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Finger Spirits: Piano Concerto

Description: Finger Spirits is a concerto for piano and orchestra. The traditional concerto form of three, large, separate movements is not present here. It is a one-movement work in three continuous sections. Certain premises of the concerto are retained: (1) the interplay of soloists and orchestra; (2) the display of vistuosity; and (3) the use of fixed thematic elements. Throughout the performance, the pianist alternates playing actual notes with gestures used in manual communication and mimetic elaborations created by the composer. The gestures delineate shapes of particular objects and depict emotions that are present in the work as it unfolds. Finger Spirits explores the act of performance and alters the traditional concert ritual of audience-performer opposition. In addition, it incorporates gestures as an extension of the role of the pianist and thus represents a form of music theater.
Date: August 1982
Creator: Conlin, Virginia P. (Virginia Patricia)
Partner: UNT Libraries


Description: Polymetrics is a one-movement work for symphonic wind ensemble, of approximately 8 minutes' duration. The instrumentation includes thirty woodwinds, thirteen brasses, and ten percussionists. The pitch organization is based on two hexachords that encompass all twelve pitch classes.
Date: August 1962
Creator: Pumphrey, James A. (James Allen)
Partner: UNT Libraries


Description: Hegira is a work for full orchestra making use of piano as well as an augmented percussion section. The title, taken from Mohammed's flight to Mecca in 622 A.D., did suggest certain directions during the compositional process, but it does not imply a specific program for the music. The compositional process employed many techniques, including thematic transformation, serialization, rotation, contrapuntal textures, as well as the intuitive juxtaposition of material.
Date: May 1979
Creator: Whisenhunt, William O.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Missa Salve Regina

Description: Missa Salve Regina, a five movement work, is approximately twenty minutes in duration. The work is a setting of the Ordinary of the Mass in Latin with additional text in the vernacular drawn from the writings of Miguel de Unamuno. The composition is scored for four speaking soloists (SATB), mixed chorus (SATB, percussion (player 1: tam tam, three suspended cymbal, bass drum, three tom-toms, glockenspiel, maracas, and marimba), and digital synthesizer optionally on tape. The Missa Salve Regina is concerned with the spiritual implications of the mass and its ritual. The music is composed for both concert presentation and use within the liturgy and deals with the conflict between faith and reason in the human mind, discussed at length, by Unamuno.
Date: May 1985
Creator: Waschka, Rodney, II, 1958-
Partner: UNT Libraries

Variations Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra

Description: Variations Concerto is a work for large orchestra and solo trumpet of approximately sixteen minutes duration. The work is scored for piccolo, flute, two oboes (one doubling English horn), two clarinets in B-flat, bass clarinet in B-flat, two bassoons, four horns in F, three trumpets in B-flat, two trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion, piano, the solo trumpet in C, and strings. The large percussion battery includes glockenspiel, xylophone, chimes, vibraphone, four graduated wood blocks, four graduated triangles, temple blocks, four high toms, finger cymbals, four wood drums, four automobile brake drums, five medium toms, four low toms, four graduated suspended cymbals, snare drum, and four graduated metal pipes.
Date: August 1983
Creator: Brown, Jonathan Bruce
Partner: UNT Libraries

Music of Winds, 1976

Description: The composition is in two movements played continuously, and requires approximately eleven minutes for performance. The two movements offer different treatment of similar thematic material. Unifying devices are used in each movement. Instrumentation includes the following: piccolo, two flutes, two oboes, two Bb clarinets, F English horn, Bb bass clarinet, two bassoons, two Eb alto saxophones, Bb tenor saxophone, Eb baritone saxophone, two bb trumpets, three F French horns, two trombones, euphonium, tuba, and three percussion.
Date: August 1977
Creator: Elbert, Henry Roland
Partner: UNT Libraries


Description: Mulima is a work intended to be used as the score for a ballet. The composition utilizes a large orchestra: 2-3-3-3, 4-3-3-1, 5 percussion, and full strings. The work is constructed in one large act which is comprised of three scenes and lasts approximately 45 to 50 minutes.
Date: August 1978
Creator: Long, David J.
Partner: UNT Libraries

In Memoriam H.W. Reese

Description: In Memoriam H. W. Reese is written for chamber orchestra and small mixed chorus, in honor of the composer's father, Hardy W. Reese (March 22, 1926-Nov. 23, 1982). The piece is written in one continuous movement with a total duration of approximately fifteen minutes. Within the work there are three distinct sections, each on texts dealing with a different stage in the process of reconciliation with death.
Date: May 1985
Creator: Reese, Janette E.
Partner: UNT Libraries

The Icarus Triptych: A Composition in Three Movements for Symphonic Wind and Percussion Ensemble

Description: The composition was written as a laboratory experience in contemporary music especially for the Symphonic Wind Ensemble of the Skyline Career Development Center in Dallas, Texas. Based upon the Greek myth of Icarus, the movements are entitled, "Imprisoned", "Flight" , and "The Fall." The approximate performance time is 17 minutes, 45 seconds.
Date: May 1976
Creator: Cornell, Douglas T.
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Bay Psalmes - 1640 (Symphony no. 3)

