David's orchestral works have been commissioned, performed, or recorded by the Chicago Symphony, Seattle Symphony, the Japan Philharmonic (Tokyo), the City of London Sinfonia, the Moravian Philharmonic (Czech Republic), Kiev Philharmonic (Russia), the New Orleans Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Orchestra USA, and many others.
Recent publications (2018):
ANTARES (1971) [Duration 10:00]
3 (pic)-(E.hn.)-3 (bcl)-3 (cbsn); 4-4-3-1; timp, perc (3), pno (cel), hp, Gospel Choir (ad lib), tape or synthesizer; strings. Commissioned by the Florida Center for the Arts under a grant from the Ford Foundation--MENC Contemporary Music Project. Peremiere Apr. 22, 1971, Florida. Gulf Coast Symnphony, Tampa; Irwin Hoffman, conductor.
ARCTURUS (1972) [Duration 12:00]
3 (pic)-(E.hn.)-3 (bcl)-3 (cbsn); 4-4-3-1; hp, clave-piano (cel), timp, perc (4), Putney synthesizer or tape; strings. Commissioned and premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra June 15, 1972, Chicago, with the composer at the synthesizer, Irwin Hoffman, conductor.
CONCERT OVERTURE (1957) [Duration 7:00]
3 (pic)-2-2-2; 4-3-3-1; timp, perc (2) str. Sagalyn Prize, Berkshire Music Center, Tanglewood, 1957. Premiere May 6, 1958, Urbana, IL; University 9of Illinois Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the composer.
CONCERTO for Cello and Orchestra (1963-1965) [Duration 20:00]
3 (pic)-2 (E.hn)-3 (bcl)-2; 4-3-3-1; timp, perc (3), pno (cel), hp, str.
Commissioned by Edgar Lustgarten. Premiere June 13, 1967, Edgar Lustgarten, cello, Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo; Milton Katims, guest conductor. [Manuscript]
DOUBLE CONCERTO for Two Violins and Orchestra (1994-1995) [Duration 27:00]
2 (pic)-2 (E.hn)-2-2; 4-3-3-1; perc (3), hp, pno (cel), str. Commissioned by Jeanne Bandes and the International Musicians' Recording Fund for Igor and Vesna Gruppman, violinists. [Manuscript]
ELEGY FOR ASTRONAUTS (1986) [Duration 10:00]
3 (pic)-3 (E.hn)-3 (bcl)-3 (cbsn); 4-3-3-1; perc (4), tape, pno (cel), hp, str.
Premiere Dec. 7, 1986, San Diego State University Symphony, San Diego; Donald Barra, conductor.
FIESTA! — Millennium Dances Finale (2002) [Duration 7:00]
Picc.-2 2-E.hn 2-bcl 2-cbsn; 4-4-3-1, harp, pno. (cel., toy pno.), timp, 4 perc. plus percussion soloist on ethnic instruments, str. Commissioned by the San Diego Symphony and Jung-Ho Pak, Artistic Director. Premiere performance Apr. 27, 2002, San Diego, with Steven Schick, perc. soloist.
MILLENNIUM DANCES (2001) [Duration 18:00]
3 (pic, Irish tin whistle) 2-E.hn 2-bcl 2-cbsn, 4-3-3-1, harp, pno. (cel., toy pno.), timp, 4 perc. plus percussion soloist on ethnic instruments, str. Commissioned by the San Diego Symphony and Jung-Ho Pak, Artistic Director. Premiere performances May 25-26-27, 2001, San Diego, with John Flood, perc. soloist.
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MILLENNIUM FANFARE (2000) [Duration 4:00]
Picc.-2-2-2-2, 4-3-3-1, timp, perc (3) str. Commissioned and premiered by the Tifereth Israel Community Orchestra, David Amos, conductor; June 6, 2000, San Diego.
OLYMPICS OVERTURE (1984) [Duration 6:00]
3 (pic)-2-3 (bcl)-3 (cbsn) 4-3-3-1; timp, perc (3) str. Commissioned by the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra under a grant from the Col. Frank C. Wood Memorial Fund of the San Diego Community Foundation. Premiere June 10, 1984, University of California, San Diego, San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra; Arne Christiansen, conductor.
