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Selected Works

On 08, Jun 2016 | In | By Joel Friedman

Triptych for solo cello (2013)

Triptych for solo cello was commissioned for the 2013 Irving M. Klein International String Competition. Heard here as a composite performance. Movement 1: Dark Waters is a quiet, yet uneasy perpetual motion movement, like the Prelude of  a Bach Cello Suite, that sinuously moves through the cello’s registers like the turbulent flow of water (Performed by Jacques-Pierre Malan for the Washington DC premiere at the Phillips Collection). Movement 2: Parting is reminiscent of a Sarabande. Slow and expressive, it features double-stopped contrapuntal legato lines that must sing while making the player shift fingers as they sustain an additional note above or below. Movement 3: Approaching Home is of a completely different and new world. Expressing the excitement and optimism of the upcoming new chapter in our lives, it is light, based on fast ricocheted arpeggios of simple diatonic harmonies. It is more harmonic and rhythmic than melodic, for the most part, and is virtuosic in a very understated way (Movements 2 & 3 Parting & Approaching Home performed by semifinalist Sarina Zhang, Klein International String Competition). A composite performance is here. The score is available through Grey Bird Music. To see a perusal score click here.

You can purchase a 10×13″ PDF copy of the score below:


Triptych for solo cello (2013) 10×13″ PDF Download




Tomorrow Never Knows

On 28, Nov 2012 | In | By admin

Tomorrow Never Knows

Tomorrow Never Knows is an arrangement of the landmark Lennon & McCartney song (from their 1966 Revolver album ).

Instrumentation: mixed septet & electronics/pre-recorded sound.
Duration: ca. 5 minutes

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Fallings (Workshop Excerpts)

On 07, Dec 2012 | In | By Joel Friedman

Fallings (Workshop Excerpts)

Fallings (work-in-progress) – A multi-media chamber music theater piece residing in the realm between opera and musical theater. Seth Friedman libretto

Instrumentation: 6 person cast (3 women, 3 men), solo violinist, mixed ensemble, and pre-recorded sound
Duration: projected as a one act


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Concerto (In the Form of Variations) for Viola and Orchestra

On 21, Nov 2012 | In | By admin

Concerto (In the Form of Variations) for Viola and Orchestra

Concerto (In the Form Of Variations) for Viola and Orchestra
Instrumentation: viola and orchestra
Duration: 21 minutes

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The Emily Songs

On 21, Nov 2012 | In | By admin

The Emily Songs

A song cycle/album (work-in-progress).

The Emily Songs sets the austere, powerful texts of Emily Dickinson in an unadorned fashion: as indie rock.

Instrumentation: mixed ensemble
Duration: ca. 15 minutes

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Elastic Band

On 21, Nov 2012 | In | By admin

Elastic Band

Elastic Band – An edgy, playful work that fuses jazz, rock, funk, and classical idioms.
Instrumentation: now in 3 “flavors” 1. Sextet (clarinet, string quartet, and percussion); 2. Septet  (clarinet, string quintet, and percussion); 3. Chamber Orchestra  (clarinet, strings, and 2 percussion) – now out on CD at iTunes and Amazon!!
Duration: 16 minutes

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What the Living Do

On 21, Nov 2012 | In | By admin

What the Living Do

What The Living Do (Poem by Marie Howe)
Instrumentation: Soprano and piano
Duration: 6:30

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Pas de Deux for cello and piano

On 21, Nov 2012 | In | By admin

Pas de Deux for cello and piano

Pas de Deux – 

This virtuosic and programmatic single-movement work is a portrait of an evolving partnership beginning with youthful exuberance, passing through rumination on loss, and culminating in a state of complex yearning: the desire to make ephemeral love timeless and permanent.

The score is available through Grey Bird Music. To see a perusal score click here.

Instrumentation: Cello and Piano
Duration: 23 minutes

You can purchase a 10×13″ PDF copy of the score below:


Pas de Deux for cello and piano score 10×13″ PDF Download




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