• About the Music

  • Carnegie Hall Commissions

    Since the inception of the commissioning program in the 1990-1991 season, Carnegie Hall has regularly commissioned new works, ranging from solos to large orchestral pieces, and also works for jazz band. In recent seasons, Carnegie Hall has commissioned a significant number of works and presented world premieres by Elliott Carter, David Del Tredici, Bill Frisell, Osvaldo Golijov, Michael Gordon, Brad Mehldau, Meredith Monk, André Previn, Kaija Saariaho, and Charles Wuorinen, among others.

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  • Although new and innovative work has long been a part of Carnegie Hall’s fabric—the world premieres of such now-standard works as Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony and Gershwin’s An American in Paris took place at the Hall—it was only recently that The Carnegie Hall Corporation actively began its own commissioning program. Carnegie Hall’s first two commissioned works were Leonard Bernstein’s Opening Prayer, premiered by the New York Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta in December 1986, and Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (commissioned jointly by Carnegie Hall, the Detroit Symphony, and the American Symphony Orchestra League) by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, which was premiered at Carnegie Hall in January 1987.

    In the 1990–1991 season, Carnegie Hall’s commissioning program was institutionalized through the Centennial Commissioning Project, a series of thirteen commemorative commissions honoring the Hall’s landmark hundredth season. Thirteen major composers, nine of them Americans, were matched with great artists to form a diverse array of premiere performances of works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, and voice.

    List of Commissions

    April 30, 2011   Steve Reich: WTC 9/11 (New York Premiere, co-commission)
    April 15, 2011   Christopher Rouse: String Quartet No. 3 (New York Premiere, co-commission)
    March 29, 2011   Mark Grey: Ātash Sorushān (Fire Angels) Original libretto by Niloufar Talebi (World Premiere, co-commission)
    March 12, 2011   Thomas Adès: The Four Quarters (World Premiere)
    March 11, 2011   Brad Mehldau: Rock 'n' Roll DancesNo. 3 & 4 (World Premiere)
    March 6, 2011   Jake Heggie: The Breaking Waves (World Premiere)
    February 19, 2011   Brad Mehldau: Love Songs (New York Premiere of expanded version)
    February 7, 2011   David Bruce: Steampunk (NY Premiere)
    December 14, 2010   Atsuhiko Gondai: Decathexis (US Premiere, co-commission with Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto)
    November 3, 2010   Stephen Hartke: Night Songs for a Desert Flower (New YorkPremiere, co-commission)
    October 12, 2010   Timothy Andres: Trade Winds (NY Premiere)
    March 25, 2010   Steven Mackey: It Is Time (World Premiere)
    March 19, 2010   Thomas Adès Lieux retrouvés (US Premiere, co-commission with Aldeburgh Festival, Wigmore Hall)
    March 17, 2010   Stephen Prutsman: Piano Lessons (US Premiere, co-commission)
    February 10, 2010   Thomas Ades: Three Mazurkas, Op. 27 (World Premiere, co-commission)
    January 29, 2010   Peter Lieberson: Remembering Schumann(New York Premiere, co-commission)
    November 21, 2009   Julia Wolfe: Steel Hammer (New York Premiere, co-commission with Bang on a Can)
