Donald Appert
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Northwest Triptych

(2009) approx. 21 minutes timp, str

set of parts:$105.00 (strings
extra parts, each:
$3.75string part
$3.00wind part
$2.50brass or timpani part

An orchestral suite in 3 movements. Inspirations for the outer lively movements came to the composer while in or traveling from conducting assignments in El Salvador and Italy, whereas the slow heartfelt inner movement is an homage to a member of his home orchestra who recently passed away from cancer.

1. Intrada (3:00)
2. The Keening Bell (13:00)
3. Riffs (5:20)

Chamber Orchestra


(1982) approx. 8 minutes - perc(2)*,str
* Perc.1: timpani, bells; Perc.2: bells, toms

Multiple chasms are represented - between people and each other, people and God, and specifically the separation between the composer and his family while he was away in doctoral studies. Influences for Chasm include Varese's Octandre and Medieval music. Two melodies are used in a somewhat Ivesian manner (fragmented and modified) - the hymn Be Thou My Vision, and Bach's Jesu, Meine Freude. A rather dissonant harmonization brings the work to its conclusion.


(1981) approx. 6:30 minutes - perc(1),str
* Perc: bells, toms, snare

The title connotes that life is like a prism - one sees many different reflections from many directions. It is based on a series of layered ostinati, and alternates between a fast 6/8 section and a slower chorale-like section. Premiered with the Odyssey Chamber Ensemble in Newport News, VA, it was also played by the University of Central Arkansas Symphony, the composer conducting. Scheduled for performance in December 2006 by the Adana Symphony (Turkey) and March 2007 with the Oradea State Philharmonic (Romania).
score: $22      parts: $34 (strings      each extra part: $1.50
String Orchestra

Nara Variations

(2007) approx. 15:15 minutes

Written for the Ashiya Chamber Orchestra of Japan (premiere in December 2007). More of a series of continuous variations, it's initial inspiration was the idea of the Japanese ritual known as the "three beat song". Other motifs include a "Nara walking tune" based on the composer's sojourns in Nara City, mixolydian and pentatonic scales, and various rhythmic devices, rock rhythms and syncopated 8-patterns.
score: $16      parts: $60 (strings, or specify any other combination of 20)      each extra part: $3.00

Elegy for Strings

(2001) approx. 11:15 minutes

Commissioned and premiered by the Ashiya Chamber Orchestra, this has also been performed multiple times in Europe including by the Slovak Symphony Orchestra in Kosice; this was an American Embassy sponsored concert memorializing 9/11 as part of a cultural exchange in September 2003.
score: $12      parts: $40 (strings, or specify any other combination of 20)      each extra part: $2.25

In the Similitude of a Dream

(1981) approx. 7:20 minutes

The title is taken from the subtitle of John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress. Its style is neo-romantic, with primary influences of Vaughan Williams and neo-classic Stravinsky, and is quite playable by high school aged string players. It has been performed all over the world from Japan to Australia to France.
score: $5      parts: $25 (strings, or specify any other combination of 20)      each extra part: $1.25

Thru a Glass Darkly

(1984) approx. 3:30 minutes

The title is from the Apostle Paul's comment in the book of First Corinthians (13:12). It was composed in response to the sudden death of the composer's stepmother. The Kansas City String Orchestra premiered it in 1985 under the direction of conductor Hugh Brown.