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Gordon, Michael


Stage works and dance
Orchestra works
Ensemble works
Chamber music
Vocal music
Solo works
Film and arrangements




STAGE WORKS AND DANCE


One Line Drawn (2018)
instrumentation TBD
Duration: 20‘
WP: 8.02.2018, Miami

CORPUS (2017)
1.2.0.2 - 2.0.0.0 - hpsd - str
Duration: 25‘
WP: 27.05.2017, Zürich 

Aftermath (2014)
5(2pic).5(2ca).5.5 - 4.4.3.1 - timp.4perc - pf.hp - str
Duration: 23‘
WP: 17.04.2014, Stuttgart 

Water (2008)
music and text by Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe
SATB - 1.1.1.1(cbn) - 1.1.1.0 - 2perc - pf. e-gtr - str(1.1.1.1.1) [all instruments and voices amplified]
Duration: 76‘
WP: 02.02.2009, Copenhagen

Lightning at our feet (2008)
texts by Emily Dickinson
for 4 singers/performers 
pf.e-gtr. elec – vl. cl [all instruments and voices amplified]
Duration: 75‘
WP: 29.10.2008, Houston

Shelter (2005)
music by Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe 
text by Deborah Artman
3S. - 1.1.1.1. - 1.1.1.1. - perc -  pf.e-gtr. eb - 2.1.1.1. [all instruments and voices amplified]
Duration: 65‘
WP: 20.03.2005, Cologne 

Acquanetta (2005)
orchestra version
text by Deborah Artman
S.Ms.A.T.Bar - chr (SATB) - (2pic).2.3.1.cbsn – 2.3.2.1 - 2perc - key.eb - str
Duration: 70‘
WP: 25.06.2005, Aachen

Acquanetta (2005)
chamber version
text by Deborah Artman
3S.T.B. - female Chr - amplified chamber ensemble
Duration: 70‘

What to Wear (2005)
text by Richard Foreman
2S. A. T. - small female Chr – perc.dr - 2key. e-gtr - 2vn. db [all instruments and voices amplified]
Duration: 65‘
WP: 20.09.2006, Los Angeles

Lost Objects (2001)
music by Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe
text by Deborah Artman
S. 2Ct - small Chr - DJ - baroque orchestra – perc - e-gtr.eb.synth [all instruments and voices amplified]
Duration: 62‘
WP: 23.05.2001, Dresden

The Carbon Copy Building (1999)
music by Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe 
text by Ben Katchor
Ms.T.Bar. Bar/Ct - cl(bcl, cbcl, ssx) - perc - synth.e-gtr [all instruments and voices amplified]
Duration: 72‘
WP: 9.09.1999, Turin
 
Chaos (1998)
text by Matthew Maguire
S.A.T.2Bar - audio playback [amplified vocals]
Duration: 77‘
WP: 10.10.1998, New York

Van Gogh (1991)
text by Michael Gordon (based on the letters of Vincent Van Gogh
S.T.B - cl(bcl) - perc – pf. e-gtr - vn.vla.vc.db
Duration: 63‘
WP: 28.05.1991, New York



ORCHESTRA WORKS


Natural History (
2016)
Chr(SATB)- 3.3.3.0 - 2.3.1+btrb.0 - timp.2perc. Native American drum group - str - 30 spatial instruments
Duration: 25‘
WP: 29.07.2016, Oregon

Observations on Air (2016)
solo bassoon - 2.2.0.0 - 2(natural horn).0.0.0 - str
Duration: 25‘
WP: 3.05.2016, Bristol

The Unchanging Sea (2016)
solo piano - 3.3(ca).3.3 - 4.3.3.1 - timp.2perc - str
Duration: 25‘
WP: 13.05.2016, Seattle

El Sol Caliente (2015)
3.3.3.3 - 4.4.3.1 - timp.4perc - 2pf.eb - str
Duration: 25‘
WP: 31.01.2015, Florida

Beijing Harmony (2013)
3.3.3.3[cb] - 4.3.3.1 - timp.2perc. - pf - str
Duration: 12‘
WP: 17.03.2013, Beijing

