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The MP3 files contained here are provided to allow the many people who do not read music to listen to a broad selection of Ornstein's music. This material has been gleaned from a wide variety of sources. It varies greatly in the quality of both performance and sound (volume may also vary), but it is generally adequate to enable the listener to grasp the substance of the music. In a few cases, in order to further illuminate the music, works are represented by more than one performance.

Musicians who perform Ornstein works, particularly works not represented in this audio section, are requested to sumbit MP3 files for possible inclusion. Please email to Severo@Poonhill.com.

Although much of this audio is unavailable elsewhere, those works indicated by * may be found (in different performances) on the commercial CDs listed in the discography section of this website. Scores for most of these works may also be found in the website's Scores section.

There is no one-to-one correspondence between the audio items and items in the list of scores. Some of the scores are composites (sets of pieces such as the Waltzes, Flute Pieces, etc.) whereas the audio files are often (though not always) individual members of the set. Thus the Scores of the Waltzes are listed as S400, whereas the seventeen individual Waltzes are numbered S400 - S416. Note that identifying S numbers do not indicate chronological order in which works were composed. (See S-number categories in the Scores section of the website).

Three of these audio selections involve Ornstein himself at the piano. The first of these is a recording that was made at the time he completed S155 Tarantelle. You can hear him hesitate as he struggles to remember just what he'd written. The other two are recordings of working (composing) sessions made many years ago on an ancient reel-to-reel tape recorder in Ornstein's tiny studio in New Hampshire where he worked on a bad upright piano. The sound quality is dreadful, but these samples are included to give some insight into the way he worked. They were made during a period in which he tried using a tape recorder to capture ideas. Not surprisingly, searching for a desired segment turned out to be too difficult as it became thoroughly lost among the welter of material that got laid down. Often the tape was simply allowed to run while he worked, then it would be backed up and more things recorded on top of earlier material. The result is a montage of snatches of music, but it gives some insight into his inspirational style of composing. Among other things, you can hear him working on the material that eventually turned into S102 A Long Remembered Sorrow. You can also hear other ideas that were never finished. There is a considerable quantity of such material stored in the sound archives at Yale University.

Audio (MP3s)

    List Name

Length (min)

Size (MB)

