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Victoria Bond, Composer
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A major force in 21st century concert music, Victoria Bond leads a dual career as composer and conductor. Her compositions have been praised by the New York Times as "powerful, stylistically varied and technically demanding," and her conducting has been called “impassioned” by the Wall Street Journal and “full of energy and fervor” by the New York Times.

Bond has been commissioned by The American Ballet Theater, Pennsylvania Ballet, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Houston and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras, Cleveland and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestras, Women’s Philharmonic, Young Peoples’ Chorus, Manhattan Choral Ensemble and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her compositions have been performed by the Dallas Symphony, New York City Opera, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Anchorage Opera, Irish National Orchestra (RTE), Shanghai Symphony and members of the New York Philharmonic, among others. She is the recipient of the Victor Herbert Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Walter Hinrichsen Award and the Miriam Gideon Prize.

Bond has served as Exxon/Arts Endowment Conductor with the Pittsburgh Symphony and guest conducted throughout the United States, Europe, South America and China. The first woman awarded a doctorate in orchestral conducting from The Juilliard School, Bond has served as Music Director of the New Amsterdam and Roanoke Symphony Orchestras, Artistic Director of Opera Roanoke, Harrisburg Opera and Bel Canto Opera, Music Adviser of the Wuhan Symphony in China and is Principal Guest Conductor of Chamber Opera Chicago.

She has guest conducted the Honolulu, Buffalo, Richmond, Louisville, Albany, Anchorage, Dallas and Houston symphony orchestras; Cleveland and St. Paul chamber symphonies; Opera Carolina; Festival of Contemporary Music in Santos, Brazil; Radio Telefis Eirann in Dublin, Ireland; Center for Contemporary Opera in New York; and the Shanghai, Hunan, and Wuhan symphony orchestras and Beijing Central Opera in China. She was assistant conductor of New York City Opera under Beverly Sills, and conducted orchestral concerts for Ray Charles, leading his 70th birthday concert in Warsaw, Poland. She has worked with Andre Previn, Pierre Boulez, Aaron Copland, Mstislav Rostropovich, Sixten Ehrling, Leonard Slatkin, James Conlon, Herbert Blomstedt, and Herbert von Karajan.

Upcoming performances of her compositions include the orchestral premiere of Bridges by The Michigan Philharmonic in October; the California premiere of her violin concerto Soul of a Nation by the Riverside Symphony; the premiere of her setting of Psalm 84, commissioned by Soli Deo Gloria at Temple Emanuel and St. John the Divine sung by a combined choir in November; and the workshop performance of her opera Clara about Clara Schumann in April. Scenes from Bond’s opera Mrs. President were performed by the New York City Opera as part of VOX in 2001 and the complete opera was performed in concert by the Anchorage Opera in October 2012. Of the opera, Allan Kozinn in The New York Times wrote: “Victoria Bond has struck gold.” Bond’s Hanukkah opera Miracle! commissioned by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, will be premiered by them in December 2015. She has composed eight operas, six ballets, two piano concertos and numerous orchestral, chamber, choral and keyboard compositions. Ms. Bond produces Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival in New York and is a frequent pre-concert lecturer for the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall and for the Metropolitan Opera’ HD simulcasts at Guild Hall. She has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal and on NBC’s Today Show and featured in People magazine and in the New York Times.

Her music is published by Theodore Presser, C.F. Peters, G. Schirmer, and Subito Music and recorded on the Koch International, Albany, GEGA, Protone, and Family Classic labels.

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Airs to Charm a Lizard


American Piano Concertos


Character Sketches


Dancing on Glass: String Chamber Music by Women Composers


New York Tapestries


Odyssey: New Viola Music


Peculiar Plants


Victoria Bond: Compositions


Yes


Audio Samples:Ancient Keys (excerpt)    Dreams of Flying (excerpt)     
Molly ManyBloom (excerpt)    

Works in the NYWC Catalog:

Ancient Keys

Duration: 17'
Instrumentation: Pno,Orch (Soloist: piano; 2(pic).2(eh).2(bcl).2-2.2.1.0-timp 2 perc str) (solo piano version available).
Commissioned and premiered; Paul Barnes and The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. The idea for the piano concerto Ancient Keys began as a fragile melody, sung by the pianist Paul Barnes, on a foggy hillside in the Czech city of Zlin. Paul and I were on our way to a recording session for my first piano concerto and he was relating to me his ecstatic experiences singing in the choir of a Greek Orthodox Church.
Publisher:
Theodore Presser
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Aria For Soprano And String Quartet

Duration: 5'
Instrumentation: Sop,2 Vln,Vla,Vc
Text: Victoria Bond
Prem: 10/25/70; LA Natural History Museum


Batucada

Duration: 3'25"
Instrumentation: pno
Prem: 3/30/85; Lawrence, KS
Rec: 1995; GEGA
Theme and variation on the Brazilian samba
Restricting the theme to its rhythmic element and subordinating all other elements, the piano is cast in the role of both percussion ensemble and dancers.
“Scarlet was the dominant color effect in Bond’s Batucada, with its sassy dance rhythms and dynamic contrasts.” Register-Guard
Publisher:
Subito Music Corporation
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Binary

