A More Detailed Listing of
    Musical Compositions by Kathleen St. JohnMusical Compositions by Kathleen St. John
(san diego ca)
1965       2'30 CABOCLINHA
"The Clay-Doll" by Heitor Villa-Lobos:
Concert Band arrangement  [32 members]
(new york ny)
1967     13'20 QUINTET
Instrumental Quintet:
Oboe, Bass Clarinet  [w/4"cymbal in C,or triangle], Bassoon  [w/muted wood block I,II or timbales], Viola, Cello
in 4 movements:
     Allegro;     Song and Contemplation;     Raga;     Fantasia.     
(new york ny)
     1'45 ORCHESTRAL STUDY ON BACH:   THREE-PART INVENTION IN F MINOR
by Johann Sebastian Bach:
Chamber Orchestra arrangement  [13 members]
(new york ny)
     4'30 IDEAS ON A TWENTY-EIGHT NOTE DITTY
Instrumental Quartet:
Violin, Viola, Bassoon, String Bass
(new york ny)
     2'00 TRIO SONATA…PLUS
String Trio:
Violin, Viola, Cello
(new york ny)
     4'40 THE GATHERING
Instrumental Septet:
Oboe, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Viola  [w/long-stemmed red-rose in player's mouth],
String Bass, Snare Drum
(new york ny)
   11'30 A STRING QUARTET TO A SWAN
String Quartet:
Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello
in 4 movements:
            Very fast indeed;     Dance;     Meditation;     Marcatissimo to the extreme.    
(new york ny)
     5'00 SUCH A BUNCH
Instrumental Nonet:
Saxophone Quintet, Vibraphone, Viola, Autoharp, 4 Timpani
(new york ny)
   11'30 THE SOLOIST
Large Orchestra  [107 members]
(new york ny;   dedicated to Hugo Weisgall)
     8'30 A CONVERSATION
Piano Quintet:
Piano  [w/2 hard felt-sticks], Flute, Violin, Bass Trombone, Tuba
(new york ny;   in remembrance of a moment spent sharing an oyster with a friend…;   text of ancient sources;
published by Carl Fischer Inc., New York NY: 1969)
   1967-68    20'00 SOCRATES ON THE DIVINATION OF SWANS
An Oratorio:
Narrator as Socrates, Mezzo-Soprano, Two Contraltos and Orchestra  [45 members]
(minimal stage-set & lights)
(new york ny;   to the memory of Gilbert Back)
1968    15'00 MOODS OF MELANCHOLY   or   MELANCHOLY
String Quintet:
Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello, String Bass
in 5 movements:
     Aggressive;     Slow;     Fast;     Aggressive;     Fast and Light.    
(new york ny;   commissioned by the Astoria High School Concert Band, Astoria OR;   text of Edgar Allan Poe)
   14'00 THE GOLD-BUG
Ballet Suite for Concert Band  [63 members]:
in 6 movements:
   I. Scarabaeus caput hominus;     II. Serenade and Capture;     III. Waltz Walk;
  IV. The Tulip Tree;     V. Oh, The Digging Hours;     VI. Dance of Wealth and Pleasure.
(cluster of dancers, stage-set & lights)
(new york ny;   dedicated to Vladimir Ussachevsky)
   1968-69    18'00 KALEIDOSCOPE
2 Triple-Quartet Instrumental Groups [24 Players] and 12-Track Electronic-Tape:
premiere-performance utilized entire 12-track electronic-tape apparatus;
for all future-performances (with or without dancers), all originally-recorded sound-material
was transferred onto one 4-track tape, by composer;
[sound-material only: performed in darkness, with tiny stationary white-light on floor center-stage throughout]
(optional full-stage crowd of unsynchronized dancers:  all clad in un-matching multi-coloured
extravagantly-gaudy attire, scattering about constantly in near-darkness
with tiny stationary white-light on floor center-stage throughout)
(new york ny)
1969      8'00 DESTRUCTION OF A MONOLITH
Orchestra  [83 members]
(lenox ma;   dedicated to Alexander Goehr)
   13'00 THE CAGE
Improvisational-Clarinet Solo [Bb & Eb] and Large Instrumental Ensemble:
including Flute [Piccolo], 6 Bassoons, 4 String Basses [I amplified], Harp [amplified], Bass Drum
(optional lights)
(new york ny;   text of William Shakespeare;
published by Carl Fischer Inc., New York NY: 1979)
     5'10 SONNET 29
Baritone Reader and Large Instrumental Ensemble:
including Alto Flute, 2 Violins, 2 Violas, 2 Cellos, String Bass, Harpsichord, Piano [prepared], Percussion I,II
(optional yet preferred male-character in period-costume/tights lying decoratively-still in posed-
position upon floor facing audience stage-front at audience-right, holding mandolin;  optional lights)
(new york ny;   commissioned by William Powell, clarinetist;   text of ancient sources)
   1969-70    38'00 THE REVELATION OF ST. JOHN THE DIVINE:   A MULTI-MEDIA MASQUE IN 7 ACTS
[An Enactment Of The Transformation Of Ioannes The Initiate]
