Udo Kasemets

WORKS FOR THE STAGE

Musical and/or drama and/or dance works for stage

  • Duchampera
    music theatre piece
    1987
    90'
    any number of voices, any number of speakers, any number of actors, piano, ensemble of glass instruments, chess players
    Text: Udo Kasemets after Marcel Duchamp
    Fp: July 28, 1987; Music Gallery, Toronto, Canada
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Lugu kolmest õest (Story of the Three Sisters), Op. 9
    Music for Mahta Söödor's play
    1947
    soloists, choir, orchestra

WORKS FOR ORCHESTRA

Works for symphony orchestra

  • 777
    Seven Hundred And Seventy Seven Pulses in Seventy Parts on Seven Times Seven Harmonics
    1998
    13'
    symphony orchestra: 3221, saxophone, 2221, 3, harp, piano, strings
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Preludio sinfonico, Op. 23
    1950
    symphony orchestra

Works for chamber orchestra

  • Requiem renga
    For the victims of wars and violence of our time
    1992
    41'
    chamber orchestra: percussion (2), strings
    Commissioned by: Chamber Players of Toronto
    CD „Udo Kasemets. Requiem Renga; Palestrina on Devil's Staircase; The Eight Houses of I Ching“, Koch International Classics (1994); Lyra Borealis Ensemble, conductor Paavo Järvi
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Sinfonietta
    1959
    14'
    chamber orchestra: 1111, 2110, strings
    Publisher: Berandol Music Ltd
  • Estonian Suite
    4 miniatures to Estonian folk-tunes
    1950
    chamber orchestra

Works for string orchestra

  • For Paavo Järvi
    1. Waterhouse
    2. Mountainhouse
    3. Thunderhouse
    4. Windhouse
    5. Firehouse
    6. Earthhouse
    7. Lakehouse
    7. Heavenhouse

    1993
    25'
    string orchestra
    CD „Udo Kasemets. Requiem Renga; Palestrina on Devil's Staircase; The Eight Houses of I Ching“, Koch International Classics (1994); Lyra Borealis Ensemble, conductor Paavo Järvi
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Recitative and Rondino, Op. 36
    on songs of the Copper Eskimos
    1954
    8'
    string orchestra
    Publisher: Berandol Music Ltd

WORKS FOR SOLO INSTRUMENT(S) AND ORCHESTRA

Works for violin and orchestra

  • Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 41
    1. Toccata
    2. Elegy
    3. Chaconne

    1957
    26'
    solo violin, symphony orchestra: 3333, 4331, 1+1, strings
    Publisher: Berandol Music Ltd

Works for two or more soloists and orchestra

  • Passacaglia
    1959
    10'
    solo flute, solo violin, symphony orchestra: 1222, 0330, 1+1, strings
    Commissioned by: Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra
    Publisher: Berandol Music Ltd

WORKS FOR ENSEMBLE

Duos

  • Vertical Music
    in remembrance of Morton Feldman
    1988
    piano in four hands
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Christmas Carols
    1. What Child Is This?
    2. Good Christian Men Rejoice
    3. Deck the Halls
    4. O Little Town of Bethlehem
    5. Jeanette, Isabella
    6. God Rest You Merry Gentlemen
    7. Silent Night
    8. The First Nowell
    9. The Holly and the Ivy
    10. Susanni
    11. Joy to the World
    12. Good King Wenceslas
    13. Coventry Carol
    14. Angels and Shepherds
    15. Adeste Fideles
    16. The Huron Carol
    17. Away in a Manger
    18. Czech Carol

    1965
    10'
    soprano recorder, piano
    Publisher: Berandol Music Ltd
  • 1+1
    Twelve Easy Duets for Two Recorders
    1. London Bridge
    2. Ladybird
    3. Twinkle, Twinkle
    4. One, Two, Three
    5. Three Blind Mice
    6. Little Jack Horner
    7. Ten Little Indians
    8. Mary Had a Little Lamb
    9. Old MacDonald
    10. Polly-Wolly-Doodle
    11. Early One Morning
    12. Au Clair De La Lune

    1964
    2 recorders (SS or SA)
    Publisher: Berandol Music Ltd
  • 5√5 (Fifth Root of Five)
    1963
    8'
    two pianos with percussion played by the pianists
    Publisher: Berandol Music Ltd
  • Squares
    1962
    4'
    piano in four hands
    Publisher: Berandol Music Ltd
  • Logos
    1960
    flute, piano
  • Ecclesiastical suite, Op. 44
    Kyrie
    Chorale „Mit Fried und Freud“
    Spiritual „He never Said a Mumblin’ Word“

