Erica Muhl : Works

Orchestra Works

Elegie für Streicher (Elegy for Strings)
for string orchestra, 2010 (10:00)
Commissioned by the Saxon State Ministry of Culture, Germany, for the Neue Jüdische Kammerphilharmonie, Dresden, in memory of the victims of the Shoah. Premiered Grosse Synagogue (Rykestrasse), Berlin, November 8, 2010. Premiere broadcast and stream November 9, 2010, by Mittel Deutsche Radio (MDR), Berlin.

Burn the Box
for large orchestra, 2010 (6:00)
Commissioned by the University of Southern California on the occasion of the inauguration of President C.L. Max Nikias. Premiered October 14, 2010. Broadcast live by KUSC, Los Angeles.

Smoke and Mirrors
for large orchestra, 2010 (6:30)
Commissioned by the University of Southern California on the occasion of the composer's 50th birthday. Premiered January, 2010, The Broad Stage, Santa Monica, California.

The Sea and All Its Fullness
for orchestra, 2006 (5:00)
Commissioned for Yehuda Gilad by Eleanor Eisenmenger of 20th Century Unlimited. Premiered March, 2006, New West Symphony Guest Orchestra Series with guests, USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra, Erica Muhl, guest conductor. Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center, California.

Fleet
for orchestra, 2005 (8:00)
Premiered March, 2005, Los Angeles Philharmonic "Sounds About Town" Series with guests, Thornton Chamber Orchestra, Erica Muhl, guest conductor. Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles.

Consolation
version for chamber orchestra, 2002 (12:00)
Premiered October, 2002, USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra, Erica Muhl, guest conductor, Newman Hall, Los Angeles.

Trucco
version for string orchestra, 1998 (14:30)
Premiered August, 1998, International Festival of Music, Schruns, Austria, Olga Geczy, conductor. Professional premiere, 2009, Neue Judische Kammerphilarmonie, Dreikönigskirche, Dresden, Germany.

Variations for Orchestra
for medium orchestra, 1996 (9:30)
Commissioned by the Colonial Symphony on the occasion of their 45th anniversary. Premiered May, 1996, Yehuda Gilad, conductor, Morristown Theater, Morristown, New Jersey.

Truccorchéstra
for large orchestra, 1995 (16:30)
Commissioned by the Cultural Ministry of Venezuela for the 9th Latin American Festival of Music. Premiered November, 1995, Orquesta Filarmonica Nacional, Pablo Castellanos, conductor, Teatro Teresa Carreño, Caracas, Venezuela.

What is the sound of an angel's voice...
for orchestra, 1994 (18:00)
Commissioned by the Whitaker Foundation and the Women's Philharmonic. Premiered February, 1994, Gisele Ben Dor, conductor, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco.

Uemura Suite
for orchestra, 1988 (11:00)
Suite derived from the film score, Uemura, Den Tsu Productions (Japan).

Symphony
for large orchestra, 1987 (13:30)
Premiered April, 1987, USC Symphony, Donald Crockett, conductor. Awarded the Hans J. Salter Award (USC).

Chamber Works

An American Suite
for harpsichord and viola, 2008 (13:00)
Commissioned by Eleanor Eisenmenger of 20th Century Unlimited for the McFish Duo, Kathleen McIntosh, harpsichord, Marlow Fisher, viola. Premiered December, 2008, The O'Keefe Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico. East Coast premiere January, 2009, An Die Musik Live, Baltimore, Maryland.

Prism 132 (String Quartet No. 2)
2007 (10:00)
Commissioned by the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble with funding from the Women's Philharmonic. Premiered May, 2007, War Memorial, San Francisco.

Three Short Pieces for Viola and Bassoon
for viola and bassoon, 2005 (6:00)
Commissioned by Mark Menzies and John Veloz. Premiered October, 2005, Festival of Contemporary Music "Nuovi Spazi Musicali," Villa Aurelia, American Academy, Rome.

While Millions Join the Theme
for soprano with piano accompaniment, 2004 (9:00)
Premiered June, 2004, Songfest Festival, Pepperdine University, Los Angeles.

... to a thin edge
for violin, cello, and piano, 2004 (14:00)
Commissioned by the Orchestra of St. Luke's. Premiered March, 2004, Chelsea Art Museum, New York.

Fleet
for organ and percussion, 2003 (8:00)
Commissioned by the American Guild of Organists for the 2004 National Convention. Premiered July, 2004, by the Millennia Consort, Claremont, CA.

