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Banfield Compositions

Works List 1992-2012





- Affirmations, Banfield, Symphony 10: April, November with Sweet Honey In The Rock, National Symphony, Minneapolis Symphony
Sphinx Orchestra, Chicago Symphonia

- Jazz Urbane, performs Beantown/Boston Jazz festival, Sept.

- Jazz Urbane performs , Hamilton College, February

Bill Banfield and Jazz Urbane, Scullers, Boston


- Bill Banfield, Peace Symphonic poem, commissioned by Kenny Burrell, UCLA Symphony, Los Angeles

Serves as Pulitzer Prize Judge, New York, Columbia University


- Performance of Opera, Soul Gone Home, with Nnenna Freelon, Mallarme Chamber Players, Carolina Theatre, Durham, N.C.

- Premiere of Love Says, for Boston Children's Choir, Boston, Copley Church


- Concerto For Violin, Viola, Cello, Berklee Symphony Orchestra, Boston
Deep River, Phillip Brunell Singers, Minneapolis. Ordway Hall


- Bill Banfield at Tufts University


- Bill Banfield, performs with Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, Berklee Performance Center


- Bill Banfield, performs with Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, Berklee Performance Center


-Premiere of Banfield Symphony 9, Rapides smphony, Alexandra, La.

- Premiere of opera, Gertrude Stein Invents A Jump, New York, Symphony Place


-Bill Banfield on Tour with full ensemble(Striking Balance CD release) Detroit, Minneapolis

-Hope Symphony No.9 (For Orchestra, Solo Piano, Voices ) Rapides Symphony,
Alexandria, Louisiana, World premiere Oct. 16-18, 2004

-Deep Rivers (For Voices, Flute (Dale Warland Singers,), April 23-24, 2004 (World premiere, St. Paul)


-Structures: Concerto for Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello and Orchestra Mobile Symphony; October 11, 2003 (World premiere)


-Structures and Sculptures in Sound Mobile Symphony, Silverwood Quartet,
(World Premiere) Mobile, September 2002

-Essay For Orchestra Chicago Symphonia, Chicago, Orchestra Hall, April, 2002
(Midwest Premiere and recording) conducted by Paul Freeman


-Soul Gone Home: Opera in One Act (World Premiere)
Opening of the Hayti Heritage Cultural Center, commissioned by Mallaeme Chamber Players , North Carolina Arts Council, Durham, NC., March 18, 2001

-Gertrude Stein Invents A Jump (An Opera) (World Premiere) Encompass Theater, New York, NY., Connolly Theater, Jan. 22-31, 2001

-People Stories(For double brass choirs), (World Premiere) Minnesota Orchestra, Adventures in Music, Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis , MN, Jan 21, 2001.


- We Think Therefore We Are(Brass quintet and percussion) (World Premiere) dedication of the Roach Liberal Arts Center University of St. Thomas, University faculty Brass Ensemble, September 21, 2000

- Can We All Get Along ? (Chamber suite) , University of Texas New Music Ensemble University of Texas, Austin, Texas, May 2, 2000

- Luyala( A Dance Opera in Three Acts) (World Premiere) Duke University ,Triangle Opera Company, Raleigh Durham, N.C. March 31, April 1, 2000

-No Mirrors in My Nana’s House (Piano Concerto N0.1), New York Virtuoso Orchestra, Hunter College, New York City University, February 9, 2000.

-Symphony N0.7(summer’s Reveries) Toledo Symphony Orchestra ,Toledo, Ohio, February 27,2000

-Symphony N0.6, Indiana University Symphony Orchestra, Bloomington ,Indiana, February 6, 2000

-No Mirror s in My Nana’s House (Piano Concerto NO.1) (World Premiere) Grand Rapids(Mich.) Symphony, DeVos Hall,Grand Rapids Michigan ,January 21-22 , 2000


-Symphony No. 6: Four Songs For Five American Voices, National Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C., June, 1999

-Spiritual Songs for Tenor and Cello, National Symposium on Arts And Scholarship Alex Haley Farm, Clinton, Tenn. March 17-21 William Brown, tenor, Ronald Crutcher, Cello

-Symphony No2: Dream Realized/Nightmare Resolved, Savannah Symphony Orchestra Hall, Sanannh, GA., February 4, 1999

