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

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Scores and parts of Laura Kaminsky’s music are available for distribution through Bill Holab Music. A complete list of available recordings can be viewed on the Buy CDs page. Kaminsky is a BMI composer.


Social/Political Issues

202-456-111 for flute and piano (2017) (diminishment of democratic principles)

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)

AIDS

Elegy for the Silenced Voice (AIDS) for trumpet (1995)

And Trouble Came: An African AIDS Diary (AIDS) for narrator, viola, cello, piano (1993)

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)

Visual Art  and/or Artist-inspired Concepts

Some Light Emerges (Mark Rothko, Dominique de Menil, Rothko Chapel)

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)