Live-Performer as Initiate and 4-Track Electronic-Tape, with
19 Dancers, Mixed Chorus, Musicians, Rock Ensemble:
[electronic sound-material put onto one 2-Track Tape for rehearsal-purposes, by composer]
(film-visuals, stage-set & extensive lighting)
(new york ny)
1970      2'30 TO HER    from    THE REVELATION OF ST. JOHN THE DIVINE
Song:   Male Voice and Guitar
(new york ny;   written for Robert K. Gray, baritone;   text of        )
     2'35 ACH SCHATZ
"Oh Treasure";
Song:   Baritone and Piano
(new york ny)
   23'00 A VISION OF THE ETHEREAL COSMOS
2-Track Electronic-Tape Environment:
(optional choice(s) of improvisational-musician(s), dancer(s), and/or poetry reader(s),
stage-set and/or lights)
(new york ny;   commissioned by The Journey Of Dreams & Company, Ottawa Canada;   text of William Shakespeare)
   25'00 OPHELIA:   A POETIC DRAMA
One Live Female-Performer, 7 Speaking-Characters and 4-Track Electronic-Tape:
[all vocal/electronic sound-material mixed onto one 2-track tape for rehearsal-purposes, by composer]
(a delicately-gentle female-performer in period-attire slowly & gracefully meandering all about;
3 non-moveable hanging-costumes of Laertes & Polonius stage-right and Hamlet alone stage-left,
each of 3 costumes hung by two very thick coarse ropes, at shoulders;
moving film-visuals, stage-set & lights)
(new york ny;   prepared for The New Dramatists of New York)
1971    60'00 PLAYSONGS FOR NIGHT-CHILDREN
2-Track Electronic-Tape Environment:
Sound-Score for Play by New York playwright Joseph Scott
(new york ny;   prepared for The New Dramatists of New York)
   60'00 LA SALON
2-Track Electronic-Tape Environment:
Sound-Score for Play by New York playwright Aldo Guinta
(peterborough nh)
   23'00 THE SACRED MOUNTAIN
Suite of Nine Pieces for Pianissimo String Orchestra  [69 members]:
         Calliope;     Euterpe;     Erato;     Melpomene;     Thalia;     Polyhymnia;     Terpsichore;     Clio;     Urania.
(optional yet preferred 9 female dancers as 9 Muses in differently-coloured pastel-hued flowing gowns,
all moving gracefully in a slow-motion visual-tapestry in front of and within orchestra-proper;
optional lights)
(london, england;   first work from 'Insecta' collection;   text of ancient sources & composer;
published by Carl Fischer Inc., New York NY: 1977)
1972      4'00 MOSQUITO
Large String Orchestra  [     members], Alto Choir  [min.   ], and Percussion I:
[a mock-performance 2-track tape of this work exists, prepared by composer]
(boston ma;   commissioned by William Powell, clarinetist;   text of the bible;
published by Carl Fischer Inc., New York NY: 1979)
   1973-74    11'45 THE DEVIL-BIRD:   A SOUTH AMERICAN  MYTH
Bb Clarinet Solo, a cappella Boy's Choir  [min.16], and Percussion I,II,III:
(Girl's Choir and/or Women's Choir may be substituted)
(boston ma;   text of the bible)
1975    30'00 THE LIPS OF A STRANGE WOMAN DROP HONEY
An Oratorio:
Female Dancer/Performer, Vocal and Instrumental Soloists, Multi-Chorus, Organ and Percussion:
including Lyric Soprano, Baritone Reader, Boy Choir [min.25] & Basso Profundo Choir [min.15],
Banjo, Organ, Harp [w/gut strings], Chimes and Percussion I,II
(a lavishly-elegant stage-set & lights)
(peterborough nh;   first work from 'Pastel' collection;   dedicated to John David)
1976    10'00 MIMOSA PUDICA
"Touch-Me-Not";
Dance Quintet:
Dancer in Green [as plant], Bassoon, String Bass, Vibraphone and Percussion
(green spot-light on dancer only, whose two-feet remain in stationary-position on floor throughout)
(peterborough nh / finished cambridge ma;   commissioned by Esther Fuerte-Wajman, pianist;
first work from 'Sibyl of Cumae' collection;   dedicated to The MacDowell Colony;   subliminal text of ancient sources;
published by Carl Fischer Inc., New York NY: 1979)
   23'00 FRAGRANCES
Piano and Orchestra  [95 members]:
with Alto Flute sub-solo
(optional 2 conductors;  optional yet preferred stage-set:  piano at front-stage center with keyboard
facing audience directly, and lit-up;  one live large long-tailed beautiful & noisy white-bird, sheltered
within a very large & ornate white birdcage hanging high-above and to the left of piano;  lights)
(cambridge ma;   commissioned by The Music Project Contemporary Ensemble of New York NY;
from 'Sibyl of Cumae' collection;   text of Homeric Greek language ca.4000 B.C.)
