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Michael Tilson Thomas
Despite being one of the busiest conductors on the international scene, Tilson Thomas has devoted considerable time to composing throughout his career. His
From the Diary of Anne Frank
, for narrator and orchestra, was commissioned by UNICEF and given its world premiere at Philadelphia's Academy of Music in 1990 by the late Audrey Hepburn and the New World Symphony, conducted by the composer.
More recent compositions include a song cycle on Emily Dickinson's poems, premiered by the San Francisco Symphony in February 2002, performed on their 2003 European tour and 2005 American tour;
, for contrabassoon and orchestra, first performed by the San Francisco Symphony in October 2002;
Three Poems by Walt Whitman
for baritone and orchestra;
, for voice and piano, including
We Two Boys Together Clinging
, recorded by baritone Thomas Hampson and pianist Craig Rutenberg for EMI;
, written for the Empire Brass Quintet and also available in a version for symphonic brass; and
, the composer's short (4') 90th-birthday orchestral tribute to longtime San Francisco Symphony patron Agnes Albert. Described as buoyant and exuberant with shades of Stravinsky, Walton, Bernstein, and Spike Jones,
was premiered by the San Francisco Symphony on 14 May 1998.
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