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Michael Torke

(b. 1961)


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(b Milwaukee, 1961).

Amer. composer. Won Prix de Rome. Mus. incl. elements of minimalism, jazz, and rock. Prin. comps.:

operas:

The Directions

(1986);

King of Hearts

(1994);

Strawberry Fields

(1999);

The Listener

, musical (2005).

ballet:

Black and White

(1988);

The Contract

(2002).

orch.:

Vanada

(1984);

Bright Blue Music

(1985, arr. for pf. trio as The Harlequins are Looking at you, 1985);

Ecstatic Orange

(1985–7);

Green

(1986);

Verdant Music

(1986);

Purple

(1987);

Copper

, brass quintet, orch. (1988);

Ash

(1989);

Slate

, concertante group, orch. (1989);

Bronze

(1990); pf. conc. (1991);

Red

(1991);

Run

(1992);

Javelin

(1994);

Brick Symphony

(1997);

Corner in Manhattan

, orch. (2000), see also under Chamber Music; perc. conc. (Rapture) (2001);

An Italian Straw Hat

(2004).

ens.:

Ceremony of Innocence

, fl., cl., vn., vc., pf. (1983);

The Yellow Pages

, fl., cl., vn., vc., pf. (1984);

Adjustable Wrench

, chamber ens. (1987);

Rust

, pf., winds (1989);

Music on the Floor

(1991);

Monday and Tuesday

(1992);

Overnight Mail

(1997).

chamber music:

Chalk

, str. qt. (1992);

Corner in Manhattan

, str. qt. (2000), see also under Orch.;

August

, brass quintet (2002);

After the Forest Fire

, mar., fl., vc. (2005).

choral:

Mass

, bar., ch., chamber orch. (1990);

Book of Proverbs

, sop., bar., ch., orch. (1996);

Four Seasons

, SATB soloists, children's ch., ch., orch. (1999).

voice & ens.:

4 Proverbs

, female v., pf., synth., str. (1993);

Song of Isaiah

, sop., ens. (2002).

piano:

Laetus

(1982);

Two Drinks

(2000);

Bay of Huatulco

(2006).

Subjects: Music.


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