A native of New York City, Allen Brings received a bachelor of arts degree magna cum laude from Queens College and a master of arts degree from Columbia University, where he was a Mosenthal Fellow and a student of Otto Luening, and a doctorate in theory and composition from Boston University, where he was a teaching fellow and a student of Gardner Read. In 1962 he was a Naumburg Fellow at Princeton University, where he studied with Roger Sessions. He has twice served as chairman of the eastern region of the American Society of University Composers and is currently vice-president of Connecticut Composers. His published compositions, which include works for orchestra, band, chorus, a wide variety of chamber ensembles, piano, organ, harpsichord, guitar, and voice, have been recorded for Navona Records, Capstone, Centaur, Grenadilla, Contemporary Record Society, North/South Consonance, Arizona University Recordings, and Vienna Modern Masters. A pianist as well as a composer, Brings has performed extensively both here and abroad especially in programs of music for piano, four-hands, with Genevieve Chinn, with whom he has recorded for Orion, CRI, and Centaur. He is also co-author of A New Approach to Keyboard Harmony, published by W. W. Norton, and has contributed articles to College Music Symposium, Contemporary Music Newsletter, Society of Composers Newsletter, New Music Connoisseur, New Oxford Review, ComposerUSA, sounding board, and Adoremus Bulletin. He is Professor Emeritus of Music at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College of the City University of New York, where he was co-ordinator of the theory and ear training program, and is a director of the Weston Music Center and School of the Performing Arts in Weston, Connecticut, where he teaches piano and theory.

Original compositions by Allen Brings available on compact disc:

Eclogue for solo clarinet
Three Inventions after J. S. Bach for two clarinets
Concert Piece for clarinet quartet
Trio for clarinet, cello & piano
Centaur Records CRC 2079

Sonata for clarinet & piano
Sonata for solo violin
Sonata for piano
Centaur Records CRC 2156

Tre madrigali concertati for soprano, cello & harpsichord
Contemporary Record Society CD 9153

Five Bagatelles for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon & piano
North/South Recordings N/S R 1005

Duo concertante for cello & piano
Capstone Records CPS-8615

Fantaisie for flute & harp
Fantasy Piece for piano, four-hands
Chimeric Fantasy for alto saxophone, cello & piano
Sonata da chiesa for solo cello
Trio for violin, viola & cello
Capstone Records CPS-8644

Five Pieces (1980) for piano
Tre esercizi for harpsichord
Sonatine for piano
Six Praeludia for organ
Concerto da camera No. 4 for harpsichord & strings
Capstone Records CPS-8679

Three Fantasies for saxophone quartet
Arizona University Recordings AUR CD 3115

Scherzi musicali for orchestra
Vienna Modern Masters VMM 3053

Sonata after Vivaldi for cello with piano
Quintet for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos
Arizona University Recordings AUR CD 3112

Missa Brevis for mixed chorus a cappella
Capstone Records CPS-8710

Three Holy Sonnets for chorus & orchestra
From Psalterium Davidicum for chorus & orchestra
A Herrick Suite for chorus & piano
The Lament of Rachel for chamber choir & piano, 4-hands
Cor Jesu Trinitatis for mixed chorus a cappella
Three Songs of Blake & Donne for soprano & piano
Mountain Song for soprano & piano
Capstone Records CPS-8731

Ten Conceits for piano
Capstone Records CPS-8732

Duologue for oboe & clarinet
Duologue 2 for flute & oboe
Duologue 5 for clarinet & cello
Duologue 7 for violin & piano
Duologue 8 for viola & cello
Duo for cello & piano
Duo for clarinet & piano
Duette for flute & piano
Capstone Records CPS-8753

Serenade for orchestra
Capstone Records CPS-8779

Three Studies for piano, left-hand
Five Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins for soprano and piano
String Quartet
Sonata a quattro for percussion ensemble
Antitheses for guitar, alto saxophone, piano and percussion
Capstone Records CPS-8799

Quintet for clarinet and strings
On "harmonious dissonance," Navona Records NV 5830 Short Symphony No. 1 for string orchestra On "Fire & Time," Navona Records NV 7871 Concertino for oboe and strings On "Paradigms," Navona Records NV 5880

