Works

Selected works for orchestra and miscellaneous chamber ensembles

(Most works exclusively published by AM Publishers and Oxford University Press)

Works for orchestra & large ensembles
(For film scoring/soundtracks/music supervision,
please click here to email or phone +1 314 252 8741)

The Gathering – an Overture for Orchestra
Performed by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra/Jerry Hou
Instrumentation: 3,2,2,2/2,2,2,2/3Perc/Strings/Narrator
Duration: 7:00 minutes approx.

America/We Need To Talk: A One-Act Opera
(Libretto co-written by Niyi Coker, Jr. and Fred Onovwerosuoke)
Instrumentation & Cast: 3 leads (Tenor/Soprano, Counter-Tenor, & Mezzo-Soprano), chorus, and a small orchestra of single WW, 2
brass, Percussion, and Strings
Performance Time: 50-minutes

Reflections No. 1
Adaptable for film/documentary
Instrumentation: (Solo Piano, Single woodwinds, 2 Horns, Strings
VI-CB). Adaptable for film/documentary
Excerpt (Intro):

Fantasia on “Lift Ev’ry Voice” for Orchestra
Instrumentation: (2,2,2,3/ 4,3,2,1/Timp., 2 Perc./ Strings VI-CB)
Duration: 4:15-minutes MIDI Rendition

A Triptych of American Voices: A Cantata of the People
Instrumentation: (3,2,2,2/ 2,2,3,1/Timp., 3 Perc./ Strings VI-CB), Counter-tenor & Tenor Soloists, Chorus of Mixed Voices.
Commissioned by Coro Allegro, Boston, MA
Duration: 30-minutes
Excerpts from the World Premiere at Sanders Theater, Boston, MA

Caprice for Piano & Orchestra
Concerto for piano and chamber orchestra Commissioned for pianist Darryl Hollister. Instrumentation: (2 Trumpets, 1 player on Timpani & Triangle, and Strings. Duration: 15 minutes (Expanded instrumentation available for larger/full orchestra)

Serenade for Piano and String Orchestra
Instrumentation: (Piano, Strings, Timpani)
Duration: 10:30 minutes

Pennies for the Boatman Suite (Soundtrack for the Motion Picture, “Pennies for the Boatman”) (Winner, “Best Film Script,” 2012 Madrid International Film Festival). Instrumentation: (Single WW/electric bass/piano/synthesizer/Strings VI-CB). Duration: 52 minutes approx.

Suite No. 4 for Orchestra (Dedicated to J.H. Kwabena Nketia 1921-2019). Instrumentation: 3,2,2,2/ 2,2,2,1/ Timp., 2 Perc/ Strings VI-
CB). (Duration: 25 minutes)

Tribute to Great African Composers for Orchestra, Mezzo Soprano and SATB Choir (Recipient of the 2009 American Music Center Award) Licensing: AMP, ASCAP/Performance.
Instrumentation: 2,2,2,2/ 2,2,2,2/ Timp., 3Perc./Str. VI to CB
Duration: 30 minutes approx.

Suite No. 3 for Orchestra (“New frontiers of great rhythms”)
Availability: Score and parts rental/Licensing: AMP/ASCAP
Instrumentation: 3,3,3,3/ 4,3,3,1/ Timp., 3 Perc./ Strings VI-CB
Duration: 28 minutes approx.

Suite No. 2 for String Orchestra
Availability: Score and parts rental/Licensing: AMP/ASCAP
Instrumentation: Strings VI to CB
Duration: 15 minutes)

Meditation for Darfur for String Orchestra, Percussion, Harp, Mezzo-Soprano & Treble Choir
Instrumentation: Strings VI to CB/Timpani (1 or 2pls)/Harp
Availability: Score and parts rental
Licensing: AMP/ASCAP Duration: 10 minutes approx.

