Sinfonietta in three movements

Trinity Wall Street Novus

conducted by Julian Wachner

High Wire Act, III. The Aerialist - Christina Jennings and Brightmusic
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High Wire Act, IV. Trapped Bird - Christina Jennings and Brightmusic
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High Wire Act, V. Troupe Finale - Christina Jennings and Brightmusic
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C'e La Luna Questa Sera?

for violin, cello and piano

Lincoln Trio from CD Notable Women

C'e La Luna Questa Sera? - Lincoln Trio
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for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion, french horn and harp

Chicago Chamber Musicians

A Fromm Foundation Commission

Violinists in My Life, excerpt II. Wei - Eleanor Bartsch
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Nonet, move. 1, excerpt - Chicago Chamber Musicians
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Nonet, move. 2, excerpt - Chicago Chamber Musicians
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Nonet, move. 3 - Chicago Chamber Musicians
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Violinists in My Life, excerpt from III. Miranda - Eleanor Bartsch
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Violinists in My Life, excerpt V. Curt - Eleanor Bartsch
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Song for Andrew for violin, viola, cello and piano - Vicennium Void
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Night Cafe at Arles, from Van Gogh Nocturnes - Christopher Taylor
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Wet Ink

A 2014 Bennington Conference Commission

for clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano

Commissioned by the Bennignton Chamber Music Festival, when Schwendinger was faculty composer, in a performance by Vicennium Void featuring Christopher Janwong McKiggan, Geoffrey Herd, Leah Gastler, Kevin Downs, and featuring clarinetist Kai-Ju Ho


Colin Clarke’s review, in the May/June edition of Fanfare, reads

“The Creature Quartet: Hymn for Lost Creatures is in one sense a sort of Carnival of the Animals for our time, presenting a procession of musical portraits of various animals. It is the composer’s “personal response to the current mass extinction of species”; the creatures chosen are therefore extinct, mythological, or endangered. Perhaps, therefore, it is at heart a carnival of compassion. The trajectory of the work is described in some detail by Schwendinger in the booklet notes; the strength of the music is such that one need not work through that description to realize the power of her music, this despite the fact that the animation artist Pauline Gagniarre was commissioned by Wisconsin Union Theater to provide an animated video to present each creature in order as the music plays (the captivating video is freely available on vimeo.com). Gestural and yet powerfully organized, Schwendinger’s voice is highly individual. The performance by the JACK Quartet is impeccable, and as a studio recording it is technically more secure than the live Vimeo video. The sheer intensity of both music and performance thereof is spellbinding, as if the passion of the composer for her subject shines through like a light.”

Garden of Earthly Delights

for flute, oboe, violin, cello, mandolin and guitar, for the Cygnus Ensemble

Garden of Earthly Delights - Cygnus Ensemble
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Creature Quartet

Premiered by the JACK Quartet at

Union Concert series

Based on 12 endangered, extinct and

mythological creatures


1) Ivory Billed Woodpecker

2) Passenger Pigeon

3) Dodo


4) Yeti

5) Chupacabra

6) Nessy

Endangered (or hunted)

7) Javan Rhinoceros

8) Mustang

9) Tasmanian Devil


10) Western Lowland Gorilla

11) Thylacine

12) Northern Right Whale

Yeti, from Creature Quartet - JACK Quartet
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Chupacabra, excerpt from Creature Quartet - JACK Quartet
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Tazmanian Devil, excerpt from Creature Quartet - JACK Quartet
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Javan Rhinocerous, excerpt from Creature Quartet - JACK Quartet
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Northern Right Whale - JACK Quartet
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Until the Sunrise (2014)

for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and percussion (9:25)

For Lakeshore Rush of Chicago

Inspired by the sunrise over the Lake Michigan

At 7:24 of video

from ARC of FIRE

for piano trio


Memento Mori (9:09) from Arc of Fire\

A Chamber Music America

Commission for the Lincoln Trio

Mise-en-Scene (2010)

for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and percussion (9:25)

