Elliot Weisgarber Associates

Works at the Canadian Music Centre

During his life Elliot Weisgarber deposited many of his completed scores in the library at the Canadian Music Centre. These are now all available for sale or loan. In addition to information on ordering scores and parts the Centre’s website includes audio clips, program and performance notes and other details about the works listed below.


Scores and parts are available in digitally produced format except for those marked (Ms.) which remain in the composer’s manuscript.

Mr. Weisgarber wrote a total of 449 compositions during his 82 years many of which are not yet available to the public and will be gradually added to this list.

Band     Chamber Music     Choral     Orchestral     Orchestra & Soloist

Instrumental Solo     Keyboard     Vocal

Chamber Music & Instrumental Solo

Aki – no – Hinode (Autumn Sunrise) (1968); flute & piano; very evocative, intermediate-level work; 6:00


Chamber Music for Clarinet and Violin (1944); 3:15


Diversions on an Air by Thomas Campion (1975); alto recorder & bass viol; 6:30


Divertimento No. 1 (1950); 2 violins & viola OR oboe, violin & viola; intermediate level; 11:00


Divertimento No. 2 (1950); 2 violins & viola OR oboe (or clarinet), violin & viola; intermediate level; 14:00


Divertimento (No. 5) for Flute, Oboe and Violin (1983); 26:00


Eight Pieces for Recorders (1962); for combinations of soprano, alto, tenor & bass recorders; 15:00


Epigrams (1970; rev. 1973); Six Short Pieces for Flute and Piano; from the original set of 10 pieces, 4 of which were separated off in 1996 for a collection entitled “Miyako Sketches”; playable at intermediate level (13:30)


Fantasia a Tre (1977); horn, violin & piano (7:38)


In Country Sleep (1956); tenor, clarinet, violin, viola, bass & piano; a stunning setting of Dylan Thomas’ poem of the same name; also orchestrated; 18:00


Kojo – no – Tsuki (Moon Over the Ruined Castle) (1972); flute & piano; elementary-level arrangement of a famous melody by 19th C. Japanese composer Taki Rentaro; 2:30


Music in Memory of Andrei Sakharov (1990); flute, viola, cello, piano; dramatic tribute to the life of the great Russian scientist and Nobel Prize winner; 26:00


Quartet No. 5 (1975); 21:00


Quartet #6 (1980); a remarkable work based on Asian themes and styles; (Ms.); 27:00


Sextet (1957); 2 violins, 2 violas, cello, bass; very interesting work full of melody and counterpoint for advanced or professional players; also playable by small string orchestra; 26:00


Six Miniatures After Hokusai (1972); violin & piano; (Ms.); 15:00


Soliloquy for Andrei Sakharov (1990); flute, viola, cello & piano; a dramatic and passionate one-movement piece based on the composer’s work for solo trumpet composed on the night of the death of the great Russian scientist and humanitarian; (Ms.); 26:00


Sonata for Bassoon and Piano (1973); 16:00


Sonata for Horn and Piano (1979); (Ms.); 20:00


Sonata for Violoncello and Piano (1980); 25:00


Thirty-Two Concert Etudes for Clarinet (1985/86); This collection contains 21 of the original 32 Etudes, 11 having been separated out for publication by Elliot Weisgarber Associates in 1996. That smaller collection is now available from Wiltshire Music. We hope that clarinetists who enjoy them will wish to have the entire set in their libraries.


Thoughts on an Ancient Japanese Melody (1979; rev. 1987); solo bassoon; 3:43


Three Pieces for Flute and Piano (1954); beautiful, intermediate-level pieces inspired by the composer’s study with Nadia Boulanger; 11:00


Tsugaru Yama Uta (Tsugaru Mountain Song) (1972); flute & piano; arrangement of a Japanese folk song; 2:00


Wind Quintet (1978; rev. 1980); (Ms.); 20:00


Winter Day’s Journey, A (1995); soprano, English horn & harp; settings of poetry from an early 13th C. Japanese anthology (in Japanese); alternate parts for alto flute, clarinet or viola may be substituted for English horn; 14:00




Canticle (1978); solo low voice, SATB chorus, horn, string orchestra; settings of 5 poems by Thomas Hardy; (Ms.); 20:00


In Bed’lam (1984); childrens’ chorus & organ; medieval text; (Ms.)


Minyō-shū: A Gathering of Folk Song (1992); SATB chorus & piano (in Japanese); 13:00


Motet: “Regina Coeli” (1980); SATB chorus; liturgical text; 5:00


Night (1973; rev. 1983); baritone soloist, SATB chamber chorus & string quintet (quartet plus bass); text by Robinson Jeffers; (Ms.); 25:00


Num Mortui Resurgent?; (1963/rev. 1973); SATB chorus; Latin text by Fr. Dunstan Massey, O.S.B.;  in memory of the composer’s mother Elizabeth (Hawkins) Weisgarber (1881-1963) 13:30


Songs of a Thousand Autumns (1984); SATB chorus & piano; settings of poems from the Man’yo-shū (in Japanese); (Ms.); 15:00


Concert Band


Music for the Morning of the World (1977); the composer’s musical impressions of the island of Bali which was given the picturesque epithet “the morning of the world” by the great Indian statesman Jawaharlal Nehru; (Ms.); 16:00




Ama Dablam (1994); piano solo; commissioned by the Canadian Music Competition, 1994; inspired by the magnificence of the Himalayan region


Japanese Miscellany, A, Vol. II (1968/69); the second group of short pieces that completes a set of nine. Vol. I was published separately by Elliot Weisgarber Associates and is listed in the catalog.