    1955
    viola da gamba and harpsichord, or violoncello and piano
  • Recitative and Fugue, Op. 41a
    1955
    8'
    2 cellos
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Capricious pastorale, Op. 29 No. 1
    1952
    clarinet, piano
  • Duo, Op. 22 No. 1
    1950
    flute, clarinet
  • Concert Music for Solo Clarinet, Op. 14, No. 1 [Kontsertmuusika sooloklarnetile op. 14 nr. 1]
    1948–1949
    clarinet, piano
  • Sonaat in e, Op. 10
    1948
    violin, piano

Trios

  • 1995
    24'
    3 pianos
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Trio for Strings, Op. 33
    Metamorphoses on an Estonian folk-tune
    1953–1954
    violin, viola, cello
    Fp: 1956
    Publisher: New York Independent Music Publishers

Quartets

  • Hexagram 16
    A Yi Jing Jitterbug Pianoctet
    1989
    two pianos (four pianists, eight hands)
  • Sonata concertante, Op. 50
    I Lento, allegro vigorosos
    II  Molto adagio
    III Allegro rustico

    1957
    piano, violin, viola, cello
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre

String quartets

  • 2008
    15’–20’
    string quartet
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Two JOYanCEs
    Composed for the Madawaska Quartet
    I the problem of the Quadrature of the Circle
    II the Tetraktys of the 10 Hundredlettered words of perfect language

    2002
    string quartet
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • The Eight Houses of the I Ching
    1. Waterhouse
    2. Mountainhouse
    3. Thunderhouse
    4. Windhouse
    5. Firehouse
    6. Earthhouse
    7. Lakehouse
    7. Heavenhouse

    1990
    25'
    string quartet
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • First String Quartet, Op. 45
    1956–1957
    string quartet

Quintets

  • 1995
    five harps and/or marimbas and/or keyboards
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre

Wind quintets

  • Koch curves
    1992
    wind quintet
  • Wind Quintet, Op. 48
    1957
    8'
    wind quintet
    Publisher: Berandol Music Ltd

Sextets

  • Quantumechanical Duologues
    2003
    clarinet, trumpet, violin, double bass, piano, percussion
    Fp: Arraymusic; November 29, 2003, The Music Gallery, Toronto,Canada
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre

Septets

  • Piece for Peace
    Sonetinas with Toward Peace
    2003
    instrumental ensemble
    Fp: Arraymusic; November 29, 2003, The Music Gallery, Toronto, Canada
  • Portrait
    Music of the twelve moons of the I Ching. The Fifth Moon
    1988
    gamelan ensemble (7 musicians)
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre

Works for large ensemble (8+)

  • 1995
    five harps and/or marimbas and/or keyboards
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre

WORKS FOR SOLO INSTRUMENT

Works for clarinet

  • Portrait
    Music of the Twelve Moons of the I Ching. The Fourth Moon
    Written for Robert Stevenson
    1988
    clarinet
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre

Works for percussion

  • Calendaround
    Rixax
    2001
    percussion, video
    Fp: Arraymusic; November 29, 2003, The Music Gallery, Toronto, Canada
  • Portrait
    Music of the Twelve Moons of the I Ching. The Third Moon
    Written for Beverly Johnston
    1988
    percussion
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Vertical Taps for Morty
    1987
    snare drum
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre

Works for violin

  • a string theory for solo violin
    For Malcolm Goldstein
    2004
    Kestus varieerub / Flexible duration
    violin
  • Calendar Round
    Malcgolmdstein
    1990
    violin
    Text: Words from the Mayan calendar
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre

Works for cello

  • Portrait
    Music of the Twelve Moons of the I Ching. The Second Moon
    Written for Richard Armin
    1988
    amplified cello (RAAD cello)
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Sonata da camera, Op. 40
    1955
    cello

