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Selected Unpublished Works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.

Please contact me via e-mail to obtain licensed copies of my unpublished music.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Adon olam (Hebrew - original setting of the traditional Hebrew prayer - original version Lord of the World [withdrawn] commissioned by the Hood River Valley High School Choir, Hood River, Oregon, Mark Steighner, conductor) - SATB divisi - 1994, rev. 2010 - N. Click here to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 watermarked PDF for this piece. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition. 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.
Versions: unison voice(s), keyboard and/or guitar; SATB, keyboard and/or guitar; lead sheet.
All versions are also available in a Hebrew singing translation titled V'ahavta
Click here to view a watermarked PDF of the lead sheet for the English version.
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here to view a watermarked PDF of the version for unison voice(s), keyboard and/or guitar for the English version; click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.
Click here to view a watermarked PDF of the version for SATB Chorus, keyboard and/or guitar for the English version; click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.
Click here to view a watermarked PDF of the lead sheet for the Hebrew version.
Click
here to view a watermarked PDF of the version for unison voice(s), keyboard and/or guitar for the
Hebrew version; click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.
Click here to view a watermarked PDF of the version for SATB Chorus, keyboard and/or guitar for the
Hebrew version; click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.This title is available for sale from oySongs.com.

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. The entire score may be viewed as a watermarked PDF. The embedded recording is used with the kind permission of Harold Rosenbaum. 

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 watermarked PDF for this piece. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition. 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 watermarked PDF for this piece. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition. This title is available for sale from oySongs.com.

I Am (setting of the poem Do not stand at my grave and weep by Mary Elizabeth Frye) - SATB - secular - 2017 - N. This title is currently unavailable. I plan to submit it for publication to my publisher.

Little Garden, A (Bissle Gorten) (text by Frantisek [“Franta”] Bass [b. Brno, 1930; Deported to Terezin, 1941; d. Auschwitz, 1944]) - English or Yiddish - unison treble chorus or soprano solo & piano - 2011 - N.
English Version:
A Little Garden. Click here to view a watermarked PDF for this version. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.
Yiddish Version: A Bissle Gorten. Click here to view a watermarked PDF for this version. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.
This title is available for sale from oySongs.com.

Photo of Franta Bass

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 cantor (low voice) & piano, or cantor (low voice), SATB & piano - Hebrew - includes versions for both regular and High Holiday Shabbat services - 2007.
Click here to view a watermarked PDF for solo/unison version. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.
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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 SSATB & Piano, or SSA, clarinet & piano, or SSA & piano - arr. 2004 - N.
Click here to view a watermarked PDF for the SSATB & piano version. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.
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here to view a watermarked PDF for the SSA, clarinet & piano version. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.
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There Is a Name (dedication piece for the New England Holocaust Memorial, Boston) - (English - text by Joseph H. Albeck) - SA chorus & amplified classical guitar or orchestra - 1995 - Y. Performance 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. Click here to view a watermarked PDF of the choral/guitar score. Click here to view a watermarked PDF of the full score. This title is available for sale from oySongs.com.

 

Composition for Solo Voice and String Quartet

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. Click here to view a watermarked PDF of the score.

 

Orchestral Arrangement

Nuages Gris (Franz Liszt, 1881 [piano]) arr. for chamber orchestra (2 fl., ob., bn, 3 tbn., timp., hp., str.) - arr. 2009 - N. Click here to view a watermarked PDF of the score. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.

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 watermarked PDF of the score. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.

 

Orchestral Compositions

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.
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here to listen to their performance. Click here to view a watermarked PDF of the score.

Little Sea Nocturne - 1983 - Y. Click here to view a watermarked score. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.

Poem and Lamentations - violin & string orchestra - 1987, arr. 2009 - 12 min. Click here to view a watermarked PDF score. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.

Romance for Orchestra (Senior Thesis, The Boston Conservatory) - 1982 - N. - 10 min. Click here to view a watermarked PDF score. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.


Band Composition

Dirge for the 9/11 First Responders (band) - 2016. Click here to view a watermarked PDF score 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 PDF watermarked score. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.

Movement for Strings and Piano (string orchestra & piano) - 1981 - N. Click here to view a watermarked PDF score. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.

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. Click here to view a watermarked PDF score.

 

Compositions for Small Chamber Ensembles 

Berceuse for Flute, Clarinet, and Bassoon - 2016 - N. Click here to view a watermarked PDF score. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.

Brief Prelude for Violin and Piano - 2013 - N. Click here to view a watermarked PDF score. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.

Demented Music (Pervertimento for Cello Quartet or String Quartet) - 2014 - N.
Click here to view a watermarked PDF score of the version for cello quartet. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition of this version.
Click here to view a watermarked PDF score of the version for string quartet. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition of this version.

