Compositions

Andrew Lesser’s compositions have been described as “evocative”, “intelligent”, and “originally unique”. His pieces have been performed by ensembles across New Jersey and abroad, including the Rutgers University Wind Ensemble, Rowan University Wind Ensemble, Westminster Choir College, and North Texas Wind Symphony.

Drawing from a variety of styles and mediums, from Medieval to Pop/Rock influences, Andrew has written for small scale chamber ensembles to large scale full orchestral works, such as his Symphony in E minor. He is always committed to composing works that educate, entertain, and inspire listeners of all ages.

Andrew’s works are currently published by Musica Propria, Grand Mesa Music, and Kjos, where they are available for purchase (see the “Links” page for more information).

For more information, or to inquire regarding commission a work, please contact Andrew Lesser at andrew.lesser@yahoo.com.

Works – Concert Band & Orchestra

Castle Overture (2009) – Grade 3
Recorded on Finale 2009 software

Castle Overture is designed for advanced middle school or high school band, and serves as a vehicle for musical imagery, evoking scenes from a medieval castle atmosphere. It is approximately 5 minutes in length, and is in the concert key of B-flat major. 

Castle Overture: 

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Celebrations (2007) – Grade 5
Recording by the Rowan University Wind Ensemble – Dr. John Pastin, Conductor

Celebrations was written in memory of Scott Cagenello, Dean of Students of Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. His commitment to his students, his love of teaching, and his positive outlook will never be forgotten. This piece is a celebration of his memory. Celebrations is intended for advanced ensembles with a particularly strong trumpet section. The trumpet motif pervades throughout the piece and requires fluent technical and rhythmic skill from all players. The tempo remains constant throughout the work, though rubato may be used at the conductor’s discretion.

Celebrations:

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Snow Through a Window (2007) – Grade 2+
Recorded by the Rutgers University Wind Ensemble, Dr. William Berz, Conductor
Published by Neil A. Kjos
Featured in Volume 10 in the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series

This five minute, Grade 2+ piece is designed for younger bands concentrating on tone production and stylistic interpretation. Snow Through a Window  is an example of musical imagery; while the piece itself does not tell a definite story, the title gives the impression of watching a gentle snowfall through a window. The piece is a slow ballad, which lends itself as an excellent contrast to more energetic selections on a concert program, particularly in a winter concert. Snow Through a Window  is centered in the key of B-flat concert and is in ¾ meter for the entire duration. The technical demands of this piece are within the range of second year players. The rhythms used include dotted half and dotted quarter notes, but there are no syncopated rhythms based on their note values. The rest are simple combinations of quarter, half, and eighth notes. There are several accidentals throughout the piece, and the length of the piece requires proper breath control and endurance from all winds.

Snow Through a Window:

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Symphony No. 1 for Full Orchestra (2006) – Grade 4
Recorded on Finale 2009 software

Symphony No. 1 – Mvt. I:

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Symphony No. 1 – Mvt. II:

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Symphony No. 1 – Mvt. III:

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Symphony No. 1 – Mvt. IV:

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The Labyrinth (2002) – Grade 5+
Recording by the Rowan University Wind Ensemble
Published by Musica Propria

The Labyrinth is a highly programmatic work centering on the experience of a central character, whose features and characteristics are left to the individual’s imagination. The character is about to take an arduous journey into the unknown through the medium of a giant labyrinth. The character begins the journey by staring with purpose, but apprehension at the massive gates of the labyrinth. Slowly, the gates open, and the character is drawn inside as the gates silently close behind. Reluctantly, the character takes a few nervous steps, then growing bolder, begins to explore the seemingly infinite passageways, pathways, and tunnels. After taking numerous twists, turns, and backtracks, the character slowly becomes more agitated. As panic begins to set in, the character starts running down the corridors and tunnels, trying in vain to search for a familiar area. Panic finally sets in, leaving the character in a frantic search for the exit. The very walls of the labyrinth seem to close in as the character staggers through the passages, beating his/her fists against the walls. Finally, when all seems hopeless, a distant light shines through, revealing the exit. However, the gates to the opening slowly close as the character starts to frantically run toward them. In a desperate leap, the character hurdles through the opening just as the gates slam shut. The character stands once again before the labyrinth, a symbol of triumph against the massive structure of cold, dark stone.

The Labyrinth:

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Chamber Works

O Magnum Mysterium for Clarinet Quartet (2004) – Grade 3
Composed by Tomas Luis de Victoria, Arrangement by Andrew Lesser
Published by Grand Mesa Music

O Magnum Mysterium:

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Quartet for Saxophones (2004) – Grade 4
Recorded on Finale 2009 software

Quartet for Saxophones – Mvt. I:

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Quartet for Saxophones – Mvt. III:

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Quartet for Saxophones – Mvt. IV:

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The Tale of Custard the Dragon for Soprano and Piano (2003) – Grade 3+
Recorded by Deena Frankel, Soprano at Westminster Choir College

The Tale of Custard the Dragon:

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Three Miniatures for Flute and Clarinet (2001) – Grade 3
Recorded by Christine Frielink, Flute, and Andrew Lesser, Clarinet

Three Miniatures – Mvt. I:

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Three Miniatures – Mvt. II:

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Three Miniatures – Mvt. III:

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