Works by Instruments


Works featuring


flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon


violin, viola, cello, bass


horn, trumpet, trombone




string quartets

mixed ensembles



Works featuring flute

Aurora (7:00)

for flute and piano

A National Flute Association Young Artist Commission 2017

Performed 7 times at the NFA 2017, conference in Minneapolis

Alison Fierst, Victor Wang, Hannah Leffler, Pauline Jung
Daniel Gallagher and officially premiered by Adam Kuenzel




for flute and percussion (7:00)

(doubling flute, alto and bass; percussion includes vibraphone, crotales and glockenspiel)

premiered by Due East, Composers Consortium Chicago, June 26, 2013, Flatiron Arts Building Chicago



Iridos for solo flute (2011) Written for Dawn Lawler

Premiere June at WPR stage, Madison, WI


About a Mountain (2011)
for Mezzo Voice and Flute (C, Alto, Bass, Picc)

Premiere Jan. 2011, De PaulUniversity and subsequent performances at the, Music Institute of Chicago and WFMT Chicago
About a Mountain was commissioned by Julia Bentley and premiered at De Paul College in Chicago with flutist Mary Stolper



Rapture (1999)

for flute and piano. (7:00)

Written for Cathy Comrie



Rumor (1992)

for flute and cello (7:45)

Performances include: IAWM Annual concert at the National Museum of Women and the Arts, Washington D.C.,

co-winner of score search, and the New York Camerata



Duo for flute and piano (1986) (4:00)

a version for flute, harp and piano, premiered Nov. 8, 2016 NY

Berlin Philharmonic Mathieu Dufour, Principal flute and

Principal harpist Marie-Pierre Langlamet



Mixed Ensembles with flute...

Eclipse  (6:26)  

for flute, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, trombone, percussion, piano, violin, viola and cello (2018)

For Durward Music, premiered January 30, 2018



Sinfonietta (2013) (17 players)

chamber orchestra (has wonderful flute solos!)

for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, french Horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, strings, percussion, harp and piano (13:00)

premiered and commissioned by the New Juilliard Ensemble, Alice Tully Hall April 12, 2013



The Artist’s Muse

-for flute, clarinet, cello, piano and percussion

A Koussevitsky Commissio(has wonderful flute solos!)

Reviews; May 21, 2017, Boston Music Intelligencer

Chameleon Paints With Music

by Leon Golub

"The Artist’s Muse for flute, clarinet, cello, piano and percussion, a world premiere Koussevitsky Commission from Laura Elise Schwendinger, followed. Without the mediation of words, the composer proceeded directly to the inspiration behind the painter’s work, bringing to life the women behind seven famous masterpieces, as though honoring but also contesting the visual surface. Throughout, Boldin’s flute served beautifully as the ongoing voice of the perennial muse, the elusive “Other” constructed by the gaze of male painters. A short introduction took us out of linear time, William Manley’s percussion especially effective in plunging us into vanished realms, from the enigmatic interiority of a 15th-century Young Girl by Petrus Christus, to the concluding gold-patterned swirl of Klimt’s Adele Bloch-Bauer. Picasso’s Jacqueline appeared with all of her modernist angst, Cézanne’s wife moved bodily in a poignant waltz, Leonardo’s Cecilia Gallerani stroked her elegant carnivorous ermine, and Vermeer’s Girl with a Pitcher appeared with staccatos in the piano and pizzicatos in the strings, bathed in the light of percussion as she poured her milk. With a sudden twist of waltz, so to speak, the mood darkened as the eternal muse took the form of Sargent’s Madame X, cosmopolitan and scandalous, high-priestess of intoxication and city lights, followed in conclusion by her more vulnerable sister, gold-shimmering Adele Bloch-Bauer, vestal and victim, muse and mourner. Schwendinger’s delightful piece effectively transformed my own gaze on the Artist’s Muse by introducing a competing muse of flesh and bone, hardship and failure, grievance and glory, behind the painter’s still-life effigy."



