Donna Loewy, Laura Schwendinger, Kathryn Alexander, Jennifer Beattie

and the members of the JACK Quartet


for 6 singers and chamber orchestra

LOVE SONNETS for voice and violin (14:55) (2016)

Animal Rhapsody (9:00) (2016) 

Creature Quartet (27:00) (2014)

Llorona (2011) (10:30)

The Violinists in My Life (2011) (12:32) for violin and piano

Brushstrokes (2010) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion (12:40)

for Stony Brook New Music Ensemble


1) Contrapposto , 2) Mobile,

3) Chiaroscuro, 4) Kinetic Sculpture,

5) Pointillism

6) Sfumato, 7) Collage


Three Calder Studies (2010)

for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano (8:00)


Waking Dream (2009) for flute and orchestra (10:48)

premiered by Christina Jennings and the UW Chamber Orchestra (11/14/2009)*

Available on Albany CD: 3 Works for solo instruments and orchestra



Van Gogh Nocturnes (2009) for solo piano (8:12) premiered by Christopher Taylor (3/12/2010)


Move. 1 Starry Night Over the Rhone

Move. 2 Night Cafe at Arles)

Move. 3 Starry Night


Recorded by Christopher Taylor for upcoming CD; Complete piano music of Laura Elise Schwendinger

Judith Sherman Producer



Garden of Earthly Delights (2008) for flute, oboe, guitar, mandolin, violin and cello (9:30)

For William Anderson and Cygus




Song for Andrew (2008) for violin, viola, cello and piano (6:48)

For Young-Nam Kim and Sally Chisholm, in memory of Andrew Imbrie*




Three's a Crowd (2007) for Trumpet, Trombone and Tuba

commissioned by the B3+ ensemble (3:16)

With bass trombonist Dave Taylor,trumpeter Franz Hackl and the John Clark on horn



Chiaroscuro Azzurro (2007) a Miller Theater "Pocket Concerto" commission

for violin and chamber orchestra. Jennifer Koh, premiering soloist.


Premiere March 2008, Miller Theater, New York City

( March 27, 2008)

Move. 1 (12:30); Move. 2 (8:31); Move. 3 (12:30)


Available on Albany CD: 3 Works for solo instruments and orchestra

Review "Ms. Schwendinger’s work also lives in (at least) two worlds. The violin writing, played with equal measures of energy and velvety richness by Jennifer Koh, is sometimes assertive and rhythmically sharp-edged, butthose moments virtually always resolve into a sweetly singing line. The grittier orchestral writing offsetsthat sweetness without overwhelming it." (Allan Kozinn)




Aerialist for solo flute (2006)

Written for Christina Jennings. Premiere 2006 Symphony Center NYC*


Esprimere, Concerto for cello and orchestra (2005) (29:30)

Written for Matt Haimovitz and the UW Symphony Orchestra. Premiere March 28, 2007


Move. 1 (5:20)

Move. 2 (10:00)

Move. 3 (4:35)

Move. 4 (8:30)

Available on Albany CD: 3 Works for solo instruments and orchestra



Basso Non-Profundo

for bass solo (2006)

Written for David Murray and the Chicago Composer's Consortium. Premiere 2006 (4:00)



Elements for Percussion Ensemble (2006) (8:00)

Written for Anthony Di Sanza and the Western Percussion Ensemble May 2006


High Wire Act for flute, strings and piano (2005)

Written for and commissioned by Christina Jennings and Bright Music. Premiere November 15, 2005 (15:00)


Performed by groups including Eighth Blackbird, The Aspen Ensemble,

The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Orion Ensemble, American Modern Ensemble,

The Left Bank Concert Society, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Contemporary Music Forum,

The New Millenium Ensemble, and Voices of Change; at venues including The Kennedy Center,

Corcoran Gallery, as part of The University of Chicago Contempo Series and at the

Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton.


Available on CD High Wire Acts, on Centaur

Mov 3


Mov 5



Lady Lazarus (2005) (14:00)

a setting of the Sylvia Plath poem for mezzo-soprano,

for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion

Commissioned by Nicole Paiement and the Ensemble Parallele

for the opening concert of the Blueprint series at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

And subsequently performed by CUBE and Julia Bently


New 2 little whos (2005) for mandolin and guitar (7:30)

Written for Duo Ahlert and Schwab. Premiered May 5, Chicago Composer's Consortium series


2 little whos (2004) for violin and guitar (7:30)

Written for Duo 46, Available on CD High Wire Acts, on Centaur


Les Betes de la Mer/

Oceanie, La Mer (The Sea) 

inspired by Art Institute Chicago(2005) for Orchestra (9:00)

Written for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Chamber Orchestra.

