Cathy Milliken


Compositions // Ensemble


10.3.2022 Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, London (Newest Edition)
“Night Shift”
for audience, ensemble, choir and soloists
Remix Ensemble Casa da Música-Porto
Conductor: Jonathan Stockhammer

24 & 25.6.2022 Adelaide Town Hall
Earth Plays V - Ediacaran
for orchestra (new part to Earth Plays cycle) WP
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Benjamin Northey

28 - 30.7.2022 Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall WP
Fifty Fanfares
Commission for orchestra
Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Simone Young

3.8.2022 Concert Hall, QPAC; Brisbane
Piece 43 For Now
for Chamber Orchestra
Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Elena Schwarz


  • A Desperate Adventure and Courage and a Clock.

    for ensemble Commissioned by Zafraan Ensemble, Berlin. Conductor Premil Petrović Premiere Ensemble Zafraan 2.10.21

  • Night Shift

    for ensemble, audience, alto, tenor, choir Inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. Ensemble Modern, Catherine Larsen Maguire, Helena Rasker, Michael Schiefel, Premiere at Musikfeste, Berlin Philharmonie 1.9.21 Commissioned by Art Mentor Foundation, Lucerne for Ensemble Modern, London Sinfonietta, Remix Ensemble Casa da Música, Asko|Schönberg Ensemble.



    for ensemble To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Ensemble Modern Conductor: Ingo Metzmacher Premiere 9.12.20, online

  • Psalm 12 - Justice

    for 12 singers (SATB). An a capella work based on the Psalm no 12. Part of the international "150 Psalms project". Commissioned by the Adelaide Festival and premiered on 29.2.20 by The Song Company at the Adelaide Festival 2020.


    for 12 percussionists Commissioned by Speak Percussion Supported by Ernst von Siemens Foundation.


  • Bright Ring

    for ensemble. 1020 2100 2perc 2121. Commissioned by Ensemble Modern. Premiere by Ensemble Modern at Alte Oper, Frankfurt am Main, 3.3.2019. Further performances at Wigmore Hall, London 5.3.19 and Elbphilharmonie 11.3.19.

  • Espiral

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

  • Five Step

    String Quintet: Music for "Das Gläserne Meer" von Tauchgold. Commissioned by VKB Foundation, Munich. Actors: Inka Löwendorf, Florian Lukas. Musicians: Chié Peters (Violine), Hannes Metze (Violine), Juan Lucas Aisemberg (Viola), Ehrengard von Gemmringen (Violoncello), Katri-Maria Leponiemi (Kontrabass). Premiere 7.11.2019


  • Pollok

    for flute, clarinet, string quintett, percussion, piano.

  • 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.


  • Glockenflügel (Bell's Wings)

    for 2 Tp, 2 Hr, 2 Trom, bass trombone, tape. (Brass Ensemble and Tape). Commissioned by the Festival of Mecklenburg Vorpommern for their opening on 17.6.2016.


  • Picasso and Words

    for coloratura soprano, tenor, baritone, bass. For voice quintet based on poetry by Pablo Picasso. Commissioned by Vocalsolisten. Premiere Theaterhaus, Stuttgart, 20.3.15.


  • Shifrorl

    Chamber music commissioned by Decibel Ensemble as part of their "After Julia" Project. First performance by Deciebal (Musical dDrector - Cat Hope)on 8.11.2014 at Eugene Goossens Hall in Ultimo, Sydney.


  • Augenblicke

    for mixed ensemble, elastic scoring and variable line-up - for school students with fundamental instrumental skills. New revised version. Premiere: Lautstark Klangspuren Festival, Austria

  • Catalogue of Blue

    Duo for oboe and percussion. Commissioned by Christian Hommel

  • Uh Oh!

    Uh Oh! for Bassoon Quartet. (for Frank Zappa) Premiere 3.12.2013 Vienna, by members of Klangforum Wien.


  • Alles was besteht

    Concert piece based on a text by Jenny Erpenbeck, for chamber ensemble, soprano, two speakers Premiere 3 June. Members of the Tonhalle Orchestra, Zurich


  • Song - Kristallwelt

    for mixed ensemble, variable line-up for school students with fundamental instrumental skills Premiere: Lautstark Klangspuren Festival, Austria

  • 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

  • singles

    for large ensemble Commissioned by Art Festival, Wuppertal Commission sponsored by the Arts Foundation of NRW


  • En secret

    for counter tenor, guitar and oboe d'amore Premiere: Internationale Ferienkurse, Darmstadt 2004


  • Looks Live

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


  • 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.


  • Objects

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


  • 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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