Instrumental Music by Dean Crocker

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3 Haiku (2015)
• String quartet. 7½′
Three short pieces for string quartet
Apocatastasis (2015)
• 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, alto clarinet or basset horn, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons. 13′
Reconstitution, restitution, or restoration to the original or primordial condition
Colloquy (2023)
• Alto clarinet & bassoon. 4¾′
A conversation, barely derived from a French cooking show.
Coronach (2016)
• Solo piano. 8′
Elegy for friends no longer here
Coruscating Ephemerons (2011)
• Flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, 2 horns, trumpet in C, trombone. 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 without implied movement
De Rerum Natura (2019)
• Orchestra, Baritone voice and SATB choir. [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. Rather difficult
from Hamlet (2005)
• SATB choir with flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and piano. [English] 4′
Originally written in 1976; greatly revised in 2005
Gallimaufry (2022)
• Woodwind ensemble & percussion 7′
Band piece without the brass
Harvest Home (1989)
• TTBB choir with strings. [English] 2′
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
Laetabundus – Nusquam (2024)
• English horn, clarinet, bassoon, string quartet. 6′
A short, simple septet, loosely based on the Laetabundus, an 11th-century sequence for Christmas that was dropped from the Roman missal in 1570
Ornamenta Rationalia (1972)
• Duet for oboe and piano. 3′
Basic mid-20th century, lyrical, student serialism
Prepostronomics (1969)
• Horn, percussion, piano. 6½′
A little bit Hindemith; a little bit rock’n’roll. 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
Requiescence Piece (2020)
• String orchestra. 6½′
An elegy on the year 2020
Songs from Mortimer Collins (2022)
• Tenor voice, string trio, oboe, clarinet, bassoon. (Piano reduction provided.) 13′
A setting of seven poems by English novelist, journalist and poet, Mortimer Collins (1827-1876)
SONNETS to Sundry Notes of Music (2020)
• Soprano voice, string trio, oboe, clarinet, bassoon. (Piano reduction provided.) 17′
A setting of five poems that were published in a 1599 collection entitled The Passionate Pilgrim
Theme for 4 Clarinets (1976)
• Quartet for clarinets. 4′
I think it would be wonderful played on four basset horns, but sometimes I’m a bit less practical than others
Thus spake Arjuna… (1973)
• Organ solo. 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)
• Clarinet, violoncello, piano. 4½′
Traditional, middle-of-the-road 20th century lyricism
Walrus and the Carpenter, The (2005)
• SATB choir, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, piano. [English] 9½′
A jolly (yet dramatic!) setting of Lewis Carroll’s famous poem
Way Lies Before Us, The (1974)
• Flute/piccolo, acoustic guitar, prepared piano. 8½′
A very quiet piece for a very live room
Beethoven—Hallelujah from Christ on the Mount of Olives (1988)
• Orchestration for 10-piece ensemble [Fl, Ob, Cl, Bsn, Hn, Tpt, String quartet]. 6′
Useful for festive church performances on a budget, this arrangement is to be used with the normal choir editions.
Choral scores are NOT provided
Hawthorne—Whispering Hope (2008)
• Solo voice (or unison choir) 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
Mahler—Symphony no. 1 (2001)
• Arrangement for small concert band or wind ensemble. Picc, fl, ob (opt), bn (opt), cl 1/2, bs cl, a sx 1/2, t sx, b sx, hp (opt), cnt 1/2, hn 1/2, tbn 1/2, euph, tuba, timp, 2 perc.
(Well, I guess someone had to do it.)
New edition (2013) adds several corrections, cleaned-up percussion parts, and new, optional parts for oboe, bassoon, and harp


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