BSO Commissions

Works Commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra

 

 

50TH ANNIVERSARY COMMISSIONS

Aaron Copland - Symphonic Ode - February 19, 1932
Howard Hanson - Symphony No. 2, Romantic - November 28, 1930
Edward Burlingame Hill - An Ode - October 17, 1930
Paul Hindemith - Konzertmusik, for string and brass instruments - April 3, 1931
Arthur Honegger  - Symphony for Orchestra - February 13, 1931
Serge Koussevitzky - Overture (composer listed as "Anonymous") - October 31, 1930
Serge Prokofiev - Symphony No. 4 - November 14, 1930
Ottorino Respighi - Metamorphoseon modi XII - November 7, 1930
Albert Roussel  - Symphony No. 3 in G minor - October 24, 1930
Igor Stravinsky - Symphonie de Psaumes, for chorus and orchestra - December 19, 1930 **

 

 

75TH ANNIVERSARY COMMISSIONS

Samuel Barber - Die Natali, Chorale Preludes for Christmas * - December 22, 1960
Leonard Bernstein - Symphony No. 3 (Kaddish) * - January 31, 1964 **
Aaron Copland - Symphonic Ode * - February 3, 1956
Henri Dutilleux - Symphony No. 2, Le Double * - December 11, 1959
Gottfried von Einem - Symphonic Scenes for Orchestra * - October 11, 1957
Howard Hanson - Elegy to the Memory of Serge Koussevitzky * - January 20, 1956
Jacques Ibert - Mouvement symphonique * - January 25, 1963
Bohuslav Martinů - Fantaisies Symphoniques (Symphony No. 6) - January 7, 1955
Darius Milhaud - Symphony No. 6 * - October 7, 1955
Goffredo Petrassi - Fifth Concerto for Orchestra * - December 2, 1955
Walter Piston - Symphony No. 6 * - November 25, 1955
William Schuman - Symphony No. 7 * - October 21, 1960
Roger Sessions - Symphony No. 3 * - December 6, 1957
Heitor Villa-Lobos - Symphony No. 11 * - March 2, 1956

 

 

CENTENNIAL COMMISSIONS

Sándor Balassa - Calls and Cries, Op. 33 - October 21, 1982
Leonard Bernstein - Divertimento for Orchestra - Sept. 25, 1980
John Corigliano - Promenade Overture (Boston Pops) - July 10, 1981
Peter Maxwell Davies - Symphony No. 2 - February 26, 1981
John Harbison - Symphony No. 1 - March 22, 1984
Leon Kirchner - Music for Twelve, for chamber ensemble - February 17, 1985
Peter Lieberson - Piano Concerto - April 21, 1983
Donald Martino - The White Island, for mixed chorus & chamber orchestra - April 8, 1987
Andrzej Panufnik - Sinfonia Votiva (Symphony No. 8) - January 28, 1982
Roger Sessions - Concerto for Orchestra - October 23, 1981
Sir Michael Tippett - The Mask of Time, for voices and instruments - April 5, 1984
Olly Wilson - Sinfonia - October 12, 1984

 

 

125TH ANNIVERSARY COMMISSIONS

William Bolcom  - Symphony No. 8, for chorus and orchestra - February 28 - March 3, 2008
Elliott Carter - Three Illusions for Orchestra - October 6 - 10, 2005
Elliott Carter  - Mosaic, for chamber ensemble* [Tanglewood Music Center] - July 22, 2008**
Jonathan Dawe - The Flowering Arts, for orchestra - January 12-17, 2005
Henri Dutilleux - Le Temps l'Horloge, for soprano and orchestra * - Nov. 29 - Dec. 3, 2007**
Osvaldo Golijov - Azul, for cello and orchestra - August 4, 2006
John Harbison - Concerto for bass viol and orchestra *  - August 3, 2007$
Leon Kirchnertired - The Forbidden - October 16 - 20, 2008
György Kurtág - Orchestral work [Not yet delivered]
Peter Lieberson - Neruda Songs, for mezzo-soprano and orchestra * - November 25 - 28, 2005$
Kaija Saariaho - Notes on Light, for cello and orchestra - February 21 - 27, 2007
Gunther Schuller - Where the Word Ends - February 5 - 9, 2009
Charles Wuorinen - Eighth Symphony, Theologoumena - February 15 - 17, 2007

 

 

BOSTON SYMPHONY CHAMBER PLAYERS 50th ANNIVERSARY COMMISSIONS

Kati Agócs - Devotion, for horn, harp, and string quartet - February 9, 2014
Hannah Lash - Three Shades Without Angles, for flute, viola, and harp - February 9, 2014
Gunther Schuller - Games, for wind quintet and string quintet - February 9, 2014
Yehudi Wyner - Into the evening air, for wind quintet - February 9, 2014

