Joseph Schwantner

born on 22/3/1943 in Chicago, IL, United States

Joseph Schwantner

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Joseph Clyde Schwantner (born March 22, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer, educator and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was awarded the 1970 Charles Ives Prize.

Schwantner is prolific, with many works to his credit. His style is coloristic and eclectic, drawing on such diverse elements as French impressionism, African drumming, and minimalism. His orchestral work Aftertones of Infinity received the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Music. He also wrote Angelfire, a fantasy for amplified violin and orchestra, for the violinist Anne Akiko Meyers in 2001.



  • A Play of Shadows for Flute and Chamber Orchestra
  • A Sudden Rainbow
  • Aftertones of Infinity (1978)
  • Angelfire "Fantasy" for Amplified Violin and Orchestra, written for Anne Akiko Meyers
  • Beyond Autumn "Poem" for Horn and Orchestra
  • Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra (1995)
  • Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
  • Distant Runes and Incantations for Piano solo (amplified) and Orchestra
  • Dreamcaller: Three Songs for Soprano, Violin solo, and Orchestra
  • "Evening Land" Symphony
  • Freeflight "Fanfares" & "Fantasy"
  • From Afar..."A Fantasy for Guitar and Orchestra"
  • Magabunda (Witchnomad) "four Poems of Agueda Pizarro" for Soprano and Orchestra
  • Modus Caelestis
  • Morning's Embrace (2006)
  • New Morning for the World "Daybreak of Freedom" for Narrator and Orchestra
  • September Canticle "Fantasy" (In Memoriam)
  • Toward Light
  • Chasing Light (2008)

Wind Ensemble

  • ...and the mountains rising nowhere (1977)
  • From a Dark Millennium (1980)
  • In evening's stillness... (1996)
  • Recoil (2004)
  • Percussion Concerto (transcribed by Andrew Boysen) (1997)
  • Beyond Autumn (transcribed by Timothy Miles) (2006)
  • New Morning for the World "Daybreak of Freedom" (transcribed by Nikk Pilato) (2007)

Chamber ensemble

  • Black Anemones, for flute and piano
  • Canticle of the Evening Bells, for solo flute, oboe/english horn, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, piano, percussion, and strings
  • Chronicon, for bassoon and piano
  • Consortium I, for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello
  • Consortium II, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion
  • Distant Runes and Incantations, for flute, clarinet, 2 violins, viola, cello, piano, and percussion
  • Elixir, for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, and piano
  • Diaphonia Intervallum, for alto saxophone, flute, clarinet, 2 violins, viola, 2 celli, string bass, and piano
  • In Aeternum (Consortium IV), for cello/bowed crotales, alto flute (flute, piano watergong, 2 crystal glasses), bass clarinet (clarinet, watergong, 2 crystal glasses), viola (violin, crotales), and percussion
  • Music of Amber, for flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion
  • Rhiannon's Blackbirds, for flute/piccolo, clarinet/bass clarinet, violin/viola, cello, piano, and percussion
  • Soaring, for flute and piano
  • Sparrows, for flute/piccolo, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, soprano and percussion

Notable students

See also

  • Joseph Schwantner: New Morning for the World; Nicolas Flagello: The Passion of Martin Luther King


  • Folio, Cynthia. (1985). "An Analysis and Comparison of Four Compositions by Joseph Schwantner: And the Mountains Rising Nowhere; Wild Angels of the Open Hills; Aftertones of Infinity; and Sparrows." Doctoral Dissertation, University of Rochester.
  • Folio, Cynthia. (1985). "The Synthesis of Traditional and Contemporary Elements in Joseph Schwantner's Sparrows." Perspectives of New Music, vol. 24/1: 184-196.
  • Higbee, Scott. (2003). "Joseph Schwantner" from A Composer's Insight." Galesville, MD: Meredith Music.
  • Pilato, Nikk. (2007). A Conductor's Guide to Wind Music of Joseph Schwantner Doctoral Dissertation.
  • Renshaw, Jeffrey. (1991). Schwantner on Composition. Instrumentalist, 45(6)

External links

  • Joseph Schwantner official site
  • Schwantner Page at The Wind Repertory Project
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