    November 7, 2009   Angel Lam: Awakening from a Disappearing Garden(New York Premiere, co-commission)
    November 3, 2009   Various: A Chinese Home (World Premiere, co-commission)
    October 28, 2009   Chen Qigang: Er Huang(World Premiere)
    May 10, 2009   Jeremy Flower: Three Songs (World Premiere)
    May 10, 2009   Kate Soper: Helen Enfettered (World Premiere)
    May 10, 2009   Elena Langer: Songs at the Well (World Premiere)
    May 10, 2009   Judd Greenstein: Vayomer Shlomo (World Premiere)
    May 9, 2009   David T. Little: Scenes from Dog Days (World Premiere)
    May 9, 2009   Matti Kovler: Here Comes Messiah! (World Premiere)
    May 9, 2009   Paola Prestini: Oceanic Verses (World Premiere)
    May 9, 2009   Lev "Ljova" Zhurbin: Niña Dance (World Premiere)
    April 22, 2009   André Previn: Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello (World Premiere, co-commission with Anne Sophie Mutter)
    Mar 16, 2009   Laura Karpman: Ask Your Mama! (World Premiere)
    Mar 13, 2009   Nico Muhly: The Adulteress (World Premiere)
    Mar 8, 2009   Daniel Bernard Roumain: Five Chairs and One Table (World Premiere)
    Feb 11, 2009   Brad Mehldau: Love Songs (World Premiere)
    Dec 11, 2008   Elliott Carter: Interventions (New York Premiere, co-commission)
    Oct 30, 2008   Maya Beiser, Douglas Cuomo, Hamza El Din, Djivan Gasparyan, Jamey Haddad, Kayhan Kalhor, Raz Mesinai, Tamar Muskal, Simon Shaheen, Shane Shanahan, Shahrokh Yadegari, Evan Ziporyn: Provenance (New York Premiere, co-commission)
    Oct 23, 2008   David Bruce: Gumboots (World Premiere)
    May 4, 2008   Marc-Andre Dalbavie: Piano Trio No. 1 (World Premiere, co-commission)
    May 4, 2008   Jorg Widmann: XI Humoresken (World Premiere)
    May 1, 2008   Frederic Rzewski: Natural Things (New York Premiere, co-commission)
    Apr 17, 2008   Steve Reich: Double Sextet (New York Premiere, co-commission)
    Feb 28, 2008   John Adams: Son of Chamber (New York Premiere, co-commission)
    Feb 25, 2008   Matthias Pintscher: Osiris (New York Premiere, co-commission)
    Feb 22, 2008   Aviya Kopelman: Widows & Lovers (World Premiere, co-commission)
    Feb 22, 2008   Aleksandra Vrebalov: ... hold me, neighbor, in this storm ... (World Premiere, co-commission)
    Feb 16, 2008   John Adams: Doctor Atomic (New York Premiere, co-commission)
    Jun 17, 2007   Kaija Saariaho: Terra Memoria (World Premiere)
    Apr 20, 2007   Bright Sheng: Sweet May Again (New York Premiere, co-commission)
    Apr 15, 2007   Clarice Assad: Confessions (World Premiere)
    Apr 15, 2007   David Bruce: Piosenki (World Premiere)
    Apr 15, 2007   Ryan Carter: Doot (World Premiere)
    Apr 15, 2007   Angel Lam: Sun, Moon, and Star (World Premiere)
    Apr 14, 2007   Anna Clyne: Blush (World Premiere)
    Apr 14, 2007   Johannes Lauer: Scenes (World Premiere)
    Apr 14, 2007   Gyan Riley: The Wane of More (World Premiere)
    Apr 14, 2007   Michael Ward-Bergeman: Three Roads (World Premiere)
    Mar 18, 2007   Autechre/Dennis DeSantis: Cfern (arr. DeSantis) World Premiere)
    Mar 18, 2007   Stefan Freund: Paper Trails (World Premiere)
    Oct 22, 2006   Steve Reich: Daniel Variations (US Premiere, co-commission)
    Oct 15, 2006   Elliott Carter: In the Distances of Sleep (World Premiere)
    Sep 17, 2006   Christopher Adler: Music for a Royal Palace (World Premiere)
    Sep 17, 2006   Gabriela Lena Frank: Ritmos Anchinos (World Premiere)
