Cathy Milliken


Compositions // Diverse


  • Brass (working title)

    for horn, two trumpets, trombone, tuba. Commissioned by the Stockholm Chamber Brass for the Schumann Fest, Düsseldorf. Premiere 6.6.19

  • Zweierlei Recht

    for choirs, orchestra, windbands, trumpet ensemble, actors, dancers. A Country Community Opera commissioned by the Land Tyrol as part of a series of seven such operas based on the life of Maximilian I, performed throughout Tyrol in June 2019.


  • Collaborative Composition

    for voices, instruments, cello, plastic bottles, movement. A collaborative work by 25 students and workshop leader, Cathy Milliken at the Darmstadt Ferienkurse for Music Performance during the Ferienkurse. Score not available.

  • Crie

    for violin and voice (one player). Premiere by Veronique Serret at Carriageworks as part of Ensemble Offspring's Lone Hemisphere's Concert on 4.12.2018.

  • Opera of Objects.

    for oboe, percussion, piano, objects and voices. A collaborative work by Erik Griswold, Cathy Milliken and Vanessa Tomlinson. Text by Craig Foltz. Premiere 9.11.2018

  • Romeo's Passion

    for 2 sopranos, 2 tenors, oboe, violin, piano. A musical-theatrical work for five singers, oboe, violin and piano. Premiere at the Hillbrow Theatre, Johannesburg and produced by Apthorp.


  • Red Live Breath

    for chamber choir, stones, whirlies and torches. Premiere 9.11.2017 by The Australian Voices at Queensland Conservatorium.

  • The Space of the Object (Tongues of Stone)

    Variable instrumentation.

  • Three Sound

    for clarinet, violoncello, sounds and text. Commissioned by the Trio Catch for their "Ohr Knacker" series. Premiere Wilhelmsburg, Hamburg, 8.10.17.

  • Waving

    for orchestra and four participating mouth organ groups. A participatory orchestral work for youth concerts. Commissioned by the Elbphilharmonie and premiered on 31.1.2017.


  • Brusl

    A participatory work for 140 participants and local music groups from Bruchsal Premiere 15.10.2016 in Bruchsal. (Direction, composition and arrangements by Cathy Milliken.)

  • Fatima Dike - a Radio Portrait.

    A radio portrait of the writer Fatima Dike based on interviews carried out in her home town Langa, South Africa and interspersed with songs composed by Cathy Milliken based on poetry by Fatima Dike. Radio play is by Fatima Dike and Cathy Milliken.

  • Tyalgum Stories - Here we are

    for choirs, recorders, Clarinet, Percussion A site specific collection of works for and by the community of Tyalgum and Lismore for the Tyalgum Festival in Northern New South Wales, Australia. (Direction, composition and arrangements by Cathy Milliken.)

  • Wenden und Drehen

    A participatory work and performance for Wismar choirs, commissioned by the Festspiele Mecklenburg Vorpommern. Premiered 25.6.2016. Score unavailable.

  • Wendengesang (Leaving Heart)

    for soprano and violin. A musical theatre Installation for soprano and violin. Commissioned by the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival. Premiered by Frauke Aulbert and Elfa Run Kristinsdottir 25.6.2016


  • Messages for you

    A participatory work composed and directed for wind bands, choirs, string students and professional musicians. Including a visual installation with images by artist Chris Wainwright. Performed at the Hojuji Temple in Kamaishi on 3rd November. Commissioned by Future Labo.


  • Catalogue of Blue

    Duo for oboe and percussion. Commissioned by Christian Hommel


  • Memorial (for Tohoku)

    12 card pieces for 1-15 players/singers


  • Three Step

    for horn, violin, cello Commissioned by Saar Berger, Ensemble Modern


  • Knee Piece 45

    for flute, oboe, percussion Premiere Berlin, Ultraschall Festival, Berlin 2009

  • Two Step

    for violin and double bass. Commissioned by Zagreb Chamber Music Festival 2010.


  • A Slip in the Night Tango

    for trumpet and melodica Premiere: Portrait concert, Dachsaal Ensemble Modern, Frankfurt, by Sava Stoianov and Valentin Garvie

  • Cento

    for soprano, countertenor and two string trios Premiere: Ensemble Resonanz and Neue Vokalsolisten im Radial System, Berlin


  • Secret Seven

    for flute, oboe, clarinet, cello percussion and piano Premiere Ensemble Modern at a portrait concert, Dachsaal, Frankfurt


  • a single climb to a line

    for four tenor trombones

  • Church Bell Concert and installation "Von der Freundschaft"

    for the City of Hannover, its Bells, children's choir and handbell choir Inner city and church spires, Hanover, Handbell Choir and the Choir of the International Ecumenical Church Festival and HGNM


  • Plays

    Wind quintet (staged composition) for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, also tuned glasses, cow instruments, recorders and mouth organs. commissioned by "Chronophonie", Freiburg im Breisgau Premiere: Museum of Modern Art, Freiburg im Breisgau

  • Songs of Love, Songs of War

    Concert pieces for two voices, trumpet, bass guitar, percussion, piano/sampler


  • Looks Live

    Concert piece for voice, bass guitar, piano/sampler Theaterhaus, Frankfurt and Hessian Broadcasting


  • Cosmic Memos

    for two speaker/singers (male and female), viola, horn, contrabass, percussion, Radio play/texts taken from works by Italo Calvino Direction/composition/libretto by HCD PRODUCTIONS: Hermann Kretzschmar/Cathy Milliken/Dietmar Wiesner Hessian Broadcasting Station/ZKM, Karlsruhe 2000 Radio play of the month 2001 Westfalen jury prize for best direction


  • Jet

    for clarinet and tape Commissioned by: CMMIX, Paris premiere, Festival Sons d'Hiver, Paris

  • Margaret

    for four singers and piano Based on a poem by Gerard Manly Hopkins Saarbrücken Chamber Music Festival


  • 6 Memos

    for flute (also piccolo, alto flute and bass flute) and string quartet Based on "6 Memos for the Next Millennium" by Italo Calvino Saarbrücken Chamber Music Festival (for Mandelring Quartet & Dietmar Wiesner) 12.10.1998

  • Hippolytos and Salome

    for flute, oboe, bass clarinet, piano and percussion Adaptation of Paul Bowles' theatre music by HCD Productions: realised from tape of Bowle's synthesizer version and arranged by Hermann Kretzschmar, Cathy Milliken, Dietmar Wiesner. Performance and recording by HCD Productions/Largo Records.

  • Mother tongue (Muttersprache)

    for speaker, soprano, baritone, violin, cello, piano, percussion and tape Based on poems and prose by Rosa Ausländer State Theatre Darmstadt; tape realised at ZKM studios, Karlsruhe


  • Objects

    for speaking pianist and piano. Texts from "Tender Buttons" by Gertrude Stein. Kestner Museum, Hanover Biennale


  • Melos

    for two amplified timpani and electronic filters (one player) Premiere: Sprengel Museum, Hanover, Peppie Wiersma.

  • Palomar

    for violin and 8-track-tape. Based on "Mr Palomar" by Italo Calvino. Commissioned by Jagdish Mistrey (Ensemble Modern).


  • Journey

    for horn, trumpet, violoncello, percussion, piano/sampler and three school classes of schoolchildren Fantasy/Improvisations based on Franz Schubert's "Die Winterreise" (The Winter Journey). Commission and premiere: Southbank Centre, London.

  • Sifr

    for speaker, flute, piano/sampler, percussion. Co-production of CDs with Hessian Broadcasting.

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