Kirk O’Riordan

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“The Six works on ‘Strange Flowers’ reveal a composer for whom imagery is a defining inspiration. Each of the pieces -- beautifully played -- has a title that establishes a mood or a particular emotional world. O’Riordan is a deeply sensitive composer who savours going gently into the night.”
--Donald Rosenberg, Gramophone Magazine (April 2014)

This section contains a complete listing of all of Kirk’s pieces. Follow the links above for pieces in each category. On this page is a list of all pieces, organized by the year in which they were composed.

Kirk's compositions are licensed by ASCAP.

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COMPOSITIONS BY YEAR COMPOSED

2017

Prayer Stones for Viola and Piano
     (for Michael Hall, viola and Holly Roadfeldt, piano)
Incidental Music from "Metamorphoses" for Alto Saxophone and Playback
     (for the Lafayette College Department of Theater)

2016

Shiki (The Four Seasons) for Taiko and Wind Ensemble
     (for the Lafayette College Percussion Ensemble and Concert Band)
Nosferatu Score for the film: for chamber ensemble and electronics.
     (Composed in collaboration with LCCME)
Somewhere I have Never Traveled for Alto Saxophone and Playback
gretchen for Synthesizers and Playback
Flare for Marimba and Synthesizers
     (an improvisatory collaboration with Larry Stockton)
Orbits for Ukulele, Guitar, iPad, and Synthesizers
     (an improvisatory collaboration with Jorge Torres)
planet nine for Alto Saxophone and Live Processing

2015

Time Lapses for Chamber Ensemble
Texture Study #1 for Fixed Media)
The Masque of Edgar Allan Poe (Libretto by Lee Upton)
deep sea for EWI, Synthesizers, and Fixed Media
Arpeggiator for Synthesizers, iPad, and Fixed Media
1.1 Trance for Synthesizers and Fixed Media (revised and adapted for live performance)
Iris for Wind Ensemble (rev.)

2014

Twenty-Six Preludes for Solo Piano
Concerto for Bassoon and Chamber Orchestra
As In Evening Silence for Alto Saxophone and String Quartet
1.1 Trance for Fixed Media

2013

Distant Light for Alto Saxophone, Percussion, and Fixed Media
Iris for Wind Ensemble
Inaugural Fanfare for Brass and Percussion
Waking Spirits for Solo Percussion
beepdotlineslashcurve for Fixed Media
Rêverie for Fixed Media
Groovecloud for Fixed Media
Music for Lines and Spaces for Fixed Media
Third Improvisation for Fixed Media

2012

Gone for Chamber Ensemble
Autumn Winds for Voice and Piano (text by Matsuo Basho)
A Strange Flower for Birds and Butterflies for Clarinet, Violoncello, and Piano
Four Hypnotic Dances for Solo Guitar
Night of Summer Stars for Percussion Ensemble and Dancers
On Vincent's Swirling Skies for Wind Ensemble

2011

Leonardo's Sketchbook for Flute and Alto Saxophone
In Passing for Chamber Orchestra
Lacrimosa for Solo Piano
Ulysses for Violin and Piano
Dying Light for Alto Saxophone and Piano
     (transcribed from the original Cello and Piano)
Two Studies after Seurat for Woodwind Quintet
Mantra for Chamber Ensemble
Tangents for Solo Marimba

2010

Dance Music from The Red Shoes for Chamber Ensemble
Two Studies after Seurat for Woodwind Quintet
The Hanging Gardens for Wind Ensemble
Humming Spheres for Two Pianos
String Quartet
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in Memoriam Jonathan Briley, The Falling Man
Quarry Songs (rev.)

2009

Five Dreams for Five Players
Sonata rapsodica for Clarinet and Piano
Ductus figuratus for Alto Saxophone and Chamber Ensemble (rev.)
Quintet for Reeds
I've Chased the Shouting Wind (rev.) for Flute, Clarinet, and Piano
Moments once remembered for Sopranino Saxophone and Guitar

2008

Lux aeterna for Women's Chorus
Water Lilies for Solo Piano (rev.)
Ductus figuratus (orig.)
Will o' the Wisp for Solo Flute
Jericho for Brass and Percussion
Four Interludes for One Hand for Solo Piano (Withdrawn)
Quarry Songs for Flute, Cello, and Piano
Canticles (rev.) for Saxophone Quartet

2007

That Dream Where You're Running for Solo Cello
Psalm 46 for Chorus
Ostinati (rev.) for Soprano Saxophone, Violin, and Piano

2006

Gaudete for Chorus and Organ
Wedding Dances for Solo Piano (Withdrawn)
Cadenza for Piano Trio
Concerto for Piano Trio and Orchestra
Return, forgotten for Cello Ensemble
Pressing forward, pushing back for Flute and Piano

2005

River Lights for Orchestra
Bergstresser Songs for Mezzo-soprano and Piano
Filament for Wind Ensemble (Withdrawn)

2004

Dying Light for Cello and Piano

2003

River Lights for Woodwind Quintet
I've Chased the Shouting Wind (orig.)
Desert Variations for Orchestra (Withdrawn)

2002

Three Pieces for Solo Piano
Spirit Dances for Flute and Percussion
Tarantella for Orchestra (Withdrawn)
Conspiracy Theory for Soloist and Recorded Electronics

2001

Water Lilies for Orchestra
Ostinati (orig.)
Ah, dearest love for Voice and Piano (Withdrawn)

2000

Water Lilies for Solo Piano (orig.)
Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano

1999

Water Lilies for 15 Solo Winds

1998

Faust Waltzes for Solo Piano (Withdrawn)

1997

Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra

1996

Longings for Clarinet and Soprano Saxophone
Canticles for Saxophone Quartet

1994 and earlier

From out of the Dark, Dark Earth for Viola and Tape (Withdrawn)
Rebirth: Thoughts on Christ's Return for Chorus (Withdrawn)
Scenes from Macbeth for Saxophone Quartet
there was life here... for Seven Percussionists
Pilgrimage for Solo Alto Saxophone (1993)
Cathedral for Alto Saxophone and Organ (1993)
Cybertribal for Electronics (1992)


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