PRELUDE AND TOCCATA (1962) [Duration 12:00]
3 (pic)-3 (E.hn)-3 (bcl)-2; 4-3-3-1; timp, perc (3), hp, str. Winner of Albuquerque Civic Symphony national Composition contest. Premiere Mar. 21, 1963, Albuquerque, NM, Albuquerque Civic Symphony; Maurice Benney, conductor.
THE SONG OF MOSES (1963-64) [Duration 70:00]
For narrator, STTB soli, double mixed chorus, orchestra: 3 (pic)-3 (E.hn)-3 (bcl)-2, al sax; 5-3-3-1; timp, perc (4), pno (cel), hp, str. Commissioned by J. Dayton Smith and the Music Dept. of San Diego State College. Premiere May 31, 1964, San Diego, CA. with Gregory Peck, narrator, SDSC Chorus, Concert Choir, and Symphony Orchestra; Paul V. Anderson, conductor.
There is a major dramatic part for the Narrator, who should be a trained actor or charismatic speaker. Four vocal soloists are required as avatars of the following cast:
Choral requirements: Two separate choruses (positioned preferably antiphonally). One of the choruses, intentionally simpler, is written mostly in unison or octaves and has been done with amateur singers; the more difficult choral writing is reserved for a concert choir, which should have 32 or more singers. (No limits on choral sizes, actually; SOM was premiered with multiple choirs totally 800, performed later with choirs of 400, and (ideally, perhaps) more often with choruses of 60-100.)
The orchestral part can easily be done by a professional orchestra. All performances so far have been with college/university/conservatory orchestras, and with adequate rehearsals this has worked well.
The vocal score, originally published by the San Diego State College Press, is now published by the Theodore Presser Co. with orchestral materials on rental. A full score is available for examination, along with recordings (not commercially released) of the performances with Gregory Peck and Vincent Price.
Pulitzer Prize winning critic Alan M. Kriegsman, in a review of the San Diego 1964 musical scene, wrote No event of the entire year was more impressive or imbued with greater significance than the world-premiere of the stirring oratorio "The Song of Moses" by San Diego composer David Ward-Steinman. ... There was no lack of musical riches in 1964, but if I were forced to boil the ... list down further to an elite few, I would single out Ward-Steinman's "The Song of Moses." [The San Diego Union, 12/27/64]
The unveiling of David Ward-Steinman's oratorio, "The Song of Moses," proved to be an artistic event of the first magnitude, and lent added weight to previous high estimates of the composer's abilities... The performers deserved the most vigorous compliments, and the audience rewarded them justly with tumultuous applause. Peck's deep, resonant voice enhanced the narration, and he intoned the words clearly and without histrionics... Ward-Steinman has rendered this immense subject into music of dignity, striking craftsmanship and, in its most climactic phases, resounding impact." [Kriegsman, The San Diego Union, 6/2/64]
"The Song of Moses" was much more than a musical exposure — It was a religious experience ... The libretto, written by Prof. Ward-Steinman, is a considerable creative triumph of a literary kind, notice of which may get smothered beneath the initial reaction to the musical ones. Since the oratorio is built upon it, brief mention here is important. The libretto is an unbelievably tight distillation into 8-10 pages of almost 150 double column pages of Biblical action and history... The libretto does not argue, it augurs. The entire composition is augurous—pregnant with significance for humanity. One responds to the work with fervor, with the desire to go up into the mountain and search again the profound reverberations that this art symbol expresses, touching the vast potencies in our individual beings. // David Ward-Steinman has set himself the measure of his artistry in this music. You simply must hear it to know how superlative that artistry is. He exceeds all past efforts in this his largest and most musical utterance. [Allan Shields, The Valley News, 6/3/64]
SYMPHONY (1959) [Duration 22:00]
3 (pic)-2 (E.hn)-2 -2; 4-3-3-1; timp, perc (3), hp, str.
Joseph H. Bearns Prize, Columbia University; BMI Prize, SCA competition.
Premiere Dec. 4, 1962, San Diego Symphony Orchestra; Paul V. Anderson, conductor.
SEASON'S GREETINGS (1981) [Duration 2:00]
3 (pic)-3 (E.hn)-3 (bcl)-3 (cbsn); 4-3-3-1; perc (3), cel, hp, str. Premiere Dec. 15, 1983, San Diego, San Diego Symphony; Matthew Garbutt, conductor.
