Media Works

MultiMedia Works

Music of Morton Subotnick

Electronic Works

Four Butterflies [1973]
6-18 Minutes 
Commissioned by Columbia Records 

Gestures: It Starts With Colors [1999-2000]
15 Minutes 

Return [1984] 
33 Minutes 
Commissioned in honor of Halley's Comet 
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Sidewinder [1971]
30 Minutes 
Commissioned by Columbia Records 
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Silver Apples of the Moon [1967]
30 Minutes 
Commissioned by Nonesuch Records 
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A Sky of Cloudless Sulphur [1978]
15 Minutes 
Commissioned by the J.B. Lansing Speaker Company 
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Touch [1969]
30 Minutes 
Commissioned by Columbia Records 
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Until Spring [1975]
30 Minutes 
Commissioned by Columbia Records 

The Wild Bull [1968]
30 Minutes 
Commissioned by Nonesuch Records 
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Until Spring Revisited [____]
v.1 for Computer Alone
v.2 for Computer and Live Video
50 Minutes 

Multimedia Works

The Double Life of Amphibians [1984]
90 Minutes 
Chamber Orchestra, Two Male Singers, One Female Singer, Dancer, Electronics.  Premiered at the Los Angeles Olympic Arts Festival, 1984, Lee Brewer, Director, Irving Petlin, Designer. 

Hungers [1986]
90 Minutes 
For Keyboard, Mallets, Cello, Voice, Female Balanese dancer, Video, Lights, and Computer 
Commissioned by the Los Angeles Festival and the Linz Ars Electronica Festival.  Premiered at the Los Angeles Festival, 1986. 

Intimate Immensity [1997]
A Media Poem [Interactive Technology]
80 minutes
Two, disclaviers, Two singers, Balinese Dancer and interactively controlled laserdiscs, computer sound and lights. 
world premirer at Lincoln center Festival 
Summer 1997 

Mandolin [1961-63]
14 Minutes 
For Viola, Tape, and 16mm Film 
Premiered at the San Francisco Tape Music Center in October, 1963. 

Play! No. 3 [1965]
2 Minutes 
For Pianist/Mime, Tape, and 16mm Film by Tony Martin 
Commissioned by Leonard Stein, and premiered by him at the Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, California in March, 1965. 

Play! No. 4 [1965]
17 Minutes 
For soprano, vibraphone, Cello, 4 "Game Players", 
2 "Game conductors" and two 16mm Films by Tony Martin 
Premiered at the University of Washington, Seattle, supervised by the composer, Spring, 1965. 


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Making Music: a children's composing program.[ages 3-7]

Hearing Music: a children's composing program.[ages 7-12]

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Before the Butterfly  [1975] 
20 Minutes 
for Orchestra and 7 Amplified Instruments 
Soloists: Trumpet, Trombone, Percussion, Harp, Violin, Viola, Cello 
2222-3221; Timp; Perc (3); Cel; Strings 
A Bicentennial Commission by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Boston Symphony Orchestra.  Premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic in April 1976 conducted by Zubin Mehta. 

Place  [1979]
20 Minutes 
3333-5331; Timp; Perc (3); Harp; Celeste; Mandolin; Strings 
Commissioned and premiered by the Oregon Symphony, Portland, 
in March, 1979 conducted by Lawrence Smith. 

Two Butterflies  [1974]
14 Minutes 
for Amplified Orchestra 
1232-3301; Timp; Perc (solo and tutti); Harp; Strings 
Commissioned by the NEA for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, 
premiered on April 17, 1975 conducted by Zubin Mehta. 

In Two Worlds (Saxophone Concerto)  [1987] 
35 Minutes 
for Soloist doubling on Yamaha WX7 Computerized Wind Controller and Alto Saxophone, with Chamber Orchestra and Computer 
Premiered by the Electric Orchestra conducted by Richard Gonsky 
with John Sampen, soloist, January 1988, Cambridge, England. 

A Desert Flowers [1989]
25 Minutes 
for Orchestra and Computer 
1011-1111; Marimba; Perc (1); Piano; Strings 
(or amplified solo strings) 

Axolotl [1982]
17 Minutes 
Version for Solo Cello, an Electronic Ghost Score, 
and Chamber Orchestra 
1020-0020; Perc (2); Harp; Piano; 8 Cellos; 4 Basses 
Premiered at the Monday Evening Concerts, 
Los Angeles, on February 15, 1982. 


A Fluttering of Wings [1981]
For String Quartet with or without an Electronic Ghost Score 
 25 Minutes 
Commissioned by the NEA for the Juilliard String Quartet. 
Premiered at the Library of Congress on October 14, 1982. 

