Christopher W. Palestrant, DMA
"Palestrant shows a keen
ear for sonic drama and this work's arresting colors
Joanne Sheehy Hoover, The Albuquerque Journal
The Wind in His Mane
cinematic poem for large orchestra
listen to an excerpt (Quicktime, 364k)
Caligula for symphony orchestra
tone poem after the play by Albert Camus
listen to an excerpt (Quicktime, 478k)
Festival Hebridean for symphony orchestra
listen to an excerpt (Quicktime, 332k)
III. Ceilidh (all movements attacca)
Boogie Sinfonietta in D
for large wind ensemble
listen to an excerpt (Quicktime, 228k)
III. Fughetta and Coda
The Tidewater March
for concert band
Commissioned by The Tidewater Winds (Virginia Beach, VA).
listen to an excerpt
Stages for flute, harp and piano
Commissioned by Les Amies harmoniques (Chapel Hill, NC).
watch a complete performance (YouTube, 11:15)
"Alaksa" Quintet for piano
I. Pinnell listen to an excerpt (MP3, 2.1 MB)
II. Toklat listen to an excerpt (MP3, 2.0 MB)
III. Eielson listen to an excerpt (MP3, 1.9 MB)
IV. Denali listen to an excerpt (MP3, 2.1 MB)
The Cotillion Suite
Commissioned by Harry Wood (Goldsboro,NC).
Country Tango for clarinet and piano
The Town Waltzes for viola and piano listen to an excerpt (MP3, 2.2 MB)
The Town Waltzes, version for cello and piano watch a complete performance (YouTube, 7:08)
Metro Cha Cha for muted trumpet and piano
Mirage for brass quintet
Commissioned by Protocol (Norfolk, VA).
listen to an excerpt (MP3, 2.5 MB)
"Janus" Quartet for saxophones
Commissioned by Maurice LeFlore (Elizabeth City, NC).
I. Sonatina: Adagio–allegretto listen to an excerpt (MP3, 1.8 MB)
II. Canto per Madre: Andante cantabile listen to an excerpt (MP3, 1.7 MB)
III. Rondo scherzoso: Vivo, con momento incessante listen to an excerpt (MP3, 1.8 MB)
Aubade for solo alto flute
Commissioned by Erika Fischer, “Creating Space” benefit concert (Ann Arbor, MI).
Selected for presentation at the 44th national meeting of the College Music Society (Santa Fe, NM).
view a score sample
Blue Nocturne for alto flute, harp
listen to an excerpt (Quicktime, 185k)
Visions for chamber ensemble
Bass clarinet (or bassoon), horn, trombone, percussion, two violins, viola and cello (1-3 on each string part).
Woodwind Quintet "Outbreak"
flute, oboe/Eng. horn., Fr. horn, Eb/bass clarinet, bassoon
listen to an excerpt (MP3, 1.9 MB)
II. Marcato - Adagio
Chrysalis for flute, oboe,
Bb clarinet, bassoon
listen to an excerpt (MP3, 1.1 MB)
Dialogue for clarinet and bassoon
Reunion for string quartet
Allemande for keyboard
Inventions in D and Eb for keyboard
Two Processions for organ
Processional and Anthem for organ and brass quartet
Fugues in F and Eb for organ
Opera etude on an original libretto (25 min).
Scored for dramatic soprano, soubrette, tenor, baritone, flute, 'cello, vibraphone and piano.
Staged at The Theatre Project, Baltimore, MD.
view a page of sound clips and production photos
Opera etude on an original libretto (15 min).
Scored for soprano, mezzo and piano.
Staged at The Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, MD.
listen to an excerpt (Quicktime, 281k)
Chamber opera on an original libretto (one hour).
Scored for flute, 'cello, piano, six solo voices and chorus.
Premiere theatrical performance of the Gault Recital Hall, College of Wooster, OH.
listen to an excerpt (Quicktime, 555k)
Concert/performance piece for percussion quartet.
Ludvik the Carpenter
Setting of a text by Celeste Raspanti for the play I Never Saw Another Butterfly, for voice and
keyboard or guitar, with optional clarinet, shakers and tambourines, in the style of a Czech folk song.
Commissioned by Keith Hight for Elizabeth City State University (Elizabeth City, NC).
Songs of Journey’s End
Song cycle for mezzo-soprano, oboe (or flute), viola (or violin) and piano.
