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José Luis Domínguez’s Recent Compositions

"Gratias Tibi" by Domínguez

To express gratitude to frontline workers during the pandemic, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra commissioned a new work for physically distanced orchestra and choir from José Luis

“Written in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) global pandemic, Gratias Tibi expresses gratitude to all frontline workers who have responded to this unprecedented emergency with bravery and compassion”

Domínguez is the ONLY Chilean composer ever commissioned to write a work for a professional US orchestra! Listening to the work oscillates between feelings of grief and euphoria, with many tears in the mix.

"The Legend of Joaquín Murieta", full-scale ballet music score by Domínguez

"Aitona" for Violin and Piano by Domínguez

Jason DePue, violinist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, commissioned Domínguez to write a piece for violin and piano, titled “Aitona” that was included in DePue’s debut solo Spanish album in 2020.

Here are the liner notes written by Paul Arnold:
“Aitona, by José Luis Domínguez, Chilean composer and conductor, is compositionally displaced
by more than a century from the rest of this album. Stylistically and spiritually, however, it resides brilliantly in the ethos created by the other works on this album. It is dark and brooding at times, scintillating and virtuosic, proudly heroic, deeply isolated, and, in the end, inescapably merged with the Sound World to which this album has acclimated us. The inclusion of this world premiere performance of the work, although a deeply personal choice of the performers, is a natural and seamless modern celebration of the eternal beauty and appeal of the Spanish Soul.”

"Oboe Concerto" by Domínguez

"The Temple" by Domínguez

 The Temple” was commissioned by Terell Stafford and the Temple University Symphony

"The House of the Spirits", full-scale ballet music score by Domínguez

“La Casa de Los Espíritus (The House of Spirits)” is based on the bestselling novel by Isabel Allende.It premiered in September 2019 at the Municipal de Santiago-Ópera Nacional de Chile
with the Ballet de Santiago and the Orquesta Filarmónica de Santiago, in which Domínguez
conducted as well.

Selected Compositional Highlights by José Luis Domínguez


  • Commissioned to write a Mass, which will include soloists, a choir and orchestra, 2024
  • World Premiere, The Temple, which was commissioned by Temple University and Terell Stafford, premiered on November 18th, 2021 at the Temple University Performing Artists Center with the Temple University Symphony Orchestra
  • Virtual World Premiere, Gratias Tibi for choir and orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra commission with the Montclair State University Singers – The Library of Congress recently selected Gratias Tibi for inclusion in its collection of works created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020
  • Commissioned to write an Oboe Concerto for oboist, Jorge Pinzón premiered with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bógota (Bógota Philharmonic Orchestra) in February 2020
  • Commissioned to write a violin and piano piece titled, “Aitona” for Jason DePue, Philadelphia Orchestra violinist for his 2020 debut solo album
  • Commissioned to write a new full-scale ballet, based on the world bestseller novel, La Casa de Los Espíritus (The House of the Spirits), by Isabel Allende, premiered in September 2019 at the Municipal de Santiago, Chile with the Santiago Ballet and the Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Critically acclaimed Requiem oratorio at the Teatro Municipal by the Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra, March 2015
  • Requiem oratorio dedicated to Fernando Rosas, creator and founder of the Foundation for Youth Orchestras of Chile, world premiere, October 2014
  • Full-scale ballet, The Legend of Joaquín Murieta, premiered at the Teatro Municipal by the Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra, which lead to invitations to perform a Suite version of the ballet in Chile and abroad, 2009-2011
  • DVD with renowned ethnic music band, Fractal, with his own symphonic arrangements and compositions, 2007