Interestingly, the work that tried to please the least was the most compelling. Hayes Biggs’ piece Ave Formosissima harkens back to the dance-mad, melismatic and slightly raucous music of the Middle Ages. But the score, with its zig-zagging lines and pungent dissonances, is genuinely contemporary.”

—New York Times

A Consuming Fire, a short, zesty trio by Hayes Biggs, led off the evening. The piece is framed by some engagingly angular rhythmic writing, with a lyrical nougat at the center.”

—San Francisco Chronicle

[The] most convincing and coherent performance [was] Hayes Biggs’ homage to his composer/pianist colleague Eric Moe, E.M. am Flügel, a short piece with romantic gestures and echoes of Berg and Stravinsky.”

—Aufbau

The Mass for All Saints would be an exciting challenge for those choirs skilled in precise intonation and rhythmic agility. Biggs writes with knowledge of and respect for the expressive capabilities of the human voice.”

—Choral Journal

Hayes Biggs’s wedding motet Tota Pulchra Es, here being sung for the first time, impressed by its quiet solemnity and neat working of its expressive opening motif: not empty fanfares but a reminder of the seriousness and privacy of love.”

—New York Times

Mass for All Saints by composer Hayes Biggs releases shadows transformed into tendrils of light by the arabesque of the vocal line. Contrapuntal procedures are used to their utmost expressive effect. [It] is a work of a melodist of talent in the manner of Puccini, or better yet, Respighi.”

—La Liberté

The Biggs song, Northeast Reservation Lines, is a real party piece... the sneakiness of the changes, the liveliness of the music and the verve of the performance worked handily... a potential recital hit in the vein of Bernstein’s I Hate Music cycle.”

—The Village Voice

All the works tried a return to tonality typical of the decade; the most successful made the return oblique and ambiguous. Hayes Biggs’ O Sacrum Convivium took off from the motet of Tallis, yet it handsomely reconfigured early modes in a modernistic scheme of free tonality.”

—New York Times

Hayes Biggs’ To Becalme His Fever... is a vivid evocation of anxiety, fits and repose. The language embraces pointillistic colors, romantic lines and prickly episodes when the demons hover. Biggs claims a forceful and subtle dramatic hand, along with a keen command of instrumental resources.”

—The Plain Dealer

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Works

Organ Solo

2016

2'30''

APNM (Association for the Promotion of New Music)

order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

2010

24'

APNM (Association for the Promotion of New Music)

Voice and Piano (Soprano voice unless otherwise indicated)

2011

31'

APNM (Association for the Promotion of New Music): available from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

1996

2'30''

C. F. Peters, Edition Peters 67784

1991

3'30''

C. F. Peters Corporation, Edition Peters 67525

1987

4'

Contact Composer

Tenor, Pf

1984

3'30''

Margun Music, Inc., available from Music Sales Group and J.W. Pepper

Voice(s) and Instrument(s)

2007

8'

APNM (Association for the Promotion of New Music): available from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

Soprano and Mezzo-Soprano soli, Violoncello

2004

8'

APNM (Association for the Promotion of New Music): available from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

Narrator, Soprano and Mezzo-Soprano Soli, B Cl (doubling BBcl, EA Sax (doubling EBari Sax), BT Sax (doubling BS Sax, Perc (1), Pf

1994

5'30''

C. F. Peters, Edition Peters 67621

Female Voice and and 4 violoncelli

1989

8'

C. F. Peters, Edition Peters 67577 (score and viola part—order from alfred.com)

Tenor, Va, Pf

1985

15'

C. F. Peters, Edition Peters 67485

Soprano, Flute/A Fl (G)/Picc, Cl (A)/Bcl (B), Vn, Vc, Pf

rev. 1987

1985;

10'

C. F. Peters, Edition Peters 67529 (score, set of parts—order from alfred.com)

Soprano (who preferably also plays claves and tambourine, though a separate percussionist may be used), BCl, Vc

Voice(s) and Chamber Orchestra

1988

20'

Contact Composer

Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor and Bass-Baritone soloists, 2 fl (Picc/A Fl),
ob(EH), clarinet/bass clarinet I, bass clarinet II/contrabass clarinet, horn,
trumpet, trombone, 2 percussion, piano, harp, 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos,
double bass

Mixed Chorus with instruments

2016

5'

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

Soprano Solo, SSSAATTBB, Finger Snapping, Vibra-Slap, Chinese Opera Gong (poem by Jane Shore)

2004

2'

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

SSAATTBB
Oboe d’amore
(or English horn)

2003

5'30''

APNM (Association for the Promotion of New Music): available from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

