The Far Field (1997) 22’
Text by Theodore Roethke, for High Voice, Clarinet & Piano.
Premiered by Elizabeth Farnum, Dennis Joseph & Charles Tauber at NYU.

Fischiettando (2008) ca. 1’30”
Arrangement for Piccolo, Violin, Cello, and Tambourine (optional), of a traditional Sicilian melody. (The fischiettando is the Sicilian version of the tarantella.)

Fist Through Traffic (1993) 8’
Three Movements. Alto Saxophone & Percussion Ensemble
Premiered by Richard Dirlam & the University of Minnesota Percussion Ensemble, Fernando Meza, Director.

Fragmentary Rondo 1 movement, (1996 rev. 2000) ca. 6′30″
unaccompanied solo flute
Premiered by Hugh Williams at Next Stage in NYC, 1996.

for the straight way was lost (2002) 8’
Viola or Cello with Clarinet or Bass Clarinet or Alto Saxophone
Commissioned and premiered by Darkwood Consort, Boise, Idaho.

How Do I Love Thee? (2000) 4’30”
Text by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, for High Voice, Clarinet or Violin & Piano.
A co-commission and premiere by The Lark Ascending, Nancy Bogen, director, and the Lyric Arts Trio.

Jazz Suite (1992) 8’
Clarinet & Piano.
Premiered by B. Coleman & Kee Poh Lim at Queens College.

Kusanganisa (2003) 7’
Flute, Marimba 4-hands.
Commissioned by Queens Council on the Arts for Percussia.

Nightsongs (2007) 9’
Clarinet and String Quartet
Premiered by The Griffin Ensemble at Liepāja Symphony Concert Hall, May 2007.

Panta Rei (1997) 8’
Clarinet or Saxophone Quartet.
Premiered by the Amherst Saxophone Quartet in Buffalo, New York.

Shifting Coastlines (2000) 30’
Texts by Charles Simic; John Sokol; Ralph Burns; Howard Nemerov; Albert Goldbarth; Ronald Wallace
Medium Voice, Flute/Alto Flute, Violin, Cello, Piano & Percussion.
Collaboration with the amazing visual artist Karen Fitzgerald.
Commissioned by Goliard Concerts with funding from the Greenwall Foundation and the Queens Council on the Arts, for their annual concert series and Southeastern Festival Tour.

So, We’ll Go No More A-Roving (1999) 3’30”
Text by Lord Byron, for High Voice & Piano (w or w/out Clarinet).
Commissioned by The Lark Ascending, Nancy Bogen, director.

Three Minatures (1993) 8’
Wind Quintet.
Premiered by the North Woods Quintet in Minneapolis.

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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.