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Major Compositions
Publishers: *Seesaw Music Corp., New York; **Classical Vocal Reprints, Riverdale, NY



**Going Back (Marina Roscher), soprano, clarinet and piano (1992) (4')
(commissioned by the University of Rochester/Hillel Foundation in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising; premiere May 1993, Eastman Theater, Rochester, NY. In 'American Art Song for the Sacred Service', ed. Karen Leigh-Post, Classical Vocal Reprints 3834, pp. 25-31; recorded on CD, 'Be Still, My Soul', Karen Leigh, mezzo soprano, Fan Lei, clarinet, Kyung Kim, piano, Classical Vocal Reprints CD)

"Especially beautiful." -The Journal of Singing (National Association of Teachers of Singing), 62.1 (Sept.-Oct. 2005, p. 107)



Three Sacred Pieces, unaccompanied double chorus, soprano and baritone solos (1991) (15') (commissioned by the Fox Valley (WI) Centennial Committee for Rinat, the Israeli National Chorus; premiere November 1991, Lawrence University Memorial Chapel)

"Breathtakingly beautiful… The response was electric… A very satisfying sacred experience." -The Post Crescent (Appleton, WI)



The Four Temperaments, orchestra (1991) (15')
(commissioned by the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra for their 25th anniversary; premiere April 1992, Lawrence University Memorial Chapel)



Suite, piano (1988) (15')
(commissioned by Jon Klibonoff; premiere April 1988, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City)

"A vibrant four movement work with pointed melodies and sweet harmonic ambiguity that suggest debts to Prokofiev and Debussy. But its distinct individual spark gives the work its own accent." -The New York Times

"An eminently attractive mix of high energy percussion and momentous lyricism." -The Los Angeles Times

"A distinctive soundscape with organic logic and sweeping vitality. [Gimbel's] engaging Suite for Piano opens and ends with pealing bells and exhilarating, all-embracing waves of sound, like a gale-force west wind that sweeps across vast plains." -The Palm Beach Post



Chaconne, cello and piano (1987) (15')



Duo, viola and contrabass (1987) (10')
(commissioned by the Minneapolis Artists Ensemble with funding from The Jerome Foundation; premiere October 1987, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN)

"Gimbel has succeeded in drawing some bright, intelligent color from the characteristically dark strings." -St. Paul Pioneer Press Dispatch

"It has character and in its four brief, contrasting movements, is well made." -Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Humor and eccentricity… Unusual." -The Palm Beach Post



Three Pieces for Chorus, unaccompanied chorus (1985) (15')
(commissioned by Albany Pro Musica; premiere May 1986; recorded by the Lawrence University Concert Choir, Richard Bjella, cond., on CD, "Music of the Americas", Lawrence University)

"An impressive choral debut for the composer." -Schenectady Gazette



*Sonata, piano (1983) (40')

"It simply has to be one of the most distinguished works, in its genre, of the century." -Stephen Hough



*String Quartet (1982) (50')
(ASCAP Young Composers Grant, 1983)



*Sonata for Violin, Clarinet, Harp and Piano (1980) (30')

"A noble, sophisticated work." -The Palm Beach Post



Symphony (1979) (30')
(Indiana State University Competition finalist, 1981)



Three Poems of Hermann Hesse, soprano and piano (1976/1981) (15')



*Sonata for Cello and Piano (1975)(20')
(Stroud Festival Commendation, 1981)

"Gimbel demonstrates the possibility of writing in a contemporary style and making music too." -Schenectady Gazette

"It does speak with an authoritative and individual voice; arresting and engaging, it whets the appetite for more of Gimbel's music." -Albany Times Union



To a Stranger (Walt Whitman), soprano and piano (1975) (5')



*Sonatina for Bassoon Solo (1975) (5')



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