THESE THREE — Concert Suite (1968) [Duration 15:00]
2 (pic)-2 (E.hn)-2 (bcl, al sax)-2 (al sax (b sax); 4-3-3-1; perc (3), pno, str. Premiere Nov. 9, 1979, Am. Society of University Composers conference, Las Cruces, NM; New Mexico State University Civic Symphony; Marianna Gabbi, conductor. [Premiere originally scheduled Feb. 4, 1970, by the San Diego Symphony under Zoltan Rozsnyai, but parts were lost in mail, necessitating substitution of another work by DW-S].
THREE MINIATURES for School Orchestras (1967) [Duration 3:00]
2-1-2-1, 2-2-2, perc (2), str. [LRM]
WESTERN ORPHEUS — Concert Suite (1968) [Duration 20:00]
2 (pic)-2 (E.hn)-2 (bcl)-2; 2-2-2-0; timp, perc, solo pno/cel (doubling Koto or Cheng ad lib), hp, solo vln, str. Premiere Mar. 6, 1975, Bloomington, IL, Illinois Wesleyan University Orchestra; Richard Hishman, conductor.
Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Ensemble
CHROMA CONCERTO for Multiple Keyboards, Percussion and Chamber Orchestra (1984) [Duration 19:00]
1-1-1-1, hn, perc (3), pno cel, toy pno (3-8ve), synthesizer, str. Commissioned by The Nouveau West Chamber Orchestra with grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Premiere May 7, 1985, Scottsdale, AZ, by the composer and Amy Smith-Davie, keyboard soloists with the Nouveau West Chamber Orchestra; Terry Williams, music director.
CINNABAR CONCERTO for Viola and Strings (1991-93) [Duration 17:00]
Piano, 1 perc, solo viola, strings. Commissioned by Karen Elaine with a grant from the Natl. Assoc. of Negro Musicians, Premiere April 16, 1994, University of San Diego, CA, Karen Elaine, viola, San Diego Contemporary Music Ensemble; Lily Hood Gunn, director.
CONCERTO GROSSO for Combo and Chamber Orchestra (1960) [Duration 17:00]
Combo: alt sax, bar sax, tpt, tbn. 0-0-0-0, al sax (ten sax), ten sax, bar sax, 0-3-3-1, drum set, pf, str. (opt.). MJQ Music, Inc.Commissioned by John Garvey for the Modern Jazz Quartet's School of Jazz, Lenox, MA. Premiere Nov. 8, 1964, Carnegie Hall, NY, Orchestra U.S.A.; John Lewis, music director; Harold Farberman, conductor. BMI Prize, SCA competition. [MJQ Music, Inc.]
CONCERTO NO. 2 for Chamber Orchestra (1960-62) [Duration 17:00]
1-1-1-1, 1-1-1-0, timp, perc, str. Commissioned by the Sherwood Hall Orchestra of La Jolla, CA. Premiere Mar 3, 1963, La Jolla, CA, Sherwood Hall Orchestra; Daniel Lewis, conductor.
ELEGY FOR ASTRONAUTS, for Chamber Orchestra (2006) [Duration 10:30]
1-1-1-1, 1-1-1-1, timp, perc (2), hp, pno/cel, electronic tape/CD, str. Premiere Nov. 30, 2006, Indiana Univ. New Music Ensemble; David Dzubay, cond. [Manuscript]
PERELANDRA (1998) [Duration 27:00]
(Chamber version of DOUBLE CONCERTO for two violins and orchestra) 2 solo violins, percussion, piano/celeste. Commissioned by Jeanne Bandes and the International Musicians' Recording Fund. Premiere May 30, 1998, La Jolla, CA; The Malkin Duo (Anna and Bracha Malkin), John Flood, perc.; Edward Laurel, piano/celeste. [Manuscript]
RITUALS for Dancers and Musicians (1971) [Duration 14:00]
Fl (Indian bamboo fl, sop rec, tamb, fing cym, maraca), perc (2), prepared piano (bamboo fl, rec, koto [or cheng, zither, or autoharp], mbira [or afroharp]). Commissioned by the Florida Center for the Arts under a grant from the Ford Foundation-MENC Contemporary Music Project. Television premiere Dec. 5, 1971, Channel 13, Tampa, FL. Choreography by William Hug; dancers from the Univ. of South Florida, Tampa.
