Norbert Palej composer

Grew up in communist Poland, then emigrated to the FRG.
Studied in the USA. Teaches in Canada.

norbert.palej@utoronto.ca

MUSIC:

CHAMBER

Sonatina No. 2 for violin and piano, 13 min.

String Quartet No. 2 'Four Quartets', 35 min. - for the Penderecki String Quartet (and optional voice)

Leslie Fagan, soprano (mov. 3)

Vergiliana for percussion quartet and two pianos, 25 – for NEXUS and 2x10

Il Sogno di Enea for trumpet, bassoon, percussion and piano, 13 min. – commissioned by Nadina Mackie Jackson, Guy Few and Beverley Johnston

Quay Quodlibet for clarinet and accordion, 6 min. - commissioned by Harbourfront Centre for the Toronto Music Garden

Táncház Fantasy for tárogáto, violin and piano, 12 min. - for the Riverdale Ensemble

String Quartet No. 1 'De Profundis', 20 min. - for the Penderecki String Quartet

The North Imagined for clarinet, violin and piano, 12 min.

Rhapsody for clarinet and piano, 20 min.

Peter Stoll, clarinet
Norbert Palej, piano

Chase 'N Air for clarinet choir, 8 min.

Sonatina No. 1 for violin and piano, 10 min.

Joseph Lin, violin
Chi-Chen Wu, piano

Divertimento for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, 2 percussion players, piano and string quintet, 15 min.

Cantilena 'Veni Creator Spiritus' for viola (or clarinet) with piano accompaniment, 8 min.

March Music II for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, trumpet, percussion, piano, violin, viola, and violoncello, 9 min.

Cassation for pierrot ensemble and percussion, 8 min.

Ensemble X
Steven Stucky, conductor

Burlesque for violin, clarinet, and piano, 4 min.

Rebecca Ansel, violin
Rick Faria, clarinet
Blaise Bryski, piano

Three Interludes for violin, clarinet, and violoncello, 9 min.

 

ORCHESTRAL

Symphony for orchestra, 21 min.

Rorate Coeli for string orchestra, 9 min.

Two Orchestral Songs for symphony orchestra, 7 min.

Cornell Symphony Orchestra
Norbert Palej, conductor

Movimento Sinfonico for symphony orchestra, 11 min.

Estampie for symphony orchestra, 10 min.

Passacaglia or Sidereal Wheels for symphony orchestra, 6 min.

 

VOCAL

Four Lyrical Moments for mezzo-soprano and piano, 8 min. – based on poetry by Halina Poswiatowska (in Polish), for Michčle Bogdanowicz

Michčle Bogdanowicz, mezzo-soprano
Rachel Andrist, piano

Cloud Light. Fourteen Small Songs for voice and piano, 25 min. – based on poetry by Jan Zwicky; commissioned by the Canadian Art Song Project

Three Norwegian Songs for baritone and piano, 6 min. - for Peter McGillivray

  • With a Rose (H. Ibsen)
  • In the Forest (B. Bjřrnson)
  • Moonlight Stroll After a Ball (H. Ibsen)

The Poet and the War for soprano and chamber orchestra, 20 min.

The Poet and the War for soprano and piano, 20 min.

Linda Larson, soprano
Chi-Chen Wu, piano

 

CHORAL

East o' the Sun and West o' the Moon for children's choir and chamber orchestra, 70 min. – for the Canadian Children's Opera Company

Through Snowy Winds for mixed choir a cappella, 4 min. - for the Univox Choir

Ogopogo for 2-part children's choir, piano, and optional flute and cello parts, 5 min. - for the Canadian Children's Opera Company

To the Mother of God from Katyn - a Prayer for mixed choir a cappella, 5 min. - for the Univox Choir

'Neath the Northern Skies - five songs to words by Pauline E. Johnson for mixed choir a cappella, 14 min. - for the Univox Choir

Arise, Cry out in the Night (in memory of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943) for large choir, chamber choir and children's choir, 15 min. [also available: version for one large choir]

Whispers of Heavenly Death (settings of W. Whitman) for mixed choir a cappella, 12 min.

Cornell Chorus and Glee Club
Scott Tucker, conductor 

 

CONCERTO

Concerto for Two Clarinets and Orchestra, 18 min. - for Kornel Wolak

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Concertino "in memory of an alpinist" for percussion and wind ensemble, 30 min. - for Dame Evelyn Glennie

Movimento Concertante for piano and wind ensemble, 10 min.

Frédéric Lacroix, piano
Cornell Wind Ensemble
Cynthia Johnston-Turner, conductor

 

WIND ENSEMBLE

Recollections [Thee Movements for the Young], 10 min. - published by Maecenas Music

  • Vigilance
  • Game
  • Prayer

University of Toronto Wind Orchestra
Jeffrey Reynolds, conductor

Big Smoke Fanfare for brass ensemble, 1 min.

Souffle de Lumičre [Breath of Light], 10 min.

University of Toronto Wind Ensemble
Gillian MacKay, conductor

Song and Dance, 5 min.

Canzona III, 15 min.

Cornell Wind Ensemble
Cynthia Johnston-Turner, conductor

 

SOLO

For all that we have lost... for piano solo, 10 min. – for Chris McKiggan

Cadenza from the Concertino "in memory of an alpinist" for solo marimba (and optional Tam-tam), 5 min. - for Dame Evelyn Glennie

Seven River-Views for piano solo, 25 min.

Norbert Palej, piano

Three Caprices after Matisse’s “Jazz” for piano solo, 10 min.

Xak Bjerken, piano

  • 3.

Preludio e Fuga for organ solo, 5 min.

Via Crucis for organ solo, 40 min.

Timothy Huth, organ