Compositions

Kenji Bunch

Title Category Instrumentation Length Date Availability Program Notes Notes
Symphony No. 2: “Jubilee” for chorus and orchestra Orchestra / Large Ensemble 2+picc, 2+c.a., 2+Eb cl, 2+ cbn./ 4, 3, 2+btbn, 1/timp, 3perc (+4 offstage perc.), hp, pf, chorus, 8 offstage tbn, str.(8, 7, 6, 5, 4 min) 30' 2008 Bill Holab Commissioned by the Mobile Symphony through a Meet-the-Composer/ASOL Music Alive Residency. Premiered by the Mobile Symphony, Scott Speck cond., April 2008, Mobile, AL
…For Our Children’s Children: Reflections on the Lincoln Legacy for orchestra Orchestra / Large Ensemble 2, 2, 2, 2, 4, 3, 2+btbn/ timp, 2 perc., str. (7, 6, 5, 4, 3 min.) 10' 2008 Bill Holab Commissioned and premiered by the Kalamazoo Symphony, Raymond Harvey, cond, Jan. 2009, Kalamazoo, MI.
Verso for solo violin, solo viola, harpsichord and string orchestra Orchestra / Large Ensemble 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 min. 12' 2010 Bill Holab Commissioned by the Chintimini Chamber Muisc Festival. Premiered by Erik Peterson, violin, Adam Matthes, viola with the Chintimini Festival Chamber Orchestra, June 2010, Corvallis, OR.
Supermaximum for string orchestra Orchestra / Large Ensemble 4, 3, 2, 2, 1 min. 12' 2011 Bill Holab Commissioned by Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music, premiered by ECCO, May 2011, Brooklyn, NY
Concerto for piano and orchestra Orchestra / Large Ensemble 2+pic, 2+EH., 2+Eb cl, 2+cb/ 4, 3, 2 btbn, 1/timp, 3perc., hp, str (8, 7, 6, 5, 4 min.) 28' 2011 Bill Holab Commissioned by The Magnum Opus Project, Kathryn Gould, principal patron, facilitated by Meet The Composer. Premiered by the Colorado Symphony, Jeffrey Kahane, cond., Monica Ohuchi, piano, May 2011, Denver, CO.
The Devil’s Box for viola and orchestra Orchestra / Large Ensemble 1dbl. pic, 1, 1, 1/1, 1, 1, 1/timp, 2perc, hp, pno, str. (4, 3, 2, 2, 1 min.) 20' 2011 Commissioned by Mary Rodgers Guettel through Meet The Composer, premiered by the American Composers Orchestra, George Manahan, cond., Kenji Bunch, viola, Oct. 2011, NYC.
Embrace for electric 6-string violin and orchestra Orchestra / Large Ensemble 2, 2, 2, 2, / 2, 2, 1/timp, 3 perc., e.keyboard, str. (4, 3, 2, 2, 1 min.) 18' 2012 Bill Holab Commissioned by the Orchestra Engagement Laboratory, premiered by the Vermont Chamber Symphony
Supermaximum (full orchestra version) Orchestra / Large Ensemble 3, 2, 2, 2 + cb/ 4, 3, 2 + btbn, 1/timp + 3perc./ str. 8, 7, 6, 5, 4 min. 12' 2013 Bill Holab Premiered by Portland Youth Philharmonic, Nov. 2013, Portland, Or.
Symphony No. 3: Dream Songs for orchestra and chorus Orchestra / Large Ensemble 2+pic, 2+EH, 2+B.cl., 2+Cb./ 4, 3, 2+Btbn, 1/timp + 3perc, hp, pno, SATB Chorus, str. 9, 8, 7, 6, 5 min. 35' 2015 Commissioned and premiered by the Grant Park Music Festival, June 18, 2017, Chicago, Il.
Groovebox Variations for orchestra Orchestra / Large Ensemble 3, 3, 3, 3/ 4. 3. 2+btbn, 1/timp + 3 perc, hp, kybd, str. 8, 7, 6, 5, 4 min. 10' 2016 Commissioned and premiered by the Seattle Symphony, Nov. 11, 2016, Seattle, Wa.
