Karim Al-Zand: CATALOG


  • compositions are listed reverse chronologically within category
  • score/audio excerpts are on individual pages—a few complete scores/recordings are here

ALL

ORCHESTRA & LARGE ENSEMBLE:

The Leader (2020)

chamber opera for voices (2 baritones, tenor, mezzo-soprano, soprano) & large ensemble: flute*, clarinet*, cornet, trombone, 2 violins, viola, cello, contrabass, percussion (1 player)
chamber opera in one act
35 minutes


Parizade and the Singing Tree (2001/2018)

for narrator, orchestra: winds: 2*2*2*2*; brass: 4210; harp; piano/celeste; timpani, 4 percussion; strings
folk tale from the Arabian Nights for narrator & orchestra
24 minutes


The Prisoner (2017)

for bass voice solo, orchestra: winds: 3*3*3*3*; brass: 4431; harp; piano/celeste; timpani, 4 percussion; strings
28 minutes


Ring the Bells at Break of Day (2016)

for orchestra: winds: 3*3*3*3*; brass: 4331; 2 harps; piano/celeste; timpani, 5 percussion; strings
6 minutes


Luctus Profugis (2016)

for string orchestra
elegy for the displaced
6 minutes


Cinderella (2014)

for flute, clarinet, cornet (trumpet), trombone, string quartet & percussion
music for the 1922 silent silhouette film by Lotte Reiniger
13 minutes


G. F. Handel’s Messiah: The Pre-Game Show (2011)

for actor; SATB chorus; tenor solo, baritone solo; orchestra: 2 oboes, 2 bassoon; 2 trumpets, timpani, harpsichord; strings
presentation for young audiences
45 minutes


Visions from Another World (2008)

for orchestra: winds: 2*22*2; brass: 2110; harp; harpsichord; timpani, 3 percussion; strings (also version for sinfonietta)
after illustrations by J. J. Grandville
13 minutes


City Scenes (2006)

for orchestra: winds: 3*3*3*3*; brass: 4331; harp; piano/celeste; timpani, 3 percussion; strings
three urban dances for orchestra
11 minutes


Lamentation on The Disasters of War (2006)

for string orchestra
after etchings of Francisco de Goya
10 minutes


Concertino for Trumpet (2004)

for trumpet & chamber orchestra: trumpet (C), flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, contrabass, 2 percussion
15 minutes


The Seventh Voyage of Sindbad (2003)

for orchestra: winds: piccolo, 2222, soprano sax, contrabssoon; brass: 4221; harp; timpani, 3 percussion; strings
tone poem for orchestra
14 minutes

 

CHAMBER:

Strange Machines (String Quartet No. 4) (2022)

for 2 violins, viola & cello
three musical automata
12 minutes


Lines in Motion (2022)

for piano trio
three pieces after kinetic illustrations by Quillivic, Masereel & Esherick
10 minutes


Ignoble Dances (2020)

for flute & piano
seven dances in the year 2020
16 minutes


Six Bagatelles (2018)

for violin, cello & piano
10 minutes


Songs from the Post-Truth Era (2018)

for soprano & bassoon
6 minutes


Stomping Grounds (2015)

for clarinet, violin & piano
15 minutes


Tarantella (2015)

for piano
maniacal dance
5 minutes


Studies in Nature (2014)

for harp, flute & viola
after nature illustrations by Ernst Haeckel
12 minutes


Canticle and Caprice (2014)

for violin, viola, & cello
short concert work for string trio
7 minutes


Fantasy on Bulgarian Rhythms (2013)

for string quartet
inspired by folk dance rhythms of Bulgaria
7 minutes


Paganini Reverie (2013)

for piano
short fantasy for piano on the famous 24th caprice
5 minutes


Hollows and Dells (2013)

for viola & piano
concert work in three reminiscences
12 minutes


El Martillo (2013)

for 3 pairs of bongos
fantasy on an Afro-Cuban rhythm
3 minutes


Thirteen Tanka (2013)

for baritone, oboe, viola & cello
song cycle on Japanese tanka poetry
9 minutes


Duo (2012)

for flute & cello
concert work in three movements
12 minutes


Ronde Fantastique (2012)

for 10 instruments
after an illustration by J. J. Grandville
4 minutes


The Spinning Ballerina (2011)

for 15 instruments
after an illustration by J. J. Grandville
6 minutes


BeatBox (2010)

for clarinet, trumpet, double bass, piano & percussion
divertissement for young audiences
5 minutes


Quelques Fleurs (2010)

for clarinet, cello & piano
perfumed suite in four movements
12 minutes


Swimmy (2010)

for narrator, clarinet, piano, violin & cello
based on the children’s picture book by Leo Lionni
5 minutes


