Lewis Spratlan

For a list of Lewis’ Oxingale Music catalog, click here.

Lewis Spratlan, winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize in music, was born in 1940 in Miami, Florida.  His is the recipient of numerous awards and Guggenheim, Rockefeller, NEA, Bogliasco, and MacDowell fellowships.

Recent works include the one-act opera Earthrise, commissioned by San Francisco Opera; a piano quartet, Streaming, commissioned by the Ravinia Festival as part of its 50th anniversary celebration; Sojourner for ten players, commissioned by the Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress; Zoom, commissioned by Sequitur; Wonderer, commissioned by pianist Jonathan Biss; Shadow, commissioned by cellist Matt Haimovitz; Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra, a consortium commission; Architect, a chamber opera, released on CD and enhanced DVD by Navona; A Summer’s Day, commissioned by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project; and Shining: Double Concerto for Cello and Piano, commissioned by Matt Haimovitz and Christopher O’Riley.

Common Ground, commissioned by the Crossing Choir as part of its Seven Responses initiative, was premiered in Philadelphia, July 2016, and repeated in New York on the Mostly Mozart Series, August 2016.  Spratlan’s opera Life is a Dream received its world premiere by the Santa Fe Opera in 2010, under the baton of Leonard Slatkin, and was awarded the Charles Ives Opera Award by the American Academy of Arts and letters in May 2016.  His Horn Quartet, dedicated to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, was premiered in September 2013.  Bangladesh, for solo piano, commissioned by Piano Spheres, was premiered in October 2015 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, by Nadia Shpachenko, followed by numerous subsequent performances. His fourth opera, Midi, a black French Caribbean Medea, is now being developed for production.

Two major choral works will receive their premieres during the 2022-2023 season:  Five Bishop Songs, commissioned by the University of Illinois, for SATB chamber choir, on texts by Elizabeth Bishop; and Creatures, commissioned by Harvard University, for SATB chorus and cellist Matt Haimovitz, on texts by Ted Hughes.

Lewis Spratlan – Works

Catalog #Piece TitleInstrumentation, Duration
OM0456Invasion (2022)Piano, Alto Sax., Horn, Trombone, Percussion, 11′
OM0455Organ Fantasy (2022)Organ, 6′
OM0454Midi (2016)Opera in Two Acts, 86′
OM0453One for Two (2021)Solo Cello, 8′
OM0452Three Sonatas (2021)Solo Piano, 9′
OM0451Piano Suite No. 1 (2021)Solo Piano, 13′
OM0450Fantasia (2020)Piano, Four-Hands, 16′
OM0449Flute Suite (2021)Solo Flute, 17′
OM0448String Quartet No. 3 (2021)String Quartet, 22′
OM0447Piano Trio No. 1 (2020)Piano Trio, 19′
OM0446Vision (2020)Solo soprano and alto, chamber ensemble, XX’
OM0444Clarinet Trio (2020)Clarinet, Cello, Piano, 8′
OM0443Fantasy Dances (2019)Violin, Piano, 13′
OM0442Five Bishop Songs (2020)SATB Chorus, Piano, 25′
OM0441Creatures (2020)Chorus SATB, Cello, Male voice, 25′
OM0440String Quartet No. 2 (2014)String Quartet, 25′
OM0439Piano Quartet No. 2 (2016)Piano Quartet, 14′
OM0438Six Preludes (2016)Solo Piano, 19′
OM0437Some Nebulae (2019)Large Chamber Ensemble, XX’
OM0436Gaia (2018)Flute, Guitar, Cello, 15′
OM0435Six Rags (2018)Solo Piano, 17′
OM0434New England Concordance (2016)TTBB Choir and Piano, 9′
OM0433Chamber Symphony (2018)Chamber Orchestra, 27′
OM0432Charlottesville: Summer of 2017 (2017)Chamber Ensemble, 20′
OM0431Unspoken Words (2017)SATB Chorus, Trombone, 15′
OM0430Joy Song (2013)Solo Clarinet, 17′
OM0429Of War (2014)Mixed Chorus, SATB, Orchestra, 30′
OM0428Dreamworlds (2015)Piano, Four-Hands, 15′
OM0427Bangladesh (2015)Solo Piano, 14′
OM0423Horn Quartet (2013)French Horn, Violin, Cello, Piano, 15′
OM0422Shining (2012)
OM0421Vespers Cantata: Hesperus is Phosphorus (2011)SATB Choir, and 6 Instruments, 60′
OM0420Travels (2011)TTBB Choir and Piano four-hands, 9′
OM0415Process/Bulge (2011)Chamber Ensemble, 17′
OM0414Trio (2009)Clarinet, Violin, and Piano, 16′
OM0413A Summer’s Day (2008)For Orchestra, 16′
OM0412Four Songs for Soprano and Women’s Chorus (2008)SSA Women’s Chorus and Piano, 10′
OM0411Elephant Rocks (2008)SATB Choir, 17′
OM0410Shadow (2006)Solo Cello, 26′
OM0409Piccolosophy (2006)Piccolo and Piano, 13′
OM0408Wonderer (2005)Solo Piano, 20′
OM0407Mega-Ditty (2004)Percussion Duo, 9′
OM0406Streaming: Quartet for Piano and Strings (2004)Piano Quartet, 17′
OM0405The Manatees at Blue Springs (2004)SATB Choir and Piano, 15′
OM0404Zoom (2003)Chamber Orchestra, 16′
OM0403Earthrise (2002)An Opera in One Act, 50′
OM0402Dona Nobis Pacem (2001)Double Chorus (SSAA, SATB), Organ (optional), 6′
OM0401Of Time and the Seasons (2001)For Soprano and Chamber Ensemble, 27′
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