Composer & Lyricist

Works

Solos & Duets

BLUES FOR PAUL
Duration: 10'
Instrumentation: Fl, Pno
A jazz flavored piece for flute and piano.

...AND THE LIVIN' IS EASY - A Piano Suite Of Three Pieces
Duration: 10'15"
Instrumentation: Pn
Three movements:

  1. The Fourths of July 1'40"
  2. Lazy Summer Day 3'30"
  3. Moon on Lake Kinderhook 4'40"

ANTICIPATION
Duration: 1'07
Instrumentation: Vc, Pno (for a student cellist)

CONFECTIONS - Three Pieces For Clarinet And Piano
Duration: 11’:11”
Instrumentation: Cl, Pno
Three Pieces:

  1. Sprinkles 3’05”
  2. Ala Mode 3’14”
  3. Whipped Cream 4’52”

CONVERSATIONS - Suite Of Three Piano Works
Duration: 10'
Instrumentation: (Also available for piano solo.)
Three Movements:

  1. Repeat That Please 1'30"
  2. Sweet Talk 3'
  3. The Argument 3'

DIVERTIMENTO - For Two Flutes
Duration: 5'40"
Instrumentation: 2 Fl

FLIGHT OF FANCY
Duration: 8'
Instrumentation: Fl, Pno

FLUTE AND PIANO SONATINA
Duration: 11'23"
Instrumentation: Fl, Pno
Three Movements:

  1. Mvt. I: 5'17"
  2. Mvt. II: 4'06"
  3. Mvt. III: 2'

WISTFUL MEMORIES
Duration: 3'30"
Instrumentation: Fl, Pno

FOR AGLIA
Duration: 6'
Instrumentation: Pno
Two movements:

  1. Sunset 3'
  2. Floating Clouds 3'

HOLIDAY
Duration: 5'20"
Instrumentation: Fl, Pno

INTERVALS - 24 Works for Piano
Instrumentation: Piano

A friend of mine once told me that her favorite songs were those that began with a jump of an octave.  Like, for instance, "Somewhere Over The Rainbow." It got me to thinking about how the first two notes of any piece of music really sets up what is to follow.  That octave jump, that interval, is only one of twenty-four possible intervals.  That is to say there are twenty-four different intervals that can begin a piece of music. I have written these twenty-four pieces with the idea of having the first two notes of each of them start with a different interval. Writing them has been like a series of adventures, each of which begins by taking the first two steps - and then discovering where they will lead. A recording by Hadassah Guttmann of all twenty-four pieces is nearly complete and will be released soon.

INVENTION FOR FLUTE AND PIANO
Duration:
Instrumentation: Fl, Pno
3 movements.

LAKE KINDERHOOK
Duration: 5'10"
Instrumentation: Pn

MEMORIES - For Violin And Piano
Duration: 5'
Instrumentation: Vln, Pno

SOLITIDE IN THE CITY
Duration: 3'11"
Instrumentation: Cb, Pno
Is also available for Cello and Piano; or for Flute and Cello; or as Cello solo

SONATINA
Duration: 5'
Instrumentation: Pn (also for Hpschd)
This is a twelve-tone work. Has also been played on Harpsichord.

SONATINA – For Violin And Piano
Duration: 9'
Instrumentation: Vln, Pno
A three-movement work. Mainly tonal, with rich harmonies.

SPRING IS HERE
Duration: 8'
Instrumentation: String orchestra

Chamber Music

TRIO FOR FLUTE, VIOLA AND HARP
Duration: 13'38"
Instrumentation: Fl, Vla, Hp
Premiered at Queens College in April, 1996 by Sue Ann Kahn, Christine Ims, and Susan Jolles.
Three Movements:

  1. Mvt. I: 5'01"
  2. Mvt. II: 4'11"
  3. Mvt. III: 4'26")

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CENTRAL PARK
Duration: 10'
Instrumentation: Fl, Vc, Pno (Alternate version: Cl, Vla, Pno)
Three Movements:

  1. Man Walking Dog 1'46"
  2. Young Lovers 4'31"
  3. Joggers 3'13"

THE DINKEY BIRD
Duration: 9’
Instrumentation: Fl, Vln, Vc, Pno

THE FLUTE OF MORNING
Duration: 9'
Instrumentation: Sop, Fl, Bn, Vln, Pno
Poem by Blanche Abram

DIVETIMENTO FOR CLARINETS
Duration: 5'
Instrumentation: 2 Cl, Pno
A one movement piece for 2 clarinets and piano.

