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Violette, Andrew (b. 1953, New York City, New York). American composer of mostly chamber, vocal and piano works that have been performed throughout the USA; he is also active as a pianist.

Mr. Violette studied at the High School of Music and Art in New York City 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 of Music in 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 City from 1994–96.

Among his honors are seven grants from Meet the Composer (1977, 1982–87), three fellowships at the MacDowell Colony (1983–85) and fellowships at the Yaddo Arts Colony and the Virginia Center for the Arts (both 1999).

As a pianist, he has given numerous solo recitals of his own music, as well as new pieces by other composers. He worked as an accompanist to dance classes for Robert Blanshine, Nanette Cherrise, Merce Cunningham, and Janet Panetta in New York City throughout the 1980s.

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

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

The American Composers Alliance publishes his works from 1970–89; all later works are self-published.


E-mail address (c/o Janet Reid): jetreid718@earthlink.net


ORCHESTRAL: Symphony in 6 Movements, 2000

CHAMBER MUSIC: 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; 6 Performances, flute, clarinet, French horn, violin, cello, piano, synthesizer, 2001; Rave, electric violin, violin, 2 pianos, 2 synthesizers, 2001–05; Jazz, synthesizer, 2006; 2 Sax Sextets, 2006; Songs and Dances, cello, 2006; Sonata, violin, 2006; Sonata, guitar, 2007

CHORAL: 3 Madrigals, mixed chorus, cello, piano, 1983–87; The Voices of God, mixed chorus, 4 synthesizers, percussion, electric string quartet, 2004; Adam and Eve in Heaven, female voice, male voice, mixed chorus, flute, oboe, violin, cello, 3 synthesizers, percussion, 2005

VOCAL: 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

PIANO: 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; 3 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; 5 Sonatinas, 1994–95; Sonata 7, 2001

ORGAN: Dance, 1981; Organbook, 1981; 3 Choral Preludes, 1983; Libera Me, 1986

DISCOGRAPHY (as performer)

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

Suite (Willard Roosevelt). (Opus One)

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

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

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

Various pieces (Virgil Thomson). (CRI)

Sonata 3 (Roland Trogan). (Opus One)

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

DISCOGRAPHY (as composer)

Sonatas 7; 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)

Sonatas 2-6. Andrew Violette, piano (innova Recordings: 641, 2005)

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

5 Sonatinas (3 excerpts). Andrew Violette, piano (CRI: 864)

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

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

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

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

(Last updated on June 25, 2007)

Andrew Violette