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Joel Hoffman (1953-     )

Joel Hoffman, composerJoel Hoffman's works draw from such diverse sources as Eastern European folk musics and bebop, and are pervaded by a sense of lyricism and rhythmic vitality. Born in Canada, Hoffman received degrees from the University of Wales and the Juilliard School. He is a member of a distinguished musical family that includes brothers Gary (cellist), and Toby (conductor), sister Deborah (harpist). Honors include a major prize from the American Academy-Institute of Arts and Letters, two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bearns Prize of Columbia University, a BMI Award, ASCAP awards since 1977, and three American Music Center grants. His works have been performed by many ensembles such as the Chicago Symphony Brass, the BBC Orchestra of Wales, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, eighth blackbird, the Cleveland Quartet, the Shanghai Quartet, the Amernet Quartet, the Golub-Kaplan-Carr Trio and acclaimed soloists such as Cho-Liang Lin, David Krakauer and Brian Ganz. Self-Portrait with Gebirtig, for cello and orchestra, has been performed in New York, Paris, Tel Aviv, San Jose (Costa Rica), Washington, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Santa Barbara, Kronberg (Germany), and has been recorded by the Berlin Radio Symphony, the Kiev Chamber Orchestra, as well as by the Slovenian Radio Symphony in Lubliana. Hoffman's opera, The Memory Game, received its first performances in May of 2003. His music has been frequently heard at summer festivals such as the Venice Biennale, Portogruaro, Korsholm, Evian, St. Nazaire, Newport, Chamber Music Northwest and the Seattle Chamber Music Festival. Organizations that have commissioned Hoffman's music include the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, the Fromm Foundation, the Cincinnati Symphony, the National Chamber Orchestra, the Irving Klein String Competition and the American Harp Society. Currently, Hoffman is Professor of Composition at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music. He served as composer-in-residence with the National Chamber Orchestra of Washington, DC (1993-94) and held the position of New Music Advisor for the Buffalo Philharmonic (1991-92). He has been a resident composer at the Rockefeller, Camargo and Hindemith Foundations, the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. Currently, Hoffman is Professor of Composition at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music.

