Stanley M. Hoffman, Ph.D.

Composer, Arranger, Editor, Conductor, Baritone, Lecturer

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Selected Unpublished Works


Title of Work (Explanations, if any) - Scoring- Year - Recorded (Y or N) - Duration

All works are 2-5 minutes in duration unless otherwise noted.

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Please contact me via e-mail to obtain licensed copies of my unpublished music. Various Jewish music-related titles are available for sale through oySongs.com.

Choral Compositions and Arrangements

Adon olam (Hebrew - original setting of the traditional Hebrew prayer - original version Lord of the World [withdrawn] commissioned by the Hood River Valley High School Choir, Hood River, Oregon, Mark Steighner, conductor) - SATB divisi - 1994, rev. 2010 - N. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound. This title is available for sale from oySongs.com.

And thou shalt love (Deuteronomy 6:5-9) - sacred contemporary song for unison voice(s), keyboard and/or guitar, or SATB, keyboard and/or guitar, or lead sheet - 2000 - arranged for SATB in 2011 - N. Click here to view a score for the unison version of this piece complete with sound; click here to view a score for the SATB version of this piece complete with sound. This title is available for sale from oySongs.com.

Versions: unison voice(s), keyboard and/or guitar; SATB, keyboard and/or guitar; lead sheet.

Anim Zemiros (A Hymn of Glory) (original setting of a traditional Hebrew Shabbat prayer - Transliteration by S.M.H.) - SATB divisi - 1985 - N. Third place prize winner - 2008 Choral Composition Competition sponsored by The New York Virtuoso Singers, Harold Rosenbaum, conductor. Click here and then click on "Listen" to hear this performance. This recording is used with the kind permission of Harold Rosenbaum. The entire score may be viewed as a PDF. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound.

City in the Sea, The (setting of the complete poem of the same name by Edgar Allan Poe [1809–1849]) - secular - version for SATB chorus (divisi) unaccompanied - 2012 - N - 6:40. Click here to view a score of this piece complete with sound. NB: An accompanied version of this piece is still a work-in-progress.

Homage to Rossi (1. Bar'chu [by Salomone Rossi], 2. Baruch 1, 3. Adonai, erech apayim, 4. Baruch 2) (Hebrew - running English translation by S.M.H.) - SATB - 2010 - N - 6 min. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound. C. This title is available for sale from oySongs.com.

Little Garden, A (text by Frantisek [“Franta”] Bass [b. Brno, 1930; Deported to Terezin, 1941; d. Auschwitz, 1944]) - unison treble chorus & piano - 2011 - N. Please see the listing for voice below for a picture of the author. This title is also available for sale from oySongs.com.

Nightscapes - SATB & piano - English - words by Jacquline Tuffnell - 2016 - N. This title is currently unavailable as it is being evaluated for publication by ECS Publishing.

Shalom rav - sacred contemporary song for cantor (low voice), SATB & piano - Hebrew - includes versions for both regular and High Holiday Shabbat services - 2007. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound. This title is available for sale from oySongs.com.

Shalom rav - sacred contemporary song for unison chorus & piano - Hebrew - includes versions for both regular and High Holiday Shabbat services - 2007. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound. This title is available for sale from oySongs.com.

Shtiler, shtiler (Quiet, quiet) - music by Music by Alec Volkoviski, text by Shmerke Kaczerginski, Yiddish and English, Holocaust remembrance - arranged for SSA chorus, piano and clarinet - arr. 2004 - N. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound. This title is also available in a version without clarinet.

There Is a Name (dedication piece for the New England Holocaust Memorial, Boston) - (English - text by Joseph H. Albeck) - SA chorus & amplified classical guitar - 1995 - Y. Performance by Jenny Kowall, Rachel Rosenman, Taylor Webster (children's chorus), William Buonocore, guitar - New England Holocaust Memorial, Boston - world premiere performance, October 22, 1995 - performed before an audience of over 8000 people at the dedication ceremonies of the New England Holocaust Memorial. Click here to listen to this performance in WAV format.Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound. This title is available for sale from oySongs.com.

