Classical Works

Orchestral and Chamber, Including An American Cantata, Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, & Piano Works


CONCERTO FOR CELLO AND ORCHESTRA
Premiered by Yo-Yo Ma and conducted by Sir Gilbert Levine, this piece is inspired by Yeston’s profound childhood memories of his grandfather, who was a Cantor, and his passionate Hebrew cantillation in Orthodox synagogue before the Congregation, hence the responsorial treatment of solo and multiple celli with each other and with the orchestra. Yeston thus constructed the piece as a quasi Concerto Grosso by adding two additional cello soloists, one on either side of the Principal Cellist. With this, cello duets and trios can also be played in contrast to the orchestral ensemble. (Scroll down to hear this piece and other classical selections.)

SONATA FOR PIANO
This quasi atonal sonata in one movement premiered at Sprague Hall, Yale University. Yeston had been studying with Donald Martino, Howard Boatwright, and Yehudi Weiner at the time of composing it.

FIVE ECSTATIC SONGS - For Piano and Soprano
Composed while in residence at Clare College, Cambridge, this collection of atonal miniatures based on nursery rhymes, was jazz influenced and written under the tutelage of Patrick Gowers.

MY GRANDMOTHER’S LOVE LETTERS - Hart Crane
A setting of the Hart Crane poem for Voice and Piano, not to be confused with a song of the same title that Yeston composed and included in his December Songs as an hommage to Crane.

AN AMERICAN CANTATA
This symphonic work, composed and entirely orchestrated by Yeston, is a Choral Symphony for 2,000 voices and orchestra and was commissioned in 1999 by the Kennedy Center for Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony Orchestra, Written in Three Movements it premiered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial as part of the millennium celebration in July of 2000, and contains a setting of Martin Luther King’s speech I have been to the Mountaintop. A fuller description, and recordings to listen to, can be found as an independent American Cantata page on this website.

TOM SAWYER - A Ballet in Three Acts - For Orchestra
Hailed by Alastair Macaulay in the New York Times as “the first full length three-act story ballet wholly created by an American composer, choreographer and ballet company”, this work was recorded with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra under Martin West at Skywalker Sound and released by PS Classics. Tom Sawyer can also be found more fully described, with additional musical tracks here below, and on this website’s Tom Sawyer page, and a link to its Recording can be ordered there or by clicking Products.

TOM SAWYER SUITE
A fourteen minute Orchestral Suite musically culled from the Ballet by the composer, suitable as a selection for Orchestra and Pops Orchestra concerts. It can be listened to by going here (Tom Sawyer) and then scrolling down to the first musical example, on the left. A description of the stage imagery portrayed by the Suite’s music can also be found on that page.

SONG FOR VIOLIN (For Violin and Piano)

VALSE MELANCOLIQUE - For Piano

TOM SAWYER—SOLO PIANO VERSION
Complete 90-minute score suitable for Concert or Performance.

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Tom Sawyer - Dance of the Fireflies

Tom Sawyer - Looking West

Concerto For Cello & Orchestra