Catalog of Compositions

      Welcome to this site, where you will find a wide selection of scores for download plus a full catalog of my compositions.  Any score here may be freely downloaded, reproduced, performed, broadcast, and/or recorded subject to an ASCAP license, provided only that you identify me as the composer and notify me of your activity (lkramer@fordham.edu).  Instrumental parts are available on request.

        My career as a composer has come in two waves: one spanning the years 1982-92, when several of my orchestral pieces were performed along with vocal and chamber works, and another starting in 2007 after a decade and a half of intensive work as a musicologist. (Most of my twenty books, including The Hum of the World: A Philosophy of Listening (2019); The Thought of Music--winner of the 2017 ASCAP Virgil Thomson Award for Outstanding Music Criticism; Expression and Truth, Interpreting Music, and Why Classical Music Still Matters, are published by the University of California Press.  I teach at Fordham University, where I hold the position of Distinguished Professor.) 

        My return to composition was prompted by the unexpected opportunity to write a song cycle based on Henry James’s novel The Wings of the Dove. The experience turned me into a classic late bloomer; the great majority of my music has been composed since then.  I now divide my time between scholarship and composition, with numerous performances of vocal and chamber works across the United States, including New York's Lincoln Center, the campus of the Santa Fe Opera, and San Francisco, and throughout Europe, including Vienna, London, Oxford, Edinburgh, Belgrade, Krakow, Stockholm, and Bern.