The Snow Queen incidental music for the ballet Orchestra / Large Ensemble 1 dbl. pic+alto, 1 dbl. EH, 1, 1/ 1,1,1/timp + 3 perc., pno, hp, str. 4,3,3,2,1 min. 110' 2016 Commissioned by Eugene Ballet, premiered by Orchestra NEXT, Apr. 2017, Eugene, Or.
Aspects of an Elephant for orchestra Orchestral / Large Ensemble 2 +pic+ alto, 2+EH, 2+Bcl., 2 +Cb/ 4, 3, 2+btbn, 1/timp + 3perc, hp, kybd., str. 9, 8, 7, 6, 5 min. 20' 2017 Commissioned and premiered by the Oregon Symphony, March 11, 2017, Portland, Or.
Song of Sasquatch for orchestra Orchestral / Large Ensemble 2+pic, 2+EH, 2+b.c., 2+cb/ 4, 3, 2+btbn, 1/timp + 3perc./ hp, pno/ strings (7, 6, 5, 4, 3 min.) 10' 2017 Commissioned and premiered by the Peter Britt Festival Orchestra, July 28th, 2017, Jacksonville, Or.
A Pearl for Pierrot Solo / Chamber flute, violin, viola, cello, and piano 6' 2011 Commissioned by the C.W. Post Chamber Music Festival. Premiered by The Pierrot Consort, July, 2011, Long Island, NY.
Alpha Dog Solo / Chamber sopranino and alto recorders, viola, cello, piano 12' 2011 Commissioned by Spark Klassische-band.
Arachnophobia Orchestral / Large Ensemble fl, ob, cl, asax, bsn(cbsn)/ trp, trb/ 1perc(timp.) hp, pf, str. min. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1 (ebass). 12' 1997 Bill Holab Commissioned and premiered by the New Juilliard Ensemble, Joel Sachs, cond., Feb. 1997, Alice Tully Hall, NY.
Aria Solo / Chamber violin 5' 1996 Bill Holab Premiered by violinist Ittai Shapira, Nov. 1996, Stradivarius Society of London, England.
Boiling Point Solo / Chamber amplified string quartet, bass, and drumset 7' 2002 Bill Holab Premiered by The Nurse Kaya String Quartet, May 2002, the Knitting Factory, NY.
Broken Music Solo / Chamber cello and piano 15'   Bill Holab Commissioned by the Walter W. Naumberg Foundation. Premiered by cellist Clancy Newman and pianist Noreen Cassidy-Polera, Feb. 2003 Alice Tully Hall, NY.
Changes of Phase Solo / Chamber woodwind quintet 12'   Bill Holab Commissioned by the Bridgehampton Music Festival. Premiered by Windscape, August, 1999, Bridgehampton, NY.
Chorus Mysticus Orchestral / Large Ensemble 2+pic, 2, 2, 2+cbn/ 4, 3/ timp, 2perc, str (min. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2) 9'    Commissioned and premiered by the Phoenix Symphony, Hermann Michael, cond., Jan. 2002, Phoenix, AZ.
Common Tones Solo / Chamber violin/viola, horn, and piano 25' 2000 Bill Holab Commissioned by Toby Appel. Premiered by Toby Appel, violin/viola, David Wakefield, horn, and William Wolfram, piano, Jan. 2001, The Juilliard School.
Concerto for piano trio and percussion Solo / Chamber percussion and piano trio 10' 1996, rev. 1998 Bill Holab Commissioned and premiered by The Ahn Trio, with Brian Resnick and Matthew Gold, percussion, Oct. 1998, the Miller Theater, NY.
Concrete Stream Solo / Chamber piano trio 10' 2010 Commissioned by the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company. Premiered by The Ahn Trio, Dec. 2010, Harlem School of the Arts, NY.
Confessions of the Woman in the Dunes for female voice and chamber ensemble Small Ensemble (6-12 players) Alto solo, Fl, tp, trb, pf, str. 1, 1, 1, 1. 64' 2006 Commissioned and premiered by Ne(x)tworks. April 2006, Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, NY.
Contingencies for Five Musicians (unspecified instruments) Solo / Chamber five unspecified instruments 12' 2008 Premiered by Ne(x)tworks, May 2008, Chelsea Art Museum, NY.