Pieces for Harpsichord (1959); 6:00


Three Teaching Pieces (1949); moderately easy works for piano students; 9:20




Kioku (originally Journeyings and Memories) (2001); orchestrations by the composer of eight of the nine piano pieces of A Japanese Miscellany; written for Sinfonia of the North Shore, North Vancouver, B.C.; 1(picc.)111/2100/perc./harp/strings; 24:00


Kyoto Landscapes (1970; rev. 1972); the composer’s impressions of Kyoto, Japan; commissioned by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra; solo soprano (in 4th mvt.)/3232/2200/timp./perc./harp/piano/strings; (Ms.); 32:00


Musica Serena (1974); commissioned by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on the sudden death of piccoloist Conrad Crocker; 1(picc.)/111/1000/strings; 9:00; accessible by intermediate level players as well as professional performers


Northumbrian Elegy, A (1977; rev. 2000); 11:00


Pacific Trilogy, A (1974); commissioned by the Vancouver Philharmonic Society, Paul Douglas, music director, with a grant from the Canada Council; (Ms.); 18:00


Sinfonia Lyrica (1958); commissioned by the Peninsula Music Festival, Ephraim, Wisconsin; dedicated to the memory of English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams; 2(picc.) 2 (Eng. Hn.) 2 bass 2/2210/perc (2 players)/timp/harp/strings; 22:00 (approx.)


Sinfonia Pastorale (1961); 1111/1110/perc./harp/strings; 18:00 (approx..)


Orchestra and Soloist


Autumnal Music (1973); English horn & orchestra; (Ms.); 15:00


Canciones de Amor, del Sur y del Mar; orchestrations of 6 songs from the composer’s voice and piano collection of the same name; text by Pablo Neruda (in Spanish); soprano solo/11(Eng.hn.)11/2000/harp/strings


Canticle (1978); see Choral


Colloquies for Flute and Orchestra (1996-7); two movements inspired by two of America’s greats, Homage to Howard Hanson, a tribute to one of Weisgarber’s teachers and Shenandoah ~ A Fantasia, a tribute to one of America’s most beautiful melodies; piano reduction also available for both movements; solo flute/0002/2000/harp/strings; 25:00


Concerto for Viola and Strings (1957); solo viola/strings; 15:40


Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (1974; rev. 1984); solo violin/2222/2000/strings; 20:00


Fantasia on “Down Ampney” (1996); a beautiful work inspired by the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams; solo flute/double string orchestra; 9:00


In Country Sleep (1962); orchestrated version of Weisgarber’s 1956 setting of Dylan Thomas’ poem of the same name; tenor soloist/1111/2000/timp./harp/strings; 18:00


Omnia Exeunt in Misterium (1993); orchestration of his 1981 settings of poetry by American poet George Sterling; soprano soloist/2(picc.)2(Eng. Hn.)2(bass)2 (contra)/4331/timp./perc./harp/strings; (Ms.); 22:00




Canciones de Amor, del Sur y del Mar (1999); soprano & piano; 15 settings of poems from Cien sonetos de amor by Pablo Neruda (in Spanish)


Continent’s End (1997); soprano & piano; setting of the poem by Robinson Jeffers; (9:00)


Divine Immanence (1996-7); settings of 2 poems by Robinson Jeffers (Gray Landmarks of an End & Tor House) (8:30)


Illusions of Mortality (1976); 8 settings of poems by Clive Simpson; (Ms.)


In Country Sleep (see Chamber Music and Orchestra and Soloist)


Irradiations: Eight Poems by John Gould Fletcher (1945-1952; rev. 1998); soprano & piano; 17:30


Of Love and Time (Ai to Toki ni tsuite) (1971); soprano, flute, oboe, violin, viola, cello & harpsichord (or harp or piano); settings of 4 sonnets by Shakespeare translated into Japanese by Tsubouchi Shoyo (in Japanese); commissioned by the Canada Council for the 1971 World Shakespeare Congress; (Ms.); 30:00


Omnia Exeunt in Misterium (1981); medium or high voice & piano; text by George Sterling; (Ms.); 22:00


Seven Poems by Robinson Jeffers (1973; rev. 1998); medium or high voice & piano; 20:00


Songs of Love and Nature (1997); 3 settings of poems by Thomas Hardy; (Ms.)


Ten Japanese Folk Songs (1981); medium - high voice & harp (or celtic harp or piano); 20:00


Ten Japanese Folk Songs (1991); revision of the above for medium - high voice & piano; 20:00


Vier Lieder (1995); settings of 4 poems by Rainer Maria Rilke (Herbst, An die Musik, Herbestag, Abend) (in German); (Ms.)

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