List of Compositions
(with audio excerpts)

Paradises Lost
Opera based on the science-fiction novella by Ursula K. Le Guin; Libretto by Marcia Johnson; commissioned by the University of Illinois. Chamber version premiere by Third Angle in Portland, Oregon, on January 20, 2012. Full premiere April 26-29, Urbana, Illinois. Featured at SummerWorks in Toronto, August 13, 2013; review.


Biography

Recent and upcoming performances

The Machine Awakes
CD from Albany Records, featuring performances by three Grammy winners: pianist Gloria Cheng, violist Masumi Rostad (Pacifica Quartet), and hornist Oto Carillo (Chicago Symphony). Includes The Machine Awakes, Seven Memorials, Quark Shadows, and Nebulae. Also available on Amazon and iTunes. Fanfare magazine, July/August 2010: "...terse, pointillistic, abstract, precise... pretty and anything but shallow... With his refined and imaginative sound world, Stephen Andrew Taylor is a composer worth hearing."


Associate Professor,
Composition and Theory
School of Music
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Ubiquitin
New work for harpsichord, commissioned by Gloria Cheng for Piano Spheres. Premiere April 30, 2013.


Director,
Illinois Modern Ensemble

Everywhere Entangled
For 12 percussionists, commissioned by the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston; released on the CD Everywhere Entangled on Albany Records.


World Without Words
For 13 saxophones, commissioned by Debra Richtmeyer. Premiere at NASA (North American Saxophone Alliance), Athens, Georgia, March 4, 2010.


Agoraphobia
For flute, harp, electronics and video, premiered at the 10th World Harp Congress in Amsterdam, July 2008; the two-movement version premiered in New York City and Montreal, August 2009. Released on the CD Voyage: American Works for Flute and Harp on Albany Records.

 

Seven Memorials
For piano, performed at Tanglewood by Gloria Cheng July 29, 2006; "sparklingly tactile." Allan Kozinn, New York Times, 8/2/06. Premiered October 24, 2004 by Gloria in Los Angeles. "...Cheng unveiled something big and special: the first performance of Stephen Andrew Taylor's 'Seven Memorials,' a splendid sonic tour of natural phenomena all over the globe." Richard S. Ginell, LA Times, 9/28/04. 

Writings
Including articles on composition, the music of György Ligeti, and computer music.

Last updated January 16, 2014 by Stephen Taylor.