All of Phillip Bimstein's compositions are published by Franklin Stark Music (ASCAP).
For scores or information, please contact phillip@bimstein.com

  • The Bushy Wushy Rag (2000)
    Wind quintet and tape (14:00)

    The sounds of a St. Louis Cardinals' baseball game are combined with the echoes of Scott Joplin's ragtime and the distinctive calls of Bushy Wushy the Beer Man.
    See article

    Commissioned by Continental Harmony, a partnership of America Composers Forum, the National Endowment for
    the Arts, and the White House Millennium Council.

    Commissioned by Continental Harmony, a partnership of America Composers Forum, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the White House Millennium Council.

    2000 premiere by Equinox Chamber Players in St. Louis.

    R E C O R D I N G :
    Equinox Chamber Players, on Larkin Gifford’s Harmonica (Starkland ST-214).


  • Casino (1997)
    Wind quintet and tape (13:00)

    The music on the tape is composed entirely from the deconstructed sounds of gambling: slot machines, roulette wheels, dice, poker chips, coins, cards, the big wheel, etc. The voice on the tape belongs to Tom Martinet, who was trained to be a priest but has worked the Las Vegas dice tables since 1974. Bimstein interviewed Mr. Martinet in Moapa, Nevada, and then reassembled his words into the text of the work.

    Commissioned for Sierra Winds by a 1995 NEA New Forms grant with additional support from Nevada State Council on the Arts and Meet The Composer's New Residencies.

    1997 premiere in Las Vegas by Sierra Winds.

    R E C O R D I N G :
    Sierra Winds, on Larkin Gifford’s Harmonica (Starkland ST-214).

  • Cats in the Kitchen (2007)
    Oboe, flute + sampled cat and kitchen sounds (13:14)

    A three-movement work for oboe, flute, meows, purrs, cups and saucers, cracking eggs, hot skillets – everything PLUS the kitchen "sync."

    Commissioned by Western Kentucky University for Michele Fiala and Heidi Pintner.

    2007 premiere by Michele Fiala and Heidi Pintner in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

    R E C O R D I N G :
    Coming in late 2007.

  • Dark Winds Rising (1992)
    String quartet and tape; also wind quintet and tape (13:23)

    Based on the words of three generations of the Jake family: Lucille, Vivienne, and Verdel, who grew up on the Kaibab Paiute Reservation on the Utah/Arizona border near Kanab, Utah. In February, 1991, after much controversy, their tribe rejected an offer to build a toxic waste incinerator on their ancestral land.
    see Liner notes | Reviews

    Funded by a 1991 NEA New Forms grant with additional support from Nevada State Council on the Arts.

    String quartet version: 1992 premiere in Salt Lake City by Turtle Island String Quartet. Wind quintet version: 1994 premiere in Las Vegas by Sierra Winds.

    R E C O R D I N G S:
    Turtle Island String Quartet, on Garland Hirschi's Cows (Starkland ST-205).

    Sierra Winds, on Three Works for Winds, limited edition CD available from the composer.

    Vivienne Jake and Phillip Bimstein,
    Springdale, Utah


  • The Door (1994)
    Tape (10:22)

    A tape piece based on the sounds of the composers' studio door.

    Funded by a 1993 NEA New Forms grant with additional support from the Utah Arts Council.

    1994 premiere on Utah Public Radio.

    R E C O R D I N G :
    Garland Hirschi's Cows (Starkland ST-205)


  • 5.7 Wild! (1996)
    Violin, Saxophone, Bass (9:00)

    Written in honor of the efforts of Utah citizens in 1996 to protect 5.7 million acres of Utah's wilderness, 5.7 Wild! is a theme and variations based on the rhythm of saying the words, "five point seven wild."

    1996 premiere in San Francisco by Flavia Cervino-Wood, Andrew Voigt, and Harold Carr.


  • Garland Hirschi's Cows (1990)
    Tape; also clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, cello, piano/keyboard, percussion and tape (12:00)

    A music/text piece based on the voice, history and cows of Garland C. Hirschi of Rockville, Utah.

    Commissioned by Another Language Performing Arts Company.

    Tape version: 1990 premiere in Salt Lake City.
    Orchestrated version: 1993 premiere by Present Music in Wisconsin.

    R E C O R D I N G :
    Garland Hirschi's Cows (Starkland ST-205)


    CD info at Starkland


  • The Golden Duel (2004)
    Flute, clarinet, and crystal bowl (15:00)

    From out of primeval innocence a duo emerges, separates, fights and wounds each other – until finally finding compassion, communion and harmony.

    Commissioned for AirFare by the Utah State Board of Education and the Utah Arts Council.

    2004 premiere by AirFare in Ogden, Utah.

    R E C O R D I N G :
    Coming from AirFare in 2007.


  • Grand Staircase (1998)
    Wind Quintet (20:00)

    Written in honor of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah.

    Commissioned by the Sierra Winds in participation with Meet The Composer's New Residencies.

    1998 premiere by Sierra Winds in Las Vegas.