SSAATTBB, Fl (Picc), Cl in B, Pf

2002

12'

APNM (Association for the Promotion of New Music): available from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

Soprano (2), Mezzo-Soprano, Alto (2), Tenor and Bass soli, SSAATTBB, Pf, four hands, and Finger Cymbals

2000

3'

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

SSAATTBB, oboe, English horn
in F, violoncello and congas

1999

15'

Contact Composer

Alto or Countertenor Solo, SSAATTBB, Fl (Picc, A Fl in G), English horn in F, BCl, BBcl, Bsn, C Trp (BFlhn), Perc (1), Hp, Pf, Vc, Cb

1999

14'

C. F. Peters Corporation, Edition Peters 67947 (score and horn part)

Soprano and Alto Soli, SSAATTBB, Horn in F, and Organ

1998

8'

C. F. Peters Corporation, Edition Peters 67948

Soprano Solo, SSAATTBB, 2 Fl (1=A Fl in G, 2=Picc), Va 1 & 2, Vc, Cb

Choral, Mixed Chorus with Organ

1986

4'

C. F. Peters, Edition Peters 67579

Mixed chorus (with divisi), organ

Choral, Treble Voices with Vocal Soloist and Instruments

2008

3'

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

Baritone Solo, SA Chorus (with divisi), Hp

2002

2'30'

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

Baritone or Bass Solo, Chorus of Sopranos (two parts), A Fl, Oboe d’amore (A), Vc

2001

2'

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

Mezzo-Soprano solo, SSA, 2 flutes, 2 oboe d’amore (A) and finger cymbals (or triangle)

Choral, Men’s Voices, unaccompanied

1997

4'

C. F. Peters, Edition Peters 67783

TTBB (with Tenor Solo)

Choral, Men’s Voices, with Instruments

2005

1'

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): available from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

TTBarB (with divisi), Vc, Hp

Chorus, Treble Voices, with Instruments

2006

2'

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

Two Sopranos (Soli or Chorus), Flute

Christmas Music (pieces that originated as holiday greetings)

1974, rev. 2021

4'30

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

SATB

2021

5'30"

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

SSAATTBB

2016

2'30''

APNM (Association for the Promotion of New Music)

order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

2013

2'

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

SAATTBB

2012

5'

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

SSAATTBB

2008

3'

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

Baritone Solo, SA Chorus (with divisi), Hp

2008

2'

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

SATB (with divisi)

2006

2'

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

Two Sopranos (Soli or Chorus), Flute

2005

1'

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): available from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

TTBarB (with divisi), Vc, Hp

2004

2'30''

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

SSAA unaccompanied

2004

2'

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

SSAATTBB
Oboe d’amore
(or English horn)

2002

2'30'

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

Baritone or Bass Solo, Chorus of Sopranos (two parts), A Fl, Oboe d’amore (A), Vc

2001

2'

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

Mezzo-Soprano solo, SSA, 2 flutes, 2 oboe d’amore (A) and finger cymbals (or triangle)

2000

3'

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

SSAATTBB, oboe, English horn
in F, violoncello and congas

1999

15''

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

Soprano Solo, SSAATTBB

1998

10'30''

C. F. Peters Corporation, Edition Peters 67678

Order from https://www.alfred.com)

SSAATTBB

1. Quem vidistis, pastores? (Motet for Christmas) (with Soprano Solo)

2. O Sapientia (Motet for Advent)

3. Videntes stellam (Motet for Epiphany) (with Soprano Solo)

4. Verbum caro factum est (Motet for Christmas)

1998

1'30''

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

1997

3'

C. F. Peters Corporation, from Four Christmas Motets, Edition Peters 67678

SSAATTBB

1996

2'30''

C. F. Peters Corporation, from Four Christmas Motets, Edition Peters 67678

Soprano Solo, SSAATTBB

1995

2'30''

C. F. Peters Corporation, from Four Christmas Motets, Edition Peters 67678 (order from https://www.alfred.com)

SSAATTBB

1994

2'30''

C. F. Peters Corporation, from Four Christmas Motets, Edition Peters 67678

SSAATTBB

1990

3'30''

C. F. Peters Corporation, Edition Peters 67488 (order from alfred.com)

SSSAATTBB

1988

4'

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

SAATB

Choral, Treble Voices, unaccompanied

1975; rev. 1999

2'

C. F. Peters, Edition Peters 67946

SSAA Unaccompanied
Text: Liturgical (Latin)
Duration: ca. 2 minutes
Publisher: C. F. Peters Corporation, Edition Peters 67946

2017

10'30"

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

SSAA with divisi (up to 8 parts)

2004

2'30''

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

SSAA unaccompanied

Orchestra, Large Ensemble

2018

12"

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

Saxophone Orchestra: 2BS,
4EA, 2BT, 2EBari, 1BBass

2010

15'30''

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

02(EH)12 2200 Timp Strings

2007

3'

APNM (sales@subitomusic.com.)