VOICES FROM THE GALLERY (1990; orch. 2000) [Duration 40:00]
For soprano, tenor, baritone, chamber orchestra, and optional art projections. 1 (pic, alto fl.)-1 (e.hn)-1 (bcl)-0, 0-0-0-0, perc, hp, pno/cel, string quartet.
Premiere (Chamber Orch. Version) Apr. 2, 2000, San Diego, CA; Ann Chase, John Edward, Philip Larson, voices. [Ms.]
WINGING IT (1986) [Duration 13:00]
1-1-1-0, Hn, perc (1), str. Commissioned by the Las Cruces Symphony Association. Premiere Nov. 22, 1986, Las Cruces, NM, Chamber Players de Las Cruces; Mariana Gabbil conductor.
Solo and Chamber Ensemble
BRANCUSI'S BRASS BEDS — Quintet No. 2 (1976) [Duration 16:00]
2 tpts, hn, tromb, tuba. Commissioned by The Bowling Green Brass Quintet, First Prize, University of Kansas Brass Quintet Composition Contest, Premiere Jan. 22, 1978, Bowling Green Brass Quintet, Bowling Green State Univ., KY. [Manuscript]
CHILDS PLAY for Bassoon and Piano (1968) [Duration 10:00]
Commissioned by Barney Childs for Lester Weil. Premiere Apr. 12, 1969, Lester Weil, bassoon, with the composer at the piano; American Society of Univrsity Composers conference, Univ. of Cal., Santa Barbara. [Galaxy Music Corp.]
CINNABAR for Viola and Piano (1991) [Duration 6:00]
Commissioned and premiered by Karen Elaine Bakunin, viola, with the composer at the piano; June 15, 1991, 19th International Viola Congress, Ithaca, NY.Cinnabar was featured on Composers Datebook most recently on June 15, 2014.
DUO for Cello and Piano (1964-65) [Duration 20:00]
Commissioned by Edgar Lustgarten. Premiere Apr. 16, 1970, San Diego State University, CA; Lustgarten, cello, composer at the piano.
ELEGY FOR ASTRONAUTS, Chamber Version (1986) [Duration 10:00]
2 pf (cel), hp, tape, perc (5). Premiere Dec. 4, 1986, San Diego State University New Music Ensemble, San Diego, CA; Donald Barra, guest conductor. [Manuscript]
EPITHALAMION for Flute and Cello (1981) [Duration 4:00]
Premiere Nov. 8, 1981, (wedding of Jenny Lee & Ron Migneco), San Diego; Susan Ward-Steinman, flute; Marylou Moore, cello. [Manuscript]
ETUDE ON THE NAME OF BARNEY CHILDS for Solo Clarinet (1989)
[Duration 4:00] Premiere Apr. 8, 1990, Linden Gallery, Melbourne, Australia; Brigid Burke, cl. [Mill Creek Publications]
GOLDEN APPLES for Alto Saxophone and Piano (1981) [Duration 14:00]
Commissioned by James Rötter. Premiere Dec. 4, 1981, James Rötter, sax, and Delores Stevens, pno; San Diego State University, CA. [Manuscript]
INTERSECTIONS II: 'Borobudur' for Fortified Piano and Percussion (1989) [Duration 15:00] Composed under the auspices of the Australian-American Educationl Foundation during a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award to Australia, 1989-90. Premiere Mar 5, 1990, Canberra Institute of the Arts, Australia; Daryl Pratt, perc., David Ward-Steinman, fortified piano. [MJQ Music, Inc.]
INTERSECTIONS III: Dialogues for Piano and Brass Quintet (2000)
[Duration 5:00] Premiere Apr. 4, 2000, San Diego Museum of Art. Westwind Brass with David Ward-Steinman, piano. [Ms.]