Dystopia (2007)
2(2pic).2pic.2.ca.2.bcl.asax.0.cbsn – 4.3.3.1 - 5perc - pf.org.hp.eb - str
Duration: 29‘
WP: 12.01.2008, Los Angeles

Rewriting Beethoven's Seventh Symphony (2006)
3.2.3.2.cbn - 4.3.3.1 - timp.4perc - eb - str
Duration: 22‘
WP: 30.09.2006, Bonn

Gotham (2004)
2(afl.pic).0.2.0 - 2.3.2.0 - 2perc - pf.e-gtr.5str-eb - str(min 3.3.3.3.1)
Duration: 27‘
WP: 27.02.2004, New York,

Decasia (2001)
3(3pic).3.3.2sax.0.2cbsn - 2.4.4.2 - 2perc – 4key.e-gtr.eb - str [all instruments amplified]
Duration: 60‘
WP: 4.11.2001, Basel

Sunshine of Your Love (1999)
4.4.4.4assx.4 - 4.4.4.2 - 2timp.4perc – 4key.2e-gtr.2ebt - str
Duration: 9‘
WP: 24.08.1999, Edinburgh

Weather (1997)
str (min 6.3.3.3.1) [all instruments amplified] - mvmt 2 + electronics - mvmt 3 + audio playback
Duration: 62‘
WP: 27.11.1997, Bonn

Romeo (1992)
2.2.2.2 - 2.2.2.0 - timp.perc - str
Duration: 9‘
WP: 28.04.1992, New Haven

Romeo (1992)
version for faroque orchestra
1.2.0.2 - 2.0.0.0 - timp - hpsd - str
Duration: 9‘



ENSEMBLE WORKS


"8" (2018)
for 8 cellos
Duration: 60‘
WP: 20.10.2018, Amsterdam,

Big Space (2017)
for amplified chamber ensemble, spatial brass and percussion
8 (min) tpt/ssax in Bb. - 8 (min) trb - 8 perc (tuned resonant metal & tambourines) - cl.bcl. – perc.e-gtr - vc.cb
Duration: 13‘
WP: 17.08.2017, London 

Cake (2017)
1(pic).0.1(bcl).0 - 0.0.1.0 - perc. - pf.e-gtr - 1.1.1.1[eb]
Duration: 5‘
WP: 23.07.2017, Count Donegal

Hyper (2014)
fl.cl.perc.pf.gtr.vl.vc.db
Duration: 10‘
WP: 22.02.2014, Los Angeles

Dry (2013)
fl.cl.trb.perc.key.e-gtr.vl.vla.cl.db [all instruments are amplified]
Duration: 18‘
WP: 16.08.2013, Kilkenny

Rushes (2012)
for 7 bassoons
Duration: 56‘
WP: 15.09. 2012, New York

Cold (2011)
1.1.2.1 - 1.2.1.0 - 2perc – pf.elec - 2.1.2.1[all instruments amplified]
Duration: 15‘
WP: 28.01.2012

Who By Water (2004)
0+pic.1.2.1 - 1.1.1.0 - 3perc - key.e-gtr. - 2vl.vc.db
Duration: 18‘
WP: 9.05.2004, New York

Vera, Chuck & Dave (1998)
1.0.2.0 - 1.2.1.1 - 2perc - pf.egtr.eb - vl.vc [all instruments amplified]
Duration: 10‘
WP: 11.06.1998, Cologne

Love Bead (1997)
1(pic).1(ca).0+bcl.0+cbn - 1.1.1.0 - samp.e-gtr.eb - vl.vla.vc [all instruments amplified]
Duration: 10‘
WP: 20.07.1997, London

Trance (1995)
2(2pic,2panpipe).00.3sax.0 - 0.4.4.0 - perc - 3key.acc.e-gtr.bgtr - vl.vc + audio playback [all instruments amplified]
Duration: 52‘
WP: 7.05.1996, Leeds

Yo Shakespeare (1992)
2fl(2pic,2panpipe).ssax(tsax)+asax(bsax) - perc - 3syn.acc. e-gtr.bgtr - vl.vc [all instruments amplified]
Duration: 11‘
WP: 14.12.1992, London

Four Kings Fight Five (1988)
0.1.1.bcl.0 - perc - e-org. e-gtr - vl.vla.vc [all instruments amplified]
Duration: 23‘
WP: 25.10.1988. New York