An Arsenal of Defense [1982]
Solo Viola and Electronic Ghost Score
15 Minutes 
Commissioned and premiered by John Graham on November 7, 1982 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 

And the Butterflies Begin to Sing [1988]
Chamber Ensemble and Computer 
35 Minutes 
2 Vn, Va, Vc, DB, MIDI keyboard, Computer 
Commissioned by the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. 
First performance July 31, 1988 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 
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After the Butterfly [1979] 
For Trumpet, Electronic Ghost Score, and 7 Players 
2 Cl, 2 Tbn, 2 Vc, Perc. 
Commissioned by Mario Guarneri, premiered at the 
Monday Evening Concerts, Los Angeles, in October, 1979. 

All My Hummingbirds Have Alibis [1991] 
Chamber Ensemble and Computer  
29 Minutes
Fl, Vlc, MIDI keyboard, MIDI mallets, Computer 
Commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Presented as a ballet by the National Ballet of Canada with choreography by John Alleyne.
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Ascent Into Air [1981]
Chamber Ensemble and Computer 
26 Minutes 
2 Vc, Cl, Bass Cl, Tbn, Bass Tbn, 4 Percs, 2 Pfs, Computer. 
Commissioned by Mme. Pierre Schlumberger, Centre Georges Pompidou, and premiered by the Ensemble Intercontemporain conducted by Peter Eotvos at IRCAM in Paris, January 18-21, 1982. 

Axolotl [1982]
Version for Solo Cello and Electronic Ghost Score 
17 Minutes 
Commissioned and premiered by Joel Krosnick 
at the Library of Congress on February 13, 1981. 

Echoes from the Silent Call of Girona [1998]
25 Minutes 
for String Quartet and CDROM 
commissioned for the: 
Southwest Chamber Music 
Blair String Quartet 
Chester String Quartet 
Montclaire String Quartet 
Premiered at Zipper Hall in Los Angeles, Oct. '98 

The First Dream of Light [1980]
Tuba and Electronic Ghost Score
18 Minutes 
Commissioned by Roger Bobo.  Premiered at the Los Angeles 
Philharmonic Composer's Choice Series in February, 1980. 

Jacob's Room [1986]
24 Minutes
Chamber Opera
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The Key to Songs [1985]
 2 Pianos, 2 Percs (mallet insts.), Va, Vc, Electronic Sounds
25 Minutes 
All instruments amplified. 
Commissioned by the Fromm Foundation. 
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The Last Dream of the Beast [1979] 
Soprano, cello section, tape and ghost electronics 
17 Minutes 
An aria from The Double Life of Amphibians  

Liquid Strata [1977]
for Piano and Electronic Ghost Score
27 Minutes 
Commissioned and premiered by Ralph Grierson 
at the Ojai Festival in May, 1977. 

Passages of the Beast [1978] 
For Clarinet and Electronic Ghost Score 
18 Minutes 
Commissioned by the International Clarinet Society.  

Parallel Lines [1978]
For Piccolo, Electronic Ghost Score, and 9 Players 
Ob/E.H., Cl/Bass Cl, Tpt, Tbn, Harp, Perc (2), Va, Vc 
16 Minutes 
Commissioned by Lawrence Trott and the International Piccolo 
Society.  Premiered at the Contemporary Music Festival, 
Valencia, California, in March, 1979. 
and premiered by Ramon Kireilis at the 
International Clarinet Congress, Toronto, in June, 1978. 

Ten [1963, revised 1976]
Fl, Ob, Tpt, Tbn, Perc (3), Pf, Va, DB 
12 Minutes 
Premiered at the San Francisco Tape Music Center 
in November, 1963 conducted by the composer. 

Trembling [1983]
For Violin, Piano, Tape, and Electronic Ghost Score 
17 Minutes 
Commissioned by The Library of Congress. 

Two Life Histories [1977]
For Clarinet, Male voice and an Electronic Ghost Score 
24 Minutes 
Text: Greek mythology and Old Testament 
Premiered by Marvin Hayes (voice) with the composer (cl.) 
at the Theater Vanguard, Los Angeles, in April, 1977. 

The Wild Beasts [1978]
For Trombone, Piano, and Electronic Ghost Score
30 Minutes 
Commissioned by Miles Anderson.  Premiered by Miles Anderson and Virko Baley at the Contemporary Music Festival, 
Valencia, California in March, 1978. 

Release [____]
For Violin, Clarinet, Cello, Piano, and Surround Sound Electronics
40 Minutes 

Breath [____]
For Voice and Electronics
15 Minutes 

The Other Piano [____]
v.1 for Solo Piano
v.2 for Piano and Live DSP
45 Minutes