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Emergence (for Flute Quartet, with prerecorded audio and video projection)

for four flutists, prerecorded audio and video projection (2010) ca. 28′ Commissioned by the Latvian Culture Capital Fund for the Riga-based Flute Quartet 4-tune. Premiered at the Ave Sol Concert Hall in Riga, Latvia, on April 7, 2010. Flutes: Dace

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Ana Cervantes to premiere …Like Water Dashed From Flowers… at the 38th Annual Festival Internacional Cervantino 2010, October 19

Following on the success of her Juan Rulfo project, pianist Ana Cervantes has put together another multi-composer themed commissioning project entitled Song of the Monarch: Women in Mexico. Nearly 20 composers from around the world were commissioned to respond to

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Ook Pik Waltz – Arrangement for Violin, Cello and Guitar

An arrangement for Violin, Cello, and Guitar of a fiddle melody by Canadian Frankie Rodgers. (2008) ca. 4″ Purchase a PDF of the score and parts for $5 per copy via PayPal: Live performance by Uncle Joe members Iveta Dejus,

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Fischiettando – Arrangement for Piccolo, Violin, Cello, and Tambourine (optional)

An arrangement for Piccolo, Violin, Cello, and optional Tambourine of a traditional Sicilian melody. (2008) ca. 1’30” Purchase a PDF of the score and parts for $5 per copy via PayPal: Live performance by Uncle Joe members Liene Denisjuka, piccolo,

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Habañera/Carmen Fantasy – Arrangement for Flute (Optional),Viola and Cello

An arrangement for Flute (Optional),Viola and Cello of the Habañera from Bizet’s opera, Carmen, using Pablo Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy for Violin and Piano as a starting point. (2008) ca. 3’30” Purchase a PDF of the score and parts for $8

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Panta Rei (Saxophone Quartet or Clarinet Quartet)

Saxophone Quartet or Clarinet Quartet (1997, rev. 2007) One movement, ca. 8’ Premiered by the Amherst Saxophone Quartet in Buffalo, New York. “The other premiere was Charles Griffin’s Panta Rei, a pulsing, fast, free-flowing piece of tight, dense textures and

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Shifting Coastlines (Medium High Voice and Piano)

Medium High Voice and Piano. (2000/2007) 20’ Texts by Charles Simic; (John Sokol); Ralph Burns; Howard Nemerov; Albert Goldbarth; Ronald Wallace
 In 2000, inspired by our mutual love of science, the amazing artist Karen Fitzgerald and I collaborated on a

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Die Freudenkrone: Ehrerbietung zu J.S. Bach (Organ, Timpani, SATB Choir)

Organ, Timpani and SATB Choir (2007) ca. 11’ Commissioned by the City of Liepāja for organist Lotars Džeriņš to premiere at the VI International Organ Music Festival in Liepāja, Latvia. Premiered September 8, 2007. With Normunds Everts, Timpani and the

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Weaving Olden Dances (Clarinet, String Quartet, Piano and Bodhrán)

Clarinet, String Quartet, Piano and Bodhrán (2007) 6’30” Premiered by the Griffin Ensemble at the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Liepaja, Latvia. Purchase a PDF of the score and parts via PayPal for $30: Tweet

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From the Faraway Nearby (Piano Four-Hands)

Piano Four Hands, Six Movements, (2006) ca. 20’ Premiered by Hugh Sung and Walter Cosand, at Arizona State University, November 2006. Purchase a PDF of the score via PayPal for $15: This suite is inspired by paintings by the American

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Instant Audio

Most pieces can be auditioned on their post pages. But you can sample some audio here.

Quick Bio

CBG2_WPRKOriginally from New York, Charles Griffin returned to the U.S. in 2010 to take a position at Florida's Full Sail University as course director of Advanced Music Composition in their MPBS program, after spending 5 years living and working in Latvia. His compositions and arrangements have been performed at festivals and concert halls throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, Brazil, Cuba, and Puerto Rico.

He is also a radio show host on 91.5 WPRK FM. His show Zero Crossings incorporates live interviews with composers, conductors and performers with a focus on the local contemporary art music scene.

Read more in the biography section.