Dave Soldier



solo piano: opus 6, 20b, 21b, 22, 26-29, 31, 36, 42
violin (solo, violin & cello, violin & orchestra): opus 4, 20, 35, 38
solo viola: opus 17
cello (with violin): opus 4
solo woodwind (flute, clarinet, saxophone): opus 7
solo voice & accompaniment: opus 32b
accordion: opus 5, 13, 21c
string quartet: opus 1-3, 11, 17, 21, 23 and short pieces
mixed chamber: opus 4,5, 13, 19, 34, 37
orchestra: opus 8, 9, 30, 32, 35, 36
song cycles & oratorios: opus 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 18, 24, 39, 40
operas: opus 16, 18, 33
choir: opus 12, 39, 40
organ: opus 6, 12, 25
percussion ensemble: 41


1. Sequence Girls for string quartet & drums
(1985, opus 1, 8 min)
score / parts / listen

2. Three Delta Blues string quartet
(1986, opus 2, 9 min)
songs by Robert Johnson, Skip James, Charlie Patton
score & parts / listen / watch

3. String Quartet #1, "The Impossible"
quartet & percussion
(1987, opus 3, 25 min)
score /parts / listen to drum kit version played by Soldier String Quartet
listen to hand percussion version pefromed by PubliQuartet

4. Duo Sonata violin and cello
(1987, opus 4, 21 min)
score / listen

5. To Spike Jones in Heaven accordion & pre-recorded electronics
(1989, opus 5, 7 min)
mp3 of pre-recorded track

6. Hockets & Inventions organ or piano
(1990/ 2010, opus 6, 30 minutes)
12 polyphonic pieces in 2 and 3 parts
piano score / organ score
listen to organ version /
to piano version /
watch organ version performed by Walter Hilse

7. Utah Dances solo saxophone, clarinet, or flute
(1990, opus 7, 12 min)
5 dances: Jig, Fugue in One Voice, Cortijo, Allemande, and Forty-niner & double
/ listen

8. The Apotheosis of John Brown
baroque orchestra, narrator & 4 singers
(1990, opus 8, 40 min)
text from the Autobiography of Frederick Douglass
score / parts / listen

9. Radio Betonia
for string quartet version
(1991/ 2013 / 2023, opus 9, 7 min (earlier versions for double concerto)
score / parts

10. Smut, a.k.a., Chorea Lascivia 2 mezzosopranos, baritone, trumpet, 2 electric guitars, percussion
(1991, opus 10, 30 min)
9 pieces from homoerotic medieval Latin poetry
dedicated to Robert Mapplethorpe and David Wojnarowicz
Score and parts

11. String Quartet #2 "Bambaataa Variations" prepared string quartet
(1992/2003, opus 11, 20 minutes)
11a. Quartet version score / parts / listen
11b. Concerto grosso for prepared quartet & string orchestra
score / parts / watch

12. The War Prayer singers & chamber orchestra or organ
(1993/ 2011 opus 12, 25 min)
cantata with text from Mark Twain
12a. singers, gospel choir, chamber orchestra watch
12b. organ and singers: solo tenor, solo bass-baritone, choir score

13. Songtag in Sarajevo accordion & 3 musicians
(1994 opus 13, 11 min)
accordion & 1 chordal instrument (guitar, piano)" treble melody (violin, clarinet, trumpet): bass (cello, bass, trombone, tuba, bassoon)
score 1st movement, Fluor, Phosphor, Lumen, and Candle
score 2nd movement, Dance for the Tetragrammaton
listen to version performed by Regina Carter

14. Ice-9 Ballads narrator, singers, chamber group
(1995 opus 14, 30 min)
nine pieces in collaboration with Kurt Vonnegut, songs from Cat's Cradle
narrator, tenor, 3 sopranos, cl, sax, trombone, harmonica, 3 violins (1 mandolin double), guitar, harp, synthesizer, bass, two percussionists
songs from Cat's Cradle from Kurt Vonnegut
mp3 of pre-recorded track for Duo with Meade Lux Lewis
score / listen to version with Vonnegut's narration

15. The People's Choice Music, a.k.a., The Most Wanted Song & The Most Unwanted Song
for large unusual chamber groups
(1997 opus 15, 5 & 26 min)
in collaboration with Komar and Melamid, lyrics by Nina Mankin
from results of a survey on preferences and dislikes in music
The Most Wanted Music (exactly 5 min) score and parts (violin, cello, guitar, sax) / listen
The Most Unwanted Music (26 min) score / listen