   11'00 THE SIBYL,  IN CONTEMPLATION
A Mystic Poem:
Mezzo-Soprano [w/crotalum in A]  and Piano Octet:
including Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano  [as conductor]
(optional yet preferred incense, extensive period stage-set & lights)
(sweet briar va / finished new york ny;   commissioned by The Sweet Briar Concert Choir of Sweet Briar College VA,
for the 75th Anniversary of the College;   in memory of Daisy Williams of Sweet Briar;
dedicated to The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Sweet Briar)
   30'00 FLEUR DE LYS:   A CHORAL FANTASY
"Flower Of Light";
Choir of Women  [in 3 parts]  and Concert Organ
with Soprano Solo and Instrumental Trio of Cello, Harp and Percussion I:
(minimal stage-set & lights)
(utrecht, the netherlands;   first work from 'Moments' collection;   dedicated to Frankie Mann;   text of Arthur Symons)
     3'00 THE CRYING OF WATER
3 Soprano Vocalists, Violin-Obbligato, and Baritone Reader:
(lights)
(utrecht, the netherlands;   from 'Moments' collection;   dedicated to Harmohan Singh;   text by Harmohan Singh;
published by Experimental Arts Society of Utrecht, The Netherlands: 1976-77)
     6'10 HER DRIFTING FROM ME THESE DAYS
Vocal Sextet:
High-Baritone Voice, solo Viola, Marimba, Tubular Bell, Hand Drums, Bass Drum and Triangle
(optional lights)
(utrecht, the netherlands;   dedicated to Gottfried Koenig)
     1'30 PROJECT 1    [a precise realization of computerized data suggested by Gottfried Koenig of Utrecht,The Netherlands]
Instrumental Quintet:
Piano, Harpsichord, Cello, Harp and Vibraphone
(utrecht, the netherlands)
   1976-77    20'00 THE BRONZE
2-Track Electronic-Tape Environment for
for an Elegant Garden-Presentation of Original Life-Sized Bronze Sculpture-Pieces of Prominent Americans,
with sweet-sounds flowing in the air!:
a visual and audio collaboration of American Sculptor Rhoda Sherbell Honig and Composer Kathleen St. John
(equi-distantly scattered exterior-lighting all around sculpture-pieces, in soft-colors!)
(utrecht, the netherlands;   commissioned by The Music Project of New York NY;
from 'Moments' collection;   dedicated to Daniel Berlinghoff;   text of Thomas Randolph)
1977    14'00 SONG OF A WEEPING HERON,   ON THE DEATH OF A NIGHTINGALE
Oboe Solo, Quartet of Strings, Wind Trio, and Harp:
including Violin, Viola, Cello I, Cello II, Flute, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon
(optional spot-light on flautist only)
(westbury ny / sweet briar va / finished san diego ca;   inspired by a huge painting of Sri Caitanya hanging upon the walls of
The Hare Krsna Temple in Amsterdam, Holland;   with appreciation to The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Sweet Briar;
special dedication to Mervin, Rhoda, and Sue Sue Honig of Westbury NY;   dedicated to Julia;  
score to be presented to The Hare Krsna Temple, Bethanienstraat 39, Amsterdam Holland.)
   16'00 THE  DELIRIOUS CAITANYA
Large Orchestra  [112 members], with 22 Devotees of Lord Krsna:
(optional yet preferred extensive stage-set of 2 huge metallic-gold sculptured oriental-eyes,
placed behind orchestra-proper and extending beyond same at both ends;  each eye being
16' in length with a 4' space betwween the two;  the orchestral-score itself  (being 16' in length)
hung by thin wires in front of orchestra-proper for conductor - moving gradually left to right
as music progresses;  the entire visual-setting - seen at a distance by audience - is the
Divine Head of Lord Krsna;  lights)
(westbury ny / finished valencia ca;   commissioned by The Music Project Repertory Chamber Ensemble of New York NY;
dedicated to the memory of dancer Isadora Duncan;   text from "Isadora" of Rhoda Sherbell Honig)
   20'00 ISADORA:   DAUGHTER OF THE SUN
A Dithyrambos:
Large Instrumental Ensemble of Winds, Strings and Percussion I,II
with Soprano-Obbligato, stationary Chorus Of The Deities [10 male], Array of Musicians [10 male],
Lyric-Dancers [min.6 female], Bacchic-ritual Dancers [numerous male], and Visible-Sculpture
in 13 movements:
      Interlude   ancient greek environment;     Bacchanale I   pagan ritual-dance to Dionysus;
      Aulodia   elegiac song of lost visions;     Dies Irae   sequence of grievance for two dead children;
      Recitative   reflections on youth;     Ode   poem to Apollo;     Paean   hymn of praise to Apollo;
      Nomos Aulodikos   song of Dionysus;     Nomos Kitharodikos   song of Apollo;
      Antiphonia   maturity, harmony, contentment;     Bacchanale II   frenzied orgiastic-dance to Dionysus;
      Strophe   poetic pause;     Dance of the Future   Adieu, old world, I would hail a new world…
(lights)
(san diego ca;   from 'Moments' collection;   dedicated to Mel Powell)
     8'12 DISGUISED
"Chrysanthemum";
A Musical Composition for 21 Players,  with Saron Solo:
including 4 strings, 3 brass, 4 winds, percussion I-IX
(optional delicate improvisational-dancer(s) & subtle lights)
(valencia ca)
     2'00 O MISTRESS MINE!
