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Wolfe, Julia


Stage works and dance
Orchestra works
Ensemble works
Chamber music
Vocal music
Solo works
Arrangements




STAGE WORKS AND DANCE


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: 2.02.2009, Copenhagen

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 

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.Cten - cl(bcl, cbcl, ssax) - perc - synth.e-gtr [all instruments and voices amplified]
Duration: 72‘
WP: 9.09.1999, Turin



ORCHESTRA WORKS


Flower Power (2020)
for orchestra and amplified ensemble (cl.perc.pf.e-gtr.vc.db)
Duration: 30‘
WP: 18.01.2020, Los Angeles

Fountain of Youth (2019)
3(3).3.3.2(cbsn) - 4.3.3(btrb).1 - timp.perc - pf-– str(eb)
Duration: 12‘
WP: 26.04.2019, New York

Wind in my hair (2018)
solo cello, 2.picc.2.2.2 - 4.2.3.1 - timp - str
Duration: 20‘
WP: 20.10.2018, Amsterdam

riSE and fLY (2012)
a body concerto for percussion
2(pic).2.2(bcl).2 - 4.3.3.1 - 3perc - pf.hp - str
Duration: 25‘
WP: 10.2012, London

Combat de Boxe (2011)
for orchestra
Duration: 8‘
WP: 30.03.2011, Amsterdam

Fuel (2007)
for string orchestra (min 6.5.4.3.1)
Duration: 21‘
WP: 26.04.2007, Hamburg

Cruel Sister (2004)
for string orchestra (min 6.5.4.3.1)
Duration: 30‘
WP: 27.05.2004, Munich

My Beautiful Scream (2003)
concerto a string quartet
amplified string quartet and 2.pic.2cor.2.bcl.2.cbsn - 4.3.2.btrb.1 - 4perc - hp.pf.eb - str
Duration: 25‘
WP: 6.02.2004, Paris

Window of Vulnerability (1991)
3(2pic).3.3(bcl2+cbsn) - 4.3.2.btrb.1 - timp.4perc - hp.synth.pf - str
Duration: 9‘
WP: 8.03.1992, New York

The Vermeer Room (1989)
1(pic).1.1.1 - 1.1.1.0 - 2perc - hp.pf - str
Duration: 11‘
WP: 28.02.1992, San Francisco

Amber Waves of Grain (1988)
2(pic).2.2.2 – 4.3.2.btrb.1 - 4perc - hp - str
Duration: 8‘
WP: 12.03.1989, New York



ENSEMBLE WORKS


A Wild Furze (2017)
1(pic).0.1(bcl).0 - 0.0.1.0 - perc.pf.e-gtr.eb - 1.1.1.1
Duration: 5‘
WP: 23.07.2017, County Donegal

Four Marys (1991)
for strings orchestra
Duration: 11‘
WP: 13.06.2015, California

Traveling Music (2009)
for 100 or more musicians of any type
WP: Bordeux

Lad (2007)
for nine bagpipes
Duration: 17‘
WP: 2.06.2007, New York

True Love (2006)
for amplified accordion, 1(pic).1.1.1 - 1.1.1 - 2perc - hp.pf - 1.1.1.1.1
Duration: 24‘
WP: 22.04.2006, New York

Impatience (2005)
1(pic).1.1.1 - 1.1.1.1 - 2perc - hp.pf.e-gtr - 1.1.1.1.1
Duration: 37‘
WP: 6.04.2005, Amsterdam

Tell me everything (1994)
1.1.1.asax.1 - 1.1.1.0 - 2perc - hp.pf - str
Duration: 8‘
WP: 1994, Los Angeles

Arsenal of Democracy (1993)
pic.ssax.asax.bsax - 1.3.2.brb.0 - pf - bgtr
Duration: 9‘
WP: 28.01.1993, Amsterdam



CHAMBER MUSIC


Forbidden Love (2019)
For 4 percussion playing string quartet
Duration: 40‘
WP: 1.06.2019, Los Angeles

Retrieve (2016)
for cello and double bass
Duration: 10‘

Blue Dress (2015)
for string quartet
Duration: 10‘
WP: 4.11.2015, New York

Cha (2015)
for saxophone quartet
Duration: 11‘
WP: 22.05.2015, Philadelphia

my lips from speaking (2012)
for 2 pianos
Duration: 16‘
WP: 31.08.2012

Reeling (2012)
cl. perc.pf.e-gtr.vc.db
Duration: 5‘
WP: 20.03.2012, London

singing in the dead of night (2008)
fl.cl - perc - pf - vl.vc
Duration: 18‘
WP: 26.03.2008, Richmond

Stronghold (2008)
8 double basses (or solo bass and playback)
Duration: 17‘
WP: 31.05.2008, New York

Big Beautiful Dark and Scary (2002)
cl - perc - pf.e-gtr - vc.db [amplified]
Duration: 15‘
WP: 04.2002, Urbana