    Sep 17, 2006   Kayhan Kalhor: The Silent City (World Premiere)
    Sep 16, 2006   Osvaldo Golijov: From Air to Air (World Premiere)
    Sep 16, 2006   Angel Lam: Empty Mountain, Spirit Rain (World Premiere)
    Sep 16, 2006   Evan Ziporyn: Sulvasutra (World Premiere)
    May 5, 2006   Elliott Carter: Intermittences (New York Premiere, co-commission)
    Apr 28, 2006   David Horne: String Quartet No.4 (World Premiere)
    Apr 7, 2006   Glenn Branca: Light Field (In Consonance) World Premiere)
    Apr 7, 2006   J.G. Thirlwell: Nomatophobis (World Premiere, co-commission)
    Apr 7, 2006   Unknown/Wu Man/Kronos Quartet/transc. Ljova: Early Chinese Music (arr. 2005) World Premiere, co-commission)
    Mar 24, 2006   Henryk Gorecki: Piesni Spiewaja ("...songs are sung"), String Quartet No.3, Op.67 (US Premiere, co-commission)
    Mar 14, 2006   Mack Wilberg: Introit (World Premiere)
    Mar 14, 2006   Mack Wilberg: Epilogue (World Premiere)
    Mar 9, 2006   Michael Gordon: All Vows (World Premiere)
    Feb 19, 2006   Chris Paul Harman: Preludio a rovescio (World Premiere)
    Feb 16, 2006   Wolfgang Rihm: Will Sound (World Premiere)
    Feb 2, 2006   Charles Wuorinen: Flying to Kahani (World Premiere)
    Jan 29, 2006   Bill Frisell: Probability Cloud (World Premiere, Carnegie Hall commission/New York Guitar Festival)
    Dec 4, 2005   Yi Chen: Ballade, Ji-Dong-Nuo (New York Premiere)
    May 15, 2005   Brad Mehldau: Songs from The Book of Hours: Love Poems to God (World Premiere)
    May 15, 2005   Brad Mehldau: Songs from The Blue Estuaries (World Premiere)
    Mar 15, 2005   David Del Tredici: Gotham Glory (World Premiere)
    Feb 5, 2005   Meredith Monk: Stringsongs (US Premiere, Carnegie Hall commission/The Barbican)
    Jan 20, 2005   Bent Sorensen: The Shadows of Silence (World Premiere)
    Jan 15, 2005   Wolfgang Amadeus/Levin, Robert Mozart: Mass in C min., K.427 (World Premiere)
    Oct 10, 2004   Lisa Bielawa: Hurry (World Premiere)
    Oct 10, 2004   Gabriela Lena Frank: Songs of Cifar and the Sweet Sea: Selections (World Premiere)
    Oct 10, 2004   Keeril Makan: Target (World Premiere)
    Oct 10, 2004   James Matheson: Songs of Desire, Love and Loss (World Premiere)
    Jun 2, 2004   Jeff Blumenkrantz: The Seven Deadly Sins: My Book ("Sloth") World Premiere)
    Jun 2, 2004   Stephen Flaherty: The Seven Deadly Sins: I Eat ("Gluttony") World Premiere)
    Jun 2, 2004   Ricky Ian Gordon: The Seven Deadly Sins: Can You Look Me in the Eyes? ("Envy") World Premiere)
    Jun 2, 2004   Jake Heggie: The Seven Deadly Sins: Blah, Blah, Me ("Vanity") World Premiere)
    Jun 2, 2004   Michael John LaChiusa: The Seven Deadly Sins: The Christian Thing to Do ("Anger") World Premiere)
    Jun 2, 2004   Steve Marzullo: The Seven Deadly Sins: Burning the Sauce ("Lust") World Premiere)
    Jun 2, 2004   John Pizzarelli: The Seven Deadly Sins: The Greedy Tadpole ("Greed") World Premiere)
    Apr 24, 2004   Steven Stucky: Sonate en forme de preludes (World Premiere)
    Apr 19, 2004   Marc-Andre Dalbavie: Axioms (World Premiere)
    Apr 12, 2004   Kaija Saariaho: Je sens un deuxieme coeur (World Premiere)
    Mar 31, 2004   Osvaldo Golijov: Ayre (World Premiere)
    Sep 10, 2003   John Corigliano: Shatter Me, Music (World Premiere)
    May 4, 2003   André Previn: String Quartet (with Soprano) (World Premiere)