Song:   Soprano Solo with Women's Choir
(valencia ca;   commissioned by California Institute of the Arts Dance choreographer Patricia Gage;
from 'Order of the Golden Dawn' collection)
1978    16'40 ARCANA:   THE REINCARNATION OF OSIRIS
Ballet:
Main Female-Dancer Solo and 2-Track Tape Environment
with Large Percussion Ensemble [6 players], Woodwind Solos [2 players], and 6 Voices of Beings
[all instrumental/vocal sound-material played & recorded onto one 2-track tape
for rehearsal & performance-purposes, by composer]
(extensive stage-set & lights)
(valencia ca;   from 'Order of the Golden Dawn' collection;   written for Rachel de la Voyas, hornist)
   10'00 NOVA
French Horn and Piano
(valencia ca;   from 'Moments' collection;   dedicated to William Powell, clarinetist;
text of F. le Rousseau's "Chacoon for Harlequin" [1733], British Museum.)
   10'00 HARLEQUIN
Instrumental Trio,  with Percussion-Accompaniment:
Bb Clarinet, Viola and Harp, with Percussion I
including 4 balloons, tambourine, bass drum, snare drum [on & off], break drum, bongo, rattle, cymbal, triangle
(optional lights)
(valencia ca;   first work from 'Bravi' collection;   1st work of "Petite Suite 1";
published by Carl Fischer Inc., New York NY: 1978)
     2'00 PRELUDE
Bb Clarinet and Piano
(valencia ca;   from 'Order of the Golden Dawn' collection;   written for John Fitzgerald, percussionist)
   13'00 INNERMISSION
Percussion Quartet:
Improvisational-Percussion Solo, Oboe, Cello and String Bass
[recorded 2-track performance-tape may be used for future dance-presentations]
(optional slow-motion dancer(s) & lights)
(valencia ca;   from 'Order of the Golden Dawn' collection;   written for Kaaren Marie Herr, soprano)
   14'00 AN INSCRIPTION ON SMENKHARE'S COFFIN?
Vocal Sextet:
Lyric Soprano, String Trio, and Percussion
including Violin, Cello, String Bass, Percussion I,II
in 3 continuous movements:
Lament;     Prayer;     Jubilation.
(optional lights)
(san diego ca;   from 'Insecta' collection;   specially for Morton Subotnick;   text of ancient sources)
     1'10 CENTIPEDE
Orchestral Strings  [66 members], Alto Choir  [min.10-20],  and Light Percussion I
(san diego ca;   from 'Pastel' collection;   text from "Heaven" of George Herbert)
     4'00 DEAR ONE
Women's Acappella Choir  [min.5],  Men's Spoken Choir  [min.5],  Viola and Celeste
(optional lights)
(san diego ca;   dedicated to my earliest piano-teacher,  Angelon Hoffmeister of Los Angeles CA)
     8'00 AN AFTERNOON AT THE ZOO
Dance Suite for Piano Solo:
8 pieces…for the ears and hearts of children everywhere!
       Antelope;     Koala Bear;     Zebra;     Elephant;     Monkey;     Flamingo;     majestic Lion;     Giraffe.
(san diego ca;   from 'Bravi' collection;   text of Robert Graves)
     3'30 THE UNICORN AND THE WHITE DOE
Contralto Voice  [or Alto Flute]  and Piano
(san diego ca;   from 'Pastel' collection)
     1'45 THE TENDER GRACES TOOK THEE UP IN THEIR BOSOM,   O LILY!
High-Woodwind Trio:
Piccolo, Eb Clarinet, and Oboe
(valencia ca;   from 'Bravi' collection)
     6'30 MINIATURES:   A SUITE OF VARIATIONS ON A CONSTRUCTION
Bassoon Solo
(valencia ca)
     2'00 WALTZ
Flute and Piano
(valencia ca;   from 'Sibyl of Cumae' collection;   written for the William Powell-Zita Carno duo)
   25'00 THE SACRIFICE OF IPHIGENIA
An Epic Instrumental-Drama:
Bb Clarinet and Piano
in 13 movements:
        Agamemnon with Clytemnestra;     Iphigenia, "the mighty-born";     a Sacred Stag, slain;     Artemis' revenge;
        Kalchas' demand upon Agamemnon;     Thoughts of Wedlock;     Iphigenia at the Altar of Artemis;
        Ritual Dance and Hymn for the Blood of Iphigenia;     The unseen exchange;     Iphigenia's transport to Tauris;
        Iphigenia, Priestess of Artemis;     Apollo's abduction of Iphigenia;     Iphigenia's return to Mycenae.