THE WEDDING TRIO - A Piano Trio In Four Movements
Duration:
Instrumentation: Pno, Vln, Vc

  1. Mvt. I: X
  2. Mvt. II: 6’32"
  3. Mvt. III: 5'40”
  4. Mvt. IV: X

FLUTE QUARTET
Duration: 2'41"
Instrumentation: 4 Flutes:

MOODS
Duration: 14'45"
Instrumentation: Vln, Vla, Vc

  1. Mvt. I: Contentment 3'20"
  2. Mvt. II: Longing 5'
  3. Mvt. III Joy 6'25"

PIANO TRIO NO. 2
Duration: 17'30"
Instrumentation: Pno, Vln, Vc

  1. Mvt I: Allegretto Grazioso
  2. Mvt II: Andante Tranquillo
  3. Mvt III: Allegro

QUIET WINTER MORNING - for String Orchestra
Duration: 6'
Instrumentation: String Orchestra

QUIET WINTER MORNING - For Wind Quartet
Duration:
Instrumentation: Fl, Ob, Hn

SEASONINGS - Two pieces for String Orchestra
Duration:
Instrumentation: String Orchestra

SPRING TRIO
Duration: 18'35"
Instrumentation: Vln, Vla, Vc

STAR CLUSTERS
Duration: 5'
Instrumentation:

String Quartets

STRING QUARTET No. 3
Duration: 16'36"
Instrumentation: 2 Vln, Vla, Vc
Premiered in Chicago in 1996.
4 movements:

  1. Mvt. I: 4'23"
  2. Mvt. II: 4'26”
  3. Mvt. III: 2'48”
  4. Mvt. IV: 4'59").

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STRING QUARTET No. 4
Duration: 12'39"
Instrumentation: 2Vln, Vla, Vc
Three Movements.

STRING QUARTET No. 5
Duration: 13'10"
Instrumentation: 2Vln, Vla, Vc
Two Movements.

STRING QUARTET No. 6
Duration: 15'
Instrumentation: 2Vln, Vla, Vc
Three Movements:

  1. I. Adagio
  2. II. Andante
  3. III. Allegro

PROTEUS STRING QUARTET
Duration: 12'30"
Instrumentation: 2 Vln, Vla, Vc
3 movements:

  1. Quicksilver 4’39”
  2. Shifting Sands 3’40”
  3. Kaleidescope 4’11”

YIN AND YANG QUARTET
Duration: 13'
Instrumentation: Vln I, Vln II, Vla, Vc

  1. Mvt 1: Variations on a Mantra 7'23"
  2. Mvt 2: After The Storm 5'47"

Songs

DAYBREAK IN ALABAMA
Duration: 4'
Instrumentation: Sop, Pno, (Alternate Version SATB Chorus)
Poem By Langston Hughes.

BREAKFAST ALONE
Duration: 5'
Instrumentation: Sop, Pno
Poem By Ann Sillsbee.

