Jesse Jones

composer

WORKS

ORCHESTRA MUSIC

  • “…innumerable stars, scattered in clusters”  (2013—jj.39), for orchestra, ca. 10 minutes, no scheduled premiere (read by New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert conducting, 3 June 2014).
  • Focus  (2012—jj.34), for large orchestra, commissioned by conductor Chris Kim and the Cornell Symphony Orchestra, ca. 10 minutes, premiered by the same in Bailey Hall (Ithaca, New York) in spring of 2012.
  • The lone and level sands  (2010), for sinfonietta, written for Cornell University and the Festival Chamber Orchestra, ca. 5 minutes, premiered 17 April 2010 in Barnes Hall (Ithaca, New York) with the Festival Chamber Orchestra under Cynthia Johnston-Turner.
  • Toccata  (2007-8), for large orchestra, written in partial fulfillment of the Master of Music degree at the University of Oregon, ca. 10 minutes, read on 8 May 2009 in Miller Theater (Columbia University) by the American Composers Orchestra under David Delta-Gier, and by the AACA Orchestra at Aspen under Robert Trevino.
  • Consternation  (2006-7), for sinfonietta, written for the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble (ECCE), ca. 11 minutes, premiered 17 November 2007 in Beall Hall (Eugene, Oregon) by ECCE, Scott J. Ordway conducting.

ORCHESTRA with SOLOIST

  • Threshold (2012—jj.35), for tenor & sinfonietta, text in English by Rabindranath Tagore, written for tenor Zach Finkelstein and the Cornell Festival Chamber Orchestra, ca. 9.5 minutes, premiered in Barnes Hall (Ithaca, NY) by the same on 31 March 2012.
  • For a Faded Mind  (2009-10), for solo violin, piano & strings, commissioned by violinist Joseph Lin & conductor Chris Kim, ca. 20 minutes, premiered 1 May 2010 in Barnes Hall (Ithaca, New York) by violinist Joseph Lin and the Cornell Chamber Orchestra under Chris Kim.
  • Elegy in April  (2007), for solo piano & orchestra, ca. 9 minutes, premiered 17 November 2007 in Beall Hall (Eugene, Oregon) by pianist Kate Campbell & the Oregon Composers Orchestra, Jesse Jones conducting.

WIND ENSEMBLE MUSIC

  • So Eden Sank to Grief  (2014—jj.44), for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, & 2 horns, commissioned by the Tanglewood Music Center, ca.10 minutes, premiered 6 July 2014 in Seiji Ozawa Hall by TMC fellows, Karina Canellakis, conducting.
  • Through the Veil  (2010-11), for 3 amplified sopranos and wind ensemble, commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University, ca. 18 minutes, premiered 30 April 2011 in Bailey Hall (Ithaca, New York) by the Cornell University Wind Ensemble, under Cynthia Johnston-Turner, with sopranos Judith Kellock, Patrice Pastore & Jamie Jordan, released on album Augenblick on Albany Records.

