Since 1976, when BAE gave the New York premiere of Debussy’s opera fragment La Chute de la Maison Usher, we have presented numerous New York and world premieres including works by:

John Freeman, Robert Baksa, Roberto Sierra, Meyer Kupferman, Oliver Caplan, and many others. BAE’s albums include first recordings of the oratorio Bayoán and chamber opera El Mensajero de Plata by Roberto Sierra, Morton Gould’s Concerto Concertante, William Cepeda’s Bomba Sinfónica, as well as recordings of rarely-heard chamber pieces by Bruch, Rheinberger, and Louise Farrenc. In 2018 we also premiered Mary Ann McSweeney’s music for Dante Albertie’s new children’s show, Jasmine’s Song.


YearComposerTitlePremiere Status
2016Richard PadrónTravesia Africana for orchestraWorld
2014Oliver CaplanChasing Dreams from Later Light for flute, oboe/English horn, clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello and bassWorld
2012Oliver CaplanMy Elephant Cloud for piano, flute, clarinet and celloWorld
2012Adam HinesA/PartWorld
2011Oliver CaplanJourney to the West for flute, erhu and orchestraWorld
2010Stewart GoodyearDogged by Hellhounds (Revised Version)New York
2010Papo Vázquez The Oasis ProjectWorld
2010Oliver CaplanIlluminated by Light of Two Ships Passing in the NightWorld
2010Juan ColonThe Parsley MassacreWorld
2009Ray SantosThe BorinqueneersWorld
2009Oliver CaplanOn Pondering (2006)New York
2009Andrii DidorenkoTrio #2 for Violin, Cello and PianoNew York
2008Oliver CaplanWhen Words Are AbandonedWorld
2008Stewart GoodyearDogged by HellhoundsNew York
2008Ricardo PonsEl Origen del RecuerdoWorld
2007William CepedaBomba SinfónicaWorld
2007Papo Vázquez John ColtraneWorld
2006Robert BaksaReflections
(clarinet, violin and cello)
2006Oliver CaplanLaugh*Stay*Dance
2005Stanley GrillFive Pastoral Scenes
(oboe, bassoon and strings)
2004Jaime MadellTwo Preludes for PianoWorld
2004Johannes SomaryPinocchio and The Land of Toys
Libretto by Anthony Stein
2004Papo Vázquez Palomita (Afro-Caribbean SuiteWorld
2003Stanley GrillNonetWorld
2003Robert BaksaFantasia for English Horn and StringsNew York
2001Randall SvaneO'Keeffe's FloraWorld
2001Paquito D'RiveraA Song for PeaceWorld
2000Manuel Gonzalez Los j’baros progresistas (First fully-staged performance)New York
1998Roberto SierraEl Mensajero de Plata
(First fully-staged performance)
Libretto by Myrna Casas
New York
1998Carlos FranzettiTango Fatal SuiteNew York
1998Robert KapilowElijah's Angel
Libretto by Jim Friedland
1997Roberto SierraEl ƒxtasis de Santa Teresa; Bayo‡nNew York
1997Lisa BielawaLuxWorld
1997Samuel ZymanConcerto for Guitar and StringsWorld
1996Marcel van RootselaarWings About/Tears/Longing for the SeaWorld
1996Ernesto Lecuona Maria la O, Zarzuela Cubana (zarzuela) New York
1996Issachar MironLyzer the Miser
(A Yiddish Folk Tale)
World Premiere
1995Meyer KupfermanAmong the Windy Places
(bassoon, violin, viola)
1995William ScribnerElijah's Violin
(Adapted by Robert Sherman)
1994Wiliam MayerGood King WenceslasWorld
1994Robert O. JohnsonMesas for woodwind quintetWorld
1994Frank C. WarrenDrei Lieder for mezzo-soprano, violin and celloWorld
1994Carlos GuastavinoSonetos del Ruise–orUS
1994Roberto SierraBayo‡n (based on writings of Eugenio Maria de Hostos) World
1993Robert BaksaQuintet for Clarinet, Bassoon and StringsWorld
1993Gerald CohenVariations on a Sephardic MelodyWorld
1992Soon Fu YuanThe Little Fox
Story by Noel Langley
1992Robert BaksaQuintet for Clarinet and StringsWorld
1992Johannes SomarySongs of Innocence
Poetry of William Blake (orchestrated version)
1992Soon Fu YuanNonet from the Opera "Tao Yuan"World
1992Robert BaksaTrio in Triptych
(flute, oboe, harpsichord)
New York
1992Jaurés Lamarque PonsMarta Gruni (De la îpera Montevideana)
Libretto by Florencio Sanchez
