Music by Daniel Dorff

MUSIC FOR CLARINET 
Andante con Variazioni for Flute and Clarinet (7')
- PREMIERED by Sharon Ostow flute, and Daniel Dorff clarinet, Bennington College, 1975.
- REVIEW: "interesting, imaginative... and certainly worthy of performance"
                                          - The Clarinet (West), Winter 1987.

- PUBLISHED by Tenuto Publications (Presser, 494-01337), and in the collection Old New Borrowed Blue (see below).
- PROGRAM NOTES
- RECORDING on Albany TROY1404; Leonard Garrison flute, Shannon Scott clarinet.  
- EXCERPTS FROM THE CD:
        Variation 2
        Variation 5

Cape May Breezes for Wind Quintet (18')
- COMMISSIONED by The Monmouth Winds
Five-movement suite inspired by Cape May, NJ:
1. Breezing Into Town (Exit 0)
2. Autumn Monarch Migration
3. Victorian Garden Party
4. Dusk at Sunset Beach
5. Night Breezes on the Boardwalk
- PROGRAM NOTES

 

Dance Music for Mr. Mouse
A Cartoon Ballet for Eb Clarinet and Piano (and optional Animation) (9˝')  

- COMMISSIONED by Sherry Hartman-Apgar.
- PREMIERED by the Temple University Chamber Players: Sherry-Apgar, Eb Clarinet; Lisa Pressman, Piano, April 21, 1982.
- PUBLISHED by Theodore Presser Company (114-40749)
- YOUTUBE performance by Mark Margolies and Corry Bell, 11/10/12.
- PROGRAM NOTES & REVIEW IN "THE CLARINET" MAGAZINE

 

Dances and Canons for Flute and Clarinet (7')
- PREMIERED by Sharon Ostow flute, and Daniel Dorff clarinet, Bennington College, 1975.
- PERFORMANCES include an impromptu restaurant performance in Ithaca NY, with Jean-Pierre Rampal flute, and Daniel Dorff clarinet.
- PUBLISHED by Tenuto Publications (Presser, 494-01416), and in the collection Old New Borrowed Blue (see below).
- PROGRAM NOTES
- RECORDING on Albany TROY1404; Leonard Garrison flute, Shannon Scott clarinet.  
- EXCERPTS FROM THE CD:
        4. Canon
        9. Dance

Dark Romance for 3 Bb Clarinets & Bass Clarinet (Quartet or Ensemble) (4')  

- PREMIERED by Clarinessence, Philadelphia, 1986.
- PUBLISHED by  Tenuto Publications (Presser, 494-02684).
- AUDIO EXCERPT by the Carolina Clarinet Quartet
-
YOUTUBE: Students at Shenandoah Conservatory

Fast Walk for 3 Bb Clarinets & Bass Clarinet (Quartet or Ensemble) (2˝')  
- PREMIERED by Clarinessence at Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, Pa., December 21, 1989.
- PUBLISHED by Tenuto Publications (Presser, 494-02687).
- ALSO AVAILABLE for Saxophone Quartet, Bassoon Quartet, Orchestra.
- REVIEW (of saxophone version):
"This short, upbeat piece makes a terrific opener for a concert, or as the first piece after intermission."
               - Susan Fancher, Saxophone Journal, September/October 2007
-
RECORDED on two Japanese CD's by the Harmo Saxophone Quartet
- PROGRAM NOTES
- AUDIO EXCERPT: Harmo Saxophone Quartet 

 

Flowers of St. Francis Five Scenes for solo Bass Clarinet (14')

- COMMISSIONED by Barbara Haney for premiere at the International Clarinet Association "ClarinetFest" in Assisi, Italy, July 27, 2013.
I. The Flowers, Celebrated by St. Francis
II. St. Francis Preaching to the Birds
III. St. Francis Pacifying the Wolf
IV. St. Francis Preaching to the Fish
V. The Starry Skies, Celebrated by St. Francis
- PROGRAM NOTES and REVIEWS
- YOUTUBE of Barbara Haney's preview concert in Perugia, Italy, August 2013.
- YOUTUBE of Mark Margolies' performance November 2013.

 

In A Deep Funk Dance Set for solo Bass Clarinet (or Contralto or Contrabass) (14')

- Adapted from the work originally for contrabassoon:
1. Hustle Misterioso
2. Twist Variations
3. Bear Hug
4. Funk Scherzo
- PREMIERE by Barbara Haney at ICA ClarinetFest August 2014.
- PUBLISHED by Theodore Presser Company (available summer 2014).
- REVIEW of Movement 2:

