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Hemispheres_3rd movement
Commissioned by the NY Philharmonic
Kurt Masur, conducting
BBC Concert Orchestra, Bram Tovey conducting
*Symphonia Celestium
from the film short "Celestium"
Performed on the Roland 1080 synthsizer
*Best Dressed Man
From the film short "Best Dressed Man"
Score by Joseph Turrin
High Flight
Commissioned bt the US Air Force Band
Washington, DC
Serenade Romantic
Dedicated to Howard Hanson
Eastman School of Music
Evening Star / Night Scherzo / Luna / Fireflies / Hymn to the Sun for 16 instruments and narrator
Hartt School Music Ensemble
*A New Life Overture
From the Film "A New Life"
Paramount Pictures / Directed by Alan Alda
*Loves Dream
Incidental music from "Loves Dream"
Performed by the composer
Riffs and Fanfares
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
from the short film "Evening Star"
for solo piano
*Honor and Glory
From the Civil War Suite
Ted Turner Network Production
Complete Civil War Suite
for soprano saxophone and viola
From the film "Confession"
Starr Productions
Hope Alive
for chorus and wind symphony
Text by Heather Anne Stanig
Nunc Dimittis
Cathedral of Saint John the Divine commission
The Scarecrow Overture
From the opera "The Scarecrow"
Based on a Nathaniel Hawthorne short story
Hymn for Diana
In memory of Princess Diana
For solo flute and piano
Composed for New York Philharmonic
Principal Trumpet (Smith) & Trombone (Alessi)
Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra
Commissioned by the NY Philharmonic
Erich Leinsdorf, conductor - Phil Smith, soloist
Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, conducted by Kurt Masur
Chamber Symphony
Movement II
* Asterism
From the film Parallax
* Parallax
From the film Parallax
Regiment of Heroes March
Written for "The Presidents Own" US Marine Band
And Crimson Roses Once Again Be Fair
A Cantata for chorus, soloists & chamber orchestra
for brass choir
Commissioned by the NY Philharmonic Brass Section
Introduction by Kurt Masur
Ceremonial Prelude
For brass Choir Commissioned by the NY Philharmonic Brass
Concertino for 11 solo instruments and wind ensemble
Commissioned by the National Endowment on the Arts
Symmetries for two pianos
Commissioned by Chicago Institute of Music Two Piano Festival
Four Etudes - Wolf Tableaux for solo piano
Written for Helene Grimaud
Atka / Nikai / Alawa / Zepher
Three Songs for baritone and piano
Written for Thomas Hampson
Texts by Sara Teasdale
1. Alone 2. Stars 3. Spring Rain
Serenade for violin and piano
Written for Anne Sophie Mutter
Nocturne Romantique for violin and piano
Written for Barbara Luisi
A Dream within a Dream for soprano and piano
Text by Edgar Allen Poe
Lullaby for baritone and piano
Text by Shakespeare from A Midsummer Night's Dream
Nightsong for voice and piano
Text based on a passage from Don Quixote by Cervantes
Written for Frederica von Stade
They Said it Couldn't be Done
For baritone, tenor and piano
Text by Gloria Nissensen from Frankie by George Abbott
More musical selections from Frankie
Wasn't I the Fool
Written for Michael Feinstein
Lyrics by Gloria Nissenson
One More Day With You
Written for Michael Feinstein
Lyrics by Sally Stevens
America from West Side Story
Commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall
For Brass Choir
Fanfare a la carte
Commissioned by the New York Philharmonic for Brass Choir
Ave Maria
Written for Renee Fleming
For voice and piano
Illuminations for trombone and wind symphony
Written for Joseph Alessi
Someone to Watch Over Me
For trumpet and piano - Gershwin/Turrin
Phil Smith, trumpet - Joseph Turrin, piano
For trumpet and piano by Joseph Turrin
Phil Smith, trumpet - Joseph Turrin, piano
Two Gershwin Portraits - Portrait 1
For 2 trumpets and orchestra
Commissioned by the NY Philharmonic
for Wynton Marsalis and Phil Smith
Two Gershwin Portraits - Portrait 2

Asterisk (*) designates music for film

The Scarecrow (a chamber opera in two acts)
Based on a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne

University of Texas at Austin - Live Performance on 02/24/06
Conducted by Joseph Turrin - Directed by Robert DeSimone
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The Scarecrow website

The Scarecrow Overture

The Scarecrow - Act One

The Scarecrow - Interlude

The Scarecrow - Act Two

The Scarecrow production photos at:
Sara and Ernest Butler Opera Center
University of Texas at Austin

Commissioned by the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York

"That Thing, which makes the vastness bearable" for solo voice and chamber orchestra
Text by Ann Druyan (the widow of astronomer Carl Sagan)
in collaboration with Joseph Turrin

A NEW LIFE (Final Scene and Credits) _ Paramount Pictues _ Directed by Alan Alda
Music by Joseph Turrin

The evolution of a painting by Susan DeConcini with music by Joseph Turrin

The Steadfast Tin Soldier by Joseph Turrin
Text by H.C. Andersen.For narrator, ww quintet, trumpet and piano
(chamber orchestra version also available)
Theodore Presser Company

Sadie Thompson _ 1928 silent film classic. Music by Joseph Turrin
Starring Gloria Swanson, Lional Barrymore and Raoul Walsh
Roger Ebert "Thumbs Up Award" for the score presented by Roger Ebert

4 Miniature film cues by Joseph Turrin

I have been honored to be in touch with Justice Ginsburg since 2018.
Our correspondence started with an invitation
I made to her about my WW1 Cantata premiered in Washington, DC.
Her letters to me will always be cherishedas she often referred to me as Composer Joe.
I wanted to thank her the short but heat felt friendship
and had and decided to pay tribute to her In the best way I could.

Prelude for Annette for Solo Piano
Composed in memory of Annette Herfurth
Based on 7 notes aligned with the 7 letters in her name
C C# C# E G G E

Cantata - And Crimson Roses Once Again Be Fair
Based on poetry from WW1. Washington, DC premiere (November 2018)
Commissioned by Musica Viva NY, Washington Master Chorale and New Orchestra of Washington

Nationally recognized composer Joseph Turrin was invited to H.B. Whitehorne Middle School
(Verona, NJ) to teach students about composition and to involve them in the creation of an
original piece of music. In this exercise, three students each pick one note on the piano
and Turrin shows them how those notes could be turned into music.

Festival Music by Joseph Turrin commissioned by members of the New York Philharmonic
for the Golden Pavilion 600th year anniversary in Kyoto, Japan, with the National broadcast
of the ceremony on Japanese TV. Based on Handel's Water Music since the Pavilion is on the water.
Scored for string quintet, brass trio and piano (1997)

Three silent films with scores by Joseph Turrin
Broken Blossoms (1919), Diary of a Lost Girl (1929), Intolerance (1916)

Copyright © 2004 by Joseph Turrin Music