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Kevin Puts (1972-     )

Kevin Puts, composerKnown for his rich and distinctive voice, Kevin Puts has been hailed by the critics as one of the most important composers of his generation. His work has been commissioned and performed by leading orchestras in the United States and abroad, including the New York Philharmonic, the Tonhalle OrchestŽr (Zurich), the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Cincinnati, Detroit, Atlanta, Colorado, Houston, Fort Worth, Utah, St. Louis, the Boston Pops, and by leading chamber ensembles such as the MirÚ Quartet, the Eroica Trio, eighth blackbird, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Puts’ orchestral catalog includes four symphonies as well as several concertos written for some of today’s top soloists. He received his training as a composer and pianist at the Eastman School of Music and Yale University. Since 2006, he has been a member of the composition department at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. Puts was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music for 2012 for his Silent Night, described by the jury as "a stirring opera that recounts the true story of a spontaneous cease-fire among Scottish, French and Germans during World War I, displaying versatility of style and cutting straight to the heart"

COMPOSITIONS                                                            Puts Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre    ~ ~ ~    Puts on Puts
Fishing With Blood, soprano and orchestra (1994) [text: Fleda Brown]
Arch, mezzo-soprano and piano (1996) [text: Fleda Brown]
Kitty Hawk, mezzo-soprano and piano (1996) [text: Fleda Brown]
Continuo, brass ensemble and organ (1996)
Simaku, clarinet, violin, cello and piano (1996)
Canyon, marimba (1996)
Network, orchestra (1997)
Concerto for Oboe and Strings (1997) [also arr. for oboe and string quintet]
Marimba Concerto (1997)
Alternating Current, piano (1997)
Exalted Virelai (after Guillaume de Machaut), orchestra (1998)
Ritual Protocol, marimba and piano (1998)
Symphony No. 1, orchestra (1999)
Symphony No. 2, "Island of Innocence", orchestra (1999)
Dark Vigil, string quartet (1999)
Air, violin and piano (2000)
Arches, violin (2000)
Falling Dream, orchestra (2001)
Inspiring Beethoven, orchestra (2001)
John Brown’s Body, narrator and orchestra (2001)
Millennium Canons, orchestra (2001) [arr. 2003  for wind ensemble by Mark Spede]
And Legions Will Rise, violin, clarinet and marimba (2001)
Einstein on Mercer Street, song cycle (8 songs), bass-baritone and chamber ensemble (2002) [text: Fleda Brown]
Symphony No. 3, "Vespertine", orchestra (2003)
    - Vespertine Elegy, orchestra (2003) [3rd mvt from "Symphony No. 3"]
...this noble company (Processional for Orchestra) (2003)
Chorus of Light, wind ensemble (2003)
Traveler, flute/piccolo, violin, viola, cello and piano (2003)
Two Orchestral Fanfares (2001/2003)
    - ...this noble company (Processional for Orchestra) (2003)
    - Millennium Canons (2001)
River’s Rush, orchestra (2004)
Four Airs, flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano (2004)
Three Nocturnes, violin, clarinet and piano (2004)
Air, cello and piano (2004)
Elegy, brass [3 tpt, 4 hn, 3 tbn, tuba] (2005) [originally for string quartet]
Percussion Concerto (2006)
Sinfonia Concertante,  solo flute, oboe, bassoon, violin, cello and chamber orchestra (2006)
Violin Concerto (2006)
Vision (Cello Concerto) (2006)
Quintet, piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass (2006)
Symphony no. 4, "from Mission San Juan", orchestra (2007)
Two Mountain Scenes, orchestra (2007)
Night, concerto for piano and orchestra (2007)
Credo, string quartet (2007)
Trio-Sinfonia, piano trio [violin, cello and piano] (2007)
Hymn to the Sun, orchestra (2008)
Nā Pali Coast, horn and orchestra (2008)
Arcana, string sextet [2 vln, 2 va, 2 vc] (2008)  - incorrect instrumentation on composer's website?
Lento Assai, string quartet (2008)
Clarinet Concerto (2008-09)
Trio Variations, violin, viola and cello (2009)
Silent Night, opera in 2 acts (2011) [libretto: Mark Campbell; based on the 2005 film Joyeux NoŽl]


WORKS BY GENRE                                                                    Puts Links    ~ ~ ~    Puts on Puts     ~ top of page ~
Dramatic/Theater
Silent Night, opera in 2 acts (2011) [libretto: Mark Campbell; based on the 2005 film Joyeux NoŽl]

