About Me

Nathan Thatcher is a composer, performer, arranger, and author based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He has received commissions from numerous soloists and ensembles including the New York City-based sextet yMusic, Emblems Quintet, the Center for Latter-day Saint Arts, and Room 1078. His work Orogenesis was performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at the recent festival “Look Around,” of which he was a co-creator.
As an arranger, orchestrator, conductor, copyist, and producer he has worked with a wide array of musicians including Nico Muhly, Shara Nova, Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux, Daníel Bjarnason, Sarah Kirkland Snider, the National, Andrew Bird, Daniel Wohl, Nadia Sirota, Luke Howard, Sam Amidon, Nathan Schram, David Byrne, and others. His arrangements have been performed by the Kronos quartet, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, the Flanders Symphony Orchestra, and the Grant Park Orchestra and chorus, and appear prominently on the record Away by the band Okkervil River. His name can also be found in the credits of the recent movie Knives Out by Rian Johnson for aid in the music production.
He is also the author of Paco, a biography and memoir about the discovery of the music of the Spanish composer Francisco Estévez. By the Skin of Our Teeth, an album of Thatcher’s music for string quartet was released in 2018. Thatcher completed a bachelor’s degree in music composition at Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in the same at the University of Michigan.

Works

Orogenesis

  • for orchestra – 8′
  • 3(1pic).2.(eng hn).2.(b cl).2/4.3.3(1btbn).1/3perc.timp/hp.cel./str
  • 2016
  • Premiered by University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Feb. 2017, Ann Arbor, MI

 

Asombak

  • for Balinese gamelan semarandana – 8′
  • 2015
  • Premiered by Gamelan Bintang Wahyu, April 2015, Provo, UT

Funktionslust – 2018

  • for piano and vibraphone – 5’              

I See You, Do You See Me? –    2018

  • for piano and vibraphone – 8’

Terms of Venery – 2018

  • for wind quintet – 20′

A Little Lower Than the Angels – 2017

  • For violin, bassoon, percussion, and piano – 14′

Ebb and Flow – 2017

  • for flute, harp, and viola – 8′
  • Premiered September 2017, Ann Arbor, MI

The Shark – 2017

  • for violin and viola – 4′
  • Premiered by Room 1078, May 2017, Ann Arbor, MI

Funktionslust – 2017

  • for violin and viola – 5′
  • Premiered by Room 1078, May 2017, Ann Arbor, MI

Geography of the Sky – 2017

  • for string quartet – 8′
  • Premiered by Room 1078, May 2017, Ann Arbor, MI

Where the Sacred Begins and Ends – 2017

  • for string quartet – 13′
  • Premiered by Room 1078, May 2017, Ann Arbor, MI

Zero At the Bone – 2017

  • for string quartet – 4′
  • Premiered by Room 1078, May 2017, Ann Arbor, MI

Folk Song – 2017

  • for string quartet – 5′
  • Premiered by Room 1078, May 2017, Ann Arbor, MI

By the Skin of Our Teeth – 2017

  • for string quartet – 11′
  • Premiered by Room 1078, May 2017, Ann Arbor, MI

shadowy silences between two glimpses of the sun – 2017

  • for violin and cello – 8′
  • Premiered March 2017, Ann Arbor, MI

Alternative Facts – 2017

  • for string quartet – 5′
  • Premiered by Room 1078, May 2017, Ann Arbor, MI

Presque Vu – 2016

  • for quintet (sopr sax, cl, alto sax, bs cl, bsn) – 7′

The Sally-Anne Test – 2016

  • for two flutes – 5′
  • Commissioned by University of Michigan Flute Studio
  • Premiered April 2016, Ann Arbor, MI

If and Only If – 2015

  • For mixed ensemble (fl/picc., cl/bs cl, tpt, hn, vln, vla, vlc) – 8′
  • Commissioned by yMusic Ensemble
  • Premiered by yMusic Ensemble, November 2015, New York, NY

Paraprosdokia – 2015

  • For mixed ensemble (fl, cl, tpt, electr. guit, pno, vln, vla, vlc, cb) – 9′ 30″
  • Premiered April 2015, Provo, UT

The Hundred Thousand Fools of God – 2016

  • for guitar and string quartet – 6′ 30″

Calculated – 2016

  • for piano quintet – 10′
  • Premiered March 2016, Ann Arbor, MI

l’esprit de l’escalier – 2015

  • for piano trio – 6′ 30″
  • Premiered April 2015, Provo, UT

Sleep-like Behavior – 2014

  • for piano and violin – 14′
  • Commissioned by Kaitlin Rackham
  • Premiered February 2015, Provo, UT

Driftwood – 2014

  • For clarinet quartet (2 cl, 2 bs cl) – 5′ 30″
  • Premiered October 2014, Provo, UT