List of Works: A Cradle Song (1954) for medium voice & piano 2 min. MMA; Same (orchestrated 1959) for medium voice & orchestra (2222 2220 hp, strings) 2 min. MMA; Variations on an American Folk Song (1954, revised 1958) for piano 3 min. MMA; Missa Brevis (1954, revised 1957) for 4-part chorus of mixed voices div., a cappella 4 min. MMA; Never Seek To Tell Thy Love (1954) for medium voice & piano 2 min. MMA; Same (orchestrated 1959) for medium voice & orchestra [2222 2220 hp, timp, perc(1), strings] 2 min. MMA; O Sacred Heart of Jesus (Cor Jesu Trinitatis) (1954) for 4-part chorus of mixed voices, div., a cappella 2.5 min. MMA; Sonata (1955, revised 1967) for viola (or clarinet) & piano 18 min. SMC; Passacaglia, Interlude & Fugue (1956) for organ 13 min. MMA; Same for piano, 4-hands, 13 min. MMA; Song (1956) for medium voice & piano 5 min. MMA; Same (orchestrated 1959) for medium voice & orchestra (2222 2220 hp, strings) 5 min. MMA; Sonata (1956, revised and rewritten 1959) for solo violin 22 min. SMC; Suite (1956) for wind quintet 10 min. SMC; Canzonet (1956, revised 1973) for soprano, mezzo-soprano (or B-flat clarinet) & cello 3 min. MMA; Burlette (1956, revised 1973) for flute, clarinet & trombone 6 min. SMC; In Paradisum (May Angels Lead You) (1957, revised 1958) for 4-part chorus of mixed voices a cappella or with organ (or solo voice or unison chorus with organ) 1 min. MMA; Concerto for Orchestra (1957, revised and rewritten 1978) for orchestra [2(picc)222 2210 timp, perc(2), strings] 16 min. MMA; Canzone (1960) for double brass quartet (2 tpts, 2 FH, 3 tbns, tuba) 5 min. SMC; Sonata (1961, revised and rewritten 1977) for piano 18.5 MMA; Mass (1961, revised and rewritten 1980) for 4-part chorus of mixed voices, div., & organ 12 min. MMA; Four Pieces (1963) for violin & piano 11 min. MMA; Symphony (1964, rewritten 1984) for orchestra [2picc222 4230 timp, perc(3), hp, cel/po, strings] 25 min. MMA; Duo concertante (1968) for cello & piano 13 min. MMA; Score published also in an autograph edition in ASUC Journal of Music Scores, vol. VI; Four Graded Pieces for Younger Pianists (1968) for piano 3.5 min. MMA; Around and Around appears also in A New Approach to Keyboard Harmony published by W. W. Norton & Co., Inc.; Shall I Die For Mannis Sake? (1969) for 4-part chorus of treble voices, div., a cappella 5 min. SMC; Variations (1970) for band 5 min. SMC; Essay (1970) for band 4 min. SMC; Altaforte (1971) for 4-part chorus of mixed voices, div., & piano 2 min. SMC; Same (orchestrated 1976) for 4-part chorus of mixed voices, div., & wind ensemble [2Picc22E-flatClBcl2 4331 timp, perc(3)] 2 min. SMC; Divertimento (1971) for flute, viola & harpsichord 4 min. SMC; To an Unborn Pauper Child (1971) for 2-part men's chorus, div., & wind quintet or piano, 4-hands, 6 min. SMC; Processional with Fanfares (1972) for band 3 min. CFI; Lament & Dance of Celebration (1972, revised 1984) for band 4 min. MMA; The Apparition, madrigal in five parts (1972) for SSATB vocal ensemble with or without accompaniment 4 min. SMC; Descant (1972) for solo double bass 2.5 min. SMC; Sonatine (1972) for piano 7 min. MMA; Three Inventions after J. S. Bach (1972) for 2 violins or violin & viola or for 2 clarinets or clarinet in B-flat & alto clarinet 3.5 min. MMA; Three Quartets (1973) for percussion ensemble (4) 6.5 min. SMC; Concerto da camera No. 1 (1975) for piano & chamber orchestra [1111 1110 timp, perc(1), 22221] or 2nd piano 10.5 min. SMC; Concerto da camera No. 2 (1974) for violin & percussion ensemble (6) 10.5 min. SMC; Concerto da camera No. 3 (1974) for flute & strings (4-5, 4-5, 3-4, 2-3, 1-2) or piano 10 min. SMC; Sound Pieces for voices & noises:1 Clusters (1973), 2 Kitchen Sounds (1974), 3 Night Sounds (I) (1972) 4.5 min. SPI; Three Sound Pieces for voices & noises:1 Night Sounds (II) (1972) 1 min. SB, 2 Windy Winter Rain (1972) 1 min. SB, 3 Spring (1973) .5 min. CPR; Four Canons (1974) for percussion instruments 4.5 min. SMC; Kaleidoscope (1974) for 7 to 13 or more percussion players 2.5 min. MMA; Tre Sonetti di Michelangelo Buonarroti (1975) for soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, double bass, piano, optional percussion (or for soprano & piano) 8 min. SMC; Alba I (1975) for solo soprano 2 min. MMA; Alba II (1975, revised 1981) for 4-part chorus of treble voices a cappella 1.5 MMA; Variations on a Solemn Theme (1975) for piano, 4-hands, 4 min. MMA; Variations on a Quiet Theme (1976) for band 4 min. SPI; Petite Suite (1976) for piano 6 min. MMA; Flourishes for a Festival (1976) for congregation, 4-part chorus of mixed voices, brass quartet, organ & optional timpani 10 min. MMA; Two Pieces:1 Capriccio (1977) for orchestra [2Picc2EH2Bcl2Cb 4331 timp, perc(4), strings] 5.5 SMC; 2 Notturno (1960, revised and rewritten 1976) for orchestra [2Picc2EH2Bcl2Cb 4331 hp, timp, perc(3), strings] 5.5 SMC; A Herrick Suite (1977) for 4-part chorus of mixed voices & piano [or orchestra (2222 2000 strings)] 7.5 min. MMA: 1 I Sing of Brooks, 2 Corinna's Going a Maying, 3 To Primroses Filled with Morning Dew, 4 To Live Merrily, and to Trust to Good Verses, 5 To Music, to Becalm his Fever; Fanfare (1977) for organ & 2 timpani 1 min. MMA; Tre madrigali concertati (1978) for soprano, harpsichord & cello 9 min. SMC; Eclogue (1979) for solo clarinet 4.5 SMC; Three Fantasies (1979) for saxophone quartet 7.5 min. SMC; Two Strains (1979, revised 1987) for handbells 3.5 min. MMA; Quintet (1979) for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos 9.5 min. MMA; Five Hymn Flourishes(1978-80) for brass quartet & optional timpani 4 min. SLE; Sonata da chiesa (1980) for solo cello 10 min. MMA; Five Pieces (1980) for piano13.5 min. MMA; Quintet (1981) for 2 tpts, FH, tbn & tuba 12.5 SMC; Canticle (1981) for four cellos 5 min. MMA; Sonata after Vivaldi (1981) for cello with piano 13.5 MMA; Lamentationes Jeremiae Prophetae (1981) for 4-part chorus of mixed voices & percussion ensemble (5) with the optional accompaniment of organ or symphonic wind ensemble 12.5 min. SMC; Three Movements (1982) for trombone quartet 5.5 min. SMC; Colloquies (1984) for flute, clarinet & piano 5.5 min. MMA; Trio (1984) for clarinet, cello & piano 11.5 min. MMA; Missa Simplex (1984) for congregation with optional cantor & organ 4.5 min. MMA; Dona Nobis Pacem (1984) for 2-part chorus of treble voices .5 min. SBG; Etchings (1974-1984) for solo trumpet 7 min. SMC; Three Lais (1975-1985) for solo flute 5.5 SMC; Concert Piece (1985) for flute quartet 8 min. SMC; Threnody (1985) for guitar 5.5 min. MMA; Tre esercizi (1986) for harpsichord 