Landscapes of Africa: A Tone Poem for Solo Soprano Flute, Alto Flute, Piccolo, and Orchestra. Commissioned by Brannen-Cooper in association with the US National Flute Association. Instrumentation: Solo Sop, Picc, Alt Flts, /2,2,2,2/4,4,2,2//Timp., 4Perc/ 2Hrp/ Strs. VI to CB
Duration: 15 minutes/Licensing: ASCAP/AMP

Warriors Dance for Orchestra (Fanfare for Orchestra)
Availability: Score and parts rental/Licensing:
ASCAP Title Code 361755335
Instrumentation: 3,2,2,2/ 4,4,2,2/ Timp., 3Perc /Str. VI to CB
Duration: 5:10 minutes

Warriors’ Dance for String Orchestra
(Fanfare for Strings & Percussion)
Availability: Score and parts rental/Licensing:
ASCAP Title Code 361755335
Instrumentation: Strings VI to CB/ Timp.(2 pl)
Duration: 5:10 minutes

Dance Tribute for Orchestra with Piano Obbligato
Availability: Score and parts rental/Licensing:
Instrumentation: 2,2,2,2/ 2,2,2,2/ Timp., 2Perc/ Str. VI to CB
Duration: 5:30 minutes approx.

Works for band

Three African Folk Dances for School Band
Commissioned by the Arts & Education-Maritz Grant for the lovely and talented students at Ferguson Middle School Band
Instrumentation: 3Fl/Pcc, 3Cl, 3 Sx, 3Tpt, 2Tbn, 2Tba/Euph, 1Tmp, 4Perc. Performance Time: 12 minutes
Audio: Live concert recording available
Licensing: ASCAP/AMP

African Fanfare for Band
Instrumentation: 4Fl/Pcc, 4Cl, 3 Sx, 2Hn, 2Tpt, 2Tbn, 2Tba, 1Tmp, 4Perc, 1Cbass. Performance Time: 5:10 minutes/Licensing:
ASCAP/AMP

Three Rhythmic Sketches for Band
Instrumentation: Concert/Symphonic/Marching Band
Performance Time: 15 minutes/Licensing: ASCAP/AMP

Highlife Mass Suite for Band
Kyrie | Gloria | Acclamation | Credo | Sanctus | Agnus Dei
Instrumentation: Concert/Symphonic Band
Performance Time: 25 minutes/Licensing: ASCAP/AMP

Safari Jams for Band (Mandjani)
Instrumentation: Concert/Symphonic/Marching Band
Performance Time: 8 minutes/Licensing: ASCAP/AMP

African Folk Dances for Band, Nos. 1-4
Instrumentation: Concert/Symphonic Band
Performance Time: 5 minutes, 4 minutes, 6 minutes, 5 minutes, resp. Licensing: ASCAP/AMP

Quintets, and other chamber works for mixed instrumentation

Four More Dances for Wind Quintet
Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon
Availability: Score and parts/Licensing: ASCAP/AMP
Audio: Commercially released CD by IMI Chamber Players on AMP Records. Available at Amazon, CD Baby, and other stores.
Duration: 15:00 minutes
Excerpt from No. 3 (“Royal Serenade”) by IMI Chamber Players

Four Dances for Wind Quintet
Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon
Availability: Score and parts/Licensing: ASCAP/AMP
Audio: Commercially released CD by IMI Chamber Players on
AMP Records. Available at Amazon, CD Baby, and other stores.
Duration: 15:00 minutes
Excerpt from No. 4 (“Dance Tribute”) by IMI Chamber Players

Rhapsodies for Wind Quintet No. 2 (“Malaika”)
Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon
Availability: Score and parts/Licensing: ASCAP/AMP
Audio: Commercially released CD by IMI Chamber Players on Amazon, other stores.Performance Time: 6:00 minutes
Excerpt by IMI Chamber Players

Rhapsodies for Wind Quintet No. 3 (‘Healing Dances)
Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon.
Availability: Score and parts/Licensing: ASCAP/AMP
Audio: Commercially released CD by IMI Chamber Players on Amazon, other stores. Performance Time: 7:00 minutes
Excerpt by IMI Chamber Players

Works for string quartets

String Quartets:

Fantasia for String Quartet
Instrumentation: 2 Vlns, Vla, Vcl
Performance Time: 8 minutes
Licensing: Score and parts available through AM Publishers