Performer

Composing Session 1

10:49

12.4

Leo Ornstein

Composing Session 2

8:41

10

Leo Ornstein

S005 - Three Moods

9:20

10.7

William Westney

S006 - Suicide in an Airplane*

4:01

  4.6

Niek de Vente

S052 - Dwarf Suite

22:09

25.4

Dwight Peltzer

S054 - Wild Men's Dance*

2:38

  6.1

Marc-Andr� Hamelin

S054 - Wild Men's Dance*

2:59

  3.5

Niek de Vente

S056 - Impressions of Notre Dame

12:06

13.9

Jeanne Golan

S056 - Impressions of Notre Dame

8:31

  9.8

Niek de Vente

S060 - A la Chinoise*

5:07

  5.9

William Westney

S060 - A la Chinoise*

4:55

  5.7

Marthanne Verbit

S060 - A la Chinoise*

4:42

10.8

Marc-Andr� Hamelin

S060 - A la Chinoise*

5:02

  5.8

Niek de Vente

S061 - Poems of 1917

15:38

18

Robert Nasveld

S062 - Arabesque #1 L'Isle D'�l�phantine*

1:37

  1.9

Marthanne Verbit

S062 - Arabesque #2. Echo Primitif*

1:25

  1.7

Marthanne Verbit

S062 - Arabesque #3. M�lop�e des Pr�tres Hindous*

1:32

  1.8

Marthanne Verbit

S062 - Arabesque #4. Eaux Ombrag�es*

0:41

    .8

Marthanne Verbit

S062 - Arabesque #5. Paysage M�lancolique*

1:26

  1.7

Marthanne Verbit

S062 - Arabesque #6. Fresque Pomp�ienne*

0:58

  1.2

Marthanne Verbit

S062 - Arabesque #7. Passion*

0:23

    .5

Marthanne Verbit

S062 - Arabesque #8. Les Basoches*

0:32

    .6

Marthanne Verbit

S062 - Arabesque #9. Le Vent qui g�mit et rage*

1:21

  1.6

Marthanne Verbit

S067 - Water Color #2

1:39

  1.9

Severo Ornstein

S067 - Water Color #5

1:39

  1.9

Severo Ornstein

S072 - Nine Miniatures #2 Mazurka

1:04

  2.5

James Adler

S072 - Nine Miniatures #4 Humoresque

0:38

  1.5

James Adler

S072 - Nine Miniatures #8 Valse

1:31

  3.5

James Adler

S102 - A Long Remembered Sorrow*

4:03

  4.7

Severo Ornstein

S106 - A Morning In The Woods*

6:38

  7.7

Marthanne Verbit

S106 - A Morning In The Woods*

6:00

13.8

Sarah Cahill

S111 - A Rendezvous At The Lake

5:29

12.6

Sarah Cahill

S116 - Solitude

3:55

  9.1

Sarah Cahill

S154 - To a Grecian Urn

3:26

  4

Christopher Oldfather

S155 - Tarantelle*

4:11

  4.8

Leo Ornstein

S155 - Tarantelle*

4:30

  5.2

William Westney

S200 - Metaphor No. 1*

3:31

  8.1

Sarah Cahill

S202 - Metaphor No. 3*

5:18

  12.2

Sarah Cahill

S207 - Metaphor No. 8*

2:20

  5.4

Sarah Cahill

S208 - Metaphor No. 9*

4:09

  9.5

Sarah Cahill

S210 - Metaphor No. 11*

2:33

  5.9

Sarah Cahill

S215 - Metaphor No. 16*

4:37

  10.6

Sarah Cahill

S300 - Four Impromptus

17:03

19.6

Christopher Oldfather

S320 - Intermezzo #1

4:44

  5.5

Severo Ornstein

S350 - Legend #1 for Piano

4:07

  4.8

Jennifer Rinehart

S360 - Piano Sonata #4 1st mvt.*

4:36

  5.3

Marthanne Verbit

S360 - Piano Sonata #4 2nd mvt.*

4:19

  5

Marthanne Verbit

S360 - Piano Sonata #4 3rd mvt.*

3:24

  3.9

Marthanne Verbit

S360 - Piano Sonata #4 4th mvt.*

7:01

  8.1

Marthanne Verbit

S360 - Piano Sonata #4 complete*

19:59

22.9

William Westney

S362 - Piano Sonata #6 (single mvt.)

13:04

15

Marvin Tartak

S363 - Piano Sonata #7 1st mvt.*

5:48

13.3

Janice Weber

S363 - Piano Sonata #7 2nd mvt.*

4:12

  4.9

Janice Weber

S363 - Piano Sonata #7 3rd mvt.*

5:30

12.7

Janice Weber

S363 - Piano Sonata #7 complete*

20:55

24

Marvin Tartak

S364 - Piano Sonata #8*

28:40

65.7

Marc-Andr� Hamelin

S403 - Waltz #1

1:52

  4.3

Tra Nguyen

S403 - Waltz #4

2:32

  3

Severo Ornstein

S405 - Waltz #6

2:18

  5.3

Tra Nguyen

S406 - Waltz #7*

3:52

  4.5

Gloria Cheng

S409 - Waltz #10

2:53

  3.4

Severo Ornstein

S440 - Fantasy Piece #1

2:37

  3.1

Severo Ornstein

S600 - Nocturne for Clarinet and Piano

5:08

  5.9

Kathy Matasy & Steve Yenger

S601 - Hebraic Fantasy for Violin & Piano

4:34

  5.3

Caroline Campbell & Dmitriy Cogan

S602 - Prelude and Minuette in Antique Style (Flute/Clarinet)

