Solo & Chamber Ensembles

…And It Comes Out Here

Open Instrumentation

A Maze (With Grace)

(1975; revised 2003)
Open Instrumentation

Anonymous Fame

Saxophone Quartet


Flute (Piccolo, Alto Flute), Clarinet (Bass Clarinet), Violin (Viola), Cello, Percussion, and Piano

The Devil’s Handyman

Flute (Piccolo, Alto Flute), Clarinet (Bass Clarinet), Violin (Viola), Cello, Percussion, and Piano

The Devil’s Handyman Suite

Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone (+ “whee whistle”), Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone (+ slapstick, cowbell, vibraslap, slide whistle, and duck call)

The Devil’s Polka

Solo Accordion and friends (if any).

Devil’s Rain

Open Instrumentation


Soprano, Flute, Clarinet, Piano


Flute (Piccolo, Alto Flute), Clarinet, Violin (Viola), Cello, Percussion, Piano, and Tap Dancer

Nigra Sum sed Formosa!

2 Sopranos, Organ, optional SATB, optional String Quartet

No Chance

Percussion ensemble of at least six players


Horn, Piano

Sound Frames

Oboe, Alto Saxophone, Trombone, Vibraphone


Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Percussion, Piano

Thirteen Ways

Flute (Piccolo, Alto Flute), Clarinet (Bass Clarinet), Violin (Viola), Cello, Percussion, and Piano

Three for Marimba

Solo Percussion (a one-Marimba adaptation of “Three for Two and One”)

Three for Two and One

Solo Percussion (2 Marimbas, one tuned a quarter-tone flat)

Three Spirits

Soprano, Flute (Piccolo, Alto Flute), Clarinet (Bass Clarinet), Violin (Viola), Cello, Percussion, and Piano

Two Songs

Soprano, Flute, Piano

Variations and Theme

String Quartet version

Variations and Theme

Brass Quintet version
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?Who Stole the Polka?

Guy Klucevsek

1992, Eva Records – WWCX 2037

?Who Stole the Polka? is the second volume of pieces that accordionist Guy Klucevsek commissioned from composers ranging widely over the contemporary new music scene in the mid-’80s. 

Track 9A

“The Devil’s Polka”

Serenely Cedille

eighth blackbird

Cedille Records – CDR 8001

This new disc of calming classics, drawn from 16 different, acclaimed CDs in the Cedille Records catalog, consists of rare gems of relaxing classical music, ranging from symphony and concerto movements to solo piano, choral, and chamber works. 

Track 9

“Thirteen Ways” - Mvt. IV


Round Nut Tool

eighth blackbird

“Round Nut Tool is our debut CD! A mix of our favorite works from the 1998-99 season, including excerpt tracks from Thomas Albert’s Thirteen Ways. This CD was independently recorded in Warner Concert Hall, Oberlin College, Oberlin OH. Produced and recorded by Michael Schulze and Charles Dixon. Additional support provided by AT&T Research Labs.” 

Tracks 6-8

“Thirteen Ways” - Mvts. VI, XI, VIII

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Eighth Blackbird - Thirteen Ways, Thomas Albert

Thirteen Ways

eighth blackbird

2003, Cedille Records
Thirteen Ways is Eighth Blackbird’s commercial recording debut album on Cedille Records, featuring music by four of America’s most gifted composers: David Schober (b. 1974), Thomas Albert (b. 1948), Joan Tower (b. 1938), and George Perle (b. 1915).
Tracks 12 – 24

“Thirteen Ways”

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Thomas Albert, Composer - A Maze (with Grace), Devil's Rain - Relâche

On Edge


1990, Mode Records – mode 22
Founded in Philadelphia in 1977, Relâche is devoted to the development and performance of contemporary music with an emphasis on works of an experimental nature.
Track 3

“A Maze (With Grace)”

Track 4

“Devil's Rain”


Thomas Albert, Night Music - Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble

Drunken Moon/Night Music

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble

2007, Lime Green Productions
Two engaging, imaginative and accessible works are featured on this disk of commissions from our 30th Anniversary Season.
(Tracks 11 – 17)

“Night Music”

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