Mikel Kuehn - Works

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Large Ensemble

Undercurrents (15:00, 2013). 14 instruments: flute (alto flute), oboe (English horn), clarinet (bass clarinet), alto saxophone (soprano saxophone), 2 percussionists (vibraphone, marimba, 4 suspended cymbals and 2 tam-tams), piano harp, guitar, 2 violins, viola, cello, and double bass. Commissioned by Ensemble Dal Niente.

Deus ex Machina (10:30, 2002). Large orchestra 4333 alto saxophone/4331/3 perc., 2 harps, piano/16,14,12,10,8). Commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s First Hearing Program for the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

New Terrains (7:30, 2000). Orchestra (2222/2221/3 perc., harp, piano/8,7,6,5,4 minimum). Winner of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s First Hearing Contest.

Terrains (5:30, 1998). Orchestra (2222/2221/3 perc., harp, piano/8,7,6,5,4 minimum).

Poisson’s Journey (15:00, 1996). Large orchestra (4333/4331/3 perc., 2 harps, piano/16,14,12,10,8).

Regions (7:00, 1992) (revised 1995). Orchestra (2222/2221/3 perc., harp, piano/8,7,6,5,4 minimum).  Awarded an honorable mention in ASCAP's Young Composers Competition, and Eastman's Howard Hanson Prize.

Reklame (6:30, 1988) A Cappella Choir (SSAATTBB). Based on text by Ingeborg Bachmann.

Chamber (3+ Players) 

String Quartet No. 1 (If on a winter's night...) (22:00, 2016). Commissioned through the Barlow Endowment for the Spektral Quartet.

Elegy for Aaron (7:00, 2010). Flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion. Commissioned by the Copland House and the Hoff-Barthelson Music School. 

Etchings (8:00, 2009). Saxophone quartet (2 sopranos, 2 tenors). Commissioned by the Anubis Saxophone Quartet. Published by Resolute Music Publications.

Tenor Madness (5:00, 2007). Three tenor saxophones. 

Color Fields (9:00, 2006). Tenor saxophone, vibraphone, guitar, and piano. Commissioned by Flexible Music. 

Split (6:30, 2006). Alto saxophone, bass clarinet, and piano. Commissioned by the Thelema Ensemble (Ghent, Belgium). 

Spaces (15:00, 2003). Six percussionists in four spaces. Commissioned by the Bowling Green State University Percussion Ensemble.

Contours (5:00-20:00, 2002). Unspecified ensemble.

Intersections & Resonances (11:00, 2000). Alto saxophone, violin, and piano. Commissioned by saxophonist John Sampen. 

Broken Lynes (10:30, 1995/1997), For flute (alto flute), clarinet (bass clarinet.), violin, violoncello, and piano.

Between the Lynes (10:30, 1994). Flute, violoncello and piano. Awarded the League of Composers / ISCM Prize.

Fünf Parabeln (c. 22:00, 1993/1996) (Based on five parables by Franz Kafka). For soprano voice and chamber ensemble: Version A: flute (alto flute/bass flute), clarinet (bass clarinet), violin, violoncello, piano. Version B: flute (alto flute), clarinet (bass clarinet), violin, violoncello, piano.

Dementia Praecox (12:00, 1991). Amplified chamber ensemble (flute, clarinet, violin, violoncello, and piano). Finalist in the ASCAP's Young Composers Competition.

Flush (7:30, 1988/2012 revision) for six trombones with plunger mutes (revision of notation with small musical changes). Recipient of ASCAP and BMI Student Composer Awards.

Two Pieces for Brass Quintet (7:00, 1987).

Solo and Duo

Chimera (12:30, 2017). Flute and piano. Commissioned by the Fromm Foundation at Harvard for Conor Nelson and Thomas Rosenkranz.

Entanglements (10:30, 2016). Harp and guitar. Commissioned by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) for Daniel Lippel and Nuiko Wadden and the Mostly Mozart Micro Commissions at Lincoln Center.

