Chamber Music for audiences of any age by Bruce Adolphe

Bruce AdolpheBruce Adolphe is not only a celebrated composer, but also an author, innovative educator, and a versatile performer. His profound creativity is apparent from the many positions he has held, from resident lecturer and director of family concerts for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, to founding creative director of The Learning Maestros, and comic keyboard quiz-master of the weekly radio program Piano Puzzlers. As a composer, Adolphe has written works for many of the world’s most renowned artists. Among his best works are numerous compositions that are favorites with kids and family concerts, many of them written specifically for these audiences. We’ve compiled this list of selections from his instrumental and chamber works we think you’ll both enjoy and hopefully find helpful in planning your next concert for kids of any age!

Bird Songs (13′)
Soprano, Flute, Violin, Piano
Includes four songs set to anonymous poems. Movements: Introduction, A Merry Bird, Poor Thing, Magpie, and “Cuckoo, What Do You Do?”. Composed for the Itzhak Perlman Family Quartet.

Bitter, Sour, Salt Suite (24′)
Violin Solo, Optional Narrator
The project to pay musical and poetic tribute to food was hatched by Itzhak Perlman and the composer during discussions and while eating and sometimes drinking. The result was this delectable piece about food for violin with narrator (can be the same performer). Poems by Louise Gikow.

City Sounds (4′)
A short piano piece with audience participation composed especially for a children’s concert with Orli Shaham. Premiered March 20, 2011 at Le Poisson Rouge.

119312Coyote Scatters the Stars (7′)

Violin, Piano (optional speaker)
Commissioned by the Museum of Mathematics in New York for its grand opening gala benefit, the music is based on a Native American story. The violin portrays Coyote and the piano represents everything else, especially the stars themselves. It is recommended that the story which is included with the music be told to the audience before the work is performed to enhance the enjoyment and comprehension of the piece.

Drumming a Dream (40′)
Narrator, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Percussion (1 player)
This Indian folk tale is about a girl named Kalpana’s adventures as she searches for the talking drum that has spoken to her in dreams. The script by Bruce Adolphe and Preeti Vasudevan captures the wonder of the story, weaving in sounds of the drum with audience participation. Indian folk dance is featured throughout with Choreography by Preeti Vasudevan.
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Farmony (5′)
String Quartet with kids’ audience participation
A short interactive string quartet especially for youth concerts where kids in the audience pretend to be farm animals. Written for Sharon Roffman and the Stone Barns Quartet.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears (18′)
Narrator, Oboe, Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano Commissioned/ recorded by An die Musik with Dr. Ruth Westheimer narrating the composer’s witty and modern take on a classic fairy tale.

BW web coverInto a Cloud (5′)
Oboe, Piano, Optional Narrator
A brief fable with optional narration from The Learning Maestros catalog about a teenage boy named Lan Tsai Ho whose character is portrayed by the oboist.


Little Red Riding Hood (15′)
Narrator, Oboe, Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano
Commissioned/ recorded by An die Musik with Dr. Ruth Westheimer narrating the composer’s witty and modern take on a classic fairy tale.