LULLABY FOR ILUKA for Cello and Piano (2006) [Duration 2:00]
Premiere May 14, 2006, Melbourne, Australia,; Imogen Manins, cello; Tony Gould, piano. [Theodore Presser]
MOIRÉ for Piano and Chamber Ensemble (1983) [Duration 6:00]
1-0-1-1, alt sax, 0-1-1-0, perc (1), pno. Commissioned by the University of Redlands (CA) New Music Ensemble. Premiere Apr. 27, 1984, Clara Yau, piano, with the Univ. of Redlands New Music Ensemble; Barney Childs, Director. [Manuscript]
MONTAGE for Woodwind Quintet (1968) [Duration 6:00]
Commissioned by Young Audiences, Inc., San Diego, CA. Premiere June 6, 1968, San Diego, Firenze Quintet from the San Diego Symphony. [MJQ Music, Inc.]
NIGHT WINDS for Woodwind Quintet No. 2 (1993) [Duration 17:00]
Commissioned by San Diego State University for the Arioso Wind Quintet.
Premiere Nov. 4, 1993, Arioso Wind Quintet; Festival of New American Music, California State University, Sacramento. [Merion Music, Inc. ]
PUTNEY THREE for Woodwind Quintet, Prepared Piano, and Putney Synthesizer or Tape (1970) [Duration 13:00]
Commissioned by the Florida State Music Teachers' Association. Premiere Nov. 9, 1971, Ars Nova Quintet (Univ. of South Fla.) with the com0poser at the piano and synth esizer; FSMTA Convention, Tallahassee. [Manuscript]
QUIET DANCE for Flute, Clarinet, Guitar and Cello (1958) [Duration 4:00]
Premiere performance Mar. 21, 1958, Univ. of Ill., Urbana. Joanna Zubty, choreography; Susan Ward-Steinman, fl; Alice Robertson, cl; Thomas Binkley, guit; Peter Farrell, vc. [Manuscript]
QUINTET FOR BRASS No. 1 for 2 Trumpets, Horn, Trombone and Tuba (1958) [Duration 13:00] Premiere Apr. 5, 1960; Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, Brass Quintet -- William Geis, Richard Vandament, Richard Ely, Liborio Arcuri, and Ronald Bishop. 1st prize, Natl. Fed. of Music Clubs national contest.
SUMMER SUITE for Oboe and Piano (1987) [Duration 7:00]
Commissioned by the Tom Peyton Memorial Arts Festival of the First United Methodist Church of Alexandria, LA, in memory of Dr. M. Lee Jarrell.
Premiere Apr. 27, 1985, Stephen F. Caplan, oboe, composer at the piano. [Tritone Press]
THREE SONGS FOR CLARINET AND PIANO (1957) [Duration 9:00]
1st Prize, Phi Mu Alpha national composition contest. Premiere May 21, 1958, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana. John Winking, cl; David Ward-Steinman, piano. [Tritone Press]
THE TRACKER from a Poem by Barney Childs for Clarinet, Fortified Piano, and Tape (stereo or quad) (1976) [Duration 11:00]
Commissioned by Barney Childs and Philip Rehfeldt for "Clarinet and Friend." Premiere Nov. 13, 1976, Phillip Rehfeldt, clarinet, Barney Childs, fortified piano and tape; Am. Soc. of Univ. Composers conference, Cal. State Univerity, Fullerton. [ASUC Journal of Scores]
TOCCATA for Synthesizer and Slide Projectors (1978) [Duration 8:00]
Premiere Nov. 2, 1978, David Ward-Steinman, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. [Manuscript]
WINDOWS for Brass Quintet (2006) [Duration 6:00]
Premiere May 1, 2006, Westwind Brass, Neurosciences Institute, La Jolla, CA. [Manuscript]
Vocal and Choral
AND IN THESE TIMES, Christmas Cantata (1979-81) [Duration 55:00]
Libretto by Douglas Worth. For narrator, soloists, chorus, cello, wind ensemble: 3 (pic, alto fl)-3 (e.hn)-6 (alto/bs/cbs)-2; 2 sax (alto, ten); 3-4-3-1; perc (5), kybds. (pno/cel/elec.pno), hp, cello obbligato, double-bass. Premiere Dec. 12, 1982, San Diego State University, CA, Palomar Chorale and the San Diego State University Wind Ensemble; Joe Stanford, conductor
...AND WAKEN GREEN (1983) [Duration 12:00]
Seven Poems by Douglas Worth. Medium voice or voices (male/female) & piano.
