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Daniel Sonenberg (1970-     )

Daniel Sonenberg, composerDaniel Sonenberg has written extensively for chamber and orchestral ensembles, and has recently gained notice for his art songs and theater compositions.  His Baseball Songs, described by James Oestreich as “touching” in the New York Times, won the Robert Starer Competition Prize of the City University of New York. His music has been presented by the Da Capo Chamber Players, Friends and Enemies of New Music, the Momenta String Quartet, the New York Singing Teachers Association, the American Composers Alliance, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, The Woodstock Chamber Orchestra and others.  Portions of his opera, The Summer King, have been presented by American Opera Projects, the Manhattan School of Music, and as part of New York City Opera’s "Vox and Friends" festival at Symphony Space. Sonenberg is a founding member of the New York-based composers collective "South Oxford Six", who have presented concerts of new music at Symphony Space and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. He has received grants and fellowships from Meet The Composer, The Corporation of Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  He has also gained national and international recognition for his scholarly work on singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell.

COMPOSITIONS                                                            Sonenberg Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre
Seconds Count, orchestra (1994)
Somniloquy, orchestra (1994?)
Quintet for Bassoon and String Quartet (1995; rev. 2005-06)
Howlers, song, voice and accompaniment (1996) [text: I. Devore]
Six Small Pieces, clarinet and piano (1997)
Mejdoub, accordion, clarinet, drums, electric guitar and piano (1998; rev. 2006)
Maybe They're a Mouse!, chamber ensemble (1998)
Baseball Songs, song cycle (4 songs), voice and piano (1999)
Awakening (2000) [play: Chiori Miyagawa; lyrics: Mark Campbell]
The Art of Eating, 7 songs about food on texts by contemporary American women writers, song cycle, [voice and piano] (2001)
Some Years From Now, [voice and piano?] (2001) [text: Mark Campbell] [for Chiori Miyagawa's play "Woman Killer"]
Sigh no more, ladies, voice and piano (2002?) [text: Shakespeare] [for "Much Ado About Nothing" set in post-war Germany]
Broken Morning: Stories from the Death Row Factory (2003) [play: Miyagawa; lyrics: Campbell]
    - Songs from "Broken Morning" (6 songs), tenor, soprano and piano (2003) [text: Mark Campbell]
Whistlesparks, flute and harp (2006)
Golden Smash Hits, band (2007)
F Major Movement, string quartet (2007)
Midwest Albas, voice and piano (2007) [text: Collette Inez]
The Sirens of Sombor, string quartet (2008?)
Eating Babies, trumpet, piano and tape (2009)
Mutiny, tape (2008)
Invocation, trumpet (2010)
Detuned Radio: Ecstatic Reminiscence and Arguments About Music (5 songs), soprano and piano (2010)
The Summer King, opera (2003-11) [text: Daniel Sonenberg and Daniel Nester]
Seven Jarring Dances, clarinet and guitar (2011)
41 Fathead, percussion and piano (2011)
Takes One to Know One, amplified bass clarinet, cello, double bass and percussion [floor tom and kick drum] (2012)
Grab That, oboe, violin, cello and piano (2012)
What Comes After K, small chamber orchestra (2012)
Tube Top, chamber orchestra, electric guitar and chorus (2012)


WORKS BY GENRE                                                            Sonenberg Links     ~ top of page ~
Dramatic/Theater
The Summer King, opera (2003-11) [text: Daniel Sonenberg and Daniel Nester]
    -  [the life and tragic death of Negro League baseball player Josh Gibson]

Orchestra
Somniloquy, orchestra (1994?)
Seconds Count, orchestra (1994)
What Comes After K, small chamber orchestra (2012)
Tube Top, chamber orchestra, electric guitar and chorus (2012)

Band
Golden Smash Hits, band (2007)

Chorus w/Orchestra
Tube Top, chamber orchestra, electric guitar and chorus (2012)

Chamber
Quintet for Bassoon and String Quartet (1995; rev. 2005-06)
Mejdoub, accordion, clarinet, drums, electric guitar and piano (1998; rev. 2006)
Maybe They're a Mouse!, chamber ensemble (1998)
Whistlesparks, flute and harp (2006)
F Major Movement, string quartet (2007)
The Sirens of Sombor, string quartet (2008?)
Eating Babies, trumpet, piano and tape (2009)
Seven Jarring Dances, clarinet and guitar (2011)
41 Fathead, percussion and piano (2011)
Takes One to Know One, amplified bass clarinet, cello, double bass and percussion [floor tom and kick drum] (2012)
Grab That, oboe, violin, cello and piano (2012)

