Michael Small • Composer



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EASTERN POINT – after Winslow Homer (2015, rev. 2016) 
2(I=picc).2.2.2(II=cbsn). - - timp.perc(3):2sus.cym(2sizes)/vib/crot/t-bells/tam-t - hp - strings (recc. 10/10/8/6/4)


HAND TO EARTH – Images for Orchestra after Andy Goldsworthy (2014) 
2(I=picc).2(II=ca).2(II=bcl).2(II=cbsn). - - timp.perc(3):BD/sus.cym/wdbl(3diff.pitches)/vib/mar/glsp/crot/tpl.bl(5 diff. pitches)/t-bells/tam-t/sand.bl./cowbells(3 diff. pitches). - hp - strings (recc.10/10/8/6/4)


EMEI - Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (2009-10)
3(III=picc.).3(III=ca).3(III=bcl).2+cbsn. - - timp.perc(2): glsp/vib/mar/BD/crot(+bass bow)/bongos(4diff.pitches)/sus.cym(+bass bow) - hp - pno - strings(10/10/8/6/4)

Premiered April 2010 at RNCM, Manchester with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra, Dane Lam (conductor) and David McCann (solo cello).



VISIBLE WORLD – Fantasy after Van Hoogstraten (2015) 
1(=picc.).1.1.1. - 1.1.1. - pno - perc(1):tam-t/BD/crot/glsp/vib/whip/t-bells. - strings (1/1/1/1/1)

Premiered April 2015 at Cornell University, Barnes Hall, Ithaca N.Y. with the Festival Chamber Orchestra and Chris Kim conducting.


ALACRITY – for Sinfonietta (2010) 
1(I=picc.).1.1(I=ebcl&bcl).1(I=cbsn) - 1.1.1. - pno - perc(1):mar/vib/whip/wdbl(4 diff.pitches)/bongos - strings (1/1/1/1/1)

Commissioned by Ensemble 10/10 and Clark Rundell. Premiered May 2010 at The Capstone, Liverpool Hope University with Ensemble 10/10 and Clark Rundell (conductor).



IN MID-AUTUMN – for Soprano and Sinfonietta (2013) 
1.1.1(=bcl).1. - 1.1.1. - perc(1):BD/sus.cym/wdbl.(2 diff. pitches)/vib/mar - pno - soprano - strings (1/1/1/1/1)

Orchestration of central song from 2012 cycle The Moon was not the Moon. Premiered on the at Cornell University’s Barnes Hall with soprano Judith Kellock, the Festival Chamber Orchestra, and Chris Kim conducting.



ANTIPHON – for two violins across a large space (2018)
Composed at Bowdoin for Anite Stroh and Nina Wong, and premiered on the 2nd August 2018.

SHADOWPLAY – for solo horn (2018)
Composed at Bowdoin for David Alexander and performed in the Bowdoin Museum of Art on the 28th of July 2018, and again in Studzinski Hall on the 29th.

 JALI – for Oboe and String Quartet (2017-18)
Commissioned by Jonathan Small in memory of John F. Sherman, and premiered at the International Double Reed Society Conference in Granada, Spain on the 30th of August 2018. UK Premiere will be on the 27th of March 2019 at the University of Liverpool.


ETUDE: SHATTERED HANDS – for solo piano (2017)
Premiered by Ryan Reilly at Bowdoin on the 2nd of August 2018.

DEBUSSY WINDOW – for solo piano (2017)
Commissioned by Gloria Cheng for her project Garlands for Steven Stucky and released on October 1st on Bridge Records. Numerous performances scheduled; please see Events page for details.


HOW FAIR, HOW STRANGE – for Solo Violin (2016-17)
Commissioned by Michiko Theurer for her innovative project circling the waves. Premiered March 13th, 2017 in Boulder, CO, and subsequently performed at Stanford, University of Montana, the Virginia Woolf Conference at Reading University in London, and with Anite Stroh at Bowdoin.

WHITE SPACE – Meditation on Saenredam for Solo Violin (2015) 
Commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society as part of their Young Composer Commissions. This piece was the result of the Alan Horne Award and was premiered on 29th August 2015 by Fenella Humphreys at the Presteigne Festival. White Space has now been performed six times throughout the UK, and once in the US.

HASEGAWA SKETCH – for Solo Piano (2014) 
Premiered by Andrew Zhou at Barnes Hall, Cornell University April 12th 2015.

ILLUSION after RAIN SHOWER – Paradoxes for Solo Clarinet on Yeh Tzu-Chi (2014) 
Premiered by Derek Bermel at the Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca N.Y. in November 2014

MEMORY PALACE – for String Quartet (2014-15) 

Premiered by The Momenta Quartet at Barnes Hall, Cornell, Ithaca N.Y. in April 2015.

 I WAS THE SHADOW OF THE WAXWING SLAIN – Reflections after Nabokov for Cello, Piano and Electronics (2014) 

Premiered by cellist Elizabeth Lyon and pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough in September 2014.

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