Works for piano

  • Skyscape
    of the 88 constellations; as represented by the 88 keys of the pianoforte
    2007
    piano
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Two-ludes
    2006
    20'
    piano
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • 2002
    10'
    piano
  • Chronologue
    1999
    Kestus varieerub / Flexible duration
    piano
  • Mus(ost)ic for Barbara
    For Barbara Pritchard
    1997
    piano
  • Stanstars
    1997
    Kestus varieerub / Flexible duration
    piano
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • 80 Flowers
    80 separate piano pieces for the 80 poems by Louis Zukofsky
    1996
    Kestus varieerub / Flexible duration
    piano, multimedia installation (slides)
    Fp: Udo Kasemets (piano); January  7, 1996 Music Gallery, Toronto
  • 3/7 D'un Morceau en Forme de Poire
    1995
    3'
    piano
    CD „Pythagoras tree. Udo Kasemets. Works for Piano“, Hat Hut (1998); Stephen Clarke (piano)
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Feigenbaum Cascades
    1995
    15'
    piano
    CD „Pythagoras tree. Udo Kasemets. Works for Piano“, Hat Hut (1998); Stephen Clarke (piano)
  • Music of the First Eleven Primes
    1995
    4'
    piano
    CD „Pythagoras tree. Udo Kasemets. Works for Piano“, Hat Hut (1998); Stephen Clarke (piano)
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Pythagoras Tree
    For Stephen Clarke
    1994
    15'
    piano
    CD „Pythagoras tree. Udo Kasemets. Works for Piano“, Hat Hut (1998); Stephen Clarke (piano)
  • 1986
    17'
    piano
    Commissioned by: Ivar Mikhashoff
    CD „Pythagoras tree. Udo Kasemets. Works for Piano“, Hat Hut (1998); Stephen Clarke (piano)
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Portrait
    Music of the Twelve Moons of the I Ching. The Sixth Moon
    Written for Gordon Monahan
    1969
    piano
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Trigon
    Realization for solo piano
    1965
    piano
  • 1+1
    Volume 2: 20 Piano Studies for Beginners
    1964
    piano
    Publisher: Berandol Music Ltd
  • 1+1
    Volume 2: 10 Piano Pieces on Well-known Songs
    1. London Bridge
    2. Ladybird
    3. Twinkle, Twinkle
    4. One, Two, Three
    5. Little Jack Horner
    6. Three Blind Mice
    7. Mary Had a Little Lamb
    8. Old MacDonald
    9. Polly-Wolly-Doodle
    10. Au clair de la lune

    1960–1964
    piano
    CD-l "Canadian compositions for young pianists. Compositions canadiennes pour jeunes pianistes", Studea Musica (2000); Elaine Keillor (piano) (only "Old MacDonald" and "Au clair de la lune")
    Publisher: Berandol Music Ltd
  • Two Fancies for Fingerboard
    Dedicated to Tõnu Kalam
    1. Little Goat's Song
    2. Dance of Two Goats

    1959
    piano
  • Meditations to 12-tone-serial, rhytmical and metrical questions
    1. Andante commodo
    2. Con spirito
    3. Deciso
    4. Presto
    5. Grave
    6. Giocoso

    1952
    piano
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Piano sonata, Op. 24, No. 1
    1951
    piano
  • Concert Music for Piano [Kontsertmuusika klaverile]
    Sonatina No. 2, Op. 14, No. 2
    1948–1949
    piano
  • piano
    Fp: Stephen Clarke (piano); 14.03.2008, The Music Room, Hart House, University of Toronto, Canada
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre

Works for accordion

  • Satan’s Swing
    1993
    accordion
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre

Works for other instrument

  • Portrait
    Music of the Twelve Moons of the I Ching: The First Moon
    1988
    columbine and amaranth (invented instruments)

VOCAL AND CHORAL MUSIC

Works for mixed choir and orchestra

  • Serenata Dolorosa
    1952
    alto, mixed choir, strings, piano
    Text: Jyri Kork, Kalju Lepik, Karl Rumor
    Fp: conductor Olav Roots; March 1952, Stockholm, Sweden

Works for mixed choir and instrument(s)

  • Suur on, jumal, su ramm, Op. 11 (God, Great is Thy Power)
    cantata
    1948
    tenor, mixed choir, organ
    Text: Friedrich Robert Faehlmann
  • Koldeviisid (Hearth Songs), Op. 21
    series of Estonian folksongs
    1. Laulu mõju
    2. Orjalaul
    3. Muhulane
    4. Vaeslapse laul
    5. Poiste kutse
    6. Targa rehealune
    7. Pulmalaul

    youth choir (SAB), solo voice, piano
    Text: folklore
    CD „Lumen tuum“, Female Choir of Estonian Choral Conductors (2012); Female Choir of Estonian Choral Conductors, conductors Andrus Siimon, Õnne-Ann Roosvee (only "Targa rehealune")

Works for female choir and instrument(s)

  • Vahimees (Watchman)
    cantata
    1949
    tenor, female choir, 2 pianos
    Text: Henrik Visnapuu
    Fp: Runo Choirs, conductor Udo Kasemets; December 10, 1949, Geislingen, Germany

Works for voice(s) and orchestra

  • Poetic Suite, Op. 37
    1. The Goddess (rondo)
    2. The World (interlude)
    3. Passion (passacaglia)

    1954
    20'
    voice, piano, string orchestra
    Text: Kathleen Raine
    Publisher: Berandol Music Ltd
  • Visions, Op. 31
    I Variations
    II Danse macabre (fugue)
    III Song of the desert (epilogue)