8.5 min. MMA; Concert Piece (1986) for clarinet quartet 6.5 min. SMC; Two Pieces for solo bassoon:1 Dithyramb (1974) 3 min. SMC, 2 Couplets (1986) 3.5 min. SMC; Two Pieces for solo oboe: 1 Planh (1975) 2.5 min. SMC, 2 Cantiga (1986) 4 min. SMC; Terzett (1986) for three double basses 11 min. MMA; Three Airs on anonymous 17th century verses (1986) for 2-part chorus of treble voices & piano 5 min. MMA; Fantasy Piece (1986) for piano, 4-hands, 9 min. MMA; Four Studies in Temperaments (1987) for four bassoons 7 min. SMC; The Lord's Prayer (1987) for 4-part chorus of mixed voices with or without accompaniment 1 min. SLE; Scherzi musicali (1987) for orchestra [2(picc)222 4231 timp, perc(2), strings] 7.5 min. MMA; Three Holy Sonnets (1988) for large 4-part chorus of mixed voices & orchestra [2222 4231 timp, perc(2), strings] 10.5 min. MMA; Sonatina (1989) flute & guitar 6 min. MMA; Two Pieces for solo trombone:1 Prosa (1972) 2.5 min. SMC, 2 Verses (1989) 4 min. SMC; The Maid of Astolat (1990) for 4-part chorus of mixed voices a cappella 1.5 SLE; Sinfonia da camera (1990) for chamber orchestra 1111 1110 timp, perc (1), 11111 18.5 min. MMA; Two Pieces for solo alto saxophone:1 Ricercar (1972) 3 min. SMC, 2 Courante (1991) 3 min. SMC; Elegy (1991) for baritone & string quartet or piano 12.5 min. MMA; Sonata (1991) for solo recorders 10 min. MMA; Getting around (1981-1994) for 4- and 5-part ensembles of voices with or without piano accompaniment 4.5 min. MMA; Dedications (1991) for piano 6.5 min. MMA; O God Whose Voice (1991) for 4-part chorus of mixed voices with or without accompaniment 1 min. CPR; Serenade (1991) for orchestra [2222 2200 timp, perc(1), strings] 9 min. MMA; Two Pieces for solo tuba:1 Scherzetto (1975) 1.5 min. SMC, 2 Berceuse (1992) 1.5 min. SMC; Sonata a quattro (1992) for percussion ensemble (4) 14 min. SMC; Praetoriana (1992) for band 9 min. MMA; Mountain Song (1992) for 4-part chorus of mixed voices & piano or for solo voice & piano 2 min. MMA; Six Praeludia for organ MMA:1 Praeludium (in G) (1991) 1.5 min., 2 Praeludium I (en forme d'une meditation) (1992) 2 min., 3 Praeludium (nel stile d'una toccata) (1992) 1 min., 4 Praeludium II (en forme d'une meditation) (1993) 2 min., 5 Praeludium (as Processional) (1992) 1.5 min., 6 Praeludium (as Recessional) (1993) 1.5 min.; Five Bagatelles (1993) for four woodwind and/or string instruments & piano 7.5 min. MMA; Shout Joyfully to God (1993) for 4-part chorus of mixed voices & piano 2 min. MMA; Chimeric Fantasy (1993) for alto saxophone, cello & piano 9 min. MMA; From Psalterium Davidicum (1994) for large chorus & orchestra [2222 4231 timp, perc(1), strings] 12.5 min. MMA; Fantaisie (1994) for flute & harp 7.5 min. MMA; Digressions (1994) for four guitars 4.5 min. MMA; Concerto da camera No. 4 (1994) for harpsichord & strings (1-5, 1-5, 1-4, 1-3, 1-2) 12.5 min. MMA; Trio (1995) for violin, viola & cello 18.5 min. MMA; Aria da capo (1995) for solo viola 6 min. MMA; Short Symphony No.1 (1996) for strings 14 min. MMA; Peroration (1996) for solo horn 5 min. SMC; Two Badineries (1996) for solo double bass 7 min. MMA; Caprice (1996) for oboe & piano 7 min. MMA; The Power of Your Love (1997) for 4-part chorus of mixed voices & organ 2 min. MMA; The Lament of Rachel (1997) for 4-part chamber