  • Half Moon at Checkerboard Mesa (1997)
    Oboe and tape; also scored for other solo instruments, such as horn, trombone, clarinet or violin. (8:15)

    A fantasy for solo instrument, frogs, crickets, and coyotes.

    Commissioned for Stephen Caplan by a grant from Meet The Composer's New Residencies.

    1997 premiere by Stephen Caplan, oboe, in Las Vegas.

    1998 premieres by Abbie Conant, trombone, in Germany, Italy and New York, and Carole Lemire, horn, in St. Louis.

    R E C O R D I N G S:
    Stephen Caplan, on Larkin Gifford’s Harmonica (Starkland ST-214).


  • Koulangatta (1990) (Composed with Corky Siegel)
    String quartet and harmonica (5:40)

    1991 premiere in Chicago by Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues.

    R E C O R D I N G :
    Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues (Alligator ALCD 4824)


  • Larkin Gifford's Harmonica (2001)
    Tape piece: sampled voice and harmonica (15:00)

    The voice and harmonica of folk musician Larkin Gifford (one of Garland Hirschi's neighbors) are sampled and orchestrated into a composition which combines music with storytelling.

    Supported by a grant from Meet The Composer's New Residencies.

    Hear the Larkin Gifford’s Harmonica feature story on NPR’s Weekend Edition.

    R E C O R D I N G :
    Larkin Gifford's Harmonica (Starkland ST-214).



    CD info at Starkland


  • Lockdown! (2006)
    Violin, oboe, guitar, bass + sampled sounds and voices (18:42)

    Handcuffs, metal detectors and slamming cell doors are striking musical instruments, and incarcerated teenagers are the streetwise chorus, in this three-movement techno tone poem for violin, oboe, guitar and bass.

    Look and listen at the Lockdown! webpage.

    Commissioned by Meet The Composer’s New Residencies with additional support from the Utah Arts Council.

    2006 premiere by blue haiku in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    R E C O R D I N G :
    Coming in 2007-2008.

  • The Louie Louie Variations (1989)
    Clarinet, cello, piano, marimba; also string quartet; also mandolin quartet

    A fantasy loosely based on the archetypal I-IV-V chord progression of classic rock songs, it sends a small fragment on a deconstructive mission through a contemporary classical landscape. Liner notes Reviews

    Winner of the Pacific Composers Forum 1989 prize.

    1989 premiere by XTET in Los Angeles.

    R E C O R D I N G S by Modern Mandolin Quartet:
    Pan American Journeys (Windham Hill)
    Garland Hirschi's Cows (Starkland ST-205)

  • Parade of the Saints (1997)
    Brass quintet (2:00)

    A brief parade piece based on the hymn, "Come Come Ye Saints."

    Supported by a grant from Meet The Composer's New Residencies.

    Premiered by Tuacahn Equestrian Brass in Salt Lake City and Provo, Utah.

  • Red Rock Rondo (2006)
    Vocals and folk ensemble or solo (4:00 to 90:00)

    Ghosts in Grafton, pretty quilts in Rockville and moonlight sonatas in Springdale.  A cycle of songs celebrating the history and contemporary life of Zion National Park and its neighboring communities.  Scored for guitars, mandolins, banjo, fiddle, mandocello, harmonica, button accordion, oboe, English horn, upright bass and vocals – but can also be accompanied by solo guitar.

    Look and listen at the Red Rock Rondo webpage.

    Commissioned by the American Composer’s Forum Continental Harmony program.

    2006 premiere by Red Rock Rondo in Logan and Salt Lake City, Utah.

    R E C O R D I N G :
    CD and possible DVD coming in 2007-2008

  • Refuge (1999)
    String quartet and tape

    Based on the words and voice of Utah naturalist and author Terry Tempest Williams, reading from her book, Refuge.

    Commissioned for Abramyan String Quartet by a grant from Meet The Composer's New Residencies.

    Premiered by Abramyan String Quartet April 25, 1999 at the Cathedral of the Madeleine, Salt Lake City.
    See review

    R E C O R D I N G :
    Abramyan String Quartet -- to be released


  • Rockville Utah 1926 (1997)
    String quartet (8:00)

    Based on thematic material from Bimstein's Garland Hirschi's Cows.

    Commissioned for Abramyan String Quartet by a grant from Meet The Composer's New Residencies.

    1997 premiere by Abramyan String Quartet in Springdale, Utah.

    R E C O R D I N G :
    Abramyan String Quartet on Larkin Gifford's Harmonica (Starkland ST-214).


  • Variations on "Come Come Ye Saints" (1997)
    Brass quintet (5:00)

    Supported by a grant from Meet The Composer's New Residencies.

  • Vox=Dominum (1994)
    Tape (12:22)

    Deconstructs and recombines the vocal melismas of the middle east, the classical instruments of Persia, and the words of the ancient love songs by the Sufi poet Rumi. Liner notes

    Commissioned by Richard Lowenberg and the Telluride Institute.

    R E C O R D I N G :
    Garland Hirschi's Cows (Starkland ST-205)