Waking Dream (2009)

for flute and chamber orchestra

Premiered by Christina Jennings and the UW Chamber orchestra, Nov. 14, 2009

For small or large chamber orchestra. On Albany records. (9:00)

Performed by -Mary Boodell, principal flute of the Richmond Symphony on thier Altria Masterworks series April 1, 2

Lindsey Goodman with the Lindsey Goodmam, with the Charleston Chamber Orchestra, May 9, 2017


Works featuring Oboe

Far over the Misty Mountains (2017)

For Juan Pechuan Ramirez


for oboe, cello and percussion (7:00)
Commissioned and premiered by CUBE, Chicago

March 13, 2004


Works featuring Clarinet

Treetop Studio (2012) for Clarinet and Cello
in memory of Andrew Imbrie


-Two adapted version of High Wire Act, original for flute, violin, viola, cello and piano

High Wire Act (2009) for clarinet, cello and piano

Adapted and premiered on The Orion Ensemble's March 2009
High Wire Act (2009) for Flute, clarinet, cello and piano
Adapted and premiered, performed by Delfians Project, Cal State Fresno New Music Festival, Oct. 2009


Wet Ink (2014)
for clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano (6:00)
A Bennington Chamber Music Conference Commission


Celestial City (2002) (18:01)
for clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano
For Spectrum Concerts of Berlin. Koussevitzky Foundation Commission. Premiere was 1/22/03: Berlin Philharmonic recital Hall


After the Sunrise (2016)
for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion (6:00)
for Lakeshore Rush


Mise-en-Scene (2010)
for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion (14:00)
for Boston Musica Viva
and review in Boston Musical Intelligencer



Works with Brass

Nonet for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, violin, viola, cello, bass and percussion

On High Wire Acts, Centaur CD (17:35)

A Fromm Foundation Commission
On Centaur CD: High Wire Acts CRC 3098

for the Chicago Chamber Musicians

premiere on WFMT 2004

Rapture for Horn and piano (2015)

for Dan Grabois (7:00)

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


Works featuring Violin

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

1. Eleanor Bartsch

2. Wei He

3; Miranda Cuckson

4. Desiree Ruhstrat

5. Curtis Macomber

Eleanor Bartsch and Thomas Kasdorf performing

II. Wei from Violinists in My Life by Laura Schwendinger

IV. Miranda from Violinists in My Life by Laura Schwendinger



Chiaroscuro Azzurro

a violin concerto

a "Pocket Concerto" commission from Miller Theater

work can also be for standard orchestra (32:29)

For Jennifer Koh, Premiere March 2008, Miller Theater, New York City

On Albany CD with Curtis Macomber, violin soloist, and Nicole Paiement conductor

Excerpt Mov 2


For mezzo soprano and violin (14:55) (2016)

For Ari Streisfeld and Rachel Calloway, The Cortona Duo

116: Let me not to the marriage of true minds

147: My love is as a fever, longing still

18: Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?


Sonata for solo violin (1992)

in three movements (13:00)

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

On Centaur CD, with Katie Wolfe

on High Wire Acts


2 little whos (2004) for violin and guitar


Works featuring Viola

For Paris  (5:00) (2017)


for Solo Viola and Wordless Chorus

Premiere on April 28, 2017

featuring Sally Chisholm and the UW Choir

directed by Beverly Taylor

to listen


Respiro (2005)

for viola and piano, for Sally Chisholm


Works featuring Cello

Treetop Studio (2012) for Clarinet and Cello
in memory of Andrew Imbrie


Rapture (2003)
for cello and piano. (8:30)
Adapted for Jens Peter Maintz, principal cellist of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Premiere 5/24/03


Rumor (1992)
for flute and cello (7:45)
Performances include: IAWM Annual concert at the National Museum of Women and the Arts, Washington D.C.,
co-winner of score search, and the New York Camerata


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

Arc of Fire (24:00)
for violin, cello and piano
A Chamber Music America Commission, premiered March 2014, on WFMT Relevant Tones by the Linocln Trio,
and Bryant Park New York City on August 8, 2014


