Music and Editions by Dean Crocker

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New Editions:

d’Albert—String Quartet no. 1, Op. 7
2 vln, vla, vcl. 38′
A major work that has fallen into undeserved obscurity. This edition is based on a publication from 1888.
d’Albert—String Quartet no. 2, Op. 11
2 vln, vla, vcl. 32′
Late romantic, chromatic, and extremely expressive; this edition is based on a publication from 1893.
Arensky—Two Quartets, Op. 55
SATB vocal quartet, a cappella—Russian or German. 4′
Settings of two short Russian poems. This edition is based on a publication from about 1900.
Arensky—Three Quartets, Op. 57
SATB vocal quartet with cello—Russian or German. 7′
Settings of three short Russian poems. This edition is based on a publication from about 1902.
Fuhrmeister—Gavotte and Tarantella, Op. 6
Fl, ob, cl, bsn, hn, piano. 7′
Jaunty little pieces for wind quintet and piano. This edition is based on a publication from 1888.
Hummel—Piano Trio no. 7 in E-flat, Op. 93
Piano, Violin & Violoncello. 20′
New edition of an 1822 publication.
Kalkbrenner—Septet, Op. 132
Ob, cl, bsn, hn, vcl, cb, piano. 26′
Large, romantic work for piano, winds, and strings. This edition is based on a publication from 1835.
Rubinstein—Quintet for Piano and Winds, Op. 55
Fl, cl, bsn, hn, piano. 37′
Extended chamber work for wind quartet and piano. This edition is based on two publications dating from about 1861.
Three Tennyson Songs
  1. The Sea-Fairies by J. Francis Barnett. [Women’s chorus and piano]
  2. The Song of King Arthur’s Knights by Wm. G. Cusins. [Men’s chorus, a cappella]
  3. The Golden Year by H. David Leslie. [Mixed chorus, optional piano]
Choir and piano—English. 11′
Three choral works with texts by Alfred Tennyson. This edition is based on a publication dating from 1880.



A Rare and Curious Phenomenon (Phenomenological Pentiments)
Orchestra. 11′
New orchestral version of a 1993 piece for synthesizer.
Piano solo. 8′
Elegy for friends no longer here.
Donnybrook Fair
Electronic. 10′
A bit of a free-for-all.
I Believe In An America
3 equal voices (or choir), a cappella—English. 1′
A short Round (or canon) based on one of Mitt Romney's more circuitous statements. (2012)
The Late Heavy Bombardment
Electronic. 8′
Very early music?

New Editions:

Danzi—Quintet for Piano and Winds
Ob, cl, bsn, hn, piano. 30′
Late classical chamber work for wind quartet and piano. This edition is based on an undated publication from around 1821.
Handel—Hallelujah from Messiah
Mixed choir (SSATTB) a cappella—English. 3½′
The Hallelujah Chorus arranged for 6-part a cappella chorus (or sextet?). Inspired by an anonymous arrangement published in The Singing School Companion (1856).
Hummel—Piano Trio no. 5 in G, Op. 65
Piano, Violin & Violoncello. 16′
New edition of an 1814 composition
Kalkbrenner—24 Preludes, Op. 88
Piano solo. 40‒45′
Preludes in all keys by one of the greatest pianists of his time. This edition is based on a publication by Pleyel ca. 1812.
Lachner—Octet for Winds
Fl, ob, 2 cl, 2 bsn, 2 hn. 30′
Large-scale chamber work for winds. Originally composed ca. 1850, this edition is based on a publication from 1872.
Read—An Anthem (“Down steers the bass”)
Mixed chorus (SATB), a cappella. 3½′
Secular fuging tune. This edition is based on an American publication from 1786.
Sayve—Grand Quintet, piano and strings, Op. 15
Vln, vla, vcl, cb, piano. 28′
Sayve—Grand Quintet, piano and winds, Op. 15
Fl [ob], cl, bsn, hn, piano. 28′
Published in 1830 in two separate arrangements by the composer, le Comte Auguste de La Croix de Chevri—res de Sayve. He noted that the parts were not interchangable.
Stevens—Crabbed Age and Youth
Men’s quartet or chorus (TTBB). 2′
Georgian glee with lyrics by Shakespeare. This edition is based on publications from the mid-19th century.