V'ahavta (Deuteronomy 6:5-9) - sacred contemporary song for unison voice(s), keyboard and/or guitar, or SATB, keyboard and/or guitar - 2000 - arranged for SATB in 2011 - N. Click here to view a score for the unison version of this piece complete with sound; click here to view a score for the SATB version of this piece complete with sound. This title is available for sale from oySongs.com.

Versions: unison voice(s), keyboard and/or guitar; SATB, keyboard and/or guitar; lead sheet.

When I Find God - SATB (divisi) - 2016 - Words by Diane Weber Bederman from Back to the Ethic: Reclaiming Western Values (Mantua Books, 2015).

 

Compositions for Solo Voice and Other Instruments

And thou shalt love (Deuteronomy 6:5-9) - sacred contemporary song for voice, keyboard and/or guitar, or lead sheet - 2000 - N. Click here to view a score of this piece complete with sound. This title is available for sale from oySongs.com.

Versions: voice, keyboard and/or guitar; lead sheet.

Little Garden, A (text by Frantisek [“Franta”] Bass [b. Brno, 1930; Deported to Terezin, 1941; d. Auschwitz, 1944]) - soprano solo & piano - 2011 - N. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound. This title is available for sale from oySongs.com.

Photo of Franta Bass (at around the age he wrote the poem A Little Garden)

provided and used by permission of his brother, Pavel Uri Bass.

 

Shalom rav - sacred contemporary song for voice & piano - Hebrew - includes versions for both regular and High Holiday Shabbat services - 2007. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound. This title is available for sale from oySongs.com.

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird (BMI Award 1984-85, text by Wallace Stevens now in the public domain) - mezzo-soprano & string quartet - 1985, rev. 1993 -Y (unrevised version) - 15 min. Performance by the Brandeis University contemporary music ensemble (Susan Klebanow, mezzo-soprano, Lisa Crockett, violin, James Cook, violin, Leonard Matczynski, viola, Leslie Svilokos, violoncello, David Hoose, conductor) - Slosberg Recital Hall, Brandeis University - world premiere performance - December 4, 1984. Click here to listen to this performance in WAV format. Click here to view the performance notes for this piece. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound.

 

Orchestral Arrangements

Nuages Gris (Franz Liszt, 1881 [piano]) arr. for chamber orchestra (2 fl., ob., bn, 3 tbn., timp., hp., str.) - arr. 2009 - N.

Variation 25 (from the Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach [Harpsichord]) arr. for solo violin, string orchestra (or quintet) & harpsichord - 1993 - N - 12 min. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound.

 

Orchestral Compositions With or Without Voices

Backwards Decade - chamber orchestra - one of 52 six-second works performed by the Vine Orchestra conducted by Michael Mikulka on December 1, 2013. You can them follow them on Twitter (@Vine_Orchestra ). Also see www.michaelmikulka.com. Click here to listen to their performance in WAV format.

Little Sea Nocturne - 1983 - Y. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound. Click here to listen to a synthesized performance of this work in mp3 format.

Poem and Lamentations - violin & string orchestra - 1987, arr. 2009 - 12 min. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound.

Romance for Orchestra (Senior Thesis, The Boston Conservatory) - 1982 - N. - 10 min. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound.

There Is a Name (dedication piece for the New England Holocaust Memorial, Boston - English - text by Joseph H. Albeck - originally scored for SA chorus & amplified classical guitar, 1995) - arr. for SA chorus and orchestra - arr. 2000 - N. (Click here to view the full score as a PDF.)


Band Composition

Dirge for the 9/11 First Responders (band) - 2016. Click here to see a PDF. Click here to listen to a synthesized mp3.

Compositions for Large Chamber Ensembles

Hymn of Glory (an ensemble of at least four violas and four violoncellos [preferably for a string orchestra of violas and violoncellos]) - 1985, arr. 1988 - N. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound.

Movement for Strings and Piano (string orchestra & piano) - 1981 - N. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound.