C’è la Luna Questa Sera? (2004)
for violin, cello,and piano (5:48)
for the Lincoln Trio and recorded on "Notable Women", on Cedille Records
(sound sample at Archivmusic)
Performed at Ravinia, and others



Works featuring Bass

Basso Non-Profundo for bass solo (2006)
Written for David Murray and the Chicago Composer's Consortium. Premiere 2006 (4:00)



Piano Works

Van Gogh Nocturnes for piano (2006)

Premiered by Christopher Taylor (8:12)

(excerpt sound file movement 1, Starry Night Over the Rhone)

(excerpt sound file movement 2, Night Cafe at Arles)


Magic Carpet Music (2002)

for piano (13:00)

Adapted for Jenny Lin. Premiere was on April 12, 2003 at Galapagos Art Space, NYC


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

Performances include Vancouver New Music and the University of California at Santa Cruz New Music Festival.


Mixed Chamber Works with Voice

(3-8 players)

LOVE SONNETS for mezzo-soprano voice and violin (14:55) (2016)
For Ari Streisfeld and Rachel Calloway, The Cortona Duo
116: Let me not to the marriage of true minds
147: My love is as a fever, longing still
18: Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?


Kay Ryan Settings (2014)

for soprano, cello and piano (9:00)

For Nanette McGuinness Jewish Music & Poetry Project commission, SF Music Thursdays (sponsoroed by SFFCM)


Lady Lazarus (2005) for mezzo-soprano

flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion

A setting of the Sylvia Plath poem, Commissioned by Nicole Paiement and the Ensemble Parallele for the opening

concert of the Blueprint series at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music


Songs of Heaven and Earth (1998)

for mezzo-soprano, flute (picc.,alto), clarinet (bass),

violin, cello, piano, percussion,

and harp (28:00)

Written and premiered by The Theater Chamber Players, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts


These Verses Hold... (1995)

Setting of Petrarch for soprano, clarinet, cello, piano and percussion (4)

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



Voice and Piano

Chansons Innocentes (1996, 2004)

Three song set includes In Just Spring- , Hist whist, little ghost things (2000) and Tumbling-hair for voice and piano.

Hildegard Publishing, available from Theodore Presser


from Chansons Innocentes-

In Just Spring- (1988) for soprano and piano

Taken on tour (1997-2002) by Dawn Upshaw and Gilbert Kalish, venues include Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall- London,

Veteran's Wadsworth- Los Angeles, Theatre du Chatelet- Paris, Herbst Theater- San Francisco and

The Tanglewod Music Festival.

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


the sky a silver dissonance (1990)

A setting of the poem by E.E. Cummings (3:50)


Works featuring Percussion

Elements for Percussion Ensemble (2006) (8:00)
Written for Anthony Di Sanza and the Western Percussion Ensemble May 2006


Aviary (14:00) (2015)

or the songs of imaginary birds, after the birdhouse closes

-for Percussion Quartet and piano

written for and premiered by Clocks in Motion


Equatorial Jungle (9:00) (2013)

for piano and percussion

Commissioned and premiered by Sole Nero

Anthony Di Sanza and Jessica Johnson

String Quartets/ Trios

Creature Quartet (2015)

12 short movements on Endagered, Extint and Mythological Creatures (27:00)

A Vias Associate supported work, from UW-Madison

Premiered by the JACK Quartet as part of the Union Concert Series

Soon to be released on QUARTETS from Albany records, recorded by JACK


Song for Andrew (2008)

for violin, viola, cello and piano (2008) for Young-Nam Kim and Sally Chisholm, in memory of Andrew Imbrie* (4)


String Quartet in three movements (2001)

A Harvard Musical Association. Commission, The Arditti String Quartet,

1/24/03. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. (17:36)

subsequent performance with the JACK Quartet 2010, University of Iowa

To be released on Albany CD QUARTETS, featruing the JACK QUARTET


@ 2016 Laura Elise Schwendinger