Opera

title ensemble year duration publisher
My Friend's Story: An Opera in a Prolog, 3 Scenes and an Epilog based on a story by Anton Chekhov

Libretto by J.D. McClatchy.

Premiere: New Haven International Festival of Arts and Ideas, June 2013
Cast of Characters:
Narrator - Baritone
Peter - Tenor
Milena - Mezzo Soprano
Hannah - Soprano
Jacob - Bass Musicians:
2 clarinets (2nd doubles Bass clarinet)
Piano
Percussion
Violin
Cello
Contra Bass
Conductor
2013 ca 75' Carl Fischer

 

Symphonic Ensembles

title ensemble year duration publisher
Pan Penseroso solo Flute and Orchestra: solo flute, 2 ob, 2 cl (Bb), 2 bn, 2 Hn (F), 2 trpts, 1 tenor trb, 1 bass trb, vibraphone, strings 2009 20' Carl Fischer
Encore! Orchestra 2003 4' 30" Carl Fischer
Grace Concerto in 3 movements for two marimbas and orchestra 2000 19' Carl Fischer
On An Overgrown Path (Janacek-Bresnick) Chamber Orchestra 1996 25' Carl Fischer
Falling Orchestra & Mezzo Soprano solo 1994 20' Carl Fischer
Sinfonia Orchestra 1992 15' Carl Fischer
Angelus Novus Orchestra 1991 9' Carl Fischer
part of Opere della Music Povera
Pontoosuc Orchestra 1989 15' Carl Fischer
Little Suite Amateur String Orchestra 1987 20'  
ONE Chamber Orchestra 1986 10' Carl Fischer
Wir Weben, Wir Weben String Orchestra (9 vlns, 3 vla, 3 vc, 1 cb) 1978 22' Carl Fischer
Ocean of Storms Orchestra 1970 16' Bote & Block, dist. US by B&H

 

Large Chamber Ensembles 

title ensemble year duration publisher
Fantasia on a Theme by Willie Dixon piano and amplified ensemble 2001 10' Carl Fischer
Fanfare 4 horns, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones 2001 5' Carl Fischer
Bread & Salt 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bn, 2 sax, 2 hn, vc, cb
1984 7' Carl Fischer
Der Signál fl, cl, sax, cornet, trb, vla, vc, cb, perc, soprano, alto, mezzo soli, narrator or tape 1982 15' Carl Fischer
Ants ww quintet, string quartet, cb, percussion, harp, soprano, mezzo, tenor, baritone soli, 5 actor/mimes 1976 15' Carl Fischer
B.'s Garlands 8 violoncelli 1973 10' Carl Fischer
Musica fl, cl, bn, hn, tpt, trb, vln, vla, vc 1972 7'30"-22'30" Carl Fischer
Introit 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bn, 4 hn, 2 tpt, 2 trb 1969 7' Carl Fischer

 

Small Chamber Ensembles

title ensemble year duration publisher
Willie's Way arranged for Woodwind Quintet by Richard Matthias) 2012 10' Carl Fischer
Prayers Remain Forever cello and piano 2011 ca 15' Carl Fischer
A Message from the Emperor
for two speaking percussionists
marimba, vibraphone, four small drums
amplification as needed
2010 11' Carl Fischer
Going Home (Vysoke, My Jerusalem)
for oboe quartet (oboe, violin, viola, 'cello) 2010 10' Carl Fischer
Grace 2 marimbas and piano (orchestra reduction) 2009 19' Carl Fischer
Every Thing Must Go

article
: Martin Bresnick’s
Every Thing Must Go for saxophone quartet
by Susan Fancher, published in the July/August 2009 issue of the Saxophone Journal
Saxophone Quartet 2007 ca 15' Carl Fischer
Caprichos Enfáticos Piano soloist and Percussion Quartet (with images of Goya) 2007 ca 35' Carl Fischer
*for performance materials, please email Martin Bresnick
Pine Eyes {complete work} cl (bs.cl), pno (synthesizer), 2 perc, narrator , DVD projections 2006 Act 1: 45', Act 2: 40'. Total 85'  
Capricho Nuevo cl, a. sax, pno, vibe, perc, vln, db bss 2006 6'30" Carl Fischer
My Twentieth Century

dissertation
: "Pitch Symmetry in Martin Bresnick's My Twentieth Century" by Mark Fromm
fl, cl, vln, va, vc, pno 2002 15' Carl Fischer
*** cl., vla., & pno 1997 9' Carl Fischer
part of Opere della Music Povera
The Bucket Rider bcl., vc., cb., guit., pno., perc
1995 11' Carl Fischer
part of Opere della Music Povera
BE JUST! cl., vc., cb., guit., pno., perc. 1995 4' Carl Fischer
part of Opere della Music Povera
Follow Your Leader bcl(cl)., bn., perc., pno., vln., vla., vc.) or bcl(cl)., bn., bar,sax., perc., pno., synth., vln. 1994 3' Carl Fischer
part of Opere della Music Povera
Pigs & Fishes bcl(cl)., bn., perc., pno., vln., vla., vc.) or (bcl(cl)., bn., bar. sax., perc., pno., synth., vln. 1993 5' Carl Fischer
part of Opere della Music Povera
String Quartet #3 string quartet 1992 20' Carl Fischer
Tucket bcl(cl)., bn., perc., pno., vln., vla., vc.) or bcl(cl)., bn., bar,sax., perc., pno., synth., vln. or brass quintet 1991 3' Carl Fischer
part of Opere della Music Povera
Trio

