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Wendy Griffiths, Composer
changingmodes.com
dollydentist@yahoo.com

Wendy Griffiths has composed chamber works, art songs, rock songs, orchestral works and dance scores. Her concert music has appeared on the Composers Concordance series, at the Merce Cunningham studio, the Manhattan School of Music, the Yale-Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Storm King Music Festival, Music Under Construction (of which she is a founding member) and in Stockholm performed by the Acidophilus Ensemble. Her opera “The Quiet American,” was supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and she has received grants from Meet the Composer and the American Music Center. Ms. Griffiths recently returned to her musical roots and appears as a keyboard player/singer/bassist with her band Changing Modes (www.changingmodes.com) with whom she has recorded 2 EPs and 4 full-length CDs. Her band performs regularly in lower Manhattan and on regional tours in the U.S. In addition, Ms. Griffiths works regularly as a ballet accompanist and currently plays for the School at Mark Morris. Ms. Griffiths holds a B.A. from Barnard College and an M.M. from the Mannes College of Music. She received her D.M.A. in music composition from the CUNY Grad Center where she studied with Thea Musgrave, Bruce Saylor and David Olan. She currently teaches Songwriting and Music Theory in the Extension Division of the Mannes College of Music.


Works in the NYWC Catalog:

Blue Texture in a White Light

Duration: 12
Instrumentation: Woodwind Quintet and Piano


The Crimson Sand

Duration: 35 minutes
Instrumentation: Flute, Clarinet, Violin, cello and piano
A one-act Opera Noir set in an East Coast seaside community. Through the course of the opera, a lone detective seeks the man responsible for killing prostitutes he has picked up through the internet. He works against all odds, given the systemic corruption of the local police officials who may have been complicit in the cover-up or perhaps even the crime itself. The opera asks the question “just how much can money buy” in 21st century suburban America?

Dangerous Routines

Duration: 11
Instrumentation: Flute, Clarinet and Piano


Dangerous Routines (arr)

Duration: 11
Instrumentation: Flute, Clarinet, Violin , Cello and Piano


The Dark Fidddler

Duration: 9 minutes
Instrumentation: SATB plus piano
!. Treeman (Text by Jay Johnson)
2. Requiem
3. The Dark Fiddler (Text by W.H.Auden)

For Piano Trio (Aspen Trio)

Duration: 12
Instrumentation: Violin , Cello and Piano


Four Character Pieces for Violin and Piano

Duration: 12
Instrumentation: Violin and Piano


Four Strong Winds

Duration: 15 min
Instrumentation: Piano
Written for Myungsook Wang

The Hive

Duration: 2
Instrumentation: Voice and Piano
Setting of the Hart Crane poem

The Latest Dance Craze

Duration: 9 min
Instrumentation: Piano
Written for Marija Ilich

The Lights of Amethyst

Duration: 2
Instrumentation: Voice and Piano
Setting of the James Joyce poem

The Minima, Memoy and Mirage

Duration: 11
Instrumentation: Violin, Cello and Piano


The Noise of Waters

Duration: 2
Instrumentation: Voice and Piano
Setting of the James Joyce poem

On the Beach at Fontana

Duration: 2
Instrumentation: Voice and Piano
Setting of the James Joyce poem

The Plains Indians

Duration: 13
Instrumentation: Brass Nonette


Poeme for Orchestra

Duration: 9
Instrumentation: Full Orchestra


Portraits in Transit

Duration: 11
Instrumentation: Brass Trio: Horn, Trumpet and Bass Trombone


Portraits in Transit (arr)

Duration: 11
Instrumentation: Oboe, 2 Bassoons


The Quiet American

Duration: 1 hour 15 min
Instrumentation: Fl, Ob, Cl, Bsn, Trumpet, Horn, String Quartet, Bass, Percussion (one player), Piano ang/or Keyboard, 1 Harp
Based on the Graham Greene novel

Rogue Taxidermny

Duration: 17 minutes
Instrumentation: Piano
!. Consider the Hortle
2. Tortitude
3. Meowl
4. Lone Wolf
5. Zebra Prawn Blues

Seven Places in America

Duration: 12 min
Instrumentation: Piano Solo
Three Movements: The Magician, The Accordion Man, The Evangelist

Sextet

Duration: 13
Instrumentation: String Quartet, Clarinet and Piano


String Quartet #1

Duration: 12
Instrumentation: String Quartet


String Quartet #2

Duration: 15
Instrumentation: String Quartet
5 Movements Total

Three Cabaret Songs

Duration: 10
Instrumentation: Voice and Piano
Setting of three Paul Auster poema

Two Songs without Words

Duration: 9
Instrumentation: Viola and Piano


Violin Concerto

Duration: 9 min
Instrumentation: Piano and Violin


Walden Songs

Duration: 12 minutes
Instrumentation: SATB plus piano
!. O Cool is the Valley (Text by James Joyce)
2. Forgetfulness (Hart Crane)
3. North Labrador (Hart Crane)
4. Monet as a Verb (Matt Rasmussen)

Winter and after Winter

Duration: 11
Instrumentation: Flute and Piano


Yeats Songs

Duration: 15
Instrumentation: Soprano (or Tenor) and Piano
1) Adeh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven, 2) Oil and Blood, 3) That Crazed Girl

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