16. Naked Revolution opera
(1997, opus 16, one hour)
a socialist realist opera drawn from immigrant dreams
piano reduction / full score / listen

17. East St Louis, 1968
viola or string quartet & pre-recorded track
(1999/2000, opus 17, 9 min)
mp3 of pre-recorded track
17a. viola version performed by Richard Auldon Clark score / listen
17b. quartet version performed by the PubliQuartet score / parts / listen

18. A Soldier's Story radio opera
(2002, opus 18, 30 min)
libretto by Kurt Vonnegut 30 min
2 actors, two tenor/baritones, soprano, violin, clarinet, trumpet, bassoon, trombone, snare and vibraophone, jazz guitar, contrabass, sound effects
score & libretto / parts
listen to version with Kurt Vonnegut as narrator

19. Clever Hans sonata / ballet for violin cello harpsichord
(2005, opus 19, 14 min)
score & parts / listen

20. The Complete Victrola Sessions violin & piano
a.k.a Nocturnes piano
(2008/2013, opus 20, 55 min)
20a. Eleven pieces for violin and piano
Mata Hari, ballerina de Java: Bricktop: Togetherness Blues: Alegria por la cueva vieja: Belvedere
(piano solo): Brian's Lament (a.k.a. Surf's Up), arrangement of song by Brian Wilson & Van Dyke Parks: Prelude: Duo for violin & Mead Lux Lewis: Li Yuen (Fountain of Beauty): A boy has never wept nor dashed a thousand kim (violin solo): The Unfolding Opium Poppy
score & parts
/ listen
20b. Nocturnes, four works for piano (21 min)
Mata Hari, balerina de Java: Yuen: Bricktop: Belvedere
score / listen

21. Five Little Monsters
string quartet & drums or piano or accordion
(1986/2010, opus 21, 6 min)
five very short pieces
21a. string quartet & drums score / listen / watch
21b. piano score / watch / listen
21c. accordion

22. Variations on Chopin's Minute Waltz
piano, electronics, some unplayable
(2010, opus 22)
score/ listen / watch

23. String Quartet #3, "The Essential" string quartet & electronics
(2011, opus 23, 30 min)
cowritten with Brad Garton, mathematical transformations of Schoenberg's second quartet for amplified quartet and prerecorded loops triggered manually or by EEGs
download soundclips for 1st movement performed by Mari Kimura, Curtis Stewart, LiuhWen Ting, Greg Hesselink
score /parts / listen

24. Dean Swift's Satyrs for the Very Very Young singer, flute, viola, harp
(2011, opus 24, 40 min)
twelve newspaper satires by Jonathan Swift
score / parts / listen to Eliza Carthy's performance with Robert Dick, Stacey Sames, and Richard Auldon Clark

25. Organum solo organ
(2011, opus 25, 32 min)
Five pieces inspired by nature
score / listen / watch performances by Walter Hilse

26. Fractals on the Names of Bach & Haydn piano
(2011 opus 26, 5 min)
score / listen to the Bach / listen to the Haydn

27. Letter to Gil Evans piano
(2012, opus 27, 12 min)
score / listen

28. girl in car with hat piano
(2012, opus 28, 12 min)
score / listen

29. Letter to Skip James piano
(1987, rev. 2012, opus 29, 4 min )
score / listen

30. Thung Kwian Sunrise for orchestra
(2012, opus 30, 6 min)
orchestration of piece by the Thai Elephant Orchestra for human orchestra)
watch a preliminary version
contact Dave for parts

31. Phong's Solo piano
(2012, opus 31, 1 and a half min)
arranged from an improvisation by Phong of the Thai Elephant Orchestra
the original version is on the CD Elephonic Rhapsodies transcribed by Wade Ripka
/ listen

32. SamulNori for orchestra
(2013 opus 32, 7 min)
for picoolo, flute, oboe, English horn, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 French horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, harp, strings
percussion: 1 tympanist, jing (Korean gong) or similar tuned gong, tam-tam, glockenspiel, 2 finger cymbals, maracas, snare, bass drum)
contact Dave for mp3 and parts

33. The Eighth Hour of Amduat opera
(2015, opus 33, one hour)
opera based on the oldest musical score in ancient Egyptian, translated by Rita Lucarelli
33a. full opera
piano reduction
33b. Three Songs from the Egyptian Underworld for mezzosoprano & piano score

34. LeWitt Etudes
Adventures in group composition for any collection of musicians of any background
(2015, opus 34)
Fifty architectural designs for musicians