(valencia ca)
1979      2'00 THOUGHTS OF WEDLOCK    from    THE SACRIFICE OF IPHIGENIA
Bb Clarinet and Orchestra  [       members]
(valencia ca)
     9'30 DIVERTIMENTO
Instrumental Quartet:
Violin, Flute, Oboe, and Piano
in 9 movements:
Moderato;     Scherzando;     Waltz-like;     Rather Quick;
            Chorale Andante;     Spirited;     Pleasant;     Largo;     Energetic.
(valencia ca)
     9'00 A SHINY SCHILLINGS - WORTH
Large Brass Ensemble  [     members]
(valencia ca;   from 'Pastel' collection)
     9'00 SONGS FROM THE LAND OF DAWN
A Song Cycle for Contralto and Piano:
12 Haiku-Songs:
     A Tree Frog, Clinging;     The Great Buddha;     Do, oh Dew!;     Shoo, Fly!
        Obedience;     Maple Leaves;     After the Storm;     Enigma;     Leaving the House of a Friend;
           Clouds;     Mountain Plum Blossoms;     On Reading the Manyoshu.
(valencia ca;  
published by Carl Fischer Inc., New York NY: 1979)
     3'00 A PRAYER
Orchestral Strings, Acappella  [     members]
(valencia ca;   in memory of Renee Longy)
   10'00 NIGHT MUSIC
Six Nocturnes for the Piano:
    the evening air;     lyrical ringing;     an expressive and delicate ode to beauty;
             stately sounds;     oh, sweet moodiness;     the strength of calm.
(valencia ca;   from 'Moments' collection;   written for Robert Fernandez, percussionist;   text of John Hall)
1980    16'00 AYRE AND DIALOGUE ON  AN  HOURE - GLASSE
Vocal Trio,  and Person in Black  [w/bass drum]:
Soprano-Vocalist  [w/small triangle],  Marimba, and Cello
(optional lights)
(valencia ca;   from 'Sibyl of Cumae' collection;   written for Gaylord Mowrey, pianist)
   10'00 CALLIOPE'S SONG TO APOLLO
Piano Solo
(san diego ca)
     3'00 HIGHNOON AT PEACE ROCK
A Ballet Meditation for Instrumental Quartet:
Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano
(with 12 beings, monolithic-structure & lights)
(durham nc)
     5'00 MEDITATION, HYMNE, AND  DANCE OF REPOSE
Instrumental Quartet:
Violin, Clarinet, Cello and Piano
(with dancers & lights)
(durham nc)
     6'00 HARVEST
Instrumental Quintet:
Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Piano and Percussion I
including vibraphone / marimba, 5 drums hi to lo, small triangle, small cymbal
(with dancers [min.2] & lights)
(durham nc)
     3'45 ADAM AND EVE
Piano Solo:
(with 2 dancers  [male & female],  minimal stage-set & lights)
(durham nc)
     2'00 THE DIAMOND
Duo for Improvisational-Percussion and Improvisational-Piano:
[premiere-reading of sound-material recorded onto 2-track tape for future dance-presentations]
(with multiple dancers & lights)
(new york ny;   from 'Sibyl of Cumae' collection;   dedicated to Arthur Cohn of New York NY;   text of ancient sources)
   36'00 QUARTET OF A PROPHECY
String Quartet, with Soprano-Obbligato gracefully wandering about:
in 9 epic movements:
     I.    Harmony of the Shattered;     Oh Thy Force Profound
    II.   The Plane of Energy:   Domaine of the Good
   III.   Consumed by a Vision,  a Conscience Bright
     IV.   The Denial of Base Passions:   Fantasia to the Forgotten
      V.   A Choral Response from the Heavens;     Gratification of the Silent Soul
     VI.   Ambiance
     VII.   Time's Immobility:   a Consideration of Pure Joy
    VIII.   Sighs of Grandeur:   the Tide of Sweet Truth Forever Flowing…
     IX.    A Final Warning;     the Union  (Philadelphos).
(minimal lights)
(san diego ca;   from 'Insecta' collection;   dedicated to the aspiring energy of woman;   text of ancient sources)
     2'50 PRAYING MANTIS
Alto Choir acappella [min.12]  and Orchestra [92 members]
(san diego ca)
     3'00 HIS ANGEL
Song:   Female Voice and Keyboard
(san diego ca)
     3'00 SWEETSONG
Song:   Female Voice and Keyboard
(san diego ca;   from 'Sibyl of Cumae' collection)
   18'00 THE WINDS OF AEOLUS
An Epic Divertimento for Woodwind Quintet:
Flute [Alto Flute, Piccolo],  Oboe [English Horn, w/2 small hand-drums hi & lo],
Bb Clarinet [Bass Clarinet],  Bassoon,  French Horn
in 5 sections:
      1)    Strongyle, Isle of Flames;     Enlightening Winds Released for the Gods
      2)    Aeolus in his Cavern,  Reflecting Upon the Prophetic Sibyl
      3)    The Entertaining of Odysseus
      4)    Prosperous Winds Released for a Voyage;     Furies Unleashed…
      5)    The Return to Strongyle.