The Gift - string quartet - 2013 - N. Click here to view a watermarked PDF score. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.

In Memoriam - flute, viola & double bass - 2011 - N.  Click here to view a PDF watermarked PDF score. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.

Kojo no tsuki Variant - (Variant on "Kojo no tsuki" [clarinet & piano], arranged) - 2 contrabass flutes - 2011, arr. 2015 - N.
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Lovely Summer Night, A - (composed for saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky) tenor saxophone & piano - 2000 - version for horn & piano (created for hornist Michael H. Weinstein) - 2009 - N.
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to view a watermarked PDF score of the version for tenor saxophone & piano. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.
Click here to view a watermarked PDF score of the version for horn & piano. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.

Meditation - tenor saxophone and harp - 2017 - N. Click here to view a watermarked PDF score. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.

The Monkey (aka Capricorn) - clarinet, violin & piano - 2013 - Y. Click here to view a watermarked PDF score. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.
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 watermarked PDF score. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.

Movement for String Sextet (From a Prison) (2 violins, 2 violas, 2 violoncellos) - 1984 - N. Click here to view a watermarked PDF score. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.

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 watermarked 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. Click here to view a watermarked PDF score.

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. Click here to view a watermarked PDF score.

Snippet from the Inexorable March of Time, A - saxophone quartet - 2017 - N. Composed for a call for scores. A watermarked PDF score and a sound file will be posted here after the winners are announced.

Tango Semplice, Malinconia, e Trionfante - flute and harp - 2016 - N. Click here to view a watermarked PDF score. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.

There Is a Flower - oboe or soprano saxophone & piano - 1980 (oboe) - 2009 (saxophone) - N.
Click here to view a watermarked PDF score of the version for oboe & piano. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.
Click here to view a watermarked PDF score of the version for soprano saxophone & piano. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.

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. Click here to view a watermarked PDF score.

Twilight, Goodbye, Peace (composed for Peter Sheridan - low voice, low flutes [alto and bass], and piano) - 2016 - 6:41 - N. Click here to view a watermarked PDF score. 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 watermarked score.

Variant on "Kojo no tsuki" - clarinet & piano - 2011 - N. Click here to view a watermarked PDF score. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.

Variation on "Rozmarin In Coltul Mesei" - soprano saxophone & piano - 2012 - N. Click here to view a PDF watermarked score. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.

Wolf and the Goat, The" - Flute and Marimba - 2015 - N. Click here to view a watermarked PDF score. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.

 

Composition for Organ

Crimson Sunset - organ solo - 2012 - Y. Click here to view a watermarked PDF score. Click here to listen to a performance by organist Carson Cooman.

 

Compositions for Piano

Cycles - piano solo - 1984 - Y. Click here to view a watermarked PDF score. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.

Expanses, The (Intermezzo) - piano solo - 1980 - Y. Michael Dewart, May 3, 1981, Seully Hall, The Boston Conservatory. Click here to listen to this performance. Click here to view a watermarked PDF score.

“Get me a rag!” “Just a minute...” - piano solo - 2011 - N. Click here to view a watermarked PDF score. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.

Iberian Tango - piano solo - 2012 - N. Click here to view a watermarked PDF score. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.

Piano Piece (1986) - piano solo - 1986 - N. Click here to view a watermarked PDF score. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.

Serenata Popular - piano solo - 2016 - N. Click here to view a watermarked PDF score. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.

 

Compositions for Solo Instruments

Limericks and Laughter Thereafter - clarinet solo - 2011 - N. Click here to view a watermarked PDF score. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.

Notturno Pastorale - trumpet in C - 2016 - N. Click here to view a watermarked PDF score. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.

Bagatelle - bassoon (or bass trombone) solo - 1994 - Y. Click here to view a watermarked PDF score. 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 (without video).

Man in the Street, The - violoncello solo - 1981 - Y. Click here to view a watermarked PDF score. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.

Poem from "Poem and Lamentations" - transcribed for violin, viola or violoncello solo - 1987, arr. 2002 - Y.
Violin version: C
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Viola version: Click here to view a watermarked PDF score. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.
Violoncello version: Click here to view a watermarked PDF score. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition..

Theme, Variation and Reprise - flute solo (or bass flute solo) - 2013 - N. Click here to view a watermarked PDF score. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.

 

Brief Technical Studies for Solo Instruments

Brief Etude - flute solo - 1982 - N.  Click here to view a watermarked PDF score. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.

Little Etude - flute solo - 1982 - N.  Click here to view a watermarked PDF score. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition.

 

Klezmer Music

Tango for Klezmer Ensemble - 2010 - flute, clarinet, accordion, drum set and bass - N. Click here to view a watermarked PDF score. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition. 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 watermarked PDF score. Click here to listen to a synthesized rendition. 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