Nocturne for Nine Players (Ph.D. dissertation composition, Brandeis University) [2 fl. (a.fl.), ob. (e.hn.), cl. (b.cl.), bn., 2 hn., harp, perc.] - 1992 - Y - 17 min. Brandeis University contemporary music ensemble (Christine Fish [Moulton], flute, Suellen Hershman, flute, Kathy Halvorson, oboe, Katherine Matasy, clarinet, Gregory Newton, bassoon, Robert Marlatt, horn, Jean Rife, horn, Ruth Emanuel Maffa, harp, Michael Parola, percussion, Adam Grossman, guest conductor) - Slosberg Recital Hall, Brandeis University - world premiere performance, December 6, 1992. Click here to listen to this performance in WAV format. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound.

 

Compositions for Small Chamber Ensembles With or Without Voices

Allegretto (in the Classical Style) - (composed for the Classical Marimba League Composition Competition) - marimba & piano - 2007 - N. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound.

And mists are carved away (Of all the souls that stand create, baritone & piano, 1984, arranged) - arrangement for contrabass flute and piano made for Peter Sheridan - 2015.

Berceuse for Flute, Clarinet, and Bassoon - 2016 - N. Click here to listen to a synthesized performance of this work in mp3 format.

Brief Prelude for Violin and Piano - 2013 - N. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound.

Demented Music (Pervertimento for Cello Quartet) - 2014 - N. Written for and currently under consideration for performance by the Estonian quartet C-Jam.

Fugue? - string quartet - 1981 - Y. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound. Click here to listen to a synthesized performance of this work in WAV format.

The Gift - string quartet - 2013 - N. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound.

In Memoriam - flute, viola & double bass - 2011 - N. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound.

Kojo no tsuki Variant - (Variant on "Kojo no tsuki" [clarinet & piano], arranged) - 2 contrabass flutes - 2011, arr. 2015 - N.

Lovely Summer Night, A (composed for saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky) - tenor saxophone & piano - 2000 - N. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound - version for horn and piano (created for hornist Michael H. Weinstein) - 2009 - N. Click here to view a score for this version of the piece complete with sound.

Meditation - tenor saxophone and harp - 2017 - N. This piece is currently an entry in a call for scores.

The Monkey (aka Capricorn) - clarinet, violin & piano - 2013 - Y. Click here to hear a synthesized performance of this piece. January 2016: this piece was released on a CD titled DREAMTIME on the Blue Griffin label as performed by The Zodiac Trio.

Moulded Clay - Chiselled Rock - soprano saxophone & piano - 1994 - N. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound.

Movement for String Sextet (From a Prison) (2 violins, 2 violas, 2 violoncellos) - 1984 - N. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound. Click here to listen to a synthesized performance of this work in WAV format.

Pacific Prelude, A - brass quintet (2 C trumpets, horn, trombone & tuba) - 1995 - Y - 7 min. Click here and then click on "Listen" to hear a performance by the Prism Brass Quintet. The entire score may be viewed as a PDF.

Poem and Lamentations - violin & piano - 1987 - Y - 12 min. Brandeis University contemporary music ensemble (Judith Eissenberg, violin, David Kopp, piano) - Slosberg Recital Hall, Brandeis University - world premiere performance November 21, 1987. Click here to listen to this performance in WAV format. (Two formal repeats which no longer exist in this piece have been edited out of this recording.) Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound.

Rondino - wind quintet - 1983 - Y. Click here to listen to a synthesized performance of this work in WAV format. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound.

String Quartet (1987) (2 violins, viola, violoncello) (performed by the Boston Composers String Quartet at the New England Conservatory of Music in Jordan Hall, Boston, January 29, 1989, and in Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York City, February 12, 1989) - 1987 - Y - 18 min. Click here to listen to the Boston performance in WAV format. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound.

Tango Semplice, Malinconia, e Trionfante - flute and harp - 2016 - N (submission for a call for scores).

There Is a Flower - oboe & piano - 1980 - N. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound. Version for soprano saxophone and piano - 2009. Click here to view a score for this version complete with sound.