"Based on the popular dance from the 1960s, this is a fun piece for the audience as well as the accomplished contra player. A standard rock and roll chord progression is treated in a variety of ways melodically and rhythmically, with a few nods in the direction of Dave Brubeck and other jazz musicians as well. Although its duration is less than six minutes, the piece is quite grueling. The entire four-movement set is quite a blow at around twelve minutes! ... the piece really is a hoot for both the player up to the challenge, and for the audience."
           -Jon Beebe, The Double Reed, Vol. 26, No. 4 (2003) 
- AUDIO EXCERPTS of Roger Soren's contrabassoon premiere, live at IDRS:
          
from Mvt. 1
           from Mvt. 2
           from Mvt. 4

- PROGRAM NOTES
- YOUTUBE: Complete performance on Bass Clarinet by Barbara Haney

 

It Takes Four to Tango for 3 Bb Clarinets & Bass Clarinet (Quartet or Ensemble) (2˝')

- PREMIERED by Clarinessence, Philadelphia, November 11, 1990.
- PUBLISHED by Theodore Presser Company (114-40871)
- RECORDED by Interclarinet on Farao Classics CD B108011 (available on Amazon). Ensemble is clarinetists from Berlin Philharmonic and Vienna.)
- ALSO AVAILABLE for Flute Quartet, Saxophone Quartet, Bassoon Quartet, String Quartet, and other scorings (see program notes!)

- RECORDING by the Carolina Clarinet Quartet
- PROGRAM NOTES

Old New Borrowed Blue  A Collection of fun duets for Flute and Bb Clarinet
- Including the three works: 
(1) Dances and Canons  
(2) Three Little Waltzes  
(3) Andante con Variazioni
- PUBLISHED by  Tenuto Publications (Presser 494-02866).
- RECORDING of all 3 works on Albany TROY1404; Leonard Garrison flute, Shannon Scott clarinet.

 

Pastorale (Souvenirs du Frög) for Bb Clarinet and Piano (6')

- PREMIERED August 27, 1994 by Daniel Dorff clarinet, and James Primosch piano, Bristol, PA.
- PERFORMANCES include David Peck of the Houston Symphony.
- PUBLISHED by Theodore Presser Company (114-40873).
- RECORDING on Albany TROY1404; Shannon Scott clarinet, Rajung Yang, piano.
- RECORDING by clarinetist David Hattner and pianist Albert Tiu on Northbranch Records.
- PROGRAM NOTES
EXCERPTS FROM THE CD:
        Opening section
       
Middle section  


Perennials for Flute, Clarinet in A, and Piano (21')
- COMMISSIONED by Walfrid and Sherry Kujala in honor of the retirement of Helen Ann and Richard Shanley from Baylor University; 
- PREMIERE by Sherry Kujala flute, Larry Combs clarinet, Nolan Pearson; Evanston IL piano, 10/12/11.
- Published by Tenuto Publications (Presser 494-02907).
- PROGRAM NOTES
- RECORDING on Albany TROY1404; Leonard Garrison flute, Shannon Scott clarinet, Rajung Yang piano.
- AUDIO EXCERPTS from the CD:
        from Mvt. 1, Joyous Overture
        from Mvt. 2, Romance
        from Mvt. 3, Scherzo
        from Mvt. 4, Winter Prayer
        from Mvt. 5, Spring Awakening


Cindy Anne Broz, Mark Margolies, and Martin Amlin performing
Perennials at the 2012 NFA convention.

 

Summer Solstice Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra (19')  
- PREMIERE by Orchestra 2001, Arne Running, solo clarinet; James Freeman, conductor; March 30, 1994, Philadelphia.
- PERFORMANCES have also included Chicago Symphony's John Yeh and Colorado Symphony's Bil Jackson. Jazz great Eddie Daniels is also available.
- PUBLISHED by Theodore Presser Company; clarinet/piano version also available.
- REVIEWS:
"Summer Solstice is very pleasant music - light without being insubstantial, melodic without being obvious.  It has an invariably American sound."
           
- Peter Dobrin, Philadelphia Inquirer, 4/2/94
"Summer Solstice opened with Arne Running's jazzy, dancing clarinet playing in front of the kind of American country fair music that makes you feel like someone should step out of the crowd and start dancing.  The slow movement was easy and full. The finale was sweet and driving."
           
- Tom Purdom, Philadelphia Welcomat, 4/20/94
"Daniel Dorff's Summer Solstice was the palatable dessert, while mid-century music of... Schnittke was the experimental main course."
           
- Monroe Levin, Jewish Exponent, 4/30/94
"Notable events of 1994 included the impressive premiere of Daniel Dorff's Summer Solstice."
          
- Tom Purdom, Philadelphia Welcomat, 12/28/94
"Gave a distinctive contemporary accent to the Haddonfield Symphony's third program of the season... For those who brave the first storm of winter - and most did - there was much to enjoy...  Dorff's 18-minute piece cast a friendly glow with its jaunty rhythms and sunny musical themes.  Summer Solstice falls on the ears like the graceful caress of a warm day.  Superbly performed, the score radiated an old-fashioned charm.  The three-movement score is a gift for a superb soloist."
           
- Robert Baxter, Camden Courier-Post, 2/10/97
"a delightful three-movement work for which the description "rollicking" is most often the apt word. a celebration of summer filled with bright harmonies and happy spirit."
           