(san diego ca;   in memory of Franz Schubert)
     3'30 SONG OF ANNA BLUE
Song:   Female Voice and Piano  [or Harp]
(san diego ca)
     3'50 DUO
Six Etudes for Oboe and Clarinet:
             I. Active     II. Lyric     III. Finicky     IV. Dispassionate     V. Dance-like     VI. Presto!
(san diego ca)
     3'00 GO FIND A NEW LOVER
Song:   Male Voice and Keyboard or Guitars
(san diego ca;   from 'Order of the Golden Dawn' collection;   written for Robert Fernandez, percussionist)
   15'00 GARDEN  OF THE  EVER - PRESENT
Marimba and Orchestra  [88 members]
in 3 movements
(san diego ca;   dedicated to Dana Reich)
1981      1'30 CANTO   (SONG OF CALM)
Violin and Keyboard
(san diego ca;   from 'Moments' collection;   1st work of "Petite Suite II";   written for the Clarion Trio)
     2'00 COQUETTE:   TO THE FEELINGS OF AN  AGING CLOWN
Instrumental Trio:
Bb Clarinet, Cello, and Piano
(san diego ca;   from 'Bravi' collection;   2nd work of "Petite Suite I")
     3'40 INTERLUDE
Bb Clarinet and Piano
(san diego ca;   from 'Bravi' collection;   3rd work of "Petite Suite I")
     2'00 POSTLUDE   (POST TIME!)
Bb Clarinet and Piano
(san diego ca;   from 'Bravi' collection;   2nd work of "Petite Suite II";   written for the Clarion Trio)
     4'45 RONDEAU  A LA TOULOUSE - LAUTREC
["A Dance Honouring Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec"]
Instrumental Trio:
Bb Clarinet, Cello, and Piano
(san diego ca)
     6'30 HELIOTROPE
Suite of Six Dances for Woodwind Quintet:
Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn
conductus;     ostinato;     madrigal;     rondeau;     air de cour;     round.
(san diego ca;   from 'Moments' collection;   subliminal text of George Herbert)
     5'30 ANDANTE,   IN MEMORY OF FRITZ RIKKO
String Trio:
Violin, Viola, Cello
(san diego ca;   dedicated to my parents, Mr.& Mrs. James Stewart St. John of San Diego CA)
   16'00 SAKURA NO HANA
"Cherry Blossoms";
A Symphony in Song:
Lyric Soprano  [w/wind chimes]  and Orchestra  [102 members]
in 3 movements:
      I.    Nature is Life and Art to Me;     Above White Clouds
     II.    Even the Rocks of Futami;     Look!
    III.    Upon the Road Which I have Trod;     Why Should We Fear?
(san diego ca;   written for Jay Barksdale, bassoonist)
     2'15 LIED
"a poetic song";
Bassoon Solo
(san diego ca;   written for / dedicated to the Antennae Repairmen of CalArts)
   12'00 FRAILE LIFE!
     or A Cycle of Seven Comic Pieces for Percussion-Trio:
    full Percussion  I,II,III
 program         Fatigue;     Fraile Life!;     Rhyme;     The Executive;     Ching a Ring;     Gasbags;   
                Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat,  Drowned in a Tub of Gold Fishes.
(san diego ca;   from 'Sibyl of Cumae' collection;  dedicated to my grandparents, Mr.& Mrs. Robert Rodden of Long Beach CA)
     2'00 MENDELSSOHN'S  MUSE
Mixed Choir a cappella
(san diego ca;   from 'Moments' collection;   written for Lucille Field Goodman, soprano;
dedicated to the memory of Sara Teasdale;   text of Sara Teasdale)
1982    18'00 SARA'S  PLEA
A Cycle of Thirteen Songs for Soprano, Cello and Piano:
in 3 phases:
        The Falling Star;     The Tune;     Barter;     Riches;     When I Am Not With You;
Thoughts;     Moods;     Dusk in June;     The Faery Forest;     June Night;
           Gifts;     Last Prelude;     Old Tunes.
(san diego ca / finished new york ny - in apartment-basement of composer Charles Wourinen's home on west end avenue;
commissioned by The New York Motet Choir;   from 'Sibyl of Cumae' collection;   dedicated to my grandparents)
   12'00 SWEETSONGS TO THE LAMENT OF THE SIBYL
A Cycle of Four Songs for A Capella Concert Choir, with Piano:
Mendelssohn's Muse
Roundabout:  Leaves of the Golden Bough
Song of Contentment
A Final Grace.