3 Haiku
String quartet. 7½′
Three short pieces for string quartet.
2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, alto cl, bs cl, 2 bsn. 13′
“Reconstitution, restitution, or restoration to the original or primordial condition.”
Orpheus ∶ Morpheus
Electronic. 5′
When the musicians need a nap…
Three Wisconsin Sonnets
Mixed Chorus (SATB), a cappella. 6½′
Texts from Wisconsin Sonnets by Charles H. Winke (1917)

New Editions:

Bartlett—Grand Polka de Concert no. 1, Op. 1
Piano solo. 6′
Composed by American Homer Newton Bartlett and first published in 1867, this is a fine example of virtuosic salon-music.
Bartlett—Grand Polka de Concert no. 2 (“El Dorado”), Op. 14
Piano solo. 5′
This was also composed by Homer Newton Bartlett. Published in 1876, it’s flashier and more structured than Op. 1. If you listen closely, you might hear the first faint beats of Ragtime.
Bernard—Divertissement, Op. 36
2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bsn, 2 hn. 21′
Double wind quintet in three movements by Émile Bernard. Originally published ca. 1890.
Lachner—Psalm 133
Female choir (SSAA), a cappella. 3′
The Psalm set for a full-voiced women’s chorus. Originally published in 1849.
Lachner—Psalm 134
Double mixed choir (SATB/SATB), a cappella. 4′
A solemn, yet lush, setting of the Psalm. Originally published in 1842.
Moriacchi—Salve Regina
Mixed choir (SATB), a cappella. 4′
An interesting aspect of this piece is the textural contrasts established by alternating tutti, soli, and solo sections. Originally published in 1842.
Mixed choir (SATB) and organ. 7′
Sustained, polyphonic opening followed by a chromatic fugal section. Originally published in 1842.
Seyfried—Tantum ergo
Mixed choir (SATB), a cappella. 1½′
Simple and sincere; almost hymn-like. Originally published in 1842.



Droplets in the Cloud
Electronic. 2½′
It’s almost a memory…
Snowball Earth
Electronic. 30′
The original chill.

New Editions:

Briccialdi—Wind quintet, D major, Op. 124
Flute, oboe, clarinet in A, horn in F and bassoon. 15′
Composed by legendary flutist Giulio Briccialdi and published in 1875, this well-crafted work shows hints of an earlier classical era.
Hummel—Piano Trio no. 4 in G, Op. 35
Piano, violin & violoncello. 15′
New edition of an 1808 composition
Sobeck—Wind quintet no. 1, F major, Op. 9
Flute, oboe, clarinet in B-flat, horn in F and bassoon. 19′
Bohemian clarinetist Johann Sobeck’s first of four quintets for winds was published in 1879.
Sobeck—Wind quintet no. 2, E-flat major, Op. 11
Flute, oboe, clarinet in B-flat, horn in F and bassoon. 22′
Bohemian clarinetist Johann Sobeck’s second of four quintets for winds was published in 1891.
Sobeck—Wind quintet no. 3, g minor, Op. 14
Flute, oboe, clarinet in B-flat, horn in F and bassoon. 24′
Bohemian clarinetist Johann Sobeck’s third of four quintets for winds was published in 1891.
Sobeck—Wind quintet no. 4, B-flat major, Op. 23
Flute, oboe, clarinet in B-flat, horn in F and bassoon. 20′
Bohemian clarinetist Johann Sobeck’s last of four quintets for winds was published in 1897.
Täglichsbeck—Six Sacred Songs (6 Geistliche Lieder), Op. 45
SATB chorus, a cappella. 15‒26′, depending on how many verses you sing…
Composed by Thomas Täglichsbeck to texts by Albert Knapp, these mostly stophic religious anthems were published in 1863.



At Midnight
Voice and piano. 8½′
Short settings of five poems by Sara Teasdale.
Even Bedford Falls Has A Potter’s Field
Electronic. 3′
A little macédoine before you jump back on that bridge?