Cabinet of Curiosities (2009)

for clarinet & piano
concert work in five diverse miniatures
15 minutes


Pattern Preludes (books 1—4) (2005, 2009, 2009, 2015)

for piano
24 short figural preludes for piano (may be played individually)
38 minutes: book 1 (11 minutes), book 2 (8 minutes), book 3 (8 minutes), book 4 (11 minutes)


The Art of Conversation (String Quartet No. 3) (2007)

for 2 violins, viola & cello
seven dialogues for string quartet
12 minutes


Lingering (2007)

for piano, violin & cello
ringtone
23 seconds


Tableau and Details (2006)

for cello & piano
concert work in one scene and four details
15 minutes


Lamentation on The Disasters of War (2006)

for string sextet (also transcribed for string orchestra)
after etchings of Francisco de Goya
10 minutes


Three Character Pieces (2006)

for bassoon & viola
short concert work in three movements
7 minutes


Imaginary Scenes (2005)

for violin & piano
concert work in four fantasies
17 minutes


Fanfares (2005–)

for 6 trumpets
three fanfares for trumpet ensemble
3; 2; 2 minutes


The Waiting Game (2005)

for flute (/piccolo), clarinet (/bass clarinet), violin, cello, harp & percussion
choreographic scene for dance
10 minutes


Red Pajamas (2005)

for flute (piccolo), clarinet, violin, cello, piano & percussion
variations on a folk tune [a work for young audiences]
8 minutes


Tagore Love Songs (2004)

for mezzo-soprano, baritone & piano
song cycle on poetry of Rabindranath Tagore
22 minutes


The Secret Of Your Heart (2004)

for mezzo-soprano & piano
song cycle on poetry of Rabindranath Tagore
10 minutes


The Sky With All Its Stars (2004)

for baritone & piano
song cycle on poetry of Rabindranath Tagore
10 minutes


Music Box Prelude (2004)

for piccolo, clarinet, violin, cello & piano (or harp), percussion
humorous intermezzo
3 minutes


Four Fables (2003)

for flute, clarinet & piano
based on fables from near and far
11 minutes


Capriccios (2002–2017)

for violin
six capriccios for solo violin (may be played individually)
12 minutes (2; 2; 2; 2; 2; 2 minutes)


Variations (2002)

for viola & piano
on a theme by Bartok
7 minutes


String Quartet No. 2 ‘Etudes’ (2002)

for string quartet
11 minutes


Leila (2001)

for baritone & guitar, with optional string quartet
song cycle
11 minutes


Parizade and the Singing Tree (2001)

for narrator, flute (/piccolo /alto flute), clarinet (/bass clarinet), violin, cello, piano & percussion
folk tale from the Arabian Nights for narrator & ensemble
24 minutes


Duet (1998)

for harp & viola
romance in four movements
11 minutes


Winter Scenes (1997)

for mezzo-soprano, harp, flute (/alto flute) & viola
four songs on poetry of D. G. Jones
13 minutes

 

VOCAL & CHORAL:

Vespertine Songs (2023)

for baritone & piano
four songs of the night
11 minutes


Four Not So Serious Songs (2023)

for baritone & piano
comic songs with texts by Robert Graves
9 minutes


Your Letter Pleased Me Greatly (2023)

for soprano & piano
variations on a text by Erasmus
7 minutes


Unsentimental Love Songs (2023)

assorted songs for mezzo-soprano, baritone & piano
songs on the quotidian side of love
7 minutes


Two Songs from The Prisoner (2017)

for baritone & piano
on the life and death of Adnan Latif
8 minutes


Two Songs (2021)

for mezzo-soprano & piano
songs on poetry of Reg Huston
4 minutes


The Leader (2020)

chamber opera for voices (2 baritones, tenor, mezzo-soprano, soprano) & large ensemble: flute*, clarinet*, cornet, trombone, 2 violins, viola, cello, contrabass, percussion (1 player)
chamber opera in one act
35 minutes


Die Mistel [Mistletoe] (2019)

for baritone, piano quartet & vibraphone
5 minutes


Songs from the Post-Truth Era (2018)

for soprano & bassoon
6 minutes


Thirteen Tanka (2013)

for baritone, oboe, viola & cello
song cycle on Japanese tanka poetry
9 minutes


Orange Torches Against the Rain (2012)

for mezzo-soprano & piano
song cycle of flowers and rain after poems by Amy Lowell
12 minutes


Tagore Love Songs (2004)

for mezzo-soprano, baritone & piano
song cycle on poetry of Rabindranath Tagore
22 minutes