Description: Bay Psalmes-1640 is a large work in four movements for orchestra and chorus. The chorus employed is SATB but each of the four sections may be divided into firsts and seconds as required. The orchestra is a standard symphony orchestra consisting of woodwinds in threes, brass of four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, tuba, percussion including orchestral bells, timpani, snare drum, bass drum, triangle, cymbals and suspended cymbal. Special instruments include the harp and the celesta. The orchestra is completed by the usual complement of strings.
Date: 1970
Creator: Ehle, Robert C.
Partner: UNT Libraries

String Quartet

Description: The first movement of the "String Quartet" opens with a gradual unfolding of the lead motive in the first six measures of the section marked "Largo." The second theme is heard in the first two measures of the section marked "Moderato" after a false start by the first violin. The third movement utilizes the essential dance characteristics of the "Minuet" marking.
Date: June 1963
Creator: Riley, James.
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Concertante : For Violoncello and Magnetic Tape

Description: The composition is in one movement for cello and two-channel tape, requiring approximately twelve minutes for performance. The character of the work is aggressive and decisive in nature, with areas of repose occurring only at the beginning and before the conclusion. The title "concertante" is used to describe a concert-piece in which each of the two instruments.
Date: May 1978
Creator: Headrick, Samuel Philip, 1952-
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Six Pieces for Orchestra

Description: The six Pieces for Orchestra are short twelve-tone compositions . Each piece is an individual entity in itself, but they all stem from the same twelve-tone row. The method of composition with twelve tones evolved through the works of Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951). It was utilized by his disciples and has won general acceptance by a wide variety of composers.
Date: August 1986
Creator: Greene, Michael, 1939-
Partner: UNT Libraries


Description: Nyiragongo is a composition for large orchestra. The title is taken from Mount Nyiragongo, an active volcano in the Virunga Mountains of east central Africa. The composition is in one movement and the performance time is approximately eight to nine minutes.
Date: May 1975
Creator: Long, David J.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Sacred Concert

Description: The composition is for large chorus, soloists and orchestra. It is in six movements and of about thirty minutes duration. The work is illustrative of texts from the Bible, " Pied Beauty by Gerard Manley Hopkins, and an early nineteenth century hymn by William More. The tonal resources used are based on diatonicism, altered and extended, with occasional use of the dodecaphonic technique as a device for melodic invention. The rhythmic resources are metered and unmetered. Traditional choral writing and devices of more recent origin are used in the composition of the vocal passages. The work is of moderate difficulty, and suggests departures from traditional choral concert programming. A commentary, instrument chart, and performance instructions precede the music. The commentary explains the general character of the work, the utilization of the text, and the techniques of composition. In addition, it presents a comparison of the movements.
Date: December 1977
Creator: Paxton, Steven
Partner: UNT Libraries


Description: Fleogan is a work for a flute choir consisting of four piccolos, six C flutes, six alto flutes, and four bass flutes. The formal structure of Fleogan consists of three levels of arch form. First is the arch structure of the work in its entirety; next is the arch form within a movement, and on the smallest scale is the form within a tempo-section.
Date: December 1979
Creator: Baczewski, Philip
Partner: UNT Libraries

Variations on a Theme by Shostakovich

Description: The Variations on a Theme by Shostakovich is scored for an orchestra of 3 flutes, 3 oboes, 2 bassoons, contra-bassoon, 4 horns, 3 C trumpets, 3 trombones, harp, harpischord, piano, percussion and strings. The entire work is approximately 17 minutes in duration. The subject for the Variations comes from the Fifteenth Symphony of Shostakovich, last movement. There are many allusions to the writing of Shostakovich in terms of gesture, orchestration, and harmonic structure.
Date: May 1978
Creator: Miller, Karl Frederick
Partner: UNT Libraries

Symphony Number Two

Description: Synphony Number Two is a composition in four movements for symphonic band requiring approximately nineteen minutes for performance. An unusual feature of this symphony is the vertical juxtaposition of movements two and three. Movement three begins thirty seconds after the beginning of the second movement, and the two movements finish together. Each uses different sections of the band, and two conductors are required.
Date: August 1976
Creator: Leidy, William
Partner: UNT Libraries

Introspections :a Composition for String Quartet

Description: The title is intended to suggest that the work expresses the composer's innermost thoughts and feelings, even though these thoughts and feelings have no concrete realizations or programmatic connotations. It is precisely because of their abstractness that the thoughts and feelings are expressed in music rather than in words or some other concrete mode of communication. The total performance time is approximately twenty minute. The individual movements last about ten, four and one-half and five and one-half minutes, respectively.
Date: May 1979
Creator: Takaro, Thomas Michael
Partner: UNT Libraries

The Sacrilege of Alan Kent : A Monodrama in Nine Scenes for Baritone Soloist, Orchestra and Tape

Description: The Sacrilege of Alan Kent is a monodrama in nine scenes for baritone soloist, orchestra, and tape. This composition may be presented as a dramatic or concert work. From the standpoint of a dramatic form, it may be considered an opera for one performer in nine brief scenes or vignettes. As a concert work, it resembles a song cycle.
Date: December 1971
Creator: Hutchison, Warner, 1930-
Partner: UNT Libraries
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