(Butler Library, 2nd Floor - seat 161, Columbia University in New York NY;   from 'Sibyl of Cumae' collection;
commissioned by/written for/dedicated to William Powell, clarinetist;   text of complete"Divina Commedia"of Dante Alighieri)
1983    45'00 VIAGGIO VERSO LA LUCE DIVINA
"Journey To The Divine Light";
A Concerto-Fantasy:
Clarinet in A and Orchestra  [82 members]
in 3 movements:
              Inferno
              Purgatorio;     Paradiso
(long beach ca;   from 'Moments' collection;   written for Janis-Rozena Peri, soprano)
     8'00 FOUR  PASSION  SONGS
Soprano [w/tambourine] and Flute:
So Well I Love Thee
Come Away,  Come,  Sweet Love
When Raging Love
The Spring of Joy is Dry.
(long beach ca;   written for William Powell, clarinetist)
     1'45 SWEET WILLIAM
Solo Bb Clarinet
(long beach ca)
     1'45 SWEET WILLIAM
same music as above, for
Solo Marimba  or  Viola  or  Harp  or  Harpsichord  or  Piano  or  Organ
(new york ny;   from 'Pastel' collection;   in remembrance of my father, James Stewart St. John;
written for Brenda Schuman-Post, oboist;   structurally-based upon our entire and magnificent solar-system)
1985    25'00 L'ETOILE
"The Star";
Oboe Solo [w/quasi-improvisational amplified-voice] and Orchestra  [88 members]:
with Flute and Violin secondary-solos
in 3 continuous movements:
Serenade to the Liberation;     Spacedance;     The Jewel...
(san diego ca;   dedicated to my mother, Zennie Elizabeth Walker St. John)
1987 2 1/2 hrs. DEVIATION!
A Musical in Two Acts:
Cast of 18 Characters - 9 women, 9 men
24 Songs   [Piano / Vocal Score]
Book & Lyrics by British playwright George Edge
(4 scene-changes & lights)
(new york ny;   dedicated to George Edge of New York NY)
1988    55'00 DON'T CRY FOR ME,   DESDEMONA
An Operetta in One Act:
Two Soprano-Vocalists  [as 'Violetta' & 'Desdemona']  and Two Pianos
13 Songs,  in Tribute to Giuseppe Verdi   [2 Piano / 2 Vocal Score]
Libretto by British playwright George Edge
(minimal yet decorative stage-set & lights)
(new york ny;   dedicated to Zachary Roman,  with all good memories and always an empty-purse!)
     2'00 AND COMING UP ON THE OUTSIDE  IS...
Piano Solo
(new york ny;   text of composer)
     3'00 I DON'T WANNA BE TIED DOWN ANYMORE
Song:   Female Voice and Piano
(new york ny;   text of composer)
     2'15 I  REMEMBER YOU
Song:   Tenor Voice and Piano
(san diego ca;   dedicated to my mother;   text of composer)
1989      2'30 A TIME FOR CHEER
Song:   Female Voice and Piano
(san diego ca;   text of composer)
     2'15 GIVE ME YOUR HAND,   ELINORA
Song:   Female Voice and Piano
(san diego ca;   text of composer)
     3'00 I  LONG TO TELL YOU,   LOVE
Song:   Female Voice and Piano
(san diego ca;   from 'Pastel' collection;   dedicated to my mother;   text of composer)
   12'00 UNIVERSAL BLUE
Lyric Soprano and Orchestra  [65 members]
(valencia ca;   first work from 'King Ludwig II' collection;   dedicated to my mother)
   10'00 SWEETSONG OF THE DREAM - KING
Flute Choir of 12 Players:
C Piccolo [2],  Eb Soprano Flute [1],  C Flute [4],  G Alto Flute [3],  Bass Flute [2]
(valencia ca;   text of composer)
     2'15 LOVING  IS THE ANSWER
Song:   Female Voice and Piano
(valencia ca;   from 'King Ludwig II' collection;   to commemorate the downing of the Berlin Wall on November 9,1989)
1990      3'30 FREEDOM,   BUT WILL  IT  LAST?
Oboe Solo
(valencia ca)
   10'00 EXCALIBUR:   A FANTASY ON  KING  ARTHUR
Woodwind Quintet:
Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn
in 3 movements:
            Song of the Sword;     Air de Cour;     Round Table Delight!
