Norbert Palej composer

Grew up in communist Poland, then emigrated to the FRG.
Studied in the USA. Teaches in Canada.



Symphony No. 1 'Gulag' for large symphony orchestra, 21 min.



The Grey Hour for soprano with 'pierrot' ensemble and percussion, 17 min.

Sonatina No. 2 for violin and piano, 15 min.

String Quartet No. 1 'De Profundis', 20 min.

String Quartet No. 2 'Four Quartets', 35 min. (with optional voice)

Vergiliana for percussion quartet and two pianos, 25 min.

Il Sogno di Enea for trumpet, bassoon, percussion and piano, 13 min.



Three Songs after Giacomo Leopardi for voice and piano, 13 min. – in memory of Judith Kellock

The Demise of Argus Panoptes for soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone and piano, 11 min. – based on Metamorphoses by Ovid (in Latin)

Four Lyrical Moments for mezzo-soprano and piano, 8 min. – based on poetry by Halina Poswiatowska (in Polish)

Cloud Light. Fourteen Small Songs for voice and piano, 25 min. – based on poetry by Jan Zwicky

Three Norwegian Songs for baritone and piano, 6 min. - based on poetry by H. Ibsen and B. Bjørnson)

The Poet and the War for soprano and chamber orchestra or piano, 20 min. – based on poetry by K. K. Baczynski (in Polish or English)


Doibt on Doubter for solo flute, 3 min.

For all that we have lost... for piano solo, 10 min.



East o' the Sun and West o' the Moon for children's choir and chamber orchestra, 70 min.

Through Snowy Winds for mixed choir a cappella, 4 min.

Ogopogo for 2-part children's choir, piano, and optional flute and cello parts, 5 min.

To the Mother of God from Katyn - a Prayer for mixed choir a cappella, 5 min.

'Neath the Northern Skies - five songs to words by Pauline E. Johnson for mixed choir a cappella, 14 min.

Arise, Cry out in the Night (in memory of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943) for large choir, chamber choir and children's choir, 15 min. [also available: version for one large choir]

Whispers of Heavenly Death (settings of W. Whitman) for mixed choir a cappella, 12 min.



Concerto for Two Clarinets and Orchestra, 18 min.



Recollections [Thee Movements for the Young], 10 min. - published by Maecenas Music

  • Vigilance
  • Game
  • Prayer

Big Smoke Fanfare for brass ensemble, 1 min.

Souffle de Lumière [Breath of Light], 10 min.