For Boston Musica Viva

From Elissa Birdeye's review in the Boston Musical Intelligencer review
"The title of the program derived from the world premier centerpiece of the evening, Laura Elise Schwendinger’s Mise-en-scene (2011). But it also provided a context for the other pieces on the program. Schwendinger explained before the performance that mise-en-scene refers to all the elements (lighting, sound, props, stagecraft, etc) which create the feel and image seen in either a theater piece or a film. Her work, in nine short, continuously played movements, described a story, and even without program notes, it would have been possible to imagine what was going on onstage. She described her music as “zany,” but perhaps another term would be “looney” in the sense of the fiendishly difficult and evocative music by Carl Stallings that underpinned the familiar Looney Tunes cartoons. Schwendinger’s music was clear, delightful, and descriptive, almost an opera without words."













NONET (2005)

A FROMM Foundation Commission

for flute, oboe, clarinet, french horn, violin, viola, cello, piano and percussion

a Fromm Foundation Commission
for the Chicago Chamber Musicians

and at ASPEN. August 8, 2020












DUO for flute and piano

an early and accessible work by Laura Elise Schwendinger (1986) 3:48

RAPTURE for flute and piano

2007) 7:14

Jayn Rosenfeld, flute & Stephen Gosling , PIano



Aurora for flute and piano

A National Flute Association Young Artist Competition Commission  (2018) 8:00

All the Pretty Little Horses
for solo cello
Ruth Boden
FOCAM Festival
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Featuring Christina Jennings


Kay Ryan Settings, excerpt II. If the Moon Happened Once - Erin K. Bryan, Leo Altino, Christopher Taylor
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in just- spring - Dawn Upshaw
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About A Mountain

Songs of Heaven and Earth

-excerpt from IV. I Never Believed

Four settings of T'sai Yens' 17 Songs to a Tartar Reed Whistle

for mezzo voice, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and harp (26:00)

Theater Chamber Players Kennedy Center for the

Performing Arts, Leon Fleischer and Dina Koston, Directors & Patricia Green, mezzo-soprano

Songs of Heaven and Earth, excerpt IV. I Never Believed - Theater Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center
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for percussion Ensemble

Four players and piano

A fantastical work, a walk through

an imaginary bird house after hours

Chiaroscuro Azzurro                             On Albany CD (Troy 1390)

for violin and chamber orchestra          to purchase                         

A Miller Theater Commission                   3 Works for Solo Instruments and Orchestra                    


Premiered by Jennifer Koh and ICE


Recording on Albany 3 Works

with Curtis Macomber,

Matt Haimovitz and Christina Jennings,

Nicole Paiement conducting                                     


Chiaroscuro Azzurro, for violin and chamber orchestra, move. 1 excerpt - Curtis Macomber
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Waking Dream

for flute and orchestra

Christina Jennings, solo flute

Christina Jennings
Chiaroscuro Azzurro, move. 2 excerpt - Curtis Macomber
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for cello and orchestra

Matt Haimovitz, cello soloist

3 Works for Solo Instruments and Orchestra

Esprimere, move. 2 opening - Matt Haimovitz
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Esprimere, excerpt move. 2 - Matt Haimovitz
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Esprimere, move. 4 excerpt - Matt Haimovitz
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Chiaroscuro Azzurro, move. 3 excerpt - Curtis Macomber
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Waking Dream, excerpt - Christina Jennings
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Chiaro Di Luna

for string orchestra (3:50)

Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra of Hungary



an ACO UnSafe commission

videos@leschwendinger - password

          An American Composers Orchestra

          with her cousin Leni Schwendinger premiered at Carnegie Hall in 2011

Matt Haimovitz, Nicole Paiement and with Schwendinger, during the recording of her cello concerto Esprimere

Betes de la Mer

Inspired by the cut outs of Henri Matisse

For orchestra (8:00)

Betes de la Mer, excerpt - UW Symphony Orchestra, James Smith Director
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For Paris, for Wordless Choir and Solo Viola - Sally Chisholm and Beverly Taylor
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All Those Who Love You from Songs of Soloman - Marsh Chapel Choir
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Excerpt from Llorona - UW Concert Choir, with Beverly Taylor
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