TWO SONGS BY CHINESE POETS
Duration: 8'19"
Instrumentation: Ten, Fl, Pno (Alternate Version: Bar, Vln, Pno)

  1. The Last Day Of The Year 3'46" (Poem By Su Tung Po)
  2. Sitting Outdoors 4'33" (Poem By Lu Yu)

UNENDING LOVE
Duration:
Instrumentation: Voice, Pno
Poem By Rabindranath Tagore

WHERE HAVE YOU GONE?
Duration: 4'20"
Instrumentation: Sop, Pno
Poem By Blanche Abram

TOMORROW CAME
Duration: 3'51"
Instrumentation: Sop, Fl, Vc, Pno
Poem By Doreen Spungin

FOUR LULLABYES For Soprano And Piano
Duration: 13'53"
Instrumentation: Sop, Pno

  1. Sleep Baby Sleep 3' (Sung By Monet's Wife To Their Baby)
  2. Lullaby 4'26" (Sung By A Mammy To The White Child She Takes Care Of)
  3. Strange Nursery 3' (Sung By A Mother To Her Child While They Are Held As Prisoners By The Japanese In World War II)
  4. Jazz Lullaby 3'26" (Sung By A Modern Mother To Her Newborn)

FULL MANY YOUNG LIPS
Duration: 3'16"
Instrumentation: Sop, Pno
Poem By Blanche Abram

I SHALL NEVEER FORGET (MY DOG BRUNO)
Duration: 2'46"
Instrumentation: Sop, Or Ten And Pno
Poem By Agilia Ho

LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS
Duration: 4'53"
Instrumentation: Sop, Fl, Vc, Pno
Poem By Doreen Spungin

LOVE IS A TWO PART INVENTION
Music & Lyrics by Julie Mandel
Duration: 3'
Instrumentation: Sop, Ten, Pno
Song From "Two" A Musical Revue

MARY LINCOLN SONG
Duration: 4'
Instrumentation: Sop, Pno
Based On Mary Lincoln's Quotes.

MAY I HAVE YOUR COAT
Duration: 3'25"
Instrumentation: Sop, Fl, Vc, Pno
Poem By Doreen Spungin

A PORTRAIT OF CHILDHOOD
Duration: 4'14"
Instrumentation: Sop, Or Ten, Pno
Poem By Aglia Ho

PORTRAITS
Duration:
Instrumentation: Fl, Guit, Pno, Sop
Five Songs For Sop. Piano, Flute (One For Guitar)
Poems By Ilsa Gilbert

A PRIVATE PLACE
Duration: 2'14"
Instrumentation: Sop, Pno
Poem By Lois Wyse

RECIPES FOR LOVE
Duration: 9'
Instrumentation: Sop, Fl, Pno
Poems By Sharon Harris
Three Songs:
Instant Love 1'47"
Spendthrift 2'57"
Falling In Love 1'37"

THAT THING CALLED LOVE
Duration: 2'35"
Instrumentation: Voice, Fl, Pno
Based On A Quote By Karen Horney.

THE THREE ODDEST WORDS
Duration: 5'
Instrumentation: Voice, SATB
For SATB A Cappella. Text By Wislawa Szymborska Winner Of The 1996 Nobel Prize In Literature

THREE SONGS
Duration: 17'
Instrumentation: Fl, Vc, Pno
Three Songs For Soprano Voice With Flute, Cello And Piano.
Poems By Doreen Spungin.

SEE
Duration:
Instrumentation: Sop, Pno
Poem By Lois Wys

Vocal & Choral

EVENING PRAYER
Duration: 5'55"
Instrumentation: Sop, or Ten with 2 Vln, Vla, Vc (Also available as Sop or Ten with Pno)

HISTORY SAYS
Duration: 5'
Instrumentation: SATB a cappella
This SATB a cappella work has as it's text a quote from Seamus Heaney's play "The Cure At Troy"

MABEL AND HER COTTAGE
Duration: 11'
Instrumentation: 2Vln, Vla, Vc, Narr
String Quartet and Narrator

THE PIOUS CAT
Duration: 10'
Instrumentation: Sop, Fl, Pno, Narr (alternate version Sop, Cl, Pno, Narr)
Weaving together a lyrical vocal score, a traditional Yiddish folk song, and narration into a beautiful setting for soprano, narrator, clarinet and piano. This thought-provoking work by Yiddish author I.L. Peretz is a parable of how devotion and piety are often used to excuse and rationalize even the most heinous acts.