    1953
    35'
    narrator, chamber orchestra: 2220, 0000, 2, piano/celesta, strings
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre

Works for voice(s) and instrument(s)

  • Reading John Cage
    A musical projection of the poem of Octavio Paz
    For Susan Layard
    1994
    voice, instrument

Works for voice(s) and piano

  • 80 Flowers M(e)[u]sostics
    1995/2008
    reader, piano
    Text: Louis Zukofsky (fragments)
    Fp: Udo Kasemets (piano), Susan Layard (reader); Toronto, Canada
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Zodiacalendar
    Robert Creeley' mälestuseks
    2008
    16'
    voice, piano
    Text: mesostics derived from Robert Creeley's poem „A Calendar“ from „Memory Gardens“, Latin and English titles of each Zodiacal constellation (along with the names of the corresponding months)
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • for piano solo to be played in conjunction with a reading of "88"
    2007
    12'
    piano, reader
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Solo for Two Voices of Octavio Paz
    realization for singer/speaker and pianist
    2007
    voice, piano
    Text: Octavio Paz (fragments)
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Act Without Words I
    A mime for one player by Samuel Beckett translated into a music for one player by Udo Kasemets
    2006
    Kestus varieerub / Flexible duration
    reader, piano
    Fp: Udo Kasemets (reader, piano), Susan Layard (reader); November 5, 2006, Emmanuel College, University of Toronto, Canada
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Phrases of bpNichol
    musigraphics for speaker and piano
    To the memory of Louis Zukofsky
    2004
    Indeterminate duration / määratlemata kestus
    voice, piano
    Text: bpNichol
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • XXVI fungal threads
    of Jay Millar
    2004
    26'
    voice, piano
  • Gamut
    of Louis Zukofsky
    For Susan
    2003
    voice, piano
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Canto XLIX of Ezra Pound
    vocal solo with parallel piano and ideogrammatic interludes
    2002
    voice, piano
    Text: Ezra Pound
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • we connect Norman O. Brown with John Cage (with Erik Satie)
    2002
    reader, piano
    Fp: Udo Kasemets (piano), Susan Layard (reader); Toronto, Canada
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • music of the first thirteen primes
    2001
    6'
    voice, piano
  • of Robert Creeley with music of Udo Kasemets
    Airs:
    Air: The Love of a Woman
    Air: Cat Bird Singing
    Mirrors:
    Oh Love
    Wind Lifts
    Elements
    Oh
    Song

    2000
    Kestus varieerub / Flexible duration
    voice, piano
    Text: Robert Creeley
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Sixteen stills
    of bp Nichol
    1996/2000
    piano, reader
    Text: bp Nichol
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • A verbal / musical scenario with words of Jorge Luis Borges and Ovid and musics of Claudio Monteverdi and Udo Kasemets
    1999
    voice-speaker, piano, visual medium ad libitum
  • Numbers/Digits
    A musichoreograhy for ten digits on eighty eight keys
    For Robert Creeley
    1999
    speaker, piano
  • 1999
    solo piano and/or solo reader
    Text: Text is extracted from five Merce Cunningham sections of the John Cage renga/mesostics „Themes and Variations“
    Fp: Udo Kasemets (piano), Susan Layard (reader); Toronto, Canada
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Useful knowledge
    For Ulla E. Dydo
    1. Music of the First Hundred Natural Numbers (for piano, 1999)
    2. BiB – Business in Baltimore (for narrator and piano, 2000)

    1999-2000
    narrator, piano
    Text: Gertrude Stein
  • in remembrance of Octavio Paz
    1998
    8’–10’
    voice, piano
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Fractal Epitaph
    for John Cage
    1992/1995
    voice, piano
    Text: different vowels
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Hexagram 14
    A Yi Jing Jitterbug Vococtet
    for John Cage
    1991
    10'
    voice, piano
  • Hexagram 50
    A Yi Jing Jitterbug Vococtet
    For Avrom Isaacs
    1991
    voice, piano
  • Megalcides
    For Meg Sheppard and Alcides Lanza
    1989
    13'
    singer/speaker and keyboardist/speaker (a keyboardist/speaker may substitute for pre-recorded tapes)
    Text: Words from the Mayan calendar
    Fp: Meg Sheppard (voice), Alcides Lanza (piano); April 24, 1990, McGill University, Canada
    CD „Transmutations“, Editions Shelan Publications (1996); Meg Sheppard (voice), Alcides Lanza (piano)
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • 19NooN61
    A musical collage
    1961
    voice, piano
    Text: Walter Hickling
  • Three Songs from Atlantic Provinces
    1959
    voice, piano
  • Three Miniatures, Op. 46
    I To the moon
    II A widow bird sate mourning
    III Music, when soft voices die