35. Stuff Smith's Unfinished Concerto for violin and orchestra
'Music starts where words leave off"
(2017, opus 35, 14 min) for solo violin, piccolo, flute, 2 oboes, 2 clarinet, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, tympani, 1 percussion (snare, bass drum, xylophone) and strings
orchestra score
solo violin part
Dave transcribed the violin part from a 1963/1964 home recording by Stuff Smith for a concerto he hoped to compose: he left the recording with friends, and never finished the piece
contact Dave for parts and mp3

36. Jaleo: Rhapsody for solo piano or orchestra
(2017, opus 36, 10 min) listen to piano version
Piano Solo score
orchestra score
for 2 flutes (piccolo), 2 oboes (English horn), 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 French horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, tuba, harp, strings)
contact Dave for parts and mp3

37. Vienna Over the Hills / Six Violins six or more violins and violas
(1986/2017, Opus 37, 11 minutes)
live version with strings and percussion
contact Dave for parts

38. Calo' / Palos and Cante for solo violin
with Taranta, Alegria, Solea, Seguiriya, Saeta, and Buleria
(2020, Opus 38, 30 min)
full score
listen to Miranda Cuckson's performance

39. Motet: Harmonies of the World / Dave Soldier with Johannes Kepler
for soprano, 2 altos, tenor, baritone, bass, written according to Kepler's book of the same name
(2021, Opus 39, 17 min)
score / parts for 6 voice vocal choir (in just intonation)
score for 6 voices and continuo (keyboard, bass, additional instruments as available in equal or well temperament
listen to a performance by Ekmeles

40. Laudato Si' for Choir (SATB) and piano
setting of St. Frances of Assisi's Canticle of the Creatures
(2022, Opus 40, 28 minutes)
version in the original Italian (1224)
version in English (with chord symbols)

41. Symphony #1, The Ganesha for percussion ensemble, harmonica, bass
a transcription from the Thai Elephant Orchestra that can be performed by humans
(2022, Opus 41, 11 minutes)
listen to a performance by the Thai Elephant Orchestra with score

42. Eggleston for solo piano
(2023, Opus 42, 3 minutes) score


Little Andre for solo bass flute
(3 minutes, 1986) inspired by a very young breakdancer I met working on a hiphop musical
score / listen
Performed by Robert Dick

Score for Duo for Clarinet and Meade Lux Lewis (3:17 minutes, 1990) from Ice-9 Ballads
download Meade Lux Lewis's track (mp3)
Performed by Suzanne Gekker with Kurt Vonnegut's voiceover

Duo for Violin and Meade Lux Lewis
download Meade Lux Lewis's track (mp3)
Performed by Rebecca Cherry

4.G.G. Score
in memory of Giorgio Gomelsky, 2016

Prelude (1984, quartet with optional rhythm section)
score and parts / listen

Sojourner Truth (quartet, 7 minutes, 1990)
score and parts / listen
Performed by the Soldier String Quartet

Here Comes the King (quartet with opt. percussion, 5 min)
arrangement of a piece by Raymond Scott
score / listen

Lonesome Train (quartet with drums)
watch 80s version / watch 90's version

Bo Diddley (6 min, string quartet & improvised vocals)
Vocals are unscored since they are not expected to read music
score / parts / listen

Michael Callen (quartet, one tenor or soprano, and 3 backup singers)
score / listen


Water Babies (quartet, 5 minutes)
arrangement of a piece by Wayne Shorter as played by the Miles Davis quartet
score / listen version with quartet, flute (Robert Dick), and rhythm section

A Year for a Pomegranate (7 min, 2010)
for 2 violins, recorder, cello, harpsichord: not recorded

Ugly (quartet with singer)
arrangement of song by Robert Pete Williams
Vocals are unscored since they are not expected to read music
score / listen

In Time (quartet with optional percussion)
arrangement of song by Sly and the Family Stone
score / listen

Something Sweet, Something Tender string quartet with flute arrangement of music by Eric Dolphy

The Pastorale Symphony (arrangement), 1st movement)
Marching Band with Elephant Orchestra
score/ listen
for large school marching band with the Thai Elephant Orchestra: can be played simply by marching band
Performed by the Lampang, Thailand junior high school orchestra with the Thai Elephant Orchestra at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center.

themes by Pedro Cortes, 2014
flamenco singer, string orchestra, optional guitar & cajon
score & parts /watch
Performed by Ismael Fernandez, singer, Composer's Concordance Orchestra with Thomas Bo