Music by Dean Crocker

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3 Haiku (2015)
String quartet. 7½′
Three short pieces for string quartet.
3 Hansenlieder (1987)
Solo voice and piano—English. 5½′
Settings of three slightly surreal poems by David C. Hansen. Fairly easy.
3 Secular Anthems from The Sacred Harp (2020)
TTBB Chorus, a cappella—English. 11–12′
Arrangements of early 19th-century American patriotic verses from the classic “Shape Note” tradition.
3 Wisconsin Sonnets (2015)
Mixed Chorus (SATB), a cappella—English. 6½′
Texts from Wisconsin Sonnets by Charles H. Winke (1917)
9/4 Ground (1987)
Electronic. 4¾′
Improvisation over a bass line.
Apocatastasis (2015)
2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, alto cl, bs cl, 2 bsn. 13′
Reconstitution, restitution, or restoration to the original or primordial condition.
Arion Rides the Dolphin (2012)
Electronic. 4′
A dolphin carried a poet from Lesbos safely back to shore.
As the Living Father Sent Me (1980)
Mixed Chorus (SATB) and organ—English. 2¼′
Communion meditation or anthem for church use. Fairly easy.
At Midnight (2013)
Voice and piano. 8½′
Short settings of five poems by Sara Teasdale.
Brooklyn Rain (1987)
Electronic. 23′
A slow rain in Brooklyn provides a lesson in English bell-ringing.
Chasing the Horizon (2007)
Electronic. 26½′
Inspired partly by Stephen Crane’s poem I saw a man pursuing the horizon and partly by some very particular horizon-chasing by friends, this piece could use a good choreographer. Anyone interested?
Cognitive Dissonance (2008)
Electronic. 3½′
Dick Cheney was never impeached.
Collective Effervescence (2008)
Electronic. 4′
The energy of the people creates the beliefs of the people?
Coronach (2016)
Piano solo. 8′
Elegy for friends no longer here.
Coruscating Ephemerons (2011)
Fl, ob, cl, bs cl, bsn, 2 hn, C tpt, trb. 11′
A flash in the pan? (Look—something shiny!)
Cultural Dissonance (2008)
Electronic. 2¾′
Sometimes things just don’t seem to make sense anymore.
Dance for Cathy (1972)
Flute, alto sax, trumpet in C, horn, trombone, vibraphone, piano. 4¼′
Very slow and serene with little implied movement.
De Rerum Natura (2019)
Orchestra, Baritone voice and Mixed chorus—Latin. 31′
Setting of selected texts from the poem by Lucretius.
Dichtung und Wahrheit (1970)
Tenor voice and flute—German. 6¼′
Setting of four short poems by Goethe. Difficult.
Donnybrook Fair (2016)
Electronic. 10′
A bit of a free-for-all.
Drinking Music (1976)
Electronic. 9¼′
Three cheers for that big, old Moog sequencer! Some said it could only do eight notes in a row….
Droplets in the Cloud (2014)
Electronic. 2½′
It’s almost a memory…
Elucubration—Élucubrations (2011)
Electronic. 6′
An elaborately wrought fantasia; or mayhap, studious rantings.
Even Bedford Falls Has A Potter’s Field (2013)
Electronic. 3′
A little macédoine before you jump back on that bridge?
from Hamlet (2005)
Mixed chorus (SATB) with flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and piano—English. 4′
Originally written in 1976; greatly revised in 2005 to provide an interesting counterpart to The Walrus and the Carpenter. Rhythmically challenging. Performable by a high school choir (if they are very, very good).
Goodbye My Friend (1985)
Solo voice (or unison chorus) and piano—English. 3¾′
Christmas ballad, originally written for a musical for children.
Hallelujah from Beethoven’s Christ on the Mount of Olives (1988)
Orchestration for 10-piece ensemble [Fl, Cl, Ob, Bsn, Hn, Tpt, String quartet]. 6′
Useful for festive church performances on a budget, this arrangement is to be used with the normal chorus editions: no choral scores are provided.
Hallelujah from Handel’s Messiah (2006)
Mixed choir (SSATTB) a cappella—English. 3½′
The Hallelujah Chorus arranged for 6-part a cappella chorus (or sextet?). Inspired by an anonymous arrangement published in The Singing School Companion (1856).
Harvest Home (1989)
Men’s Chorus (TTBB) and strings—English. 2½′
Based on Henry Purcell’s Your Hay It Is Mow’d, this piece is well suited for Thanksgiving or harvest-time. Very traditional, rousing male glee club number.
I Believe In An America (2016)
3 equal voices (or choir), a cappella—English. 1′
A short Round (or canon) based on one of Mitt Romney's more circuitous statements. (2012)
Late Heavy Bombardment, The (2016)
Electronic. 8′
Very early music?
Magnum nomen Domini (1978)
2-part mixed chorus and organ—Latin. 1½′
Arrangement of a 14th century Christmas carol. Very easy.
Music Film (1975)
Electronic. 4′
A disturbing student score for a disturbing student film.
Orpheus ∶ Morpheus (2015)
Electronic. 5′
When the musicians need a nap…
Ouroboros (2018)
Electronic. 7′
The worm turns.