CHAMBER MUSIC

  • Duo, (in progress), for alto flute & guitar, ca.11 minutes, commissioned by Duo Damiana (Molly Barth & Dieter Hennings), premiere in Oregon scheduled for Summer 2015. 
  • Fuga a 3 voci (2014—jj.47), for soprano, oboe, violin, cello & piano, ca.6 minutes, commissioned by oboist Rebecca Nagel, premiere in Columbia, SC, scheduled for spring 2015. 
  • Trio, (2014—jj.46), for violin, mandolin & contrabass, ca.12 minutes, commissioned by violinist Rebecca Hunter & bassist Craig Butterfield, premiered 14 September 2014 at University of South Carolina School of Music.
  • Four Scenes (2014—jj.45), for soprano saxophone & marimba, ca.10 minutes, commissioned by the Rosewood Duo (saxophonist Cliff Leaman & percussionist Scott Herring), premiere in Columbia, SC, scheduled for fall 2014.
  • In dulcet tones (2013—jj.41), for violin & piano, ca. 10 minutes, commissioned by Rebecca Hunter and Lynn Kompass, premiered in Thailand in January 2014.
  • “Whereof man cannot speak…” (2013—jj.40), for string quartet, ca. 30 minutes, commissioned and premiered by the Juilliard String Quartet, 11 October 2013 in Indianapolis, IN.
  • ABRAXAS  (2013—jj.38), for clarinet, bassoon, horn, piano, 2 violins, viola, violoncello, and contrabass, ca. 13 minutes, commissioned and premiered by Scharoun Ensemble Berlin, 9 March 2013 in Rome (Villa Aurelia) and 17 May 2013 in Berlin.
  • Neither am I a bloodless angel  (2012—jj.36), for cello and piano, ca. 11 minutes, commissioned by Jeff Zeigler and David Riley, premiere scheduled for February 2014 in Eugene, OR.
  • Unisono  (2011), for violin, clarinet & piano, commissioned by Xak Bjerken for Mayfest 2011, ca. 9.5 minutes, premiered 24 May 2011 in Barnes Hall (Ithaca, New York) by violinist Philippe Graffin, clarinetist Chen Halevi, and pianist Xak Bjerken.
  • Night Music  (2010-11), for flute (or violin) & percussion, written for Sophia Tegart, ca. 13 minutes, two movements written and premiered at Tanglewood (2011), complete premiere on 26 October 2011 by flautist Emlyn Johnson & percussionist Matt Evans.
  • Four Bagatelles  (2011), for piano quintet (or clarinet, violin, double-bass & piano), written for the Open End Ensemble, ca. 7 minutes, premiered by the same in Fall 2011.
  • Snippet Variations  (2009), for clarinet, violin, cello & pianowritten for the Aspen Music Festival and Schoolca. 7.5 minutes, premiered 20 July 2009 in Harris Hall (Aspen, Colorado) by the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble under Syd Hodkinson, repeat performance at the Aspen Art Museum on 21 July 2009, additional performances by the Israeli Chamber Project (2009), and by Tanglewood’s New Fromm Players (2011).
  • Panache  (2009), for string quartet, written for the iO Quartet, ca. 9 minutes, premiered 13 March 2009 in Lincoln Hall (Ithaca, New York) by the iO Quartet.
  • Piano Quintet  (2006-7), for violin, viola, cello, double-bass & piano, ca. 11 minutes, premiered 17 November 2007 in Beall Hall (Eugene, Oregon) by the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble (ECCE).
  • The City of Gid  (2005), for flute & piano, ca. 6.5 minutes, premiered 7 November 2005 in Beall Hall (Eugene, Oregon) by flautist Leeann Davis and pianist Nathalie Fortin.

VOCAL MUSIC

  • Threshold (2012—jj.35), for tenor & sinfonietta, text in English by Rabindranath Tagore, written for tenor Zach Finkelstein and the Cornell Festival Chamber Orchestra, ca. 9.5 minutes, premiered in Barnes Hall (Ithaca, NY) by the same on 31 March 2012.
  • Margaret  (2011), for soprano and piano, text in English by Gerard Manley Hopkins, written for the Tanglewood Music Center, ca. 6 minutes, premiered by soprano Sharon Harms and pianist Daniel Anastasio in Seiji Ozawa Hall (Tanglewood), 13 July 2011.
  • Harmonies poétiques et religieuses  (2011), for mezzo-soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano resonance, three texts in French by Alphonse de Lamartine, written for the Argento Chamber Ensemble (winner of the Heckscher Prize in Composition), ca. 22 minutes, premiered 6 March 2011 in Barnes Hall (Ithaca, New York) by the Argento Chamber Ensemble, with mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway, David Fulmer conducting.
  • Los niños  (2006-9), for mezzo-soprano & guitar, five texts in Spanish by Federico Garcia Lorca (used with permission), ca. 23 minutes, premiered 21 June 2009 in Hockett Hall (Ithaca College), at the GFA Convention, by soprano Judith Kellock & guitarist Kenneth Meyer.
  • Drink Deeply  (2006), for soprano, alto & tenor, text in English by Anna Zeats Bennett, ca. 4 minutes, no scheduled premiere.