Musical Theater

ONCE IN A LIFETIME (1950)
Music & Lyrics Julie Mandel
Duration: 1hr, 30min
Produced at Carnegie Recital Hall, and in summer stock. Based on Kaufman and Hart’s play of the same name. A satire about the days when the silent screen became “The Talkies!” and killed vaudeville, prompting vaudevillians to seek their fortune in Hollywood.

  1. Out Of Work
  2. You And Me And The Lamppost
  3. Once In A Lifetime
  4. Doin’ Alright
  5. Indian Nuts
  6. You Learn About Life In The Movies
  7. We Never Had To Learn How To Talk
  8. Still In Love
  9. We’ll Make A Star Of Susan Walker
  10. Take Heart
  11. The Time, The Place, The Girl

LOVE FROM SANDY [1955]
Music and Lyrics Julie Mandel, Book David Dachs
Based on the 1953 book by Elwynne Berger based on a novel about an 18-year old American girl, Sandy Sanderson, who spends a year at an English University and learning about English climate, money, manners, and 22 Rhodes Scholars.

  1. How Would I Know
  2. Mr. Inertia And Mr. Rut
  3. It Might Have Been
  4. Sandy
  5. Twentieth Century Blues
  6. Education
  7. It’s Gonna Be Hard On Me
  8. Voila Les Indians
  9. Two Little People
  10. Foolish, Fascinated Fella

MISS SEEDLESS RAISIN 1958]
Music and Lyrics Julie Mandel, Book David Dachs
An original send-up of the world of advertising and its exploitation of the female form to sell anything and everything.

  1. Fairy Tales
  2. Girls Girls Girls
  3. Emotionally Involved
  4. Strictly Business
  5. Rough
  6. Who’s In Love
  7. Riding With The Top Down
  8. Sleepy But Happy
  9. Beautiful Larchmont
  10. If They Put What You’ve Got Into Bottles
  11. Miss Seedless Raisin

EXPENSE ACCOUNT (1960]
Music and Lyrics Julie Mandel, Book David Dachs
Based on a book by Joe Morgan, and set in the go-go corporate world of the time, this show was nearly produced for Broadway. Sadly “How to Succeed…” came along just at that time and the producers pulled out.

  1. Yes, Mr. Appleton
  2. It’s A Hard Life!
  3. One Love’s Enough For Me
  4. When You’re Not Looking
  5. Get A Loan From Louie
  6. Teamwork
  7. It Can Wait
  8. The Riddle Song
  9. Strictly Business
  10. Expense Account
  11. Make It A Long Kiss (Lyrics?)
  12. On The Wrong Track
  13. Where Were You?
  14. Illigitimus And Noncarborundum
  15. Loyal
  16. Triangle Fugue
  17. Whatever It Is It Can Wait

FIRST YOU TAKE AN OATMEAL BOX [1967] 
Music and Lyrics Julie Mandel, Book David Dachs
A musical about the birth of radio – and advertising. Before Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak started Apple computer in a garage, young crystal set radio kit enthusiasts drove the invention of network broadcasting and home electronics. Set in 1913, as crystal set radios start to catch on with hobbyists and commercial entrepreneurs begin to realize there’s money to be made. Is it progress, or the corruption of a dream? Six principals (3 and 3), 5 others (men), and chorus.

  1. I Got Denver Last Night
  2. I Wake Up Smiling
  3. Sunny California
  4. Exaggerate!
  5. Any Girl
  6. The Peek-A-Boo Waist
  7. Chamber Music
  8. How Do I Look?
  9. I Can Talk To You
  10. May I Call You Stella
  11. First You Take An Oatmeal Box
  12. Sweet Sal
  13. Ring In The New Year
  14. I Wouldn’t Have You Any Other Way
  15. Publicity
  16. Let’s Make Up For Lost Time
  17. How Do You Do Folks?
  18. A Fine Friend I Turned Out To Be
  19. Soon They’ll Be Selling The Moonlight

THREE CAME HOME (1971) 
Music and Lyrics Julie Mandel, Book by Hal Pockress 
Based on a book of the same name by Agnes Newton Keith recounting her experiences in a Japanese WWII prisoner of war camp in Borneo with her young son.