Marita and Her Heart’s Desire: A Chamber Music Fairy Tale (22′)
Actress (Narrator with multiple Voices), Piccolo, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Trombone, Perc(1), Harp, 2 Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
A charming story of a young girl who goes searching for her heart’s desire, which only the moon atop Harper’s department store can unveil to her. With enchanting music and a story by a writer for the Muppets and Sesame Street, Marita’s a pure delight.
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OceanophonyFrontcoverwebOceanophony for Chamber Ensemble (35′)
Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Cello, Bass, Piano, Percussion. Slideshow available.
Plunge into an ocean of music and meet the sarcastic fringehead fish, stoplight parrotfish, a love-struck seahorse, and more. Also available for chamber orchestra.
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The Amazing Adventure of Alvin Allegretto (50′)
Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor, Bass-Baritone, Boy Soprano Soli: Clarinet, Perc(1), Cello, Piano.
In the town of Harmony, everybody sings…everybody, that is, except Alvin Allegretto. His parents take him to see one expert after another to find a cure for his strange condition but only Alvin, with the help of the audience, can find the answer. Music and story by Bruce Adolphe; libretto by Sarah Schlesinger. Commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera Guild.
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The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses (25′)
Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Piano, Percussion, Children’s Voices, Narrator. Slideshow in development.
Pulsating drums, evocative melodies, and the haunting sounds of a children’s chorus bring to life this beautiful Native American story with text by Paul Goble. Commissioned by Boston Musica Viva, Richard Pittman, Conductor.
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Time Flies (19′)
Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, 1 Percussion, Harp, Violin 1 solo, Violin 2, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
Artist Eric Rohmann’s Caldecott Honor-winning picture book comes to life through a magical musical score that portrays a little bird caught in a dinosaur exhibit of a natural history museum. Commissioned by the 15th annual Chicago Humanities Festival and premiered by Fulcrum Point New Music Project.
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ToughTurkeyCdPicTough Turkey in the Big City (30′)
Clarinet, Trumpet, Bass Trombone, Piano, Violin, Percussion, Narrator
A charming and funny Thanksgiving tale featuring the bass trombone as the protagonist, Tom the Turkey.
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Urban Scenes (12′)
String Quartet
An interactive work. Kids play toy bird calls, car horns, and an alarm clock.

Witches, Wizards, Spells and Elves: The Magic of Shakespeare (36′)
4 Actors (3 Female, 1 Male), Perc(1): Str (
Experience the magic and sorcery in Shakespeare’s plays as solo instruments portray the main characters in this enchanting work. May be enhanced by actors introducing the movements with scenes from the corresponding plays.
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Zephyronia (30′)
Narrator, Woodwind Quintet
On the distant planet Zephyronia, wind power is the solution when Flora and Flutter teach the emperor that there is more than one way to run a planet. Story by Louise Gikow. Commissioned by EverPower with additional funding from the La Jolla Music Society.
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The Heifetz Collection Update

S512002 Cover art smTHE HEIFETZ COLLECTION is an exclusive series of Jascha Heifetz violin editions including wonderful and yet previously unpublished arrangements and transcriptions from Heifetz’s own manuscripts.


Handel Passacaglia for Two Violins – Read the review from! The edition is also featured in their Holiday gift guide for violinists, excerpt follows: “The Handel-Halvorsen ‘Passacaglia’ is a popular duet written for violin with either viola or cello. But did you know that you can play it with two violins? In fact, Jascha Heifetz wrote a version for two violins, and it was just re-discovered and published in this year.”

Wieniawski Polonaise Brillante No. 2

March 2015 releases and beyond:

  • Wieniawski Polonaise  No. 1
  • Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso and Havanaise (Saint-Saens)
  • Beethoven Folio
  • Tchaikovsky Collection
  • The Heifetz Scale Book


Ricardo Lorenz – Wintergreen residency

Venezuela mapAt the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival in Charlottesville, NC, Venezuelan-born Ricardo Lorenz will be composer in residence. The Festival will feature a concert to include one of Lorenz’s most unique and representative works, Pataruco–a concerto for Venezuelan Maracas and Symphony Orchestra. For more information on Ricardo Lorenz’s music, contact Lauren Keiser Music.

Bruce Adolphe “off the hook” again

Off the Hook logoThis summer, Bruce Adolphe is once again co-artistic director of Off the Hook, a festival in Fort Collins, Colorado, with co-director Jephta Bernstein. Two of Adolphe’s works are on the schedule this June: Tough Turkey in the Big City and The Bridgehampton Concerto. Both works available through Keiser Classical. He is also giving talks and conducting improvisation workshops based on his book The Mind’s Ear as part of the Festival.

In July, the Cassatt String Quartet will perform Adolphe’s Mary Cassatt: Scenes from her Life in several towns in Maine as part of the Salt Bay Festival. That quartet will also be featured in the Mohawk Trail Concerts in July. The Bridgehampton Music Festival has released a CD celebrating their 30th anniversary, and the CD includes Adolphe’s Bridgehampton Concerto, which was commissioned by the Festival in 1991.