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird (BMI Award 1984-85, text by Wallace Stevens now in the public domain) - mezzo-soprano & string quartet - 1985 (rev. 1993) -Y (unrevised version) - 15 min. Brandeis University contemporary music ensemble (Susan Klebanow, mezzo-soprano, Lisa Crockett, violin, James Cook, violin, Leonard Matczynski, viola, Leslie Svilokos, violoncello, David Hoose, conductor) - Slosberg Recital Hall, Brandeis University - world premiere performance - December 4, 1984. Click here to listen to this performance in WAV format. Click here to view the performance notes for this piece. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound.

Trio In One Movement (commissioned by ALEA III, the contemporary ensemble in residence at Boston University, Theodore Antoniou, Music director) - clarinet, viola & violoncello - 1996 - Y - 9 min. 30 sec. Diane Heffner, clarinet, Bina Breitner, viola, Mark Simcox, violoncello, Theodore Antoniou, Music Director - world premiere performance - February 7, 1996, Tsai Performance Center, Boston University. Click here to listen to this performance in WAV format. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound.

Twilight, Goodbye, Peace (composed for Peter Sheridan - low voice, low flutes [alto and bass], and piano) - 2016 - 6:41 - N. Click here to listen to a synthesized version of the first movement, Twilight; click here to listen to a synthesized version of the second movement, Goodbye click here to listen to a synthesized version of the second movement, Peace.

Variant on "Battle Cry of Freedom" - wind quintet - 2012 - Y. This piece received its world premiere performance by the West Point Wind Quintet as part of the Composer's Voice "15 Minutes of Fame" Concert Series on April 29, 2012, in Jan Hus Church in New York City. Click here to see a movie of this performance in WMV format. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound.

Variant on "Kojo no tsuki" - clarinet & piano - 2011 - N. Arranged for Peter Sheridan in 2015.

Variation on "Rozmarin In Coltul Mesei" - soprano saxophone & piano - 2012 - N. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound.

Wolf and the Goat, The" - Flute and Marimba - 2015 - N. September 30, 2015: This piece is currently an entry in a call for scores.


 

Composition for Organ

Crimson Sunset - organ solo - 2012 - Y. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound.

 

Compositions for Piano

Aubade - piano solo - 1980 - Y. Michael Dewart, May 3, 1981, Seully Hall, The Boston Conservatory. Click here to listen to this performance in WAV format. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound.

Canonic Serenade - piano solo - 1980 - Y. Michael Dewart, May 3, 1981, Seully Hall, The Boston Conservatory. Click here to listen to this performance in WAV format. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound.

Cycles - piano solo - 1984 - Y. Click here to listen to a synthesized performance of this work in WAV format. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound.

Expanses, The (Intermezzo) - piano solo - 1980 - Y. Michael Dewart, May 3, 1981, Seully Hall, The Boston Conservatory. Click here to listen to this performance in WAV format. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound.

“Get me a rag!” “Just a minute...” - piano solo - 2011 - N. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound.

Iberian Tango - piano solo - 2012 - N. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound.

Piano Piece (1986) - piano solo - 1986 - N. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound.

Serenata Popular - piano solo - 2016 - Y. This piece is an entry in a competition and will be unavailable until after the winners are announced on October 31, 2016.

Two-Part Invention - piano solo - 1980 - Y. Michael Dewart, May 3, 1981, Seully Hall, The Boston Conservatory. Click here to listen to this performance in WAV format. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound.

 

Compositions for Solo Instruments

Limericks and Laughter Thereafter - clarinet solo - 2011 - N. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound.

Notturno Pastorale - trumpet in C - August 1, 2016 - for the Vox Novus/Fifteen Minutes of Fame call for scores for trumpeter Kate Amrine.- deadline December 12, 2016 - N

Bagatelle - bassoon (or bass trombone) solo - 1994 - Y. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with synthesized sound. Click here to watch and listen to a performance by bass trombonist Jamie Wehr in Flash Video (flv) format. Click here to listen this performance in mp3 format (without video).

