Compositions

ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Jeffrey Parola is an American composer of numerous orchestral, chamber, and choral/vocal works. His music is varied and eclectic, reflecting a wide range of musical influences. Jeffrey’s recent major professional commissions include Concerto for Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra, written for clarinetist Paul Green and the Atlantic Classical Orchestra and conductor Stewart Robertson, which premiered to critical acclaim in Florida in March 2014. this view of life, a piece for chorus and string quartet, was written for Choral Chameleon, directed by Vince Peterson, which premiered in New York City in May 2013. Commissioned by the Los Angeles-based Pacific SerenadesThree Divertimenti for bassoon and string quartet received its premiere performances on 21 & 25 June 2014. On 12 October 2015, infinite self for baritone, string quartet, and piano (text by Robinson Jeffers) received its premiere with David Castillo, baritone, Victoria Kirsch, piano, and members of the Lyris Quartet, commissioned for the USC Visions and Voices event, “Earth’s Waters: Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans in Poetry and Music.” Most recently, In the World for string quartet and soprano (text by John Muir) was premiered on 4 December 2016 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, commissioned by the Conservatory’s 2016 Hoefer Prize, and performed by the Thalea String Quartet with Marnie Breckenridge, soprano.

Jeffrey is the recipient of numerous notable honors. In 2009, he was awarded the Jim Highsmith Orchestral Composition Prize for his large orchestral work, The Long Valley, which led to a public performance of the piece by the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra, led by Maestro Andrew Mogrelia. Jeffrey received an honorable mention for the 2009 European American Musical Alliance (EAMA) Prize for his work, Sempiterna, a 25-minute pseudo-requiem for a cappella chorus, and three years later, Jeffrey was awarded the 2012 EAMA Prize for The Long Valley. In 2013, Jeffrey was selected by a committee of philanthropists and musicians to receive the Rappaport Prize for Music Composition, which culminated in a commission to write his Concerto for Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra for the Atlantic Classical Orchestra. In 2014, his 5 Short Pieces for solo piano was awarded the Peter David Faith Endowed Memorial Award in Composition at the University of Southern California. Also in 2014, Jeffrey was chosen to be the recipient of the 2016 Hoefer Prize, the highest award granted to distinguished alumni composers from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Jeffrey was most recently honored with the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in May of 2016.

 

VIDEO: 5 Short Pieces for solo piano (2014)

5 SHORT PIECES for solo piano
(2014)
Hui Wu, pianist

 

VIDEO: Three Divertimenti for bassoon and string quartet

THREE DIVERTIMENTI for bassoon and string quartet
(2014)
Pacific Serenades

 

VIDEO: Stars for mixed chorus (2012)

STARS for mixed chorus
(2009)
USC Thornton Chamber Singers; Jeffrey Parola, conductor

 

WORKS BY TYPE:

ORCHESTRAL

Concerto (2014) – clarinet and chamber orchestra

Letter to the Unknown Wife (2012) – baritone and orchestra

The Long Valley (2008)

CHAMBER

In the World (2016) – string quartet and soprano
texts sourced from writings by John Muir
i. Joshua
ii. Zion
iii. Muir

infinite self (2015) – baritone, piano, and string quartet
text, Fog, by Robinson Jeffers

Three Divertimenti (2014) – bassoon and string quartet

this view of life (2013) – chorus and string quartet
text by CharlesDarwin

Fanfare for a Festive Occasion (2011) – brass and percussion

A Trip Down Market (2011) – strings, piano, and percussion

Qualms & Misgivings (2011) – flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano

Fugue (2010) – flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano

Horn Trio (2010) – horn, cello, and piano

Downtown Detour (2009) – violin and piano

Can’t Sit Still (2009) – flute, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, percussion, 2 violins, viola, cello, and contrabass

Untitled (2005) – saxophone and piano

Eureka! (2005) – double brass quartet

Three Dances for String Quartet (2005) – string quartet
i. Scamper
ii. Soliloquy
iii. Tantrum