Orchestra
Network, orchestra (1997)
Exalted Virelai (after Guillaume de Machaut), orchestra (1998)
Symphony No. 1, orchestra (1999)
Symphony No. 2, "Island of Innocence", orchestra (1999)
Falling Dream, orchestra (2001)
Inspiring Beethoven, orchestra (2001)
John Brown’s Body, narrator and orchestra (2001)
Millennium Canons, orchestra (2001)
Symphony No. 3, "Vespertine", orchestra (2003)
    - Vespertine Elegy, orchestra (2003) [3rd mvt from "Symphony No. 3"]
...this noble company (Processional for Orchestra) (2003)
Two Orchestral Fanfares (2001/2003)
    - ...this noble company (Processional for Orchestra) (2003)
    - Millennium Canons (2001)
River’s Rush, orchestra (2004)
Symphony no. 4, "from Mission San Juan", orchestra (2007)
Two Mountain Scenes, orchestra (2007)
Hymn to the Sun, orchestra (2008)

Band
Millennium Canons, wind ensemble (2001) [arr. 2003 by Mark Spede]
Chorus of Light, wind ensemble (2003)

Soloist(s) w/Orchestra
Concerto for Oboe and Strings (1997)
Marimba Concerto (1997)
Percussion Concerto (2006)
Sinfonia Concertante,  solo flute, oboe, bassoon, violin, cello and chamber orchestra (2006)
Violin Concerto (2006)
Vision (Cello Concerto) (2006)
Night, concerto for piano and orchestra (2007)
Nā Pali Coast, horn and orchestra (2008)
Clarinet Concerto (2008-09)

Chamber
Continuo, brass ensemble and organ (1996)
Simaku, clarinet, violin, cello and piano (1996)
Ritual Protocol, marimba and piano (1998)
Dark Vigil, string quartet (1999)
And Legions Will Rise, violin, clarinet and marimba (2001)
Traveler, flute/piccolo, violin, viola, cello and piano (2003)
Four Airs, flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano (2004)
Three Nocturnes, violin, clarinet and piano (2004)
Elegy, brass [3 tpt, 4 hn, 3 tbn, tuba] (2005) [originally for string quartet]
Quintet, piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass (2006)
Credo, string quartet (2007)
Trio-Sinfonia, piano trio [violin, cello and piano] (2007)
Arcana, string sextet [2 vln, 2 va, 2 vc] (2008)  - incorrect instrumentation on composer's website?
Lento Assai, string quartet (2008)
Trio Variations, violin, viola and cello (2009)

Instrument and Piano
Air, violin and piano (2000)
Air, cello and piano (2004)

Solo Instrument
Canyon, marimba (1996)
Arches, violin (2000)

Piano
Alternating Current, piano (1997)

Vocal
Fishing With Blood, soprano and orchestra (1994) [text: Fleda Brown]
Arch, mezzo-soprano and piano (1996) [text: Fleda Brown]
Kitty Hawk, mezzo-soprano and piano (1996) [text: Fleda Brown]
Einstein on Mercer Street, song cycle (8 songs), bass-baritone and chamber ensemble (2002) [text: Fleda Brown]
    - Ah, Mileva, it’s always you I turn to
    - Still, somewhere inside the so-called ether
    - It appears that the universe bends toward itself
    - Rewinding: Up through swirls of snow
    - I thought I was a pacifist
    - I note the universe goes from order to disorder
    - Since Elsa died
    - When I was a schoolboy


PUTS  LINKS                                                               Works by Genre    ~ ~ ~    Puts on Puts      ~ top of page ~
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Kevin Puts Wins 2012 Pulitzer Prize (Frank J. Oteri, NewMusicBox)

Composer's website   . . .   contact Kevin Puts:  here

Puts @ Wikipedia
Puts @ American Composers Forum
Puts @ American Music Center
Puts @ Classical Archives
Puts @ Classical Composers Database
Puts @ ClassicsToday (via Google Advanced Search)
Puts @ composition:today
Puts @ Facebook
Puts @ InstantEncore
Puts @ Anthony Joseph Lanman
Puts @ LinkedIn
Puts @ Modern Classical
Puts @ MusicWeb International
Puts @ Naxos
Puts @ The New York Times
Puts @ The Peabody Institute
Puts @ The Pulitzer Prizes

Publisher
Puts @ Composer's website/publisher listings
Puts @ Bill Holab Music

Streaming Audio
Puts @ Composer's website
Puts @ Classical Archives
Puts @ last.fm
Puts @ NPRmusic    also    here
Puts @ Rhapsody.com
Puts @ SoundCloud

Recordings
Puts @ Composer's website
Puts @ Amazon.com
Puts @ ArkivMusic
Puts @ CD Universe
Puts @ ClassicsOnline
Puts @ Discogs
Puts @ Naxos

Video
Puts @ YouTube
Puts @ Google Video
Puts @ Vimeo (via Google Advanced Search)
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Puts on Puts: Talking About His Piano Concerto "Night" (VIDEO)







Puts on Puts: Silent Night - Music That Tells a Story (VIDEO)







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