New Editions:

Fibich—Piano trio, f minor, H. 174
Violin, cello, piano. 13′
Composed by Zdeněk Fibich in 1872 and published in 1908, this is a youthful display of Romantic exuberance.
Fibich—Quintet, H. 308
Violin, clarinet, horn, cello, piano. 35′
Composed by Zdeněk Fibich about 1895 and published as Opus 42. This edition standardizes Clarinet and Horn transpositions and corrects many errors.
Hummel—Piano Trio no. 3 in F, Op. 22
Piano, violin & violoncello. 15′
New edition of an 1807 publication
MacDowell—Woodland Sketches, Op. 51
Piano. 17½′
Composed by Edward MacDowell about 1898 and published in 1899. Including such hoary chestnuts as “To a Wild Rose” and “To a Water-Lily,” this 10-movement suite of character pieces for piano was made into a ballet for New York City Ballet’s American Music Festival by Robert La Fosse in 1988. New edition geared to meet contemporary standards. Moderate difficulty.
Täglichsbeck—Trio, Op. 26
Piano, violin and violoncello. 27′
An excellent example of competent, mid-19th century chamber music. Composed by Thomas Täglichsbeck (1799-1867) and first published in 1847.
Täglichsbeck—Five Choral Anthems (5 Chor-Gesänge), Op. 29
SATB chorus and soloists; Brass section (2 hn, 2 tpt, 3 tbn, 1 tuba) or piano. 16′
Composed by Thomas Täglichsbeck, this set of patriotic festival anthems was published in 1847. This edition modernizes brass transpositions and “tubafies” the antiquated ophicleide part.
Täglichsbeck—Quintet, Op. 44
Clarinet, 2 violins, viola, and violoncello. 23′
Composed by Thomas Täglichsbeck, the Clarinet Quintet was published in 1863. This edition corrects many errors and includes a study score.



Arion Rides the Dolphin
Electronic. 4′
A dolphin carried a poet from Lesbos safely back to shore.

New Editions:

Brahms—Three Sacred Choruses, Op. 37
Treble choir (SSAA), two soloists, a cappella. 5¼′
This edition is now published by Mark Foster.
Composed by Johannes Brahms around 1860 and published in 1865, these motets combined old-fashioned long note values and strict contrapuntal style. This edition modernizes the notation and adds a piano reduction.
Foster—Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming
Vocal quartet (SATB), a cappella. 2½′
New edition of a 1893(?) arrangement of an almost forgotten Stephen Foster song.
Foster—The Old Folks At Home
SATB chorus with piano. 2½′
New edition of a 1904 arrangement of Stephen Foster’s famous song.
MacDowell—Piano Sonata no. 1 (“Tragica”), Op. 45
Piano solo. 25′
New edition of MacDowell’s 1893 Sonata Tragica.
Pleyel—Septet, B. 251
2 violins, viola, cello, bass, 2 horns. 21′
New edition of Pleyel’s Septet from ca. 1787.



Coruscating Ephemerons
Fl, ob, cl, bs cl, bsn, 2 hn, C tpt, trb. 11′
A flash in the pan? (Look—something shiny!)
Electronic. 6′
An elaborately wrought fantasia; or mayhap, studious rantings.
Electronic. 4½′
A setting of LE DORMEUR DU VAL by Arthur Rimbaud.

New Editions:

Josquin—Absolon fili mi
Mixed chorus (SATB). 3′
A classic. A masterpiece. Probably not written by Josquin after all.
Lack—Le chant du ruisseau, Op. 92
Piano solo. 2′
A lovely piece of fluffery I learned in the 6th grade.
Paderewski—Humoresques de Concert, Op. 14
Piano solo. 17′
Six virtuosic showpieces, including the once-ubiquitous Minuet in G.
Raff—String octet, Op. 176
4 violins, 2 violas, 2 celli. 23′
A delightful work that should be better known. Also playable by a string orchestra, I suppose.



Quartets vignettes
Saxophone quartet. 19′
A “reimagining” of my 2003 string quartet.

New Editions:

Cramer—Quintet, Op. 69
Violin, viola, cello, bass and piano. 30′
New edition from an 1827 publication.



Mixed chorus (SATB) with piano—Latin. 3½′
Choral setting of Horace’s Ode I:32.

