Laura Kaminsky, New York-based composer of contemporary chamber, vocal, and orchestral music, with social-political topics like environment and war

Works by Subject Matter or Theme

Social/Political Issues

As One (transgender issues) a multi-media chamber opera for mezzo-soprano, baritone and string quartet; with digital film; co-librettists: Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed; film: Kimberly Reed (2014)
Deception (context, meaning, and the manipulation of language and ideas) for clarinet, violin, cello, piano (2014)
Homage to Havel (remembrance of the artist and political leader) for flute, oboe, violin, cello, 2 guitars (2013)
Transformations II: Music for a Changing World (9/11 and its aftermath) for string quartet (2002)
The Full Range of Blue (9/11 and its aftermath; also references the manifestation of blue in nature) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello (2001)
Vukovar Trio (ethnic cleansing; genocide) for violin, cello, piano (1999)
Aluta Continua (African struggle for independence) for soprano, flute and harp (1996)

The Natural Environment and/or Climate Change

Rising Tide for string quartet (2012)
The Great Unconformity for cello [2010)
Horizon Lines for oboe, bassoon, piano, with film [2011)
Inlets for flute, cello and piano [2011)
Wave Hill for violin and piano (2009)
Terra Terribilis: Concerto for Three Percussionists & Orchestra (2008)
The Seasons for chorus – treble voices (2003)
The Full Range of Blue for flute, clarinet, violin, cello (2001)
River Music for flute, piano, percussion (2000)
Triftmusik for piano (1991)
Twilight Settings for soprano, string quartet, percussion (1988)


Elegy for the Silenced Voice (AIDS) for trumpet (1995)
And Trouble Came: An African AIDS Diary (AIDS) for narrator, viola, cello, piano (1993)

Works Inspired by Visual Art  Concepts and/or Specific Artists

Horizon Lines (artist Rebecca Allan) for oboe, bassoon, piano, with film (2011)
Cadmium Yellow (properties of cadmium yellow) for string quartet (2010)
American Nocturne (artist James McNeil Whistler) for string quartet (2009)
Monotypes (artist Edgar Degas) for string quartet (2005)
Isole from L’arcipelago delle delizie (artist Frieder Danielis) for cello (2005)
The Full Range of Blue (the manifestation of blue in nature; also references 9/11 and its aftermath) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello (2001)