Premiered April 8, 2005



for oboe, cello and percussion (7:00)

Commissioned and premiered by CUBE, March 13, 2004


C’è la Luna Questa Sera? (2004)

for violin, cello,and piano (5:48)

Arranged for the Lincoln Trio and recorded on "Notable Women", Cedille Records

(sound sample at Archivmusic)

Performed at Ravinia, and others.


Reviews include "C’e la Luna Questa Sera? (“Is There a Moon Tonight?”) by Wisconsin-based Laura Elise Schwendinger is
written in one continuous movement and is strangely, eerily beautiful. Inspired by the sights and feelings of the moon over Italy’s Lake Cuomo, this is an ethereal, almost impressionistic beauty of a piece. With well-placed tremolos and high unison string melodies against a piano that whispers, shimmers and even ‘threatens’ at some points, the work seems to ask and answer the question posed by its title. I liked this piece a great deal!" (Daniel Coombs) in Audiophile Audition.


"After intermission, two pieces about the moon were played: Laura Elise Schwendinger’s “C’e la luna questa sera?” (“Is There a Moon Tonight?”), finished in 2006, and Augusta Read Thomas’s “Moon Jig,”written in 2005 with the Lincoln Trio giving its world premiere that year. Schwendinger finds moonlight serene, ethereal and otherworldly. She charges the violin with creating the light, the piano with evoking the rippling waters of Lake Como and the cello suggesting the water’s depth. Thomas, on the other hand, sees moonlight as mischievous, as if its luminosity was
produced by naughty nocturnal elves." (Dorothy Andries) Sun-Times




Nonet (2004) For Chicago Chamber Musicians. Fromm Foundation Commission (15:00)

In three movements.

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



Available on CD High Wire Acts, from Centaur



Rapture (2003)

for cello and piano (8:30)

Adapted for Jens Peter Maintz, principal cellist of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. (5/24/03)


Celestial City (2002) (18:31)

for Spectrum Concerts of Berlin. Koussevitzky Foundation Commission.


Written in memory of those lost on 9/11, for the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress, and dedicated to the memory of Serge and Natalie Koussevitzky,

for Frank Dodge with the members of Spectrum Concerts Berlin; And featuring Janine Jansen

Premiere was 1/22/03: Berlin Philharmonic recital Hall. (18:01) for clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano



Magic Carpet Music (2002)

for piano (13:00)

adapted for pianist  Jenny Lin

Premiere was on April 12, 2003 at Galapagos Art Space, NYC

To be released on CD of Complete Piano works with Christopher Taylor



String Quartet in three movements (2001) (18:07)

A Harvard Musical Association Commission,

The Arditti String Quartet, 1/24/03. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Subsequently performed by the JACK Quartet

at University of Iowa,

University of Wisconsin Madison, and New Music on the Point.


Mov 1 (4:30), Mov 2 (7:06), Mov 3 (6:31)

To be released on Albany CD, QUARETS in the coming year; featuring the JACK Quartet, Christopher Taylor and Jamie Van Eyck


Bellagio Suite (2000)

for string orchestra (12:00)

Written for The Cleveland Chamber Symphony (2/1/01)




Approaching Storm (2000)

for Two pianos, two percussion and tape (10:00)

Written for Fear No Music of Portland. Premiere was on 3/11/01



In Just Spring- (1988) for soprano and piano (3:10)

from Chansons Innocente-


On tour (1997-2013) by Dawn Upshaw and Gilbert Kalish,

at venues including Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall (London), Veteran's Wadsworth (Los Angeles), Theatre du Chatelet (Paris), Herbst Theate (SF) and The Tanglewod Music Festival. Also in 2013/14 at Longy School and Morgan Library, NY.


