Steven D. Block

Biography

Steven Block (b.1952, NYC) has appeared in the various personae of composer, music theorist, music critic, pianist, and both classical radio and disco d.j., among others. His compositions have been performed worldwide including performances in Australia, Paris, and Poland. His articles as a music theorist and music critic have appeared in such journals and magazines as Perspectives of New Music, Integrales, Music Theory Spectrum, the Journal of Music Theory, the Annual Review of Jazz Studies, and High Fidelity.

In 1992, Block received the first University of New Mexico award for excellence in teaching and in 1993 he was a UNM Faculty Scholar. His orchestral work Shadows has been reissued on Navona Records (5990) and is available directly from Navona, Amazon.com, I-Tunes, and most retail outlets. Likewise, FireTiger for violin and piano can be found on Navona (7871) and Five Plainchants for Clarinet, performed by UNM Faculty Keith Lemmons, is also available on the same label.

“His skillful use of tuned percussion gives several passages a gamelanlike quality reminiscent of Messaien. The long-note passages…and their harmonic suspensions are wonderful. I impatiently await the completion of this Symphony” —William Zagorski, Fanfare

Steven Block is the Chair of the Department of Music at the University of New Mexico, having served as the head of the program since the turn of the century.

ACE Publications

28 title(s)
Composer Title SCORING/INSTRUMENTATION Year
Steven D. Block WEDDING SONG (BOUND BY AFFECTION) -
sop, pf
Steven D. Block OH LLAMA DE AMOR VIVA! -
Baritone, piano
Steven D. Block PUTTIN' IT TOGETHER alto sax, ten sax (doubling sop sax), 2cb, trap set
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Steven D. Block SWEET SOULLESS SOLSTICE solo flute
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Steven D. Block BIRTHDAY MINIATURES -
oboe, OR clarinet in Eb, piano
Steven D. Block Elisha and the Bears, An Obnoxious Operetta in One Swift Act -
cl, piano/toy piano, 2perc, violin, male and female voices
Steven D. Block MISSA "DE PROFUNDIS" mixed choir
SSATTBB
Steven D. Block Five Plainchants for Clarinet -
A cl, Bb cl, Bass cl, one player
Steven D. Block Saint Michael Prayer SATB Unaccompanied Choir
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Steven D. Block PIECE IN TWO PARTS FOR FLUTE AND HARPSICHORD -
fl, hpscd
Steven D. Block SHADOWS (for Orch) pic-2-2-eh-Ebcl-2 -2-cbsn,4-3(C)-2-btbn-0,perc(4),hp,pf/cel,3-3-2-3-1
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Steven D. Block QUARTET -
ob/Eh,cl/bscl,vcl,pf
Steven D. Block STRING QUARTET NO.2 -
string quartet
Steven D. Block PHANTASMAGORIA ch orch: 1/pic/alfl-1/eh -1/bcl-2/cbsn; 1-1(C)-0-btbn-0; perc; hp; pf; str:1-0-1-1-1
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Steven D. Block TWO LORDS SATB chorus and piano (or handbells)
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Steven D. Block ROCKIN' PNEUMONIA -
fl/pic,ob,cl,perc,pf,vln,vcl(amp)
Steven D. Block PLAYERS(A Suite for Dancers) -
pic/fl-1-1-1,elec pf,perc
Steven D. Block THELONIOUS REX -
cl,tpt,btbn,pf/elec, pcn,cb
Steven D. Block PIANO SONATA NO.1 Piano
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Steven D. Block TUMBLER OF GOD, THE (Opera in 3 acts) solo voices,choir,orch:2/pic/alfl-2/ehn-2(Bb)/Eb-bcl-2/cbsn, 2-2-2-btbn-0,2perc,str
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Steven D. Block DARKNESS SONGS -
fl/pic/alfl,ob/eh,pf, perc,vcl,cb-w/opt reciter or group narration
Steven D. Block STRING QUARTET NO.1 -
2-1-1
Steven D. Block FIRE TIGER -
vln,pf
Steven D. Block MOANING SEA & WIND -
fl/pic,cl, bcl&Ebcl,tpt,2 perc,str:1-1-1-1,pf,speaker
Steven D. Block CHEMICAL WEDDING -
5fl/pic,hn,tpt,tbn,btbn,3perc

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