Premiere Oct. 19, 1983, Carlsbad City Library, CA. Joe Stanford and Ellen Lawson, composer at the piano. [Leyerle Publications]
BRIGHT STAR (1976, rev. 2005) [Duration 5:00]
Song for Mediukm High Voice and Piano. Poem by Bill Adams (from the Ward-Steinman/Adams opera TAMAR). Premiere Apr. 4, 2005, San Diego; Kellie Evans-O'Connor, soprano; David Ward-Steinman, piano. [Manuscript]
CHILDREN'S CORNER REVISITED (1985) [Duration 7:00]
For Medium Voice and Piano. Premiere performance Oct. 21, 1984, San Diego State University, CA. Ellen Lawson, soprano; David Ward-Steinman, piano. [Leyerle Publications]
FRAGMENTS FROM SAPPHO (1965) [Duration 15:00]
For Soprano, Flute, Cello and Piano. Premiere Apr. 29, 1966, Sherwood Hall, La Jolla, CA; Emma Small (sop), Fredrick Baker (fl), Dan Magnusson (cl), David Ward-Steinman (piano); Louis Campiglia, conductor.
GOD'S ROCK (1974) [Duration 4:00]
For Mixed Chorus, Piano or Organ and optional Percussion. Premiere Jan. 20, 1974, Fletcher Hills Presbyterian Church, El Cajon, CA. Chancel Choir, Wes Woodson, director. [Galaxy]
GRANT PARK for Baritone and Chamber Ensemble (1969) [Duration 9:00]
Three poems by Emmett Jarrett from Suite for an Afternoon Walk in Grant Park (Chicago)
baritone voice, 0-1-1-0, 0-2-2-0, perc (2), pno. Commissioned by Phi Mu Alpha, Beta Nu Chapter, University of Northern Iowa, Premiere Mar. 16, 2970, Univ. of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls; Fritz Moses, bar., Jack Graham, conductor. [Ms.]
HILDEGARD'S APOTHECARY for Soprano, SATB Chorus, and Piano (2007)
1. Hildegard's Rose; 2. Hildegard's Lavender; 3. Hildegard's Nutmeg [Duration ca. 8 mins.]
Commissioned by Dale Jergenson for the Cantori Domino singers of Santa Monica, CA (Maurita Phillips-Thornburgh, artistic director), premiere May 27, 2007 with Susan Kasenow as soprano soloist.
I AM THE WIND (Songs of the Emerald Isle) (2002) [Duration 9:00]
For High Voice (dblg. hand perc.), Flute (alto fl), Cello and Harp. Commissioned by Ann Chase and the Cararada Chamber Music Ensemble. Premiere May 19, 2002, Timken Museum, San Diego, Ann Chase, sop.; Beth Ross-Buckley, fl and alto fl; Steve Garrett, cello; Elena Mashkovtseva, harp. [Manuscript]
LES ODES DE JEUNESSE (1956, rev. 1982) [Duration 6:00]
Two Poems of Ronsard. Premiere Jan. 1956, Fla. State Univ., Tallahassee; Ellen Snow (sop.), David Ward-Steinman (pno). [Leyerle Publications]
OF WIND AND WATER (Choral Suite) (1982) [Duration 13:00]
For Mixed Chorus, Piano, and 2 Percussion. Commissioned and premiered by the Collegiate Choir and Chamber Singers of Illinois Wesleyan University; David Nott, conductor, Mar. 4, 1982, Bloomington, IL. [Manuscript]
PSALMS OF REJOICING for Mixed Chorus (1960) [Duration 4:00]
SSAATTBB a cappella. Premiere Apr. 23, 1961, Kansas City; NFMC Biennial, Mississippi State University Meistersingers; H. C. Collings, director. 1st Prize, National Federation of Music Clubs composition contest. [Mercury Music Corp]
SEASONS FANTASTIC for Mixed Chorus and Harp (1992) [Duration 13:00]
Four poems by Robert Lee. Commissioned by the American Harp Society, San Diego Chapter. Premiere June 25, 1992, Am. Harp Soc. Nat'l. Convention, Univ. of San Diego, Marian Rian Hays, harp; San Diego Choral Artists, Ron Gillis, conductor. [Manuscript]
THE TALE OF ISSOUMBOCHI (1968) [Duration 20:00]
For Narrator, Soprano, Flute, Clarinet, Cello, Percussion and Piano/Celeste. Libretto by Susan Lucas, from a Japanese fairy tale. Commissioned by the Association for Childhood Education International. Premiere Apr. 18, 1968, San Diego, ACEI Convention; Emma Small, sop., S. Sanford Engel, nar.; conducted by the composer.
