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Chamber Music

"The choice of the American composer Jerry Owen’s Hidden Tango
for the title of this recording was a good decision, as this short, four minute work,
composed in 1999, is a miniature masterpiece for this combination of instruments.
With hints of Debussy and Desportes it covers a multitude of contrasting musical ideas,
mostly optimistic and inspired by the season of spring."

- Steve Marsh, Classical Guitar Magazine, April 2008

(UNDERLINED titles are linked to mp3 samples)

CONCERTANT OVER CZECH FOLK SONGS.  2002/2016 version for chamber orchestra. Duration 14'.  Premiere: September 30, 2016, Coe College Symphony Orchestra, Jerry Owen, conducting.  Version for string quartet, Premiere, February 26, 2017, Red Cedar Chamber Music string quartet, The National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library, Cedar Rapids, IA.

HORNS FORE!  2016. French horn quartet.  Duration: 3'.  Grade 3-4.  Indian Hill Road Music IHRM1602

THE ANGEL'S LITTLE BROTHER. 2015. Flute, clarient, harp. Duration: 14' in 3 movements. Premiere: March 8, 2015, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA at the 70th Birthday Year Concert of the composer.  Jan Boland, flute; Christine Bellomy,clarinet; Gretchen Brumwell, harp. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM1501.

MR. RAGGITY'S SUBLIME DANCE. 2012. Cello and Piano. Duration: 7'. Premiere: March 9, 2013, Luther College, Decorah, IA by the Murasaki Duo (Eric Kutz & Miko Kominami) initial eastern tour concert. Commissioned by the Murasaki Duo. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 1201.

GRANT WOOD GALLERY. 2011. Piano set of six movements after paintings of Grant Wood. Duration: 18'. Premiere: February 4, 2012: Iowa Composers Forum Festival, Luther College, Decorah, IA. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 1101.  A performance of this work can be found HERE.

THE MAROON SPITTOON IN THE TYCOON SALOON. 2009. Brass quintet. Duration: 6'. Premiere: Iowa Composers Forum Festival, May 22, 2010, Cedar Rapids, IA. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 0901.

SUITE FOR A LITTLE ANGEL. 2007. Flute and harp. Duration: 11'. Premiere: C. Anderson & J. Chenette, October 15, 2007, Luther College, Decorah, IA. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 0706-8.

"This piece is a must have!"
- John Manning, Professor of Tuba, The University of Iowa on "I Shall Buy a Black Horse"

I SHALL BUY A BLACK HORSE. 2005. Tuba and piano. Transcription of "Trio Concertant..." 2nd movement. Duration: 5'. Premiere: Jeff Funderburk, January 26, 2006 on "Low Brass Day Dedicated to Bill Behrens." Cedar Rapids, IA. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 0501. Available for any solo instrument.   Video of trio version available HERE

"I love this piece!"
- Takuya (Taki) Horiuchi, virtuoso violinist, former Concertmaster, Orchestra Iowa, on the Dance Moments

DANCE MOMENTS. 2003-04. Three movements for violin and piano. Duration: 12'. Premiere of movement I: November 6, 2003, Krista Geier and J. Owen, Coe College. Full premiere: November 4, 2004, Takuya Horiuchi and Miko Kominami, Iowa Composers Forum Festival, "One Man Show", Coe College. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 0404-6. Recorded on Fleur de Son Classics FDS 57984, SOUNDSCAPES OF THE HEARTLAND.

SWING FUGUE AND FANTASY VARIATIONS ON A JAZZ TUNE. 2004. Flute, guitar, double bass. Duration 8'. Premiere: Red Cedar Chamber Music, November 2004, Boland/Dowdall/Orhon.

GYPSY INSPIRATIONS. 2003. Three movements for flute, guitar, and viola. Duration: 11'. Premiere: October 2003. National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library, Cedar Rapids, IA, by Red Cedar (Chamber Music) Trio. Commissioned by Red Cedar Chamber Music. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 0301-3 . Recorded on Fleur de Son Classics FDS 57974, CZECH INSPIRED.