The Secret Of Your Heart (2004)

for mezzo-soprano & piano
song cycle on poetry of Rabindranath Tagore
10 minutes


The Sky With All Its Stars (2004)

for baritone & piano
song cycle on poetry of Rabindranath Tagore
10 minutes


Leila (2001)

for baritone & guitar, with optional string quartet
song cycle on Arabic poems of unrequited love by Majnun Leila
11 minutes


A Measure In Trance (2000)

for choir acapella SSAATTBB
six songs for choir on poetry of Al-Mutazz
8 minutes


Winter Scenes (1997)

mezzo-soprano, harp, flute (/alto flute) & viola
four songs on poetry of D. G. Jones
13 minutes

 

SOLO & DUO:

Let Down the Scale of Music from the Sky (2022)

for solo organ
fantasy on a ground of Purcell
12 minutes


Loop Studies (2021)

for violin & loop pedal
13 minutes


Two Songs (2021)

for mezzo-soprano, & piano
songs on poetry of Reg Huston
4 minutes


Ignoble Dances (2020)

for flute & piano
seven dances in the year 2020
16 minutes


Toccata (2020)

for solo organ
5 minutes


Songs from the Post-Truth Era (2018)

for soprano & bassoon
6 minutes


Tarantella (2015)

for piano
maniacal dance
5 minutes


Paganini Reverie (2013)

for piano
short fantasy for piano on the famous 24th caprice
5 minutes


Duo (2012)

for flute & cello
concert work in three movements
12 minutes


Hollows and Dells (2013)

for viola & piano
concert work in three reminiscences
12 minutes


Cabinet of Curiosities (2009)

for clarinet & piano
concert work in five diverse miniatures
15 minutes


Pattern Preludes (books 1–4) (2005, 2009, 2009, 2015)

for piano
24 short figural preludes for piano (may be played individually)
38 minutes: book 1 (11 minutes), book 2 (8 minutes), book 3 (8 minutes), book 4 (11 minutes)


Tableau and Details (2006)

for cello & piano
concert work in one scene and four details
15 minutes


Three Character Pieces (2006)

for bassoon & viola
short concert work in three movements
7 minutes


Imaginary Scenes (2005)

for violin & piano
concert work in four fantasies
17 minutes


Capriccios (2002–2017)

for violin
six capriccios (may be played individually)
12 minutes (2; 2; 2; 2; 2; 2 minutes)


Variations (2002)

for viola & piano
on a theme of Bartok
7 minutes


Duet (1998)

for harp & viola
romance in four movements
11 minutes

CHAMBER

Strange Machines (String Quartet No. 4) (2022)

for 2 violins, viola & cello
three musical automata
12 minutes


Lines in Motion (2022)

for piano trio
three pieces after kinetic illustrations by Quillivic, Masereel & Esherick
10 minutes


Ignoble Dances (2020)

for flute & piano
seven dances in the year 2020
16 minutes


Die Mistel [Mistletoe] (2019)

for baritone, piano quartet & vibraphone
5 minutes


Six Bagatelles (2018)

for violin, cello & piano
10 minutes


Songs from the Post-Truth Era (2018)

for soprano & bassoon
6 minutes


Stomping Grounds (2015)

for clarinet, violin & piano
15 minutes


Tarantella (2015)

for piano
maniacal dance
5 minutes


Studies in Nature (2014)

for harp, flute & viola
after nature illustrations by Ernst Haeckel
12 minutes


Cinderella (2014)

for flute, clarinet, cornet (trumpet), trombone, string quartet & percussion
music for the 1922 silent silhouette film by Lotte Reiniger
13 minutes


Canticle and Caprice (2014)

for violin, viola, & cello
short concert work for string trio
7 minutes


Fantasy on Bulgarian Rhythms (2013)

for string quartet
inspired by folk dance rhythms of Bulgaria
7 minutes


Paganini Reverie (2013)

for piano
short fantasy for piano on the famous 24th caprice
5 minutes


Hollows and Dells (2013)

for viola & piano
concert work in three reminiscences
12 minutes


El Martillo (2013)

for 3 pairs of bongos
fantasy on an Afro-Cuban rhythm
3 minutes


Thirteen Tanka (2013)

for baritone, oboe, viola & cello
song cycle on Japanese tanka poetry
9 minutes


Duo (2012)

for flute & cello
concert work in three movements
12 minutes


Ronde Fantastique (2012)

for 10 instruments
after an illustration by J. J. Grandville
4 minutes


The Spinning Ballerina (2011)

for 15 instruments
after an illustration by J. J. Grandville
6 minutes


BeatBox (2010)

for clarinet, trumpet, double bass, piano & percussion
divertissement for young audiences
5 minutes


Quelques Fleurs (2010)

for clarinet, cello & piano
perfumed suite in four movements
12 minutes


Swimmy (2010)

for narrator, clarinet, piano, violin & cello
based on the children’s picture book by Leo Lionni
5 minutes