    Mar 9, 2003   William Bolcom: Medusa (New York Premiere, Carnegie Hall commission/Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra)
    May 19, 2002   William Bolcom: Seventh Symphony: A Symphonic Concerto (World Premiere, Carnegie Hall commission/Metropolitan Opera)
    Feb 25, 2002   John Adams: American Berserk (World Premiere)
    Feb 3, 2002   Philip Glass: Symphony No. 6 "Plutonian Ode" (World Premiere, Carnegie Hall commission/Brucknerhaus Linz)
    Dec 6, 2001   Muhal Richard Abrams: Blues All Around Us (World Premiere)
    Dec 6, 2001   Peter/Foster, Frank Chatman: Every Day I Have the Blues (World Premiere of arrangement)
    Dec 6, 2001   Marvin Gaye/William Stevenson/Norm Whitfield/Dave Stryker: Pride and Joy (World Premiere of arr. by Stryker))
    Dec 6, 2001   Slide Hampton: The Blues Ain't Necessarily Bad (World Premiere)
    Dec 6, 2001   W.C. Handy/Michael Philip Mossman: St. Louis Blues (World Premiere of arrangement)
    Nov 1, 2001   Alberto Barretto/Michael Philip Mossman: Corazon rebelde (World Premiere of arrangement)
    Nov 1, 2001   Mario Bauza/Michael Philip Mossman: Mambo Inn (World Premiere of arrangement)
    Nov 1, 2001   Michael Philip Mossman: Mambo No.9-3/4 (World Premiere)
    Nov 1, 2001   Tito Puente/Michael Philip Mossman: Ran kan kan (World Premiere of arrangement)
    Nov 1, 2001   Tito Puente/Michael Philip Mossman: Oye Como Va (World Premiere of arrangement)
    May 21, 2001   Nick Scarim: A Simply Melody (World Premiere, Carnegie Hall commission (for LinkUP!)
    Nov 18, 2000   Mauricio Kagel: Kidnapping in the Concert Hall ("Entfuehrung im Konzertsaal") US Premiere, Carnegie Hall commission/ECHO)
    Sep 24, 2000   Joseph Turrin: West Side Story Suite for Brass Ensemble (World Premiere)
    Mar 28, 2000   Brian Ferneyhough: The Doctrine of Similarity (World Premiere)
    Mar 22, 2000   Judith Weir: woman.life.song (World Premiere)
    Mar 15, 2000   John Corigliano: Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan (World Premiere)
    Mar 13, 2000   George Benjamin: Palimpsest (US Premiere, co-commissioned with Edinburgh International Festival, Internationale Festwochen Luzern, Koelner Philharmonie, London Symphony Orchestra, Societe Philharmonique de Bruxelles and Bruxelles 2000, "Les Symphoniques" Paris, Konzerthaus Wien, Salzburger Festspiele, Teatro Lir)
    Mar 12, 2000   Olga Neuwirth: Clinamen/Nodus (US Premiere, co-commissioned with Edinburgh International Festival, Internationale Festwochen Luzern, Koelner Philharmonie, London Symphony Orchestra, Societe Philharmonique de Bruxelles and Bruxelles 2000, "Les Symphoniques" Paris, Konzerthaus Wien, Salzburger Festspiele)
    Mar 11, 2000   Salvatore Sciarrino: Recitativo Oscuro (US Premiere, co-commissioned with De Singel Antwerp, the Edinburgh International Festival, Koelner Philharmonie, and London Symphony Orchestra)
    Mar 10, 2000   Peter Eotvos: zeroPoints (US Premiere, co-commissioned with Edinburgh International Festival, Internationale Festwochen Luzern, Koelner Philharmonie, London Symphony Orchestra, Societe Philharmonique de Bruxelles and Bruxelles 2000, "Les Symphoniques" Paris)
    Mar 2, 2000   Louis Andriessen: Image de Moreau (World Premiere, Carnegie Hall commission (Millennium Piano Book)
    Mar 2, 2000   Milton Babbitt: The Old Order Changeth (World Premiere, Carnegie Hall commission (Millennium Piano Book)
    Mar 2, 2000   Elliott Carter: Two Diversions (World Premiere, Carnegie Hall commission (Millennium Piano Book)