TRIO CONCERTANT OVER CZECH FOLK SONGS. 2002. Four movements for flute, guitar, and viola. Duration: 14'. Premiere: October, 2002, National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library, Cedar Rapids, IA, by Red Cedar (Chamber Music) Trio. Commissioned by Red Cedar Chamber Music. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 0201-4. Recorded on Fleur de Son Classics FDS 57974, CZECH INSPIRED. Selected movements available for a trio of flute, guitar and cello and for string orchestra.

QUARTET CONCERTANT OVER CZECH FOLK SONGS. (Quartet Version as requested by Prague's Quartetto Telemann). 2003. Four movements for flute, guitar, viola, and cello. Duration: 14'. Premiere: November, 2003, Quartetto Telemann, Brno, Czech Repl. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 0201-4b. Recorded on Fleur de Son Classics FDS 57974, CZECH INSPIRED (trio version).

WILD GARDEN. 2001. Double Reed Quartet of 2 oboes, English horn, and bassoon. Duration: 6'. Requested by WIZARDS! Double Reed Quartet. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 0102. Available as a saxophone quartet as well.

HIDDEN TANGO. 1999. Flute and guitar. Duration: 4'30". Premiere: February, 2000. Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, by the Boland-Dowdall Duo. Commissioned by Red Cedar Chamber Music. Published in the Red Cedar Collection, Theodore Presser Co., Philadelphia, PA. Recorded on the "Red Cedar Collection", Fleur de Son Classics, FDS 57960. Recorded on "Hidden Tango" Cadenza CACD0907.

MUSIC FOR AN INAUGURAL. PIPING IN PHIFER. 1996. Brass quintet, trombone quartet, piccolo quart., perc., organ. Duration: 5'. Premiere: Dec. 5, 1996. Coe College Music Department, Owen, cond. Available from Indian Hill Road Music.

"...and now we come to our favorite part of the program. We commissioned Meshquanowat' for our Iowa Sesquicentennial tours. "
- Boland / Dowdall Duo (Red Cedar Chamber Music)

MESHQUANOWAT' (Red-Tail Hawk). 1995. Flute and Guitar. Dur.: 8'. Comm. by Boland/Dowdall Duo. Prem.: Sep. 8, '95. (Acoma-Nambe Publishers, Toronto).

"Well-made music: Jerry Owen is an excellent composer: experienced and technically assured in his chosen idioms.
It's always a pleasure to become acquainted with an excellent composer who has chosen to work with
Sibelius software and offer his music on this website."
- Reviewer Jay Anthony Gach 26th Jan 2007
(SibeliusMusic.com) on the Tango and Watusi

TANGO AND WATUSI. 1994. String Quartet No. 3. Dur.: 10' Prem.: Nov. 6, 1994, Stradivari Quartet. Coe College. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 0303-2.

"Combining sweet, jazzy harmonies and brittle, spiky melodies, the piece was a tasty concoction indeed."
- Prof. Jonathan Chenette in Tractor Magazine on Licorice Brittle

LICORICE BRITTLE. 1994. Clarinet and Piano. Duration: 6'. Premiere: April 17, 1994, Iowa Composers Concert. Coe College. Carson/Owen. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 9401. Recorded on Fleur de Son Classics FDS 57984, SOUNDSCAPES OF THE HEARTLAND.

"The Festival got off to a thrilling start Friday night with a retrospective concert of the music of Jerry Owen. The evening
could well have been a called a Master Class in Composition, as Dr. Owen is a masterful composer and one of
Iowa's greatest treasures... The entire concert was filled with music that could be immediately understood and enjoyed.
Dr. Owen's work is exquisitely crafted, filled with obvious intelligence and compositional integrity, and is also highly
compelling and appealing, as evidenced by the standing ovation at the evening's end."
- Robert Nassif, November, 2004, Cedar Rapids, IA, Iowa Composers Forum Newsletter Review

SUITE OF COLORS. 1993. Cello and Piano. Duration: 19'. Premiere: Sept. 25, 1993, ICF Festival, U. of Iowa, Bostian and Miller. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 9201-3. (Recorded on Fleur de Son Classics FDS 57984, SOUNDSCAPES OF THE HEARTLAND.)

LIFE. 1990. Chamber winds / perc. Dur.: 9'. Prem.: March, 1990, 30th anniversary of Life Investors Corp. CRSO players. Comm: Life Investors Corp. Available from Indian Hill Road Music.