  1. We’re Not The Ladies That We Used To Be
  2. Orientals
  3. Inferior Women
  4. Strange Nursery
  5. You’re a Big Pain
  6. Author In Captivity
  7. Privacy
  8. Native Dance
  9. The Face Of My Enemy
  10. Put In Lunch
  11. The Lady
  12. This Lovely Minute
  13. The World Will Wake One Morning
  14. The Clock Keeps Ticking (cut)

SOAP (1974 unfinished)
Music and Lyrics Julie Mandel, Book by Hal Pockress
A gentle son who breaks away from his dominating father, and becomes a kind of Scarlet Pimpernel figure  (The Red Fox) who fights for clean ecology, truth in advertising, ….all the things his father is guilty of.

  1. The Red Fox
  2. Yes, Father
  3. The Fox Trot
  4. Vitamin C
  5. Soap
  6. On A Typical Day
  7. The Man I Need
  8. I’m Wonderful
  9. Golf
  10. Meditate
  11. Here I Go Again
  12. Little Retreat
  13. Together

TWO : A MUSICAL REVUE [1978]
Instrumentation: Soprano, Tenor, Piano (expandable)
A 60 minute musical revue for two people in which all the songs relate to the concept of “two” and explores all the many and varied combinations. (Can also be done using several “couples”) Has been performed in many regional theaters.

First produced by Equity Library Theater at Lincoln Center Library featuring Ann Hodapp and Hal Waters, Clinton Atkinson, director; Bick Goss, choreographer; Donald Oliver, Musical Director. Recorded with original cast on “Take Home Tunes Records” label [LP#THT788]. 

  1. Two's A Nice Number
  2. Two Pieces Of Bread
  3. Love Is A Two-Part Invention
  4. Dear Mr. Green
  5. Baby Makes Two
  6. Two Note Rag
  7. Two Points Of View
  8. Now We Are Three
  9. To Tango
  10. Show Biz
  11. Two Things
  12. We Need Each Other
  13. Two Cities
  14. I'm Two
  15. Twice On Matinee Days
  16. When We're Together/One/2 Is What It's All About
  17. Two's A Nice Number (Reprise)

A GLORIOUS DAY
Music and lyrics by Julie Mandel and book by Lila Bernstein
Duration: 1hr, 30min
Instrumentation: Cast of 9: 4 sop, 2 ten, 3 bar., Pno. (expandable)
A musical based on George Bernard Shaw’s “Getting Married.” Its the wedding day (we hope!) of Edith, the last of the Bishop’s four daughters, and a fiery woman’s libber. Its been described as “A real ensemble piece with each of the characters fully developed and singing!”. Early version produced in 1993 by Survivor Theater in New York City, and later by the York Theatre in NY and in 2016 by the Blue Grass Opera Company in Lexington, KY.

  1. Edith’s Getting Married
  2. Gentlemen Of England
  3. We’re Going To Write A Marriage Contact
  4. Listen To The Music
  5. Husbands
  6. What Was I To Do?
  7. Did I?
  8. A Glorious Day
  9. A Real Kiss
  10. An Independent Woman
  11. Dammit Woman, I Love You
  12. Alone

LE GRAND CAFE
Book, Music and lyrics by Julie Mandel
Duration: 1hr, 30min
Instrumentation: Cast of 6; 2 sop, 2 ten. 2 bar. plus chorus, Pno. (expandable)
About the Impressionist painters Monet, Renoir, Degas, their passion for their work, their struggles to survive, the toll on the women and children in their lives, and their ultimately unexpected success. Workshop productions by Musical Theater Workshop and others.