Cabinet of Curiosities (2009)

for clarinet & piano
concert work in five diverse miniatures
15 minutes


Pattern Preludes (books 1—4) (2005, 2009, 2009, 2015)

for piano
24 figural preludes for piano (may be played individually)
38 minutes: book 1 (11 minutes), book 2 (8 minutes), book 3 (8 minutes), book 4 (11 minutes)


The Art of Conversation (String Quartet No. 3) (2007)

for 2 violins, viola & cello
seven dialogues for string quartet
12 minutes


Lingering (2007)

for piano, violin & cello
ringtone
23 seconds


Tableau and Details (2006)

for cello & piano
concert work in one scene and four details
15 minutes


Lamentation on The Disasters of War (2006)

for string sextet (also transcribed for string orchestra)
after etchings of Francisco de Goya
10 minutes


Three Character Pieces (2006)

for bassoon & viola
short concert work in three movements
7 minutes


Imaginary Scenes (2005)

for violin & piano
concert work in four fantasies
17 minutes


Fanfares (2005–)

for 6 trumpets
three fanfares for trumpet ensemble
3; 2; 2 minutes


The Waiting Game (2005)

for flute (/piccolo), clarinet (/bass clarinet), violin, cello, harp & percussion
choreographic scene for dance
10 minutes


Red Pajamas (2005)

for flute (piccolo), clarinet, violin, cello, piano & percussion
variations on a folk tune [a work for young audiences]
8 minutes


Tagore Love Songs (2004)

for mezzo-soprano, baritone & piano
song cycle on poetry of Rabindranath Tagore
22 minutes


The Secret Of Your Heart (2004)

for mezzo-soprano & piano
song cycle on poetry of Rabindranath Tagore
10 minutes


The Sky With All Its Stars (2004)

for baritone & piano
song cycle on poetry of Rabindranath Tagore
10 minutes


Music Box Prelude (2004)

for piccolo, clarinet, violin, cello & piano (or harp), percussion
humorous intermezzo
3 minutes


Four Fables (2003)

for flute, clarinet & piano
based on fables from near and far
11 minutes


Capriccios (2002–2017)

for violin
six capriccios for solo violin (may be played individually)
12 minutes (2; 2; 2; 2; 2; 2 minutes)


Variations (2002)

for viola & piano
on a theme by Bartok
7 minutes


String Quartet No. 2 ‘Etudes’ (2002)

for string quartet
four studies for string quartet
11 minutes


Leila (2001)

for baritone & guitar, with optional string quartet
song cycle on Arabic poems of unrequited love
11 minutes


Parizade and the Singing Tree (2001)

for narrator, flute (/piccolo /alto flute), clarinet (/bass clarinet), violin,cello, piano & percussion
folk tale from the Arabian Nights for narrator & ensemble
24 minutes


Duet (1998)

for harp & viola
romance in four movements
11 minutes


Winter Scenes (1997)

for mezzo-soprano, harp, flute (/alto flute) & viola
four songs on poetry of D. G. Jones
13 minutes

ORCHESTRA

Parizade and the Singing Tree (2001/2018)

for narrator, orchestra: winds: 2*2*2*2*; brass: 4210; harp; piano/celeste; timpani, 4 percussion; strings
folk tale from the Arabian Nights for narrator & orchestra
24 minutes


The Prisoner (2017)

for bass voice solo, orchestra: winds: 3*3*3*3*; brass: 4431; harp; piano/celeste; timpani, 4 percussion; strings
28 minutes


Ring the Bells at Break of Day (2016)

for orchestra: winds: 3*3*3*3*; brass: 4331; 2 harps; piano/celeste; timpani, 5 percussion; strings
6 minutes


Luctus Profugis (2016)

for string orchestra
elegy for the displaced
6 minutes


G. F. Handel’s Messiah: The Pre-Game Show (2011)

for actor; SATB chorus; tenor solo, baritone solo; orchestra: 2 oboes, 2 bassoon; 2 trumpets, timpani, harpsichord; strings
presentation for young audiences
45 minutes


Visions from Another World (2008)

for orchestra: winds: 2*22*2; brass: 2110; harp; harpsichord; timpani, 3 percussion; strings (also version for sinfonietta)
after illustrations by J. J. Grandville
13 minutes


City Scenes (2006)

for orchestra: winds: 3*3*3*3* ; brass: 4331; harp; piano/celeste; timpani, 3 percussion; strings
three urban dances for orchestra
11 minutes


Lamentation on The Disasters of War (2006)

for string orchestra
after etchings of Francisco de Goya
10 minutes


Concertino for Trumpet (2004)

for trumpet & chamber orchestra: trumpet (C), flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, contrabass, 2 percussion
15 minutes


