Music by Daniel Dorff

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Allegro Volante for Solo Xylophone and Orchestra, or with Band or Piano (4')

A dazzling showpiece in the style of a Russian galop, with jazzy American harmonies; Movement 3 from Concerto for Solo Percussion and Orchestra.
PREMIERE of orchestra version: Alan Gilbert conducting the Haddonfield Symphony; Dean Witten solo xylophone.
PUBLISHED on rental by Theodore Presser Company; score available for sale.
INSTRUMENTATION: 2(Picc)222-4331 Timp 3Perc Hp Strings 
ALSO PUBLISHED for Xylophone with Piano (114-40750) or with Band (115-40196).
PERFORMANCES of Piano version include Niel DaPonte xylophone, on the Oregon Symphony's Chamber Music On Tap series.
REVIEW: "An entertaining piece, exceptional well received by the audience."
                              Penn Sounds (Sigal), Winter 1993.

AUDIO EXCERPT  from the premiere



Concerto for Solo Percussion and Orchestra (20')
COMMISSIONED by the Polish Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society for the International Music Workshops in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
PREMIERED March 18, 1995 by Haddonfield (NJ) Symphony, Dean Witten, solo percussion, Alan Gilbert, conductor.
PUBLISHED by Theodore Presser Company: Solo part alone (114-40751); Complete piano reduction alone (114-40751A); Full score (416-41193); orchestra parts on rental.
INSTRUMENTATION: 2(Picc)222-4331 Timp 3Perc Hp Strings  
ALSO AVAILABLE: See Allegro Volante above - Movement III is a xylophone stand-alone showpiece.
"impressive... highlighted the concert... It exploits the full range of sonorities and technical possibilities of a whole arsenal of percussion instruments... most arresting... a joyous finale... bold and extroverted but also filled with sensitive details."
                              Camden Courier-Post (Baxter), March 22, 1995.
"it is only a truly inventive and inspired composer like Mr. Dorff who is able to go one step further [than just using many percussion instruments] and create unusual sounds, textures, and combinations that work for the listener." 
                              Maestro Alan Gilbert, Music Director of the NY Philharmonic.
EXTENDED REVIEW: complete review in Percussive Notes magazine.
  AUDIO EXCERPTS of Dean Witten's premiere with the Haddonfield Symphony, Alan Gilbert conducting:
  from Mvt. 1
           from Mvt. 2 
           from Mvt. 3


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Three Dance Etudes for Marimba Duo or Ensemble (17-21')
PREMIERED SIMULTANEOUSLY by Hitoshi Maeda and Brian Prechtl, Philadelphia, and by Nachiko Maekane (as solo player), Sacramento, November 8, 1985.
PERFORMANCES include the St. Louis Symphony's On Stage Series, February 8, 1988.
PUBLISHED by Theodore Presser Company (114-40432).
Included on New York State's NYSSMA contest list.
"highly appealing, vigorous... coloristic, lively dances exploited the instrument's best qualities."                                            
                                             Philadelphia Inquirer, (Kimmelman), November 11, 1985.
"in the hands of mature performers, Three Dance Etudes would be suitable for most any recital or ensemble program."
                                             Percussive Notes (Holly), Fall 1987.
"in fact, I feel that they also make good solos."
                                             Modern Percussionist (James Preiss), September 1987.
YOUTUBE of Duo Anime (Mell Csicsila and Andrew Pongracz) playing Dance Etude No. 1 at Cleveland's "Happy Dog" December 2011
AUDIO EXCERPTS (1 & 2 "badly-miked" premiere by Hitoshi Maeda & Brian Prechtl; 3 by Florence Ierardi & Andrew Reamer)
        from Dance Etude No. 1
        from Dance Etude No. 2
        from Dance Etude No. 3


Three Mysteries for Violin and Percussion (13')

PREMIERED by Terry Vermillion (perc) and Marion Judish (vn), St. Cloud, MN., Feb. 2000.
PUBLISHED by Theodore Presser Company (114-41079).
AUDIO EXCERPTS from the premiere:
from Mvt. 1
          from Mvt. 2
          from Mvt. 3

 Terry Vermillion's set-up for premiere

last updated 10/17/12