American composer, Jerome Margolis has donated numerous music scores and recordings of his works to the ICAMus Archive and Special Collections. Dr. Margolis is the composer of more than 200 works in almost every medium including orchestra, chamber ensemble, electronic, mixed media, piano, ballet, jazz and music-theater. His recent symphonic works have been performed by The Roanoke Symphony.
Gratefully received from the composer, the items of the Margolis Collection are on display at The ICAMus Studio; they are accessible for study and research.
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In the photo below: Music scores and recordings of the Jerome N. Margolis Collection on display at The ICAMus Studio in Ann Arbor, MI, USA, where they are accessible for study and research. Inquiries welcome!
JEROME N. MARGOLIS - BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
Jerome N. Margolis was born in Philadelphia in 1941 and holds a Ph.D. in Music. He is a member of ASCAP.
Margolis studied piano at The Settlement Music School as child and won a scholarship at seventeen to The Philadelphia Conservatory of Music (now The University of The Arts) where he majored in composition with Vincent Persichetti and piano with Dorothea Persichetti.
He later served as a composition teacher at The Settlement School and was then appointed Music Director of Performing Arts at Bennett College (1966-1970) and Music Director or Project Upward Bound for Dutchess County, NY.
Relocating to Los Angeles in 1970 with his wife Ann and two children Margolis founded and directed the Music Department of Harvard School and, in 1992, was appointed Chairman of Performing Arts when the school became Harvard-Westlake. He retired in 2006.
Margolis was active in the LA “music-scene” during that entire time and moved to Boones Mill, VA with Ann to a new home in The Blue Ridge.
His more than 200 compositions include works in almost every medium including orchestra, chamber ensemble, electronic, mixed media, piano, ballet, jazz and music-theater. His recent symphonic works have been performed by The Roanoke Symphony.
JEROME N. MARGOLIS - CATALOGUE OF WORKS
THE MILLCREEK AT WAXMAN’S CROSSING SUITE (orchestra in 7 mvts)
MOSHE B’MIDBAR (orchestra)
RIVERS RUN FREE (orchestra)
IN OUR TIME (orchestra)
FRANKLIN COUNTY (orchestra)
HOMAGE TO SATIE (orchestra)
SYMPHONY “JUDAICA” (orchestra)
A TRIBUTE TO MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. SERMON & CHORAL (orchestra, choir, speaker)
THE RED BALLOON SUITE (orchestra in 7 mvts)
IN MEMORIAM THE VICTIMS OF 9-11 (orchestra, soprano soloist, sound sample)
PARALLELS FOR SMALL ORCHESTRA
OVERTURE TO BINGO (orchestra, MiniMoog, pre-recorded Bingo sample)
MUSIC FOR A SWEDISH ANIMATION (orchestra)
STALINGRAD: BREAKING THE SEIGE (orchestra, choir, balalaika, accord)
ROMAN STREET, BC (orchestra)
AMERICAN JOURNEY (orchestra)
YOM HASHOAH (orchestra)
WALTZ OF SEDUCTION (orchestra)
GRAND SHIMMY RAG (salon orchestra)
THE CHILDREN OF KOVNO (cello soloist & orchestra)
PORAJMOS – the Roma Genocide (orchestra)
VARIATIONS FOR ORCHESTRA
ANDANTE CANTABILE FOR STRING ORCHESTRA
THAT THEIR MEMORY BE BLESSED (string orchestra)
D DAY (concert band)