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS COMMISSIONS

Julian Anderson - New work* - January 26, 2017**
Timo Andres - New work - November 15, 2016
Theodore Antoniou - Paean - October 26, 1989
Milton Babbitt - Concerti for Orchestra - January 13, 2005
George Benjamin - Dream of the Song* - February 9, 2017**
Derek Bermel - Swing Time, for flute ensemble - August 1, 2009
Harrison Birtwistle - Responses: Sweet disorder and the carefully careless* - February 12, 2015**
Harrison Birtwistle - Violin Concerto - March 3 - 8, 2011
William Bolcom - Circus Overture - August 8, 2014
John Cage - 1O1 - April 6, 1989
John Cage - Apartment House 1776# - September 29, 1976
Elliott Carter  - Boston Concerto - April 3, 2003
Elliott Carter - Micomicón - January 15, 2004
Elliott Carter - Horn Concerto - November 15, 2007
Elliott Carter - Interventions, for piano and orchestra* - December 4, 2008
Elliott Carter - Flute Concerto* - February 4, 2010**
Unsuk Chin - Mannequin* - November 5, 2015**
Michael Colgrass - Crossworlds, Concerto for Flute and Piano - March 7, 2002
John Corigliano - Symphony No. 2 for String Orchestra - November 30, 2000
John Corigliano - The Red Violin, Chaconne for violin and orchestra * - December 4, 1997 $
Sebastian Currier - Divisions* - October 8, 2015**
Sebastian Currier - Parallel Worlds* [Chamber Players] - April 6, 2014
Henri Dutilleux - The shadows of time - October 9, 1997
Eriks Ešenwalds - Lakes Awake at Dawn, for chorus and orchestra* - November 20, 2014
Lukas Foss - Piano Concerto for the Left Hand - July 23, 1994
Michael Gandolfi - Ascending Light, for organ and orchestra - March 26, 2015
Michael Gandolfi - Night Train to Perugia - August 5, 2012
Michael Gandolfi - Plain Song, Fantastic Dances [Chamber Players] - October 23, 2005
Alexander Goehr - Colossos or Panic, Symphonic Fragment after Goya - April 15, 1993
Osvaldo Golijov - Ainadamar (opera) - August 10, 2003
Sofia Gubaidulina - The Light of the End - April 17, 2003
Sofia Gubaidulina - Triple Concerto for violin, cello, and bayan* - February 23, 2017**
John Harbison - Cello Concerto - April 7, 1994
John Harbison - Darkbloom:  Overture for an Imagined Opera - March 24, 2005
John Harbison - Koussevitzky Said:, Choral Scherzo with Orchestra - August 26, 2012
John Harbison - Requiem, for soloists, chorus, and orchestra - March 6, 2003
John Harbison - Double concerto, for violin, cello, and orchestra - April 1, 2010
John Harbison - Symphony No. 5 - April 17, 2008
John Harbison - Symphony No. 6 - January 12, 2012
Hans Werner Henze - Symphony No. 8 - October 1, 1993
Leon Kirchner - Of things exactly as they are - September 26, 1997
Oliver Knussen - Fanfare: Opening Signal - July 7, 1994
Peter Lieberson - Drala - October 9, 1986
Peter Lieberson - Red Garuda, for piano and orchestra - October 14, 1999
Peter Lieberson - Songs of Love and Sorrow - March 25, 2010
James MacMillan - St. John Passion* - January 21, 2010
Wynton Marsalis - Orchestral work*
Theo Musgrave - Turbulent Landscapes - April 1, 2004
Eric Nathan - New Work - November 8, 2016
Eric Nathan - Why Old Places Matter [Chamber Players] - January 11, 2015
Marc Neikrug - Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra* - November 21, 2013
Jean-Frédéric Neuberger - Aube - November 12, 2015
Walter Piston - Symphony No. 8 - March 5, 1965
André Previn - Music for Boston  - August 11, 2012
André Previn - Owls - October 2, 2008
André Previn - Octet for Eleven [Chamber Players] - October 17, 2010
André Previn - Violin Concerto, Anne-Sophie - March 14, 2002
Bernard Rands - "...body and shadow..." - February 23, 1989
Bernard Rands - Concerto for Piano and Orchestra - April 3, 2014
Kaija Saariaho - Circle Map, for orchestra and electronics* - November 1, 2012**
Gunther Schuller - Deaï  - March 17, 1978^
Gunther Schuller - Dreamscape~ - July 8, 2012
Bright Sheng - Red Silk Dance, for piano and orchestra - January 6, 2000
Alan Smith - An Unknown Sphere for mezzo-soprano and chorus - August 10, 2011
Tan Dun - The Map, Concerto for Cello, Video, and Orchestra - February 20, 2003
Augusta Read Thomas - Helios Choros II* - October 15, 2009
Augusta Read Thomas - Cello Concerto No. 3, Legend of the Phoenix - March 14, 2013
Randall Thompson - The Last Words of David - August 12, 1949
Sir Michael Tippett - The Rose Lake * - October 12,1995 **
George Tsontakis - Sonnets, Tone Poems for English Horn and Orchestra - February 11, 2016
Mark-Anthony Turnage - Speranza* - October 24, 2013**
George Walker - Lilacs, for voice and orchestra - February 1, 1996
Judith Weir - Natural History, for soprano and orchestra - January 14, 1999
John Williams - Concerto for Cello and Orchestra - July 7, 1994
Maurice Wright - Concertpiece, for marimba and orchestra - April 15, 1994
Charles Wuorinen - Fourth Piano Concerto - March 24, 2005
Yehudi Wyner - Trapunto Junction for brass trio and percussion - March 10, 1991
Yehudi Wyner - Piano Concerto, Chiavi in mano - February 17, 2005
Robert Zuidam - Rage d'Amours (opera) - August 10, 2003
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich - Concerto for flute and orchestra - April 26, 1990

 

 

TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER 50TH ANNIVERSARY COMMISSIONS

Jacob Druckman - Summer Lightning - July 19, 1991
Lukas Foss - For Tanglewood: A Celebration - July 6, 1990
Judith Weir - Music, Untangled - August 3, 1991
William Bolcom - MCMXC Tanglewood - August 4, 1990
David Lang - International Business Machine - August 25, 1990

 

 

Unless otherwise indicated BSO first performances are world premieres
* after the title indicates a joint commission
** after the date indicates American premiere rather than world premiere
$ after the  date indicates that performance is neither a world nor an American premiere
~ indicates a Tanglewood Music Center commission
^ premiered in Tokyo, Japan, with Ozawa and Schuller conducting the BSO and Toho Gakuen School Orchestra
#Joint U.S. Bicentennial commission with Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic