The compositions of Curt Cacioppo fall into three thematic categories: those with a Native American focus, those with an Italian focus, and those which originate through multiple foci. The catalog of works listed here is organized under these main headings, with pieces then grouped according to instrumentation & duration. The Ensemble Ex Novo rehearsing Tucson Scherzo at Teatro La Fenice, VeniceAll have come under the aegis of the Orenda Press, and the process of converting those scores still in manuscript to computer printed format, and making the entire catalog available both in hard copy and online as pdf.s is underway. Inquiries about current availability – pricing, purchasing, and perusal – are most welcome, as are questions about commissioning, and may be directed via email through this site.

Commissioning

Cacioppo has executed a variety of commissions, from those of a high profile nature for internationally renowned performers such as the nine time Grammy winning Emerson String Quartet to smaller scale projects for local ensembles and ceremonial occasions. He has written for the Chicago and Milwaukee Symphonies, the Yale Symphony, the Bach Society Orchestra, the Virtuosi dell’ Ensemble di Venezia, the Ex Novo ensemble, the Network for New Music, the American String Quartet, the Moscow String Quartet, the Borromeo Quartet, the Quartetto d’ Archi di Venezia, the New York Chamber Brass, the Sartori Trio, the Duo Alterno, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Tucson Friends of Chamber Music, the Settimana Organistica Internazionale, the International Venice Festival, the Alba Music Festival, and others.

Support comes from a range of sources including large foundations and trusts, performing organizations and presenters, competitive grants and private donors.

For more information on commissioning, please contact the composer.

Music of Italian Focus Music of Native American Focus Music of Multiple Foci

Music of Italian Focus

Keyboard>>

Ciclo metamorfico sul nome d’un Maestro— 45 min (piano; written for George Rochberg’s 70th birthday & commissioned by his wife Gene)

Getreidegasse Nr. 9

Lo studio

Apparition

The Absolutist

Amusement

Scena appassionata e pastorale

Reflection

Sarbaggiu

Bagatelle

America: a prayer

Finale: Rondino

Nos. 1, 2, 3, 5 & 7 available as a set. All others available separately.

Tuscan Folio — 20 min (piano version, prepared for the Rive-Gauche Concert series, Turin)

America: a prayer

Capriccio leggendario e suoni del Palio

Sarbaggiu

Each available separately. 

Sonata trasfigurata — 14 min (piano; written for Alan Moverman)

di cibo celeste — ciaconna-fantasia — 14 min (organ; written for the Settimana Organistica Internazionale)

Suite from Vespero Vermiglio — 12 min (organ)

Ricercar

Consolatio

Sfinge

Fantasia (Veni Creator Spiritus)

Francesca Fantasy — 12 min (piano; after Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini, written for collaboration with the Gruppo Strumentale Ciampi, Piacenza)

Notturno elidiano — 8 min (piano; written for collaboration with the Gruppo Strumentale Ciampi, Piacenza)

Quiete notturna — 7 min (piano; fantasia-berceuse after an etching by Lia Laterza)

Capriccio pellicano — 7 min (harpsichord; written for the Alba Festival)

Visione delle Crociate — 7 min (organ; written for the Settimana Organistica Internazionale)

Fuga cavalcantiana — 7 min (piano & tape)

Il Pensionato — fantasia fugale — 6 min (piano)

a Violetta aka “Venezia mia” — 5 min (piano)

Ecco Venere — 5 min (piano)

Epitaph — 3 min (piano)

In the Dolomites — 3 min (piano)

Somnamble — 3 min (piano)

Old Swedes — fantasy on “Santa Lucia” — 4 min (piano; part of a Philadelphia Chamber Music Society commission)

Consolatio (from Vespero Vermiglio) — 3 min (organ or piano)

Burlesca (on “Fin ch’ han dal vino”) — 3 min (piano)

Nel mezzo del cammin — 3 min (organ or piano)

Cartolina — 1 min (piano)

Chamber>>

Impressioni venexiane — Impressions of Venice — 35 min (string quartet; written at the request of the Quartetto d’Archi di Venezia) Sunrise over St. Mark’s (aerial view); song of the Serenissima; the Quadriga; reflection of flames on wet pavement (Piazza S. Marco); simbolo (over the entrance to the Chiesa di S. Maria Madalena); canzona popolare (“Venezia mia!”); napping on Attila’s throne (Torcello; Campo dei Mori (Palazzo Mastelli); the Ghetto; sunset on the banks of Lido (vespers from S. Giorgio/cantilena); reprise