(san diego ca;   commissioned by Echosphere II Ensemble;   from 'Pastel' collection;
dedicated to my mother;   texts of Alexander Pope, Francis Beaumont, Aeneas, The Vedas, et al)
   15'00 WHERE YOUNG ADONIS OFT REPOSES…
Vocal Quartet:
High-Tenor [or Counter-Tenor], Violin, Bb Soprano-Saxophone, and Piano
(optional lights)
(san diego ca;   from 'King Ludwig II' collection;   to a better world for all people)
   11'30 FRIEDEN
"Peace";
Piano and Orchestra  [82 members],  with Choir of Sweetsouls  [min.12]
(optional lights)
(san diego ca;   from 'Moments' collection)
   11'00 COMES THE DAWN
A Choral Poem:
Men's Choir  [in 5 parts],  String Quintet and Percussion I,II
including Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello, String Bass
(san diego ca;   written for Joyce McWilliams, soprano;   dedicated to our mutual friend, Mr. David Zea;
text of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and composer)
1997    13'00 MEIN  LEBEN  IST WIE EIN GRAB
"My Life Is A Grave";
Vocal Trio:
Soprano, Cello, and Piano
(The U.S.Grant Hotel Lobby, downtown San Diego / finished The Brokers Building, 402 Market St.#218, downtown San Diego;
this music is coordinated with an original oil-painting of mine "The Hidden Gems of Rumi";   dedicated to my parents;
text of 13th Century Persian poet Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
THE HIDDEN GEMS OF RUMI:    [a Collection of Epic Songs for Vocal Soloists and Orchestra]
   1997-98    10'00 1.  SILENCE,   FOR THE OYSTER SHELLS ARE  PREGNANT  WITH THE  DIVINE  PEARLS...
An Epic Song:
Quartet of Vocal Soloists, Woodwind Trio, and Orchestra  [95 members]:
Dramatic-Soprano / Mezzo-Soprano / Contralto / Bass-Baritone Soloists,
3 Woodwind sub-soloists  Bs Fl, Al Fl, C Fl, C Picc   /   EH, Ob d'Amore, Ob   /   A Cl, Eb Cl
(optional yet preferred mini-set of 3 Circles of Souls, as embedded-pearls
[18 Beings: 6 in each Circle] within orchestra-proper; lights)
(san diego ca;   from 'Moments' collection;   to the memory of Mr. Edward F. Goodman of New York NY;
text of ancient sources & composer)
  1988-89;    20'00 AH,   SWEET FEAST OF THE GODS!
  1998-99 [a bacchanalian delight of delectable delicacies for the soul of man,  served at the table of the gods…]
A Comic Musical Mini-Drama for 24 Performers:
7 male-mortal Musicians,  7 male-immortal Actors,  9 female-Muse Dancers,
an Unseen male-immortal Bass-Baritone Orator with Tubular Bells
in 3 continuous movements:
             The Prologue…     The Partaking…     The Epilogue…
(a gloriously-extravagant stage-set & lights)
(san diego ca;   from 'Sibyl of Cumae' collection;   text of ancient sources)
2001    10'00 A CANTILENA ON THE FABLE OF AORNOS
A Lyric Poem:
High-Soprano and Orchestra  [      members]
(optional lights)
(san diego ca)
2003    14'00 TWILIGHT AT LOCH  NESS
A Musical Passion-Drama, in One Scene:
Contralto-Voice and Orchestra  [     members],
with Choir of Women [min.   ] and Instrumental-Trio of Harpsichord, Marimba and Cello
(a Scottish lake-side scene at dusk stage-set & lights)
(san diego ca;   from 'Sibyl of Cumae' collection;   written for Deborah Kavasch, soprano;
dedicated to the idealic personal pursuits of women everywhere;   for my mother & the belief she always has had in my work;
many thanks to the St. Andrews By-The-Sea Episcopal Church: Rev. Rhonda Smith McIntire, Rector, and Gregory L. Mulkey,
Parish Administrator;   much appreciation to Mrs. Arlene Rosen, in friendship;   in memory of American composer/violinist
Arthur Cohn for his steadfast confidence & inspiration;   text from "I Write, Desperately" of Jeannie Gayle Pool)
   2005-06    20'00 IL MURO:   THE WALL
[an Epic-Plea:  for just one precious glimpse…]
A Dramatic Psychological Music-Drama:
Improvisational Soprano-Vocalist/Performer, English Horn, and Symphonic Orchestra  [74 members]:
with Hidden Chorus of Benevolent Souls  [min.20], and 2 sub-soloists of mandolin-player & carpenter w/sabre-saw
in 3 extended phases  [or 10 sub-phasses]:
            The Exorcism     /     The Renewal     /     The Deliverance
(optional yet preferred extensive stage-set of 7 oil-paintings, each 6' x 6',
covered-over and hanging upon large long constructed-wall behind and extending beyond
orchestra-proper;  2 lights: 1 covering full-length of wall behind orchestra-proper
& 1 small round spot-light by EH sub-solo at right of conductor)
(san diego ca;   from 'Moments' collection;   dedicated to the courageous fighting men and women everywhere
placing their young lives in harm's way daily for the precious sake of human freedom;   text from "Dulce Et Decorum Est"
of British soldier and poet Wilfred Owen, 1893-1918)
2006      8'00 A WAR DIRGE:   DULCE  ET  DECORUM  EST PRO  PATRIA  MORI
["it is sweet and fitting to die for one's country' from Ode II of Horace]
Dramatic-Contralto Vocalist and Instrumental Octet, with Uniformed Military Musician w/ Field Drum-Obbligato:
including Alto Flute, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Trombone, Violin, Cello, Piano, Percussion I, II
(optional lights)


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