Instrumental Music by Dean Crocker

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3 Haiku (2015)
String quartet. 7½′
Three short pieces for string quartet.
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.
Coronach (2016)
Solo piano. 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!)
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rare and Curious Phenomenon, A (Phenomenological Pentiments) (2016)
Orchestra. 11′
Orchestration of a 1993 piece originally written for synthesizer.
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!
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.
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.