Returning the Complement (8:00, 2013). Piano solo (three movements) Commissioned by Perspectives of New Music for pianist Winston Choi. 

Intersections (10:00, 2012). Alto saxophone and piano. Commissioned by the Solaris Duo (Vienna, Austria). 

Circular Variations (21:00, 2011). Piano solo. (A study of small piano pieces to be played in various combinations. 20 of 24 variations completed.)

Devouring Time (7:00, 2010/2014). Marimba solo. Commissioned by Yu-Tzu Huang. 

Resonances (4:30, 2007). Soprano saxophone and piano. Commissioned by John Sampen and Marilyn Shrude. Published by Resolute Music Publications.

Crosstalk (7:00, 2005/2014). Flute and violin.

Tag (3:30, 2006). Two flutes. Recipient of the 2009 Lee Ettelson Composer's Award. 

Hoodoos Meditation (6:00, 2005). Solo piano. 

Unfoldings (8:00, 2004). Solo guitar. Commissioned by Dan Lippel. 

Sonnets to Orpheus (16:00, 2002-2003) Soprano voice and piano, 3 movements on texts by Rilke. 

Double Labyrinth (7:30, 1999). Flute and marimba. Commissioned by Kesatuan (Portland, Oregon).

Jigsaw (8:00, 1992), Solo tuba, 3 movements. Commissioned by Mark Cox.

Cycles (5:30, 1990). Solo piano, 3 movements. 

Echoes (7:00, 1987). Two marimbas, 2 movements. Published by Drop 6 Media, Denton, Texas.


Click here for information on the Hyperresonance Series (2000-).

New Work (Hyperresonance VII(13:00, 2016)Soprano voice and live electroacoustics. For Deborah Norin-Kuehn. (Premiere in Fall 2016, location TBA)

New Work (Hyperresonance VI) (17:00, 2015). Piano and live electroacoustics. Commissioned by Marilyn Nonken. (Premiere in Spring 2016, location TBA)

Rite of Passage (Hyperresonance V)  (12:00, 2014). Bass clarinet and live electroacoustics. Commissioned by Marianne Gythfeldt. 

Colored Shadows (Hyperresonance IV) (13:30, 2012). Viola and live electroacoustics. Commissioned by violist John Graham. 

...lilac shrieks and scarlet bellowings... (9:30, 2010). Fixed media (5.1 surround sound) and video (abstract animation by Montreal-based visual artist Jean Detheux). Based on six poems of E. E. Cummings. (This is a revision of the work onto a 5.1 fixed media format with significant musical changes). 

…lilac shrieks and scarlet bellowings… (9:30, 2009). Soprano voice, interactive electronics and video (abstract animation by Montreal-based visual artist Jean Detheux). Based on six poems of E. E. Cummings. 

Objet/Ombre (Hyperresonance III) (11:00, 2008). 12 saxophones and 2-channel electroacoustics. Commissioned by Selmer Paris for Jean-Michel Goury's  Boulogne-Billancourt Saxophone Ensemble (Paris). 

Chiaroscuro (Hyperresonance II) (10:00, 2007). Cello and interactive electroacoustics. Commissioned by cellist Craig Hultgren. 

The Secret World of Bookends (12:30, 2005). 4-channel fixed media. (A version of this work exists with abstract animation by visual artist Jean Detheux.)

Music through Prisms 3D (12:30, 1998/2004) 8-channel fixed media (This is a revision and remix in 8-channels of the original stereo piece). 

Crack (Hyperresonance I) (13:00, 2001). Flute, alto saxophone, and fixed media. Commissioned by the Bicinia Duo for their Chamber Music America Residency. 

Vox Figlio (13:45, 1999). 8-channel fixed media. 

Music through Prisms (12:20, 1998). 2-channel fixed media.

...remembrance of things past... (12:37, 1997/1998). 2-channel fixed media. 

Neapolitan (8:00, 1991). 2-channel fixed media.

Diaspora (4:00, 1990). 2-channel fixed media. 

Z (6:00, 1987). 2-channel fixed media with slide projection of artwork by Mikel Kuehn.