Works List by Category

Orchestra/Chamber Orchestra Works

MIDNIGHT PRAYERArgenta Musicorchestra 2-2-2-2 (doublings); 2-2-1-0; 2 Perc; harp; strings10 min.2003. Commissioned by the Stockton Symphony Orchestra, Peter Jaffe, conductor. Features English Horn, Trumpet, and Trombone arranged spatially in hall and Tibetan singing bowl.
FANTASY ON AN IMAGINARY FOLK SONGArgenta Musicflute and string orchestra11 min.2002. Commissioned by the Columbia Festival Orchestra and premiered by them Laura Gilbert, flute. Gwen Gould, conductor. Original version for flute and harp. (see Chamber Music 2-5 Players)
PIANO CONCERTOLauren Keiserpiano and orchestra45 min.1996. Commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony, the Annapolis Symphony, and Illinois Symphony and premiered at Carnegie Hall with Alexander Paley, soloist. (March 1997). Recorded on Naxos 21st Century Classics with Paley and the Lithuanian State Symphony Orch, Gintaras Rinkevicius, cond. Released 2003.
THREE PRELUDES FOR ORCHESTRALauren Keiser Musicfull orchestra 3-3-3-3 (doublings);4-3-3-1; Timp, 4 Perc; Hp; pno/cel; strings20 min.1992. Commissioned by the American Composers' Orchestra and premiered at Carnegie Hall. Paul Dunkel, cond.
DANCE OF WILD ANGELSLauren Keiser Musicchamber orchestra 1-1-1-1(doublings); 1-1-00; 3 perc; pno; strings15 min.1990. Commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group at japan America Theater.
SHIRAT SARAH (Song of Sarah)Lauren Keiser Musicstring orchestra24 min.1985/87. Features concertmaster as soloist. Premiered by the Hartford Symphony, Tibor Pustzai, conductor, Symphony Hall, February 1985. Recorded by Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony. A Naxos Milken Archive recording. Released 2004.
CHARIESSA, A Cycle of Six Songs on Fragments from Sappho.Lauren Keiser Musicfor soprano and orchestra 2-2-2-0; 3 perc; hp; strings18 min.1980. Commissioned by the American Academy in Rome for the RAI Orchestra of Rome. Winner of ISCM award, 1981.
GALIXIDIfull orchestra17 min.1976. Commissioned by the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra.


A Tale of Compassion
Argenta MusicCantata for women's vocal quartet, 6 Tibetan singing bowls, and percussion.37 min.Commissioned for Tapestry by Freer Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian for the exhibit, In the Realm of the Buddha, Premiere, July, 2010
THE WOODEN SWORDArgenta MusicOpera in One Act for 5 prinicpals, small chorus and chamber ensemble of 11 instruments. With libretto by Stephen Kitsakos, based on a folk tale from Afghani and Jewish traditions. folk tale from Afghani and Jewish traditions.1 hourWinner of the 2007 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize for Music Composition. Premiere Nov. 2010, U. of Conn. Storrs and Stamford.
THE THIEF OF LOVE, An Opera in Three Acts.Argenta MusicBased on a Bengali tale; libretto by the composer. For 11 soloists, chorus, and full orchestra. Piano score available.2 hours1981-86. Excerpts read by the New York City Opera, May 2000. Fully-staged world premiere by the Stony Brook Opera, March 9 and 11, 2001. David Lawton, conductor, Ned Canty, director. Film of Stony Brook production made by John Feldman released by Hummingbird Films on DVD, May 2006. New York City premiere screening, presented by American Opera Projects and Makor/92nd St. Y.

