Andrew Violette

(b. 1953, New York, New York – d. c. 15 April 2021, New York, New York).

American composer of mostly chamber, vocal and piano works that have been performed in North America; he was also active as a pianist.

Mr. Violette studied at the High School of Music and Art in New York, New York from 1968–71 and there earned the Regent's Scholarship. He studied composition with Elliott Carter and Roger Sessions and counterpoint with Otto Luening at the Juilliard School in New York, New York from 1971–75, where he earned his BMus and MMus, as well as the Lado Prize in Composition. He was later a student at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in New York, New York from 1994–96.

Among his honours were three fellowships from the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire (1983–85), a fellowship from the artist colony Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York (1999) and a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Arts (1999).

As a pianist, his specialty was contemporary music. He worked as an accompanist to dance classes for Robert Blanshine, Nanette Cherrise, Merce Cunningham, and Janet Panetta in New York, New York in the 1980s.

He was also active in other positions. He served as music director of the Lutheran Church of Our Savior's Atonement and of its concert series Cornerstone Center from 1975–88. Moreover, he served as music director of the Battery Dance Company, the Paul Sanasardo Dance Company and the Peggy Florin Dancers, all in New York, New York, all in the 1980s before his term as a contemplative Benedictine monk at St. Mary's Monastery in Massachusetts from 1988–94. He served as music director of the St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church in Park Slope, Brooklyn from 1996–2021.

He taught as an adjunct instructor of literature and materials of music at the Juilliard School in 1975–76.

His publisher is the American Composers Alliance, for music written from 1970–89.





Symphony in Six Movements, 2000


Little Lullaby, guitar, 1970

Sonatina, harp, piano, 1973–74

In Memoriam Igor Stravinsky, 2 French horns, 2 trumpets, marimba, 1974

Waltz, cello, piano, 1976

Last Dance, 2 pianos, percussion, 1979

Worldes Blis, 2 French horns, piccolo trumpet, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, timpani, 1982

Quintet, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 1983

Pastorale, bass trombone, organ, 1983

American Songs, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 1984

Chaconne, violin, marimba, tubular bells, 1984

Trio, French horn, bass trombone, piano, 1984

String Quartet 1, 1985

String Quartet 2, 1986

String Quartet 3, 1986

String Quartet 4, 1987

String Quartet 5, 1988

String Quartet 6, 1989

Adagio, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 2000

Six Performances, flute, clarinet, French horn, violin, cello, piano, synthesizer, 2001

Rave, electric violin, violin, 2 pianos, 2 synthesizers, 2001–05

Jazz, synthesizer, 2006

Two Sax Sextets, 6 saxophones, 2006

Songs and Dances, cello, 2006

Sonata, violin, 2006

Sonata, guitar, 2007


Three Madrigals, mixed chorus, cello, piano, 1983–87

The Voices of God, mixed chorus, 4 synthesizers, percussion, amplified string quartet, 2004

Adam and Eve in Heaven, female voice, male voice, mixed chorus, flute, oboe, violin, cello, 3 synthesizers, percussion, 2005


Pistis Sophia, voice, 1970

Black Tea, soprano, harp, double bass, percussion, 1982

À Margarita Debayle, soprano, piano, 1982

Little Boy Blue/Danny Boy, tenor, piano, 1986

Songs for a Dead Hero, baritone, piano, 1986

La Mejor Tinta, baritone, piano, 1987

Song Set, soprano, tenor, piano, 1993–96 (also version for voice, piano, 1996–97)

The Death of the Hired Man (text by Robert Frost), soprano, piano, 1996

The Love Duet (text by Walt Whitman), soprano, tenor, piano, 1996

Love Songs, tenor, piano, 1997

Adulterous Woman, voice, piano, 1997

Whitman, soprano, mezzo-soprano, baritone, 2 pianos, percussion, 2000

A Very Valentine, voice, piano, 2002

Love Alone, voice, piano, 2003


Fugamericana, 1970

Fantasy, 1970

Piano Piece 1, 1972

Piano Piece 2, 1974

Amor Dammi Quel Fazzolettino, piano 4 hands, 1976

Sonata #1, 2 pianos, 1976, revised 1989

Fast/Short, 2 pianos, 1977

Intermezzo, 1977

Three Pieces in F, 1978

Sonata 1, 1978

Sonata 2, 1979

Sonata 3, 1979

Sonata 4, 1982

Harmonizations, any keyboard instrument, 1983

Sonata 5, 1985

Sonata 6, 1986

Five Sonatinas, 1994–95

Sonata 7, 2001


Dance, 1981

Organbook, 1981

Three Choral Preludes, 1983

Libera Me, 1986

DISCOGRAPHY (as composer)

Sonata 7; Sonata 1. Andrew Violette, piano (Innova Recordings: 587, 2003)

The Death of the Hired Man; The Love Duet. Sherry Zannoth, soprano; Brad Cresswell, tenor; Andrew Violette, piano (Innova Recordings: 608, 2004)

Sonata 2; Sonata 3; Sonata 4; Sonata 5; Sonata 6. Andrew Violette, piano (Innova Recordings: 641, 2005)

Rave. Gregor Kitzis, electric violin; Curtis Macomber, violin; Andrew Violette, pianos, synthesizers (Innova Recordings: 674, 2007)

Five Sonatinas (3 excerpts). Andrew Violette, piano (Composers Recordings, Inc.: CRI 864)

Amor Dammi Quel Fazzolettino. Andrew William Thomas, Andrew Violette, piano 4 hands (Opus One Music)

Black Tea. Judith Bettina, soprano; Alyssa Hess Reit, harp; Joseph Tamosaitis, double bass; Andrew Violette, percussion (Opus One Music)

Piano Piece 2. Andrew Violette, piano (Opus One Music)

Sonata #1. Andrew William Thomas, Andrew Violette, pianos (Opus One Music)

DISCOGRAPHY (as performer)

Various works (Virgil Thomson). (Composers Recordings, Inc.)

B sharp; Miraplex; Everybody's Favourite Rag (Max Schubel). (Opus One Music: 151)

An Wasser Flüssen Babylon (Andrew William Thomas). (Opus One Music)

Death of Yukio Mishima (Andrew William Thomas). (Opus One Music)

From a Time of Snow (Lawrence Widdoes). (Opus One Music)

Rue de la Tombe-Issoire (Carmine Pepe). (Opus One Music)

Sonata 3 (Roland Trogan). (Opus One Music)

Suite (Willard Roosevelt). (Opus One Music)