THE SONG OF MOSES [see under Orchestra heading]
VOICES FROM THE GALLERY (1989-90) [Duration 40:00]
For Soprano, Tenor, Baritone and Piano [also available for chamber orchestra above]. Composed under the auspices of the Australian-American Educational Foundation during a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award to Australia, 1989-90. Premiere Feb. 13, 1994, San Diego State University, CA; Ann Chase, Martin Chambers, Philip Larson, voices; Bob Willey, slide projector, composer at the piano. [Manuscript]
Band and Wind Ensemble
AND IN THESE TIMES [see under Vocal music]
BISHOP'S GAMBIT for Symphonic Wind Ensemble (1979) [Duration 8:00]
Commissioned by the Bishop Ireton-St. Mary's Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Premiere Mar. 22, 1980, Bishop Ireton-St. Mary's Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Garwood Whaley, conductor; Alexandria, VA. [Manuscript]
GASPARILLA DAY (1970) [Duration 3:00]
Commissioned by the Tampa Bay area Composer-in-Residence Project under a grant from the Ford Foundation-MENC Contemporary Music Project. Premiere Feb., 1971, King High School Band, Tampa, FL; Tom Luter, director. [Kalmus Publications]
JAZZ TANGENTS (1967) [Duration 13:00]
Commissioned by the Univ. of North Dakota Wind Ensemble, Michael Polovitz, director, and premiered by them Apr. 23, 1967 with Johnny Smith as guitar soloist. [MJQ Music, Inc.]
QUINTESSENCE for Wind Quintet, Brass Quintet, and Percussion (1985) [Duration 13:00] Commissioned by the National Assoc. of College Wind & Percussion Instructors. Premiere Apr. 11, 1986, NACWPI convention, Anaheim, CA, Arizona Wind Quintet, Univ. of New Mexico Brass Quintet, David Steinquest, perc.; Gary Cook, conductor. [Manuscript]
RAGA FOR WINDS (1972) [Duration 10:00]
Commissioned by the Tampa Bay area Composer-in-Residence Project under a grant from the Ford Foundation-MENC Contemporary Music Project. Premiere Mar. 10, 1972, MENC natl. convention, Atlanta; Univ. of South Fla. Concert Band Ensemble; Gale Sperry, conductor. [MJQ Music, Inc.]
SCORPIO (1976) [Duration 7:00]
Commissioned by the College Band Directors' National Association, Western Division. Premiere Apr. 10, 1976, CBDNA Convention, Tucson, AZ, SAn Diego State University Wind Ensemble, Charles D. Yates, conductor. [Manuscript]
RITUALS for Dancers and Musicians [see under Chamber ensembles] [Duration 14:00]
TAMAR, Music-Drama in Three Acts (1970-77) [Duration 2 hrs., 20 mins.]
6 voices, dancers & orchestra; libretto by William J. Adams, from the Tamar of Robinson Jeffers. [Manuscript]
THESE THREE — Ballet (1966) [Duration 28:00]
Choreography by Eugene Loring. 2 (pic)-2 (e.hn)-2 (bcl, al sax)-2, al sax (b sax); 4-3-3-1; perc (3), pf, str. Commissioned by Ballet America Foundation for the Joffrey Balley Company.
Premiere Sept 13, 1966, City Center Theater, NYC; Seymour Lipkin, conductor.
WESTERN ORPHEUS — Ballet (1964) [Duration 30:00]
Choreography by Richard Carter. 2 (pic)-2 (e.hn)-2 (bcl)-2; 2-2-2-0; timp, perc, solo pf/cel (doubling Koto or Cheng ad lib), hp, solo vln, str. Commissioned by the San Diego Ballet Company for the opening of the San Diego Civic Theatre. Premiere Feb. 26, 1965, San Diego Civic Theatre; San Diego Ballet Company, San Diego Symphony; Earl Bernard Murray, conductor.
