John Tartaglia (b. 1932), formerly a violist with the Minnesota Orchestra, retired in 1999. Prior to joining the Orchestra in 1968, he performed with resident string ensembles and orchestras in Tampa, Syracuse, and the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra. For many years he was an affiliated faculty member of the University of Minnesota, and, with a leave of absence from the Minnesota Orchestra in 1981-82, he taught viola at the Oberlin Conservatory. He has written several works for small ensembles, among them Wave Functions for String Trio (four vignettes about the new[quantum] physics). Several works have been premiered by the Minnesota Orchestra: Le Chat Noir: Divertimento for Three Bassoons and Orchestra; Fanfare Beethoveniana; and Improvisations for Double Bass and Chamber Orchestra.


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Capriccio

Viola and Cello; 6:45

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Sample Recording by Thomas Turner and William Schrickel

Dance Steps

Violin, Viola and Cello
For Marilyn Zupnik; 1994

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Dreamcatcher

Solo flute with full orchestra or with piano reduction; 6:00
2006

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Sample Recording by Adam Kuenzel (flute), Nicole Christopher (harp) and the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra

Due Stagioni

String quartet; 9:45
1981

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No. 1 - L'Autunno


No. 2 - L'Estate

Epiphania

Brass Ensemble; 4:00
2003

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Sample Recording by the brass of the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra

Fantasia for Viola and Double Bass on Themes of Marin Marais

Viola and Double Bass; 11:00
for William Schrickel; 1984

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Sample Recording by Thomas Turner and William Schrickel

Homage á Shostakovich

Flute and Viola; 7:00
1980

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Sample Recording by Sid Zeitlin and John Tartaglia

Inventa Diaboli

Viola and Cello; 13:00
1990

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Sample Recording by Cynthia Phelps and Janet Horvath

L'Isola d'Incanto

Piano; 3:00
2005

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My Life Closed Twice

Mezzo-soprano and piano
Text by Emily Dickinson
2000

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On Hearing the First Cardinal in Spring

Piano
2010

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Pavane for Strings and Harp

String Quintet and Harp; 5:15
2003

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Sample Recording by Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra under William Schrickel

Primavera

Oboe and Viola
1999

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Reflections on a Chorale of Bach

Full Orchestra; 6:30
for Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra; 2002

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Sample Recording by the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra under William Schrickel

Trio in One Movement

String Trio; 8:30
1982

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Sample Recording by Julie Ayer, John Tartaglia, and Sachiya Isomura

Vocalise (arr. of Rachmaninoff Op. 34, No. 14)

String Quartet
for Chou Hei Min; 2007

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Wave Functions

String Trio; 22:00
1994

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No. 1 - The Dancing Wu-Li


No. 2 - Bell's Theorem


No. 3 - Schrödinger's Cat


No. 4 - Surely...Mr. Feynman

Winter Reverie

Piano; 3:00
2014

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