Large Chamber Ensemble

MOON PRAYERArgenta Music2 violins, 2 violas, 2 celli17 min.2002. Commissioned by Concertante and premiered by them at Merkin Hall, Feb. 2002.
WINTER TAPESTRYArgenta Musicfor chamber ensemble Chamber ensemble -- 12 players fl(picc)- ob(E hn), cl(bs cl), bsn(cbsn); hn, trp; pno, perc; vln, vla, vcl, bs9 min.1998. Commissioned by the Stony Brook Chamber Players and premiered at Stony Brook Staller Center and Miller Theater, NYC, May 1998.
CANTO, A Setting of "Canto XXXIX" by Ezra Pound L Keiser MUsicfor baritone and viola, cello, bass, oboe, trumpet, trombone, 3 percussion 9 players plus baritone Ob (Eng. Hn), Trumpet, Trombone, vla, ce, cbs, 3 percuss28 min.1979. Commissioned by the Berkshire Music Center and premiered at Tanglewood, 1979. (Theodore Antiniou, cond.). Recorded with Michael Dash, baritone, Sheila Silver, cond, and members of Musicians' Accord, Mode Records. Released 1989.

WINDOW WALTZchamber ensemble (12 players)7 min.

1988.Written in honor of Jacob Druckman's 60th birthday for Musical Elements, premiere: 1988, Kaufmann Concert Hall, 92nd St. Y, N. Y.

Chamber Music (Two to five players)

HAZIM'S DANCEArgenta Musicfor oboe, harp, violin,viola,cello7 min.2008, instrumental music for chamber opera, The Wooden Sword. Premiered by Walden Players at Clarke Museum, Williamstown, Ma, and Stony Brook Chamber Players with Eugene Drucker and Stephen Taylor, April and May 2008 Chamber Players with Eugene Drucker and Stephen Taylor.
TWILIGHT'S LAST GLEAMINGArgenta Musicfor two pianos and two percussion28 min.For Gilbert Kalish and Christina Dahl, pianos, and Eduardo Leandro and Kevin Dufford, percussion. Premiered Dec. 08, at Morgan Library, NYC.
CHANTArgenta Musicfor contrabass and piano, in three movements.17 min.2000/2004 (revised and expanded) Written for Deborah Dunham. "Honorable Mention" in the 2004 ISB solo bass composition competition.
AS THE EARTH TURNSArgenta Musictwo wind instruments: upper and lower (clarinet, oboe, soprano sax, with bass clarinet, bassoon, tenor sax -- any combination possible), tape and video6 min.1999. To go with SUBWAY SUNSET, both of which have a video component. MusicVision for 2 wind instruments, tape track and video projection. Requires video an audio projection.
LULLABYArgenta Musicbassoon and piano arranged for viola and piano11 min.1999 Written for Gili Sharett, expanded version premiered Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, May 2004
SUBWAY SUNSETArgenta Musicfor oboe, piano, and video (or clarinet and piano or sop sax and piano) 6 min.2000. May be performed with or without the video. MusicVision Does not need audio projection.
FANTASY ON AN IMAGINARY FOLK SONGArgenta Musicflute and harp (also available for flute and string orchestra)11 min.1999. In memory of Sam Baron. (Premiere by Taneko Ensemble, Seattle 2001)
String Quartet #2, FOUR ETUDES AND A FANTASYL. Keiser Music2 violins, viola, cello27 min.1997. Commissioned by the Ying Quartet and funded by a consortium of presenters: Eastman School of Music, Lied Center (U. of Kansas, Krannert Center, U. Of Illinois at Urbana, San Francisco Performances, and Stanford Lively Arts, Stanford University). Premieres by all 5 presenters in March-April 1997.
FROM DARKNESS EMERGINGL Keiser Music2 violins, viola, cello, and harp
28 min.
1995. Written for Heidi Lehwalder and the Muir Quartet with funding by the National Endowment for the Arts. Premieres: Gardner Museum, Boston. Kennedy Center, Wash. D.C. 95/96
TO THE SPIRIT UNCONQUEREDL Keiser Musicviolin, cello, piano20 min.1992. Commissioned through Chamber Music America/Lila Wallace and the Port Jefferson Arts Council for the Guild Trio. Premiere: June 1992, Port Jefferson, New York. Recorded by the Guild Trio, CRI Released 1995.
SONATA for Cello and Piano L Keiser Music27 min.1988. Written for Timothy Eddy, cello, and Gilbert Kalish, piano, Premiere: 1988, Town Hall, New York. Recorded by Kalish and Eddy, CRI, An American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award recording.
Mostly Marimba Alfred Mus Pub2 violins and marimba8 min.
1988. Commissioned and premiered by Musicians' Accord, May 1988, Kaufmann Concert Hall, New York.
DANCE CONVERGINGL keiser Musicviola, horn, piano, and percussion17 min1987. Written for and premiered by Speculum Musicae, Merkin Hall, New York, 1987.
STRING QUARTET2 violins, viola, and cello28 min.1975. German premiere: Assman Quartet in Frankfurt, Germany , 1976. U.S. premiere: Fromm Concerts at Harvard University, 1977. Recorded by the Atlantic String Quartet (CRI SD 520). Winner of the Internationale Wettbewerb fur Komponistinnen, 1976 and an ISCM award, 1979.