WESTERN ORPHEUS — Ballet; revised version (1987) [Duration 37:00]
New choreogtraphy by Maxine Mahon (instrumentation same as above). Commissioned by the California Ballet Company.Premiere Apr. 17, 1987, East County Performing Arts Center, El Cajon, CA; Nicholas Grant, vln. solo; Composer, piano; Calif. Ballet Company Orchestra recording conducted by Donald Barra.
Antigone (Reader's Theatre, San Diego), The Oresteia of Aeschylus (San Diego Greek Theatre Festival), The Puppet Prince (Asolo State Theatre of Fla., Sarasota), 12th Night (Univ. of Ill.) Bring Wine for the Widow (Old Globe Theatre, San Diego), Joe Egg (Asolo State Theatre, Sarasota), ghost cues for Barnaby Jones TV series.
DERRY AIRS, Rondo for Jazz Piano (2007) [Duration 2:30]
Premiere Jan. 29, 2010, Indiana University-Bloomington; David Ward-Steinman, piano.
IMPROVISATIONS ON CHILDREN'S SONGS (1964)[Duration 4:00]
[Lee Roberts Music Publications]
INSIDE OUT -- Three Pieces for Piano Interior from Prisms and Reflections (1996[Duration 5:00] Premiere by David Burge, Jan. 19, 1996, San Diego, CA [MJQ Music, Inc. ]
LATTER-DAY LULLABIES (1961-66) [Duration 7:00] [E.B. Marks Music Corp.]
LULLABY FOR ILUKA (2006) [Duration 2:00]
Premiere Apr. 3, 2006, Ind. State Univ., Terre Haute; D. Ward-Steinman, pno.
PRISMS AND REFLECTIONS (1996) [Duration 17:00]
Commissioned by the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT), affiliated with MTNA. Premiere by David Burge, Jan. 19, 1996, San Diego, CA.
[MJQ Music, Inc.]
1st SONATA FOR PIANO (1956-57) [Duration 12:00]
Premiere by Lowell Roddenberry, spring, 1957, Fla. State Univ., Tallahassee. [Manuscript]
SONATA FOR PIANO FORTIFIED (1972) [Duration 12:00]
Commissioned by the Florida Center for the Arts under a grant from the Ford Foundation--MENC Contemporary Music Project. Premiere June 23, 1972, University of South Florida, Tampa; Gary Wolf. [Manuscript]
THIRD PIANO SONATA (1996) [Duration 13:00]
Premiere by Delores Stevens, Nov. 17, 1996, Palomar College, San Marcos, CA
[MJQ Music, Inc.]
THREE IMPROVISATIONS ON A THEME OF DARIUS MILHAUD (1996)
[Duration 4:00] Premiere performance June 11, 1960, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana; David Ward-Steinman. Winner, Sigma Alpha Iota Inter-AMerican Music Award composition contest. [Editions Salabert]
THREE LYRIC PRELUDES (1964-66) [Galaxy] [Duration 6:00]
THREE MINIATURES (1964) [Duration 3:00]
[Lee Robert Music Publications]
VESPERS FOR PIANO — In Memoriam Edward Kilenyi (2000) [Duration 5:00]
Premiere Jan. 14, 2001, Florida State Univ.; David Ward-Steinman. [Manuscript]
WHAT'S LEFT for the Left Hand Alone (1987) [Duration 4:00]
Premiere Feb. 29, 1988, San Diego State University, CA; Conrad Bruderer [Manuscript]
DUBLIN DAWN (2001) [Duration 7:00]
Premiere July 7, 2001, Limerick, Ireland (College Music Society International Conference); Patrice Madura Ward-Steinman and David Ward-Steinman, pianos. [Manuscript]
FLIGHT! (2002) [Duration 13:00]
Commissioned by the Louisiana Music Teachers Association 2002 Convention.
Premiere Oct. 11, 2002, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge; Patrice Madura Ward-Steinman and David Ward-Steinman, pianos [Manuscript]
JAZZ CONCERTO for Two Pianos with optional Rhythm Section (2009)
[3 movements, 20 mins.] Premiere Nov. 20, 2009 Indiana University-Bloomington;
David Ward-Steinman & Levi graft, panos; Jeremy allen, bass; Trevor Haining, drumset. [Manuscript]
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Dr. Ward-Steinman's "Comparative Anthology of Musical Forms, 2vv." (Belmont CA: Wadsworth, 1976), currently o/p.
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