Duration: 4'
Instrumentation: Pno
Binary, for two pianos, was commissioned by Paul Schenly for Pianofest 2005. I was invited to be composer-in-residence for this amazing summer program and Binary was premiered on August 1, performed by Jiayin Shen and Michael Berkovsky.
Two versions: two pianos; solo piano

Black Light

Duration: 20'
Instrumentation: pic.2.2(eh).2.(bcl).2-4.3.3.1-timp.2perc-str, Pn
Prem. 11/97; The Martinu Philharmonic, Czech Republic
Rec: 1997; The Martinu Philharmonic, KOCH
Big band jazz, the plaintive lament of a Jewish religious chant and a scat-inspired finale characterize this distinctively American work.
“Dazzling...riffs gloriously on both jazz and Jewish liturgical music” American Record Guide


Br'er Rabbit and the Wolves' Party

Duration: 7'
Instrumentation: Banjo, Fiddle (Vln),Cb,Narr
Composed for a New York Philharmonic Young Peoples' Concert at "Kidfest" Avery Fisher Hall. NY Philharmonic Mar 2011.

Bridges (chamber trio)

Duration: 14'
Instrumentation: Cl,B~Cl,Chinese~Instr,Pno,Vln,Vc,Perc Three versions:clarinet; bass clarinet; erhu; pipaclarinet; violin; pianoclarinet; violin; cello; piano; perc; dizi; erhu; pipa
Drawn from the folk music of China and America, organized around four actual bridges: Railroad Trestle Bridge in Galax, Virginia; Stone Bridge Over a Reflecting Pool in Suzhou, China; Golden Gate Bridge; Brooklyn Bridge.
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C-A-G-E-D For String Orchestra

Duration: 10'25"
Instrumentation: Str Orch
Prem: 8/74; Cabrillo Music Festival, CA
I. Allegro II. Adagio III. Allegro con moto
The letters represent the open strings on all the string instruments and are the motive on which the work is structured. In addition to this technical description, it portrays the frustration of any living creature confined against its will, pacing, staring out helplessly, raging.
“Jagged, syncopated rhythms and carefully planned intensities.”
The San Francisco Chronicle
Publisher:
Subito Music Corporation
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C-A-G-E-D For String Quintet

Duration: 10'25"
Instrumentation: 2 Vln,Vla,Vc,Cb
Prem: 9/26/72; LA Natural History Museum
I. Allegro II. Adagio III. Allegro con moto
The letters represent the open strings on all the string instruments and are the motive on which the work is structured. In addition to this technical description, it portrays the frustration of any living creature confined against its will, pacing, staring out helplessly, raging.
“Jagged, syncopated rhythms and carefully planned intensities.”
The San Francisco Chronicle
Publisher:
Subito Music Corporation
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Can(N)Ons For Clarinet And Violin

Duration: 7'
Instrumentation: Cl,Vln
Prem: 10/25/70; LA Natural History Museum
I. Vivace II. Moderato III. Allegro IV. Andante V. Allegro
Study in counterpoint, dedicated to my teacher, Ingolf Dahl.
Publisher:
Subito Music Corporation
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Chanson Innocente

Duration: 3'
Instrumentation: Pn, Sop
Premiered Loyola University, LA, 1968; poetry of E. E. Cummings.

Clara

Duration:
Instrumentation: Sop, Mezz-Sop ,Ten,Bar,Bass
Opera about the life of Clara Schumann. Libretto by Barbara Zinn Kreiger. 2 Acts. Cast: 2 sopranos; 1 mezzo-soprano; 1 tenor; 2 baritones; 1 bass-baritone

Concertino

Duration: 10'
Instrumentation: 1(pic).2.1.2-2.0.0.0-timp.perc-str(minimum:6.6.6.4.2)
Variations on the American Folksong “The Water is Wide.”

Conversation Piece

Duration: 11'30"
Instrumentation: Vla,Vib
Prem: 8/15/75; Museum of Modern Art, NYC
A theme with 7 variations exploring contrapuntal exchanges. Changing surfaces over a deep stillness create hypnotic, repetitive figures.
“The proudest achievement of the evening was Conversation Piece. Don’t be misled by its decorous title. The piece is a highly-charged dialogue for an unlikely duo, and Bond takes ample advantage of the opportunities afforded for tonal contrast.” Musical America
Publisher:
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The Corn in the Rock

Duration: 10'
Instrumentation: Hn,Tpt,Tbn,Perc,Narr,B~Tbn
Commissioned and premiered 2006 by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra; The Children's Museum of Indianapolis.
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Cornography

Duration: 4'20"
Instrumentation: Sop,Hn,Bn
Text: Victoria BondPrem: 10/25/70; LA Natural History Museum
I. Recitative II. Aria Obnoxious III. Buffoonery IV. Cornography V.Finale
In this humorous work, the soprano sings about the nature of the horn and the bassoon, and displays her own virtuosity in an unaccompanied display, whose only text is the word “aria.”

Publisher:
Subito Music Corporation
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Country Fiddle

Duration: 3'
Instrumentation: Vln
movement from TRIO.

Cyclops

Duration: 30'
Instrumentation:
Choral Opera based on Episode 12 of James Joyce’s Ulysses. The text functions on two levels: on the first level four men are talking in a bar in Ireland, the first being the Citizen, who is Joyce’s equivalent of the Cyclops, the second being Leopold Bloom, the hero of Ulysses, the third being the narrator and the fourth being a man identified as Joe.