Mutatis Mutandis – 2014

  • for piano, amplified cello, and drum set – 5′
  • Premiered December 2014, Provo, UT

Into the Mouth of the Wind – 2013

  • for string quartet – 5′ 30″

A Lake, a Sea, the Moon – 4′ – 2013

  • for wind quartet (fl, ob, cl, bsn)

‘Tis an Unweeded Garden – 2013

  • for piano and violin – 4′

Ostinatissimo – 2013

  • for piano, cello, and percussion – 6′
  • Premiered August 2013, New York City, NY

Queue – 2012

  • for violin, cello, flute, and clarinet – 4′

 

Then Came the Morning – 2019

  • for piano – 12’
  • Commissioned by Alissa Freeman

The Kingdom of God is Within You – 2019

  • For organ – 20’
  • Commissioned by Emily Solomon

Seeking – 2018

  •  for piano – 20’

Self-assured – 2018

  • for percussion – 1’
  • Commissioned by Colleen Bernstein

Und so weiter – 2016

  • for flute – 6′
  • Commissioned by Taia König-Tarasevich

Hypnogogic Jerk – 2015

  • for piano – 8′
  • Commissioned by Alissa Freeman
  • Premiered April 2016, Ann Arbor, MI

Solvitur Ambulando – 2015

  • for piano – 30-60′
  • Commissioned by Abraham Wilson
  • Premiered March 2015, Provo, UT

i want to be a pindrop – 2014

  • for percussion – 10-45′
  • Commissioned by Gavin Ryan

Every Atom in Your Body is Exchanged Approximately  Every Five Years – 2014

  • for guitar – 5′
  • Commissioned by Ethan White

Paraphrasis – 2012

  • for flute – 3′
  • Premiered February 2013, Provo, UT

This Slow Day – 2020

  •  for SATB chorus – 3’
  • text by Emily Dickinson

Sharp Showers, Bright Between – 2019

  • for SATB chorus – 3.5’
  • text from the diary of Gerard Manley Hopkins

At Dominus Scit Omnia – 2017

  • for SATB chorus – 4′
  • text from 1 Nephi 9:6, The Book of Mormon, Latin trans. by Justin Barney
  • Premiered January 2018, Ann Arbor, MI

(Schoenberg is) Alive and Well – 2017

  • for mezzo-soprano, harpsichord, violin, and cello – 7′
  • text by Arnold Schoenberg
  • Premiered March 2017, Ann Arbor, MI

The Origin of Dialogue – 2017

  • for countertenor and piano – 7′
  • text by Mikayla Orton Thatcher

Gorgeous Nothings: Ten Short Poems by Emily Dickinson – 2016

  • for divisi SATB chorus – 8′
  • text by Emily Dickinson
  • Premiered September 2016, Ann Arbor, MI

Descensus Dei – 2016

  • for SATB chorus and two treble soloists – 4′
  • text from 1 Nephi 11:14-17, The Book of Mormon, Latin trans. by Justin Barney

Et Ego Nephus – 2016

  • for eight voices or mixed chorus– 5′
  • text from 1 Nephi 18:3, The Book of Mormon, Latin trans. by Justin Barney

Maria autem conservabat – 2016

  • motet for six voices – 6′
  • Text from Luke 2:19, Latin Vulgate Bible.

Missa Sostenuta – 2015

  • for mixed chorus – 10′

Radiant/Terrible – 2014

  • song cycle for high voice and piano – 18′
  • text by Gerard Manley Hopkins
  • Premiered April 2015, Provo, UT

Anamnesis – 2014

  • for SATB chorus with four treble soloists – 6′
  • Text from the mass ordinary and John 1:29

           

God of Our Children – 2019

  • text by Mikayla Orton Thatcher             

With Loaves and Fishes – 2019

  • text by Mikayla Orton Thatcher

From Our God is All We Own – 2017

  • text by Mikayla Orton Thatcher and Nathan Thatcher

Thou Hast Shown Us Once Again – 2017

  • text by Mikayla Orton Thatcher

 

From the Top – 2018

  • fixed media – 15’

Between Primacy and Recency – 2015

  • for sampler – 5′

Canonical – 2013-2015

  • for three disklaviers – 13′
  • Premiered April 2015, Provo, UT

The Tides of Industry – 2013

  • fixed media – 6′
  • Premiered February 2014, Provo, UT

Amalgamautomation – 2013

  • fixed media – 5′ 30″
  • Premiered November 2013, Provo, UT

Music Services

Scores

Published scores available for hire at

https://www.justatheorypress.com

Engraving and copying:

Professional score preparation.

Arranging/Producing:

Arrangement for live performance or for recorded music.

Transcription:

Accurate and fast conversion of audio files to sheet music ready to be read and played.

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Contact Me
  • 801-369-0856
  • natet88@gmail.com