John M. Tarrh - Composer and Consultant

Music, Scores, and Program Notes

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Orchestral Works

Shiloh, a Requiem (2014)

Commissioned by the New Philharmonia Orchestra for the celebration of their 20th season.
Instrumentation: 3[1/pic.2.3] 3[1.2.Eh] 3[1.2.bcl] 3[1.2.cbn] - 4 3 3 1 - T+3 - hp - str.
Duration: about 21 minutes.
Click to view the complete orchestral score or program notes. Click here for a recording of the premiere performance of this single-movement work.

Symphony No. 2, "Freedom" (2012)

Commissioned by the Lexington Symphony Orchestra for the celebration of the 300th anniversary of the founding of the town of Lexington, Massachusetts.
Instrumentation: 2[1/pic.2] 2[1.2/Eh] 2[1.bcl] 2[1.2/cbn] - 4 2 3 1 - T+3 - hp - str +SATB chorus.
Duration: about 44 minutes.
Click to view the complete orchestral score or vocal score, both of which include program notes and texts used. Click movement titles for a recording of the premiere performance.

I. Crisis
II. Ride
III. Bridge
IV. Declaration
V. Address
VI. Drums
VII. Battlefield
VIII. Loss
IX. Freedom

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (2009)

Instrumentation: 1[1/pic] 1 1 1 - 2 1 2 1 - T+2 - hp - narrator - str.
Duration: about 24 minutes.
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One movement. Click for audio.

Symphony No. 1 (2008)

Commissioned by the New Philharmonia Orchestra.
Dedicated to Ronald Knudsen and Adrienne Hartzell.

Instrumentation: 2[1.2/pic] 2[1.2/Eh] 2[1.2/bcl] 2[1.2/cbn] - 4 2 3 1 - T+2 - hp - str.
Duration: about 20 minutes.
Click to view the complete score, program notes, or concert lecture notes. Click here for a few brief comments on the premier. Click the movement titles to hear the premier performance of April 5, 2008.

I. Sonata Allegro
II. Adagietto
III. Scherzo
IV. Finale. Allegro

Concert Band Works

Quintet Concerto (2010)

Instrumentation: wind quintet and concert band (see score or program notes for details).
Dedicated to Jeffrey P. Leonard.
Duration: about 10 minutes.
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One movement. Click for audio.

Scherzo (2008)

Instrumentation: concert band (see score or program notes for details).
Duration: about 5:30.
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One movement. Click for audio.

Chamber and Solo Works

Trio Suite for oboe, violin and violoncello (2009)

Instrumentation: ob vn vc.
Duration: about 10.5 minutes.
Click to view the complete score or program notes.
Four movements. Click the movement titles for computer-generated audio.
Click here for a recorded performance of Love Song, Memory, and Argument with flute, violin, and cello.

I. Love Song
II. Argument
III. Memory
IV. Game

Trio Suite for two flutes and violoncello (2009)

Instrumentation: 2 fl vc.
Duration: about 10.5 minutes.
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Four movements. Click the movement titles for audio.

I. Love Song
II. Argument
III. Memory
IV. Game

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile for chamber orchestra (2009)

Instrumentation: 1[1/pic] 0 1 1 - 0 0 0 0 - 1 - narrator - str(2 2 2 2 1).
Duration: about 24 minutes.
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One movement. Click for audio.

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (2009)

Instrumentation: pno and narrator.
Duration: about 24 minutes.
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One movement. Click for audio.

Clarinet Quintet (2008)

Instrumentation: cl 2 vn va vc.
Duration: about 13 minutes.
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Three movements. Click for audio.

Serenade for Wind Quintet (2007)

Instrumentation: fl ob cl bn hn.
Duration: about 9 minutes.
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Three movements. Click for audio of first, second, or third movement.

Quintet Fugue (2007)

Instrumentation: pno.
Duration: 2:30.
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One movement. Click for audio.

Variations for Chamber Orchestra (2006)

Instrumentation: 1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 0 - 1 - str (1 1 1 1 1).
Duration: 2:30.
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One movement. Click for audio.

Fantasy for String Quartet (2005)

Instrumentation: 2 vn va vc.
Duration: about 6:40 minutes.
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One movement. Click for audio.

Break, Break, Break for large brass ensemble (2005)

Instrumentation: see score or program notes for details.
Duration: about 2.5 minutes.
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One movement. Click for audio.

Vocal Works

Clear the Track (2017)

Written for the 35th anniversary of the Lexington Pops Chorus and the 70th birthday of its current and founding music director, Robert A. Lague.
Instrumentation: SATB chorus and pno.
Duration: about 6:15 minutes.
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One movement. Click for audio.

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat (2010)

Instrumentation: soprano, tenor, pno.
Duration: about 4 minutes.
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One movement. Click for audio.

Past Spring I Met You (2009)

Instrumentation: soprano, vn, pno.
Duration: about 3 minutes.
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One movement. Click for audio.

Break, Break, Break (2004)

Instrumentation: SATB chorus and pno.
Duration: about 2 minutes.
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One movement. Click for audio.

Three Songs on Poems of Housman (2003)

Instrumentation: tenor and pno.
Duration: about 6:40 minutes.
Click to view the complete score or program notes. Click for audio.
Click here for audio of With rue my heart is laden with soprano and pno.

I. With rue my heart is laden
II. Oh, when I was in love with you
III. Into my heart an air that kills

 

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