Fanfare for String Quartet
(Recorded by Invoke String Quartet)
Instrumentation: 2 Vlns, Vla, Vcl
Performance Time: 5 minutes
Licensing: Score and parts available through AM Publishers
Audio excerpt by Invoke String Quartet

String Quartet No. 3
Instrumentation: 2 Vlns, Vla, Vlc
Performance Time: 19:00 minutes
Licensing: ASCAP/AM Publishers

String Quartet No. 2
Instrumentation: 2 Vlns, Vla, Vlc
Performance Time: 15:00 minutes
Licensing: ASCAP/AM Publishers

String Quartet No. 1
Instrumentation: 2 Vlns, Vla, Vlc
Performance Time: 14:00 minutes
Licensing: ASCAP/AM Publishers

NB: You may check out the exciting “Duets for Violin Duo” in the Trios/Duo section of my page

Three Pieces for Flute and Piano
Availability: Sheet music and parts
Audio Rendition: Recorded on the CD African Art Music for Flute by flutist Wendy Hymes and pianist Darry Hollister.
(Performance Time: 15 minutes)
Licensing: ASCAP/AMP

Suite for Flutes and Piano
(with optional Djembe & Interpretive Dancer)
No.1 -Flute, No.2.- Alto, No.3-Piccolo,
No.4-Flute, No.5-Alto, No.6-Flute
Performance Time: 15 minutes
Licensing: ASCAP/AMP

Landscapes of Africa: A Tone Poem
for Soprano Flute, Alto Flute, Piccolo and Piano
(Piano reduction of the original orchestra score)
Performance Time: Approx 15 minutes
Licensing: Manuscript

Meditation for Darfur
for Mezzo-soprano and Piano
Licensing: ASCAP Title Code 432460698
(Performance Time: 8 minutes)

Twelve African Songs for Solo Voice and Piano
Duration: 40 minutes, approx.

Works for trios

Five Sketches for Flute, Violin and Piano
Availability: Score and parts
Audio Rendition: Not yet available
(MP3/CD Audio available)
Licensing: ASCAP Title Code 361698175
(Performance Time: 15 minutes)
ISBN-13: 978-1-934621-08-0
ISBN-10: 1-934621-08-0
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Three Pieces for Woodwind Trio
Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe & Bassoon
Availability: Score and parts
Audio Rendition: Not yet available
Performance Time: 12:00 minutes
Licensing: ASCAP/AMP

Four Caprices for Woodwind Trio
Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe & Clarinet
Availability: Score and parts/Licensing: ASCAP/AMP
Audio Rendition: Midi MP3 available
Performance Time: 18:00 minutes

Suite for Horn and Piano
(with optional twin-congas/djembe & interpretive dance). (Commissioned by Amanda Collins)

Works for miscellaneous duos & trios

Eclectic Pieces for Violin and Piano
(Comprised of 12 works with some alternative parts for viola, cello, or woodwinds. Varying difficulty levels for the soloist)

Suite for Horn and Piano (with optional percussion)
(Commissioned by Amanda Collins)

Six Duets for Violin Duo
(With tributes to Nketia, Euba, and Uzoigwe – pacesetters in African musical thought)
Instrumentation: 2 solo violins
Duration 20 minutes approx.

Six Duets for Flute Duo
Instrumentation: 2 flutes (with versions for 2 Oboes, or 2 Clarinets). Duration 20 minutes approx.

Three Tone Poems for Alto Flute and Piano (The Oracle)
Instrumentation: alto flute and piano
Duration 10 minutes approx.

Six Sketches for Oboes and Piano
Instrumentation: Cor Anglais, Oboe and Oboe d’Amore with piano
Audio: (MP3 of live concert recording available)
Performance Time: 16:00 minutes
Licensing: ASCAP/AMP
Excerpt from No. 4 (“Tethering Fogs”) performed by Titus
Underwood and Peter Henderson.
(Warning, a big loud piano
exclamation at the beginning!)