COMPOSITIONS                                                            Joel Hoffman Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre
Three Englynion, 5-part chorus (1974) [text: Euros Bowen]
Variations, violin, cello and harp (or piano) (1975)
Nocturne, violin and piano (1975)
Fantasy Pieces, piano (1975)
Variations for Four Flutes (1977)
Horn Concerto, solo horn, clarinet, violin, cello and piano (1977)
Concert-Study (Fantasie) for Solo Cello (1977) [based on material from "Triple Concerto"]
Bagatelles, harp and piano (1977)
Abbassare, viola (1977)
Triple Concerto, violin, viola, cello and orchestra (1978)
Music from Chartres, brass ensemble [2 tpt, 4 hn, 2 trom, 1 bass trom, tuba] (1978)
Concert-Study for Solo Piano (1978) [based on material from "Triple Concerto"]
Concert-Study for Solo Flute (1978)
Three Bagatelles, oboe, bassoon and piano (1980)
Suite, oboe, bassoon, cello, double bass and percussion (1980)
September Music, double bass and harp (1980)
Divertimento, string quartet, harp and piano (1980)
Chamber Symphony, chamber orchestra (1980; rev. 1983)
Nirvana, the Waterfall, soprano, cello and piano (1981) [text: Shunryu Suzuki]
Lyric Variations, trombone choir [6 players] (1981)
Sonata for Harp (1982)
Sonata for Cello and Piano (1982)
Music for Trumpets and Strings (1982)
Five Pieces for Two Pianos (1983)
Music for Two Oboes (1984)
Duo for Viola and Piano (1984)
Double Concerto, viola, cello and orchestra (1984)
Between Ten, orchestra (1985)
Violin Concerto (1986)
Hands Down, piano (1986)
Sendup, Countdown, chorus, w/opt piano (1987) [text: William Shakespeare and Joel Hoffman]
Ricordanza, cello and piano (1987)
Hancock Trio, oboe, horn and piano (1987)
Fantasia Fiorentina, violin and piano (1988)
26 x 3 for 3 (and E.C. at 80), percussion trio (1988)
Partenze, violin (1990)
Crossing Points, 20 solo strings (1990)
Each for Himself?, piano (1991)
Cubist Blues, violin, cello and piano (1991)
Music in Blue and Green, orchestra (1992)
Metasmo, percussion trio (1992)
String Quartet No.2 (1993)
Self-Portrait with Mozart, violin, piano and orchestra (1994) [based on an unfinished fragment by Mozart]
Music for Chamber Orchestra (1994)
L'Immensita dell'Attimo, song cycle, mezzo-soprano and piano (1995) [text: Mario Luzi]
    - L'Immensita dell'Attimo, flute and piano (1995) [adapted from song cycle for voice and piano]
ChiaSsO, orchestra (1995)
The Music within the Words, Part 1, flute, oboe, cello and piano (or fl, cl, bsn, hn, pf) (1996)
The Music within the Words, Part 2, viola, cello, harp and piano (1996)
Stone Soup, narrator and violin (1996) [text: adapted by Joel Hoffman, based on traditional story]
Portogruaro Sextet, clarinet, horn, violin, viola, cello and piano (1996)
L'Chaim Chantata, 12-part ensemble (1996)
Millennium Dances, orchestra (1997)
Self-Portrait with Gebirtig, cello and orchestra (1998) [based on material from the opera "The Memory Game"]
Krakow Variations, viola (1999) [based on material from the opera "The Memory Game"]
    - Krakow Variations, violin (1999; arr. 2007 work for solo viola)
The Smile, orchestra (2001)
Self-Portrait with JS, violin, viola and cello (2001) [based on Bach's Sonata in G major for Viola da Gamba]
Round Midnight Variation, piano (2001)
Gebirtig Speaks, clarinet, string trio and piano (2001)
The Memory Game, opera in 3 acts (2002) [libretto: Henk Romijn Meijer]
to listen, to hear, orchestra (2003)
Portogruaro Quartet, 2 pianos and 2 percussion (2003)
Piano Trio 2: "Lost Traces", violin, cello and piano (2003)
Coast to Coast, percussion, mandolin/banjo and violin (2003)
Brave Old Mordechai, clarinet, cimbalom, accordion, voice and strings (2003) [text: Mordechai Gebirtig]
The Old Machine at Sovereign Hill, intermediate level string orchestra (2004)
Piano Trio 3 on C#, violin, cello and piano (2004)
For Bill, piano (2004) [in memory of William Black]
at what price?, piano (2004)
String Quartet No. 3 (2005)
Sonnet 22, 3-part male chorus and 2 harps (2005) [text: Elizabeth B. Browning/Sonnet 22]
Blue and Yellow, flute and piano (2005)
Three Snapshots, flute and cello (2006)
Three Oranges, violin and marimba (2006)
Karptet, violin, viola, cello and 2 pianos (2006)
Arrivi (String Quartet No. 4) (2006)
6-8-2-4-5-8, flute, clarinet, violin, cello,  marimba and piano (2006)
unaccompanied minor, cello (2007)
The Forty Steps, concerto for oud, cello and orchestra (2007)
square one, violin (2007)
passo passo, string quartet and harpsichord (2007)
Piano Concerto (2008)
Three Paths, cello and piano (2009)
flutterby, clarinet (2009)
d'parts, viola (2009)
...the first time and the last, 4 cellos (2009) [also arr. 2010 for 10 cellos]
...repercussions..., chamber orchestra (2009)
Three for Five, cello solo and string quartet (2010)
Self-Portrait with Orlando, 3 flutes [doubling piccolos and alto flutes] (2010)
Carnivalfinale, [ensemble?] (2010) [from "The Carnival Project"/multi-composer response to "Carnival of the Animals"]
Nine Pieces for Piano (2010)
un petit endroit très profond à l'intérieur de Dante, piano (2011) [brief meditation on Liszt’s "Après une Lecture de Dante"]
five bedtime stories, clarinet and guzheng (2011)
Music in Yellow and Green, flute, violin, cello and piano (2012)


WORKS BY GENRE                                                            Joel Hoffman Links     ~ top of page ~
Dramatic/Theater
Stone Soup, narrator and violin (1996) [text: adapted by Joel Hoffman, based on traditional story]
The Memory Game, opera in 3 acts (2002) [libretto: Henk Romijn Meijer]

