John Steinmetz

bassoonist, composer, writer, satirist, speaker

Compositions

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  • Orchestral
Title Year of Composition Instrumentation Audio Sample Notes Price Order
Concerto 2003 bassoon and orchestra Audio Sample

Commissioned and premiered by Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (Kenneth Munday, bassoon; Jeffrey Kahane, conductor), Keene Chamber Orchestra (NH) (Joy Flemming, bassoon; Eric Stumacher, conductor), Santa Rosa Symphony (John Steinmetz, bassoon; Jeffrey Kahane, conductor).

Bassoon part, piano reduction, and full score available from TrevCo Music, www.trevcomusic.com Orchestral parts rental only.

On My Way (2010) 2010 string orchestra and childen's choir

About 10 minutes. Text adapted by Nancy Ancharski from Eloise Greenfield's book For the Love of the Game: Michael Jordan and Me. The words concern how a person finds a path in life. The chorus includes parts that can be sung by older children, adults, or soloists. The audience joins the singing.

Commissioned by Sonad Project, Keene Elementary Choirs, and Keene Chamber Orchestra. Premiered by Keene Chamber Orchestra and Keene Elementary Choirs.

Video of the premiere: http://vimeo.com/24216804

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Together 2009 orchestra, beginning strings, and guest musicians

Permiered by Amman Symphony Orchestra (Jordan) and Keene Chamber Orchestra (NH).

Score and parts available from the composer. Email the composer.

  • Solo Bassoon
Title Year of Composition Instrumentation Audio Sample Notes Price Order
Etude No. 5 (Streets of Laredo) 1982 bassoon

recorded by Benjamin Coelho on "Bassoon Images from the Americas, Albany Records TROY608 www.albanyrecords.com

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Invocation 2020 Solo Bassoon

Composed during the pandemic, this single-page piece is a nonsectarian ceremony to perform privately, publicly, or on video. In addition to playing, the bassoonist lights candles and displays meaningful items on a makeshift altar.

Free from the composer.
Also published in Laments & Invocation from Trevco Music Publishing—www.trevcomusicpublishing.com
Trevco-Varner Music—www.trevcomusic.com

Laments 2020 Solo Bassoon

In late 2020 I composed several Laments for solo bassoon, meant for playing alone in isolation or in public, and for mourning privately or publicly. By the end of 2020 there were 5 Laments. They have been published in a volume from Trevco Music Publishing: Laments & Invocation.

Trevco Music Publishing—www.trevcomusicpublishing.com
Trevco-Varner Music—www.trevcomusic.com

 

 

 

Tango 1976 bassoon

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Three Etudes 1974-5 bassoon

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  • Solo Winds
Title Year of Composition Instrumentation Audio Sample Notes Price Order
Fourteen Prayers 2006 trombone

Commissioned and recorded by Andrew Malloy.

$20

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Several Unrelated Events 1975 clarinet

A suite of short pieces in different styles, using different compositional approaches and performance techniques. Any of the movements can be played, in any order.

$20

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  • Solo Strings
Title Year of Composition Instrumentation Audio Sample Notes Price Order
Music for Viola 1980 viola
Possessed adapted for bass

Ludwin Music, www.ludwinmusic.com

Possessed 1988-90 cello $20
The Creation of the World bass

for bassist with beach ball, war toys, and individually-wrapped cheese slices

  • Piano
Title Year of Composition Instrumentation Audio Sample Notes Price Order
Epilogue piano

Very short reflective piece.

Piano Solo 2019 Solo Piano

A solo piano piece including movement and speaking.

Composer: bsncomp@hotmail.com.

  • Chamber Music
Title Year of Composition Instrumentation Audio Sample Notes Price Order
A Great Treausure 2017 Clarinet, Violin, & Narrator

A folktale from Armenia, retold and composed by John Steinmetz.
Commissioned for Anoush Pogossian, Movses Pogossian, and Patrick Mullin by Helen and Justus Schlichting.

Composer: bsncomp@hotmail.com

A Little Traveling Music 2010 clarinet, horn, and piano

A single movement, about 30 minutes, traveling through different moods and styles. Commissioned by Jeannine D. Burky. Premiered by Jeannine D. Burky, clarinet; Renée Redman, horn; Stephen Kamin, piano.

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A Small Ceremony 2008 bassoon, horn, cello, and audience

Duration: about 15 minutes. Written as an ending piece for the ensemble Neoteric. Embraces styles from middle ages to Stevie Wonder. Includes some simple audience participation.

