Repertoire Library

Welcome to From the Top’s new repertoire library celebrating works by underrepresented composers.

We’ve put together a collection of stunning works that should be heard more—in concert halls, in classrooms, and yes, on the radio! And as exceptional young musicians, the power to do so is in your hands.

Whether you do so as part of an FTT application, a different application or audition, or just as part of your music-making practice, we encourage you to check out some of these works! To examine what classical music is today and what it could be going forward, it’s crucial to us to feature both performers and repertoire that speak from diverse points of view. As an additional resource, we’ve worked with our friends at Opus Illuminate to offer  workshop-style videos about selected works from the library, which speak to the historical, musical, and technical aspects of the pieces (more videos coming soon!).

We plan to continue adding to the library as we learn about new pieces—we also realize that there are many fabulous pieces that are not yet included in the piece listings below. Please email us at auditions@fromthetop.org to suggest adding works, with questions, or to get more guidance in pursuing new repertoire goals. Play on!

Solo Works:

Piano | Violin | Viola | Cello  | Double Bass | Harp | Flute | Clarinet | Oboe | Bassoon | Trumpet | Trombone | Horn | Tuba | Marimba | Voice | Open

Ensemble Works:

String Quartet | Violin Duo | Piano Trio | Other

Watch a Playlist of Videos Created by Opus Illuminate Videos of Selected Works from this List.

Piano

Violin

  • Jennifer Higdon: String poetic: II. Nocturne for violin and piano
    Listen | Score
  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: African Dances, No 1 and/or No. 4
    Listen (No.1) | Listen (No.4)| Score
  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Petite Suite, Mvt 3+4
    (Originally for orchestra, arranged for violin and piano.)
    Listen (Mvt. 3) | Listen (Mvt. 4) | Score
  • Amy Beach: Romance
    Listen | Score
  • Irene Britton Smith: Sonata for Violin and Piano
    Listen | Score
  • Jessie Montgomery: Rhapsody No. 1
    Listen | Score
  • Carlos Simon: Between Worlds
    Listen (missing first 1:00 min of piece) | Score

Viola

  • Rebecca Clarke: Morpheus
    Listen | Score
  • Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: Lament for Viola and Piano
    Listen | Score
  • Marcos Balter: Ut
    Listen | Score (contact composer)
  • Nadia Boulanger: “Trois pièces for cello and piano (arr. for viola and piano)
    Listen | Score
  • Jessie Montgomery: Rhapsody No. 2
    Score
  • Marion Bauer: Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 22: Allegretto
    Listen | Score
  • Sebastian Peszko: Requiem for the Summer for Viola Solo (written as a response to pandemic summer 2020)
    Listen | Score

Cello

Double Bass

Harp

Flute

Clarinet

Oboe

  • Roselyne Masset-Lecocq: L’Oiseau des Galaxies
    Listen | Score | Score
  • William Grant Still: Incantation and Dance for Oboe and Piano
    Listen | Score
  • Clara Schumann: Three Romances, Op. 22
    Listen | Score
  • Brain Raphael Nabors: Sonata for Oboe and Piano
    Listen | Score  | Score

Bassoon

  • Jenni Brandon: Colored Stones for solo bassoon
    Listen | Score
  • Ulysses Kay: Sonata for Bassoon and Piano
    Listen | Score
  • Reena Esmail: Zinfandel
    Listen | Score
  • Libby Larson: Jazz Variations for Solo Bassoon
    Listen | Score
  • Margi Griebling-Haigh: Sortilege for Bassoon and Piano
    Listen | Score
  • Nancy Galbraith Sonata for Bassoon and Piano, Mvt. 1
    Listen  | Score

Trumpet

Trombone

Horn

Tuba

Marimba

Voice

Open Instrumentation

  • William Grant Still: Bayou Home
    Listen | Score
  • William Grant Still:  Song for the Lonely  (vocal and instrumental versions )
    Listen (bassoon and piano version) | Score 

String Quartet

  • Joseph Bologne: String Quartet No. 4, mvt. 1
    Listen | Score
  • Billy Childs: String Quartet No. 3, “Unrequited”
    Listen | Score | Score (contact composer)
  • Florence Price: String Quartet in A Minor or G Major
    Score
  • Carlos Simon: Warmth From Other Suns
    Listen | Score | Composer

Violin Duo

  • Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges – Violin Duo no. 3 A Major, Mvt. 1
    Listen  | Score

Piano Trio

  • Clara Schumann: Piano Trio, Mvt. 3, “Romance”
    Listen | Score
  • Rebecca Clarke: Piano Trio (1921) – Mvt. 2, Andante molto semplice
    Listen | Score
  • Carlos Simon: Be Still and Know – Piano Trio
    Listen | ScoreComposer

Other Ensembles

  • Clarinet Quintet | Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Clarinet Quintet
    Listen | Score
  • Violin, Clarinet, and Marimba | Kevin Puts: Legends Will Rise
    Listen | Score | Score
  • Viola and Cello | Paul Wiancko: American Haiku
    Listen | Score
  • Marimba Duo | Ivan Trevino: 2+1 Marimba Solo
    Listen | Score
  • Cello and Percussion | Andrea Casarrubios: Speechless
    Listen | Score