|"Music that sparkles and cajoles in its tuneful caressing of the ears."
- Fanfare Magazine
"A significant contribution to the future of classical music." - allmusic.com
"Fully engages the intellect, yet it is also thoroughly enjoyable music. Would that all composers wrote thus!" - Fanfare Magazine
|MUSIC BY DANIEL DORFF|
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|Narrated Works for young listeners|
All-Dorff CD: PERENNIALS - Music for Flute, Clarinet, and Piano - information, excerpts, and shopping links
CD: THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE and other tales (narrated works for
Daniel Dorff's music has been performed by the Philadelphia
Orchestra, commissioned 6 times by the
Philadelphia Orchestra's education department resulting in over 20
performances, and commissioned twice by the
Minnesota Orchestra's Kinder Konzert series which has performed his
music over 250 times.
Dorff's works have also been performed by the Baltimore Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Aspen Music Festival, Spoleto Festival, and Eastman Wind Ensemble; chamber concerts of the Chicago Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, and Oregon Symphony; on the Chicago Symphony Radiothon, by clarinetists of the Chicago Symphony and Berlin Philharmonic, by pianist Marc-André Hamelin, flutists Jean-Pierre Rampal, Walfrid Kujala, Donald Peck, and Denis Bouriakov; and conducted by maestros Alan Gilbert and Wolfgang Sawallisch. Other commissions have come from Walfrid Kujala, the Colorado Symphony’s Up Close and Musical series, Sacramento Symphony, Young Audiences, American Composers Forum, Ithaca College School of Music, Symphony in C (formerly Haddonfield Symphony), Network for New Music, National Flute Association Piccolo Committee, Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, and other organizations. Dorff has also created arrangements for Sir James Galway and pop musicians Keith Emerson and Lisa Loeb.
Flutist Leonard Garrison, clarinetist Shannon Scott,
and pianist Rajung Yang released a critically-acclaimed all-Dorff CD in
2013 for Albany Records, featuring all Dorff's
flute/clarinet music to date, plus bonus tracks.
Flowers of St. Francis
- Five Scenes for solo Bass Clarinet was premiered by Barbara
Haney in Assisi Italy at the International Clarinet
Association's annual convention in July 2013, and Dorff's sixth commission for the Philadelphia Orchestra's
education department (Old MacDonald Had an Orchestra) had premiere performances in Philadelphia
and an encore the Aspen Music Festival.
New commissions also include Sonata
(Three Lakes) for flute and piano, and Cape May Breezes, a wind quintet
for The Monmouth Winds.
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Daniel Dorff was born in New Rochelle, NY in 1956; acclaim came early with First Prize in the Aspen Music Festival's annual composers' competition at age 18 for his Fantasy, Scherzo and Nocturne for saxophone quartet. Dorff received degrees in composition from Cornell and University of Pennsylvania; teachers included George Crumb, George Rochberg, Karel Husa, Henry Brant, Ralph Shapey, Elie Siegmeister, and Richard Wernick. He studied saxophone with Sigurd Rascher. In 1996, Dorff was named Composer-In-Residence for Symphony in C (formerly Haddonfield Symphony), in which he played bass clarinet from 1980 through 2002.
Daniel Dorff serves as Vice President of Publishing for Theodore Presser Company; he is a sought-after expert on music engraving and notation, having lectured at many colleges as well as Carnegie Hall, and advising the leading notation software companies. He presently serves on the Board of Directors for the Music Publishers' Association of the USA, and the Executive Board of The Charles Ives Society.
Dorff's compositions have been published by Theodore Presser Company, Carl Fischer, Lauren Keiser Music (formerly MMB), Elkan-Vogel, Shawnee Press, Mel Bay, Kendor Music, Tenuto Publications, and Golden Music, and recorded on Bridge, Crystal, Albany, Azica, and many other labels.
last updated 12/1/13