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Stephen Paulus Pieces for Piano

Explosions (for Solo Piano)

This solo piano piece is bouncy, punchy and full of power. It showcases not only dexterity but sensitivity and dynamic range. At 4 minutes it's a perfect for any recital or jury. Written for Nicola Melville in 2007.

Concerto for Piano and Winds

Commissioned by Emory University for pianist Will Ransom, this piece for solo piano and symphonic wind ensemble is punchy, bright, dynamic and mystical. It's 22 minutes long and ends with grand fanfare. The piece is exciting and percussive and shines with dexterity and rhythm. 3 movements

Duo for Clarinet and Piano

This duo piece for clarinet and piano is perfect for a recital. An early Paulus piece written in 1974, it was premiered by the Minnesota Composers Forum, (which Paulus co-founded), at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Piano Concerto

Paulus' first piano concerto is a 27 minute piece for solo piano and orchestra. It was premiered by the Philharmonia Virtuosi and Anton Nel as the soloist. One of Paulus' best works, it's movements range from grandiose to somber and nostalgic. The second movement stands out as one of Paulus' greatest achievements. 3 movements, Voicing: 2222/2200/Timpani/Percussion/S

 

Stephen Paulus Pieces for Organ

A Refined Refliction (from A Baronian Suite)

This beautiful piece for solo organ was commission by Caron Farmer as an additional 5th movement to Paulus' Baronian Suite, written for Michael Baron of "Pipe Dreams" fame. Premiered in 2013, the final 5 measures were finished by Farmer due to Paulus' stroke. It's a Paulus family favorite and is one of Paulus' most memorable melody lines.

 

Blithely Breezing Along (from A Baronian Suite)

This is another fantastic selection for solo organ and taken as well from the Baronian Suite written for Michael Baron. It's 7 minutes long and was premiered by the American Guild of Organists' 2008 Organ Spectacular. It's a powerhouse of a piece with beautiful dynamic range.

Grand Concerto for Organ

Premiered in 2004 by Bradley Hunter Welch and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, this Grand Concerto is a grandiose 21 minute workout over 3 movements. It's a powerhouse of a work where the organ is seamlessly integrated with the orchestra. The range of tone in the work is perfectly reflected in the titles: Vivacious and Spitited, Austere; Foreboding and Jubilant.

King David's Dance

This 7 minute piece for solo organ was premiered in 2002 for Timothy Albrecht at Emory University. Paulus was very much at home writing for organ and would compose on the pipe organ at this church in St. Paul.

Paean

Premiered in 1996 by Anne and Todd Wilson at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York for the American Guild of Organists Centennial convention. It's a pumping juggernaut of a piece that builds and builds on its sterling sound.

The Triumph of the Saint

This 15 minute duet for organ was premiered in 1994 and spans 3 movemtents about the Triumph of St. Anthony. The second movement, "St. Anthony in Meditation" is particularly beautiful and soul stirring.

Toccata

Premiered in 1996 by Kathy Handford in Lahti, Finland and featured at the Second Triennial International Organ Competition in Dallas, Texas in 2000, Toccata is a 10 minute piece for solo organ.

Tryptych

This 13 minute piece for solo organ was premiered in 2000 by Nancy Lancaster. the beautiful, somber second movement is bookended by two boisterous and jubilant first and third movments.

Stephen Paulus Pieces for Band

Concerto for Two Trumpets and Band

Originally written for Doc Severinsen and Manny Laureano with the Minnesota Orchestra, this version has been adapted for band. It was such a success that the recording was nominated for Best Contemporary Classical Composition in 2015. It's full of energy and pizzazz and highly recommended. 23 minutes

To purchase the Grammy nominated recording, you can find the CD on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Fantastique-Premieres-Ensemble-Stephenson-Recordings/dp/B00N9KA81O

Hymn to the Eternal Flame

This excerpt is taken from Paulus' highly acclaimed mega work for the Minnesota Orchestra, titled "To Be Certain of the Dawn". This version for band was arranged by Jay Juchniewicz in 2019.

Over One Hundred Years

Commissioned and premiered by the St. Olaf Band in 2000, this 17 minute piece for symphonic band spans 3 movements and has the classic early 2000's Paulus sound. The piece starts with "Quiet Beginnings", then continues softly with "Reflections", then ends with a bang on "Driving Forces".