Acid Rain (1986)
1(pic,afl).0.1(ebcl,bcl).0 - 0.0.0.0 – e-org - str(1.1.1.1.1)
Duration: 8‘
WP: 1.04.1986, Hartford




CHAMBER MUSIC


new work for Bearthoven (2020)
perc.pno. db
Duration: 25‘
WP: Columbus

Material (2016)
dor 2 pianos, 2 percussion
Duration: 65‘
WP: 11.05.2015, New York

Amplified (2015)
for guitar quartet
Duration: 60‘
WP: 7.03.2015, Dublin,

Ode to La Bruja, Hanon, Czerny, Van Cliburn and little gold stars... (or, To Everyone Who Made My Life Miserable, Thank You.) (2014)
for 6 pianos
Duration: 17‘

Gene Takes a Drink (2012)
cl.perc.pf.e-gtr.vc.db
Duration: 6‘
WP: 20.03.2012, London

Tree-oh (2011)
for 3 violins
Duration: 6‘
WP: 16.03.2012, New York 

Clouded Yellow (2010)
for string quartet
Duration: 10‘
WP: 2.10.2010; Hanover (NH)

for Madeline (2009)
cl.perc.pf.e-gtr.vc.db [all instruments amplified]
Duration: 8‘
WP: 3.03.2009, New York

Timber (2009)
for six percussionists playing wooden simantras (2x4s) [all instruments amplified]
Duration: 60‘
WP: 16.06.2011, The Hague

[purgatorio] POPOPERA (2008)
for 6 electric guitars
Duration: 20‘
WP: 19.06.2008, Amsterdam

the light of the dark (2008)
fl.cl.perc.pf.vl.vc (performers double on a variety of instruments and percussion)
Duration: 13‘
WP: 26.03.2008, Richmond

The Sad Park (2006)
for string quartet, audio playback and electronics [all instruments amplified]
Duration: 30‘
WP: 11.09.2006, San Francisco

Idle (2004)
For 3 violins and audio playback [all instruments amplified]
Duration: 5‘

Tinge (2004)
for 3 violins an audio playback [all instruments amplified]
Duration: 4‘

Potassium (2000)
for string quartet and electronics [all instruments amplified]
Duration: 12‘
WP: 16.03.2001, San Francisco

Weather One (1997)
for string sextet (2.1.1.1.1)
Duration: 20‘
WP: 4.06.2006, New York 

XY (1997)
for 5 tuned drums
Duration: 15‘
WP: 22.10.1998, San Francisco

acdc (1996)
fl.cl.pf.vl.vc
Duration: 10‘
WP: 4.04.1997, Grass Valley

I Buried Paul (1996)
cl.perc.key.samp.e-gtr.vc.db [all instruments amplified]
Duration: 10‘
WP: 25.01.1996, Leicester

Strange Quiet (1985)
cl(bcl).perc.e-gtr.pf.vl.vla [all instruments amplified]
Duration: 14‘
WP: 18.11.1985, New York 

The Low Quartet (1985)
bcl.bsax.trb.db (or any 4 low instruments)
Duration: 9‘
WP: 8.05.1985, New York

The Low Quartet (1985)
version for 4 bass clarinets
Duration: 9‘

Thou Shalt! - Thou Shalt Not! (1983)
cl(bcl).perc.e-org. e-gtr.vl.vla [all instruments amplified]
Duration: 18‘
WP: 3.12.1983, New York



VOCAL MUSIC


Travel Guide to Nicaragua (2020)
SATB and cello
Duration: 60‘
WP: 22.05.2020; Philadelphila

A Western (2019)
SSATTB
Duration: 25‘
WP: 13.01.2019, Hamburg

new work for San Francisco Contemporary Chamber Players, Splinter Reeds and Roomful of Teeth (2019)
for mixed ensemble with SATB
Duration: 60‘
WP: 14.09.2019, San Francisco

Anonymous Man (2017)
SATB (min 24 voices)
Duration: 58‘
WP: 1.07.2017

To Sing (2017)
SATB
Duration: 6‘
WP: 11.06.2017, Tampere 

Great Trees of New York City (2016)
For treble voices
Duration: 6‘
WP: 04.11.2017, New York 