Fantasia for Violin and Piano
(Transcribed from the original version for cello and piano)
Audio Rendition: (MP3/CD Audio available)
Performance Time: 5:00 minutes
Licensing: ASCAP/AMP

Fantasia for Cello and Piano
Audio Rendition: (MP3/MIDI audio available)
Performance Time: approx 5:00 minutes
Licensing: ASCAP/AMP

Six and Half Variations for Violin and Piano
Audio: MP3 of live concert recording available Performance Time:
10:00 minutes Licensing: ASCAP
(Visit Audio Sample page for excerpt)

Sonata for Two Pianos No. 3
Commissioned for William C. Nyaho for the NYAHO/GARCIA DUO
Instrumentation: Two pianos
Audio: MP3 of live concert recording available
Performance Time: 18:00 minutes
Licensing: ASCAP Title Code: 496787234
Excerpt from Movt III by Peter Henderson & Michelle Cann

Sonata for Two Pianos No. 2
Instrumentation: Two pianos
Audio Rendition: (MIDI audio available)
Performance Time: 16:30 minutes

Sonata for Two Pianos No. 1
Instrumentation: Two pianos
Audio Rendition: (MIDI audio available)
Performance Time: 15 minutes

Works for solo piano, other solo instruments

Twelve Miniatures for Piano
(Commissioned and dedication in memoriam Akin Euba)

The Triptych Piano Suite
A solo piano rendition of the original work
for orchestra and mixed voices.
Duration: 32 mins, approx.

Five Kaleidoscopes for Piano
Commissioned for Rebeca Omordia
Audio: Live concert recording of selections
Licensing: AMP/ASCAP
Duration: 18 mins, approx.
No. III (“Reminisce”) performed by Peter Henderson

Twenty-Four Studies in African Rhythms – Vol. 2
Audio Rendition: Available on the CD, “Peter Henderson,”
AMP Records AGCD2504
ISBN-13: 978-1-934621-26-4

Twenty-Four Studies in African Rhythms – Vol. 1
Audio Rendition: Recorded on the CD, “Peter Henderson,”
AMP Records AGCD2504
ISBN-13: 978-1-934621-26-4
Licensing: ASCAP Title Code 361755337
ISBN 978-1-934621-22-6 (MOST REQUESTED TITLE!)

Other Solo Works:

Soliloquies for Unaccompanied Violin
(Nos. 1 & 2 commissioned by Irina Muresanu)
NB: Opportunity to commission more soliloquies to complete a cycle of solo-violin pieces!

Exotic Dances for Solo Guitar
(First 3 movements commissioned by Robert Phillips)

Six Rhythmic Studies for Harp
Instrumentation: Recommended for Pedal Harp
Performance Time: 15-minutes

Four African Pieces for Harp
Instrumentation: Lever Harp (though easier facility with Pedal Harp). Performance Time: 10 minutes

Variations on a Pende Tune for Solo Flute
Audio Rendition: (Variation 4: “Agitato,” Wendy Hymes, Flute)
Performance Time: 10 minutes
Licensing: ASCAP/AMP

Six and Half Variations for Solo Violin.
Arranged from the original version for violin and piano
Visit Audio Sample page for excerpt

Misc chamber works for mixed instrumentation – cont’d

Three Pieces for String Sextet
Commissioned by the University of Maryland Music Dept.
Instrumentation: 2 Vlns, 2Vlas, 1 Vcl, 1CB
Availability: Score and parts/Licensing: AMP/ASCAP
Performance Time: 18:00 minutes approx.

Fantasia on “Lift Ev’ry Voice” (in memory of George Floyd). Commissioned by Titus Underwood.
Performance by an alliance of black principals from major orchestras. Feature on CBS Inside Edition

Serenade for Flutes
Commissioned by Dr. Marie Jureit-Beamish for the Stewart Music Society of Florida. Instrumentation: 5 Flutes of 2 flutes alternating on piccolo, 1 on Alto alternating on Soprano, 1 Alto, and 1 Bass Flute. Availability: Score and parts/Licensing: ASCAP/AMP Audio Rendition: MIDI / Performance Time: 15:00 minutes
Excerpt from Movt I (“Les Grands Contes”)

