John M. Tarrh — Composer and Consultant


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Music, scores, and program notes

Orchestral works

Diptych Fantasy (2022)

  • Commissioned by Lexington Symphony.
  • Instrumentation: 3[1.2.pic] 3[1.2.Eh] 3[1.2.bcl] 2 - 4 3 3 1 - T+3 - hp - str.
  • Duration: about 8 minutes.
  • Click to view the complete orchestral score or program notes. Click here for a synthesized audio of this single-movement work.

Shiloh, a Requiem (2014)

  • Commissioned by the New Philharmonia Orchestra for the celebration of their 20th season.
  • Instrumentation: 3[1/pic.2.3] 3[1.2.Eh] 3[1.2.bcl] 3[1.2.cbn] - 4 3 3 1 - T+3 - hp - str.
  • Duration: about 21 minutes.
  • Click to view the complete orchestral score or program notes. Click here for a recording of the premiere performance of this single-movement work.

Symphony No. 2, "Freedom" (2012)

  • Commissioned by Lexington Symphony for the celebration of the 300th anniversary of the founding of the town of Lexington, Massachusetts.
  • Instrumentation: 2[1/pic.2] 2[1.2/Eh] 2[1.bcl] 2[1.2/cbn] - 4 2 3 1 - T+3 - hp - str +SATB chorus.
  • Duration: about 44 minutes.
  • Click to view the complete orchestral score or vocal score, both of which include program notes and texts used. Click movement titles for a recording of the premiere performance.

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (2009)

  • Instrumentation: 1[1/pic] 1 1 1 - 2 1 2 1 - T+2 - hp - narrator - str.
  • Duration: about 24 minutes.
  • Click to view the complete score or program notes.
  • One movement. Click for audio.

Symphony No. 1 (2008)

  • Commissioned by the New Philharmonia Orchestra.
    Dedicated to Ronald Knudsen and Adrienne Hartzell.
  • Instrumentation: 2[1.2/pic] 2[1.2/Eh] 2[1.2/bcl] 2[1.2/cbn] - 4 2 3 1 - T+2 - hp - str.
  • Duration: about 20 minutes.
  • Click to view the complete score, program notes, or concert lecture notes. Click here for a few brief comments on the premier. Click the movement titles to hear the premier performance of April 5, 2008.

Concert band works

Quintet Concerto (2010)

  • Dedicated to Jeffrey P. Leonard.
  • Instrumentation: wind quintet and concert band (see score or program notes for details).
  • Duration: about 10 minutes.
  • Click to view the complete score or program notes.
  • One movement. Click for audio.

Scherzo (2008)

  • Instrumentation: concert band (see score or program notes for details).
  • Duration: about 5:30.
  • Click to view the complete score or program notes.
  • One movement. Click for audio.

Chamber and solo works

Love Story for piano and violin (2022)

  • Instrumentation: vn pno.
  • Duration: about 5 minutes.
  • Click to view the complete score with program notes.
  • One movement. Click for audio.

Trio Suite for oboe, violin and violoncello (2009)

  • Instrumentation: ob vn vc.
  • Duration: about 10.5 minutes.
  • Click to view the complete score or program notes.
  • Four movements. Click the movement titles for computer-generated audio.
  • Click here for a recorded performance of Love Song, Memory, and Argument with flute, violin, and cello.

Trio Suite for two flutes and violoncello (2009)

  • Instrumentation: 2 fl vc.
  • Duration: about 10.5 minutes.
  • Click to view the complete score or program notes.
  • Four movements. Click the movement titles for audio.

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile for chamber orchestra (2009)

  • Instrumentation: 1[1/pic] 0 1 1 - 0 0 0 0 - 1 - narrator - str(2 2 2 2 1).
  • Duration: about 24 minutes.
  • Click to view the complete score or program notes.
  • One movement. Click for audio.