Cookbook Solo / Chamber clarinet and piano 18' 2004 Bill Holab Commissioned by Young Concert Artists, Inc. Premiered by clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester and pianist Andrius Zlabys, Nov. 2004, The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Cookbook Solo / Chamber viola and piano 18' 2006 Commissioned by Young Concert Artists, Inc. Premiered by clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester and pianist Andrius Zlabys, Nov. 2004, The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Crawl Space Solo / Chamber cello 5' 1996 Premiered by David Eggar, Nov. 1996, Crazy Horse Mt. SD.
Crawl Space Solo / Chamber violin 5'    
Danceband Solo / Chamber piano trio 25' 2007 Commissioned by The Wolftrap Foundation for the Arts. Premiered by The Ahn Trio, April 2007, The Barns at Wolftrap, VA.
Dark Hollow Solo / Chamber violin, viola, cello, and piano 7' 2008, rev. 2009 Commissioned by USC Beaufort Festival Series for Mary Whisonant. Premiered by Jesse Mills, violin, Kenji Bunch, viola, Edward Arron, cello, Erika Nickrenz, piano, Feb. 2008, Beaufort, S.C.
The Demon Barber: A Fantasy on Stephen Sondheim's Solo / Chamber solo piano 6' 2010 Commissioned by the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center as a part of Liaisons: Re-imagining Sondheim from the Piano, produced by Rachel Colbert and Anthony deMare. Premiered by Anthony deMare, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, April 2011, MD.
Dies Irie Solo / Chamber piano trio 6' 2004 Bill Holab Commissioned and premiered by The Ahn Trio, May, 2004, WNYC-fm “Around New York with John Schaefer” NY.
Double Talk: Conversation for Marimba, Trumpet, and Orchestra Orchestral / Large Ensemble 2, 2, 2, 2, 2/ timp/ str. (min. 4, 3, 2, 1, 1) 16' 2005 Bill Holab Commissioned by Makoto Nakura. Premiered by Makoto Nakura, mar, James Simms, trp, East Texas Symphony, Per Brevig, cond., Sept.2005, Tyler, TX.
Dream Songs Solo / Chamber low voice and piano 16' 2008 Commissioned and premiered by Zaidee Parkinson, piano, with Chad Sloan, baritone, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, May, 2009, NY.
Drift... Solo / Chamber clarinet, viola, and piano 11' 2006 Bill Holab Commissioned by the Spoleto USA Festival. Premiered by Todd Palmer, cl, Kenji Bunch, vla, Jeremy Denk, pno, June 2006, Charleston, SC.
Duo: From the Verdant Kingdom Solo / Chamber viola and vibraphone 12' 2009 Premiered by Kenji Bunch, viola, Makoto Nakura, vibraphone, Nov. 2009, Kyoto, Japan.
The Eternal Return Solo / Chamber solo viola 4' 2011 Bill Holab Premiere recording by Kenji Bunch, May 2011, Bulging Disc Records.
Eventually Emily Solo / Chamber cello and piano 8' 1999 Commissioned and premiered by Mary Lou Rylands, cello, with Jeananne Albee, piano, July 1999, Craftsbury Chamber Players Music Festival, UVM, Burlington, VT.
Fantasy for violin and orchestra Orchestral / Large Ensemble violin solo 2, 2, 2, 2/ 2/ timp, str.(min. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2) 15' 1997 Bill Holab Commissioned and premiered by Ittai Shapira, violin with the English Chamber Orchestra, Charles Hazelwood, conductor, Feb. 1998, The Barbican Hall, London, England.
Floating Alone Solo / Chamber percussion 6' 1997 Bill Holab Commissioned by the Elaine Kauffman Cultural Center. Premiered by Daniel Druckman, Sept. 1997, Merkin Concert Hall, NY.
Four Flashbacks Solo / Chamber clarinet and viola 15'   Bill Holab  
Ghost Reel for violin, viola (dbl. jaw harp), and banjo Solo / Chamber violin, viola (dbl. jaw harp), and banjo 6' 2006 Premiered by Ariana Kim, violin, , viola, Adam Buchwald, banjo, Dec. 2006,Juilliard School, NY.
