“.  .  .  .  Gerald Plain’s and left ol’ Joe a bone, AMAZING!,  for Orchestra, a virtuoso piece which managed to combine country fiddle vitality and incredibly imaginative harmonic writing with grand, sweeping transitions into other worlds of sound.”

“Bluegrass and a traditional hymn tune were effectively combined with strikingly experimental techniques in Gerald Plain’s 1975 work, and left ol’ Joe a bone, AMAZING!

“.  .  .  .  Plain’s piece  [and left ol’ Joe a bone, AMAZING!] is a tapestry of unexpected sounds that work together in a brilliant fashion.”

“.  .  .  .  Gerald Plain’s and left ol’ Joe a bone, AMAZING!  is delightfully wild and unconventional.”

“.  .  .  .  Gerald Plain’s and left ol’ Joe a bone, AMAZING! . . . . . the most significant work performed in the Milwaukee Symphony’s first Schermerhorn American Composers Festival, . . .”   “Plain’s fanciful essay launches a solo fiddling tune on a virtuoso journey through the realms of modern orchestral technique.  Once again, it was an enchanting trip.”

“The world premiere of Gerald Plain’s Portrait 1: Sally Goodin deserves more space than is here available.  . . . treats the [folk] tune fascinatingly and fascinatedly - even lovingly.  Neatly done.”

“. . . a fascinating work.  Faintly Coplandesque, remotely Ivesian, Plain’s [Portrait 1: Sally Goodin] is a freshly inventive set of variations on the folk tune.  It was an invigoration appetizer.”

Clawhammer was a clear audience-pleaser.  Diatonic without being at all cloying, it was accessible, appealing and colorfully inventive.”







I have been using folk materials in my compositions since 1969 and my objective has always been to artfully fuse these elements into a modern sound fabric.

My Performance Conductors:

Gianluigi Gelmetti, Massimo Pradella, Oleg Kovalenko, Gerhard Samuel, Lukas Foss, Lawrence Foster, Michael Morgan, Kenneth Jean, Paul Polivnick, Gunther Schuller, Steven Smith, Sydney Hodkinson, Stewart Robertson, Andrew Davis, Edwin London, John McL. Williams


Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Louisville Orchestra,  Vermont Symphony Orchestra,  Richmond (VA) Symphony,  Atlantic Classical Orchestra,  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra,  Long Beach Symphony,  Civic Orchestra of Chicago,  Alabama Symphony Orchestra,  Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra,  Brooklyn Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra,  Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Radiotelevisione Italiana Orchestra of Rome, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte Carlo.