CHORAL MUSIC

  • Gods  (2011), for men’s choir TTBB a cappella, text in English by Walt Whitman, commissioned by Scott Tucker & the Cornell University Glee Club, ca. 8 minutes, no scheduled premiere.
  • Sing No Songs For Me  (2010), for choir SATB a cappella, text in English by Christina Rossetti, commissioned by Robert Cowles & Cantori (Hobart and William Smith Colleges), ca. 6.5 minutes, premiered by the same on 17 May 2011 in St. John’s Chapel (Geneva, New York).
  • Molly Bahn  (2008), for choir SATB a cappella, anonymous folk text in English, commissioned by Peter Wordelman & the EOU Chamber Choir, ca. 7 minutes, premiered by the same on 31 May 2009 in Newberg, Oregon (George Fox University), at the Oregon Collegiate Choral Festival.
  • Naye-e Sin  (2008), for choir SATB a cappella w/optional Eurhythmic movement, ancient folk text (war chant) in Navajo, commissioned by Peter Wordelman & the EOU Chamber Choir, ca. 6.5 minutes, premiered by the same on 28 May 2008 in Newberg, Oregon (George Fox University) at the Oregon Collegiate Choral Festival.
  • The Snowman (in progress/on hold), for soprano & choir TTBB a cappella, text in English by Wallace Stevens, duration and completion date unknown

PIANO MUSIC

  • Ephemera  (2014—jj.43) for solo piano, ca. 10 minutes, commissioned by pianist Xak Bjerken, premiere in Syracuse NY scheduled for 20 March 2014.
  • Postludes  (2010-11), piano four-hands, commissioned by the Jeffers-Carlson Duo, ca. 12 minutes, premiered by the same on 31 August 2011.
  • Lullay  (2010), for solo piano, written in partial fulfillment of the DMA at Cornell University, ca. 4.5 minutes, no scheduled premiere.
  • Nocturne  (2008), for solo piano, ca. 10 minutes, premiered 3 April 2009 in Barnes Hall (Ithaca, New York) by pianist Assen Boyadjiev.
  • Variations on Drowsy Maggie  (2005-7), for solo piano, ca. 6.5 minutes, premiered 11 June 2007 at the Oregon Bach Festival (Eugene, Oregon) by pianist Mihyun Kim.

SOLO MUSIC

  • Leda Monologue (2013—jj.42), for solo alto saxophone, ca. 5.5 minutes, commissioned by Andrew Allen, premiere in Strasbourg, France, scheduled for spring 2015.
  • Ricordanza  (2012, jj—37), for solo guitar, ca. 8 minutes, commissioned by guitarist Kenneth Meyer for his upcoming 2013 CD, premiere scheduled for May 2013.
  • Microtonal Sketches  (in progress/on hold) for solo cello (2011) ca. 9 minutes.
  • Phantasma  (2010-11), for solo cello, ca. 8 minutes, premiered 17 October 2007 in Beall Hall (Eugene, Oregon) by cellist Jeremy Heaven.

OPERA

  • Martin Eden, an Opera in Two Acts (in progress), for soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, & baritone, with chorus SATB & orchestra, libretto adapted from Jack London, ca.100 minutes, blackbox staging for DVD release scheduled for summer 2016—this production is funded in part by a Guggenheim Fellowship.
  • Love Is (2008), for soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor and baritone soloists, chorus SATB, with amplified chamber ensemble (flute, clarinet, percussion, violin & cello), original libretto in English by Thomas Madden, commissioned by the Eastern Oregon University Opera Club, ca. 50 minutes, no scheduled premiere.

FILM

  • The Black Sea (2013), ca.80 minutes, directed by Brian Padian
  • The Big Black Dark (2012), ca.12 minutes, directed by Brian Padian
  • Breath (2007), ca.10 minutes, directed by Chuck Peters

ORCHESTRATIONS/ARRANGEMENTS

  • Bach: Englische Suite No.2 in A minor  (2010-11), for clarinet, bassoon, horn, strings, ca. 22 minutes, premiere scheduled for March 2013 by Scharoun Ensemble Berlin in Rome and Berlin.