New Editions:

Costa—Damascus [Triumphal March from Naaman]
Mixed chorus (SSATTB) and piano—English. 6¾′
New edition of a chorus from an 1864 oratorio
Hummel—Piano Trio no. 2 in E-flat, Op. 12
Piano, violin & violoncello. 18‒20′
New edition of an 1803 composition
Hummel—Piano Trio no. 6 in E, Op. 83
Piano, violin & violoncello. 25‒30′
New edition of an 1819 publication
Palestrina—Sitivit anima mea
Mixed chorus (SATB), a cappella—Latin. 2½′
The rarely heard ’Part 2’ of the popular 16th century masterpiece, Sicut cervus
Raff—Grand Quintet, Op. 107
Piano and String Quartet. 35‒40′
New edition of an 1862 publication



Collective Effervescence
Electronic. 4′
The energy of the people creates the beliefs of the people?
Cognitive Dissonance
Electronic. 3½′
Dick Cheney was never impeached.
Cultural Dissonance
Electronic. 2¾′
Sometimes things just don’t seem to make sense anymore (see above).
Whispering Hope
Solo voice (or unison chorus) with string quartet, oboe and piano—English. 3¼′
A fresh look at the popular 1868 hit by Alice Hawthorne, who was actually a man named Septimus Winner.

New Editions:

Barnby—Voice of the Western Wind
Treble choir (SSA) & piano—English. 3¼′
New edition of an 1887 publication.
Bullard—The Pigtail
Mixed (SATB) chorus & piano—English. 2½′
New edition of a 1901 publication. (Yes. The pigtail fell behind him…)
Mixed (SATB) chorus & piano—English. 4½′
New edition of an 1887 arrangement of a well-known tune first made popular by Emile Waldteufel. Some Americans of a certainage think the lyrics begin with “My beer is Rheingold, the dry beer.”
Miessner—Our High School
Treble choir (SSA) & piano—English. 2¾′
New edition of an 1905 publication. A generic ’fight song’ that is oh, so very much of its time.
Raff—Cachoucha Caprice, Op. 79
Piano solo. 5¼′
New edition of a very energetic, virtuoso showpiece from 1858.
Rubinstein—Etude, Op 23 no 2
Piano solo. 3¾′
New edition of a firey, virtuoso extravaganza from one of the great lions of the piano.
Thalberg—Andante, Op. 32
Piano solo. 4½′
New edition of an 1856 publication. A typical virtuoso-turn by a great, undeservably forgotten pianist.



Chasing the Horizon
Electronic. 26—′
Inspired partly by Stephen Crane—s poem I saw a man pursuing the horizon and partly by some very particular horizon-chasing by friends, this piece could use a good choreographer. Anyone interested?
Suite Nothings
Electronic. 10—′
Perhaps you would like a little after-dinner suite?

New Editions:

Lange—Pure As Snow, Op. 34
Piano solo. 3—′
New edition of a charming piece of 19th-century parlor-music.
MacDowell—March Wind, Op. 46 no. 10
Piano solo. 1—′
New edition of an 1894 piece by one of the most influential, yet almost-forgotten American composers.
Pennington—Japanese Dance, Op. 12 no. 2
Piano solo. 3′
New edition of an 1910 publication, possibly influenced by Madame Butterfly, but not very well.
Piano solo. 4′
New edition of a short piece by the famous cellist.
Raff—La fileuse (The Spinner), Op. 157 no. 2
Piano solo. 3—′
New edition of an 1871 publication.
Sch—tt—A la bien aime—, Op. 59 no. 2
Piano solo. 4—′
New edition of an 1900 publication.
Stcherbatcheff—Clair de lune, Op. 25
Piano solo. 4—′
New edition of an 1900 publication.
Stcherbatcheff—Orientale, Op. 15
Piano solo. 4—′
New edition of an 1900 publication.



The Walrus and the Carpenter
Mixed chorus (SATB) with woodwind quintet and piano—English. 9—′
A jolly (yet dramatic!) setting of Lewis Carroll—s famous poem.
from Hamlet
Mixed chorus (SATB) with flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and piano—English. 4′
Originally written in 1976; greatly revised in 2005 to provide an interesting counterpart to The Walrus and the Carpenter. Rhythmically challenging. Performable by a high school choir (if they are very, very good).


Quartet vignettes
String quartet. 18—′
Subtitled “Daughters of Mnemosyne,” this is a suite with one movement for each of the Muses.


Symphony no. 1 by Gustav Mahler
Arrangement for small concert band or wind ensemble in four movements. New edition (2013) adds several corrections, cleaned-up percussion parts, and new, optional parts for oboe, bassoon, and harp.
  1. Slow. Dragging. Like a sound of nature. 15—′
  2. Robust, animated. 7′
  3. Solemn and measured [funeral march]. 10—′
  4. Turbulent, agitated. 18′
(Well, I guess someone had to do it.) Technically fairly difficult, musically more so: should be playable by a very good, if underpopulated, college band. Perform this at your high school contest and your colleagues won’t speak to you for years!