- Symphony No. 4 : Streams of Consciousness, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Ga., NPR Performance Today broadcast, live January 1999

- Symphony No. 6: Four Songs For Five American Voices, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego,CA ., January 16, 1999


-A St. Paul Crossing, (The Wabasha Walk) for large band (World Premiere) University of Minnesota Marching Bands, Mississippi Riverfront, September 12, 1998 St. Paul, MN

-Symphony No. 6 : Four Songs For Five American Voices, Dallas Symphony,
Myerson Symphony Center, Dallas Texas, June 5, 1998

-Fisherman’s Dock (A New Short Opera)* (World Premiere) University of St. Thomas Music Dept. (Directed by Alan Bryan) Folley Theater, St. Paul, MN April 3-5 1998

-Four Persons(For Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon) New Air Contemporary Music Ensemble, Sonneck Music Society, Kansas, Mo. Feb. 22, 1998.

-Beach/Block Sonata for Organ and Readers, * (World Premiere) Aquinas Chapel, St. Paul, Mn. Feb. 23, 1998 Marvin Mills, organist

- Earth Move: Primal Instincts ,Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Jefferson Center, Roanoke,Virginia, Feb. 23, 1998

-Symphony No. 6: Four Songs For Five American Voices, University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, Tedd Mann Hall, Minneapolis, Mn. Feb., 15,1998


-Concerto for Wind Ensemble, (World Premiere) University of St. Thomas Wind Ensemble, O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, St. Paul, MN Oct., 14, 1997

-Symphony No. 7: Reveries Plymouth Music Series Chorus and Orchestra, (World Premiere) Symphony Hall, Minneapolis, MN Feb.7, 1997

Mahalia: A Spiritual For Band, (World Premiere) University of St. Thomas Wind Ensemble, O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, St. Paul, MN


- Spiritual Songs for Cello and Tenor. Cannon Chapel at Emory University,
National Black Arts Festival. Atlanta Ga. 9. June 30, 1996

-Three Short Prayers, For Choir, Piano and Cello . Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Latin American Music Center, Ford Performance Hall, Bloomington, Indiana. July 7, 1996; Plymouth Congregational Church Chorale, Minneapolis MN, February 19, 1995 (World Premiere)

-Life Suite: Cantata for Orchestra, Choir and Jazz Ensemble Ramsey International School for The Performing Arts Orchestra and Chorale , Members of the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Fine Arts Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN May 23, 1996 (World Premiere)

-Symphony No. 4: Streams of Consciousness Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Richmond VA. June 1996

-Mahalia: Spiritual Songs For Wind Ensemble * University of St. Thomas, Wind Ensemble. O’ Shaughnessy Auditorium, College of St. Catherine, St. Paul Minnesota. May 5, 1996, (World Premiere)

-Symphony No. 6 Four Songs For Five American Voices.Akron Symphony Orchestra, E.J Thomas Performing Arts Hall, Akron ,Ohio. Feb.19,1994. . (World Premiere): recored on TelArc recordings/ Nov.19,1995 Plymouth Music Series Orchestra, Symphony Hall, Minneapolis, MN Feb. 10, 1996


-To Be Loved: Essay For Orchestra Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Hall, Detroit Michigan, July 9, 1995 (World Premiere)

-Symphony No. 5 Five Shades of A Woman Dressed in Black University Of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Power Center Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Feb. 3-6, 1995

-Symphony No.4 Streams Of Consciousness *
Sacramento Symphony Orchestra, Community Center Theater, Sacramento California Jan. 16, 1995.

Minnesota Symphonia, Basilica of Minneapolis, April 24, 1994

-Primal Instincts Concerto For Percussion and Orchestra *
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Circle City Theater, Indianapolis, Feb.3,1995
Butler University Symphony Orchestra, Clowes Memorial Hall April 30, 1995
Tufts University Symphony Orchestra, Cohen Auditorium, Medford Ma. Feb. 24,1995 (Note; Primal Instincts was performed 13 times in the 1994/95 Indianapolis Symphony season)

-E yes (A Musical)
October 5-8;12-15 1995, American Cabaret Theater, Indianapolis, IN

-A Question Mark And The Word Attached How? (For High Voice and Piano) School of Music Recital Hall, July 28, 1995


-Delancey Street Concerto For Tuba and Orchestra Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, Dana Auditorium, Gilford College, Greensborough , North Carolina July 20, 1994.

