25 meditations for musicians of all ages and skill levels, to help
them learn how to focus on, listen to, and produce sound naturally.
An important work in the development of Oliveros' Deep Listening. A
"must" for any music library!
Sound Patterns (1961) is a musical piece or composition
for a cappella mixed chorus by Pauline Oliveros. Oliveros won the
Gaudeamus International Composers Award in 1962 with this work.
Rather than a traditional text, the work is constructed of
phonetic sounds chosen on the basis of their timbre
(Spiral) Mandala (1978), is for Bass Drum four players, eight clarinets, eight
tuned glass players and vocal recitation. The Bass Drum is placed
in the center of the performance space with the four players
seated opposite each other around the Drum.
The clarinet and glass players make a spiral path for the vocalist
who moves from the center to the farthest point in the space that
is possible while reciting a text of choice.
The Well and
the Gentle (1983), was commissioned by the Relache new
music ensemble and was recorded on the Hat Art label. One of the
more popular of Oliveros' text based intuitive pieces, it is a
work of sublime beauty. Musicians are given a different scale for
each of the two sections with one rhythmic motif for the second
section and instructions for musical interaction.
Four Meditations for Orchestra
is a multifaceted work which requires focused concentration,
skilled musicianship and strong improvisational skills; all the
hallmarks of Oliveros' form. Each of the four meditations have
their own distinctive character ranging from dynamic ripples of
electricity to delicate clouds of sound. A unique combination of
listening and playing strategies allow each realization of the
score to evolve through real-time interaction between members of
the orchestra, blurring the lines between composer and performer.
This coordinated approach requires no conductor.
Out of the Dark is a
design of interlocking circles, some containing numbers and others
containing brief instructions. The piece encourages listening
through basing your musical choices on those of the other
The Wanderer (composed in 1982),
is a rare work for that rare ensemble, the accordion orchestra,
here 23-strong. The Wanderer's first half mainly investigates the
complexities of drone, with a rich, multi-layered texture serving
as the backing for measured solo melodies. A number of dramatic
crescendos set it apart from many of Oliveros's other accordion
drone pieces. Some of the melodies are reminiscent of bagpipe
music, and in the second half it transforms into highly rhythmic
The Oliveros Horn Interval
Series, the interval studies of Pauline Oliveros’s at
first glance seem to be nothing special. After sitting down &
doing them, they focused me on doing really clear, clean attacks
and are improving the quality of my sound production, as I focus
on attack through the entire range.
Her choice of using old style base clef fit the music quite well,
and lends itself to a notation style that we must know as symphony
musicians. Just look at the parts to Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote
if you don’t think you need to be able to read old style base
Currently Out of Stock Epigraphs in the Time of AIDS
For accordion, trombone/didjeridu, overtone flutes/percussion,
Expanded Instrument System and Long String Instrument. Four pages.
Arctic Air For small to
large orchestra of diverse instruments. Score is one page, plus
Norwegian Wood Pauline
Oliveros's piano arrangement of Lennon and McCartney's "Norwegian
Wood". Originally arranged for Aki Takahashi. The score is 10
singles sided pages.
Deep Listening Pieces
Tashi Gomang for
Lion's Eye for Gamelan
The Witness for soloist
and an imaginary partner or ensemble of up to 100.
Earth Ears: A Sonic Ritual
For any ensemble.
El Relicario De Los Animales
for female voice and chamber ensemble
Traveling Companions for 3
percussionists and 3 dancers.
Saxual Orientation is scored for saxophone quartet.
Commissioned by Rova Saxophone Quartet. Score is three
Six for New Time for
electric guitars and percussion. Pauline Oliveros's score for
Sonic Youth. Score is four single-sided pages.
Wind Horse for Chorus.
Sound Patterns and Tropes
(2001), for Mixed Chorus and Percussion 30-40 SATB singers and 4
percussionists are required
The Space of Spirit
(1999), for vocalists, carillon, and organ
Urban Echo: Circle Told
for Dance and Chorus
Ear Rings for Four
Players of any instrument or voice
A New Indigo Peace for
Gathering Together for one
piano eight hands
Wings of a Dove for 2
pianos and double wind quintet