The Seventh Voyage of Sindbad (2003)

for orchestra: winds: piccolo, 2222, soprano sax, contrabssoon; brass: 4221; harp; timpani, 3 percussion; strings
tone poem for orchestra
14 minutes

LARGE ENSEMBLE

Parizade and the Singing Tree (2001/2018)

for narrator, flute*, clarinet*, violin, cello, piano, percussion
folk tale from the Arabian Nights for narrator & ensemble
24 minutes


The Prisoner (2017)

for bass voice solo, sinfonietta: 1*1*1*1* 1111 harp, piano/celeste, percussion, strings (1|1|1|1|1)
28 minutes


Luctus Profugis (2016)

for string orchestra (minimum 4|4|3|3|2)
elegy for the displaced
6 minutes


Cinderella (2014)

for flute, clarinet, cornet (trumpet), trombone, string quartet & percussion
music for the 1922 silent silhouette film by Lotte Reiniger
13 minutes


Ronde Fantastique (2012)

for 10 instruments: flute*, clarinet*, trumpet, trombone. string quartet, double bass, percussion; piano
after an illustration by J. J. Grandville
4 minutes


The Spinning Ballerina (2011)

for 16 instruments: flute*, clarinet*, oboe, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, 2 percussion, harp, piano, 2 violins, viola, cello, contrabass
after an illustration by J. J. Grandville
6 minutes


G. F. Handel’s Messiah: The Pre-Game Show (2011)

for actor; SATB chorus; tenor solo, baritone solo; orchestra: 2 oboes, 2 bassoon; 2 trumpets, timpani, harpsichord; strings
presentation for young audiences
45 minutes


Visions from Another World (2008)

for sinfonietta: flute*, clarinet*, oboe, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, 2 percussion, harp, piano, 2 violins, viola, cello, contrabass
after illustrations by J. J. Grandville
13 minutes


Lamentation on The Disasters of War (2006)

for string orchestra (minimum 5|5|4|3|1)
after etchings of Francisco de Goya
10 minutes


Concertino for Trumpet (2004)

for trumpet & chamber orchestra: trumpet (C), flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, contrabass, 2 percussion
15 minutes

OPERA/THEATRE/FILM

The Leader (2020)

chamber opera for voices (2 baritones, tenor, mezzo-soprano, soprano) & large ensemble: flute*, clarinet*, cornet, trombone, 2 violins, viola, cello, contrabass, percussion (1 player)
chamber opera in one act
35 minutes


Parizade and the Singing Tree (2001/2018)

for narrator, orchestra: winds: 2*2*2*2*; brass: 4210; harp; piano/celeste; timpani, 4 percussion; strings
folk tale from the Arabian Nights for narrator & orchestra
24 minutes


Swimmy (2010)

for narrator, clarinet, piano, violin & cello
based on the children’s picture book by Leo Lionni
5 minutes


Cinderella (2014)

for flute, clarinet, cornet (trumpet), trombone, string quartet & percussion
music for the 1922 silent silhouette film by Lotte Reiniger
13 minutes


Red Pajamas (2005)

for flute (piccolo), clarinet, violin, cello, piano & percussion
variations on a folk tune [a work for young audiences]
8 minutes

VOCAL/CHORAL

Vespertine Songs (2023)

for baritone & piano
four songs of the night
11 minutes


Four Not So Serious Songs (2023)

for baritone & piano
comic songs with texts by Robert Graves
9 minutes


Your Letter Pleased Me Greatly (2023)

for soprano & piano
variations on a text by Erasmus
7 minutes


Unsentimental Love Songs (2023)

assorted songs for mezzo-soprano, baritone & piano
songs on the quotidian side of love
7 minutes


Two Songs (2021)

for mezzo-soprano, & piano
songs on poetry of Reg Huston
4 minutes


Two Songs from The Prisoner (2017)

for baritone & piano
on the life and death of Adnan Latif
8 minutes


The Leader (2020)

chamber opera for voices (2 baritones, tenor, mezzo-soprano, soprano) & large ensemble: flute*, clarinet*, cornet, trombone, 2 violins, viola, cello, contrabass, percussion (1 player)
chamber opera in one act
35 minutes


Die Mistel [Mistletoe] (2019)

for baritone, piano quartet & vibraphone
5 minutes


Songs from the Post-Truth Era (2018)

for soprano & bassoon
6 minutes


Thirteen Tanka (2013)

for baritone, oboe, viola & cello
song cycle on Japanese tanka poetry
9 minutes


Orange Torches Against the Rain (2012)

for mezzo-soprano & piano
song cycle of flowers and rain after poems by Amy Lowell
12 minutes


Tagore Love Songs (2004)

for mezzo-soprano, baritone & piano
song cycle on poetry of Rabindranath Tagore
22 minutes


The Secret Of Your Heart (2004)

for mezzo-soprano & piano
song cycle on poetry of Rabindranath Tagore
10 minutes


The Sky With All Its Stars (2004)

for baritone & piano
song cycle on poetry of Rabindranath Tagore
10 minutes


Leila (2001)

for baritone & guitar, with optional string quartet
song cycle
11 minutes


A Measure In Trance (2000)

for choir acapella SSAATTBB
six songs for choir on poetry of Al-Mutazz
8 minutes


Winter Scenes (1997)

mezzo-soprano, harp, flute (/alto flute) & viola
four songs on poetry of D. G. Jones
13 minutes

SOLO/DUO

Let Down the Scale of Music from the Sky (2022)

for solo organ
fantasy on a ground of Purcell
12 minutes


Loop Studies (2021)

for violin & loop pedal
13 minutes


Ignoble Dances (2020)

for flute & piano
seven dances in the year 2020
16 minutes


Toccata (2020)

for solo organ
5 minutes


Songs from the Post-Truth Era (2018)

for soprano & bassoon
6 minutes


Tarantella (2015)

for piano
maniacal dance
5 minutes


Paganini Reverie (2013)

for piano
short fantasy for piano on the famous 24th caprice
5 minutes


Hollows and Dells (2013)

for viola & piano
concert work in three reminiscences
12 minutes


Duo (2012)

for flute & cello
concert work in three movements
12 minutes


Cabinet of Curiosities (2009)

for clarinet & piano
concert work in five diverse miniatures
15 minutes


Pattern Preludes (books 1–4) (2005, 2009, 2009, 2015)

for piano
24 short figural preludes for piano (may be played individually)
38 minutes: book 1 (11 minutes), book 2 (8 minutes), book 3 (8 minutes), book 4 (11 minutes)


Tableau and Details (2006)

for cello & piano
concert work in one scene and four details
15 minutes


Three Character Pieces (2006)

for bassoon & viola
short concert work in three movements
7 minutes


Imaginary Scenes (2005)

for violin & piano
concert work in four fantasies
17 minutes


Capriccios (2002–)

for violin
six capriccios (may be played individually)
12 minutes (2; 2; 2; 2; 2; 2 minutes)


Variations (2002)

for viola & piano
on a theme of Bartok
7 minutes


Duet (1998)

for harp & viola
romance in four movements
11 minutes

CHRONOLOGICAL

Vespertine Songs (2023)

for baritone & piano
four songs of the night
11 minutes


Four Not So Serious Songs (2023)

for baritone & piano
comic songs with texts by Robert Graves
9 minutes


Your Letter Pleased Me Greatly (2023)

for soprano & piano
variations on a text by Erasmus
7 minutes


Unsentimental Love Songs (2023)

assorted songs for mezzo-soprano, baritone & piano
songs on the quotidian side of love
7 minutes


Strange Machines (String Quartet No. 4) (2022)

for 2 violins, viola & cello
three musical automata
12 minutes


Lines in Motion (2022)

for piano trio
three pieces after kinetic illustrations by Quillivic, Masereel & Esherick
10 minutes


Let Down the Scale of Music from the Sky (2022)

for solo organ
fantasy on a ground of Purcell
12 minutes


Loop Studies (2021)

for violin & loop pedal
13 minutes


Two Songs (2021)

for mezzo-soprano, & piano
songs on poetry of Reg Huston
4 minutes


Ignoble Dances (2020)

for flute & piano
seven dances in the year 2020
16 minutes


Toccata (2020)

for solo organ
5 minutes


The Leader (2020)

chamber opera for voices (2 baritones, tenor, mezzo-soprano, soprano) & large ensemble: flute*, clarinet*, cornet, trombone, 2 violins, viola, cello, contrabass, percussion (1 player)
chamber opera in one act
35 minutes


Die Mistel [Mistletoe] (2019)

for baritone, piano quartet & vibraphone
5 minutes


Six Bagatelles (2018)

for violin, cello & piano
10 minutes


Songs from the Post-Truth Era (2018)

for soprano & bassoon
6 minutes


Parizade and the Singing Tree (2001/2018)

for narrator, orchestra: winds: 2*2*2*2*; brass: 4210; harp; piano/celeste; timpani, 4 percussion; strings
folk tale from the Arabian Nights for narrator & orchestra
24 minutes


Two Songs from The Prisoner (2017)

for baritone & piano
on the life and death of Adnan Latif
8 minutes


The Prisoner (2017)

for bass voice solo, orchestra: winds: 3*3*3*3*; brass: 4431; harp; piano/celeste; timpani, 4 percussion; strings
28 minutes


