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Oliver Knussen

  • Composer
  • Conductor


OIVER KNUSSEN Compositions
Oliver Knussen's works include the following:

Processionals, Op. 2 (1968/78), for chamber ensemble
Masks, Op. 3 (1969), for solo flute & glass chimes 'ad lib.'
Symphony in One Movement, Op. 5 (1969/2002), for orchestra
Hums and Songs of Winnie-the-Pooh, Op. 6 (1970/83), for soprano solo, flute, cor Anglais, clarinet, percussion & cello
Three Little Fantasias, Op. 6a (1970/83), for wind quintet
Second Symphony, Op. 7 (1970-71), for high soprano & chamber orchestra [Winner: Margaret Grant Prize, Tanglewood]
Choral, Op. 8 (1970-72), for wind, percussion & double basses
Rosary Songs, Op. 9 (1972), for soprano solo, clarinet, piano & viola
Océan de Terre, Op. 10 (1972-73/76), for soprano & chamber ensemble
Music for a Puppet Court (after John Lloyd), Op. 11 (1973/83), "puzzle pieces" for two chamber orchestras
Trumpets, Op. 12 (1975), for soprano & three clarinets
Ophelia Dances, Op. 13 (1975), for flute, cor Anglais, clarinet, horn, piano, celesta & string trio [Koussevitzky centennial commission]
Autumnal, Op. 14 (1976-77), for violin & piano
Cantata Op. 15 (1977), for oboe & string trio
Sonya's Lullaby Op. 16 (1978-79), for piano solo
Coursing, Op. 17 (1979), for large chamber ensemble
Third Symphony, Op. 18 (1973–79), for orchestra
Frammenti da Chiara, Op.19a (1975/86), for two antiphonal 'a cappella' female choirs
Where the Wild Things Are, Op. 20 (1979-83), fantasy opera on a novel and libretto by Maurice Sendak
Songs and a Sea Interlude, Op. 20a (1979-81), for soprano & orchestra
The Wild Rumpus, Op. 20b (1983), for orchestra
Higglety Pigglety Pop!, Op. 21 (1984-85, revised 1999), fantasy opera on a novel and libretto by Maurice Sendak
Fanfares for Tanglewood (1986), for thirteen brass & three groups of percussion
Perotin: Alleluya Nativitas (1987), for wind quintet
The Way to Castle Yonder, Op. 21a (1988-90), for orchestra
Flourish with Fireworks, Op. 22 (1988 revised 1993), for orchestra
Four Late Poems and an Epigram of Rilke, Op. 23 (1988), soprano solo
Variations, Op. 24 (1989), for piano solo
National Anthem (arr. 1990), for orchestra
Secret Psalm (1990), for violin solo
Whitman Settings, Op. 25 (1991), for soprano & piano
Whitman Settings, Op. 25a (1992), for soprano & orchestra
Songs without Voices, Op. 26 (1991-92), for flute, cor Anglais, clarinet, horn, piano & string trio
Elegiac Arabesques (in memory of Andrzej Panufnik), Op. 26a (1991), for cor Anglais and clarinet
Two Organa, Op. 27 (1994), for large chamber ensemble
Horn Concerto, Op. 28 (1994), for horn solo & orchestra
Opening Signal (1994), for piccolos, brass & percussion
"...upon one note" (fantasia after Purcell) (1995), for clarinet, piano & string trio
Prayer Bell Sketch (in memory of Tōru Takemitsu), Op. 29 (1997), for piano solo
Violin Concerto, Op. 30 (2002), for violin solo & orchestra
Ophelia's Last Dance, Op. 32 (2004/2010), for piano solo
Requiem: Songs for Sue, Op. 33 (2005-6), for soprano & chamber ensemble
Forthcoming works include a Cello Concerto for the Los Angeles Philharmonic[9][10], and Cleveland Pictures, a large-scale multi-movement work for the Cleveland Orchestra.