"Upon the Hearth" commissioned by Amelia Harris-Horné (Elizabeth City, NC).
Songs 2-9 commissioned by Drea Pressley (Albuquerque, NM).
Song 4 selected for presentation, College Music Society 53rd National Conference (Minneapolis, MN).
listen to an excerpt (Quicktime6, 823k)
1. Upon the Hearth (viola, piano)
2. Ritornello I: The Road Goes Ever On (oboe)
3. I Sit Beside the Fire and Think (viola, piano)
4. In Western Lands Beneath the Sun (oboe, piano)
5. Ritornello II: The Road Goes Ever On (viola)
6. All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter (oboe, piano)
7. Song of the Elves Beyond the Sea (oboe, viola, piano)
8. Ritornello III: The Road Goes Ever On (oboe, viola)
9. At the Grey Havens (oboe, viola, piano)
Song cycle for baritone and piano on T. S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock."
listen to an excerpt (Quicktime, 310k)
1. Us. (a prologue)
2. Them. (social chatter)
3. She. (a memory)
No Words to Utter for soprano and
Setting of an unpublished excerpt by William Wordsworth.
Commissioned by Kathryn Aaron (Baltimore, MD).
listen to an excerpt (Quicktime, 242k)
Open Your Heart for medium
voice and string quartet
Including an arrangement of "Here, There and Everywhere" by Lennon-McCartney in baroque style.
Commissioned by Lauretta Jakobsen (New York, NY).
Ballad for voice and piano.
Vocal quartet with Irish flute and piano on an original text.
listen to an excerpt (Quicktime, 111k)
Shi no Haiku for unaccompanied
mixed choir, SSAATTBB
Setting of poems by Basho and Buson in an English translation by poet laureate Robert Hass.
Selected for presentation, College Music Society 53rd National Conference (Minneapolis, MN).
listen to an excerpt: I. Winter (MP3, 1.4 MB)
listen to an excerpt: III. Summer (MP3, 2 MB)
Lesbia Catulli for unaccompanied
Setting of Catullus texts.
Winner, aThird Biennial Michael Hennagin Prize in Music Composition, University of Oklahoma.
listen to an excerpt (Quicktime, 431k)
Missa in Progressione for unaccompanied mixed choir
Kyrie for unaccompanied mixed choir
Kyrie for mixed choir and string
listen to an excerpt (Quicktime, 105k)
Setting for mixed choir, 'cello, flute and alto solo.
Commissioned by Wingson Wong (New York, NY).
The Language of My Soul
Comtemporary anthem for mixed choir, bass and guitar.
He Never Sleeps
Anthem for mixed choir and piano on Psalm 121.
He is Worthy
Gospel anthem for mixed choir and piano on psalm texts.
I Call Unto the Lord
Motet in 16th century style.
Doo-wop motet on Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky".
listen to an excerpt (Quicktime6, 671k)
Kiec for solo clarinet and live
(equipment: MAX programming environment, MAX-MSP live processing)
Solo for dancer and live electronics
(equipment: Bucla Lightening movement-to-MIDI converter, MAX programming
environment, MAX-MSP live processing, Kurzweil K2000 sequencing)
Finding the Millennium for processor
(equipment: Soundhack software processing, Kurzweil K2000 sampling and
synthesis, Digital Performer, DA-88 Digital Multitrack Recorder, Sony R7 and
Sony M7 processors.)
listen to an excerpt (Quicktime, 230k)
Determinacy for processor and
A commentary on John Cage's Indeterminacy.
(equipment: DA-88 Digital Multitrack Recorder, Sony R7 and Sony M7 processors.)
listen to an excerpt (Quicktime, 232k)
Molting's End for tape
(equipment: Kurzweil K2000 synthesis, Digital Performer, DA-88 Digital Multitrack Recorder)
listen to an excerpt (Quicktime, 235k)
Astronauts in Trouble for tape
(equipment: Kurzweil K2000 synthesis, Digital Performer)
Commissioned by Matthew Smith, theme for the graphic novel
Astronauts in Trouble: Live from the Moon by Larry Young, Charlie Adlard and
Matt Smith [San Francisco: AiT/Planet Lar books, 1999] (Burbank, CA, 1998).
listen to an excerpt (Quicktime, 151k)
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