    1956
    6'
    voice, piano
    Text: Percy Bysshe Shelley
    Publisher: Berandol Music Ltd
  • Two Symphonic Songs
    1. In the beginning
    2. And death shall have no dominion

    1956
    voice, piano
    Text: Dylan Thomas
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • The Thousand Nights and One Night, Op. 39
    music for voice and piano to anonymous Arabian lyrics from the thirteenth century
    1. The power of love
    2. The beautiful boy
    3. Love
    4. Birds
    5. Dates
    6. Drinking song

    1954
    voice, piano
    Text: Anonymous Arabian lyrics from the thirteenth century (in English, translated by E. Powys Mathers)
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Choreolae Gaudiae, Op. 32
    four old English Christmas carols
    1. The Salutation Carol
    2. All in the Morning
    3. Coventry Carol
    4. Wassail Song

    1952
    soprano, alto, tenor, piano
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Alphabets & Algorithms: Vowels & Primes
    with a Sappho fragment from „eros the bittersweet“ of Anne Carson
    voice, piano
    Text: Anne Carson (fragments)
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Armulaul (Loev Song)
    voice, piano
    Text: Henrik Visnapuu
  • Uinulaul (Slumber Song)
    voice, piano

Works for voice(s) and other instrument(s)

  • double/sextuple mesostics for two voices and music in four parts
    2001/2003
    2 voices, any 4 players
    Fp: Arraymusic; November 29, 2003, The Music Gallery, Toronto, Canada
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Signs
    2001
    2 speakers, any 2 players
    Text: Robert Creeley
  • AnarchArt QuantuMandala
    QM 4x7+7x4 (for cello solo, 1998. For Margaret Gay)
    QM 7x4x7 (for viola solo, 1998)
    QM 4x7x4 (for violin solo, 1998. For Marc Sabat and Malcolm Goldstein)
    QM 8x11+11x8 (for piano solo, 1998. For Stephen Clarke)
    QM 4x9=6x6 (for B-flat clarinet solo, 1999. Note: The performer may choose to play some pages on the bass clarinet)
    QM 4x9=6x6 (for flute solo, 1999. Note: The performer may choose to play some pages on flutes of varied ranges (piccolo, alto, bass)
    QM 4x9=6x6 (for vibraphone solo, 1999. For Richard Sacks)
    QM 4x13x4 (for marimba solo, 1999. For Richard Sacks)
    QM 2x13x2 "Anarchy Really Does Have a Future" (for speaksinger solo, 2000. For Paul Dutton)
    QM 2x13+13x2 (for accordion solo, 2000. For Tiina Kiik)

    1998-2000
  • OPazERA
    Cumulative work; its seven sections may be performed separately:
    John Cage/Octavio Paz Conjunction (voice, piano), 1996
    Joan Miró/Octavio Paz Conjunction (speaker, percussion, film, slide projections), 1996
    The Constellation of Virgo (voice, piano, vibraphone, marimba) 1996
    Sunstone (voice, pianoharp [invented instrument], percussion, film, slide projections), 1996
    Blanco (female voice, male voice, 2 pianos, percussion), 1997
    OPJreSCTnga (clarinet, violin, cello, piano), 1997
    Homage and Desecrations (voice, speaker, piano, prepared piano, percussion), 1997
    1996–97
    Text: Octavio Paz, translated by Eliot Weinberger
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Fractal Epitaph
    for John Cage
    1992/1995
    6'
    voice, string quartet
    Text: different vowels
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • A peacewordchant
    For Andrus and Eero Voitk
    1994
    baritone, cello
  • Monolloygue
    a soliloquy about sixteen sucking stones for an actor and a bassoonist
    For Shannon Peet and Todd Duckworth
    1994
    Flexible duration / Kestus varieerub
    actor, bassoon
    Text: Text from „Molloy“ by Samuel Beckett
    Fp: Shannon Peet (bassoon), Todd Duckworth (actor); September 16, 1995, Music Gallery, Toronto, Canada
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Sappersong
    1994
    voice, cello
    Text: Daniel Hartford
    CD „Songs for cello and baritone. New songs by Lembit Avesson, Udo Kasemets, Kaljo Raid“, A. Voitk; Andrus Voitk (baritone), Eero Voitk (cello)
  • A tribute to Michael Snow
    1993
    2 pianos (4 pianists), voice, mallet percussion
    Fp: Andrew Burashko (piano), Stephen Clarke (piano), Leslie Dala (piano), Henry Kucharzyk (piano), Rick Sacks (marimba/speaker), Susan Layard (vocalist, speaker), Udo Kasemets (conductor, speaker); May 15, 1994, Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto, Canada
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Palestrina on Devil’s Staircase
    A construction based on the fractal set of George Cantor
    Written to commemorate the 400th anniversary in 1994 of Palestrina's death
    1993
    3 voices, 3 violins, 3 cellos
    CD „Udo Kasemets. Requiem Renga; Palestrina on Devil's Staircase; The Eight Houses of I Ching“, Koch International Classics (1994); Lyra Borealis Ensemble, conductor Paavo Järvi
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • lOOking fOr jacksOn maclOw in the cOncise OxfOrd dictiOnary
    pOemusic fOr a sOlO reader with OptiOnal vOcal andOr instrumental OstinatO and Organum accOmpaniment
    A belated celebration of Jackson MacLow’s sixtieth birthday
    1983
    reader, organ, optional vocal and/or instrumental ostinato
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Rites of Rites 1
    1976
    1 to 10 readers, any number of drummers, and optional visual projections
  • Music for Everything
    The Advance and Retreat of the Dragon
    1974
    8 strings (and/or winds, and/or keyboards), percussion, 16 voices, 4 moving bodies, 4 channel tape, conductor
  • In memoriam M. D.
    1969?
    voice, autoharp and toy piano
  • A non-composition for singer(s), speaker(s), instrumentalist(s), dancer(s), et cetera
    To Catharine
    1964
    singer(s), speaker(s), instrumentalist(s), dancer(s)
    Text: e.e.cummings
    Publisher: BMI Canada
  • Triv and Quad
    A realization (Trio concertante) of Trigon
    1964
    voice, flute, keyboard
  • Haiku
    1. Moon
    2. Winds
    3. Frogs
    4. Seasons
    5. On the temple bell
    6. Insects
    7. Canons
    8. Interludes