Ornamenta Rationalia (1972)
Duet for oboe and piano. 3′
Basic mid-20th century, lyrical, student serialism, originally titled Apple Pie, Motherhood, and the American Flag for reasons long forgotten.
Palimpsest (2011)
Electronic. 4½′
A setting of LE DORMEUR DU VAL by Arthur Rimbaud.
Pandiculation (2020)
Electronic. 5′
“Stretching and stiffening one‘s self when sleepy, fatigued, or after awakening.”
Poscimur (2009)
Mixed chorus (SATB) with piano—Latin. 3½′
Choral setting of Horace’s Ode I:32.
Precipitous Perambulation (2019)
Electronic. 7½′
This all began one day walking home from the dentist…
Prepostronomics (1969)
French horn, percussion, piano. 6½′
A little bit Hindemith; a little bit rock’n’roll. Difficult, showy horn part. Percussionist plays everything but the proverbial sink. Pianist tries to hold everything together. Revised and sanity-checked in 2002.
Quartet vignettes (2003)
String quartet. 18¾′
Subtitled “Daughters of Mnemosyne,” this is a suite with one movement for each of the Muses.
Quartets vignettes (2010)
Saxophone quartet. 19′
A “reimagining” of my 2003 string quartet.
Raoul 1975a
Electronic. 1¼′
Bleeps, bloops and blops quickly move from one speaker to another!
Raoul 1975b
Electronic. 3¼′
I have always found this little piece to be suprisingly relaxing. Maybe you will too.
Raoul 1977
Electronic. 6½′
Ah, the Mighty Moog… ☺
Raoul 1986
Electronic. 22¾′
This was an attempt to write “New Age” music. I was told it was too interesting…
Rare and Curious Phenomenon, A (original version, 1993)
Electronic. 10½′
Put together with Finale® and a Roland Sound Canvas, this piece came dangerously close to being orchestral.
Rare and Curious Phenomenon, A (Phenomenological Pentiments) (2016)
Orchestra. 11′
Orchestration of a 1993 piece originally written for synthesizer.
Requiescence Piece (2020)
String orchestra. 6½′
An elegy on the year 2020.
Slow Spring Sprung (1987)
Electronic. 2¼′
Quick little number with no particular purpose.
Showball Earth (2014)
Electronic. 30′
The original chill.
Sonnet XII (1990)
Mixed Chorus (SATB) and piano—English. 3½′
Piano vs. choir in tight harmony. Shakespeare. Difficult. What more could you ask for?
Sonnet XCVII (1990)
Mixed Chorus (SATB) a cappella—English. 1½ ′
Almost tonal chromaticism. Not easy, but far from impossible.
SONNETS to Sundry Notes of Music (2020)
Soprano voice, string trio, ob, clar, bsn. (Piano reduction provided.) 17′
A setting of five poems that were published in a 1599 collection entitled The Passionate Pilgrim.
Study (1987)
Electronic. 3½′
A little number exploring the many possibilities of a Casio CZ-5000, if you can believe that!
Suite Nothings (2007)
Electronic. 10¾′
Perhaps you would like a little after-dinner suite?
Symphony no. 1 by Gustav Mahler (2001)
Arrangement for small concert band or wind ensemble in four movements. New edition (2013) adds several corrections, cleaned-up percussion parts, and new, optional parts for oboe, bassoon, and harp.
  1. Slow. Dragging. Like a sound of nature. 15½′
  2. Robust, animated. 7′
  3. Solemn and measured [funeral march]. 10¼′
  4. Turbulent, agitated. 18′
(Well, I guess someone had to do it.) Technically fairly difficult, musically more so: should be playable by a very good, if underpopulated, college band. Perform this at your high school contest and your colleagues won’t speak to you for years!
Synthesizer Madness (1986)
Electronic. 4½′
Some people hate synthesizers. Could this be why?
Theme for 4 Clarinets (1976)
Quartet for clarinets. 4′
Quite lovely. I personally think it should be played on four alto clarinets (or even better, four basset horns) but sometimes I’m a bit less practical than others.
Thus spake Arjuna… (1973)
Solo organ. 5–6′
Very spacious piece which makes use of the organ’s ability to hold notes forever, its tendency to be slightly out of tune and its affinity for large, reverberant halls.
Triode (1993)
Trio for B-flat clarinet, violoncello, and piano. 4½′
Traditional, middle-of-the-road 20th century lyricism.
Tropistic Daze (2020)
Electronic. 8′
Involuntary realignment based on external stimuli—a song for our time.
Walrus and the Carpenter, The (2005)
Mixed chorus (SATB) with woodwind quintet and piano—English. 9½′
A jolly (yet dramatic!) setting of Lewis Carroll’s famous poem.
Way Lies Before Us, The (1974)
Trio for flute/piccolo, acoustic guitar, and prepared piano. 8½′
A very quiet piece for a very live room.
Whispering Hope (2008)
Solo voice (or unison chorus) with string quartet, oboe and piano—English. 3¼′
A fresh look at the popular 1868 hit by Alice Hawthorne, who was actually a man named Septimus Winner.

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