Golden Apples of the Sun for solo viola and chamber orchestra Orchestral / Large Ensemble 1+alto, 1+c.a., 1+bcl, 1/ 1, 1, 1/ timp, 3perc, hp, cel, str (min. 3, 2, 2, 1, 1) 8' 2006 Bill Holab Commissioned by the Mobile Symphony through a Meet-the-Composer/ASOL Music Alive Residency. Premiered by the Mobile Symphony, Scott Speck cond., Brian Brown, vla solo, March 2007, Mobile, AL.
Hard Winter / Holler and Stomp Solo / Chamber violin, viola, violoncello, and piano 7'   Bill Holab  
Hardware Concerto for piano trio and orchestra Orchestral / Large Ensemble 2+pic, 2, 2, 2+cbn/ 4, 3, 2+btbn/ timp, 2perc, solo vln, vc, pf, str (min. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2) 18' 2003 Bill Holab Commissioned and premiered by the Ahn Trio, with the Chesapeake Bay Orchestra, Jeffrey Silberschlag, conductor, June 2003, MD.
Hide Those Eyes Solo / Chamber cello and piano 5' 2007 Commissioned and premiered by Kristina Reiko Cooper, cello, with John Novacek, piano, Nov. 2007, NY.
Hobgoblinry Solo / Chamber viola and harpsichord 9' 2002 Bill Holab Commissioned by the Queen’s Chamber Band. Premiered by violist Veronica Salas and harpsichordist Elaine Comparone, April, 2002, Merkin Concert Hall, NY.
I Dream in Evergreen Solo / Chamber viola and piano 5' 2008 Commissioned by Dr. Fumio Ohuchi. Premiered by Kenji Bunch, viola, Monica Ohuchi, piano, Oct. 2008 The Juilliard School, NY.
Industrial Strength Solo / Chamber bass clarinet and piano 10' 2011 Bill Holab Commissioned and premiered by Matthew Miracle, bass clarinet, Aug. 2011, Los Angeles.
Intersections Solo / Chamber piano trio 7' 1998 Bill Holab Commissioned by Spacecraft Japan. Premiered by violinist Laura Frautschi, cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper, and pianist John Novacek, Dec. 1998, Tokyo, Japan.
laissez vibrer... Solo / Chamber viola and celesta 8' 1998 Bill Holab Premiered by Stephanie Griffen, viola, with Eric Huebner, celeste, May 1998, The Juilliard School, NY.
Lament Solo / Chamber clarinet in A and string quartet 9' 2008 Bill Holab Premiered by Gilad Harel, Clarinet, Kenji Bunch String Quartet, Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music, Feb. 2008, Brooklyn, NY.
Lost and Found Solo / Chamber viola and percussion 16' 2010 Bill Holab Commissioned and premiered by DuoJalal: Kathryn Lockwood, viola and Yousif Sheronick, percussion. Premiered July, 2010, Mohawk Trail Concerts, Charlemont, MA.
Luminaria Solo / Chamber violin and harp 9' 2001 Bill Holab Commissioned by Young Concert Artists, Inc. in honor of Victor Salvi, and made possible by a generous grant from the Victor Salvi Foundation. Premiered by harpist Gwyneth Wentink and violinist Ju-Young Baek, March, 2002, Weill Recital Hall, NY.
Lux Aeterna Solo / Chamber violin and piano 9' 1995 Bill Holab Premiered by violinist Angella Ahn, with Lucia Ahn, piano, May 1995, The Juilliard School, NY.
Monica's Notebook Solo / Chamber performance etudes for solo piano 50' 2010-2011 Bill Holab Premiered by Monica Ohuchi, piano. Premiere recording on Helicon Records, May 2011.
New Moon and Morning Solo / Chamber flute and string quartet 15' 2008 Bill Holab Commissioned and premiered by the Bridgehampton Music Festival, Marya Martin, flute, Bridgehampton, Aug. 2008, NY.
Next Train Solo / Chamber solo violin 4' 2011 Bill Holab Commissioned by Anne Akiko Myers.