Dancing on Glass (trio)

Duration: 15'
Instrumentation: Vln,Vla,Vc
Commissioned and premiered 2003 by The Jade Trio, NYC. Based on the Chinese folksong Liu Yang River, a favorite of street musicians who often sang it accompanied by a drum.

Dreams Of Flying

Duration: 5'
Instrumentation: 2 Vln,Vla,Vc
Prem: 4/24/94; The Audubon String Quartet ; Maverick Festival, Woodstock, NY
Rec: 1995; GEGA
I. Resisting Gravity; II. Floating; III. The Caged Bird Dreams of the Jungle; IV. Flight
As this work was commissioned by a quartet called Audubon, the name evoked the images of birds.
“The piece has an unrestrained, gradual build-up that makes a progression with each movement, each of which has some relation to the theme. The third movement contrasts a pensive, withdrawn state with one of exuberant jungle-like vitality.” The Chautauqua Daily
“This lively music exploits Brazilian dance rhythms and bird calls in a way that liberates the soul while reminding us of our limitations.”
The Music Conoisseur

Publisher:
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Duet For Flute And Viola

Duration: 7'35"
Instrumentation: Fl,Vla
Prem: 10/25/70; LA Natural History Museum
I. Moderato II. Allegro III. Moderato IV. Allegro Vivace

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Elegy

Duration: 1'55"
Instrumentation: 1.1.1.1-2.2.2.0-timp.perc-str(6.6.4.4.2)
From film score Man in the City, Universal Studios LA, CA

Equinox

Duration: 45'
Instrumentation: 2(pic).2(eh).2(bscl).2-4.3.3.1-timp.3perc-pno.hp-str
Choreographer: Lynne Taylor-Corbett
chorus on tape for prologue only; tape available
Piano version available
Comm. and prem: 10/13/77; Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, Schubert Theater, Philadelphia, PA
This particular ballet draws from Hermann Hesse’s novel Narcissus and Goldmund. It is a study of the dual nature of man. Set in the middle ages, the music evokes the modalities of Gregaroian chant with asymmetrical, pungent style.
“The showpiece of last night’s program was the New York premiere of Equinox...the music has bite and direction.” Newsday
“In one scene, the timpani marks the inexorable advance of three masked death figures. Violins follow the plague-ridden crowd who run, but cannot escape. The total effect is spine-chilling.” Today’s Post
“A strong, probing work that provokes and disturbs as much as it entertains...a worthy addition to the repertory.” Courier-Post

Publisher:
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Everyone Is Good For Something

Duration: 40'
Instrumentation: 3 chorus:1sop.1alto.1bass
Samuel French, Inc. Represented by Tonda Marton Agency
Libretto: Beatrice Schenk de Regniers
Soloists: mezzo-sop.ten.bar-narrator-dancer
Prem: 3/3/86; Stage One, Louisville, KY
A musical for young audiences
This is the story of a boy trying to find his sense of self-worth in a difficult world. His mother continually scolds him and a mocking chorus taunts him that he is a failure and good for nothing. He is constantly making a mess of every job he is asked to do. One day a stranger gives him a sack to throw in the river. He opens the sack to discover a magical cat who speaks to him. She takes him on a journey to the land of good-for -nothings where he learns how to help others and by doing so, his own value. He returns to his mother a hero.
“A tuneful pastiche of ragtime, blues and gospel traditions with a dash of modern dissonance” The Courier-Journal


Four Fragments For Orchestra

Duration: 6'
Instrumentation: pno-timp.chimes.tam-tam.marimb-str(6.6.4.4.2)
From a film score, Five Desperate Women, Paramount Studios, LA, CA

Frescoes and Ash (chamber or string orchestra)

Duration: 20'
Instrumentation: Cl,Pno,Perc,Vln,Vla,Vc,Cb
Seven movements based on frescoes and mosaics in Pompeii: I. Street Musicians; II. Marine Mosaic; III. Scene from a Comedy; IV The Sybil’s Speaks; V. Chiron Teaches Achilles to Play the Lyre; VI. Alexander Mosaic; VII. Ash: Awareness of Mortality. Commissioned and premiered by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2009.

The Frog Prince

Duration: 15'
Instrumentation: 1.1.1.1-3.1.1.0-perc(1)-str
chamber orchestra version
Soloist: narrator
Comm. and prem: 3/5/90 The Williamsburg Symphonia
A reduced orchestration and abbreviated version of the original Frog
Prince, this is suitable for performances with Peter and the Wolf.
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From An Antique Land

Duration: 20'
Instrumentation: soprano-pno
Text: Edna St. Vincent Millay, Shelley, Gerard Manley Hopkins
Prem: 11/10/76; The New School, NYC

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Goodbye My Fancy

Duration: 7'
Instrumentation: baritone-pno
Text: Walt Whitman
Comm. and prem: 3/28/92; Symphony Space, NYC
I. Recuerdo II. Ozymandias III. Spring and Fall: To a Young Child IV. The Spring and The Fall
This song cylce contrasts personal experiences with those of a more abstract nature.
“A song of farewell...engaging and accessible.” Roanoke Times

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Great Galloping Gottschalk

Duration: 20'
Instrumentation: pic2.2(eh).2.2.4.3.3.1-tim.2perc.hp.pn.str
Choreographer: Lynne Taylor CorbettPrem: 1/82 Miami Beach, FL; The American Ballet Theater
This arrangement creates a piano concerto out of several solo works of Louis Moreau Gottschalk and can be presented as a purely instrumental work.