choir of mixed voices & piano, 4-hands, 8 min. MMA; Bring Us, O Lord God (1997) for 4-part chorus of mixed voices a cappella 1.5 min. MMA; Vision fugitive (1998) for piano 4 min. MMA; Short Symphony No. 2 (1998) for symphonic wind ensemble Picc2EH2Bcl2CB(op.) 4331 timp, perc(1)] 12.5 min. MMA; Three Aphorisms (1998) for guitar duo 6.5 min. MMA; Duologue (1998) for oboe & clarinet in B-flat 5 min. MMA; Duologue 2 (1999) for flute & oboe 5 min. MMA; Duologue 3 (1999) for clarinet & piano 5 min. MMA; Duologue 4 (1999) for flute & cello 4.5 min. MMA; Duologue 5 (2000)for clarinet in B-flat & cello 5 min. MMA; Concerto da camera No. 5 (2000)) for piano & symphonic wind ensemble [2222 2220] 9.5 min. MMA; Duologue 6 (2000) for xylophone & timpani 5 min. SMC; Duologue 7 (2001) for violin & piano 6.5 min. MMA; Ten Conceits (2001) for piano 8 min. MMA; Introduction and Roundelay (2001)for string orchestra 4.5 min. MMA; Concertino in D (2002) for string orchestra 7.5 min. MMA; Duo (2002) for clarinet in B-flat & piano 12 min. MMA; Divertimento a tre (2002) for flute, violin & viola 6 min. MMA; Duo (2002) for cello & piano 13 min. MMA; Duologue 8 (2002) for viola & cello 9 min. MMA; Duette (2003) for flute & piano 6 min. MMA; Tres Caprichos (2003) for guitar 6.5 min. MMA; Variations on Vom Himmel Hoch (2003) for 2 trumpets, tenor trombone & tuba 6.5 min. MMA; Variations on Vom Himmel Hoch (2003) for piano 6.5 min MMA; Pastorale (2004) for oboe, viola & piano 5 min. MMA; Two Movements (2004) for solo piccolo 4 min. MMA; Hommage à (2004)for organ 5 min. MMA; Two Ludi musici (2004):1. Ludus tubarum for piccolo (flute) & bassoon 5.5 min. MMA, 2. Ludus nervorum for cello & double bass 6.5 min. MMA; Duo (2004) for violin & cello 12.5 min. MMA; Five Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins (2005) for soprano & piano 11.5 min. MMA; Antitheses (2005) for alto saxophone, guitar, piano & percussion 5 min. MMA; Ludi musici: 3. Ludus cannarum (2005) for oboe & English horn 7 min. MMA; String Quartet (2005) for 2 violins, viola & cello 18 min. MMA; Three Studies for Piano, left-hand (2005) 8 min. MMA; Sonata breve (2005) for violin & guitar 8 min. MMA; Three Episodes (2006) for woodwind quartet 9.5 MMA; In memoriam (2006) for strings & alto solo 5.5 min. MMA; Four by Donne (2006) for 4-part chorus of mixed voices a cappella 8.5 min. MMA; Two Songs (2006) for soprano & violin:1Under the Greenwood Tree, 2 Dirge in Woods 5.5 min. MMA; Three Sonnets after the Portuguese (2006) for alto, violin & bassoon 5.5 min. MMA: In memoriam II (2007) for string orchestra or 2 violins, viola, cello & double bass 2.5 min. MMA; Four Canonic Etudes for Flute Duo (2007) 8 min. MMA; Quintet (2007)for clarinet & string quartet 13 min. MMA; Duologue 9 (2007) for trumpet in B-flat & trombone 5.5 min. MMA; Three Canonic Etudes for Bassoon Duo (2007) 6.5 min. MMA; Triette (2007) for flute, clarinet & cello 8 min. MMA; Concertino (2008) for oboe & strings 10.5 min. MMA; Not a Trifling Matter (2008) for piano 50 sec. MMA; Motetus (sine verbis)(2008) for 2 violas & 2 cellos 7 min. MMA; Duologue 10 (2008) for flute & violin 4.5 min. MMA; Duologue 11 (2008) for violin & timpani (4) 4.5 min. MMA; A Carol v1 (2008) for 4-part chorus of mixed voices, a cappella 2 min. MMA; A Carol v2 (2008) for 4-part chorus of mixed voices, a cappella 1.5 min. MMA; Quartet (2009) for oboe, violin, viola & cello 10.5 min. MMA; Duologue 12 (2009) for bassoon & cello 5.5 min. MMA; 4 Méditations sur (2009)for violin & viola 12.5 min. MMA; Images (2009) for flute, clarinet & piano 10 min. MMA; Due Canti, Due Scherzi (2009) for 2 horns & bassoon 8.5 min. MMA; Three Masques (2010)for clarinet & cello 11 min. MMA; Two Encores(2010) for piano 6.5 min. MMA; Reflections (2010)for flute, violin & cello 7 min. MMA; Monodies for Solo Bassoon (2011)10 min. MMA; Consorts (2011) for recorder quartet 8 min. MMA; Monodies for Solo Oboe (2011) 9 min. MMA; Monodies for Solo Trumpet (2011) 8.5 min. MMA; Linescape (2011) for violin, viola & cello 8 min. MMA; A Brief Encounter (2011) between cello & piano 4 min. MMA; A Second Brief Encounter (2011) between cello & piano 2.5 min. MMA; Duologue 13 (2011) for two trumpets 5.5 min. MMA; A Brief Encounter (2011) between oboe & piano 5 min. MMA; Duologue 14 (2011) for oboe & violin 6 min. MMA; Merely in Jest (2011) for flute, clarinet & bassoon 8 min. MMA; Rhapsodic Interplay (2012) for violin & clarinet 5 min. MMA; Short Sonata (2012)for violin & piano 10 min. MMA; Grotesqueries (2012) for oboe, clarinet, cello & double bass 7.5 min. MMA; 3 Soliloquies (2012) for solo oboe 9 min. MMA; Discursive Colloquia (2012) for flute, clarinet cello & percussion 6.5 min. MMA; Tasti toccati e battuti (2012) toccata for piano 4.5 min. MMA; Sextet (2012) for 2 violins, 2 violas & 2 cellos 11.5 min. MMA; 2 by 4 (2013) for cello & double bass 9 min. MMA; Varied Intensities (2013) for piano 10 min. MMA; Duologue 15 (2013) for oboe & English horn 7 min. MMA; Projections (2013) for oboe & percussion (2) 5 min. MMA; All at Once (2013) for violin, viola & cello 50 sec. MMA; Duologue 16 (2013) for flute & clarinet 4 min. MMA; Measure for Measure (2013) for trumpet & piano 8 min. MMA; Trio Sonata (2013) for 2 violins & cello 10 min. MMA; Short and ... (2013) for flute clarinet & bassoon 13.5 min. MMA; From Within and Without (2014) for piano 15.5 min. MMA; Duologue 17 (2014) for flute & violin 5.5 min. MMA; In Line (2014) for flute, oboe & clarinet 6.5 min. MMA; A Linear Engagement (2014) for flute & piano 6 min. MMA; High and Low (2015) for trumpet & tuba 6 min. MMA; Notable Declamations (2015) for 2 trumpets & 2 trombones 6.5 min. MMA; Quartet (2015) for flute, violin, viola & cello 11.5 min. MMA; Not So Serious (2015) for flute, oboe & clarinet 12 min. MMA; Touch and Go (2015) for harp 6 min. MMA; Again and Again (2015) for violin 15 min. MMA; To the Point (2016) for trumpet, flute, oboe & clarinet 13 min. MMA; Sonata for Two Violins (2016) for 2 violins and cello & harpsichord 12.5 min. MMA; Duologue 18 (2016) for clarinet & guitar 5 min. MMA; Reverie (2016) for cello or cello & piano 1 1/4 min. MMA; Etchings (2016) for flute, clarinet & bassoon 10.5 min. MMA; A Linear Pursuit (2016) between oboe & clarinet 6 min. MMA; 4 Differential Equations (2016) for violin & trumpet 17 min. MMA; Trio (2017) for violin, cello & piano 17 min. MMA

MMA - Mira Music Associates, SMC - Seesaw Music Corp., SPI - Shawnee Press, Inc., CFI -Carl Fischer, Inc., SB - Silver Burdett, SBG - Silver Burdett & Ginn, SLE - Schaffner Limited Editions, CPR - Composer