Laura Elise Schwendinger: Sound Files


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Waking Dream (2009)

for flute and chamber orchestra

Christina Jennings, flute (click here)



Chiaroscuro Azzurro (2008), commissioned by Miller Theater for the "Pocket Concerto" series

for violin and chamber orchestra

Premiered by Jennifer Koh and the International Contemporary Ensemble

Movements 1 (click here), 2 (click here), 3 (click here)

Wei He, violin soloist with Nicole Paiement conducting the Blueprint Ensemble, San Francisco Conservatory of Music



High Wire Act (2005)

for flute, violin, viola, cello and piano

Christina Jennings and BrightMusic; Inspired by Alexander Calder's Wire Circus, Cirque Calder figures

Movements: High Wire Act (click here); The Aerialist (click here);Trapped Bird (in circus tent); (click here); Troupe Finale (click here)



Esprimere for cello and orchestra (2006)

for cello and orchestra

with Matt Haimovitz and the UW Symphony Orchestra

Movements 2, opening (click here); middle (click here) and conclusion (click here)-------




Sudden Light (2011)
for Mezzo soprano and String Trio (2 violins and cello)

settings of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Emily Dickinson*

Premiere June 2012, by Jennifer Beattie, mezzo-soprano, Christopher Otto, Ari Streisfeld, violins and Kevin McFarland, cello (of the JACK String Quartet) New Music on the Point, Vermont.


1) Sudden Light

2) There is a Certain Slant of Light



Ce La Luna Questa Sera? (2010)

The Lincoln Trio from Notable Women

(see reviews at REVIEWS)



The Violinists in My Life (2011) (12:32)
for violin and piano

For Curtis Macomber, Eleanor Bartsch, Wei He, Miranda Cuckson and Desiree Ruhstrat*

Premiered by Wei He in SanFrancisco Sept. 2012, Desiree Ruhstrat in Chicago March 2013, and in Madison WI, by Eleanor Bartsch, April 21, 2013.

(upcoming VIML Vol. 2, to include David Perry, FeliciaMoye, Katie Wolfe, Christopher Otto, Ari Streisfeld and Graeme Jennings)

1. Eleanor

2. Wei

3. Miranda

4. Desiree

5. Curt


Song for Andrew (2009) Dedicated to the memory of Andrew Imbrie

for violin, viola, cello and piano

with Eleanor Bartsch, Nicholas Jeffery, Sean Taubner and Paola Savvidou

Excerpt of final section (click here)



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.



Mise-En-Scene (2011) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion

commissioned and premiered by Boston Musica Viva(5/6/11)



Van Gogh Nocturnes (2009)

for solo piano

Movements 1 and 2 (of 3), Christopher Taylor, piano

1) Starry Night Over the Rhone (click here); 2) Night Cafe in Arles (click here)




BrushStrokes (2010)

for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percusion; The Stony Brook Premiere Series at Merkin Hall, November 17, 2010

Movements 1-7

1) Contrapposto

2) Mobile

3) Chiaroscuro

4) Kinetic Sculpture (a bit from the beginning, and end)

5) Pointillism

6) Sfumato

7) Collage (a bit from the beginning, and end)