Nocturne Orchestral / Large Ensemble str. min (7, 6, 5, 4, 3) 8' 1996 Bill Holab Commissioned and premiered by the Aspen String Ensemble, Mark Robertson, cond., July 1995. Revised version premiered by the Juilliard Symphony, Paul Lustig Dunkel, conductor April 1996, Alice Tully Hall, NY.
Paraphraseology Solo / Chamber violin and marimba 14' 1999 Bill Holab Commissioned by Young Concert Artists, Inc. Premiered by Makoto Nakura, marimba, and Stefan Milenkovich, violin, March, 2000, Weill Recital Hall, NY.
Peripheral Riffs Solo / Chamber piano 10' 2000 Written for the Van Cliburn Competition. Premiered by Monica Ohuchi, Feb. 2004, The Juilliard School, NY.
Pillow Talk Solo / Chamber 5 trombones and piano 5' 1996 Premiered by trombonists Thomas Burge, Koichiro Yamamoto, Michael Boschen, Peter Mitchell, David Garcia, and pianist Robert Gates, April 1996, The Juilliard School, NY.
Premonitions Solo / Chamber piano 6' 2015 Bill Holab Commissioned by the Seattle Symphony for their inaugural Piano Competition, 2015.
Psalm Settings Solo / Chamber mezzo-soprano and string quartet 24' 2015 Commissioned by the Seattle Symphony for their inaugural Piano Competition, 2015.
Rise (and Shine) Solo / Chamber viola quartet 7' 2016 Bill Holab Commissioned by the American Viola Society for the 2016 AVS Festival, Oberlin, Ohio.
Road Trip Solo / Chamber cello, two pianos, and percussion 14' 1999 Commissioned by Gilligan Artist Management. Premiered by Fear No Music, March 1999, Reed College, Portland, OR.
Sarabande Solo / Chamber violin 5' 2006 Bill Holab Premiered by Stefan Milenkovich, Feb. 2006, Yamaha Recital Hall, NYC.
Scenes with Dialogue Small Ensemble (6-12 players) trumpet, flute, and string orchestra (min. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1) 12' 1999 Commissioned by the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble and the Jerome Foundation. Premiered by the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, May 1999, the Dia Center, NY.
Shout Chorus Solo / Chamber woodwind quintet 10' 2006 Bill Holab Commissioned by the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. Premiered by the Imani Winds, July 2006, Vail, CO.
Sketches Solo / Chamber narrator and string quartet 10' 1995 Commissioned by the Juilliard School Community Service Fellowship Program. Text by William Kotzwinke: “The Dream of Chu’ang” from Hearts of Wood & Other Timeless Tales, David R. Godine, 1986, Boston. Premiered by Ittai Shapira and Ara Gregorian, violin, Kenji Bunch, viola, and Kristina Reiko Cooper, cello, Dec. 1995, Beth Israel Hospital, NY.
Slow Dance Solo / Chamber piano trio 10' 1996 Bill Holab Commissioned by the Soho Arts Festival. Premiered by the Ahn Trio, Sept. 1996, American Opera Projects, NY.
Sonata for trombone and piano Solo / Chamber trombone and piano 10' 1995 Premiered by Mark Woolman Horner, trombone, with Mitsuko Morikawa, piano, April 1995, Juilliard School, NY.
Sonnet 128 Solo / Chamber narrator, violoncello and percussion (2) 7' 2003 Bill Holab Commissioned by Close Encounters with Music. Premiered by cellist Yehuda Hanani, percussionist Chris Vatalaro, and narrator Sigourney Weaver, May 2003, Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, MA.
String Circle Solo / Chamber string quintet (2 violas) 20' 2005 Bill Holab Commissioned by V.J. Jordan and Chamber Music Amarillo for Joanna Mendoza and the Harrington String Quartet. Premiered by the Harrington String Quartet and Kenji Bunch, viola, April 2005, Amarillo Art Museum, Amarillo, TX.
String Quartet No. 1 Solo / Chamber string quartet 25' 2008 Bill Holab Commissioned by Dr. Bernie Ferrari. Premiered by the Biava Quartet, Sept. 2008, Museum of the American Indian, NY.