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Gulliver

Duration: 90'
Instrumentation: Alto, Ten, Bar, bs, Chorus
Opera for family audiences
Music and Lyrics: Victoria Bond; Book: Moses Goldberg
Soloists: sop, mezzo, ten bar, bass
Ensemble: sop, bar; piano
Comm.: 1988; Stage One workshop, Louisville Children’s Theater, KY
Adapted from Swift’s Gulliver's Travels.


Hot Air

Duration: 16'30"
Instrumentation: Fl,Ob,Cl,Bn,Hn
Comm. and prem: 3/6/92; The Renaissance City Winds, Pittsburgh, PA
I. Hot Air II. Who is Gulliver III. In My Land IV. Yahoos
This quintet elaborates dramatic scenes from the opera that I was working on at that time, Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels. The first movement, Hot Air, shows Gulliver in an agitated state, eager for the journey, impatient to begin; The second movement, Who Is Gulliver, finds him at a turning point, where he has lost his direction and his sense of identity; The third movement, In My Land, gives him a glimpse of a more perfect world of peace and harmony; the last movement, Yahoos, gives an unflattering portrait of humans as seen by a more advanced lifeform.

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How Br’er Raccoon Outsmarted the Frogs

Duration: 15'
Instrumentation: Fl,Ob,Cl,Bn,Hn
Woodwind quintet with Narrator. Commissioned and premiered 2006 by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra; The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. The text comes from the Brer Rabbit stories collected by Joel Chandler Harris as part of his Uncle Remus' African American folk tales. Text: Celeste Bloomfield.
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Impressions V

Duration: 3'
Instrumentation: soprano-pno
Text: E.E. Cummings
Prem: 1968; Loyola University, LA, CA

The Indispensable Man: A Roosevelt Portrait

Duration: 20'
Instrumentation: Narr
This work for narrator and large wind ensemble uses Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s own words in a dramatic script written by Dr. Myles Lee.

Instruments of Revelation

Duration: 10'
Instrumentation: Cl,Vln,Vla,Vc,Pno,Fl (2 versions:clarinet; violin; viola; cello; piano or flute; clarinet; violin, cello; piano)
Based on three Tarot cards: the Magician, representing ambiguity, with music shifting suddenly from the mysterious and solemn to the cunning and dexterous; the High Priestess, possessing wisdom, passion and secrets of the law, her music is calm but slowly ignites into throbbing desire; the Fool, considered both the holy mystic and the intoxicated lunatic, embodies music of both comedy and chaos.

Jasmine Flower (Moli Hua)

Duration: 7'
Instrumentation: Vla, ,Vln,Vc (versions: solo viola; solo violin, solo cello)
Using a traditional Chinese folksong, Moli Hua or Jasmine Flower as a point of reference, the piece contrasts the pure, simple flowing melody with a desire to break free of the orderly and explore the complex, asymmetrical, chaotic elements that contrast the song.

Journal 1981

Duration: 7'15"
Instrumentation: 1.2.1.2-2.2.0.0-timp.perc-str
Prem: 5/82; St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Saint Paul, MN
Award Winner, St Paul Chamber Orchestra Competition
My journals record an internal dialogue and have become a source of strength and self-awareness. As a composer, many of my thoughts are in music, not words, and so it seemed appropriate to record this stream of consciousness. 1981 was a turbulent year for me. My schooling was behind me and I had just concluded a two-year apprenticeship as Assistant conductor with the Pittsburgh Symphony.
“A unique combination of sounds and theme exciting, intriguing, and positive. It’s a work worth repeat hearing.” Virginia Gazette

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Leopold Bloom’s Homecoming

Duration: 17'30"
Instrumentation: Ten,Pno
The text of Leopold Bloom’s Homecoming comes from James Joyce's novel Ulysses, and is the pentultimate episode. I have set the last part of this episode, when Bloom returns to his home and his wife Molly.

The Long Haired Girl

Duration: 10'
Instrumentation: Vln,Vla,Vc,Cb,Narr,Hp
Commissioned and premiered 2006 by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra; The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. A story for children based on a Chinese folktale about a young girl who saves the villagers from dying of thirst. Text: Susan Grizzell.
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Margaret

Duration: 7'46"
Instrumentation: Sop,Fl,Vln,Vc,Pno
Text: G. M. HopkinsPrem: 10/18/84; North/South Consonance Ensemble, NYC
“An evocative, eerily tense setting of the Hopkins poem” NY Times
“Engaging, successful in its instrumental moments” NY Times

Publisher:
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Mechanical Dolls

Duration: 4'
Instrumentation: Pn
movement from TRIO.

Menage A Trois

Duration: 3'
Instrumentation: Alto~Fl,Alto~Sax,Bass~Cl
1 movement; Premiered private reading, 9/30/71.
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Miracle! (Children's Hanukkah Opera)

Duration:
Instrumentation:
Hanukkah Opera for Young Audiences.

Mirror Of Nature

Duration: 5'10"
Instrumentation: 4 Sop,4 Vc
Prem: 8/12/71; LA County Museum
Film score for film of same name.