Orchestra
Chamber Symphony, chamber orchestra (1980; rev. 1983)
Between Ten, orchestra (1985)
Crossing Points, 20 solo strings (1990)
Music in Blue and Green, orchestra (1992)
Music for Chamber Orchestra (1994)
ChiaSsO, orchestra (1995)
Millennium Dances, orchestra (1997)
The Smile, orchestra (2001)
to listen, to hear, orchestra (2003)
The Old Machine at Sovereign Hill, intermediate level string orchestra (2004)
...repercussions..., chamber orchestra (2009)

Soloist(s) w/Orchestra or Ensemble
Horn Concerto, solo horn, clarinet, violin, cello and piano (1977)
Triple Concerto, violin, viola, cello and orchestra (1978)
Music for Trumpets and Strings (1982)
Double Concerto, viola, cello and orchestra (1984)
Violin Concerto (1986)
Self-Portrait with Mozart, violin, piano and orchestra (1994) [based on an unfinished fragment by Mozart]
Self-Portrait with Gebirtig, cello and orchestra (1998) [based on material from the opera "The Memory Game"]
The Forty Steps, concerto for oud, cello and orchestra (2007)
Piano Concerto (2008)

Choral
Three Englynion, 5-part chorus (1974) [text: Euros Bowen]
Sendup, Countdown, chorus, w/opt piano (1987) [text: William Shakespeare and Joel Hoffman]
Sonnet 22, 3-part male chorus and 2 harps (2005) [text: Elizabeth B. Browning/Sonnet 22]

Chamber
Variations, violin, cello and harp (or piano) (1975)
Variations for Four Flutes (1977)
Horn Concerto, solo horn, clarinet, violin, cello and piano (1977)
Music from Chartres, brass ensemble [2 tpt, 4 hn, 2 trom, 1 bass trom, tuba] (1978)
Three Bagatelles, oboe, bassoon and piano (1980)
Suite, oboe, bassoon, cello, double bass and percussion (1980)
Divertimento, string quartet, harp and piano (1980)
Lyric Variations, trombone choir [6 players] (1981)
Music for Trumpets and Strings (1982)
Music for Two Oboes (1984)
Hancock Trio, oboe, horn and piano (1987)
26 x 3 for 3 (and E.C. at 80), percussion trio (1988)
Crossing Points, 20 solo strings (1990)
Cubist Blues, violin, cello and piano (1991)
Metasmo, percussion trio (1992)
String Quartet No.2 (1993)
The Music within the Words, Part 1, flute, oboe, cello and piano (or fl, cl, bsn, hn, pf) (1996)
The Music within the Words, Part 2, viola, cello, harp and piano (1996)
Portogruaro Sextet, clarinet, horn, violin, viola, cello and piano (1996)
L'Chaim Chantata, 12-part ensemble (1996)
Self-Portrait with JS, violin, viola and cello (2001) [based on Bach's Sonata in G major for Viola da Gamba]
Gebirtig Speaks, clarinet, string trio and piano (2001)
Portogruaro Quartet, 2 pianos and 2 percussion (2003)
Piano Trio 2: "Lost Traces", violin, cello and piano (2003)
Coast to Coast, percussion, mandolin/banjo and violin (2003)
Brave Old Mordechai, clarinet, cimbalom, accordion, voice and strings (2003) [text: Mordechai Gebirtig]
Piano Trio 3 on C#, violin, cello and piano (2004)
String Quartet No. 3 (2005)
Three Snapshots, flute and cello (2006)
Three Oranges, violin and marimba (2006)
    - Lyric Orange
    - Sicilian Orange
    - Intense Orange
Karptet, violin, viola, cello and 2 pianos (2006)
Arrivi (String Quartet No. 4) (2006)
6-8-2-4-5-8, flute, clarinet, violin, cello,  marimba and piano (2006)
passo passo, string quartet and harpsichord (2007)
...the first time and the last, 4 cellos (2009) [also arr. 2010 for 10 cellos]
Three for Five, cello solo and string quartet (2010)
Self-Portrait with Orlando, 3 flutes [doubling piccolos and alto flutes] (2010)
Carnivalfinale, [ensemble?] (2010) [from "The Carnival Project"/multi-composer response to "Carnival of the Animals"]
five bedtime stories, clarinet and guzheng (2011)
Music in Yellow and Green, flute, violin, cello and piano (2012)

