Musical Works by Michael Tilson Thomas

Michael Tilson Thomas - Compositions

MTT’s published compositions include a song cycle on Emily Dickinson’s poems, premiered by the San Francisco Symphony in February 2002, performed on their 2003 European tour and 2005 American tour; Urban Legend, for contrabassoon and orchestra, first performed by the San Francisco Symphony in October 2002; Three Poems by Walt Whitman for baritone and orchestra; Five Songs, for voice and piano, including “We Two Boys Together Clinging,” recorded by baritone Thomas Hampson and pianist Craig Rutenberg for EMI; Street Song, written for the Empire Brass Quintet and also available in a version for symphonic brass; and Agnegram, the composer’s 90th-birthday orchestral tribute to longtime San Francisco Symphony patron Agnes Albert. MTT’s From the Diary of Anne Frank, for narrator and orchestra, was commissioned by UNICEF and given its world premiere at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music in 1990 by the late Audrey Hepburn and the New World Symphony, conducted by the composer.


Agnegram (1998)
Shówa/Shoáh (1995)

Soloist And Orchestra

Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind (2016)
From the Diary of Anne Frank
Poems of Emily Dickinson (2002)
Urban Legend (2002)
Whitman Songs (1999)

Large Ensemble

Notturno (2005)
Street Song for Symphonic Brass (1988)

Works for 2-6 Players

Island Music (2003)
Notturno (2005)
Street Song for Brass Quintet (1988)

Solo Voice(s) and up to 6 Players

Fame, from Poems of Emily Dickinson (2001)
Five Songs (1988)
Grace (1993)

Electroacoustic Works

Stay Together (2006)

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