Peter Garland (composer)

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Peter Garland (born January 25, 1952 in Portland, Maine) is a composer best known for publishing Soundings Press, one of the few sources of new music scores and articles while in print. A student of James Tenney and Harold Budd, much of Garland's work could be considered post-minimal although many of his postminimal works such as "The Days Run Away" (1971) were written in the early 1970s at the same time as the first minimalist works. He is also an expert on American Indian music, and on the music of Silvestre Revueltas. He is the author of Gone Walkabout: Essays 1991-.\

Peter Garland started his Soundings Press series in 1971 after attending a publishing workshop with Dick Higgins at CalArts.

He lives in Bath, Maine.


  • 1982 Matachin Dances (EP, Cold Blue)
  • 1986 Peñasco Blanco (Cold Blue, reissued on Nana + Victorio, 1993)
  • 1986 Control Songs (No Man's Land/Review, expanded CD release in 1997)
  • 1989 Worlds of Love (No Man's Land/Review, expanded CD release in 2000)
  • 1992 Border Music (¿What Next?, reissued on OO Disc, 2002)
  • 1992 Walk in Beauty (New Albion)
  • 1993 I Guess I Just Wasn't Made for These Times (David Garland Performs Brian Wilson) (MSI)
  • 1993 Nana + Victorio (Avant)
  • 1999 Togetherness (Control Songs, Vol. 2) (Ergodic)
  • 2000 My Vortex Camera (Control Songs, Vol. 3) (No Man's Land/Review)
  • 2000 The Days Run Away (Tzadik)
  • 2002 Another Sunrise (Mode)
  • 2003 On the Other Side of the Window (No Man's Land/Review)
  • 2003 Waves Breaking on Rocks (New World)
  • 2007 Noise in You (Family Vineyard)
  • 2008 Three Strange Angels (Tzadik) reissue of Border Music expanded with live recordings
  • 2009 String Quartets (Cold Blue)


  • "The Three Strange Angels" (1973), included on Cold Blue (1984, Cold Blue, CD release 2002)
  • "Apple Blossom" included on Persistence of Past Chemistries (2000, The Orchard)
  • "Dancing on Water" included on Dancing on Water (2001, Cold Blue)
  • "Matachin Dances" (1982), included on The Complete Ten-Inch Collection from Cold Blue (2003, Cold Blue)
  • "Nights in the Gardens of Maine" included on "Cold Blue Two" (2012, Cold Blue)

Other recordings of compositions by Garland

  • Ensemble Bash – Launch (1996, Sony): "Apple Blossom" (1972)
  • William Winant, Roy Malan, Carla Kihlstedt a.o. – Peter Garland: Love Songs (Tzadik, 2005): "Matachin Dances", "Coyote's Bones (Last Piece)", "Love Songs"

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