String Quartet No. 2: Concussion Theory Solo / Chamber string quartet 16'   Bill Holab  
Suite Solo / Chamber viola and piano 15' 2008 Bill Holab Commissioned by Young Concert Artists, Inc. Premiered by violist Naoko Shimizu and pianist Özgür Aydin, Feb. 1999, The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Summer (H)ours Solo / Chamber trumpet, marimba, violin, cello, and bass 16' 2005 Commissioned by The Craftsbury Chamber Players. Premiered by Domenic Derasse, trp, Makoto Nakura, mar, Joyce Hammann, vln, Frances Rowell, cello, and Jeff Carney, bass, July 2005, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT.
SummerSkies Solo / Chamber solo piano (student) 3' 2008 Bill Holab Commissioned by the Lucy Moses School with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Premiered by Gabriel Mendlow, Dec. 2004, Merkin Hall, NY.
Swing Shift Solo / Chamber piano trio 22' 2002 Bill Holab Premiered by the Ahn Trio, April 2002, University of Utah, Salt Lake City UT.
Symphony No. 1: Lichtenstein Triptych for orchestra Orchestral / Large Ensemble 2+pic, 2+ca, 2+Ebcl, 2+cbn/ 4, 3, 2+btbn, 1/ timp, 3perc, hp, pf, str (min. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3) 20' 2004 Bill Holab Commissioned by the Magnum Opus Project, Kathyrn Gould, principal patron and commissioner, and facilitated by Meet-The-Composer. Premiered by the Santa Rosa Symphony, Jeffrey Kahane, cond., April 2004, Santa Rosa, CA.
Tango Morendo Solo / Chamber trumpet and piano 8' 1996 Bill Holab Premiered by Alex Jokipii, trumpet, with Kenji Bunch, piano, April 1996, the Juilliard School, NY.
Tango Morendo II Orchestral / Large Ensemble fl, cl, trp, trb, alto sax, 1perc, pf, str. (min. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1) 10'    Commissioned and premiered by the New Juilliard Ensemble, Joel Sachs, conductor, April 1998, the Rubin Academy, Tel Aviv, Israel.
The 3 Gs Solo / Chamber solo viola 4' 2005 Bill Holab Premiered by Kenji Bunch, viola, July, 2005, San Diego, CA.
There Will Come Soft Rains Solo / Chamber low voice and piano 5' 1994 Premiered by Alvin Crawford, bass-baritone and Kenji Bunch, piano, Feb. 1994, The Juilliard School, NY.
The Torment of the Metals Solo / Chamber brass quintet 10' 2004 Commissioned by the Extension Ensemble and the Juilliard School. Premiered by the Extension Ensemble, Oct. 2004 at the Guggenheim Museum, NY.
Three American Folk Hymn Settings Solo / Chamber 2 violas 10' 2006 Bill Holab  
Three American Folk Hymn Settings Solo / Chamber 2 violins 10' 2001 Bill Holab Commissioned by Debra and Robert Kauffman, premiered by Cornelius Dufallo and Amy Kauffman, July 2001, Nashville, TN.
Triple Jump Solo / Chamber solo marimba 12' 2001 Bill Holab Commissioned and premiered by Makoto Nakura, Oct. 2001, Matsukate Hall, Kobe, Japan.
Two Songs Solo / Chamber soprano and piano 5' 1995 Premiered by Lauren Skuce, soprano, and David Shimoni, piano, Dec. 1997, The Juilliard School, NY.
Until Next Time Solo / Chamber solo violin or viola 5' 2010 Bill Holab Premiered by Cornelius Dufallo (violin), July 2010, The Stone, NY.
Velocity Solo / Chamber flute and piano 9' 2007 Theodore Presser Commissioned by Henry and Mary Rodgers Guettel, through Marya Martin and Meet the Composer New Music, New Donors Initiative. Premiered by Marya Martin, flute, and Collette Valentine, piano, Weill Recital Hall, Mar. 2007, NY.
Whispers: a Lullabye for my Favorite Insomniac Solo / Chamber piano trio     Bill Holab  
26.2 Solo / Chamber horn, violin, viola, violoncello 11'   Bill Holab