    1961
    18'
    voice, flute, piano, cello
    Text: Classical Japanese poetry, translated by Harold G. Henderson
    Publisher: Berandol Music Ltd
  • 4 for 4
    1. Never two songs the same
    2. Moon rondeau
    3. Daybreak
    4. Be ready

    1958
    voice and string trio
    Text: Carl Sandburg
  • Canciones, Op. 42
    To my friend Harry Somers
    1. El canto quiere ser luz (The Song Wishes to Be Light)
    2. Claro de reloj (Pause of the Clock)
    3. La guitarra (The Guitar)

    1956
    6'
    voice, flute, guitar
    Text: Federico García Lorca (English words translated from Spanish poems)
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • As the hart panteth, Op. 18, No. 1b
    1949
    voice, organ

Works for mixed choir a cappella

  • Las kasvame (Let Us Grow)
    1948
    mixed choir
    Text: Gustav Suits
    Fp: Mixed choir „Runo“, conductor Udo Kasemets; November 27, 1948, Jahnhalle, Geislingen, Germany
  • Lätsi küllä (I Went to Visit)
    1948
    mixed choir
    Text: folklore (Setu tune and lyrics)
  • Oi, sünnimaa (Oh, Birthland)
    1947
    mixed choir
    Text: Udo Kasemets
  • Ta lendab mesipuu poole (He Flies Towards the Beehive)
    Dedicated to Geislingen Estonian Choir
    1947
    mixed choir
    Text: Juhan Liiv
  • Oh Jumal, laota armutiivad (Oh God, Lay the Wings of Grace)
    1946
    mixed choir
    Text: Philip Aleksander Tammaru
  • Rändaja õhtulaul (Wandere's Evening Song)
    1946
    mixed choir
    Text: Ernst Enno
  • Jõuluöö (Christmas Night)
    mixed choir
    Text: Valdeko Saksen
  • Kuu kahvatu
    mixed choir
    Text: Eino Leino

Works for female choir a cappella

  • Mägede põues (In the Bowels of the Mountains)
    1947
    female choir
    Text: Anna Haava
  • Eideratas (Spinning Wheel)
    female choir
    Text: folklore

Works for male choir a cappella

  • Two Songs
    Death, be not proud (John Donne)
    The falcon (Anonymous)

    1957
    7'
    male choir
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Noore suve muinasjutt (An Early Summer's Fairytale)
    1948
    male choir
    Text: Ernst Enno
  • Rändaja õhtulaul (Wandere's Evening Song)
    1946
    male choir
    Text: Ernst Enno

Works for solo voice

  • Silencesong
    Litany for Lily
    In memoriam Lily Maley
    1974
    reader

ELECTRONIC, ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC AND MULTIMEDIA WORKS