-Reflections on William Grant Still’s Deserted Plantation: A Spiritual For Brass Quintet, Detroit Civic Symphony Brass Quintet, Orchestra Hall, Detroit Michigan, April 7, 1994.

-Symphony No.3 Job’s Song Plymouth Music Series Chorus and Orchestra, Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis Jan.15, 1994 Broadcast on NPR

-Baraka* (a Ballet) Choreographed by Professor Iris Rosa Performed by The Indiana University Afro-American Dance Co. and members of the IU Symphony Orchestra and Black Popular Arts Ensemble, Creative Arts Auditorium, April 24,1994

-The Prophetess (For High Voice and Piano) School of Music recital hall, July 10, 1994

-Six Pulses for Voice, Clarinet and Piano (Text by Maya Angelou) School of Music, recital hall July 12, 1994

-And What Would You Like To Hear Little Lady? (For Chamber Orchestra and Big Band) Performed by members of the IU Jazz Orchestra and the IU Black Popular Arts Ensemble November 12,1994 Alumni Hall, Bloomington


-Symphony No. 2 Dream Realized/Nightmare Resolved, The University of Utah Symphony Orchestra, Jan. 15, 1993

-Symphony No.1: Brevities of Experience Utah Philharmonia, Gardner Hall, October 18, 1993

-You Can Tell The World (Song For Soprano and Orchestra)
Camerata Chamber Orchestra, Creative Arts Auditorium , Bloomington Sunday, October 3, 1993.

-Let My People Go! (For Chorus and Orchestra) Performed by The Indiana University Afro-American Choral Ensemble, and the Indianapolis Symphony

-Four Persons (For Piano, Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon) Performed by The University of Michigan Faculty Wind Ensemble -The Prophetess ( For High Voice and Piano) -Spiritual Songs For Tenor and Cello -Jenny Concerto For String Orchestra and Guitar, February 9, 1993

-Desire: Langston Living Among The Poets Unknown * (For High Voice and Piano) Angela Brown, Dean Charles Webb School of Music Recital Hall, February 28,1993

-The following four works were performed at the Kerrytown Concert Hall in Ann Arbor Michigan, Saturday June 5, 1993
WaggussyDuke (Piano Sonata No.1)
All I Gotta Do (For High Voice and Piano)
ConTone: String Quartet No.4

-Two Little Tall Tales For Bassoon *
Premiered by Dr. Jethro Woodson, Professor of Bassoon, University of Michigan
Dallas Museum of Art, January 2, 1993


-Can We All Get Along? * (Chamber Suite for Piano, Flute, Clarinet, Eb Saxophone and Piano) Thamyris Chamber Music Ensemble, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA Sisters Chapel, September 13, 1992

-Spiritual Songs For Tenor and Cello Glen L. Holcolm, tenor Marygrove College, Liberal Arts Building, Friday, October 23, 1992

Banfield Composition Works List(1992-2005)

Published Recordings                                                    Back to Top

-Striking Balance-: Bill Banfield /Bmagic Orchestra and Featured artists; Patrice Rushen, Billy Childs, Nelson Rangell, Don Byron, Michael Powell, Sound of Blackness. Innova recordings CD #619, 2004

-AB2- Tim Adams,Bill Banfield,Albany recordings,(Summer 2005)

-Free Blues Suite, Bill Banfield Trio, Zeitgeist Chamber Ensemble(Fall 2005)

-African American Composers, Chicago Symphonia, Cedille Recordings, Banfield, Essay For Orchestra, released, December, 2002 conducted by Paul Freeman

-JazzChamberWorks, B Magic Orchestra Innova records DC- 534 released November 1999

-The Prophetess ll: A new Song Songs Of Illumination, Louise Toppin, soprano, Centaur Records, CD released July 1998

-Extensions of The Tradition: Chamber Works Of William Banfield Innova Records, CD- released July, 1996

-Dance Like The Wind(Woodwind Quintet) Plymouth Music Series Orchestra and Chorus, Members of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra Collins Classics of London England CD- released, 1996

-Symphony No. 6 Four Songs For Five American Voices Akron Symphony
Orchestra, American Voices TelArc International Label CD -80409 released: November, 1995.

-Last Night She Dreamed, Blues For Anne Straight Ahead Atlantic Records, CD-823273-2 released: 1992