Nubian Dances Nos. 3 & 4
Instrumentation: Mixed wind, brass, strings and piano
Performance Time: 14:00 minutes
Licensing: Manuscript

Nubian Dances No. 2 (“Argungu”)
(Commissioned by the British Commonwealth Festival in Malta)
Instrumentation: Flute, 3 Clarinets, 2 Trumpets, 1 Trombone, Djembe drum, Harp, String Quartet of 2 Vlns, Vla, and Cello
Availability: Score and parts/Licensing: AMP/ASCAP
Performance Time: 4:00 minutes

Nubian Dances No. 1
(Commissioned by Chicago State
University for MAVerick Ensemble)
Instrumentation: Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano
Availability: Score and parts/Licensing: AMP Performance Time: 7:00 minutes Watch Maestro Yoshiaki Onishi chat with composer FredO before the
performance of his Nubian Dances No. 1 by the New Music Ensemble (University of Missouri-Columbia),
https://youtu.be/J9eOI3GtMjM?t=1889

African Folk Dances for Band, Nos. 1-4
Instrumentation: Concert/Symphonic Band
Performance Time: 5 minutes, 4 minutes, 6 minutes, 5 minutes,
resp. Licensing: ASCAP/AMP

Works for choral ensembles

Chants of Africa
12 easy pieces for mixed voices (in unison, 2 to 3-part harmonies)

Haille Mamman (Supreme Motherhood)
Pan-African song for Mixed Voices, bass guitar(or acoustic bass) and percussion Also available in SSAA and TTBB versions
(Performance Time: 8 minutes)

Yenu Bene (All Things to You)
ki-Kaounde song for Upper Voices and percussion
Also available with approximate lyrics
(Original ki-Kaounde melody and text by Karen Raborn)
(Performance Time: 4 minutes)

Afro Caribbean Mass
for SATB Choir, Soloist and Pop-Band
Availability: Vocal score with piano accompaniment
(MP3/CD Audio available)
Licensing: ASCAP Title Code 312285499
(Performance Time: 28 minutes)
ISBN-13: 978-1-934621-23-3

Songs of Africa: 22 pieces for mixed voices
Availability: Oxford University Press (OUP)
ISBN-13: 978-0-19-380465-4
Click to order directly from the Oxford University Press

Chants of Africa: 12 Dirges, Meditations, and Playsongs for Mixed Voices
Licensing: ASCAP Word ID: 908380329

Three African Songs for SATB Choir
i. Oluwa L’Oluso Agutan Mi (Psalm 23) with piano or organ accompaniment. ii. Barka (Blessings/Goodwill) with piano accompaniment. iii. Chant for Peace with piano, Double Bass and Conga Drums. Availability: Vocal score with piano accompaniment
Audio Rendition: (MP3/CD Audio available)
(Performance Time: 15 minutes)
ISBN-13: 978-1-934621-24-0
ISBN-10: 1-934621-24-0
Selected sheet music

(most requested choral titles not included
in the collections by Oxford University Press)
Chechere! Akan Vocalize for SSAA Choir and Percussion Efuo, Urhobo “Igbe” Chant for Mixed Voices and Percussion Ibaje, Yoruba Meditation for A Cappella Female or Mixed voices Matshitshi Quomani, 6 Zulu/Xhosa Playsongs for SATB Choir Oluwa l’Oluso Aguntan Mi, Yoruba Meditation on Psalm 23 for SATB Choir and Organ (Ayodele Arr. Onovwerosuoke)

Omome Chiy’o Dedede, Urhobo Initiation Chant for
Female/Mixed Voices and Maracas. Pata-Pata, Zulu/Xhosa Folk Song for SATB Choir and Percussion. Une R’Emakashe, Urhobo carol for SATB or TTBB Choir, Percussion and Dancers. Wazobia, Nigerian (multi-lingual) Satire for SATB Choir and Percussion. Yamoriji, Meditation Chant of the Fang “Forest”People, for Female or Mixed Voices. Yoyoma O! Ijaw/Itsekiri Funeral Chant for Mixed Voices and percussion

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