1991Jaurés Lamarque PonsConcertino De Oto̱o
(piano, winds, bass, percussion)
1991Domenico ZipoliMassUS
1991Sharon Moe MirandaThe City Mouse and the Country MouseWorld
1991Robert BaksaQuintet for Bassoon and StringsWorld
1990John EcclesThe Judgment of Paris (1701)New York
1989Luis Antonio RamirezTres Piezas BrevesNew York
1989Mark PeskanovYiddish DreamsWorld
1988David CheskyTrumpet ConcertoNew York
1988Roberto SierraEl Mensajero de Plata
(The Silver Messenger)
Libretto by Myrna Casas
New York
1988Robert BaksaSextet for Horn and StringsWorld
1987Robert BaksaShort Fantasy for clarinet, horn and celloWorld
1987Russell CurrieLigeia
Libretto by Robert Kornfeld
1987Theo LoevendieThe Nightingale (1974)New York
1987Hector Campos-ParsiSonetos Sagrados (1986)New York
1987Alfreds KalninsSalinieki (The Islanders)US
1987John FreemanVan Cortlandt PolkaWorld
1987Meyer KupfermanImages of ChagallWorld
1986Sharon Moe MirandaThe Image of LucianaWorld
1986Manuel GonzalezMass in C MajorWorld
1985Jonathan TunickJohn Cheever SuiteWorld
1985Eric StokesFive Verbs of Earth Encircled
(Orchestral suite with narrator)
New York
1985Max LifchitzSpring CounterpointWorld
1985Morton GouldConcerto ConcertanteNew York
1985John FreemanString QuartetNew York
1985Robert BaksaNonetNew York
1985David CheskyConcerto for Vibraphone and OrchestraWorld
1985Russell CurrieA Dream Within a Dream
Libretto by Robert Kornfeld;
based on Poe's story The Fall of the
House of Usher
1984Bruce SaylorTurns & Mordants
(Concerto for flute and orchestra)
1984William MayerWedding RompWorld
1984James KurtzPastorale for Oboe, Bassoon and StringsWorld
1983Manuel GonzalezLos JibarosWorld
1983John FreemanSuite for Wind OrchestraWorld
1983Max LifchitzYellow Ribbons No. 17World
1983Joseph Leniado-ChiraThe Legend of KineretWorld
1983Lawrence KramerChamber SonataWorld
1982Joonas KokkonenDurch Einem Spiegel
(Through a Glass Darkly)
(harpsichord and strings)
1982Johannes SomarySongs on a Words of KeatsNew York
1982Alfreds KalninsBanutaUS
1982Russel CurrieThe Cask of Amontillado
(based on the Poe story)
Libretto by Carl Laanes
1981John FreemanOn the Green (brass quintet)World
1981Elisabeth Jacquet de la GuerreLe Sommeil D'UlisseNew York
1981John FreemanTo HelenWorld
1981William MayerLa Belle Dame Sans MerciWorld
1981Johannes SomaryI Love the Jocund DanceWorld
1981Heinrich HofmannOctett, Op. 80New York
1981Victoria BondSuite Aux TroubadoursNew York
1981John FreemanEpitaph for Edgar Allan PoeWorld
1980Philippe CourboisDom Quichote (ca. 1710)New York
1980Louise FarrencMonetto, Op. 38 (1849)New York
1980John FreemanAlong the RiverWorld
1980John FreemanString Quarter No. 2World
1980Manuel GonzalezEl Juramento (zarzuela in two acts)World
1979Manuel GonzalezThree Pieces for Woodwind QuintetWorld
1979Max LifchitzWinter CounterpointWord
1979John FreemanClarinet ConcertoWorld
1979Allan BlankFour Inventions for Bassoon and PianoWorld
1978Milton RosenstockThe Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar
(based on the Poe Story)
1978Claude DebussyLa Chute de la Maison Usher
Fragment of opera begun by Debussy,
based on the Poe Story; reconstructed and
edited by Carolyn Abbate
1978Rudolph PalmerIntroduction and Allegro for Woodwind QuintetWorld
1978Alvin BrehmSix Songs of Poems of
Federico Garcia Lorca
1978Allan BlankBicinium for Oboe and BassoonNew York
1977William MayerMiniaturesWorld
1977John FreemanThree Elizabeth Love SongsWorld
1977Allan BlankPaganini Variations for 10 windsWorld
1977John FreemanGarden Music
(flute, oboe, bassoon)
1977Galt MacDermotTrain of Thought
(tenor, flute, clarinet, piano)
1977Galt MacDermotMosaics
(woodwind quintet)
1976John FreemanSix Songs on Poems of e.e. cummingsWorld
1975Hale Smith

Variations for Piano and Winds
1972John Freeman
Fantasy on a Them by William Mayer World