Martin Max Schreiner

(b. 21 July 1950, Springfield, Massachusetts).

American composer of mostly orchestral, chamber and piano works that have been performed throughout in Asia, Europe and North America.

Mr. Schreiner studied composition with Philip Bezanson and Robert Stern at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he received his BMus in 1976. He later had graduate studies in composition with Arthur Berger, Olga Pozzi Escot and Malcolm Peyton at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts and there earned his MMus in 1986.

Among his honours are the Bryant Fellowship from Harvard University (1989, enabling the copying and printing of Symphony No. 1, 'Symphonic Journey'), the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Award (1997, for Symphony No. 1, 'Symphonic Journey'), Third Prize in the competition for chamber music of the New England Reed Trio/Frank Warren Music Publishing (1997, for Anatomy and Variations of the Sirens' Song), and a certificate of excellence from the 21st Century Music Project of the International Center for Japanese Culture in Yokohama (2015, for Firewalk). His music has been performed in Japan, Switzerland and the USA.

He is also active in other positions. He performed as clarinettist, flutist and saxophonist in the jazz ensemble Light in the Night in Amherst, Massachusetts from 1976–78 and served as a community artist with the Mayor's Office for Cultural Affairs in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1978–79, during which time he directed and organised concerts. He then founded the ensemble Arion in Boston in 1978 and served as its clarinettist and director from 1978–81. He served as director of the Morse Music & Media facility of Lamont Library at Harvard University from 1987–2010 and has served as Head of Maps, Media, Data, and Government Information at the Harvard College Library at Harvard University since 2010.


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Wind Variations, symphonic band in 3 groups (2 piccolos, 4 flutes, 6 clarinets, 2 bass clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 baritone horns, tuba, percussion; 4 alto saxophones, 2 tenor saxophones, 2 baritone saxophones, 4 French horns; 3 trumpets, 3 trombones), 1983

Music for Woodwinds, Strings and Percussion, small orchestra (flute, oboe, clarinet, 2 bassoons, French horn, piano, percussion, 22 strings), 1984

Symphony No. 1, 'Symphonic Journey', large orchestra (80 players), 1992 (its first two movements may be performed separately as one work, Prelude & Fantasy)

Sinfonia, large orchestra (70 players), 2001

Festive Overture, large orchestra (68 players), 2003

Concertino, trumpet, timpani, 44 strings, 2005

Red Dragonfly Variations, large orchestra (77 players), 2006

Concertino No. 1, 'Between the Lines of a Haiku', 13-string koto (zither from Japan), large orchestra (77 players), 2007

Concertino No. 2, 'Sunlight Dancing upon Mount Fuji Snow', 13-string koto, large orchestra (64 players), 2007

Autumn Vistas, piano, large orchestra (77 players), 2009

Concertino No. 3, 13-string koto, large orchestra (64 players), 2010

Tango at the Edge of Time, shakuhachi (bamboo flute from Japan), 13-string koto, large orchestra (61 players), 2012

Salute, electric guitar, military band, 2016


Prelude and Fugue (vocalise), soprano, clarinet, guitar/lute, 1974

Three for Seven, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, bass trombone, 1975, revised 1981

Four Songs of Departure (text by Li Bai [translated by Ezra Pound]), soprano, flute, 1978

Collage, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 1983

Sextet: a Place Where Mountains Meet the Sky, flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, 1984

Jacob Wrestles Beings Divine and Human: Sonic Image II, viola, cello, 1991

Blossoms Descending, shakuhachi, 13-string koto, 1994

Commentary on the Nature of Butterflies, shakuhachi, 21-string koto, 1995

4 Etudes and Fantasia, shakuhachi, 13-string koto, 1996

Anatomy and Variations of the Sirens' Song, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 1997

A Geometry in Time, shakuhachi, 13-string koto, 17-string koto, 1998 (also version for violin, cello, piano, 1998)

A Chorus upon the Blue Guitar, shakuhachi, 13-string koto, 1999

Fanfare, trumpet, organ, 2000

Sunlight among the Pines, shakuhachi, 13-string koto, 2001

Variations, clarinet, 2001

Landscapes, shakuhachi, 13-string koto, 2003

Seasons, string quartet, 2003

Water Music, shakuhachi, 13-string koto, 2005

Facing West from California's Shores (fantasia, text by Walt Whitman), alto, shakuhachi, 13-string koto, 2006

Bamboo and Silk Tango, shakuhachi, 13-string koto, 2008

An Aeolian Harp in the Garden ..., harp, 2008

Klezmerhapsody, clarinet, alto saxophone, cello, 2009

Nokomis Falling from the Moon, shakuhachi, 13-string koto, 2009

A Musical Bouquet, flute, clarinet, bassoon, piano, 2009

Su Song's Astronomical Clock, shakuhachi, 13-string koto, 2010

A Lullaby in Restless Times, guitar, 2011

Ballade, 13-string koto, 2011

Contrasts and Metamorphoses, shakuhachi, 13-string koto, 2011

Three Mediations, shakuhachi, 13-string koto, 2012

The Fox and the Grapes (ballade), violin, piano, 2012

Two Japanese Idylls, guitar, 2013

A Day in the Life of a Chough, clàrsach (harp from the UK), 2014

Bamboo and Silk Tango, Again: New Partner, 13-string koto, cello, 2014

Birds of Paradise, shakuhachi, 2014

Synchronicity in Dakota, shakuhachi, guitar, 2014

Firewalk, clarinet, 3 13-string koto, 17-string koto, 2015

Shards and Fragments, viola, 2016


Psalm 150 (text from Psalm 150 [King James translation, with additions by the composer]), mixed chorus, organ, 1996

Psalm 84 (text from Psalm 84 [translated by Rabbi Boaz Heilman, the composer]), soprano, mixed chorus, French horn, piano, 1998


Sonata No. 1, 1979

Moments, 1983

Sonata No. 2, 1985

Nocturne, 1988

Three Japanese Images, 2003

Red Dragonfly Variations, 2003

Blues and Variations, 2004

From the Full Moon Fell Nokomis, 2016


Prelude, 1994

Fantasia and Choral, 1997


Hanukkah Celebration (traditional melodies of Jewish origin), 2000

American Emblems (traditional, patriotic songs from the USA), 2002


Symphony No. 1, 'Symphonic Journey'. Robert Black/Symfonický orchester Slovenského rozhlasu (MMC Recordings: 2002, 1993)

Two Japanese Idylls. Aaron Larget-Caplan, guitar (Stone Records: 5060192780567, 2015)