Dark Full Ride (2002)
perc. quartet for 4 drum sets
Duration: 18‘
WP: 28.02.2002, New York

Girlfriend (1998)
fl.cl - perc - key - vl.vc - tape [amplified]
Duration: 18‘
WP: 6.01.1999, Los Angeles

Believing (1997)
cl.perc.key.e-gtr.vc.db (players all sing, especially cellist)
Duration: 10‘
WP: 18.05.1997, New York 

Mink Stole (1997)
for violin and piano
Duration: 12‘
WP: 13.03.1997, Washington

Dig Deep (1995)
for string quartet
Duration: 14‘
WP: 12.09.1995, Klagenfurt

Steam (1995)
fl – e-org - vc - Harry Partch instruments (2 harmonic canons, 1 blo-boy)
Duration: 8‘
WP: 30.03.1995, New York 

Lick (1994)
ssax - perc - pf.e-gtr - vc.db [amplified]
Duration: 10‘
WP: 11.04.1994, New York 

Early that summer (1993)
for string quartet
Duration: 12‘
WP: 30.05.1993, New York 

my lips from speaking (1993)
for 6 pianos
Duration: 15‘
WP: 19.11.1993, Huddersfield

Four Marys (1991)
for string quartet
Duration: 11‘
WP: 12.05.1991, New York 

On Seven-Star-Shoes (1985)
for woodwind quintet
fl.ob.bscl.bsn.hn
Duration: 6‘
WP: 1986, New York



VOCAL MUSIC


Fire in my mouth (2019)
SSAA - girls choir- 3.3.3.3 - 4.3.2.1.1 - 4perc.timp - hp.pf.e-gtr.eb - str
Duration: 60‘
WP: 24.01.2019, New York 

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

With a blue dress on (2010)
for 5 violins and  voice
Duration: 10‘

With a blue dress on (2010)
for 5 cellos and  voice
Duration: 10‘

Guard My Tongue (2009)
SATB
Duration: 8‘
WP: River Falls

Anthracite Fields (2014)
Chr(SATB) - cl - perc -pf.e-gtr. - vc.db
Duration: 65‘
WP: 04.2014, Philadelphia

You breathe (2013)
SATB and string quartet
Duration: 5‘

Steel Hammer (2009)
SSA - cl - perc - gtr.pf - vc.db
Duration: 70‘
WP: 13.11.2009, Gainesville

Thirst (2008)
SATB - 1.1.1.1(cbsn) - 1.1.1.0 - 2perc - pf.egtr - 1.1.1.1.1
Duration: 27‘
WP: 1.02.2009, Copenhagen



SOLO WORKS


Spinning Jenny (2016)
for solo violin
Duration: 4‘
WP: 31.05.2016, New York 

Emunah (2015)
for cello
Duration: 10‘
WP: 29.01.2015, New York

Compassion (2001)
for solo piano
Duration: 12‘
WP: 13.12.2001, New York

Earring (2000)
for solo piano
Duration: 2‘

East Broadway (1996)
for toy piano and audio playback
Duration: 3‘
WP: 31.10.1997, Dijon

my lips from speaking (1993)
for solo piano with backing track
Duration: 15‘
WP: 19.11.1993, Huddersfield



ARRANGEMENTS


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 
Julia Wolfe’s music is distinguished by an intense physicality and a relentless power that pushes performers to extremes and demands attention from the audience. The 2019 world premiere of Fire in my mouth, a large-scale work for orchestra and women's chorus, by the New York Philharmonic with The Crossing and the Young People's Chorus of New York City, received extensive acclaim — one reviewer called the work "a monumental achievement in high musical drama, among the most commandingly imaginative and emotively potent works of any kind that I've ever experienced." (The Nation Magazine) 

The premiere recording of Fire in my mouth was released on Decca Gold and received two Grammy nominations (best contemporary classical composition; best engineered classical album). The work is the third in a series of compositions about the American worker: 2009’s Steel Hammer, which examines the folk-hero John Henry, and the 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning work, Anthracite Fields, a concert-length oratorio for chorus and instruments, which draws on oral histories, interviews, speeches, and more to honor the people who persevered and endured in the Pennsylvania Anthracite coal region. Mark Swed of the LA Times wrote Anthracite Fields, "captures not only the sadness of hard lives lost...but also of the sweetness and passion of a way of daily life now also lost. The music compels without overstatement. This is a major, profound work."

Wolfe has written a major body of work for strings, from quartets to full orchestra. Her music has been heard at venues throughout the world and has been recorded on Argo, Cantaloupe Music, Decca Gold, Point/Universal, Sony Classical, and Teldec.

In addition to receiving the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2015, Wolfe was a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, received the 2015 Herb Alpert Award in Music, and was named Musical America's 2019 Composer of the Year. She is on faculty at The Steinhardt School at New York University.