  • The Liberties of Susan Howe
    2007
    singer/speaker, 2 female speakers, piano, fixed media, video (by Pierre Tremblay)
    Libretto: Susan Howe
  • Yi Jing Jitterbug
    For David Jaeger
    1991
    sine-wave oscillators and mixing devices
  • Harmonices mundi of Johannes Kepler
    Written for Adele Armin
    1990
    12'
    violin, pre-recorded tape
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Hexagram 16
    Written for James Tenney
    1990
    piano with 8 sine-wave oscillators, mixing devices and loud speakers
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • For Chris Devonshire
    1990
    8'
    6 sine-wave oscillators, mixing devices and loudspeakers
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • 1990
    multimedia theatre for dancers, visuals, live and pre-recorded voices, instruments, and elecro-acoustic devices
    CD „Udo Kasemets With Chris Devonshire. Timetrip To Big Bang, Big Bang And Back“, Artifact Music ‎(1994); Richard Sacks (percussion), Chris Devonshire (technician, electronics), Adele Armin (violin), Marc Sabat (violin), Susan Layard (voice)
  • Calendar Round
    For John Kamevaar and Thomas Handy
    1989
    guitar, percussion, wind instruments, pre-recorded tape
    Text: Words from the Mayan calendar
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • For Meg Sheppard and Alcides Lanza
    1989
    13'
    singer/speaker and keyboardist/speaker (a keyboardist/speaker may substitute for pre-recorded tapes)
    Text: Words from the Mayan calendar
    Fp: Meg Sheppard (voice), Alcides Lanza (piano); April 24, 1990, McGill University, Canada
    CD „Transmutations“, Editions Shelan Publications (1996); Meg Sheppard (voice), Alcides Lanza (piano)
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Marce(ntennia)l Circus C(ag)elebrating Duchamp
    1987
    Text: John Cage
  • Spectrascapes
    sound installation
    1987–1988
  • an acoustic atlas of the global village
    1986
    Fp: Udo Kasemets, Chris Devonshire, Chris Eddy, Gerard Leckey, Gary Murphy, Ron Salapatek; March 1987, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Canada
    Commissioned by: Hamilton Artists Inc.
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • 4-D I Ching
    1984
    computer and tape
  • Yi Jing Jitterbug
    1984
    9'
    wind or bowed string player with one or more assistants operating 8 cassette decks
    Fp: David Mott; May 3, 1986, Music Gallery, Toronto, Canada
    CD „Musicworks 57“, Musicworks ‎(1993)
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Counterbomb Renga
    Multi-media performance, a collaboration of over 100 poets and musicians from Canada and the US in a poetical/musical statement, conceived and coordinated by Udo Kasemets
    1983
    Text: Jonathan Schell
    Fp: March 8, 1983, Bloor St. United Church, Toronto, Canada
  • 1982
    piano, electronics
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Celestial Timescapes
    1980
    computer, fixed media
  • Whole Earth Music
    1978
    48 h
    Continuous playback of 64 recordings distributed between eight separate listening stationsand a mixing systems programming and processing centre
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • 1977
    33'
    4 performers using voices, acoustical instruments, microphones, mixers, synthesizers with keyboards, amplifiers and speakers, with optional pre-recorded tape or tape delay system
    Commissioned by: Canadian Electronic Ensemble
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Watearthundair
    1976
    peakers and mixed media
  • Mikemusics
    Mikemusics (1977)
    Mikemusic I (1973-1975)
    Mikemusic II, III, IV (1975-1976)
    Sh! - Mikemusic IV (1975)
    Mikesong I (1975)
    Eighty-eight keys - Mikesong II (1975-1976)

    1973–1977
    reader with a deck of cards, 1-4 pianos, and electroacoustic music
  • Wordmusic/Interface (any dictionary)
    1973
    readers, tape recorders, mixers at diverse geographical locations using postal, air-express, radio, or telecommunication
    Fp: November 7, 1973, Toronto, Canada
  • 1971
    for card and pendulum manipulators, tape recorder operators, and readers
  • Tt
    1968/1969
    electronics
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Octode
    1967
    fixed media
  • Variations (on variations on [variations])
    I Le bonheur
    II The charge
    III Spring

    based on „Variations done for Gerald van de Wiele“ by Charles Olson
    1966/1967
    12'
    optional singer, 1 or 2 optional instrumentalists playing one or more instruments, 1 or 2 optional prepared tapes, and recording equipment
    Text: Charles Olson (in English)
    Publisher: Berandol Music Ltd.