CANON AND TOCCATA. 1990. 3 percussionists. Duration: 10'. Premiere: April 1990, Coe College, CRSO Percussion Ensemble (Harris, Lawrence, Titus). Available from Indian Hill Road Music.

Review on Sibeliusmusic.com for Encounters posted Sept. 28, 2007: 'The real 'Top scores'
"Simply the best music I've found 'till now at Sibeliusmusic. Excellent work, and bravo maestro!...
This should be [in] 'Top scores!' for a long time..."
- Samir Fejzic, Professor of Music, Sarajevo

ENCOUNTERS. 1986. Piano solo. Eight character pieces. Duration: 22'.Premiere: April, 1986, Beverly Avery Smoker and Jerry Owen, Iowa Composers Concert, Coe College. (Recorded on Centaur Records, CRC 2233).

FOUR STUDIES FOR THE GUITAR. 1985. Guitar alone. Duration: 22'. Premiere: May, 1985. Cynthia Egger, Coe College. (Acoma-Nambe Music, Toronto) (Recorded on Centaur Records, CRC 2233).

AVERY DIALOGS. 1982. Piano alone. 2 mvts. Duration: 7'. Premiere: Beverly Smoker, Coe College. Available from Indian Hill Road Music.

STRING QUARTET No. 2 (1982). Dur.: 14'. Premierd: Cedar Rapids Symphony String Quartet, October, 1982, Brucemore, Cedar Rapids, IA. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 8201.

MUSIC FOR FRIENDS. 1982. Clarinet, viola, piano. Suite. Dur.: 10'. Premiere: Topolewski, Dakin, Titus. October, 1982. Commission: W. Shuttleworth. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 8202-6.

"..a charmer, you'll enjoy this little beauty."
- Guitar Magazine on Intimate Dances

INTIMATE DANCES. 1981. Flute and guitar. Suite. Duration: 8'. Premiere: Boland/Dowdall Duo, Coe College, 1981. (Southern Music Co., San Antonio) Recorded on Centaur Records, CRC 2233.

DIALOG V. 1981. Bassoon and piano. Duration: 9'. Premiere: Kathy Hall and J. Owen, Coe College, Feb., 1981. Available from Indian Hill Road Music.

DIALOG IV, TO ME. 1979. Trombone alone. Duration: 6'. Premiere: Jerry Owen, SOMA 3, March, 1979, Coe College. Available from Indian Hill Road Music.

SONATA IN BAROQUE STYLE. 1976. Flute, hpschd, bass. Duration: 12'. Premiere: Coe Baroque Ensemble, Coe College. (Southern Music Co., San Antonio).

DIALOG III. 1975. Oboe and prepared piano. Duration 8'. Premiere: Carol Stephenson and G.H. Pro, May, 1975, Coe College. (Carl Fischer/Pembroke).

DIALOG. 1973. Viola alone. Duration: 5'. Premiere: John Borg, Feb., 1973, Coe College. Available from Indian Hill Road Music.

TERRAINS. 1969. Saxophone Quartet of soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone. 3 movements. Duration 11'. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 6905-7.

PIANO SONATA 3. 1969. Duration: 22'. Premiere: Miko Kominami, Iowa Composers Forum Festival, "One Man Show", Coe College, November 4, 2004. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 6801-5. Recorded on Fleur de Son Classics FDS 57984, SOUNDSCAPES OF THE HEARTLAND.

PIANO SONATA 2. 1968. Duration: 18'. Premiere: Steven Lewark, May, 1969, DePauw University. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 6802-5.

STRING QUARTET No. 1. 1967. Duration: 12'. Premiere: DePauw University Graduate Quartet, Greencastle, IN, May, 1967. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 6701-3.

FOUR DANCES FOR TWO PIANOS. 1966. Duration 11'.Premiere: J. Linder, J. Owen., U. of Evansville, May, 1966. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 6601.

VARIATIONS FOR TWO TUBAS AND PIANO. 1965. Dur.10'. Prem.: May, 1966, Univ. of Evansville, IN. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 6501.

PIANO SONATA NO. 1. 1964. Duration 10'. Premiere: Anna Maria Cue, June, 1967, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 6401.

 

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