Quarter Tone Repertoire

The following compositions make use of quarter tonality. If you would like to see a piece added to this list, or if you are a composer and would like to add your piece to this list, please contact the author. If you would like more information on a particular piece, click the title of that piece.


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Title Composers Instruments Tags
24 Preludes in Quarter-Tone Systems, Op. 40 Ivan Wyschnegradsky piano prelude, preludes
3 Hommages Georg Friedrich Haas piano hass
AUAT 4 Eduardo Patriarca flute, piano duo
Alter Ego for Solo Saxophone Georges Aperghis saxophone solo, altissimo, multiphonics
Bryce Tōru Takemitsu flute, harp, percussion, marimba ensemble
Chant Douloureux, Op. 6 Ivan Wyschnegradsky violin, piano microtonal, sixth, eighth, chamber
Chiaroscuro John Corigliano piano duo, two pianos
Clocks and Clouds György Ligeti soprano, mezzosoprano, alto, orchestra orchestra, chorus
Da Morte e Sobrevivência (Meditação de Magdala) Eduardo Patriarca chamber, violin, viola, clarinet, piano, harp chamber
Dirge Mildred Couper piano two pianos, duo
Distance Like a Fiction Richard Power flute, saxophone duo
Divination by Mirrors Michael A. Levine bowed saw, string orchestra saw, divination, occult
Drifting Memories Katia Beaugeais saxophone sax quartet, saxophone quartet, quartet
ENSO Eduardo Patriarca orchestra orchestra, painting
Emergence Brandon Dixon saxophone, piano emergence
Fair and Balanced? Frank J. Oteri saxophone sax quartet, saxophone quartet, quartet
Fantasy for Unaccompanied Violin, Op. 9a Alois Hába violin
Flying Microtonal Banana King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard drum kit, bongos, percussion, guitar, bass guitar, vocals rock, psychedelic
Four Comedic Studies Donald Bousted saxophone solo
Galaxe Bjørn Fongaard guitar
Indigenous Instruments Steve Mackey violin, cello, flute, clarinet, piano small chamber
L'évangile Rouge, Op. 8 Ivan Wyschnegradsky voice, piano
La Fée Maraboutée Eduardo Patriarca flute solo
Maï Ryo Noda saxophone solo
Meditations on a Whisper Brandon Dixon saxophone solo
Music for Flute, Strings, and Percussion Sofia Gubaidulina flute, strings, percussion
Mysterious Morning III Fuminori Tanada saxophone solo
O Lord, Bless Thy Mountains Alan Hovhaness piano duo
On All Fours Steve Mackey strings string quartet, quartet
Prelude, Mystery, and Ecstasy David Pope saxophone solo
Processione Eduardo Patriarca strings, string quartet quartet, strings
Quarter Tone Waltz for Alto Saxophone Gordan Tudor saxophone solo
Quarter-tone Piano Concerto Sampo Haapamäki piano, orchestra chamber, orchestra, chamber orchestra
Quartet No. 2 György Ligeti strings string quartet, quartet
Quaternion Sofia Gubaidulina cello cell quartet, quartet
Quintet in Quarter-Tones (24-EDO) Stephen Weigel bassoon, saxophone, flute, clarinet, trombone quintet
Ramifications György Ligeti violin, viola, cello, strings strings
Six Quasi-sonatas in Quarter Tones Julián Carrillo cello solo
Sonata for Alto Saxophone Jindrich Feld saxophone, piano duo
Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano Edison Denisov
Sonata for Quarter Tone Piano, Op.62 Alois Hába piano sonata
St. Luke Passion Krzysztof Penderecki chorus, orchestra
String Quartet No. 2 in Quarter-Tone System, Op. 7 Alois Hába strings string quartet, quartet
String Quartet No. 3 in Quarter-Tone System, Op. 12 Alois Hába strings string quartet, quartet
String Quartet No. 4 in Quarter-Tone System, Op. 14 Alois Hába string quartet string quartet, quartet
String Quartet No. 5 Lejaren Hiller strings string quartet, quartet
String Quartet No. 6 Béla Bartók strings string quartet, quartet
String Quartet No. 6 in Quarter-Tone System, Op. 70 Alois Hába
Suite for Four Trombones in Quarter-Tone System Op. 72 Alois Hába trombone trombone quartet, quartet
Suite for Quarter Tone Clarinet and Quarter Tone Piano No. 1 Op. 24 Alois Hába clarinet, piano duo
Symphony No. 4 Charles Ives orchestra symphony
The Angel of Despair II Hiroyuki Ito saxophone solo
Theme from Wait Until Dark Henry Mancini piano, strings, percussion, bass, guitar, drumset soundtrack, movie
Three Quarter Tone Pieces Charles Ives piano
Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima Krzysztof Penderecki orchestra microtonal
Turkish Bath Don Ellis orchestra
Velinikka Sampo Haapamäki accordian, orchestra chamber
Vitebsk Aaron Copland piano piano trio, trio
Vivid Rainfall Brandon Dixon saxophone, piano duo
Waltz in C Neutral for Solo Saxophone Brandon Dixon saxophone solo, waltz
We Are All Made of Stardust Eduardo Patriarca chamber, flute, cello, violin, piano, clarinet chamber
Zwei Konzertstücke, Op. 26 Richard Stein cello, piano duo
Œdipe George Enescu