William Harvey compositions

Given the frequency with which CiH Founder William Harvey has composed and arranged music for our projects, and the extent to which his experiences as a cultural diplomat have influenced his composing, we are pleased to host here a general listing of his compositions for your reference. To perform works below, please contact the composer at his official Facebook.

Orchestra

  • Seven Decisions of Gandhi (2020). A violin concerto inspired by the life of Mahatma Gandhi and dedicated to his granddaughter Ela (whom William met in South Africa in 2017) on the occasion of her 80th birthday. Recording (composer on violin with MIDI orchestra). Scores and parts.
  • Chaconne on “Ch’anwi” (2017). Commissioned by the Spokane Symphony for performance with Barry Moses at the Wellpinit Reservation; based on the Spokane hymn “Ch’anwi.”
  • September 27, 1996: The Arrival of the Taliban into Kabul (2013). Written for a competition looking for 6-second pieces.
  • Guide to the Afghan Orchestra (2011). Written for the Afghan Youth Orchestra of Afghanistan National Institute of Music, which performed it with the composer conducting in Afghanistan and Oman. Article about the Oman concert.
  • Four Seasons of Afghanistan (2010). Written for the Afghan Youth Orchestra of Afghanistan National Institute of Music, which performed it with the composer conducting in Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Based on the Vivaldi Four Seasons and on Afghan folk music. Reviews: New York Times and New Yorker. Recording from Kennedy Center.
  • Mutations (2000). Written for the New World Youth Symphony Orchestra (now known as Indianapolis Youth Orchestra).
  • Tarantella for Strings (1998). Written for the Indiana University String Academy Chamber Orchestra. Later performed in Zimbabwe in 2015.
  • Dance of Pan for Violin and Orchestra (1998). Written for the New World Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Mixed Chamber Ensemble

  • Interplanetary Mullah (2014). Commissioned by DC8 in California, this piece imagines the life experiences of the first mullah to go to outer space. Piccolo, clarinet, percussion, guitar, violin, cello, double bass, piano. Recording. Review: Los Angeles Times.
  • Sinfonietta (2008). Composed for a 2008 CiH project in Mexico. Oboe, horn, trumpet, timpani, 2 violins, 2 violas, double bass. Recording from Sinaloa in 2018. Recording from 2008.
  • The Light Gleams An Instant (2004). Inspired by the Samuel Beckett quote, “They give birth astride a grave, the light gleams an instant, then it’s night once more.” For standard sinfonietta ensemble. Recording from Indiana University.

Choir

  • Anthem of Anointment (2011). Commissioned by St. Louis de Montfort Catholic Church, Fishers, Indiana, USA. SATB with piano. Recording.
  • America Rising (2006). Commissioned by an elementary school in Connecticut. Based on America the Beautiful.

Voice

  • Four Cow Poems for Narrator and Piano (2021). Poems by Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts. Commissioned by Susan Raccoli.
  • Inclinado en las Tardes for Soprano and Piano (2020). Poem by Pablo Neruda. Commissioned by Megan Cullen.
  • Speaking for the Afghan Woman for Soprano and Piano (2012). Poetry by Bahar Saeed, Nadia Anjuman, Parween Pazhwak, and Meena Keshwar Kamal. Commissioned by Susanna Phillips. Recording by Tiffany DuMouchelle. Article.
  • Apologia del Deseo for Mezzo and Violin (2009). Poem by Karina Rieke. Performed in the USA by Solange Merdinian and in Argentina by Romina Pedrozo.
  • …and the lilies revived for Soprano and Violin (2008). Written for CiH project in Papua New Guinea. Poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
  • Colors for soprano and 4 cellos (2002). Poem by Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Commissioned by Andre Emelianoff.
  • When I Have Fears for Soprano and Piano (2002). Poem by John Keats. Review: New York Times. Recording with Susanna Phillips.
  • Joyful Noise for 2 tenors and 2 violins (1999). Poems about insects by Paul Fleischman. Premiered by Alex Miller and Graham Miller, tenors; the composer and Chris Holmes on violins.

Piano

String Quartet

  • #Taliban Just Bombed Play Criticizing Their #Attacks (2015). Written for the Signum Quartet project called “Quartweet,” in which pieces must contain no more than 140 notes. Recording.
  • Four Romances (2002). Commissioned for the String Quartet Survey class at The Juilliard School. Recording of the first movement.

Strings (alone or with piano)

  • Bruckner in Mexico, a counterrevolutionary unaccompanied cello sonata (2021). Commissioned by Theodore Harvey. Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) seriously contemplated moving to the Second Mexican Empire until Maximilian was overthrown. This work imagines a solo cello sonata the great composer might have written had the empire remained in place throughout his life and had he followed through with his intention to move there. 
  • Sonata No. 3, “Pacifica,” for Solo Violin (2020). Commissioned by Yuri Kruman. Recording.
  • Sonata No. 2 for Solo Violin (2020). Commissioned by Yuri Kruman.
  • Double Sonata for 2 violins and 2 pianos (2019). Commissioned by Mimi Zweig for the 35th anniversary of the Indiana University Summer String Academy. Recording.
  • Martirio for Solo Violin (2018). Written for an exhibition at San Ildefonso in Mexico City commemorating the 25th anniversary of relations between Mexico and Vatican. Recording. Article in Spanish about the piece.
  • Four LaFate Pictures for Solo Violin (2016). Written for the Delaware week of CiH’s American culture project, based on paintings by Eunice LaFate. Recording.
  • Dialogue for 2 violins (2009). Commissioned by Mimi Zweig for the 25th anniversary of the Indiana University Summer String Academy. Inspired by the importance of dialogue between Muslims and non-Muslims; in particular, by the CiH projects in Turkey. Recording.
  • Woodcuts for cello and piano (2006). Inspired by the “War” series of woodcuts by Käthe Kollwitz. Recording.
  • Sonata No. 1 for Solo Violin (1998).

Violin Ensemble

  • Connecting Again (2021). Commissioned by Mimi Zweig, this piece imagines what it will be like when we “connect again” after the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recording (composer playing all 6 parts).
  • Gloss on a Ciconian Virelai (2003). Commissioned by Mimi Zweig for the Indiana University Violin Virtuosi and based on a virelai by Johannes Ciconia (1370-1412). Recording.
  • Echo (2001). Commissioned by Mimi Zweig for the Indiana University Violin Virtuosi.
  • Suite Humoresque (1999). Commissioned by Mimi Zweig for the Indiana University Violin Virtuosi for performances throughout France.
  • Clouds Pass Silently in the Night (1998). In memory of Andrew DeGrado.

Wind Chamber Music

  • Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (2018). Written for Sacha Rattle and Zeynep Özsuca. Begun during the 2015 CiH project in Turkey.
  • Arirang: Prayer for Unity, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano (2015). Inspired by hopes of unity between the Koreas.
  • Borrowdale for clarinet, violin, and piano (2006). Commissioned by Wayne Lee and inspired by the neighborhood of the same name in Harare, Zimbabwe, where CiH lived and worked during our project there in 2006. Recording.
  • Pierian Spring for oboe and cello (1996). William’s first publicly performed composition, written for his brother Theodore Harvey and oboist Lisa Bennett.