Mirror, Mirror

Duration: 2'45"
Instrumentation: Sop,Fl,Vla
Text: Michael Halprin,
Prem: 10/25/70; LA Natural History Museum
Based on Lewis Carroll's: Alice Through the Looking Glass.

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Molly Manybloom

Duration: 45'
Instrumentation: soprano and string quartet
Text: James Joyce, Ulysses
Prem: 3/10/91; Albany City Arts Building, Albany NY
“Ms. Bond’s work, a setting of the final section pf Ulysses, grants Molly something that Joyce denied her when he married her off to Bloom: she lets Molly be a prima donna, and gives her a powerful, stylistically varied and technically demanding soprano line. Like Joyce’s text, it is by turns wistful, angry, caustic, rhapsodic and nostalgic. And around it, Ms Bond has woven an expressive, dynamic quartet score in which the instruments are heard alone, in duets with Molly, and in a promiscuous combination of duets, trios and full ensembles. The language is pervasively chromatic, yet it takes in influences of all sorts, including blues, a waltz and fragments of popular songs mentioned by Joyce.”
The New York Times
“Impressive, ambitious and effective.” Harold Prince

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Monologue

Duration: 3'
Instrumentation: Vc
movement from TRIO.

A More Perfect Union

Duration: 30'
Instrumentation: Sop,Ten, Counter-Ten,Bar,Fl,Vln,viola da gamba, harpsichord,Perc
Opera/Ballet about the Constitutional Convention. Librettist: Isaiah Sheffer. Soloists: 2 sop, 2 ten, counter-tenor, bar, actor. The Constitutional Convention of 1787 as seen through modern eyes with comparisons to recent history. Prem: 2004 by The Center for Contemporary Opera and NY City Opera's VOX and Friends; Performed 2005 at Diaghilev Festival, Perm, Russia.

Mrs. President

Duration: 120'
Instrumentation: Sop, Mezzo Sop,Ten,Bass, chorus SATB,Orch
Opera in two acts about the first woman to run for president, Victoria Woodhull. Librettist: Hilary Bell. Soloists: 3 sop, 1 mezzo, 2 ten, 1 bass-bar; chorus SATB.
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A New Light

Duration: 15'
Instrumentation: Vln,Perc,Pno
I. Inner Light, II. Stable and Unstable Elements. Dedicated to the physicist Marie Curie, the work expresses aspects of radioactivity as they relate to music. The first movement uses the idea of light as an inner beacon illuminating and charging the air with its bright particles. The second movement contrasts stability with nervous, unstable rhythms and motives. Commissioned and Premiered 2009, Oak Ridge Civic Music Association.

Notes From Underground

Duration: 10'59"
Instrumentation: Alto~Sax,Pno
Prem: 10/9/85; Kingsport Fine Arts Center, Kingsport, TN
Rec: 1993; Protone Records
Structured as a dramatic tone poem and an early study for the later orchestral Urban Bird, the piece describes a scenario between a street musician playing on a subway platform and passing trains who continually drown out his music.
“A fascinating programmatic piece” Chattanooga Times
“It is based on the jazz idiom, and is at times heavy and dissonant. However it has a driving rhythmic energy and was presented with zeal by both performers.” The Kingsport Times

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Old New Borrowed Blues

Duration: 10'59"
Instrumentation: Hpschd,Cb,Perc~including~Vib
Comm. and prem: 10/25/86; Saratoga Springs, NY;
1991 Festival of Baroque Music, Nova/Antigua Ensemble
This work is a set of variations on John Dowland’s lute song “Flow My Tears.” The mournful wail of the theme becomes a blues, contrasting the world of the harpsichord on the one hand and that of the vibraphone on the other, the double bass being common to both. The title suggests a “wedding” of these two worlds.

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Other Selves

Duration: 22'
Instrumentation: vn.vc-pno
Choreographer: Lynne Taylor-Corbett
Comm. and prem: 8/21/79; Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Lennox, MA
Rec: 1980; Protone Records
This ballet is based on a series of sculptures by Marjorie Michael entitled, A Woman’s Journey. These portray vignettes of ordinary scenes from a woman’s life. The music is organized as a theme and 7 variations, based on a Bach-like architectural design. Each instrument is given a solo movement and a duet, and these are interspersed with the full trio ensemble, each solo featuring a different aspect of the individual in relationship to the group.
“A bravura piece, romantic in impulse but contemporary in its tonal language. With challenging unaccompanied solos for each instrument.” Atlanta Journal

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Pastorale

Duration: 3'
Instrumentation: Fl,Ob,Cl,Bn,Hn
Prem. 1/12/66; University of Southern California

Pater Patriae: A Washington Portrait

Duration: 15'47
Instrumentation: 1.1.1.1-1.1.1-timp.perc,Narr,Perc
Text: Dr. Myles Lee. Using Washington's words as the basis for the text and similar in format to the Lincoln Portrait, the music is based on actual fife and drum tunes from Washington's era.