Score and parts available from TrevCo Music: www.trevcomusic.com

All the Difference 2016 Wind Quintet

Four movements. In the last movement, each instrument has a solo with a different personality, and then the solos fit together to play at the same time. (This could be a way to introduce the instruments at an audience engagement performance.)
Commissioned by The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska and the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the Moran Woodwind Quintet.

Trevco Music Publishing—www.trevcomusicpublishing.com
Trevco-Varner Music—www.trevcomusic.com

Apples on the Ocean 1983 a tune for improvising, any instruments
Celebration 2004 for viola, cello, and percussion Audio Sample
Coal Seams 2019 Clarinet & Bass Clarinet

Commissioned by Joshua and Stefanie Gardner for Égide Duo.
Recorded on Égide Duo CD, Gone Is Gone.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPN6keOo5HY

Composer: bsoncomp@hotmail.com

Common Ground 2011 Trio of Oboes & English horns

Mvt. 1 for 3 Oboes; Mvt. 2 for 2 Oboes and English horn; Mvt. 3 for Oboe and 2 English horns; Mvt. 4 for 3 English horns.
Commissioned by DDG Trio: Leanna Booze, Lorraine Duso, and Beth Wheeler.

Trevco Music Publishing—www.trevcomusicpublishing.com
Trevco-Varner Music—www.trevcomusic.com

Duos 2005 2 flutes

Can be played on other instruments. A set of six short duets for the pleasure of playing.

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Fits and Starts 2014 Woodwind Quartet: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, & Bassoon

4 movements, including some simple improvisation and a movement that features all the duet combinations in this ensemble.
Commissioned by Gary Gray for the UCLA woodwind faculty.

Trevco Music Publishing—www.trevcomusicpublishing.com
Trevco-Varner Music—www.trevcomusic.com

Four Signs 2014 Bassoon & Bassoon/Contrabassoon

4 movements: 2 for 2 bassoons, 2 for bassoon and contra.
Commissioned by Margaret Phillips, Nicolasa Kuster, and a consortium of bassoonists and contrabassoonists.

Trevco Music Publishing—www.trevcomusicpublishing.com
Trevco-Varner Music—trevcomusic.com

Goodbye, Old Paint 2000 bassoon and piano

A cowboy song for bassoon and piano. Commissioned by Jeffrey Lyman.

Published by TrevCo Music, www.trevcomusic.com

Love Song 1982 oboe and bassoon

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Love Song 1982 bassoon and cello version

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Mixed Blessings 1995 oboe, bassoon, violin, cello, and harpsichord Audio Sample

Commissioned and premiered by Pacific Serenades.

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One and Many 1997 violin, viola, cello, bass, & piano, with small bells, children, and guest instrumentalists

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One Thing and Another 2016 Clarinet & Piano

Two movements: 1. Daydreams; 2. Mourning, Dancing (We are all damaged, we are all radiant.)
Commissioned by Kelly Johnson through a University Research Council grant from the University of Central Arkansas.

Composer: bsncomp@hotmail.com

Procession 2004 viola and harpsichord
Quintet 1984 wind quintet

Recorded by the Borealis Quintet on "Discoveries," Helicon HE1030 www.heliconrecords.com  To hear excerpts, search for "Steinmetz" at amazon.com

Review of Quintet on CD (from The Harbinger, Mobile, Alabama) www.theharbinger.org/xvii/990119/forbus.html

Also recorded by the Camerata Woodwind Quintet on Crystal CD 756. Click here for sound samples. 

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Simple Pleasures 2003 alto flute, bassoon, viola, cello, piano, and vibraphone Audio Sample

Commissioned by South Bay Chamber Music Society for their 40th anniversary. Premiered by Xtet.

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Sonata 1981 bassoon and piano Audio Sample, Audio Sample

Recorded by Michael Burns and Inara Zandmane on Mark Masters 8084-MCD, "Primavera: Music for Bassoon and Piano by Bassoonists"  http://www.michaelburnsbassoon.com/Sound_Samples/Sound_Samples.html

 

TrevCo Music, www.trevcomusic.com

Songs & Dances 2013 Oboe & Bassoon

Commissioned by Martin Schuring, Albie Micklich, and a consortium fo oboists and bassoonists, with additional funds from the 2011 conference of the International Double Reed Society.