Article:
Observations and commentary on the First movement of Martin Bresnick’s Piano Trio, by Justin Tierney
vln, vnc, pno 1988 22' Carl Fischer
Just Time

article: Works by Martin Bresnick, Mel Powell, Ronald Roseman, Ralph Shapey
ww quintet 1985 15' Carl Fischer
Tent of Miracles solo baritone sax, 3 other baritone saxes or solo bass clarinet, 3 other bass clarinets or solo bassoon, 3 other bassoons 1984 12' Carl Fischer
String Quartet #2

"Bucephalus"
article: Beating A Dead Horse:  An Analysis Of Formal and Motivic Significance In Martin Bresnick's Second String Quartet
string quartet 1984 20' Carl Fischer
High Art piccolo, toy piano 1983 8' Carl Fischer
Conspiracies solo flute, 4 other flutes 1979 14' Carl Fischer
Wir Weben, Wir Weben 3 vln, vla, vc, cb 1978 22' Carl Fischer
String Quartet #1 string quartet 1968 16' Carl Fischer
Trio two trumpets, percussion 1966 7' Bote & Bock, dist. US by B&H
La Gaya Scienza Brass Quintet (Bass Tbn) & Timpani 1998 3' Carl Fischer
Pine Eyes Clarinet(s), piano, 2 percussion, & narrator 1998 20' Carl Fischer
part of Opere della Music Povera
Bird As Prophet Violin & Piano 1999 12' Carl Fischer
part of Opere della Music Povera
Songs of the Mouse People Cello & Vibraphone 1999 11' Carl Fischer
Ballade Cello & Piano 2004 11' Carl Fischer

 

Solo Compositions 

title ensemble year duration publisher
Josephine The Singer violin solo 2012 8'30" Carl Fisher
Ishi's Song piano solo 2012 8'40" Carl Fischer
Extrana Devocion (Strange Devotion) piano solo 2010 ca 6' Carl Fischer
Joaquin Is Dreaming (Joaquin Soñando) guitar solo 2008 ca 7' Carl Fischer
Willie's Way solo piano 2006 10' Carl Fischer
For The Sexes: The Gates of Paradise

Dissertation
: "Martin Bresnick's For the Sexes: The Gates of Paradise - Analysis of a Multimedia Composition" by Robert Auler
solo piano & DVD projection 2001 30' Carl Fischer
On an Overgrown Path solo guitar 1987 25' Carl Fischer
The Dream of the Lost Traveller solo piano 1997 13' Carl Fischer
part of Opere della Music Povera
Lady Neil's Dumpe DX7 digital synthesizer & TX 816 driven by Macintosh computer 1987 12' Carl Fischer
Bag O' Tells solo mandolin 1984 12' Carl Fischer
Tent of Miracles baritone sax solo and tape or bass clarinet solo and tape or bassoon solo and tape 1984 12' Carl Fischer
High Art piccolo solo, toy piano ossia 1983 8' Carl Fischer
Conspiracies flute solo and tape 1979 14' Carl Fischer
Three Intermezzi violoncello solo 1971 10' Bote & Bock, dist. US by B&H
Four Short Piano Pieces piano solo 1964-1968 8' Carl Fischer
Theme and Variations oboe solo 1964 5' Carl Fischer

 

Vocal Music

title ensemble year duration publisher
The Human Abstract Mezzo Soprano and Piano 2005 4' text William Blake
Carl Fischer
Falling Mezzo Soprano, piano 1994 20' Carl Fischer
New Haven SATB a cappella, Psalm texts 1993 2' Carl Fischer
part of Opere della Music Povera
Woodstock SATB a cappella, Psalm texts 1993 3' Carl Fischer
part of Opere della Music Povera
Three Choral Songs SATB a cappella, text by Yehuda Amichai 1986 10' Carl Fischer
Where is the Way SATB a cappella 1970 5' Carl Fischer

 

 

Film Scores

title type company & year director publisher
POUR short documentary 1969 Kathy Hansen-Butler CommonMuse
Arthur & Lillie

*Academy Award nomination
short documentary Pyramid Films, 1975 Jon Else CommonMuse
The Day After Trinity

*Academy Award nomination, Special prize Sundance Film Festival
feature length documentary Pyramid Films, 1980 Jon Else CommonMuse
Next Year Country feature length documentary PBS, Non-fiction Television, 1981 Beth Ferris CommonMuse
The Mediterranean dramatic feature Nascimbene Films, 1982
 
Jan Nascimbene CommonMuse
WCW: William Carlos Williams feature length documentary The Center for Visual History, Voices & Visions, 1986 Jill Janows CommonMuse
Man Made Out Of Words: Wallace Stevens feature length documentary The Center for Visual History, Voices & Visions, 1987 Richard Rogers CommonMuse
Cadillac Desert Series: Mulhollands' Dream, An American Nile, The Mercy of Nature 4 feature length films PBS Prime Time program; PBS & Columbia TriStar Television, 1997 Jon Else CommonMuse
Cadillac Desert Series: The Last Oasis   PBS Prime Time Program Linda Harrar CommonMuse
Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet 2 hr. documentary PBS Prime Time program, 2002 Michael Schwarz CommonMuse
The Botany of Desire 2 hour documentary PBS Prime Time program, Kikim Media 2009 Michael Schwarz CommonMuse