COMPOSITIONS

Zachary M. Watkins writes for a variety of performers and ensembles. His engaging compositions incorporate many styles: neo-romanticism, jazz, avant-garde, and popular musics. Watkins focus on thematic material is a key aspect of his accessible work.

list of works

NO EXIT, an OPERA in ONE ACT

2020

50 minutes

for Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Tenor, and Baritone; scored for Pierrot Ensemble with Percussion. Libretto by the composer. Based on the play Huis Clos by Jean-Paul Sartre. 

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AMBIGUITY REDUX

2019

13 minutes

for Pierrot Ensemble with Percussion

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THIS IS NOT A BOX

2019

7 minutes

for Solo Cajón

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SELECTIONS from “NO EXIT”

2019

20 minutes

for Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Baritone, and Piano. Four excerpts from the one-act opera.

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COLLECTED NEW ART SONGS

2018

35 minutes

for Mezzo-Soprano and Piano. Seven art songs.

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THREE NOCTURNES

2017

14 minutes

for Solo Piano. Three movements.

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ZODIAC for ORCHESTRA

2016

27 minutes

scored for 2+1, 2+1, 2+1, 2 - 4, 3, 2+1, 1, timp, 4perc, cel/pno, strings. Four movements.

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SERENADE

2015

8 minutes

for Soprano, Clarinet and Bass Clarinet, Trombone, Percussion, Celesta and Piano. Text by Edgar Allan Poe

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SOJOURNS

2014

7 minutes

for Oboe, Trumpet, and Cello.

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ETERNITY’S EDGE

2014

12 minutes

for Flute, Clarinet, Percussion, Piano, Violin, and Cello.

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FLEETING THOUGHTS

2013

10 minutes

for Woodwind Quintet. Three movements.

2007

The composer focused on popular music efforts during this time.

2012

The composer was inactive during this time.

2001

2006

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AMBIGUITY

2000

13 minutes

for Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Vibraphone, Marimba, and Cello.

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WISDOM

1999

6 minutes

for Mixed Choir. Text from Proverbs.

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THE SIREN

1998

10 minutes

for Soprano and Piano. Text by the composer. Five-song cycle.

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MORE SONGS of WOE

1998

10 minutes

for Mezzo-Soprano and Piano. Text by the composer. Five-song cycle.

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NO MAN

1998

3 minutes

for Mixed Choir. Text by E. E. Cummings

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THE SAILOR

1998

10 minutes

for Baritone and Piano. Text by the composer. Five-song cycle.

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SONGS of WOE

1997

10 minutes

for Soprano and Piano. Text by the composer. Five-song cycle.

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12 INTERVALIC STUDIES

1997

30 minutes

for Solo Piano. Twelve movements.