For Percussion
26 x 3 for 3 (and E.C. at 80), percussion trio (1988)
Metasmo, percussion trio (1992)
Portogruaro Quartet, 2 pianos and 2 percussion (2003)
Coast to Coast, percussion, mandolin/banjo and violin (2003)
Three Oranges, violin and marimba (2006)
    - Lyric Orange
    - Sicilian Orange
    - Intense Orange

Instrument and Piano or Harp
Nocturne, violin and piano (1975)
Bagatelles, harp and piano (1977)
September Music, double bass and harp (1980)
Sonata for Cello and Piano (1982)
Duo for Viola and Piano (1984)
Ricordanza, cello and piano (1987)
Fantasia Fiorentina, violin and piano (1988)
L'Immensita dell'Attimo, flute and piano (1995) [adapted from song cycle for voice and piano]
Blue and Yellow, flute and piano (2005)
Three Paths, cello and piano (2009)

Solo Instrument
Concert-Study (Fantasie) for Solo Cello (1977) [based on material from "Triple Concerto"]
Abbassare, viola (1977)
Concert-Study for Solo Flute (1978)
Sonata for Harp (1982)
Partenze, violin (1990)
Stone Soup, narrator and violin (1996) [text: adapted by Joel Hoffman, based on traditional story]
Krakow Variations, viola (1999) [based on material from the opera "The Memory Game"]
    - Krakow Variations, violin (1999; arr. 2007 work for solo viola)
unaccompanied minor, cello (2007)
square one, violin (2007)
flutterby, clarinet (2009)
d'parts, viola (2009)

Piano
Fantasy Pieces, piano (1975)
Concert-Study for Solo Piano (1978) [based on material from "Triple Concerto"]
Five Pieces for Two Pianos (1983)
Hands Down, piano (1986)
Each for Himself?, piano (1991)
Round Midnight Variation, piano (2001)
Portogruaro Quartet, 2 pianos and 2 percussion (2003)
For Bill, piano (2004) [in memory of William Black]
at what price?, piano (2004)
Nine Pieces for Piano (2010)
un petit endroit très profond à l'intérieur de Dante, piano (2011) [brief meditation on Liszt’s "Après une Lecture de Dante"]

Vocal
Nirvana, the Waterfall, soprano, cello and piano (1981) [text: Shunryu Suzuki]
L'Immensita dell'Attimo, song cycle, mezzo-soprano and piano (1995) [text: Mario Luzi]
Stone Soup, narrator and violin (1996) [text: adapted by Joel Hoffman, based on traditional story]
Brave Old Mordechai, clarinet, cimbalom, accordion, voice and strings (2003) [text: Mordechai Gebirtig]


JOEL HOFFMAN  LINKS                                                            Works by Genre      ~ top of page ~
Joel Hoffman Selected for Copland House Residency (University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music)

Composer's website   . . .   contact Joel Hoffman:  here

Joel Hoffman @ Wikipedia
Joel Hoffman @ Classical Composers Database
Joel Hoffman @ Facebook
Joel Hoffman @ Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival    also    here
Joel Hoffman @ InstantEncore
Joel Hoffman @ MySpaceMusic
Joel Hoffman @ New Music USA
Joel Hoffman @ New World Records
Joel Hoffman @ The New York Times
Joel Hoffman @ Opera America
Joel Hoffman @ University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Publisher
Joel Hoffman @ Composer's website/publisher listings
Joel Hoffman @ Lyra Music Co.
Joel Hoffman @ Onibatan Music
Joel Hoffman @ E.C. Schirmer
Joel Hoffman @ G. Schirmer
Joel Hoffman @ RAI Trade

Streaming Audio
Joel Hoffman @ Composer's website  -  check under individual work listings
Joel Hoffman @ MySpaceMusic
Joel Hoffman @ Rhapsody.com
Joel Hoffman @ SoundCloud

Recordings
Joel Hoffman @ Composer's website
Joel Hoffman @ Albany Records
Joel Hoffman @ Amazon.com
Joel Hoffman @ ArkivMusic
Joel Hoffman @ CD Universe
Joel Hoffman @ ClassicsOnline
Joel Hoffman @ itunes
Joel Hoffman @ New World Records

Video
Joel Hoffman @ YouTube
Joel Hoffman @ Google Video
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