Solo Instrumental

SIX BEADS ON A STRING In memorium, Charles FeldmanArgentasolo violin8 min.Written in memory of Charles Feldman. Premiered by Yevgeny Kutik, Nov. 2008, Washington DC
SIX PRELUDES POUR PIANO, d'après poèmes de BaudelaireL Keiser Musicfor piano20 min.1991. Commissioned by the Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NY for the Exhibit: "Baudelaire: The Poet and his Painters." European premiere: 1992, Alexander Paley, piano, Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France, American premiere: Heckscher Museum, 1993, Gilbert Kalish. Recorded by Gilbert Kalish, CRI (1995). Also recorded by Alexander Paley, Naxos.
OH THOU BEAUTIFUL ONEfor piano5 min.1989. Adaptation of aria from opera, THE THIEF OF LOVE. Written in memory of Frederick Ewen and premiered by S. Silver, October 1989, Manhattan School of Music.
THEME AND VARIATIONS FOR BOWED VIBRAPHONEMostlyMarimba Alfred Music Dist7 min.1980. Premiere: William Trigg, 1981, New York.
FANTASY QUASI THEME AND VARIATION, Inspired by the Piano Variations of Aaron CoplandL Keiser Music for piano7 min.1980. Commissioned by Claudia Stevens in honor of Copland's 80th birthday. Premiere: National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, 1981. Recorded by Nanette Solomon Kaplan, Leonarda Recordings, 1998.

Vocal Works

TRANSCENDINGArgenta Musicfor baritone and piano
12 min.
1995. Texts by Yeats, Emerson, and Dunbar. Commissioned by Musicians' Accord. Premiere: Weill Recital Hall, 1995, Kevin Deas, baritone Washington DC
CANTOL Keiser Music9 players plus baritone Ob (Eng. Hn), Trumpet, Trombone, vla, ce, cbs, 3 percussion28 min.
1979. Commissioned by the Berkshire Music Center and premiered at Tanglewood, 1979. (Theodore Antiniou, cond.). Recorded with Michael Dash, baritone, Sheila Silver, cond, and members of Musicians' Accord, Mode Records 1990.
CHARIESSAL Keiser Musicsoprano and piano18 min.1978. Commissioned by the Radcliffe Institute and premiered there May,1978 by Karen Komar, soprano, and Sheila Silver, piano .
A Cycle of Six Songs on Fragments from Sappho.(also for voice and orchestra - see orchestra above)

Choral Works

Argenta MusicAntiphonal choirs and piano
12 min.
1990. Commissioned for the Gregg Smith Singers with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts. Premiere: New York City, 1991.
Argenta MusicSATB a cappella
16 min.
1981. Premiered by the Gregg Smith Singers, 1983, St. Peter's Church, New York City. Recorded by the Gregg Smith Singers, released 1982. GSS
TWO ELIZABETHAN SONGS When Daisies Pied by Shakespeare and Cherry-Ripe by Thomas Campion
Argenta MusicSATB a cappella
7 min.
1981. Premiere: New York Motet Choir, Carnegie Recital Hall,New York, 1982. Winner of NY Motet Choir Competition, 1981.
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