A Rare and Curious Phenomenon
Electronic. 10—′
Put together with Finale® and a Roland Sound Canvas, this piece came dangerously close to being orchestral.
Trio for B-flat clarinet, violoncello, and piano. 4—′
Traditional, middle-of-the-road 20th century lyricism.


Sonnet XII
  • When I do count the clock that tells the time—
Mixed Chorus (SATB) and piano—English. 3—′
Piano vs. choir in tight harmony. Shakespeare. Difficult. What more could you ask for?
Sonnet XCVII
  • How like a winter hath my absense been—
Mixed Chorus (SATB) a cappella—English. 1—′
Almost tonal chromaticism. Not easy, but far from impossible.


Harvest Home
Men’s Chorus (TTBB) and strings—English. 2—′
Based on Henry Purcell’s Your Hay It Is Mow’d, this piece is well suited for Thanksgiving or harvest-time. Very traditional, rousing male glee club number.


—Hallelujah— from Beethoven’s Christ on the Mount of Olives
Orchestration for 10-piece ensemble [Fl, Ob, Cl, Bsn, Hn, Tpt, String quartet]. 6′
Useful for festive church performances on a budget, this arrangement is to be used with the normal chorus editions: no choral scores are provided.


9/4 Ground
Electronic. 4—′
Improvisation over a bass line.
Brooklyn Rain
Electronic. 23′
A slow rain in Brooklyn provides a lesson in English bell-ringing.
3 Hansenlieder
Solo voice and piano—English. 5—′
Settings of three slightly surreal poems by David C. Hansen. Fairly easy.
Slow Spring Sprung
Electronic. 2—′
Quick little number with no particular purpose.
Study (1987)
Electronic. 3—′
A little number exploring the many possibilities of a Casio CZ-5000, if you can believe that!


Raoul 1986
Electronic. 22—′
This was an attempt to write —New Age Music.— I was told it was too interesting—
Synthesizer Madness
Electronic. 4—′
Some people hate synthesizers. Could this be why?


Goodbye My Friend
Solo voice (or unison chorus) and piano—English. 3—′
Christmas ballad, originally written for a musical for children.


As the Living Father Sent Me
Mixed Chorus (SATB) and organ—English. 2—′
Communion meditation or anthem for church use. Fairly easy.


Magnum nomen Domini
2-part mixed chorus and organ—Latin. 1—′
Arrangement of a 14th century Christmas carol. Very easy.


Raoul 1977
Electronic. 6—′
Ah, the Mighty Moog— ☺


Drinking Music
Electronic. 9—′
Three cheers for that big, old Moog sequencer! Some said it could only do eight notes in a row—.
Theme for 4 Clarinets
Quartet for clarinets. 4′
Quite lovely. I personally think it should be played on four alto clarinets (or even better, four basset horns) but sometimes I’m a bit less practical than others.


Music Film
Electronic. 4′
A disturbing student score for a disturbing student film.
Raoul 1975a
Electronic. 1—′
Bleeps, bloops and blops quickly move from one speaker to another!
Raoul 1975b
Electronic. 3—′
I have always found this little piece to be suprisingly relaxing. Maybe you will too.


The Way Lies Before Us
Trio for flute/piccolo, acoustic guitar, and prepared piano. 8—′
A very quiet piece for a very live room.


Thus spake Arjuna…
Organ solo. 5–6′
Very spacious piece which makes use of the organ’s ability to hold notes forever, its tendency to be slightly out of tune and its affinity for large, reverberant halls.


Dance for Cathy
Flute, alto sax, trumpet in C, horn, trombone, vibraphone, piano. 4—′
Very slow and serene with little implied movement.


Dichtung und Wahrheit
Tenor voice and flute—German. 6—′
Setting of four short poems by Goethe. Difficult.
Ornamenta Rationalia
Duet for oboe and piano. 3′
Basic mid-20th century, lyrical, student serialism, originally titled Apple Pie, Motherhood, and the American Flag for reasons long forgotten.


French horn, percussion, piano. 6—′
A little bit Hindemith; a little bit rock’n’roll. Difficult, showy horn part. Percussionist plays everything but the proverbial sink. Pianist tries to hold everything together. Revised and sanity-checked in 2002.