Women at the Cross — 31 min (quintet for piano, 2 vn, va, vc – for the 30th anniversary of the Quartetto di Venezia)

I – Maria, gratia plena

II – Procula

III – Veronica

IV – Maddalena

V – La terza Maria

VI – Salome

VII – Finale: Sons of Thunder

Concerto for Oboe and String Chamber Orchestra with Harpsichord — 29 min (ob solo, 4 vln, vla, vc, cb, hpschd; for the International Venice Festival “Viva Vivaldi” at the Chiesa di S. Maria della Pietà on the Grand Canal in Venice)
May be performed with augmented string section.
2nd movement (“Largo”) available separately.

Red Dove of Libya— 22 min (fl, harp, cb, percussion; based on the story of the Temple of Venus at Erice in Sicily; spoken text fragments from Shakespeare; written for the Network for New Music, Philadelphia)

Prélude ericéen (fl solo)

Melodrama and Ayre (ens. & spoken voices)

Processional Dance (ens.)

Prélude ericéen (4 min) available separately.

String Quartet No. 6 (“Italian Holiday”) — 16 minutes

Trulli Sketches

In the Dolomites

Sorriso a Catania

Tucson Scherzo — 9 min (fl, cl, vln, vcl, pno; for the Ensemble Ex Novo di Venezia)

Tucson Scherzo — 9 min (concertante version for fl solo, strings & hpschd; for the Alba Festival)

Sinfonia e fugato — 7 min (fl, vln, vla, vc, pno; a birthday party in baroque style for Scarlatti, Bach, Handel & Schütz)

Sorriso a Catania — 7 min (string quartet)

Trulli Sketches — 6 min (string quartet)

Gloria (from Vespero Vermiglio) — 3 min (for 8 cellos, arr. for the Venice Cello Ensemble)

In the Dolomites —3 min (string quartet; for the Quartetto di Venezia, in anticipation of their 30th anniversary)

Vocal>>

Poems from Paternina— 19 min (soprano & piano, for the Fiore-Cacioppo Duo; texts by C.H.O. Scaife, Shelley)

Ghosts of Old Desires

In memoriam

To a Connoisseur

Each available separately.

Bernini Elegy – 14 min (bass-baritone & piano; text by C.H.O. Scaife, “AN ELEGIAC FRIEZE for AURELIO BERNINI,” used with the author’s permission and encouragment)

Sestinamento “Operistica” — 14 min (soprano & piano; text by Luigi Cerantola, composed at the request of the author and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura)

Cinque canzoni su poesia di Renzo Oliva — 13 min (soprano and piano)

io non sono più là

vipere d’ombra

alcune sere

un libro nero

mi chiedo

Franciscan Prayer — 9 min (bass-baritone & piano; text attr. St. Francis of Assisi)

Notturno elidiano — 8 min (version for piano & spoken voice; text by Claudio Saltarelli)

Due canti brevi su poesia di Claudio Saltarelli — 7 min (soprano & piano, for the Duo Alterno di Torino)

Foglie avanti San Savino

Evocazioni di gelo avanti San Savino

Sugnu sicilianu — 7 min (tenor & piano; text by Gaetano Lino)

Canto notturno — 5 min (soprano & piano, for the Fiore-Cacioppo Duo; text by Giacomo Leopardi)

Né più la luce — 4 min (soprano & piano; text by Luigi V. Cerantola)

Danae — 4 min (SATB chorus, a cappella, text by Luigi V. Cerantola; for Gonçalo Lourenço and the ESART Singers/Studio Conducere)

Arianna — 4 min (SATB chorus, a cappella, text by Luigi V. Cerantola; for Tian Hui Ng and the Haverford — Bryn Mawr College Chamber Singers)

O principessa — 3 min (soprano & piano, text by Luigi Cerantola)

Volgi, Beatrice — 3 min (soprano & piano, for performance sponsored by the IIC; text by Dante)

Volgi, Beatrice — 3 min (for soprano & string quartet; adapted for Lyric Fest)

Mixed ensemble>>

Franciscan Prayer — 9 min (bass-baritone & piano, with trumpet & percussion obblig.; text attr. St. Francis of Assisi)

Alla primavera — madrigale virtuosa — 9 min (chorus SATB, soli SATB, piano, harpsichord, vln, vla, vcl, fl, cl, bsn; text by Giacomo Leopardi)

Large forces>>

Trilogia dantesca — 90 min (orchestra, chorus SATB, piano, supported by a Howard Foundation fellowship, funds from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and private donations); texts by Dante et al)

Vexilla (pno & orch)

Antiphon a cappella (altos)

Numina (pno, orch, chor)

Antiphon al eco accompagnato (sopranos & 2 fl, 2 ob, B-flat Cl, 2 bsn, Hn, Tpt in C)

Adfirmatio (pno, orch, chor)

Vexilla available separately as stand-alone concerto. Numina available separately as stand-alone concerto with or without chorus.

