Nathan R. Johnson (composer)

Hello! My name is Nathan Johnson, and welcome to my website. I a musician who compose new music.

Music for orchestra

A Tall Tale |string orchestra | 8 minutes | commissioned by the Biola Youth Orchestra | score sample | listen | watch | buy

Turn a Page (Jig and Lullaby No. 1) | solo instrument and string orchestra or for chamber orchestra (without soloist) | 5 minutes | score sample (chamber); score sample (solo+string orch)

Frenetic Energy | 1 minute | score sample | listen

Starry Night | 4 minutes | score sample | listen

Overture to an Exciting Occasion | 4.5 minutes | score sample | listen

Liebesleid (A Lament) | solo viola, string orchestra | 2008 | 4.5 minutes | score sample | listen

Symphony Northwest | 25 minutes (each movement may be played as an independent piece) | listen

  1. Mountain | score sample

  2. Forest | score sample

  3. River | score sample

  4. Ocean | score sample

A Pilgrim's Progress | 15 minutes

Summer Hill | solo violin, solo cello, solo piano, string orchestra | commissioned by I Artisti Youth Chamber Orchestra | 3 minutes

Sinfonia in G Minor | youth string orchestra | commissioned by I Artisti Youth Chamber Orchestra | 12 minutes

L'ouverture d'un pirate | 4 minutes | listen

Music for small ensembles and solo instruments

Three Duets | flute, viola [or other instruments] | 4 minutes | buy

  1. Two-Part Invention | score sample | listen (arr. for two saxophones, performed by Kendra Emery & Colette Hall)

  2. Canon | score sample | listen (arr. for two saxophones, performed by Kendra Emery & Colette Hall)

  3. Sonatina | score sample | listen (arr. for two saxophones, performed by Kendra Emery & Colette Hall)

Sound Waves 3 | written for the UK Guitar Quartet | watch | buy

Turn a Page (chamber version) | piccolo, flute, 2 violins, piano | watch

Sync | two tenor saxophones, or two other instruments | 4 minutes | score sample | listen (performed by Kendra Emery & Colette Hall) 

Lullaby for Charlotte | violin, piano; or string ensemble | 3 minutes | listen (sample)

Lullaby No. 3 | violin, piano | 3 minutes

Lullaby for Ellen | violin, piano | 3 minutes

Lullaby for Caleb | violin, piano | 3 minutes

Calling (Far) | piano | 3 minutes | listen | buy

Calling | flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon | 5 minutes | written for the Quintessential Winds

  1. Near | score sample

  2. Far | score sample

Hills & Harbors | flute, oboe, violin, viola, cello, piano | 8 minutes |

A Summer's Evening | Flute, violin, piano | 5 minutes | listen

Soundscape | flute | 3 minutes | score sample | listen | buy

Vósem | violin | 7 minutes | score sample | listen

Lunchtime Etudes | violin (or other solo instrument) | 6 minutes

  1. Run, Run, Run

  2. Slow-Mo

  3. Hop, Skip, and Jump

  4. Falling Up

  5. This Way and That

Brass Quintet | two trumpets, French horn, trombone, tuba | 4 minutes | buy

When Morning Dawns | violin, piano | 3 minutes | score

Autumn Serenade | violin, piano | 4 minutes

Sound Waves 2b | organ | written for David Bohn | buy

Autumn Echoes | open instrumentation

For Three | at least three instruments | commissioned by the King's High School Chamber Orchestra

Concerto for Flute and Violin | flute, violin, piano | 10 minutes

Wood-Nymphs' Round | four marimbas, or string quartet | 3 minutes

Cautionary Tales | flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, cello | 8 minutes

Child's Play | two violins, viola, cello | 8 minutes

Six Little Waltzes | piano | 8 minutes

Miniatures (music in two minutes or less)

Bouncing off Walls | two violins, viola, cello | watch | written for Face the Music's Quartet: This Side Up | buy

Zoom | violin, viola | watch | written for the andPlay Duo

Need More Coffee | two flutes, piano | listen | buy

Hratt | violin | watch | written for Eva Ingolf

River | version for violin, cello, piano | listen  

Frenetic Energy | version for string quartet | listen

Northern Light | two pianos | written for Piano Pinnacle | buy

Little Star | piano | buy

The Ghost of Tyto Albe | flute | buy

Eulogy | cello (or viola or violin) | buy

Der Struwwelpeter | clarinet, violin, cello, piano | written for the Pone Ensemble for New Music

By Streams of Water | English horn (or any other solo instrument | buy

Around Sea Rising | viola or violin | buy

Reverie  violin, cello (versions for other duos available) | buy

Whodunit | bassoon

Music for voice

Choir:

Peace on the Earth | SATB choir, solo violin, string orchestra | 5 minutes | score sample

Kyrie | SAT a capella, or SAT with string trio | 4 minutes | listen

Nature's Worship | SATB a capella | 5 minutes

Art songs:

Two Longfellow Songs | tenor, piano | 6 minutes | listen | buy

  1. Daylight and Moonlight

  2. Snow-Flakes

The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls |soprano, piano | 4 minutes | score sample | listen | buy

Nantucket | soprano, piano | 2 minutes

Who Has Seen the Wind? | soprano, piano | 2 minutes | score sample | listen | buy

Per agoniam | soprano, clarinet, cello | 3 minutes

Other songs:

Better Than (2008) 

This Great Adventure (2006) 

Just How Much (2005)

The Heavens Declare (2003)