AN ARMY FROM VALLEY FORGE (concert band)
AMERICAN THANKSGIVING (concert band)
FOUR PRELUDES FOR PIANO (piano)
SONATINA FOR PIANO (piano)
PRELUDE & FUGUE IN G MINOR (piano, organ)
SUMMER PRELUDE REVISED (piano)
EAST HAMPTON PRELUDES (piano)
SARABANDE AND PASSACAGLIA WITH VARIATIONS (piano)
FIVE PIECES FOR A LOST DOG (piano)
PRELUDE IN D MINOR (piano)
HOMAGE TO DEBUSSY AND RAVEL (piano)
THE RED BALLOON SUITE (piano)
PIANO SONATA, 1993 (piano)
EVENING SURF (piano)
SKYLINE SUITE (piano)
A TRIBUTE TO VAUDEVILLE (piano)
RITMICO RONDO FOR 2 PIANOS (2 pianos)
THREE PIECES ON FOUR NOTES FOR TWO PIANOS (2 pianos)
IMAGES FROM MELANCHOLIA (2 pianos & trumpet)
GHOSTS (prepared piano)
LINEAR EXPOSITION (piano)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY VARIATIONS (piano)
UNISON MASS (chorus & small orchestra)
SACRED SONG (chorus, small orchestra, rabbi, cantor)
SONATA FOR CLARINET & PIANO
SONATA FOR TRUMPET & PIANO
SONATA FOR FLUTE & PIANO)
VIETNAM (four-part choir)
ORATIO SABBADO (four-part choir, vibraphone, camel bells)
SUCCESSION FOR TWO TRUMPETS
ADAGIO & ALLEGRO FOR BRASS QUARTET
FUGUE FOR SIX WOODWINDS
ALLEGRO FOR FOUR WOODWINDS
STRING QUARTET (“The Yellow Star”)
REPEATING ELEMENTS FOR PERCUSSION (5 players)
STEM CELLS (percussion ensemble – 10)
REPEATING ELEMENTS #2 (chamber ensemble)
PYKNON: MUSIC FOR TEN INSTRUMENTS (chamber ensemble)
GEBRAUCHSMUSIK FOR DANCE (solo multiple percussion)
ROUND, SQUARE (chamber ensemble)
PROLOGUE FOR SPEAKER & ENSEMBLE
IMPRESSIONIST SKETCH (small ensemble & piano)
A CHILD’S DAY IN THE GHETTO (small orchestra/el guit & bass/drums/soprano voice)
JAZZ VARIATIONS SUITE (big band)
ROMANCE FOR VIOLIN & PIANO
MEDITATION (several editions: small orchestra/vn, 2 vc & piano/ vn, vc, pno/
THE SHORTEST STORY OF ALL (music theater)
ANNE FRANK (music theater)
THE PLAY OF MOSES (music theater-rock opera)
HOSTAGES (music theater-rock opera)
JEKYLL AND HYDE (music theater)
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (music theater)
THE GARDEN OF ALLA (music theater review)
CANON, INTERLUDE & FINALE FOR PERCUSSION; SMALL PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE
HUNGARIAN FOLK SONGS FOR CLARINET ENSEMBLE
CLARINET OCTET “HOMAGE TO STRAVINSKY”)
ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE SUITE (2 recorders, harpsichord, small drum)
THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE CUMULATIVE KLEZMER (klezmer ensemble/narra)
FOUR FOLK BALLADS ( voice & guitar, etc
DEUTERONOMY 5,6 (tenor voice & small chamber ensemble)
EVALUATION IN PIANO (piano solo)
WALTZ OF THE MILLIPEDES (clarinet ensemble)
ENGLISH & IRISH COUNTRY DANCES (ensemble)
YANKEE INGENUITY (trombone solo)
THEMES & SKETCHES (short sketches for piano)
THREE IMPRESSIONIST PIANO PIECES (Monsieur Henri/Argueneil/Summer Song)
THAT THEIR MEMORY MAY BE BLESSED
AN IRISH SKETCH
Dr. Margolis has also composed incidental music for plays, electronic works, film music, songs in a more popular genre, jazz pieces and miscellaneous works; he is also a writer of non-fiction, essays, textbooks, poery, prose and fiction.
IMAGES FROM THE JEROME N. MARGOLIS COLLECTION AT THE ICAMus STUDIO.
In the photo below: the studio of composer Jerome N. Margolis.