2Picc, 2BCl (Bcl), EASax (EBarSax), BTSax, Tpt, Trb, Tba, Pf; 2perc: Perc. 1: (Steel Pan (Soprano), Pedal Bass Drum, Tambourine with Foot Pedal, Vibraslap (shared w. Perc. 2); Perc. 2: Bongos, Congas, Vibraslap (shared w. Perc. 1), Chinese Opera Gong (upward bending), Marimba (4.5 octave)

1995

15'

C. F. Peters, Edition Peters 67674: Rent on zinfonia.com (https://www.zinfonia.com)

1(Picc)1(EH)1(Bcl)1 1110 Timp, 2 Perc, Strings (solo or sections)

1989

2'

C. F. Peters, Edition Peters 67851: rent on zinfonia.com (https://www.zinfonia.com)

4hn, 3tpt, 2trb, btrb, tba, timp, 2perc

Piano Solo

2022

2'40"

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

2017

4'30"

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

2017

5'30"

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

2016

3'

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

2012

7'

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

2002

4'

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

1997

1'30''

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

1992

6'

C. F. Peters Corporation, Edition Peters 67486 (order from https://www.alfred.com)

Chamber Music

2020

30'

APNM (Association for the Promotion of New Music)

Violin, Viola, Violoncello, Piano

2020

10'30'

APNM (Association for the Promotion of New Music)

EAlto Saxophone and Piano

2015

14'

APNM (Association for the Promotion of New Music)

Violin and Piano

2013

4'15"

APNM (Association for the Promotion of New Music)

BTenor Saxophone Solo

2008

9'

APNM (Association for the Promotion of New Music)

Flute, Violoncello, Piano, Harp

2004

25'

APNM (Association for the Promotion of New Music)

1997

10'

C. F. Peters, Edition Peters 67811 (order from https://www.alfred.com)

Ob (EH in F), BCl (B Bcl), Hn (F), Vn, Va, Vc, Cb)

1995

9'

Publisher: C. F. Peters Corporation, Edition Peters 67675 (score, set of parts—order from https://www.alfred.com)

Flute (doubling Piccolo and Alto Flute in G), Oboe (doubling English Horn in F) and Piano

1992

10'

C. F. Peters, Edition Peters 67487

Viola and Piano

Choral, Mixed Voices, unaccompanied

1974, rev. 2021

4'30

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

SATB

2021

5'30"

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

SSAATTBB

2014

5'

APNM (Association for the Promotion of New Music)

SSAATB

2013

2'

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

SAATTBB

2012

5'

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

SSAATTBB

2011

5'

APNM (Association for the Promotion of New Music)

SSATTBB

2008

2'

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

SATB (with divisi)

2002

15'

APNM (Association for the Promotion of New Music)

Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor, Baritone soli, or Chamber Choir

1999

15''

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

Soprano Solo, SSAATTBB

1998

10'30''

C. F. Peters Corporation, Edition Peters 67678

Order from https://www.alfred.com)

SSAATTBB

1. Quem vidistis, pastores? (Motet for Christmas) (with Soprano Solo)

2. O Sapientia (Motet for Advent)

3. Videntes stellam (Motet for Epiphany) (with Soprano Solo)

4. Verbum caro factum est (Motet for Christmas)

1998

1'30''

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

1998

7'

C. F. Peters Corporation, Edition Peters 67949

Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor, Baritone soli, SSSAATTBB

1997

1'40''

C.F. Peters Corporation, Edition Peters 67904

SSAATTB

1993

10'

C. F. Peters, Edition Peters 67612

Soprano,Tenor soli, SSAATTBB

Kyrie eleison, Gloria in excelsis, Sanctus and Benedictus, Agnus Dei

1991

4'

C. F. Peters, Edition Peters 67490

4 voices unaccompanied (SATB soli or chorus)

1990

3'30''

C. F. Peters Corporation, Edition Peters 67488 (order from alfred.com)

SSSAATTBB

1989

3'30''

C. F. Peters Corporation, Edition Peters 67489

SSAATTBB

1988

4'

APNM (Assn. for the Promotion of New Music): order from Subito Music Corp. (sales@subitomusic.com.)

SAATB

1987

3'

C. F. Peters Corporation, Edition Peters 67578

SSAATTBB

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