Other recent publications of Bruce Adolphe’s music include:

Bridgehampton Concerto (1991) 17′

Flute, Oboe, Harpsichord, 2 Violins, Viola, Cello, Bass

This fun and playable Baroque-inflected concerto grosso was originally commissioned by the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival. Scored for mixed octet of flute, oboe, harpsichord and string quintet. Total length approx. 17 minutes.

Mary Cassatt: Scenes from Her Life (2013)

Based on the life and paintings of the American Impressionist Mary Cassatt. Premiered by the Cassatt Quartet in 2013.

My Inner Brahms: An Intermezzo (2013) 5′

Piano Solo

A brief intermezzo dedicated to and premiered by pianist Orli Shaham.

Obedient Choir of Emotions (2012) 5′

SATB, Piano

Commissioned by the New York Virtuoso Singers, Harold Rosenbaum, the text comes from the work of neuroscientist Antonio Damasio. Recorded on Soundbrush Records.

The End of Tonight (instrumental score and parts) (2013)

2 Mezzo Soprano, Alto, 3 Cello, Piano

A three-movement trio for three female voices with chamber ensemble, “The End of Tonight” was commissioned by Lenore Fishman Davis. Song texts are from the poems “Listen, Tonight” and “Of the End” by Nathalie Handal. The scoring calls for two mezzo-sopranos and one alto with instrumental accompaniment by three cellos and piano. Includes a full score for the pianist and cello parts. Full score for vocalists available separately.


For more information, please contact Keiser Classical.

Igor Shcherbakov works preview

Shcherbakov photo 1Since 2012, we’ve been proud to represent the works of Ukrainian composer Igor Shcherbakov. Recent and upcoming publications include:

Concerto for Flute, Percussion and Strings (new ed. 2014) 22′

A haunting work written in memory of fellow composer Oleg Kyva.

L’abbraccio del Crocifisso (2011) 13′ Harp solo

Thirteen-minute work for solo harp was inspired by a painting by Rossana Pressato. The title translates literally to “The Embrace of the Crucified”.

Piano Gesang (2006) 10′ solo Piano

Premiered in Switzerland by pianist Yozhef Ormeny in 2008. This ten-minute work displays vivid tone  painting and a whimsical, quasi-improvisational style from one of Ukraine’s most prominent composers of contemporary music.

Tango Misterioso (2011) 8′

Conceived originally as a work for piano and string orchestra, this version of Tango Misterioso for piano trio captures the textural and rhythmic interplay in an effective chamber ensemble configuration.

Write to Lauren Keiser Music Publishing for more information.

Yevhen Stankovych release preview

Stankovych 1We’re pleased to announce that following this past spring’s publication of Angel’s Touch for violin and piano, we will be releasing more published works of Ukrainian master Yevhen Stankovych’s over the course of the next several months, including: Violin Concerto No. 2, Rasputin Ballet Suite, Mirages, and his Sixth Symphony. Write to Lauren Keiser Music Publishing for more information.

Historic ‘Chinese Dream’ Symphony commission

grand piano cubismWithin days of his May graduation from Juilliard, Composer/ Pianist Peng-Peng Gong was on a plane to China to begin his extended artist residency with the Shanghai Philharmonic. It appears one of the first projects Gong will undertake there is the composition of a symphony which, when complete, will be the longest work in Chinese symphonic history. The Chinese Dream (current working title) is expected to weigh in at 80 minutes and a whopping 15 movements long. The work will be premiered at the last week of October at the Shanghai Oriental Center for the Performing Arts.

Reverie for cello and piano will become the basis of the new symphony’s opening movement. The work was composed for cellist and fellow Juiliard alum Eru
Matsumato and will soon be available in our catalog. For more information on composer Peng-Peng Gong or his music, please contact Lauren Keiser Music Publishing.