Commissioned by the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, and premiered in Hartford, April 2002. This quasi-theatrical work has actors telling immigrant's stories, and images projected above the stage. Texts from the Ellis Island Oral History Project; script created by Peter Boyer.
Commissioned by Bronson Hospital for the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, and premiered in September 2000. A propulsive work for full orchestra in one movement. Duration ca. 12 minutes.
Commissioned by and dedicated to the Henry Mancini Institute, and premiered in Long Beach, August 1997. A short and exciting work for full orchestra. Duration ca. 7 minutes.
Contents: I. Prelude -- II. Scherzo/Dance -- III. (untitled). With program notes. Commissioned by the Pasadena Symphony Association. Dedicated to the memory of Leonard Bernstein. Premiered by the Pasadena Symphony in Pasadena, April 2013. Duration ca. 25 minutes.
This is an excerpt from Boyer's larger work, On Music's Wings, commissioned by the Pacific Symphony, Orange County. This is the opening of that work, and the only movement which does not use voices. Duration ca. 4 minutes.
This work sets five texts on the topic of sleep, from sources including the Book of Proverbs, Whitman, Chomsky, Shakespeare, and Bronte. With a composer's note. Duration ca. 18 minutes.
London Symphony Orchestra, Peter Boyer.
This set features music by Charles Ives, Peter Boyer, Aaron Copland, Morton Gould, and more. Various artists.
Commissioned by a consortium of three orchestras, as well as by Rich and Stacy Ridenour. The music is intended to be appropriate for both classical concert and pops orchestra settings. With a composer's note. Duration ca. 13 minutes.
Commissioned by the Oregon Mozart Players, and premiered in November 2000. A tone poem for a smaller orchestra, inspired by Homer's The Iliad. With composer's notes. Duration ca. 14 minutes.
In one movement. Commissioned by the Eastern Music Festival to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Dedicated to Gerard Schwarz. Premiered by the Eastern Festival Orchestra in Greensboro, NC, July 2011. Duration ca. 6 minutes.
Boyer composed this cycle of nine songs on his own texts, while he was a college student. Dedicated to the composer's mother. With a composer's note. Duration ca. 42 minutes.
In one movement. Commissioned by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Premiered in July 2014. The music is based on the famous American folk tune. Duration ca. 5 minutes.
Commissioned by Claremont Graduate University for the retirement of President John Maguire. The various groupings of brass and percussion surround the audience, with the conductor at center. With a composer's note. Duration ca. 6 minutes.
Commissioned by the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra through the American Composers Forum Continental Harmony program. The music sets texts by Langston Hughes, Walt Whitman and others. Premiered in March 2007. With a composer's note. Duration ca. 21 minutes.
Commissioned by Pacific Symphony of Orange County for its 25th anniversary season. The six movements set texts by a variety of authors, including the composer. With a composer's note. Duration ca. 32 minutes.
Contents: Silver Fanfare; The Music Always Arounde Me; To Music; The Aim Was Song; Music; On Music's Wings. With a composer's note. Commissioned by Orange County's Pacific Symphony for its 25th anniversary season. This vocal score does not include the first movement (Silver Fanfare), which is for…
Text by Lynn Ahrens, incorporating words of John, Robert and Edward Kennedy. A Boston Pops 125th anniversary commission, premiered at Symphony Hall, Boston, May 18, 2010. Instrumentation, texts. Composer's note. Duration: ca. 15 minutes.