Ring the Bells at Break of Day (2016)

for orchestra: winds: 3*3*3*3*; brass: 4331; 2 harps; piano/celeste; timpani, 5 percussion; strings
6 minutes


Luctus Profugis (2016)

for string orchestra
elegy for the displaced
6 minutes


Stomping Grounds (2015)

for clarinet, violin & piano
15 minutes


Tarantella (2015)

for piano
maniacal dance
5 minutes


Pattern Preludes (books 1—4) (2005, 2009, 2009, 2015)

for piano
24 short figural preludes for piano (may be played individually)
38 minutes: book 1 (11 minutes), book 2 (8 minutes), book 3 (8 minutes), book 4 (11 minutes)


Studies in Nature (2014)

for harp, flute & viola
after nature illustrations by Ernst Haeckel
12 minutes


Cinderella (2014)

for flute, clarinet, cornet (trumpet), trombone, string quartet & percussion
music for the 1922 silent silhouette film by Lotte Reiniger
13 minutes


Canticle and Caprice (2014)

for violin, viola, & cello
short concert work for string trio
7 minutes


Fantasy on Bulgarian Rhythms (2013)

for string quartet
inspired by folk dance rhythms of Bulgaria
7 minutes


Paganini Reverie (2013)

for piano
short fantasy for piano on the famous 24th caprice
5 minutes


Hollows and Dells (2013)

for viola & piano
concert work in three reminiscences
12 minutes


El Martillo (2013)

for 3 pairs of bongos
fantasy on an Afro-Cuban rhythm
3 minutes


Thirteen Tanka (2013)

for baritone, oboe, viola & cello
song cycle on Japanese tanka poetry
9 minutes


Duo (2012)

for flute & cello
concert work in three movements
12 minutes


Capriccios (2002–2017)

for violin
six capriccios (may be played individually)
12 minutes (2; 2; 2; 2; 2; 2 minutes)


Orange Torches Against the Rain (2012)

for mezzo-soprano & piano
song cycle of flowers and rain after poems by Amy Lowell
12 minutes


Ronde Fantastique (2012)

for 10 instruments
after an illustration by J. J. Grandville
4 minutes


The Spinning Ballerina (2011)

for 15 instruments
after an illustration by J. J. Grandville
6 minutes


G. F. Handel’s Messiah: The Pre-Game Show (2011)

for actor; SATB chorus; tenor solo, baritone solo; orchestra: 2 oboes, 2 bassoon; 2 trumpets, timpani, harpsichord; strings
presentation for young audiences
45 minutes


BeatBox (2010)

for clarinet, trumpet, double bass, piano & percussion
divertissement for young audiences
5 minutes


Quelques Fleurs (2010)

for clarinet, cello & piano
perfumed suite in four movements
12 minutes


Swimmy (2010)

for narrator, clarinet, piano, violin & cello
based on the children’s picture book by Leo Lionni
5 minutes


Cabinet of Curiosities (2009)

for clarinet & piano
concert work in five diverse miniatures
15 minutes


Visions from Another World (2008)

for orchestra: winds: 2*22*2; brass: 2110; harp; harpsichord; timpani, 3 percussion; strings (also version for sinfonietta)
after illustrations by J. J. Grandville
13 minutes


The Art of Conversation (String Quartet No. 3) (2007)

for 2 violins, viola & cello
seven dialogues for string quartet
12 minutes


Lingering (2007)

for piano, violin & cello
ringtone
23 seconds


Tableau and Details (2006)

for cello & piano
concert work in one scene and four details
15 minutes


City Scenes (2006)

for orchestra: winds: 3*3*3*3*; brass: 4331; harp; piano/celeste; timpani, 3 percussion; strings
three urban dances for orchestra
11 minutes


Lamentation on The Disasters of War (2006)

for string sextet (also transcribed for string orchestra)
after etchings of Francisco de Goya
10 minutes


Three Character Pieces (2006)

for bassoon & viola
short concert work in three movements
7 minutes


Imaginary Scenes (2005)

for violin & piano
concert work in four fantasies
17 minutes


Fanfares (2005–)

for 6 trumpets
three fanfares for trumpet ensemble
3; 2; 2 minutes


The Waiting Game (2005)

for flute (/piccolo), clarinet (/bass clarinet), violin, cello, harp & percussion
choreographic scene for dance
10 minutes


Red Pajamas (2005)

for flute (piccolo), clarinet, violin, cello, piano & percussion
variations on a folk tune [a work for young audiences]
8 minutes


Tagore Love Songs (2004)

for mezzo-soprano, baritone & piano
song cycle on poetry of Rabindranath Tagore
22 minutes