UNSPECIFIED INSTRUMENTATION

  • Caves
    In memoriam Robert Creeley
    2006
    30'
    any musicians plus reader
    Text: Robert Creeley
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • 2005
    30'
    for any number of musicians using any choice of instruments and/or voices
    Fp: NYYD Ensemble; March 24, 2006, Von Krahl Theatre, Tallinn, Estonian Music Days Festival
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • remembering Reginald Godden
    2005
    for any number of pitched instruments
    Fp: Canadian Brass, Robert Aitken, Jack Behrens, Casey Sokol; September 14, 2005, Arts and Letters Club, Toronto, Canada
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • 2004
    Kestus varieerub / Flexible duration
    any number of musicians using any instruments or sound-producing means
    Fp: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • 2001
    91'
    any number of musicians using any instruments and/or any number of speakers/vocalists, and (optionally) an operator of a compact disc playback system
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Agnes/Linda in Linda/Agnes
    2001
    any number of readers and any number of musicians
    Fp: Udo Kasemets (piano), Linda Smith (reader), Susan Layard (reader); Toronto, Canada
  • MusiXenia
    2001
    any 6–10 players
  • 4'33" Fractals
    2000
    4'33''
    any number of players
    Text: James Joyce
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • 4'33" PrimeTimeFractals
    2000
    any number of voices/players
    Text: James Joyce
  • 4'33"2
    2000
    instrumental or vocal quartet
    Text: James Joyce
  • 2000
    Kestus varieerub / Flexible duration
    two female narrators and any number of instrumentalists
    Text: Ruth Crawford Seeger
  • 1996
    for four or more musicians
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Marklewake
    1990
    Structured improvisation for one (or preferably) more instrument(s) and voice(s)
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Counterpoints for Philip Corner
    1988
    for unspecified performers
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Vertical Music
    in remembrance of Morton Feldman
    1987
    for any seven instruments, most preferably of identical family
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Piece for Peace
    1985-1986
    any number of chanters, any number of speakers, any number of instruments capable of sustained tones
    Text: Mahatma Gandhi, Laozi, Albert Einstein, Black Elk (in English)
  • Yi Jing Jitterbug
    Written to honour James Tenney on his 50th birthday
    1984
    for 8 winds and/or bowed strings
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • For Anne Bourne, Chris Devonshire, Gordon Monahan, Kim Ratcliffe, Stephen Donald, and Tina Pearson
    1983
    for unspecified performers
    Commissioned by: New Music Co-operative
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Ragtime
    1981
    One group of instrumentalists plays instruments of Asian/Indian origin; the other, instruments of European/North American origin
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • For Don Druick
    1980
    for 1-12 instrumentalists (playing chormatically tuned instruments) and/or vocalists
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • In support of Justice Thomas Berger
    1977
    for unspecified number of participants playing found percussion instruments
    Text: from „The past and future land“ by Martin O’Malley (in English)
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Elaborations on Erratum musical of Marcel Duchamp
    In memoriam Lily Maley
    1975
    for unspecified performers
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • 1975
    Kestus varieerub / Variable duration
    any number of guitarists (any style) and one leader using projectors and chance operations to direct the performance
    Fp: Participants of Guitar '75, conductor Leo Brouwer; June 26, 1975, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, Toronto
    Commissioned by: Guitar Society of Toronto
    Distributor: Canadian Music Centre
  • Voicemusic for John Cage
    1972
    any number of voices
  • Trigon
    To Bertram Turetzky
    1963/1969
    for 1, 3, 9, or 27 instrumentalists and/or sound-producing media and/or dancers
    Publisher: Berandol Music Ltd.
  • Octagonal octet and/or ode
    Dedicated to William Kilbourn
    1967/1968
    Octet: for 8 performers using any media
    Ode: for 1, 2, 4, or 6 performers using any media
    Text: from Ezra Pound’s „Confucian Odes“ (optional)
    Publisher: Berandol Music Ltd.
  • Calceolaria
    1966/1967
    For any number of performers in any media
    Publisher: Berandol Music Ltd.
  • Contactics
    a choreography for musicians and audience
    1966/1967
    for any number of musicians and participating audience or dancers
    Publisher: Berandol Music Ltd.
  • Timepiece
    To Paul Kilburn
    1964/1967
    For solo performer using one or more instruments. May also be used by more than one performer
    Publisher: Berandol Music Ltd.
  • Cascando
    Cascando
    Radio play
    VII
    XXIII

    For Catherine
    1963-1965
    any player/any number of players
    Text: Samuel Beckett
  • Cumulus
    1963–64
    any solo instrument or instrumental ensemble, 2 tape recorders

MUSIC FOR CHILDREN

Songs for children

  • Five Songs for Children
    1. Eletelephony (Laura E. Richards)
    2. The monkeys and the crocodile (Laura E. Richards)
    3. A swing song (William Allingham)
    4. What do they say? (Christina Rossetti)
    5. Who has seen the wind? (Christina Rossetti)

    1964
    voice, piano
    Text: Laura E. Richards, William Allingham, Christina Rossetti (in English)
    Publisher: Berandol Music Ltd.