John Plant, composer

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Faustus: A SaxOpera, for alto saxophone and large wind ensemble

      World Wide Concurrent Premieres Commissioning Fund (WWCPCF) commission.

        Alto sax solo, piccolo, 2 fl, alto fl, 2 ob, E.H., Eb cl, 3 Bb cl, b. cl, 2 bn, cbn, 4 hn, 3 tpt, flglhn, 2 tromb, b tromb, 3 perc, timp, harp, piano, cb.

Concerto for Orchestra 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bn, 4 hn, 2 tpt, 2 perc incl. timp, harp, strings


Babel is a blessing, eight songs in eight languages for voice and orchestra. (Machado, Trakl, Lawrence, Catullus, Blok, Saba, Bonnefoy, Anon.)
          (2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bn, 2 hn, 2 tpt, harp, percussion, timpani, strings)
Invocation to Aphrodite (Sappho) for mezzo-soprano, flute, piano, and strings.

Románce sonámbulo, (Lorca) ballad for voice and orchestra (2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bn, 2 hn, tpt, percussion, timpani, strings)

dreams in the mirror (Cummings), for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra. (2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 hn, strings)

in the world of zero (Sonnevi), for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra. (fl, ob, cl, bn, hn, piano, percussion, strings)

           Commissioned by L'Ensemble du Jeu Présent
            On CD: John Plant: Vocal Music in Eight Languages, MSR MS-1327


'Earthsea' sonata for clarinet and piano.   Arts Nova Scotia Grant . Published by Da Vinci Edition..

Faustus: A SaxOpera. Chamber version for alto saxophone, harp and piano. Commissioned by Tristan de Borba and Jennifer Bill.
String Quartet.  Commissioned by Blue Engine String Quartet . Published by Da Vinci Edition.
Piano Quintet (piano, string quartet.   Arts Nova Scotia grant. Published by Da Vinci Edition.
A deep clear breath of life, for alto saxophone and piano. Commissioned by Peter Kovner, in memory of his sister Kay
            on CD Divergent Reflections, with Jennifer Bill, saxophone and Yoshiko Kline, piano.

            Published by RC Editions
Capriccio for flute and marimba.  Commissioned by 'Shattering the Silence 2013' Festival.
            Nominated for Best Classical Composition, East Coast Music Awards 2015
         on CMC CD 'Kitchen Party'


Insomnia for soprano, sax and piano (Tsvetaeva/Plant) . Co-commisioned by Jennifer Bill and Michael Cooper.
                        CD recording scheduled for September 2017
                  Score to be published by RC Editions, 2018
            -Version for soprano, clarinet in A, piano.
Sonetto di Gaspara Stampa, for voice and piano quartet. Commisioned by The Talisker Players

Sunday, 4 A.M., (Elizabeth Bishop) for voice and string quartet. Commisioned by Suzie Leblanc

                   on CD 'I am in need of music', CMCCD 19413

Sandpiper, for voice, clarinet, and piano. Commisioned by Suzie LeBlanc. 

                   Nominated for Best Classical Composition, ECMA Awards, 2014

                   on CD 'I am in need of music', CMCCD 19413

Sandpiper, version for voice, clarinet, string quartet and piano. (Elizabeth Bishop) Commisioned by Scotia Festival.
Romance sonámbulo, Version for voice and chamber octet. (fl, ob, hn, tpt, perc incl timp, v, vc, pno)

            On CD Vocal Works in Eight Languages MSR MS--1327

La notte bella (Ungaretti), for mezzo-soprano, violin, cello, and piano .
            On CD
Vocal Works in Eight Languages MSR MS-1327
 - version for baritone, violin, cello, and piano, commissioned by The Talisker Players

Invocation to Aphrodite (Sappho) for voice, flute, violin, cello and piano.
-Version for voice, piano, string quartet.
            On CD Canciones del alma, SNE-629

Somnus et Amor (medieval Latin) voice, fl, cl, str. qtet, piano,           

- version for voice, piano, chimes
-version for voice, string quartet, piano, optional percussion

Pervigilium Veneris (Vergil)  Soprano, mezzo-soprano, bass, piano.
The Palace at 4 A.M. (Raab) for soprano, pno, hps, vc, 3 perc.


The Heart of Things, spoken word opera for six actors and soundtrack (virtual orchestra, musique concrète, electronic sounds). Text by Wanda Graham. 

               Arts Nova Scotia grant.

I Will Fly LIke a Bird, concert opera in memoriam Robert Dziekanski. Libretto: J. A. Wainwright.  Mezzo-soprano, bar, cl, piano, string quartet
            Arts Nova Scotia grant

The Shadowy Waters , opera in one act, text by W.B. Yeats. Mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass, pno, harp, perc.
            Canada Council grant.

Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights, an opera in one act, text by Gertrude Stein.   2 basses, bar, tenor, mezzo-soprano, soprano, chorus SSA, pno
            Playwrights Workshop New Music/New Text series

Faustus: An Opera for Dancers. Choreography by Peter Boneham.   Commissioned by Le Groupe de la Place Royale

The Collector of Cold Weather , ballet.   Voices and piano.  Poem by Lawrence Raab; choreography by Peter Boneham.
            Ontario Arts Council Grant

What Happened, dance opera, text Gertrude Stein. Six voices (three male, 3 female) and piano. Choreography: P. Boneham.  Metropolitan Life grant.

Marche sur glace , piano solo for dance, choreography by Peter Boneham.  Commissioned by Le Groupe de la Place Royale

Une danse maigre pour trois voleurs, dance work  (two sopranos, piano, harpsichord, percussion); choreogaphy by Peter Boneham
            Commissioned by Le Groupe de la Place Royale


Voices Answering Back: The Vampires. Poem by Lawrence Raab. Men's choir, TTBB.   Commissioned by Coastal Voices Men's Choir

Rolling Down to Old Maui.  (arrangement of traditional whaling song).  Men's choir, TTBB. Commissioned by Coastal Voices Men's Choir.


In the middle of the road (Drummond/Bishop), for soprano, mezzo-soprano and piano.

Babel is a blessing,  eight songs in eight languages (Greek, French, Italian, Spanish, German, English, Latin, Russian.) 

Mad as the Mist and Snow (Yeats). Pollack Hall,  Montreal. 27 February 1989

John Kinsella's Lament for Mrs. Mary Moore (Yeats) 

Ice (Raab) 


West Jeddore

...and distance always like a dream of itself
Coming Down  


T.Thomason, Bliss and I Will Believe  (men's choir and piano)

Richard Wagner, Wesendonk-Lieder (Voice and string quartet)

Josef Haydn, Arianna a Naxos Voice and piano trio
W.A. Mozart, La finta semplice "Che scompiglio, che flagello". Mezzo-soprano and piano trio.