Reviews include by Janine Wanée in the Boston Musical Intellingencer "With her colleague Kayo Iwama on piano, Upshaw began with a playful and beautiful setting by Laura Schwendinger of the e.e. cummings poem, “in just-spring”


Available on "Voices of Our Time" a recital video of Dawn Upshaw at The Theatre du Chatelet in Paris

Three song set, from Hildegard Publishing, includes In Just Spring- (3:10) , Hist whist, little ghost things (2000) (3:50), and Tumbling-hair (3:45) for voice and piano




Magic Carpet Music (1999)

for flute, clarinet (bass), violin and Cello (13:00)


Commissioned by The Theater Chamber Players. Premiere was on December 4, 1999

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts




Rapture (1999) for flute and piano (7:00)

Written for Cathy Comrie. Performed in concerts by Jayn Rosenfeld, Mary Stolper,

Catherine Ramiraz and Caroline Pittman




Chiaro di Luna (1998) for string ensemble (4:00)

Written and premiered by The Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra of Hungary

Also performed by the North Corner Chamber Orchestra of Seattle






C’è la Luna Questa Sera? (1998)

for violin, cello, harp and percussion (5:48)

Written and premiered by the Ernest Bloch Festival,

Newport Oregon

On the Lincoln Trio's CD Notable Women with

(Judith Sherman Grammy winning Producer)






Songs of Heaven and Earth (1998)

for mezzo-soprano, flute (picc.,alto), clarinet (bass), violin, cello, piano, percussion, and harp (28:00)


Commissioned and premiered by Patricia Green and

The Theater Chamber Players, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts




Aorewa for orchestra (7:00)

The Berkeley Symphony, Under Construction Series *



Pointillisms (1997)

for solo piano includes Point of Departure, Pedal-Point, Point of Balance,

Boiling Point and Exclamation Point, a work for Leslie Amper (12:00)

Also available Point of Balance (1991) for Piano (2:45)

Performances include Vancouver New Music & UC Santa Cruz New Music Festival

Recorded for CD by Christopher Taylor (to be released)




Cascade Range (1996)

for cello and piano, a work for Scott Kluksdahl

Premiered at SCI National Conference, 1997 *



Asherah (1995)

for solo alto saxophone, written for Joseph Wytko (8:00)



These Verses Hold... (1995)

Setting of Petrarch for soprano, clarinet, cello, piano and percussion

Premiere at the Contemporary Music Program, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (9:10)



La Charmeuse de Serpents (1995)

for flute, oboe and piano

Row Twelve performance ensemble of Massachusetts (8:20)

Co-winner of IAWM score search with Stacey Garrop



Fable (1994)

for flute (alto, piccolo), clarinet (bass), violin, cello, piano and percussion (15:00)

Performances include Aspen Music Festival,

San Francisco Conservatory of Music New Music Ensemble, June in Buffalo and Bowdoin Festival




Seven Choral Settings (1994)

Commissioned by the Boston University Marsh Chapel Choir, Julian Wachner, Director (revised in 1994)


Six Choral Settings (15:00)

Performed at Carnegie, Zankel Hall Spring 2013 with the

Trinity Choir, Directed by Julian Wachner, NY Times review

“'Six ChoralSettings” by Laura Elise Schwendinger,

which knit poetry concerned with life and love into dense polyphonic webs

...coolly beguiling tone" (Steve Smith)




Chamber Concerto (1993) for piano and mixed ensemble of 16 players (16:10)

First prize winner,

1995 ALEA III International Composition Competition

Available on Capstone Records, SCI 10. Reviewed by The American Record Guide as

"melodic and atmospheric"




Sonata for solo violin (1992) in three movements (13:00)

Written for and premiered by Victor Schultz at the Ives Center for American Music


Available on CD, High Wire Acts, on Centaur







Rumor (1992) for flute and cello (7:45)

Performances include: IAWM Annual concert at National Museum of Women and the Arts,

Washington D.C. (co-winner of score search), and the New York Camerata;

Available on CD, High Wire Acts, on Centaur




Lament (1991) for string trio (6:45)

Performances include: The Theater Chamber Players,

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts,

June in Buffalo, and central work submitted for Schwendinger's

Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters





the sky a silver dissonance (1990)

A setting of the poem by E.E. Cummings (3:50) for baritone voice and piano

Published by Freeland press




Three operatic scenes from The Overcoat (1989)

A chamber opera based on Nicolai Gogol's work *




Night Dances (1987) for orchestra (8:50)

Women's Philharmonic in 1993, for the New Music Reading Session  *




Piano Trio II (1987) for piano, violin and cello

Winner of University of California, Di Lorenzo prize in music *




Duo for flute and piano (1986)

performances include Nov 2016 by Matthew Dufour with Orchard Circle




Memorial to D.C. (1986) for Orchestra

Written for the University of California Symphony Orchestra



 not available for performance *

Sudden Light; No. 1. Sudden Light, 3. There's a Certain Slant of Light, 4. A Light Exists in Spring

@ 2016 Laura Elise Schwendinger