No Anthem (2015)
4 female voices - 4ca- 4tpt.4tbn - 2key.2e-gtr
Duration: 15‘
WP: 4.05.2015, Cologne

Cloud River Mountain (2015)
S.cl.perc.pf.gtr.vc.db
Duration: 60‘
WP: 21.06.2015, New York

Cinnamon (2012)
text by Francisco Nuñez
SATB.pf.
Duration: 2‘
WP: 2012, New York 

The Bird Watcher (2011)
SSAATTB
Duration: 15‘
WP: 29.11.2011, Porto

Exalted (2010)
SATB - elec - str[all instruments and voices amplified]
Duration: 10‘
WP: 8.10.2010, New York

He Saw a Skull (2009)
SATB (12 voices)
Duration: 6‘
WP: 1.02.2009, Copenhagen

Every Stop On The F Train (2007)
for treble Voices
Duration: 5‘
WP: 21.04.2007, New York 

XVI (1993)
SATB (16 voices)
Duration: 9‘
WP: 20.02.1993, New York



SOLO WORKS


House Music (2018)
for solo cello
Duration: 60‘
WP: 20.10.2018, Amsterdam

All Vows (2006)
for solo cello
Duration: 9‘
WP: 2006

Light Is Calling (2004)
version for amplified violin and audio playback
Duration: 7‘
WP: 3.04.2004, Minneapolis 

Sonatra (2004)
for solo piano
Duration: 15‘
WP: 9.05.2004, New York

Industry (1992)
for amplified cello and electronics
Duration: 11‘
WP: 2.04.1992, St. Petersburg

Paint It Black (1988)
for solo double bass
Duration: 11‘
WP: 15.12.1988, Rotterdam



FILM AND ARRANGEMENTS


Montaña
(2020)
a music-film collaboration with Bill Morrison (film)
SATB
Duration: 60‘
WP: TBD, Montaña

Music for Airports (1998)
arr. by Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe
cl.perc.pf.e-gtr.vc.db
Duration: 48‘
WP: 7.03.1998, New York

Michael Gordon is known for his monumental and immersive works. Gordon’s Decasia, for 55 retuned spatially positioned amplified instruments (that also serves as the soundtrack for Bill Morrison’s cult-classic film) has been featured on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Minimalist Jukebox Festival and at the Southbank Centre’s Ether Festival. Gordon’s Timber, a tour-de-force for percussion sextet, played on amplified microtonal simantras, has been performed on every continent including by Slagwerk Den Haag at the Musikgebouw (Amsterdam), Mantra Percussion at BAM (New York), So Percussion at the Barbican (London), Ictus at Maerzmusic (Berlin), and live on NPR from a Lowe’s hardware store. Timber has been remixed by Jóhann Jóhannsson, Oneohtrix Point Never and Squarepusher. 

Gordon’s work employs the placement of instruments in an environment to create an enveloping mesmerizing spectacle. Natural History, for 120 musicians and the drummers of the local Klamath tribe, was premiered on the rim of Crater Lake (Oregon) by conductor Teddy Abrams and is the subject of the PBS documentary Symphony for Nature. Big Space, commissioned by the BBC Proms, premiered in the Royal Albert Hall with musicians surrounding the audience on all sides. Rushes, for 7 bassoons, was recently performed at the Park Avenue Armory (New York) and by the London Contemporary Orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The City Symphonies trilogy—Gotham, for New York, Dystopia, for Los Angeles, and El Sol Caliente, for Miami Beach—join music with film by filmmaker Bill Morrison to capture the essence of their respective cities.

Gordon’s choral works include A Western, premiered at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie by Paul Hillier and Theatre of Voices; Anonymous Man, an autobiographical choral work written for The Crossing, about Gordon’s own street and conversations with two homeless men who lived there. Operas include What to wear with the legendary New York theater director Richard Foreman and Acquanetta with iconoclastic director Daniel Fish. 

Gordon’s works have been choreographed to by Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal, Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance Company, the Stuttgart, Zurich, Royal, Miami, Scottish ballet companies. Recent recordings include Clouded Yellow, Gordon’s complete string quartets performed by the Kronos Quartet.