David Chaitkin, Composer

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© 1997 by David Chaitkin
Selected Works
Unless otherwise noted, all works listed below are published by
Nottingham Square Publications, Music Publishing Services, sole agent
(see Rental/Purchase for information on all publishers)

Orchestral, Wind Ensemble:
Celebration for Winds (2007)
3Fl. (3rd db.Picc.), 2Ob., EH, 3Cl. (3rd db.E-flat Cl.), 3Bsn. (3rd db. C.Bsn.), 4Hn., 3Tpt., 2Tbn., B.Tbn., Ta., Cb.
Duration: ca. 12 min.
Commissioned and premiered by the U.S. Marine Band,
LtCol Michael Colburn cond., 2007, Alexandria, VA
Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra (2005)
3Fl. (3rd db.Picc.), 2Ob., E.H., 3Cl. (3rd db.E-flat Cl.), 3Bsn. (3rd db. C.Bsn.), 4Hn., 3Tpt., 3Tbn., Ta., Timp., Perc.(2), Celesta, Hp., Sop. Sax., Strings.
Duration: ca. 23 min.
Commissioned and premiered by Anders Paulsson, soloist and the Stockton Symphony, Peter Jaffe, cond., 2005, Stockton, California
Aria (1997) for Soprano Saxophone and String Orchestra
(see below for Chamber Version)
Duration: 8 min.
Anders Paulsson, soloist and the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Lü Jia, conductor, 1998, Norrköping, Sweden
Pacific Images, Orchestral version (1991)
Fl.(Picc.), Ob., Cl., Bsn., Hn., Tpt., Tbn., perc.(2). ,Pf., Strings
Duration: ca. 12 min.—E.C. Schirmer (E.C.S. Publishing)
First performed by the Stockton Symphony Orchestra, Peter Jaffe, music director, 2000
Concerto for Flute and Strings (1984)
Flute (also Alto Fl. and Picc.) and String Orchestra (see below for Chamber Version) Duration: ca. 16½ min.
Commissioned through the National Endowment for the Arts
Premiere: Karl Kraber, soloist; New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, Thomas Nee, music director; Plymouth, Laconia, Hopkins Center
--Dartmouth College, NH, 1985
Summersong for 23 wind instruments (1981)
3Fl. (3rd db.Picc.), 2Ob., E.H., 3Cl., 3Bsn. (3rd db. C.Bsn.), 4Hn., 3Tpt., 2Tbn., B.Tbn., Ta.
Duration: 15½ min.—G. Schirmer, Inc.
Commissioned and premiered by the Sylvan Winds, 1981 in New York City,
Arthur Weisberg, cond.
Symphony: Light Breaks Where No Sun Shines (1978)
after the poem of Dylan Thomas
2 Fl. (1st db. picc., 2nd db. alto), 2 Ob., 2 Cl. (2nd db. E-flat cl.), 2 Bsn., 2 Hn., 2Trp., Perc. (2), Timpani, Celesta, Harp, Strings
Duration: ca.22 min.
First performances: New Hampshire Music Festival Orch.,
Thomas Nee, cond., 1978

Large Chamber Ensemble:
Concerto for Flute and Strings, Chamber Version (2002)
Flute (also Alto Fl. and Picc.), 2Vns., Vla., Vc., Cb.
Duration: ca. 16 ½ min.
Premiere: Karl Kraber, Chamber Soloists of Austin, March 2008
Aria (1996)
Soprano Saxophone and String Sextet (2 Vns., Vla., 2 Vc., Cb.)
Duration: ca. 8 min.
Commissioned by Anders Paulsson and the Gotland Chamber Music Festival,
First performance: Visby, Sweden, 1996
Pacific Images (1987)
Fl., Ob., Cl., Bsn., Hn., Tpt., Tbn., Perc.(2)., Pf., Vn., Vla., Vc., Cb.
Duration: ca. 12 min.—E.C. Schirmer (E.C.S. Publishing)
Commissioned by Pomona College in honor of its Centennial
First performed by members of the Pomona College faculty,
Peter Jaffe, cond., Claremont, CA, 1988
Serenade (1976) for seven players
Fl., Vn., Vc., Cb., Pf., Perc.(2)
Duration: ca. 15 min.
Commissioned and premiered by the Philadelphia Composers’ Forum,
Joel Thome, cond., 1976, Philadelphia
Music in Five Parts (1967) for Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Horn, Violin,
Viola and Cello
Duration: ca. 5 min.
Originally composed for “The Game,” a film by Roberta Hodes,
Award winner at Venice, Mannheim, Tours and San Francisco Film Festivals.
Recorded performance for film, David Chaitkin, cond., 1967
Concert premiere: Reed College (Portland, OR) D.C., cond., 1969

Chamber Music:
Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano (2002)
Duration: 23½ min.
Commissioned by the Koussevitzky Foundation for the Francesco Trio
First performed by the Peabody Trio, 2004, Baltimore, MD
Rhapsody for Cello and Piano (1994)
Duration: ca. 11 min.
Composed at the request of Nathaniel Chaitkin; first performed by him
and Marie-France Lefebvre at the University of Michigan, 1994
Nocturne for Woodwind Quintet (1991)
Duration: ca. 12 min.—Josef Marx Music Co.
Commissioned for the Quintet of the Americas by Chamber Music America
First performances by the Quintet of the Americas, 1991
Quintet (1985) for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano
Duration: ca. 10 min.—Josef Marx Music Co.
Commissioned for the Da Capo Chamber Players by the New York State
Council on the Arts
First performance—Carnegie Recital Hall, 1986
Scattering dark and bright—duo for piano and percussion (1979)
Duration: 15’ 20”
Commissioned by percussionist Gordon Gottlieb.
First performed by Mr. Gottlieb and Edmund Battersby at the
White Mountains Music Festival, NH, in 1979
Berkeley Duo (1963) for Violin and Piano
Duration:  ca. 5 min.
First performance—Ann Hodge and David Chaitkin
Berkeley, California, 1963

Solo Piano:
Three Dances for piano (1996)
Duration: ca. 11 min.
The first two dances originally composed as separate pieces. The third was commissioned by choreographer Pooh Kaye and joined to create a
three-movement piece.
First performance (recorded) by David Chaitkin, Joyce Soho dance space,
New York, 1999.
First concert performance by Richard Becker, University of Richmond, VA, 2000
Impromptu for piano (1989)
Duration: ca. 4 min.—C.F. Peters Edition, Henmar Press
First performance: David Chaitkin, pianist; New York, 1989
Etudes for piano (1960, 1973-74)
Duration: ca. 9 min.— King’s Crown Press/Columbia University Press
First performance: David Chaitkin, pianist, Ojai Music Festival, 1962

Vocal, Choral:
Song Cycle: Five Poems of Love (1992) for soprano and piano
Song for a Lyre (Louise Bogan)
La giovinetta scorza (Torquato Tasso)
June Rain (W.S. Merwin)
Long Love (W.S. Merwin)
Song: Warm Are the Still and Lucky Miles (W.H. Auden)
Duration: ca. 30 min.
The songs may be performed individually or in groups smaller than the full five.
First performance: Christine Schadeberg, soprano;
Christopher Oldfather, pianist;
Ohio State University, 1998
Seasons Such as These (1976) (Shakespeare)
for six-part chorus, a cappella
First performance: The Cantata Singers, John Harbison, conductor;
Sanders Theater, Cambridge, MA; 1980