Man in the Street, The - violoncello solo - 1981 - Y. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound.

Poem from "Poem and Lamentations" - transcribed for violin, viola or violoncello solo - 1987, arr. 2002 - Y (version for violin). Click here to view a score for the version of this piece for violin complete with sound. Click here to view a score for the version of this piece for viola complete with sound. Click here to view a score for the version of this piece for violoncello complete with sound.

Theme, Variation and Reprise - flute solo (or bass flute solo) - 2013 - N. Dedicated to Peter Sheridan in 2015.

 

Brief Technical Studies for Solo Instruments

Brief Etude - flute solo - 1982 - N. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound.

Little Etude - flute solo - 1982 - N. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound.

 

Klezmer Music

Tango for Klezmer Ensemble - 2010 - flute, clarinet, accordion, drum set and bass - N. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound. This title is available for sale from oySongs.com.

Yiddishe Mambo, A - 2010 - humorous parody piece for trumpet & accordion - N. Click here to view a score for this piece complete with sound. This title is available for sale from oySongs.com.

 

Professionally engraved scores for all pieces and cassette tape recordings or CDs for many of those cited above are available upon request.

 

2013 Edition of Kol Nidre - Setting by Henry Russotto -

Adapted and Edited by Stanley M. Hoffman

You can download this title from Dr. Hoffman's Web site by clicking here to retrieve a free printable PDF.

NB: This edition differs substantially from the original public domain edition. Click here to view or print the editorial notes from the free 2013 edition. Click here to view or print a digitally cleaned-up version of the original public domain edition.

 

Editions Contributed to the Choral Public Domain Library

Johannes Brahms - (Create in me, God, a pure heart) - (1st movement only) - SATBB. You can also download this title from Dr. Hoffman's Web site by clicking here to retrieve a printable PDF.

Johannes Brahms - Lev tahor b’rah li Elohim (Schaffe in mir, Gott, ein rein Herz) - [1st movement only] - SATBB. This version of the above title with the lyrics set in Hebrew is not in the CPDL. You can download this version from Dr. Hoffman's Web site by clicking here to retrieve a printable PDF.)

Henry A. Russotto/Morris Rosenfeld - My America - (unison) voice(s) and piano - document name = My America.pdf. You can also download this file from Dr. Hoffman's Web site by clicking here to retrieve a printable PDF. *

Henry A. Russotto/Morris Rosenfeld - My America - SATB & opt. piano (arrangement by S.M.H.) - document name = My America SATB.pdf. You can also download this file from Dr. Hoffman's Web site by clicking here to retrieve a printable PDF. *

* Disclaimer: "In my opinion, musically speaking, My America is not an outstanding song. I chose to create these editions because the lyrics capture the selfless, patriotic spirit of certain Jewish immigrants to America in the early part of the 20th century. During the summer of 2009, I spent time at the National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. After hours of leafing through the collection of stand-alone songs housed there, I found no song quite so unusual as this one. 'Thy wish is holy, thy command, I deem as writ by God’s own hand.' The Zeitgeist is truly remarkable. It seems the writers would have unquestioningly done anything the American government told them to do and that they were trying to spread this message to others in their community. [Clearly they were part of a generation untainted by the American government's actions in later wars such as Vietnam and Iraq!] I believe that vocalists and choral conductors should seriously consider programming this song for this reason alone. If they disagree with me about the song itself, great; enjoy! A conductor of Jewish choral music once "dissed" me for my having focused on this song. I truly feel sorry for this person and believe that this conductor cannot see the forest for the trees. There is so much more to bringing [Jewish] music history to life than bringing one's own personal tastes to bear in program planning, and in so doing, shielding one's singers and audience from music to which they would not have been otherwise exposed. There is Mozart and there is Dittersdorf. Dittersdorf is no Mozart, yet his music also gets performed. Need I say more? If any choir ever performs and records this title, please let me know so that I can post it here."

Stanley M. Hoffman