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (2009)

  • Instrumentation: pno and narrator.
  • Duration: about 24 minutes.
  • Click to view the complete score or program notes.
  • One movement. Click for audio.

Clarinet Quintet (2008)

  • Instrumentation: cl 2 vn va vc.
  • Duration: about 13 minutes.
  • Click to view the complete score or program notes.
  • Three movements. Click for audio.

Serenade for Wind Quintet (2007)

  • Instrumentation: fl ob cl bn hn.
  • Duration: about 9 minutes.
  • Click to view the complete score or program notes.
  • Three movements. Click for audio of first, second, or third movement.

Quintet Fugue (2007)

  • Instrumentation: pno.
  • Duration: 2:30.
  • Click to view the complete score or program notes.
  • One movement. Click for audio.

Variations for Chamber Orchestra (2006)

  • Instrumentation: 1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 0 - 1 - str (1 1 1 1 1).
  • Duration: 2:30.
  • Click to view the complete score or program notes.
  • One movement. Click for audio.

Fantasy for String Quartet (2005)

  • Instrumentation: 2 vn va vc.
  • Duration: about 6:40 minutes.
  • Click to view the complete score or program notes.
  • One movement. Click for audio.

Break, Break, Break for large brass ensemble (2005)

  • Instrumentation: see score or program notes for details.
  • Duration: about 2.5 minutes.
  • Click to view the complete score or program notes.
  • One movement. Click for audio.

Vocal works

Great War Triptych (2019)

  • Written for the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
  • Dedicated to Christina Gamota.
  • Instrumentation: SATB chorus and string quartet.
  • Duration: about 10 minutes.
  • Click to view the full score, the piano vocal score, program notes, or texts.
  • Three movements. Click here for a YouTube video recording of the premiere performance.

Sonnet for a Major Birthday for solo voice and piano (2019)

  • Instrumentation: soprano or tenor, pno.
  • Duration: about 3 minutes.
  • Click to view the complete score.
  • One movement. Click for audio.

Write Me a Love Poem (2019)

  • Instrumentation: soprano or tenor, pno.
  • Duration: about 2 minutes.
  • Click to view the complete score.
  • One movement. Click for audio.

Eulogy (2018)

  • Written for the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Instrumentation: soprano and string trio.
  • Duration: about 9.5 minutes.
  • Click to view the complete score.
  • One movement. Click for audio.

Clear the Track (2017)

  • Written for the 35th anniversary of the Lexington Pops Chorus and the 70th birthday of its current and founding music director, Robert A. Lague.
  • Instrumentation: SATB chorus and pno.
  • Duration: about 6:15 minutes.
  • Click to view the complete score.
  • One movement. Click for audio.

Sonnet for a Major Birthday for soprano, tenor and piano (2013)

  • Instrumentation: soprano, tenor, pno.
  • Duration: about 3 minutes.
  • Click to view the complete score.
  • One movement. Click for audio.

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat (2010)

  • Instrumentation: soprano, tenor, pno.
  • Duration: about 4 minutes.
  • Click to view the complete score or program notes.
  • One movement. Click for audio.

Past Spring I Met You (2009)

  • Instrumentation: soprano, vn, pno.
  • Duration: about 3 minutes.
  • Click to view the complete score or program notes.
  • One movement. Click for audio.

Break, Break, Break (2004)

  • Instrumentation: SATB chorus and pno.
  • Duration: about 2 minutes.
  • Click to view the complete score or program notes.
  • One movement. Click for audio.

Three Songs on Poems of Housman (2003)

  • Instrumentation: tenor and pno.
  • Duration: about 6:40 minutes.
  • Click to view the complete score or program notes. Click for audio.
  • Click here for audio of With rue my heart is laden with soprano and pno.
  • I. With rue my heart is laden
  • II. Oh, when I was in love with you
  • III. Into my heart an air that kills

(photo by John Tarrh)


© John M. Tarrh. Music published by Meriam Hill Music (ASCAP).