7:29

  8.6

Barbara Chaffe and Marilyn Martella

S603 - Prelude for Flute and Piano

7:49

  9

Kate Steinbeck & Ren�e Winton

S604 - Intermezzo for Flute and Piano

4:41

  5.4

Jennifer Rinehart & Kathie Lynn

S605 - Poem for Flute and Piano

4:34

  5.3

Kate Steinbeck & Lori Lack

S605 - Poem for Flute and Piano

4:33

  5.3

Barbara Chaffe & Marvin Tartak

S606 - Viola Fantasy #1

6:00

  6.9

Patricia McCarty & Wm. Westney

S608 - String Quartet #2 1st mvt

16:04

18.4

Lydian Quartet

S608 - String Quartet #2 2nd mvt

8:48

10.1

Lydian Quartet

S608 - String Quartet #2 3rd mvt

10:01

11.5

Lydian Quartet

S609 - Ballade for Saxophone and Piano

3:40

  4.3

Michael Stillman & Severo Ornstein

S609 - Ballade for Saxophone and Piano

3:44

  4.3

Paul Cohen & Jennifer Rinehart

S610 - Piano Quintet 1st mvt.*

13:28

15.5

Westney, Stepner et al.

S610 - Piano Quintet 2nd mvt.*

9:45

11.2

Westney, Stepner et al.

S610 - Piano Quintet 3rd mvt.*

13:42

15.7

Westney, Stepner et al.

S611 - Six Preludes for 'Cello and Piano*

18:55

21.7

Taco Kooistra & Niek de Vente

S611 - Six Preludes for 'Cello and Piano*

22:52

26.2

Parry Karp & Howard Karp

S612 - 'Cello Sonata #1 1st mvt*

8:22

  9.6

Bonnie Hampton & NathanSchwartz

S612 - 'Cello Sonata #1 2nd mvt*

6:38

  7.6

Bonnie Hampton & NathanSchwartz

S612 - 'Cello Sonata #1 3rd mvt*

4:43

  5.5

Bonnie Hampton & NathanSchwartz

S612 - 'Cello Sonata #1 4th mvt*

7:20

  8.4

Bonnie Hampton & NathanSchwartz

S613 - 'Cello Sonata #2 (single mvt.)*

14:39

16.8

Eric Wilson & Patricia Hoy

S614 - Violin Sonata, Op 31*

14:09

16.3

Joan Berkhemmer & Robert Nasveld

S615 - String Quartet #3 1st mvt*

13:05

15

New Boston Quartet

S615 - String Quartet #3 2nd mvt*

14:38

16.8

New Boston Quartet

S615 - String Quartet #3 3rd mvt*

8:42

10

New Boston Quartet

S622 - Violin Sonata #1 Op 26 1st mvt*

4:35

5.3

Keith Kirchoff and Gabe Boyers

S622 - Violin Sonata #1 Op 26 2nd mvt*

5:21

6.2

Keith Kirchoff and Gabe Boyers

S622 - Violin Sonata #1 Op 26 3rd mvt*

3:11

3.7

Keith Kirchoff and Gabe Boyers

S622 - Violin Sonata #1 Op 26 4th mvt*

5:17

6.1

Keith Kirchoff and Gabe Boyers

S623 - Violin Sonata No. 3 Op Posth.*

10:31

12.1

Keith Kirchoff and Gabe Boyers

S821 - Nocturne for Orchestra

12:40

14.6

Louisville Symphony

S822 - Dance of the Fates

7:03

  8.1

Louisville Symphony

S824 - Piano Concerto (2 pianos) 1st mvt

17:01

19.5

Jeanne Golan & Christopher Oldfather

S824 - Piano Concerto (2 pianos) 2nd mvt

7:46

  9

Jeanne Golan & Christopher Oldfather

S824 - Piano Concerto (2 pianos) 3rd mvt

10:26

12

Jeanne Golan & Christopher Oldfather

S824 - Piano Concerto 1st mvt

16:51

19.3

Alan Feinberg

S824 - Piano Concerto 2nd mvt

8:08

  9.4

Alan Feinberg

S824 - Piano Concerto 3rd mvt.

9:55

11.4

Alan Feinberg

 

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