Cathy Milliken


Works // Ensemble


  • Objects

    version for speaker voice and string quartet
    Premiered at the Villa Aurora by the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra and the composer on 4.11.2023 and at the Pasadena Conservatory on 5.11.2023


    for 12 percussionists
    Premiered by SPEAK PERCUSSION during the Melbourne RISE Festival at the Melbourne Recital Centre on the 15.6.2023


  • A Desperate Adventure and Courage and a Clock

    for ensemble
    Commissioned by Zafraan Ensemble, Berlin.
    Conductor: Premil Petrović
    Premiere Ensemble Zafraan 2.10.2021

  • 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 1.9.2021
    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 9.12.2020, 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 29.2.2020 by The Song Company at the Adelaide Festival 2020.


  • 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.


  • 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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