Range of Light
for cello, piano, and percussion, 2003 (13:00)
Premiered July, 2000, Ernest Bloch Festival, Newport, OR, Nancy Ives, cello, Jeffrey Payne, piano, Gordon Rencher, percussion.
Revised version premiered July, 2002, Warebrook Contemporary Music Festival, Newport, VT, Raffael Popper-Keizer, cello, Hugh Hinton, piano, Robert Schulz, percussion.

Consolation
for chamber ensemble, 2002 (12:00)
Commissioned by Cleveland Chamber Symphony. Premiered March, 2002, Timothy Hankewich, guest conductor, Drinko Recital Hall, Cleveland.

Pulse/Shiver/Stomp
for piano and five percussion, 1999 (12:00)
Premiered as Blue Highways, November, 1992, USC Thornton Percussion Ensemble with Vicki Ray, piano, Erik Forrester, conductor, Newman Hall, Los Angeles.
Revised version premiered March, 1999, USC Thornton Percussion Ensemble with Rob Thies, piano, Erik Forrester, conductor, Newman Hall, Los Angeles.

Trucco
for string quartet, 1991 (19:00)
Premiered February, 1991, the University of Southern California.
Extended version premiered July, 1991, the Pennsylvania Quartet, Charles Ives Center for American Music.
Awarded the Academy Award by the American Academy of Arts and Letters (with Variations for Piano), 1999, the inaugural Halsey Stevens Prize (USC), 1991, and First Prize for Excellence in the Arts (Los Angeles Arts Council), 1991.

The Cave
for piano, percussion, and tape, 1988 (14:30)
Premiered December, 1988, Vicki Ray, piano, Mark Nicolay, percussion, Newman Hall, Los Angeles.

Lulu's Song
for soprano with piano accompaniment, 1987 (5:00)
Excerpted from the opera, Occupying the Same Space. Premiered December, 1988, Rebecca Ravenshaw, soprano, Newman Hall, Los Angeles.

Fell and Fell Again
for flute and cello, 1985 (7:15)
Premiered August, 1983, Ensemble Contemporain, Palazzo Chigi, Siena, Italy.
Revised version premiered December, 1988, Newman Hall, Los Angeles.

Three Songs
for soprano and mezzo soprano with piano accompaniment, 1984 (8:30)
Commissioned by Opera America and Playwrights, Unlimited. Premiered November, 1984, Music and Art Institute, San Francisco.

The Still, Small Voice
for trumpet, cello, 2 pianos, and 2 percussion, 1983 (7:30)
Premiered September, 1983, Orchestra della Radio Televisione Italiana (RAI), RAI Auditorium, Rome, Italy.

Works for Solo Instrument

"On C"
for clarinet, 2002 (3:30)
Commissioned by Aurelia Composers Collective on the occasion of composer Chinary Ung's 60th Birthday. Premiered November, 2002, Library of Music and Art, La Jolla, CA.

Variations for Piano
1997 (11:30)
Premiered July, 1997, Ernest Bloch Festival, Newport, OR, Eric Zivian, piano. Awarded the Academy Award by the American Academy of Arts and Letters (with Trucco), 1999.

Tremor
for marimba, 1994 (9:00)
Commissioned by Janice Potter. Premiered November, 1994, The Juilliard School, New York.

The Lost Mariner
for piano, 1992 (13:30)
Commissioned by the North/South Consonance. Premiered February, 1993, Max Lifchitz, piano, Donnel Library, New York.

Children Wandering Far From Home
for piano, 1987 (11:00)
Commissioned by Laura Bell. Premiered March, 1987, Arnold Schoenberg Institute, Los Angeles.

Electronic Works

The Cave
for piano, percussion, and tape, 1988 (14:30)
Premiered December, 1988, Vicki Ray, piano, Mark Nicolay, percussion, Newman Hall, Los Angeles.

Works for Voice

While Millions Join the Theme
for soprano with piano accompaniment, 2004 (9:00)
Premiered June, 2004, Songfest Festival, Pepperdine University, Los Angeles.

Lulu's Song
for soprano with piano accompaniment, 1987 (5:00)
Excerpted from the opera, Occupying the Same Space. Premiered December, 1988, Rebecca Ravenshaw, soprano, Newman Hall, Los Angeles.

Three Songs
for soprano and mezzo soprano with piano accompaniment, 1984 (8:30)
Commissioned by Opera America and Playwrights, Unlimited. Premiered November, 1984, Music and Art Institute, San Francisco.

Operas

Occupying the Same Space
opera in one act, 1986 (44:00)
Commissioned by Minnesota Opera, Opera America, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Premiered July, 1986, Minnesota Opera New Music Theater Ensemble.

Song of Beginnings
opera in one act, 1985 (57:00)
Commissioned by Minnesota Opera, Opera America, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Premiered July, 1985, Minnesota Opera New Music Theater Ensemble.