any order), or individually
·Range of difficulty from easy/intermediate level to advanced
·Variety of styles

Song of Songs [Bible]

1998

Soprano, Percussion, Violin, Cello

10'

·Commissioned by Continuum Contemporary Music, Toronto
·Based on biblical text of same name (AKA Song of Solomon)

Fanfare for a New-Found Land

(concert overture)

l997

3 -2-2-2, 4-3- 3 -1, 3 perc., 1 timp., str.

5'

·Commissioned by Newfoundland Symphony Orch. and Royal Bank of Canada for Cabot 500 celebrations

Psalms of Despair

1996

Soprano, Clarinet, Piano

12'

·Commissioned by CBC for the Atlantic Arts Trio
·Based on Psalms 22, 77, 130

Steppin' Out

1996

Violin, Cello, Piano

12'

·Commissioned by CBC for Nancy Dahn, Thomas Heinrich, and Liana Lam

Cool Stream

1996

1 Percussion, Piano

12'

·Commissioned by Bev Johnson and Barbara Pritchard for Continuum

Canciones Sobre el Amor y la Muerte [Lorca]

1. Canción de Jinete (Rider's Song)
2. Es Verdad (It is True)
3. Interlude: La Muerte Me Está Mirando (Death is Watching Me)
4. Despedida (Farewell)

1988 (®1996)

Soprano, String Quartet

24'

·#2 and #3 are the basis for the first two Lorca Sketches for Orchestra
·#3 is for string quartet only, and may be played independently of the others (this recording of #3 is of str. orch. version)

Three Lorca Sketches for Orchestra:


1. Es Verdád (It is True)
2. Interlude:  La Muerte me Está Mirando
(Death is Watching Me)
3. El Niño Come Naranjas
(The Boy is Eating Oranges)

l995

1 -2-1-2, 2-2, 2 perc., str.
(#2 for strings only)

15'

(3')
(6')

(6')

·Can be played as a group, or independently

·String Orchestra Interlude often played on its own

Come Not the Seasons Here [Pratt]

1994

Soprano, Piano

7'

·Commissioned by Dianne Baird through the Nfld. and Labrador Arts Council

Night Music 2

1993

Flute, Bass Clarinet, Trumpet, Bass Trombone, 3 Percussion, Piano

15'

·Commissioned by Ken Knowles through CBC
[Programme Notes]

Ripples

1993

CLARINET SOLO (any type), Digital Delay

5'

·Live player interacting with Digital Delay system

Singing [Byrd]

1993

SATB Choir

6'

·Text by renaissance composer William Byrd, extolling the virtues of singing

Three Passages for Orchestra:
Passage 1
Passage 2
Passage 3

l992

2 - 2 -3-3, 4-2-2-1, hp., 3 perc., 1 timp., str.

32'
(14')
(7')
(11')

·Can be played as a group, or independently

Late-Night Music

1990

Trumpet, Drum Kit, Piano, Bass (electric or acoustic)

12'

·Jazz idiom, all notated, except for drum kit part
·First performers included composers James Rolfe and Omar Daniel

Space, Earth, Water, Wind

1989

Electronic

7'

·Realized at Stanford U. [C.C.R.M.A.] using "PLA" programming language
[Programme Notes]

Over Heard

1989

Electronic

9'

·Uses original FM sounds, triggered through MIDI
[Programme Notes]

Dialogues for Ten Players

1988

fl/picc, ob, cl/b-cl, bn, tpt, hn, 2 perc, pno, db

20'

·
[Programme Notes]

Genesis: Chapters One to Three

1987

Clarinet, Viola, Piano

16'

·A musical depiction of the creation story
[Programme Notes]

Four Pieces for Woodwind Trio
1. Prelude 2. Dance 3. Intermezzo 4. At the Beach

l986

Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon

14'

·Student work; probably the most performed of my early works
·Early performers included Shannon Peet and Katherine Carleton, who subsequently became very successful music administrators. Coincidence?
[Programme Notes]

Dialogues for Orchestra

l986

2 -3-3-2, 4-2-3-1, cel./pno., hp., 3 perc., str.

18'

·Student work (Master's thesis)

Fantasy-Overture

l985

2-2-2-2, 4-2-3-1, 2 perc., str.

8'

·Student work

Prelude and Scherzo for Chamber Orchestra

l985

fl., cl, b-cl, bn, hn, perc, pno, str.

6'

·Student work with a Webernesque Scherzo

Divertimento for Guitar and Chamber Orchestra

l984

fl., ob, cl, bn, hn, perc, pno, str.

13'

·Student work

Sonata for Clarinet and Piano

1983

Clarinet, Piano

14'

·A student work, but the first composition with which I was reasonably pleased (at the time)
[Programme Notes]

Vivaldi: Sonata for Two Violins and Continuo, Op. 1 No. 8[Transcription]

l983

2 Guitars

8'

·Commissioned by Hamilton/Bradley Guitar Duo
[Programme Notes]



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