Solo Instrument
Six Small Pieces, clarinet and piano (1997)
    I. Baseball Trains
    II. "Bluebird-like"
    III. Primate Behavior
    IV. Wozzeck
    V. Minimal
    VI. Erinnerung: 31 October 1981 (in memoriam, Neil Sonenberg)
Invocation, trumpet (2010)

Vocal
Howlers, song, voice and accompaniment (1996) [text: I. Devore]
Baseball Songs, song cycle (4 songs), voice and piano (1999)
    - The Bases Were Drunk [text: Ed Lynch]
    - Prayer for the Captain/Imagine [text: Phil Rizzuto]
    - Old (G)love [text: Dan Quisenberry]
    - In My Meanest Daydream [text: Gary Gildner]
Awakening (2000) [play: Chiori Miyagawa; lyrics: Mark Campbell]
The Art of Eating, 7 songs about food on texts by contemporary American women writers, song cycle, [voice and piano] (2001)
    - When a Man is Small (text by M.F.K. Fisher)
    - Gobble Gobble (text by Carla Drysdale)
    - Les Amants (text by Carla Drysdale)
    - Scrambled Eggs (text by M.F.K. Fisher)
    - I Imagine I Answer Your Letter (text by Alison Jarvis)
    - Midwest Albas (text by Collette Inez)
Some Years From Now, [voice and piano?] (2001) [text: Mark Campbell] [for Chiori Miyagawa's play "Woman Killer"]
Sigh no more, ladies, voice and piano (2002?) [text: Shakespeare] [for "Much Ado About Nothing" set in post-war Germany]
Songs from "Broken Morning" (6 songs), tenor, soprano and piano (2003) [text: Mark Campbell]
    - An Empty Bed
    - About That Sweater
    - And Before You Know It
    - A Good Husband
    - I’ll Never Be Ashamed of You
    - Frankie
Midwest Albas, voice and piano (2007) [text: Collette Inez]
Detuned Radio: Ecstatic Reminiscence and Arguments About Music (5 songs), soprano and piano (2010)
    - My Comments Won't Be of Any Help To You At All [text: Elliott Schwartz]
    - Radiohead Song [text: Michael Kupietz]
    - First Thing That Pops Into My Head [text: Andy Goldstein]
    - I Had Arrived a Few Minutes Late [text: Daron Hagen]
    - Astral Weeks [text: Lester Bangs]

Incidental/Film
Awakening (2000) [play: Chiori Miyagawa; lyrics: Mark Campbell]
Broken Morning: Stories from the Death Row Factory (2003) [play: Miyagawa; lyrics: Campbell]

Electronic
Mutiny, tape (2008)
Eating Babies, trumpet, piano and tape (2009)


SONENBERG  LINKS                                                            Works by Genre      ~ top of page ~
In the Right Field (Ben Meiklejohn, The Boston Phoenix)
So Busy Being Free: Joni Mitchell in Context (Daniel Sonenberg, Univ Michigan Pr)
The Summer King - An Interview with Composer Daniel Sonenberg (Paul Moro, UmpBump.com)

Composer's website        . . . contact Daniel Sonenberg:  here

Sonenberg @ American Opera Projects    also    here
Sonenberg @ Crossing Jamaica Avenue
Sonenberg @ Cultural Centre of Novi Sad (in Serbian)
Sonenberg @ InstantEncore
Sonenberg @ LinkedIn
Sonenberg @ MySpaceMusic
Sonenberg @ La Petite Zine
Sonenberg @ South Oxford Six
Sonenberg @ University of Southern Maine    also     here    also     here    and     here (old Composer website)

Publisher
Sonenberg @ Composer's website

Streaming Audio
Sonenberg @ Composer's website
Sonenberg @ MySpaceMusic
Sonenberg @ La Petite Zine
Sonenberg @ Washington Musica Viva (about 3/4 down the page)
Sonenberg @ WMPG/Interview

Recordings
[none at the moment]

Video
Sonenberg @ YouTube
Sonenberg @ Composer's website
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