Trevco Music Publishing—www.trevcomusicpublishing.com
Trevco-Varner Music—www.trevcomusic.com

Sorrow and Celebration 2015 Reed Quintet: English horn, Bb Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon

This piece for reed quintet and audience imitates a ceremony or ritual, calling people together to mourn and rejoice. The audience sings, whispers, shouts, and claps.
Commissioned by Akropolis Reed Quintet for their CD The Space Between Us.
Video of premiere: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjAA-Gkze1w

Trevco Music Publishing—www.trevcomusicpublishing.com
Trevco-Varner Music—www.trevcomusic.com

Suite from an Imaginary Opera 2001 English horn and piano (also available for bassoon and piano)

Commissioned by Martin Schuring. Recorded by Carolyn Hove and Vicki Ray on "Eclecticism," Crystal Records CD 823 http://carolynhovemusic.com/recordingsList.php
Bassoon version recorded by Benjamin Coelho and Alan Huckleberry on "Dreaming in Colors," MSR Classics MS 1340 http://www.msrcd.com/catalog/68/florence-mustric/dreaming-in-colours/MS1...

 

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Three Pieces for ten winds 2013 Wind Dectet (Double Wind Quintet): 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 2 Horns

Commissioned by a consortium of ensembles, organizations, and individuals.

Trevco Music Publishing—www.trevcomusicpublishing.com
Trevco-Varner Music—www.trevcomusic.com

Two Morsels 2019 Duets for Oboe d'amore/English horn & Bassoon

Two duos, one for Oboe d'amore & bassoon, the other for English horn & bassoon. Alternate versions are included: both pieces can be played on either Oboe d'amore or English horn.
Commissioned by Benjamin Kamins for Janet Rarick's birthday.

Trevco Music Publishing—www.trevcomusicpublishing.com
Trevco-Varner Music—www.trevcomusic.com

War Scrap 2000 violin, cello, piano, and percussion Audio Sample

10 short musical snapshots connected with war. Commissioned by Pacific Serenades. Recorded on Pacific Serenades "War Scrap: That We May Have Peace"
Belinda Broughton, violin; David Speltz, cello; Antoinette Perry, piano; David Johnson, percussion.
(CD booklet includes photogaphs by John Steinmetz.)

Published by Pacific Serenades.
http://www.pacser.org/v1/store/war-scrap/

What's Going On 2018 Wind Quintet

Four movements: 1. Background Radiance; 2. Inheritance; 3. Mystery; 4. Loss. The audience sings the final note.
Commissioned by Mill Avenue Chamber Players and a consortium of ensembles and individuals.

Trevco Music Publishing—www.trevcomusicpublishing.com
Trevco-Varner Music—www.trevcomusic.com

  • Comic
Title Year of Composition Instrumentation Audio Sample Notes Price Order
Fish Phase 1975 two contrabassoons and goldfish

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Lips of Steel 'cello and jello $10
Odiepundle VI 1980 clarinet and friend $15
Odiepundle VII trumpet
Off the Deep End contrabassoon, bass, bass drum $15
The Monster That Devoured Cleveland 1980 bassoon ensemble

Video of a fine old performance by the Boulder Bassoon Band: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7X-E5nZ9ZE

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What’s Your Musical I.Q.? (A Quiz) generic chamber version (any instruments); also available for solo bassoon

A Quiz for the audience, making fun of music appreciation and magazine quizzes, with ten questions that include musical examples. Chamber version can be performed by any instruments (2 players to large ensemble) with narrator/quizmaster. Solo bassoon version can be done by one peformer who plays and narrates, or by a bassoonist and quizmaster.

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  • Choral
Title Year of Composition Instrumentation Audio Sample Notes Price Order
Chorus 1975 SATB choir with organ

Plymouth Music Co

On My Way (2010) 2010 string orchestra and childen's choir

About 10 minutes. Text adapted by Nancy Ancharski from Eloise Greenfield's book For the Love of the Game: Michael Jordan and Me. The words concern how a person finds a path in life. The chorus includes parts that can be sung by older children, adults, or soloists. The audience joins the singing. Commissioned by Sonad Project, Keene Elementary Choirs, and Keene Chamber Orchestra. Premiered by Keene Chamber Orchestra and Keene Elementary Choirs.
Video of the premiere: http://vimeo.com/24216804

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Praise 1997 SATB choir with organ
The Pig Got Up and Slowly Walked Away SATB choir, with piano for rehearsal only.

Setting of a comic folk song.

  • Errata
Title Year of Composition Instrumentation Audio Sample Notes Price Order
Errata in "Sonata" 1981 bassoon and piano

In early copies of the TrevCo edition, there is a typo in the piano part. On page 11, 2nd movement, measure 111, in the right hand of the piano, the penultimate note should be A, not G. This typo has been corrected in later copies.