-
Paul Somers, Classical New Jersey, 2/12/97
"Summer Solstice is lyrical and fresh as rainwater. [John] Yeh gave a bright turn to its tangled tunes and merry melodies and a subtly nuanced performance of the languid larghetto. His clarinet cut like a lean laser above the lush cohesive strings."
           
- Dorothy Andries, Pioneer Press, March 1998

- PROGRAM NOTES
- AUDIO EXCERPTS: John Yeh's performance with the Haddonfield Symphony conducted by Alan Gilbert:  
         
from Mvt. 1
          from Mvt. 2
          from Mvt. 3


John Yeh and Alan Gilbert applauding  the composer 
after their performance.

 

Summer Strut for Bb Clarinet and Piano (2')

- PUBLISHED by Kendor Music.

 

Three Little Waltzes for Flute and Bb Clarinet  (6')
- COMMISSIONED by Cindy Anne Broz. 
- PREMIERED by Lois Herbine flute, Daniel Dorff clarinet, at NFA 2010.
- PUBLISHED by Tenuto Publications (Presser 494-03014).
- PROGRAM NOTES
- RECORDING on Albany TROY1404; Leonard Garrison flute, Shannon Scott clarinet.  
- EXCERPTS FROM THE CD:
        opening of Little Waltz No. 1
        ending of Little Waltz No. 2

Three Romances for Flute and Bb Clarinet (8')
- PUBLISHED by Tenuto Publications (Presser 494-02813).
- PERFORMANCES include Gary Schocker flute, and Daniel Dorff clarinet, at NFA 2007.
- PROGRAM NOTES and PERFORMANCE SUGGESTIONS
- YOUTUBE: Mvt. 2, Lois Herbine and Arne Running at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center
- YOUTUBE: Cindy Anne Broz and Mark Margolies (complete), Temecula, CA

- RECORDING on Albany TROY1404; Leonard Garrison flute, Shannon Scott clarinet.



 

 

 

 

Cindy Anne Broz and Daniel Dorff  
performing
Three Romances  
at 2009 Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair

Two Cats for Flute and Bb Clarinet (8')
- COMPOSED FOR the Dutchess County (NY) SPCA's annual fundraising gala.
- PERFORMANCES include Lois Bliss Herbine flute and Daniel Dorff clarinet, 
at NFA 2008.
- PUBLISHED by Tenuto Publications (Presser 494-02817).
- Finalist, NFA Newly Published Music biennial competition 2010.
- PROGRAM NOTES
- RECORDING on Albany TROY1404; Leonard Garrison flute, Shannon Scott clarinet.  
- EXCERPTS FROM THE CD:
       from 1. Hootie
       
from 2. Tiki

Zoe & Xena A Romp in the Park for Piccolo and Bass Clarinet (7')
- COMMISSIONED by Leonard Garrison, for Shannon Scott in honor of their dogs Xena and Zoe.
- PROGRAM NOTES
- Recorded by Leonard Garrison and Shannon Scott on Albany Records, TROY 1652.
- REVIEWS:
"
Perennials was devoted to the amiable music of Daniel Dorff, a release hailed by Fanfare critic Peter Burwasser as “a rich soufflé of wonderfully conceived and executed chamber music.” Similar could be said of this new release... Dorff’s delightful Zoe and Xena: A Romp in the Park (2015) is a concept left over from the earlier CD, and realized instead for this release. The composer did not care to write yet another work for clarinet and flute, so produced for his two friends a sprightly mouse-and-elephant sort of dance for piccolo and bass clarinet. Of course, the image one is supposed to get is of the couple’s young chocolate Labrador and golden retriever cavorting in a park; that works for me, too."
      – Fanfare Magazine (Ronald E. Grames) February 2017
"
Zoe and Xena: A Romp in the Park was composed for the duo’s two dogs. Because Dorff had already written Two Cats for clarinet and flute, he wanted a different challenge, so he scored this for the unusual combination of piccolo and bass clarinet. This too is a fun, toe-tapping piece, gaining added interest by the wide difference in pitch separating the two instruments (there is no piano in this piece to bridge that gap). The music is picturesque and in the best sense of the word, catchy."
     
– Fanfare Magazine (Henry Fogel) February 2017
"I have positively reviewed a few works by Daniel Dorff prior to his present Zoe and Xena: A Romp in the Park, a piece for the delightful and quite unorthodox duo of piccolo and bass clarinet. The work is an exuberant portrayal of the two dogs owned by Scott and Garrison, and is a sequel to Dorff’s previous Two Cats, an equally delightful work portraying the feline contingent of the Scott-Garrison household."
      – Fanfare Magazine (David DeBoor Canfield) February 2017

Leonard Garrison and Shannon Scott
(in a cast for her broken wrist)
following the world premiere
at the 2015 NFA convention  

Leonard Garrison &
Shannon Scott 's CD of
Zoe & Xena, on Albany Records

 
last updated 2/4/17
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