The Secret Of Your Heart (2004)

for mezzo-soprano & piano
song cycle on poetry of Rabindranath Tagore
10 minutes


The Sky With All Its Stars (2004)

for baritone & piano
song cycle on poetry of Rabindranath Tagore
10 minutes


Concertino for Trumpet (2004)

for trumpet & chamber orchestra: trumpet (C), flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, contrabass, 2 percussion
15 minutes


Music Box Prelude (2004)

for piccolo, clarinet, violin, cello & piano (or harp), percussion
humorous intermezzo
3 minutes


Four Fables (2003)

for flute, clarinet & piano
based on fables from near and far
11 minutes


The Seventh Voyage of Sindbad (2003)

for orchestra: winds: piccolo, 2222, soprano sax, contrabssoon; brass: 4221; harp; timpani, 3 percussion; strings
tone poem for orchestra
14 minutes


Variations (2002)

for viola & piano
on a theme by Bartok
7 minutes


String Quartet No. 2 ‘Etudes’ (2002)

for string quartet
11 minutes


Leila (2001)

for baritone & guitar, with optional string quartet
song cycle
11 minutes


Parizade and the Singing Tree (2001)

for narrator, flute (/piccolo /alto flute), clarinet (/bass clarinet), violin,cello, piano & percussion
folk tale from the Arabian Nights for narrator & ensemble
24 minutes


A Measure In Trance (2000)

for choir acapella SSAATTBB
six songs for choir on poetry of Al-Mutazz
8 minutes


Duet (1998)

for harp & viola
romance in four movements
11 minutes


Winter Scenes (1997)

for mezzo-soprano, harp, flute (/alto flute) & viola
four songs on poetry of D. G. Jones
13 minutes

MISC.

MUSICAL MISCELLANEA

A Song I Wish I’d Written (2023)

A short (autobiographical?) comic song for voice and piano written as a recital encore. SCORE



Dance Interlude (2020)

for 2 oboes and English horn
Commissioned as part of ROCO’s FIFteen Project, celebrating the ensemble’s 15th anniversary. The project, curated by Houston-based composer, Mark Buller, was a fifteen Fanfares, Interludes, and Finales, sprinkled throughout ROCO’s 15th and 16th seasons.
SCORE


Klangkiste (2018)

for orchestra
An unusual commission for the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, a short work for their Klangkiste [SoundBox], an interactive website for young audiences. Film composer Loy Wesselburg wrote a theme, upon which works were commissioned for each of the WDR ensembles (Choir, Big Band, Orchestra). My work was written to highlight all the instruments of the orchestra.
SCORE



Musiqa Happy Birthday Musiqa (2011)

for clarinet, violin, cello
For the 10th anniversary of Musiqa, the five composers of the group created a series of variations on Happy Birthday. In the recording below, the order of the contributions is: Anthony Brandt, Karim Al-Zand, Pierre Jalbert, Rob Smith, Marcus Maroney.
SCORE


Lingering (2007)

for violin, cello, piano
A cellphone ringtone premiered in October 13, 2007 as part of Musiqa’s ‘Stay Tuned’ concert. The concert featured a ‘ring cycle’ of four original, downloadable cell-phone ringtones, performed live. [23 seconds]
SCORE


Fugue for Gerald Self (2011)

for keyboard

A Baroque fugue written for harpsichord maker Gerald Self, who built a beautiful Flemish single for me in 2011. The 3-voice fugue subject is derived from the letters in his name:
SCORE



They Won’t Go When I Go (2015)

for piano, violin, clarinet/bass clarinet, viola & cello
An arrangement of Stevie Wonder’s classic They Won’t Go When I Go from his 1974 album Fulfillingness’ First Finale. Written for the Rogue Ensemble (Richie Hawley, clarinet; Emily Nebel, violin; Chris McKiggan piano; Ab Sengupta, viola; Julia Cleworth, cello).
SCORE


Alternate Ending (2014)

for alto saxophone
Written for saxophonist Dan Gelok to accompany the short silent film by John Pilson.
SCORE

Dittersdorf Cadenza (2012)

for viola & contrabass
A short cadenza for the Sinfonia Concertante for viola and contrabass by Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf, written at the request of my dear colleagues Ivo van der Werff and Tim Pitts.
SCORE

Taratantara (2011)

for sundry crumhorns
Little ditty for the Crumhorn Collective. The title comes from a 1584 poem by Clement Robinson: A Handful of Pleasant Delights

…me thinks I heare
A trumpet shril which plain doth show
my Lord is neare:
Tantara tara tantara,
this trumpet glads our hearts…

SCORE

Only Begotten, Word of God Eternal (2004)

for choir
A liturgical hymn in the Anglican style (11.11.11.5) with concluding Alleluia. Words by Maxwell Julius Blacker.
SCORE


© 2015 KARIM AL-ZAND