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Composers Bureau

Donald Martino


Dmartino.gif - 32.3 K Donald Martino, born in Plainfield, New Jersey, May 16,1931, began music lessons at nine - learning to play the clarinet, saxophone, and oboe - and started composing at 15. He attended Syracuse and Princeton universities. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, his many awards include two Fulbright scholarships, three Guggenheim awards, grants from the Massachusetts Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, the 1974 Pulitzer Prize in music for his chamber work Notturno, First Prize in the 1985 Kennedy Center Friedheim Competition for his String Quartet (1983), and most recently (1987) the Boston Symphony's Mark M. Horblit Award. He has taught at the Third Street Music School Settlement in New York, Princeton University, Yale University, the Yale Summer School of Music and Art, Tanglewood, where he was Composer-in-Residence, the New England Conservatory of Music, where he was chairman of the composition department from 1969-1979, Brandeis University, where he was Irving Fine Professor of Music, and Harvard University, where he is the Walter Bigelow Rosen Professor of Music, Emeritus. Commissions for new works have come from, among others, the Paderewski Fund; the Fromm, Naumburg, Koussevitzky, and Coolidge Foundations; the Chicago, Boston, and San Francisco Symphonies; and a number of musical societies and organizations. According to the New Grove, "Martino's music has been characterized as expansive, dense, lucid, dramatic, romantic, all of which are applicable. But it is his conjure up for the listener a world of palpable presences and conceptions...that seems most remarkable."


Dantalian, Inc., 11 Pembroke Street, Newton, MA 02158-2122, Tel./Fax. (617) 244-7230; McGinnis & Marx, 236 West 26th. St., New York, N.Y. 10001 Tel. (212) 675-1630.


Advance, Albany, Centaur, CRI, Crystal, Golden Crest, Koch International, New World, Nonesuch, Ongaku.

  • Albany: Notturno, Pianississimo, Triple Concerto
  • Albany: Fantasies and Impromptus, Twelve Preludes
  • Centaur: Fantasies and Impromptus, Pianississimo, Suite in Old Form
  • Centaur: Sonata for Clarinet and piano, Sonata for Violin and Piano, Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Twelve Preludes
  • CRI: Parisonatina, Suite of Variations on Medieval Melodies
  • CRI: String Quartet
  • CRI American Masters: Chamber Music of Donald Martino
  • CRI: Quodlibets for Flute Alone. Rachel Rudich. CRI 1012.
  • Context Records: Quodlibets II for Flute Alone. Carlton Vickers. 11012.
  • Koch: From the Other Side, Notturno, Quodlibets II
  • New World: Seven Pious Pieces
  • New World: A Set for Marimba, Parisonatina, Twelve Preludes, Canzone e tarantella, A Jazz Set
  • New World: Paradiso Choruses, Concerto fo Alto Saxophone and Orchestra. Students and faculty, New England Conservatory of Music. 80529-2.
  • Ongaku: A Set for Clarinet
  • Perspectives of New Music: Pianississimo

Biographical References

Whos Who in America; Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians; Contemporary Composers (St. John Press, 1992); Perspectives of New Music (29: 2, 1991); Groves Dictionary of Music and AmeriGrove; American Composers (Ewen, 1982); Dictionary of Contemporary Music (Vinton, 1974)

Selective Compositions

    • Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra
    • Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
    • Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
    • Concerto for violoncello and Orchestra
    • Triple Concerto for Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Contrabass Clarinet and 16 players
    • Paradiso Choruses - Chorus, Orchestra, Soloists,Tape
    • Seven Pious Pieces - Chorus A Cappella
    • The White Island - Chorus and Chamber Orchestra
    • From The Bad Child's Book of Beasts - soprano and piano
    • Separate Songs - Soprano and Piano
    • Canzone e Tarantella - Clarinet and cello
    • Fantasy Variations - Violin Solo
    • From the Other Side - flute, cello, piano and percussion
    • Notturno - flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion. (1974 Pulitzer Prize)
    • Parisonatina Al'Dodecafonia - Cello Solo
    • Quodlibets II - Flute Solo
    • A Set for Clarinet
    • Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
    • Sonata for Violin and Piano
    • String Quartet
    • A Suite of Variations on Medieval Melodies - Cello Solo
    • Three Sad Songs - Viola and Piano
    • Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano
    • Variazioni sopra un Soggetto Cavato - Clarinet solo
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Contact Information

Lora Harvey, Administrator, Dantalian, Inc.
11 Pembroke St.
Newton, MA 02158
Phone/Fax: 617/244-7230.

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