Arbor Cosmica (1983)            40’

12 Evocations for 12 Strings (or string orchestra)

FP: 14 November 1984 Merkin Hall, NewYork

Arbor Cosmica grew out of Panufnik’s lifelong fascination with the form and beauty of trees; the compositional diagram (see page 25) is based on the symbol of the Cosmic Tree which often appears in art and literature upside-down with its roots in heaven and its foliage running into the earth. Performances worldwide have prompted commentators to rank the work among the composer’s finest

Music Today Ensemble, Gerard Schwarz

6vln.3vla.2vlc.db (or string orchestra)

NB: Various suites from the 12 movements are possible

7107 Full score


Landscape (1962, rev.1965)            7’

FP: 13 November 1965   Twickenham Parish Church

English Chamber Orchestra, composer


Other works involving strings:



See Orchestral works


Concertino, Hommage à Chopin, Metasinfonia, Sinfonia Concertante, Violin Concerto

See Works for soloist(s) and orchestra


Concerto in modo antico, Divertimento, Jagiellonian Triptych, Old Polish Suite

See Old Polish music


Two Lyric Pieces

See Works for young people