List of compositions by Bill Evans

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This list contains the known compositions of Bill Evans. It is likely that some of his works have not survived or remain unpublished, for example, a piece titled "Very Little Suite", an assignment composed during his college years.

Name Year of composition Year of first recording First recording Notes
B Minor Waltz 1977 You Must Believe in Spring For ex-girlfriend Ellaine, who committed suicide.
Bill's Belle 1965-67 (appr.) - - Posthumous.
Bill's Hit Tune 1979 We Will Meet Again
Blue In Green 1959 1959 Kind of Blue Miles Davis claimed authorship, but many jazz historians maintain that it was Evans who composed it or at least co-wrote it.
C Minor Blues Chase 1965-67 (appr.) - - Posthumous.
Carnival 1965-67 (appr.) - - Posthumous.
Catch The Wind 1965-67 (appr.) - - Posthumous.
Children's Play Song 1970 From Left to Right
Chromatic Tune 1965-67 (appr.) - - Posthumous.
Comrade Conrad 1971 The Bill Evans Album The tune originated as a Crest toothpaste jingle. It was later elaborated and dedicated to Conrad Mendenhall, a friend who had died in a car accident.[1]
Displacement 1956 New Jazz Conceptions
Epilogue 1959 Everybody Digs Bill Evans Short solo.
Five 1956 New Jazz Conceptions It was for some years the Bill Evans Trio signature tune.
For Nenette 1978 New Conversations For Evans' wife. There is also a lyric version entitled "In April"
Fudgesickle Built For Two 1962 Interplay
Fun Ride 1962 Interplay
Funkallero 1962 Interplay
Funny Man 1967 Further Conversations with Myself
G Waltz 1967 California Here I Come
Interplay 1962 Interplay
It's Love - It's Christmas 1965-67 (appr.) - - Posthumous. Lyrics also by Bill Evans.
Knit For Mary F 1980 Letter to Evan For fan Mary Franksen.
Know What I Mean? 1961 Know What I Mean? Piece for Cannonball Adderley's homonymous album.
Laurie 1979 1979 We Will Meet Again For girlfriend Laurie Verchomin.
Letter To Evan 1979 The Paris Concert: Edition Two Written for his son Evan Evans, born in 1975
Loose Blues 1962 Interplay
Maxine 1978 New Conversations For his stepdaughter, Nenette's daughter.
My Bells 1965 Bill Evans Trio with Symphony Orchestra
N.Y.C.'s No Lark 1963 1963 Conversations with Myself Anagram of the name of pianist Sonny Clark, a personal friend who died in 1963.
One For Helen 1966 Bill Evans at Town Hall For manager Helen Keane.
Only Child
Orbit 1966 A Simple Matter of Conviction a.k.a. Unless It's You
Peace Piece 1958 Everybody Digs Bill Evans Improvised solo. Loosely based on Leonard Bernstein's "Some Other Time".
Peri's Scope 1959 Portrait in Jazz For girlfriend Peri Cousins.
Prologue 1966 Bill Evans at Town Hall Prologue to the solo titled "In Memory of His Father Harry L."
Re: Person I Knew 1962 Moon Beams Anagram of the name of his friend producer Orrin Keepnews.
Remembering The Rain 1978 New Conversations
Show Type Tune 1962 How My Heart Sings!
A Simple Matter Of Conviction 1966 A Simple Matter of Conviction
Since We Met 1974 Since We Met
34 Skidoo 1962 How My Heart Sings!
Song For Helen 1978 New Conversations For manager Helen Keane.
Song No.1
Story Line 1966 Bill Evans at Town Hall Part of the solo titled "In Memory of His Father Harry L."
Sugar Plum
The Opener
Theme (What You Gave) 1965-67 (appr.) - - Posthumous.
There Came You 1962 Interplay
These Things Called Changes 1966 A Simple Matter of Conviction
Tiffany 1980 Turn Out the Stars:
The Final Village Vanguard Recordings
For Joe LaBarbera's daughter.
Time Out for Chris
Time Remembered 1962 Interplay
Turn Out The Stars 1966 Bill Evans at Town Hall First appeared in "In Memory of His Father Harry L.", an extended solo featuring other pieces.
T.T.T. (Twelve Tone Tune) 1971 The Bill Evans Album Based on a tone row.
T.T.T.T. (Twelve Tone Tune Two) 1973 The Tokyo Concert Based on a tone row.
The Two Lonely People 1971 The Bill Evans Album The lyrics were written by Carol Hall for the performance of the song by Tony Bennett.
Very Early 1949 (appr.) 1962 Moon Beams Evan's first known tune.
Walkin' Up 1962 How My Heart Sings!
Waltz For Debby 1953 (appr.) 1956 New Jazz Conceptions Written for his then recently born niece.
Waltz In E 1965-67 (appr.) - - Posthumous.
We Will Meet Again 1977 You Must Believe in Spring For his brother Harry.
Yet Ne'er Broken An anagram of the name of cocaine dealer Robert Kenney.
Your Story 1980 Letter to Evan

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pettinger, p. 205.
Sources
  • Wetzel, Pascal (1996). Bill Evans Fake Book. Ludlow Music. p. 108.