Orchestra and Large Ensemble

All works published by Scott Wheeler Music (ASCAP) unless otherwise specified.

200 Dreams from Captivity (text: Wang Dan, translated by Shalin Liu and Scott Wheeler) (2013)    30'
Seven songs for baritone, solo cello and chamber orchestra
Commissioned by Shalin Liu
Premiered 2014 by Michael Nyby and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra under Judith Yan.

The Angle of the Sun Sun (text: Veni Creator Spiritus (Dryden), Mark Van Doren and Paul Goodman) (1994)    30'
(text: Veni Creator Spiritus (Dryden), Mark Van Doren and Paul Goodman)
Cantata for mezzo soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra of hn, tbn, pno, hp, perc (2 players), strings
Commissioned by the Boston Cecilia for the 25th Anniversary of its music director Donald Teeters, with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. First performed by the Boston Cecilia 4/94.

City of Shadows: Chamber Symphony for 14 players (2006)    15’
Commissioned by Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Premiered by them under conductor Kent Nagano in January 2007.

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (2001)    25’
Commissioned by the Toledo Symphony for Sharan Leventhal. Premiered by them, conducted by Andrew Massey, in May 2001.

The Construction of Boston (words by Kenneth Koch) (1988)    50'
(Published by Peer Music Classical)
Opera in 1 Act for soloists, chorus and chamber orchestra (16 players)        
Commissioned by the John Oliver Chorale and first performed by them 1/89.  Written with the support of the Guggenheim Foundation. Dedicated to Virgil Thomson.
Recorded on Naxos American Classics.

Democracy (2002) (Published by Peer Music Classical)    2 hours
(libretto by Romulus Linney) Opera in two acts
Commissioned and premiered by Washington National Opera, 2005. Scenes from this work were presented at Boston Conservatory in April 1998 and at American Opera Projects in New York, October 1998. Excerpts presented at Vox (Showcasing American Music) New York City Opera, May 2000.

Four Corners  (1990)    13'
2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bsn, 2 hns, tpt, tbn, strings
In memoriam Virgil Thomson.  Commissioned by the Virgil Thomson Foundation for the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra  of Boston. First performed by  the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra in 1990, with Gunther Schuller conductor.

Gradualia for piano and orchestra (2006)    15’
Commissioned by the Chesapeake Symphony for Eliza Garth. Premiered by Eliza Garth. with the State Orchestra of Romania conducted by Jeffrey Silberschlag at the Alba Music Festival June 2006. US premiere River Concert Series.

The Little Dragon (story by Jay O'Callahan) (1991)    28'
Children's story for storyteller, chamber ensemble and orchestra
Commissioned by Tales and Scales of Evansville, Indiana. First performed by them, with the Evansville Philharmonic, Alfred Savia conductor, 3/92. . See also chamber version.

Louise, the Rhinoceros Who Was Born to Dance (text by Jonathan Levy) (1995)    15'
Children's story for narrator and orchestra
Commissioned by the Minnesota Orchestra. First performed by them, 3/95, cond. William Eddins.

Northern Lights - -Symphony in Three Movements (1987)    17'
2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bsn, 4 hn, 3 tpts, 3 tbns, tba, 3 perc, timp, pno, strings
Commissioned by the Koussevitzky Foundation of the Library of Congress. Readings by New England Composers Orchestra (Charles Fussell cond.) 1988, Houston Symphony (Niklaus Wyss cond.) 1989.

The Sorrows of Frederick (2013)    2 hours
(Published by Peer Music Classical)
(libretto by Romulus Linney) Opera in two acts
Commissioned and premiered by The Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center Theatre. Workshopped by them in 2013.

Wakefield Doubles (2004)    22'
Double string orchestra
Commissioned by the Koussevitzky Foundation of the Library of Congress for the New England String Ensemble and premiered by them 4/04 in Wakefield, MA and Jordan Hall in Boston.

Whiskers and Rhymes  (words by Arnold Lobel and Jack  Prelutsky) (1991)    15'
Five songs for treble chorus , piano, percussion and strings
Commissioned by the Arts Council of North Reading, Mass. for the Treble Chorus of New England, Marie Stultz, director. Winner of Grand Prize, Composers Guild Competition 1991. String orchestra version premiered by  the Treble Chorus of New England at the Shrewsbury Festival, July 1992.