A Brief Fanfare (2003) – brass quintet and organ

Consonance (2002) – piano quartet

SOLO

House of Cards (2015) – solo piano

Prelude (2014) – solo organ

Postlude (2014) – solo organ

5 Short Pieces for Piano (2012-14) – solo piano
i. Note-By-Note
ii. Sostenuto Blocks
iii. Invention
iv. Six-Fours
v. Plus/Minus

Joseph Gazes (2010) – solo organ

Prelude and Toccata (2005) – solo piano

Three Inexorable Etudes (2002) – solo piano
i. Vivace
ii. Slowly
iii. Prestissimo

CHORAL

St. Thomas Psalter (2015) – a cappella chorus (or with organ)
For use with pointed Psalm texts

Such Beautiful Things (2009/10)
Libretto by Tony Asaro
i. Introduction
ii. Chorus: Early Morning on the Farm in the Summer
iii. Aria: Useless
iv. First Traveling Sequence: North to the Open Country
v. Chorus: Early Morning on the Farm in the Fall
vi. Aria: Stupid Dog
vii. Second Traveling Sequence: North to the Open Country
viii. Aria: I Had a Job on this Farm
ix. Trio: Such Beautiful Things
x. Third Traveling Sequence: North to the Open Country
xi. Solo: The Cock Crows
xii. Chorus: Early Morning on the Farm in the Spring
xiii. Reprise: Such Beautiful Things
xiv. Chorus: Fix Your Eyes
xv. Aria: What If?
xvi. Quartet: What If? (continued)
xvii. Quartet and Chorus: There is Music

Stars (2009) – a cappella mixed chorus
text by Robert Frost

Sempiterna (2008) – a cappella mixed chorus with divisi
text from Psalms 130, 31, & 132
i. De profundis
ii. In manus tuas
iii. In pace

Giant Mirror (2004) – for a cappella double chorus
text by Gabriel Garcia Lorca

Liberty (2004) – mixed chorus and string orchestra
text derived from America by Samuel Francis Smith

Agnus Dei (2003) – ATB chorus and string trio
text derived from the Ordinary of the Roman Catholic Mass

Dona Nobis Pacem (2003) – mixed chorus and piano
text derived from the Requiem Mass of the Roman Rite

Phyllis (2003) – solo soprano, a cappella mixed chorus with divisi
text by Joseph Kim

Daichan (2002) – solo baritone, a cappella mixed chorus with divisi
text by Joseph Kim

SONGS

Letter to the Unknown Wife (2012) – baritone and piano
text by Neil Aitken

War Song (2012) – soprano and piano
text by Stacy Gnall

The Hour of Waiting Windows (2012) – soprano and piano
text by Saba Razvi

The shepherds sing (2010) – baritone and organ
text by George Herbert

Will there really be a “Morning”? (2010) – baritone and piano
text by Emily Dickinson

Quia abominatio est? (2010) – unaccompanied soprano
text derived from Leviticus 18:22

O Tan-Faced Prairie Boy (2010) – baritone and piano
text by Walt Whitman

The Lockless Door (2005) – tenor and piano
text by Walt Whitman

Visage de L’amour (2005) – soprano and piano
text by Jacques Prévert
i. Paris à nuit
ii. Le tendre et dangereux visage de l’amour
iii. Sables mouvants
iv. Le jardin
v. Chanson

Wuthering Heights (2002) – mezzo-soprano, baritone, and piano
text by Emily Brontë

Sonnet 43 (2002) – soprano, clarinet, and piano
text by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Snow is Deep (2002) – mezzo-soprano and piano
text by Kenneth Patchen

Prelude to the Tree (2001) – baritone and piano
text from Luke 22:44

Rachel (2001) – soprano and piano
text by Jeffrey Parola
i. Introduction
ii. Behind the Scenes
iii. The Deed
iv. Regret and Inquiry