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Stan Grill (1953-    )

Stan Grill, composerStan Grill was raised in the Bronx, New York, studied at the Bronx House School of Music, and later graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with undergraduate and graduate degrees in music theory. He studied piano with Robert Helps and Leon Kushner and composition  with Ursula Mamlok and Joseph Prostakoff. Grill's music is melodic, modal, contrapuntal, characterized by extended, interweaving lines. His musical influences span the centuries, and include Machaut, Josquin, Palestrina, Monteverdi, Lassus, Britten, Ives, Vaughn Williams and Shostakovich. Two main themes permeate many of the pieces - music intended to influence the minds and hearts of those who hear it in such a way as to encourage thoughts about the possibility of world peace - and music composed in an attempt to translate something about the nature of the physical world. His works have been performed by the Composers Guild of New Jersey, the St. Paul’s Church Festival of the Arts, the Leonia Chamber Players, the New York Composers Circle, the Northern New Jersey Camerata, the Bronx Arts Ensemble and the Duo + Ensemble. During the 2004-06 seasons, Grill was composer in residence of the One World Symphony, a New York City based orchestra. One World Symphony has premiered several of his works, including Invisible Ballet for orchestra, Two Sad Songs for soprano and string orchestra to poems by W.B. Yeats, and a cycle of songs to poems by William Carlos Williams for two cellos and two mezzo sopranos . In 2006, One World Symphony commissioned three works – a setting of the Ophelia songs from Shakespeare’s Hamlet for soprano, harp and string orchestra, an orchestral work, Pluto, for a program featuring Holst’s The Planets, and a setting of poetry for a concert honoring those who lost their lives on 9/11. Recent works include The Four Elements for viola and string orchestra commissioned by violist Brett Deubner and Mystical Songs for soprano, viola and string orchestra commissioned by the Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja. In 2009, an entire program of music by Grill was performed in Tokyo by the Duo + Ensemble.

COMPOSITIONS                                                            Grill Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre
The Snow Begins, soprano and piano (1975) [text: William Carols Williams]
Earth and Sea, soprano and piano (1975) [text: Eskimo writings]
Preludes, soprano, violin and cello (1978) [text: T.S. Eliot's "Preludes"]
Six Songs, soprano and piano (1983) [text: W. B. Yeats]
Six Contrapuntal Pieces, string quartet (1986) [includes a double fugue, a fughetta, a caccia, and several motets]
To A Child (4 songs), soprano and string quartet (1987) [text: W. B. Yeats]
For Laura, string quartet (1987)
As Easy As 1, 2, 3, string trio (violin, viola and cello) (1987)
Appalachian Songs, chamber orchestra (1988)
Three For Three, violin, cello and piano (1992)
Civil War Songs, viola and piano (1992) [variations two themes of the Civil War ]
Take Five, piano and string quartet (1993)
Serenade, flute, violin, viola and cello (1999)
Crazy Jane Sings (7 songs), soprano, flute, violin, viola, cello and piano (1999) [text: W. B. Yeats]
Distant Music, clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano (2000)
Morning Music, clarinet and string orchestra (2001)
Driven By The Wind, flute, cello and piano (2001)
The Beckoning Stars, string quartet (2001)
Imaginary Dances, 7 dances for solo violin (2002)
Nonet (for New York), flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, 2 violins, viola and cello (2002)
Vignettes/Flowers (vignettes-flowers) ( 8 songs), chorus and cello (2002) [text: William Carols Williams]
Two Sad Songs, soprano and string orchestra (2002) [text: W. B. Yeats]
Short Stories, violin, viola, cello and double bass (2003)
A Little Sweet (Suite for Flute and Violoncello), flute and cello (2003)
Love Poems (5 songs), female chorus (2003) [text: William Carols Williams]
Passion (a love duet), viola and cello (2003)
On the Edge of Sleep & Dreaming, horn, cello and harp (2003)
The Invisible Ballet, chamber orchestra (2003)
Five Pastoral Scenes, oboe, bassoon, violin, viola and cello (2004)
I was dreaming of the sea, flute (or violin), cello and piano (2004)
Little Tales of Mirth & Woe, flute, cello and piano (2004)
Vignettes-Trees, song cycle (7 songs), 2 mezzo-sopranos and 2 cellos (2004) [text: William Carols Williams]
An Ode to the Possibility of Peace, clarinet, violin and cello (2005)
Scetate, 7 voices (2005) [text: Ferdinando Russo]
Pavanne (to a world without war), string orchestra (2005)
Pluto, orchestra (2005)
Ophelia Songs, soprano, harp and string orchestra (2005) [text: Shakespeare]
Elements, woodwind quintet (2005)
Thinking Of You, soprano, cello and harp (2005) [text: John MacKenzie]
Ariettas Without Words (4 songs), soprano (wordless), cello and harp (2005)
Motet For Brass Instruments, brass quintet (2006)
American Landscapes, string quartet (2006)
In Their Flight, soprano, mezzo-soprano, violin and cello (2006) [text: Mark Doty]
music for a wedding, viola (2006)
Meditations, string orchestra (2006)
The Four Elements (Concerto for Viola and String Orchestra) (2008)
Love's Little Pleasures (6 songs), soprano and string orchestra (or piano) (2008)
Poems Against War, cantata, solo voices, chorus and orchestra (2009)
Untitled, viola and 4 cellos (2009)
Ecstasy, viola (2009)
Transformations, viola da gamba (2009)
Rilke Songs (10 songs), soprano, viola d'amore and cello  (2009)
Mystical Songs (8 songs), soprano, viola solo and string orchestra (2009) [text: Fernando Rielo]
Sonatine, 3 violins (2010)
Four Songs to Poems by Hart Crane, tenor and piano (2010)
Seasons (4 songs), chorus (2010) [text: William Carols Williams]
Lieder ohne Worte (3 pieces), 2 violas, cello and theorbo (2011)
Sonnets to Orpheus (4 songs), tenor and piano (2011) [text: Rilke]