  1. Le Grand Café
  2. He Paints
  3. You Are All Women
  4. Women Who Paint
  5. The Forest Of Fontainbleau
  6. The Forest Of Fontainbleau (Reprise)
  7. The Salon
  8. Everyday Eternities/Pleasure/Light And Nature
  9. Fuel
  10. You Are All Women (Reprise)
  11. Don't You Just Love Art?
  12. The Business Of Art
  13. The Salon (Reprise)
  14. Five O' Clock Absinthe Hour
  15. Being Married
  16. The Real World
  17. Lullabye
  18. My Collection
  19. Those Crazy Impressionist Painters
  20. Only A Pair Of Eyes
  21. Everyday Eternities/Pleasure/Light And Nature (Reprise)
  22. Le Grand Cafe (Reprise)

SUBWAY SUITE (2000)
Music and lyrics by Julie Mandel
Duration: 1hr, 30min
Instrumentation: Cast: 16 songs with varied voices, string quartet (2 Vln, Vla, Vc), can be done with Pno accompaniment only.
Originating as a song cycle for string quartet and vocalists, and later expanded to a full-length musical theater work. This suite of songs was is set in the NY Subway from the morning rush hour to late at night, during which time we meet many different travelers. Premiered in at Queens College with the Meridian String Quartet. 

  1. Rush Hour
  2. M Is For
  3. Reading
  4. Tomorrow Morning
  5. The F Train Line
  6. Announcement
  7. One Dollah
  8. Neptune Avenue
  9. Rich And Famous
  10. Blue Sky
  11. A Wonderful Time!
  12. Isn’t It Hot In Here?
  13. Door People
  14. Wall Street
  15. Chamber Music
  16. Chamber Music Duet
  17. Ladies And Gentlemen
  18. Bum Rap
  19. Waiting For The F Train
  20. Blue Notes
  21. Blue Sky
  22. Someplace To Go
  23. On The Subway

ALONE (unfinished)
Music and lyrics by Julie Mandel
The Life of a Woman Song Writer in 1950-1960’s)

  1. Barrow Street
  2. Chatter
  3. It’s Commercial
  4. Homes
  5. David Means Love
  6. Two Different People
  7. Happy Birthday
  8. Patchwork Quilt
  9. All Roads

For Children

DANNY DUNN AND THE HOMEWORK MACHINE
Duration: 1hr
Instrumentation: Pno, Voice (Cast of Sop., 2 Ten. plus chorus)
Based on the book by Raymond Abrashkin and Jay Williams.
What happens when Danny and his friends use a computer to do homework.
Golden Records

DANNY DUNN, TIME TRAVELER
Duration: 1hr
Instrumentation: Pno, Voice (Cast is Sop. 2 Ten., Bar., plus 3 non singing roles)
Based on the book by Raymond Abrashkin and Jay Williams.
What happens when Danny and his friends use a time machine that takes them back to Benjamin Franklin’s time, and they meet him.
Golden Records

THE STORY OF OLD MACK, THE GOLDEN FIRETRUCK
Music by Julie Mandel, Story and Lyrics by Stan Werner
Originally released on Golden Records
LR 237

PARI AND THE PRINCE
Book, Music and lyrics by Julie Mandel
Duration: 1hr, 30min
Instrumentation: Cast of 7; Sop, 6 male Voices, plus as many as possible for non-singing roles.
A musical for children based on a story from "The Daring Young Man on a Flying Trapeze" by William Saroyan in which a Prince falls in love with, and learns a great deal from, a young peasant girl named Pari. Performed in summer stock and in schools around the country.
Publisher: McGraw-Hill

Opera

I WISH, I WISH, I WISH
Duration: 20'
Instrumentation: SATB, Pno (Also available with chamber orchestra)
A one-act opera with a cast of four: Sop., Alt., Ten., Bass. A kind of Japanese Fairytale set in modern times. Libretto: Eugene Mandel.

THE STORY ABOUT THE ANTEATER
Duration: 30min
Instrumentation: Voice, Pno (Cast: 3 sop., 1 Cont., 1 ten., 1 non-singing role) (Also arranged for Voice, Fl, Vln, Vc, Cb)
One-act Opera based on a short story by Stephen Vincent Benet. The story of marriage, and how one woman learns to accept her husband’s faults by realizing her own.