Concerto for Piano and Winds

Commission by Emory for pianist Will Ransom, this piece for solo piano and symphonic wind ensemble is punchy, bright, dynamic and mystical. It's 22 minutes long and ends with grand fanfare. Exciting and percussive

Three Moods for Band

Commissioned by The Minnesota Chapter of the College Band Directors National Association and premiered The Intercollegiate Honor Band, MMEA MidWinter Clinic, February 2010, this aptly titled piece boasts three moods over three movements: Snappy, Mellow and Upbeat. Voicing: Concert Band, Instrumentation: 1pic.2.2.3.1.2/2.1.1/4.3.3.1.1/strbass/tmp/perc(4)

 

 

Top Stephen Paulus Pieces for a Recital

Paulus not only wrote for large ensemble but penned many pieces for soloists, vocal and instrumental that are perfect for a recital. Here are some favorites.

Explosions (for Solo Piano)

This solo piano piece is bouncy, punchy and full of power. It showcases not only dexterity but sensitivity and dynamic range. At 4 minutes it's a perfect for any recital or jury. Written for Nicola Melville in 2007

 

Duo for Clarinet and Piano

This duo piece for clarinet and piano is perfect for a recital. An early Paulus piece written in 1974, it was premiered by the Minnesota Composers Forum, (which Paulus co-founded), at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

 A Refined Reflection (for Solo Organ)

Commisioned for Caron Farmer in 2013 as an additional movement to the Baronian Suite, (for Michael Baron of the famed Pipe Dreams radio program). It is one of Paulus' best ever organ works and a Paulus family favorite. Its beauty is astounding and the harmonic development is otherworldly. Perfect for an organ recital. 

 

Blithely Breezing Along (for Solo Organ)

This is another fantastic selection for an organ recital and taken as well from the Baronian Suite written for Michael Baron. It's 7 minutes long and was premiered by the American Guild of Organists' 2008 Organ Spectacular. It's a powerhouse of a piece with beautiful dynamic range that's sure to impress.

 

Seven for the Flowers Near the River (for Viola and Piano)

Commissioned for the world renown violist, Cynthia Phelps and pianist Warren Jones, this piece was performed at Alice Tully Hall in 1988. This 19 minute piece runs the gamut technically and dynamically over 7 breathtaking movements.

 

Quartessence

Premiered by the Cleveland Quartet in 1990 at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C., this amazing piece is written for string quartet (2 violin, 1 viola, 1 cello) and is 20 minutes long.

The Road Home

Paulus' most famous work to date, this is perfect for solo recital or group choral recital. It's soaring melody, including a soprano solo, is startlingly moving and filled with grace. SATB, SSAA, TTBB, A Cappella

Stephen Paulus Famous Choral Works

The Road Home

Undoubtedly Paulus' most famous work to date, hailed by critics and a staple in every serious choral directors book, The Road Home has been performed all over the world by everyone from children's choirs to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It's heart wrenching nostalgia will bring a tear to anyone's eye but leave them uplifted with a feeling of hope. A truly memorable work of art. Text by lifetime collaborator, Michael Dennis Brown and commissioned for and premiered by the Dale Warland Singers. Chorus (SATB, SSAA, or TTBB), a cappella available

Pilgrims' Hymn

His second most performed work, Pilgrims' Hymn has been sung at the funerals of Presidents Ford and Reagan. It's the star moment from Paulus' opera, The Three Hermits. It's truly breathtaking melody haunts the soul. Pilgrims' Hymn has been performed consistently the world over since it's inception. It's Paulus at his finest. Another beautiful collaboration with text by Michael Dennis Browne. 4 part mixed chorus

To Be Certain of the Dawn

This stunning piece is a Holocaust Memorial Oratorio to honor two important anniversaries: the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps and the 40th anniversary of the publication of Nostra Aetate (Latin for "In Our Times"), the seminal Vatican II document that condemned blaming Jews for the death of Christ. It was premiered in 2005 by the MN Orchestra and Basilica of St. Mary Choirs, plus 4 soloists. Osmo Vänskä, Music Director and Conductor. The incredibly moving text is by Michael Dennis Brown. SSAATTBB, SSA, Soloists, 2.2.2.2/1(Shofar)/4.3.3.1/timpani/percussion/harp/pianno/orchestra

Prayers and Rememberances 

This Grammy Award winning piece was commissioned by True Concord Voices and Dorothy Vanek and premiered by TCV and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in 2011. The work was commissioned in memory of Robert Vanek and friends of the Vaneks from United and American Airlines who were lost on September 11, 2001. It's one of Paulus' most soul-stirring works to date and the Grammy award was accepted posthumously by his family.

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