Numina available in alternate piano & chamber orchestra version (single ww/br).

Adfirmatio available separately as stand-alone concerto with chorus.

La Canzon della Veglia — 60 min (melodrama for orchestra, chorus SATB, soprano solo, actress and male dancer; libretto by Claudio Saltarelli — score in preparation; originally written for the Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana di Piacenza)

Sequenza del Vespero Vermiglio — 58 min (chorus SATB, soprano solo, organ concertante & percussion; libretto by Luigi Cerantola; a musical celebration commissioned privately by a Venetian family)*

Alto nel sole; Brilla più bello

Fantasia (organ solo — Veni Creator Spiritus)

Nitida l’aria; L’ultima nube (Pavana)

Ricercar (organ solo — sul nome Angelo Gobbo)

Gloria; Candido splende (Aria & chorus)

Erge i vessilli; La bella estate (Polonaise)

Consolatio (organ solo)

L’estate ha il fiore; Tutto illudente (Gavotta)

Onda; Esuli (Arioso)

Sfinge (organ solo)

Godi; Se tenzonò (Soggetto canonico imbattagliato; alla Siciliana)

Orma al chiaror; Accesso a paradisi (Madrigal & Aria)

Bevi; Nella tua pace (chorale prelude — Ut Queant Laxis)

Bello il volo; Angelo (choral fantasy — Missus est Gabriel Angelus)

Contemplatio: Occhio intatto (organ & chorus in recitation)

*also known as “Cantata concertante degli Angeli,” or “Cantata of the Angels”

Tuscan Folio — 21 min (commissioned by the Yale Symphony Orchestra on support from the Howard Foundation & AMC)

America: una preghiera

Capriccio leggendario e suoni del Palio

Sarbaggiu

1st & 3rd movements available separately. 2nd & 3rd movements available as ‘prelude & scherzo’ pairing.

Music of Native American focus

Piano>>

Pawnee Preludes — 19 min

The Buffalo and the Crow

The Woman Imitates the Buffalo

I Hear the Sound of a Child Crying

Spring is Opening

Beloved Emblem

How Near is the Morning?

Old Age is Painful

The Woman Welcomes the Warrior

Mad Chief Mourns for his Grandson

Nos. 4, 5 & 8 available as separate concert pieces.

Lyric Visions from the Pawnee — 8 min

Lament

Dream Voices

Night Vigil

Ghost Dance

Variation (Reprise)

Old Petitions — 6 min

Bluebird Sings Goodnight — 3 min

Under the Treaty Elm — 3 min (part of a commission from the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society)

Chamber>>

Womb of the Sacred Mountains — 1 hour, 51 min (string quartet); a cycle of four string quartets inspired by the Navajo creation story

  • a distant voice calling — Níłch’i dine’é
  • Coyoteway —Mą’ iijí hatáál
  • Kinaaldá: The Rite of Changing Woman
  • Monsterslayer — Nayénĕzgạni

Monsterslayer — Nayénĕzgạni — 37 min (string quartet; commissioned by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society with support from the Pew Charitable Trusts for the Emerson String Quartet)

Exorcism

Cadenza

Dialogue

Scherzo

Dance of Celebration

Last in a cycle of four string quartets based on the Navajo creation story entitled Womb of the Sacred Mountains.

The Ancestors — 32 min (vln, vc, pno; commissioned for the Sartory Trio in residence at Duquesne University by artist Charles Stegeman Sr.)

Berceuse

Scherzo

Interlude

Scherzo

Barcarolle

a distant voice calling — Níłch’i dine’é — 27 min (string quartet; commissioned by the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music with the sponsorship of Linda and Stuart Nelson for the American String Quartet)

Fantasia

Ode

Scherzo

Finale: Rondo

First in the cycle Womb of the Sacred Mountains.