WORKS BY GENRE                                                            Grill Links     ~ top of page ~
Dramatic/Theater
The Invisible Ballet, chamber orchestra (2003)

Orchestra
Appalachian Songs, chamber orchestra (1988)
The Invisible Ballet, chamber orchestra (2003)
Pavanne (to a world without war), string orchestra (2005)
Pluto, orchestra (2005)
Meditations, string orchestra (2006)

Soloist(s) w/Orchestra
Morning Music, clarinet and string orchestra (2001)
The Four Elements (Concerto for Viola and String Orchestra) (2008)

Chorus w/Orchestra
Poems Against War, cantata, solo voices, chorus and orchestra (2009)

Choral
Vignettes/Flowers (vignettes-flowers) ( 8 songs), chorus and cello (2002) [text: William Carols Williams]
Love Poems (5 songs), female chorus (2003) [text: William Carols Williams]
Scetate, 7 voices (2005) [text: Ferdinando Russo]
Seasons (4 songs), chorus (2010) [text: William Carols Williams]

Chamber
Six Contrapuntal Pieces, string quartet (1986) [includes a double fugue, a fughetta, a caccia, and several motets]
For Laura, string quartet (1987)
As Easy As 1, 2, 3, string trio (violin, viola and cello) (1987)
Three For Three, violin, cello and piano (1992)
Take Five, piano and string quartet (1993)
Serenade, flute, violin, viola and cello (1999)
Distant Music, clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano (2000)
Driven By The Wind, flute, cello and piano (2001)
The Beckoning Stars, string quartet (2001)
Nonet (for New York), flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, 2 violins, viola and cello (2002)
Short Stories, violin, viola, cello and double bass (2003)
A Little Sweet (Suite for Flute and Violoncello), flute and cello (2003)
Passion (a love duet), viola and cello (2003)
On the Edge of Sleep & Dreaming, horn, cello and harp (2003)
Five Pastoral Scenes, oboe, bassoon, violin, viola and cello (2004)
I was dreaming of the sea, flute (or violin), cello and piano (2004)
Little Tales of Mirth & Woe, flute, cello and piano (2004)
An Ode to the Possibility of Peace, clarinet, violin and cello (2005)
Elements, woodwind quintet (2006)
Motet For Brass Instruments, brass quintet (2006)
American Landscapes, string quartet (2006)
Untitled, viola and 4 cellos (2009)
Sonatine, 3 violins (2010)
Lieder ohne Worte (3 pieces), 2 violas, cello and theorbo (2011)

Instrument and Piano
Civil War Songs, viola and piano (1992) [variations two themes of the Civil War ]

Solo Instrument
Imaginary Dances, 7 dances for solo violin (2002)
music for a wedding, viola (2006)
Ecstasy, viola (2009)
Transformations, viola da gamba (2009)

Vocal
The Snow Begins, soprano and piano (1975) [text: William Carols Williams]
Earth and Sea, soprano and piano (1975) [text: Eskimo writings]
Preludes, soprano, violin and cello (1978) [text: T.S. Eliot's "Preludes"]
Six Songs, soprano and piano (1983) [text: W. B. Yeats]
To A Child (4 songs), soprano and string quartet (1987) [text: W. B. Yeats]
Crazy Jane Sings (7 songs), soprano, flute, violin, viola, cello and piano (1999) [text: W. B. Yeats]
Two Sad Songs, soprano and string orchestra (2002) [text: W. B. Yeats]
Vignettes-Trees, song cycle (7 songs), 2 mezzo-sopranos and 2 cellos (2004) [text: William Carols Williams]
Scetate, 7 voices (2005) [text: Ferdinando Russo]
Ophelia Songs, soprano, harp and string orchestra (2005) [text: Shakespeare]
Thinking Of You, soprano, cello and harp (2005) [text: John MacKenzie]
Ariettas Without Words (4 songs), soprano (wordless), cello and harp (2005)
In Their Flight, soprano, mezzo-soprano, violin and cello (2006) [text: Mark Doty]
Love's Little Pleasures (6 songs), soprano and string orchestra (or piano) (2008)
Rilke Songs (10 songs), soprano, viola d'amore and cello  (2009)
Mystical Songs (8 songs), soprano, viola solo and string orchestra (2009) [text: Fernando Rielo]
Four Songs to Poems by Hart Crane, tenor and piano (2010)
Sonnets to Orpheus (4 songs), tenor and piano (2011) [text: Rilke]


GRILL  LINKS                                                            Works by Genre      ~ top of page ~

Composer's website    . . .   contact Stan Grill:  stgrill(at)optonline(dot)net
Grill @ Google Profiles

Grill @ All Things Strings
Grill @ American Art Song
Grill @ American Music Center
Grill @ Classical Composers Database
Grill @ Contemporary Composers Index
Grill @ LinkedIn
Grill @ MySpaceMusic
Grill @ Philadelphia Camerata
Grill @ Viola d'Amore

Publisher
Grill @ Composer's website
Grill @ American Music Center

Streaming Audio
Grill @ Composer's website -  check under individual work listings
Grill @ American Music Center  -  check under individual work listings
Grill @ MySpaceMusic

Recordings
[none at the moment]

Video
Grill @ YouTube
Grill @ Google Video
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