    Mar 2, 2000   Hannibal: John Brown and Blue (World Premiere, Carnegie Hall commission (Millennium Piano Book)
    Mar 2, 2000   John Harbison: On An Unwritten Letter (World Premiere, Carnegie Hall commission (Millennium Piano Book)
    Mar 2, 2000   Wolfgang Rihm: Zwiesprache (World Premiere, Carnegie Hall commission (Millennium Piano Book)
    Mar 2, 2000   Frederic Rzewski: The Days Fly By (World Premiere, Carnegie Hall commission (Millennium Piano Book)
    Mar 2, 2000   Dun (Tan Dun) Tan: Dew-Fall-Drops (World Premiere, Carnegie Hall commission (Millennium Piano Book)
    Mar 2, 2000   Chen Yi: Ba Ban (World Premiere, Carnegie Hall commission (Millennium Piano Book)
    Mar 2, 2000   Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Lament (World Premiere, Carnegie Hall commission (Millennium Piano Book)
    Feb 27, 2000   Laurie Anderson: Songs for A.E. (World Premiere)
    Apr 12, 1999   Jason Eckardt: A Glimpse Retraced (World Premiere)
    Apr 12, 1999   Michael Hersch: Piano Quartet (World Premiere)
    Apr 12, 1999   Gary Powell Nash: Brass Magnolia Suite (World Premiere)
    Apr 12, 1999   Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez: Luciernagas (World Premiere)
    Dec 2, 1998   Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: String Quartet No.2 (World Premiere)
    Mar 26, 1998   Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Concerto for Violin (World Premiere)
    Mar 22, 1997   Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Peanuts Gallery (World Premiere)
    Feb 20, 1997   Bright Sheng: Spring Dreams (New York Premiere)
    Apr 30, 1995   Yehudi Wyner: Lyric Harmony (World Premiere)
    Apr 13, 1993   George Perle: Adagio for Orchestra (World Premiere)
    Jan 5, 1992   Andre Previn: Honey and Rue (World Premiere)
    May 5, 1991   Joan Tower: Third Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman (World Premiere)
    May 2, 1991   Alfred Schnittke: Concerto Grosso No.5 for Violin, Piano and Orchestra (World Premiere)
    Apr 19, 1991   Maury Yeston: December Songs (World Premiere)
    Apr 15, 1991   Michael Tippett: Byzantium (New York Premiere, Carnegie Hall commission & Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
    Mar 26, 1991   William Bolcom: I Will Breathe a Mountain (World Premiere)
    Mar 18, 1991   Bernard Rands: Ceremonial 3 (World Premiere)
    Mar 15, 1991   Malcolm Arnold: Fantasy for Recorder and String Quartet (World Premiere)
    Feb 8, 1991   Ned Rorem: Spring Music (Trio in Five Movements) World Premiere)
    Feb 4, 1991   Terry Riley: The Jade Palace Orchestral Dances (World Premiere)
    Feb 3, 1991   Anthony Davis: Sonata for Violin and Piano (World Premiere)
    Feb 1, 1991   George Rochberg: Muse of Fire (World Premiere)
    Oct 19, 1990   Toru Takemitsu: From Me Flows What You Call Time (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall for the Boston Symphony Orchestra)
    Sep 27, 1990   Steven Stucky: Angelus (World Premiere, Carnegie Hall commission & Los Angeles Philharmonic)
    Apr 25, 1989   David Lang: Dope Beat (World Premiere)
    Feb 18, 1987   Lukas Foss: Tashi (New York Premiere, co-commissioned with Kennedy Center, & UCLA)
    Jan 30, 1987   Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (New York Premiere, co-commissioned with Detroit Symphony, & ASOL)
    Dec 15, 1986   Leonard Bernstein: Opening Prayer (World Premiere)