Kinaaldá (The Rite of Changing Woman) — 25 min (string quartet; written for the Borromeo Quartet)

Fantasy; Theme and Variations

Third in the cycle Womb of the Sacred Mountains.

Coyoteway — Mą’ iijí hatáál — 22 min (string quartet; written for the Moscow String Quartet at their request)

Emanations from the Underworld

Incantation

Hogan Dance

The Swallows’ Colloquy

Shawl Dance

Coyote’s Leap

Fire Dance

Fortyniner (Round Dance)

Second in the cycle Womb of the Sacred Mountains.

Wolf — 17 min (soprano, vc, pno; written for the Fiore-Cacioppo Duo and cellist David Geber, commissioned by the Samuel S. Fels Fund; text by Peter Blue Cloud)

Snake Dance – Coyóhim Katsina — 14 min (fl, vc, pno)

Tucson Scherzo — 9 min (see Italian focus section)

Red Bird (with Alejandro Cardona) — timing variable (guitar and variable obbligato instruments)

The Yellow Star (with Alejandro Cardona) — 3 min (fl, vcl, guitar)

Choral>>

Quattro canti indigeni nordamericani — 9 min (SATB, SB soli)

Zuñi Lullaby

Taos Moonlight Song

Creek-Cherokee Deer Conjuring Song

The Huron Carol (Quodlibet)

Orchestral>>

Lenape Refrains — 32 min (for 19 strings, clarinet, and Native American voice and percussion; commissioned by the Philadelphia Classical Symphony through the Philadelphia Music Project/Pew Trusts & NEA

When the Orchard Dances Ceased — 13 min (str 6,5,4,3,2, single ww/br, hp, pno, timp + 2 perc, Native American voice & percussion; commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra for its Zankel Hall “Orchestra Underground” series)

Scenes from Indian Country — 19 min (movement 1 commissioned jointly by the Chicago Symphony and Milwaukee Symphony; movements 2 and 3 commissioned by the Chamber Orchestra of Bryn Mawr)

Invocation and Dance of the Mountain Gods

Raven Lance

Crying for Justice

Each available separately.

Music of multiple foci

Piano>>

Three American Fantasies — 45 min

Contrapuntal Fantasy on John Newton’s “Amazing Grace”

Ostinato-Fantasia on “All Creatures of Our God and King”

Fantasy-Choruses on “This Little Light of Mine”
Available separately.

Piano Variations on “Hail to the Chief” — 36 min

Eclogue: Symphony for Piano — 25 min

Synaesthesis I (aka Piano Sonata No. 2) — 15 min

Philadelphia Diary — 15 min (commissioned by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society)

Under the Treaty Elm

Old Swedes

Strawbridge Observatory

Masonic Temple (melodrama)

Boathouse Row

Armed and Dangerous (fantasy-variations on “L’ Homme armé”) — 12 min (for Emanuele Arciuli)

Fantasy, Air and Rag (2 pnos – tribute to J.S. Bach, for the Orpheus Duo) — 12 min

Saints Alive! — 11 min (2 pnos – for the Orpheus Duo)

Variations on a theme of Mozart — 10 min

The Valiant Crab — 8 min (2 pnos – for the Orpheus Duo)

Parisian Room Waltz — 7 min (in honor of Dixieland trumpeter Tony Almerico; for solo pno or 2 pnos)

Klavierstück — 7 min

Taffeta Skirts — 6 min (2 pnos with pno I perc. obbligato – for the Orpheus Duo)

Triumvirite Anthem — 5 min (1 pno, 6 hands + optional male voices)

Summer Moon over Cape Cod — 5 min

August Rose — 5 min

January Thaw — 5 min

¡Angelus! — 5 min

Homage to Diz — fantasy in honor of Dizzy Gillespie — 5 min

Sharon’s Song — 4 min

Vaya con Dios (tango) — 4 min

Lied ohne Worte (arr. of movement from Schoenberg’s Serenade) — 4 min

Bagatelle nostalgique — 4 min

In Memoriam — 3 min (orig. pno version)

Requiescat in Pace — 3 min

Fugue and Chorale — 3 min

Goldberg’s Cat — 3 min

Glück auf! (fanfare-prelude) — 3 min

חמלה (Mitleid) — 3 min

Precious Lord, Take my Hand — 3 min (for Martin Luther King)

