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DANIEL DORFF's music has entered the repertoire and is frequently performed and recorded worldwide; in the 5 years since its publication, 30 flutists have shared YouTube performances of his Sonata (Three Lakes). Dorff has written 7 commissions for the Philadelphia Orchestra's education department, and the Minnesota Orchestra's Kinder Konzert series has performed his music over 200 times.

The 2019-20 season featured scheduled performances of his Concerto for Contrabassoon by the Colorado Symphony, Concertino for Flute by Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra (Lincoln, NE), an all-Dorff faculty recital at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Blast Off! by the Fort Worth Symphony. Other recent highlights have included two episodes of NPR's From The Top featuring "Salmon Lake" from Sonata (Three Lakes), and performances of his music at annual conventions of the National Flute Association, International Clarinet Association, International Double Reed Society, and Midwest Band Clinic.

Dorff's works have been presented by Young Audiences (over 1000 opera performances in schools), the Atlanta Opera (60 performances), Baltimore Symphony (32 performances), Pittsburgh Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Aspen Music Festival, Chicago Symphony Radiothon, clarinetists of the Chicago Symphony and Berlin Philharmonic, pianists Jeremy Denk and Marc-André Hamelin, and many of the world's leading flutists. His orchestral music has been premiered by maestros including Alan Gilbert and Wolfgang Sawallisch.

Other commissions have come from piccolo legends Walfrid Kujala and Sarah Jackson, the Colorado Symphony's Up Close and Musical series, Young Audiences, American Composers Forum, Ithaca College School of Music, and many other soloists and organizations. Dorff has also created arrangements for Sir James Galway and pop musicians Keith Emerson and Lisa Loeb.

Daniel Dorff was born in New Rochelle, NY; acclaim began at age 18 with First Prize in the Aspen Music Festival's annual composers' competition. Dorff received degrees in composition from Cornell and University of Pennsylvania; teachers included George Crumb, George Rochberg, Karel Husa, Henry Brant, Ralph Shapey, Elie Siegmeister, and Richard Wernick. He studied saxophone with Sigurd Rascher and bass clarinet with Ronald Reuben. Dorff served from 1996 through 2015 as Composer-In-Residence for Symphony in C, in which he played bass clarinet from 1980 through 2002.

Dorff is VP of Publishing for Theodore Presser Company; a sought-after expert on music engraving and notation, he has lectured at many colleges as well as Carnegie Hall, and advised the leading notation software companies. He serves on the Boards of Directors for the Music Publishers' Association of the USA, Charles Ives Society, Vincent Persichetti Society, Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia, and has served on the Board and committees of the National Flute Association.

Dorff's compositions have been published by Theodore Presser Company, Carl Fischer, Lauren Keiser Music/MMB, Shawnee Press, Mel Bay, and Kendor Music, and recorded on Albany, Bridge, Centaur, Crystal, Azica, and many other labels. YouTubes of his compositions and arrangements have received over 1,000,000 views.


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494-01337 ANDANTE CON VARIAZIONI for Flute & Clarinet ... $12.95
Set of Two Duo Scores
RECORDED on Albany Records by Leonard Garrison and Shannon Scott.
YOUTUBE of the Garrison-Scott CD recording.

494-01416 DANCES AND CANONS for Flute & Clarinet ... $12.95
Set of Two Duo Scores
RECORDED on Albany Records by Leonard Garrison and Shannon Scott.
YOUTUBE of the Garrison-Scott CD recording.

494-02684 DARK ROMANCE for 3 Bb Clarinets & Bass Clarinet (Quartet or Ensemble) ... $12.95
YOUTUBE by Shenandoah University Clarinet Ensemble

494-02685 FANFARE FOR TWO TRUMPETS ... $8.95
AUDIO EXCERPT (of midi demo)

494-02801 FANTASY, SCHERZO AND NOCTURNE for Saxophone Quartet (SATB) ... $14.95
First Prize, Aspen Music Festival Composers' Competition, 1974.
"The Fantasy is a lovely lyrical movement in medium tempo, followed by the fast, playful Scherzo. The slow Nocturne begins with a lovely duo for tenor and baritone saxophones. This is a dramatic and emotional movement... It's a good piece for both college students and professional players. The ensemble writing is excellent, with all four voices getting a chance to sing out. It is a remarkable work from such a young composer."
—Susan Fancher, Saxophone Journal, September/October 2007
494-02866 OLD NEW BORROWED BLUE for Flute & Clarinet ... $14.95
Collection includes three duets also available separately:
          Dances and Canons
          Three Little Waltzes
          Andante con Variazioni
RECORDING of all three works on Albany Records by Leonard Garrison and Shannon Scott.


494-02688 PEACEFUL JOURNEY for Cello & Piano ...$12.95

494-02907 PERENNIALS for Flute, Clarinet in A, and Piano ... $24.99
RECORDED on Albany Records by Leonard Garrison flute, Shannon Scott clarinet, and Rajung Yang piano.
YOUTUBES of each movement from the Albany CD, beginning with Mvt. 1 here, then sequencing through Movements 2 through 5.
494-02689 SUNSHINE RONDO for Violin & Piano ... $9.95

490-01145 THE DAY THINGS WENT WRONG AT THE PET STORE (11 Cartoons for Piano)... $16.95
PREMIERE: Sheryl Lee, Carnegie Hall, February 25, 2007.
     1. A Hummingbird Hides on the Ceiling 
     2. Kissing Gouramis Get Chapped Lips 
     3. An Inchworm Converts to Metric 
     4. The Melancholy Collie (Lassie Sings the Blues) 
     5. A Tortoise Drinks Decaf and Falls Asleep 
     6. Centipedes Dance a Sarabande 
     7. A Color-blind Peacock Suffers Through Mating Season 
     8. Two Moths Fight Over an Old Flame 
     9. A Worm with Two Broken Hearts 
     10. An Injured Gerbil Goes to the Re-tail Store 
     11. Two Porcupines Try to Cuddle

491-00647 THREE JAPANESE SONGS for Voice and Piano ... $9.99
     1. Kokoro o komete
     2. Tobetara
     3. Yuki no uta
494-03014 THREE LITTLE WALTZES for Flute & Clarinet ... $12.95
Set of two duo scores
RECORDED on Albany Records by Leonard Garrison and Shannon Scott.

494-02813 THREE ROMANCES for Flute & Clarinet ... $14.95
Set of two duo scores
RECORDED on Albany Records by Leonard Garrison and Shannon Scott
Many performances and recordings available on YouTube

494-02853 TREES (after the poem by Joyce Kilmer) for solo Flute with Narration ... $8.95
YOUTUBE by Bonnie Cochran flute and Brian Terranova videographer
494-02817 TWO CATS for Flute & Clarinet ... $14.95
Set of Two Duo Scores
RECORDED on Albany Records by Leonard Garrison and Shannon Scott
RECORDED on Blue Griffin Records by Joanna Cowan White and Kennen White
RECORDED on private label by Martha Grener
Many performances and recordings available on YouTube

last updated March 3, 2022