Peculiar Plants

Duration: 8'
Instrumentation: harpsichord or Pno (narrator optional)
I. Strangler Fig II. Venus Flytrap III. Deadly Nightshade IV. Blushing Violet V. Ragweed
Six musical portraits of colorfully weird, menacing plant…It takes a composer of Bond's skill to work them into a vivid picture, and a player of Cooper's caliber to make the most of it. Together they had the audience laughing out loud.
- The Villager. Premiered: 2004 Cutting Edge Concerts, NYC
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Peter Quince At The Clavier

Duration: 16'
Instrumentation: soprano-pno-perc (tam-tam.hi-hat cymb.wind chimes.trgl.tamb)
Text: Wallace Stevens
Prem: 4/16/78; 92nd Street Y, NYC
Conceived as a monodrama, the singer portrays the narrator as well as each character in the Biblical narrative of Susanna and the Elders. The composer suggests that the singer also play the percussion instruments, however, it is possible to have a separate percussionist.
“An aurally and visually unique work. Bond has designated specific letters for the five positions assumed by the singer during the performance. The singer moves at specified times in order to play particular percussion instruments while singing or during interludes. This work is fascinating in its use of the voice. Bond moves quickly from cantabile to whispering in the first few bars. The considerable use of sprechstimme and whispered tones is contrasted by a long-spun cadenza. There is also a great deal of dramatic and dynamic contrast. It is rhythmically complex for both performers and has frequent meter changes. The clever use of vocal and percussive effects creates a phantasmagorical work, difficult to interpret but well worth the effort.” New Directions
“An ambitious and diverting monodrama.” NY Times

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Potirion Sotiriu

Duration: 15'
Instrumentation: Pno
Based on a Greek Orthodox chant, this solo work became the basis for the piano concerto Ancient Keys. Premiered by Paul Barnes, 2000.
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Quartet For Clarinet And Strings

Duration: 7'
Instrumentation: Cl,Vln,Vla,Vc
Prem: University of Southern California
Recitative; Aria; Trio; March-rondo; Promenade; March; Waltz; March-rondo

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Quintet For Woodwinds

Duration: 7'35"
Instrumentation: Fl,Ob,Cl,Bn,Hn
Prem: 4/24/70; San Fernando Valley State
I. Allegro II. Adagio III. Allegro molto

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Rag

Duration: 3'40"
Instrumentation: Pno,Vln,Vc
movement from TRIO.

Rage

Duration: 10'
Instrumentation: pno
Choreographer: Jeff Satinoff
Comm. and prem: 10/16/93; Lake Erie Ballet, PA
Rec: 1995; GEGA
Rage is about the turbulent emotions of an abusive relationship. Originally composed as a pas de deux for two dancers, it is an impassioned cry against violence. It portrays a couple imprisoned in a vicious cycle of domination and abuse, first looking at the scene from the position of the perpetrator and then from the viewpoint of the abused, the music alternates between these two extremes.
“Intense, thought-provoking, tragic and violent” Erie Dance Review

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Recitative For English Horn And Strings

Duration: 5'
Instrumentation: Eng~Hn,2 Vln,Vla,Vc
one movement
Prem. 10/25/70; LA Natural History Museum

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Ringing

Duration: 3'24"
Instrumentation: 3.(pic).3(eh)-3.3.3(cbsn)-4.3.3.1-timp.perc(3)-str
Comm. and prem: 7/4/86; Houston Symphony Orchestra, Houston, TX
As part of the Houston Symphony’s sesquicentennial celebration, and based on the folksong ‘Deep in the Heart of Texas,’ Ringing fragments the familiar melody in an Ives-like mosaic
“A jubilant fanfare built on mutated fragments of a Texas folksong and inspired by the clanging of bells” The Cape Codder
“A challenging, heroic work showcasing the brass and string sections” Amarillo Sunday News

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Sacred Sisters

Duration: 10'40"
Instrumentation: Vln,Hp (or Ruth arranged for flute and harp),Fl
I. Esther II. Ruth III. Judith. Using original tropes notated in A. W. Binder's Biblical Chant for Esther and Ruth, Bond invented her own for Judith as the story comes from the apocrypha and not from the Torah. The stories of these three biblical women share a willingness to defy the conventions of their day to save their people. Commissioned & premiered by the American Society for Jewish Music; Center for Jewish History, 2005 NYC.

Samba

Duration: 5'
Instrumentation: Fl,Pno
Theme and variations on the Brazilian samba, emphasizing the earthy qualities of the flute and percussive aspects of the piano. Restricting the theme to its rhythmic element, it casts the instruments in the roles of percussionist and dancer.
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Sandburg Suite

Duration: 7'
Instrumentation: pno
Choreographer: Margaret Beals
Comm. and prem: 8/16/80; Margaret Beals Dance Company
Rec: 1994; Leonarda Records
This ballet, designed to be danced while the dancer recites, uses the poem “Working Girls” by Carl Sandburg. The melodic material is based on American folk music and the mood of the five variations range from folk to blues, from ragtime to gospel.
“Immediately appealing” Discovery

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Scat (I)

Duration: 6'20"
Instrumentation: Alto~Sax,Guit
Prem: 1/16/85; New Dimensions, Clarksville, TN
A conversation between two jazz musicians as told in music.

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Scat (Ii)

Duration: 5'
Instrumentation: Sop,Tpt
Prem: 1/23/85; Chapel Concert Series, NYC
An improvisation in which the singer sings nonsense syllables as text, and the musical material is exchanged and varied as in a jam session. “Patterned after Bond’s idea of Ella Fitzgerald, the performers let their hair down and sent us back into the cold night with a smile and the feeling that the trip had been well worthwhile.” The Prospect Press

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Shenblu

Duration: 5'
Instrumentation: Fl
Prem: 5/16/87; Shanghai, China
Recording: 1995; GEGA
“Contains an element common to both Chinese music and American jazz: the pentatonic or five-note scale. A fun piece to perform, it’s success depends upon the flutist’s ability to present the changing moods from languid and expressive to intensely driving, primitive and guttural, in a multi-metered dance-like section.” Flute Talk
“A tour-de-force for flute...the work is a fascinating compositional tease and a technical challenge.” The Ithaca Journal

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Sonata For Cello And Piano

Duration: 10'11"
Instrumentation: Vc,Pno
Prem: 6/20/71; Café Figaro, LA, CA
Recording: 1978; Protone Records, 1995; GEGA
“One movement in continuous change and evolution, suspended until the final cadence is a challenging concept which Bond brought off with spare yet passionate writing.” Denver Post
“There is a craggy lyricism that is as fresh as any music in Elliot Carter’s work.” The San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle

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Sonata For Orchestra

Duration: 5'15"
Instrumentation: 2(pic).2.2.2-2.2.2.1-timp.perc-hp-str
Prem: 4/4/72; Juilliard School, NYC
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Suite Aux Troubadours

Duration: 11'40"
Instrumentation: fl.ob.(eh)-vla.vc-lute or harp
Soloist: soprano
Prem: 10/25/70; LA Natural History Museum
This suite of songs and dances was conceived as a 20th-century look into the past. The original troubadours and trouveres texts and music are taken as points of departure.
“A composer of great flair and originality. Her treatment of medieval troubadour songs was an exciting transformation of the material.”
The Register-Pajaronian

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Suite From Equinox

Duration: 20'
Instrumentation: 2(1).2(eh).2(bcl).2-2.2.1.0-timp.perc.hp.pno-str
Prem: 7/82; Ireland Radio Telefis Eireann, Dublin, Ireland
Extracted from the ballet Equinox based on the Hermann Hesse novel Narcissus and Goldmund, this suite distills the dramatic action of the story into a tight and cohesive unity.
“The total effect is spine-chilling” Today’s Post
“The work is built around the contrast between the spiritual and the sensual...a strong, probing work...provokes and disturbs.” Currier

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Tarot

Duration: 21'
Instrumentation: chorus SATB, percussion ensemble (7players)
Text: Penny Orloff
Soloist: soprano
Comm. and prem: 4/17/78; Fairmont College, WV
I. Magician II. High Priestess III. Fool
The Magician’s color is red, he is the shaman in a ritual bridging human and divine, his spiritual powers drawn from the animal energy of nature. His language is Swahili. The High Priestess’ color is yellow. She provides warmth, tranquility and life-giving energy and her language is Sanskrit. The fool’s color is blue and his language is English. He is pictured walking off a cliff, but he knows that he will not fall because he can fly. He represents imagination and creativity.

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Thirteen Ways Of Looking At A Blackbird

Duration: 7'28"
Instrumentation: Sop-pno
Text: Wallace Stevens
Prem: 1967; University of Southern California

Tongue Twisters

Duration: 7'
Instrumentation: women’s chorus
I. Two Tree Toads II. Canon of Cans III. Busted!
Original poetry

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Travels

Duration: 2 hr
Instrumentation: 1.1.1.1-2.1.0.0-timp.perc-pno-str
Librettist: Ann Goette
Soloists: sop, mezzo, 2 ten, bass-bar
chorus SATBB, dancers
Piano vocal score available
Prem: 5/18/95; Opera Roanoke, Roanoke, VA
Opera inspired by Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. Gull, an adolescent on the verge of manhood, is suffocated by the confines of home. He begins a quest for identity, love and mystery. Gull embarks on his travels by way of a train that spills him into a variety of cultures, where he encounters characters who mirror those he left behind: his mother, father, sweetheart and brother. Far from a literal interpretation, Travels retains Swift’s satirical edge, taking a dark look at many aspects of contemporary culture from televangelists to Prozac.
“Musically impressive and theatrically dynamic” Harold Prince
“Sparkling, tuneful score...the hilarious aerobics-class-from hell was a highlight.” Opera News
“The final aria is melodic and ethereally beautiful; a non-stop stream of movingly beautiful music.” American Record Guide

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Trio

Duration: 22'
Instrumentation: Pno,Vln,Vc
Choreographer: Lynne Taylor-Corbett
Comm. and prem: 8/21/79; Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Lennox, MA
Rec: 1980; Protone Records
This ballet is based on a series of sculptures by Marjorie Michael entitled, A Woman’s Journey. These portray vignettes of ordinary scenes from a woman’s life. The music is organized as a theme and 7 variations, based on a Bach-like architectural design. Each instrument is given a solo movement and a duet, and these are interspersed with the full trio ensemble, each solo featuring a different aspect of the individual in relationship to the group.
“A bravura piece, romantic in impulse but contemporary in its tonal language. With challenging unaccompanied solos for each instrument.” Atlanta Journal

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Trio For Brass

Duration: 7'5"
Instrumentation: Hn,Tpt,Tbn
Prem: 10/25/70; LA Natural History Museum
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Twenty-Four Variations For Flute

Duration: 5'
Instrumentation: Fl
premiered by LA County Museum, 1970, Sheridan Stokes, FL. Seesaw Music Corp.

Two Orchestral Interludes

Duration: 4'
Instrumentation: 1.1.2.1-2.1.1.1.2perc-pno-hp-(no vn)4vla.4vc.2cb
From the film score, Jacques Cousteau, Journey to Truck Lagoon, Metromedia Studios, LA, CA.

Urban Bird

Duration: 20'
Instrumentation: alto sax.2(1).2(eh).2(bcl).2-4.4.3.1-timp.2perc-str
Comm. and prem: 4/93 The Women’s Philharmonic, San Francisco, CA
This concerto is based on Charlie Parker’s Au Privave and John Coltrane’s Blue Trane. Structured as a dramatic tone poem, Urban Bird portrays a street musician playing on a subway platform whose music is continually drowned out by the passing trains.
“It is very late at night. Imagine a deserted subway platform in New York City; a street musician playing solos in the dark... he has heard plenty of Charlie Parker and more than a little John Coltrane... he is playing his heart out for no one but himself. Imagine trains roaring through the station frequently drowning him out. Imagine that he not only continues playing but that he integrates the sounds of the trains into his solos. His music transforms the dingy cavern into a magic place. Commuters rush into the train which tears away into the dark tunnel. When quiet returns, the musicians’s notes forlornly drift down around him.” Ann Arbor Symph.
“As close as an instrumental piece can get to an actual opera...
Incredibly effective.” San Francisco Bay Times

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Variations on a Theme of Brahms

Duration: 15'
Instrumentation: Orch (pic.2.2(eh).2.2(cbn).-4.3.3.1-timp.2perc-str)
My variations are based on the theme of the Andante movement of the Brahms String Sextet number one in B-flat major, Op. 18. They consist of twelve variations and a coda. Premiered 1998; Manhattan Philharmonia.
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Weddings & Bar Mitzvahs

Duration: 5'
Instrumentation: Vln
Prem: 5/28/94; The Ringve Museum, Trondheim, Norway
Rec: 1995; GEGA
Musicians are traditionally called upon to entertain at important social functions. Two of the most common are weddings, familiar to all cultures, and bar mitzvas, the celebration in the Jewish tradition of a boy’s coming of age when he is 13 years old and takes his place among men. The ambiguity of these occasions is what intrigued me and what prompted me to choose a Yiddish folksong “Hat ein man eine weibele (If a man had a pretty, little wife). The words extol the virtues of the relationship, but advise the man to treat his spouse roughly if she disobeys him and to swing her around his head like a chicken by the neck. Such contrast in sentiment is expressed in the melody, which though simple and hauntingly beautiful, is never quite sure whether or not it is supposed to be cheerful.

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What's The Point Of Counterpoint?

Duration: 24'10"
Instrumentation: 2(pic).2(eh).2(bcl).2-4.3.3.1-3perc.timp-hp-str
Text:Victoria Bond
Soloist: narrator
Comm. and prem: 4/20/85 The Empire State Youth Orchestra; The Empire State Institute for the Performing Arts, Albany, NY
A musical fable for narrator and orchestra.
“Counterpoint is so complicated a subject, that to appreciate all of the mathematical permutations requires the acumen of a well-trained composer. It’s nice to have some kind of introduction to it, and the Bond piece could serve the needs of listeners of all ages. Its construction is as a children’s tale: the protagonist, a tune, is looking for a friend. Tune is befriended by a bird, which takes him on a tour of the cities of Rhythm and Harmony before discovering the tent where the city of Counterpoint is headquartered, and being treated to a display, rendered with a likening to acrobatics, of part of the “Art of the Fugue.” It’s an impressive journey in terms of musical sophistication. Bond is to be congratulated and then some for providing youthful audiences with a text which never attempts to talk down to them.” Schenectady Gazette

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White On Black

Duration: 6'
Instrumentation: 2.(pic)2(eh).5 (3B-flat;1 E-flat; 1 bcl).2-4.5 (3 B-flat cornets; 2 tpt).
Concerto for saxophone quartet and concert band
Soloists: saxophone quartet (sop.alt.ten.bar)
Prem: 11/18/83; The New York Institute of Technology, American Concert Band Award Winner, Symposium XV for New Band Music, Radford, VA
White on Black, so named because it was written by a white person in a style inspired by the black jazz tradition. Each of the four saxes has his own personality: the soprano sax is high strung and somewhat neurotic; the alto sax is mellow and a smooth talker; the tenor sax is light hearted and a bit of a clown; and the baritone sax is a jock with swaggering bravado. These personalities identify themselves at the opening of the piece and are intoriduced by the full ensemble playing the work’s main theme, a rhythmic big band-style tutti. The ensemble remarks to each other as each sax makes its appearance, like spectators watching a parade. The main theme re-appears in a rondo-like form, separating the various solo sections and closing the work.

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Woven

Duration: 10'
Instrumentation: (Two versions: two violins; two flutes),Vln,Fl
(i>I. Spinning II. Knotted III. Open Weave IV. Tapestry. Jack Larsen’s fabric designs are the inspiration for Woven. The work applies the principle of interwoven strands of colored thread to interwoven musical lines. Premiered: 2005; LongHouse Preserve, East Hampton, NY.
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