Rag for J.S. — 3 min

Trigger Warning 1 (not for those of weak constitution) — 3 min

Plie d’amour (after L. Newman) — 3 min

Tumbling — 2 min

Infinitive — 2 min

Au Revoir — 2 min

Neue Widmung (after Schumann) — 2 min (pno 4 hands)

Drehleier Blues (after Schubert, “Der Leiermann”; optional vocal part) — 2 + min

Chloe — 2 min

Fuga meteo (music for a meteorologist) — 1.5 min

Minute March — 1 min +

With tithes and offerings — 1 min

Cadenzas for Mozart’s Piano Concerto in d minor, K. 466

Also available: Largo in E — 9 min (version for organ)

Chamber>>

Faust Narrative No. 1 (after Busoni) — 18 min (vln, pno)

Fantaisie-Sonatine (“Souvenirs du Levant”) — 16 min (oboe, pno)

Pharaonic Suite —14 min (brass quintet: 2 trp, hn, tbn, tba; for Graham Ashton & the New York Chamber Brass)

  • Bustin’ Cheops
  • Utsphea (Secret Chamber)
  • Ladder to the Sun (Falcon Dance)

Notturno & Danse joyeuse — 10 min (ob, pno; originated as a reading commission for the National Jazz Ensemble)

Largo in E — 9 min (version for 8 cellos; arr. for the Venice Cello Ensemble)

Largo in E — 9 min (2 vln, 2 vla, 2 vc — original version, written for a Kinhaven summer festival ensemble)

Elegy — 8 min (solo violin; written for Abbiati prize winner Francesco D’Orazio)

Concert Etude (“Séance”) — 6 min (solo bsn)

Tritton Fanfare — 5 min (brass quintet — 2 tpt in C, hn, tbn, b-tbn/tba; commissioned by Haverford College for the Philadelphia Brassworks for the inauguration of the school’s 12th president)

Dea praeclara — 5 min (woodwind quintet — fl, ob, cl, hn, bsn)

of dark and bright — 4 min (solo hn; published by Boelke-Bomart/Mobart Music, Hillsdale, NY)

Cadenza for the C.P.E. Bach d minor Flute Concerto — 3 min (fl; commissioned by Jeanne Baxtresser, originally published in the Journal of the Victorian Flute Guild)

Desert Soliloquy — 2.5 min (solo ob)

Neue Widmung (after Schumann) — 2 min (2 vc)

Mignon (after Schumann) — 2 min (tenor, hn, pno)

Vocal/choral>>

To A Child Dancing In The Wind — 25 min (soprano & pno version; text by William Butler Yeats)

Sieben Thiel Lieder — 22 min (bass-baritone & pno; texts by Friedrich Thiel)

Es stirbt in Menschen nie

Einmal nur dich zu berühren

Herbst voll Licht

Wasser, Luft und Schaum

Abends sind die Geister schwer

Der Spinne gleicht die Zeit

Daß ich denke, daß ich dichte

Wasser, Luft und Schaum available separately.

Notturno elidiano — 8 min (version for piano & spoken voice on Beethoven texts)

An die unsterbliche Geliebte — 6 min (bass-baritone & pno; text by Beethoven)

Revelation 21 — 13 min (treble choir, S solo, organ; commissioned by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, for an AIDS memorial service)

An “Amen!” to Peace — 5 min (chorus SATB, soli SATB, org; dedicated to the victims of the Kent State shootings; commended by President Nixon)

Hymn of Affirmation aka Hymn to God’s Love — 1 min (chorus SATB, org)

Mixed ensemble>>

Linus — 12 min (alto, vln, vla, vc, pno; text by the composer)
Dialogue — 5 min (tbn, pno — tbn doubles as soprano; private commission)

Orchestral>>

To A Child Dancing In The Wind (orchestral poem with soprano)— 25 min (text by William Butler Yeats; commissioned by the Bach Society Orchestra of Harvard University)

Of Shacklers and Heroes (tone poem – for the Orquesta Sinfónica de Heredia, Costa Rica) — 18 min

Largo in E — 9 min (version for strings and timpani with pno obblig.; requested by the Bach Society Orchestra)

A Meeting of Souls — 8 min (strings 88553 and cembalo; commissioned by the Carmel Bach Festival, Paul Goodwin, music director)

Midsummer Air — 6 min (baroque strings 88553 and cembalo; commissioned by the Carmel Bach Festival, Paul Goodwin, music director)