Works for Solo Violin 

  • Frenetic Unfoldings - 1998

      Begun in March of 1998, John dedicated this work to Darel Stark, associate principal violinist for the Honolulu Symphony.  

      This is his first atonal work and his first composition for solo violin. Darel premiered Frenetic Unfoldings at the Lutheran                 Church of Honolulu on February 12, 2000.

  • Metamorphosis N° 3 - Just Do It – 2001 ​

      Darel Stark premiered this work on 11-6-2004 during the composer's 50th birthday party. 

  • Il Coltello nella Piaga (The Slow Knife Twist) - 2005

      (Part 7 of Romantica Passione Suite for Guitar and Violin)

  • Metamorphosis Nº 11 (Violin Mirrors) - 2005

  • Prevalent Ruptured Schisms - 2009

     Premiered by Darel Stark in Honolulu at the Musician’s Union Studio on 8/13/2010.

  • Symmetry in Motion – 2013

                                           

                             

Works for Guitar

  

 Metamorphosis N° 7 for Two Guitars - 2002 (transcription by Christian Saggese) 

 Metamorphosis No. 10 for Guitar Solo – 2004  

 Nel Giardino della Delezie - 2005 - (In The Garden of Delights)

 (Part 6 of Romantica Passione Suite for Guitar and Violin)

 Guitar Suite No. 1 - Saggese Guitar Suite (Homage to Paganini) – 2006-7

   Movements I-IV

    Dedicated to Christian Saggese, who won First Prize in the Andres Segovia International Guitar Competition in                               Almunecar, Spain (1999).  This solo guitar suite was premiered in Honolulu by Christian at The rRed Elephant Cafe on

    September 22, 2007.

 Guitar Preludes - 2007-8 

  •  Preludi Italiani - No. 1 - The Translucent Robe

  •  Preludi Italiani - No. 2 - Zio Pesce

  •  Preludi Italiani - No. 3 - The Tai Chi Set

  •  Preludi Italiani - No. 4 - Studio

  •  Preludi Italiani - No. 5 - IM Voices

  •  Preludi Italiani - No. 6 - Nella Distinta Umori

  •  Preludi Italiani - No. 7 - Acoustic Voices (Serenade for Sharon)

  •  Preludi Italiani - No. 8 - I Wish I Could Have Met Joseph Haydn - for two 8-string guitars

  •  Preludi Italiani - No. 9 - Suzi, Do Notes Really Matter? - for two 8-string guitars

 

 Guitar Etude No.1 for 6-String Guitar (The Great Divide) - 2008

   A commission dedicated to John McLaren. All proceeds went to Hawaii Public Radio.

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Guitar Etudes for Two 10-String Guitars - 2008

  • No. 2 - The Past is the Present

  • No. 3 - No Sprinkles Involved

  • No. 4 - Post Minimalist Nausea

  • No. 5 - The Basic MO

  • No. 6 - Sliding to Nirvana

  • No. 7 - The City of 100 Spires

  • No. 8 - That Old Confident Strut

  • No. 9 - What Now?

 Guitar Etude for 10-String Guitar - That Old Confident Strut - 2009

 Fantasia and Semi-Passacaglia for Guitar Solo - 2009 

 Guitar Etudes for 6-String Guitar -2009-10 (transcriptions from works for 10 string guitars)

  • No. 2 - The Past is the Present

  • No. 3 - No Sprinkles Involved

  • No. 4 - Post Minimalist Nausea

  • No. 5 - The Basic MO

  • No. 6 - Sliding to Nirvana

  • No. 7 - The City of 100 Spires 

  • No. 8 - That Old Confident Strut

  • No. 9 - What Now?

 Guitar Preludes (for six-string guitar)  - 2010 (transcriptions from works for two 8-string guitars)

  • Preludi Italiani - No. 8 - I Wish I Could Have Met Joseph Haydn 

  • Preludi Italiani - No. 9 - Suzi, Do Notes Really Matter? 

 Guitar Petite Suite No. 1 - (Let Freedom Ring) for Guitar Solo – 2014-15​ 

    A work in 6 sections dedicated to Cinzia and Christian Saggese celebrating freedom of expression in everyday life. 

    Revised June, 2017

 Guitar Petite Suite No. 2 - Spring into Thin Air for Guitar Solo – 2017​

    A work in 4 sections in remembrance of Dr. William Dresser celebrating the dance of life through thin air. 

 Humoresque for Guitar and Small Orchestra - 2018

    A wedding gift for Chris and Cinzia

 Music For Solo Guitar - Book 1 - 2019  (revised 2020)

  • Dance of the Ambassador Suites Inhabitants (for the ghost of John Fahey)

  • Preludio Sentimentale (for Chris and Cinzia) 

  • Dramma Giocoso 

  • Humoresque

  • Impresiones Intimas No. 1

  • Just For A Lark (Petite Suite)

  • The Orangutan Shuffle

  • Impresiones Intimas No. 2

  • Diamonds on a River of Tears

  • For Chris

 Music For Solo Guitar - Book 2 - 2020  

  • Zero-Sum Games

  • The Chase

  • Giorni della Corona

  • Duplicitous and Fickle

  • Hold That Thought

  • That's an Understatement

  • The Fates That Hound Us Couldn't Wish Our Love Away

  • His Gracious Talk Bewitches Me

  • Just Like I Knew What I Was Doing

 Music For Two Guitars - Zero Sum Games - 2020 (a transcription from a solo guitar work of the same name)

 Music For Two Guitars - The Chase - 2020 (a transcription from a solo guitar work of the same name)

Chamber Music

 Woodwind Quintet No. 1 in 3 Movements - 1998

  • May I Have An Alchemist?

  • My Dreams Lie Just Above the Horizon

  • The Transfiguration of Giovanni Baudino

    This is John's first chamber piece.  Revised in 2012.

 Quartet No. 1 for Clarinet in b-flat, Violin, Cello and Piano (A Worded Grey Anigma) - 2000 - For Edward Gorey

  • It’s Not Discernible

  • It’s the Only Possibility

  • Forms of Order

  • Be Indescribable!

  • Danseur Kanzuke

  • Chamber Music Becomes Him 

   Over 1,900 collectible items, including signed first editions, hand-made dolls and ephemera can be found in the John A.                Carollo/Edward Gorey Collection at the University of Hawaii, Hamilton Library.  

 Piano Trio No. 1 for Piano, Violin and Cello - 2001

   Movements I-IV

  

   Dedicated to John's father, Anthony J. Carollo, who was terminally ill and living with the composer when the first movement

   of this work was composed.  The composer dedicated the Finale to the passengers of Flight 93, 9-11-2001.   

   Revised April, 2012.

 

   Trio Casals premiered this work on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Philips Autograph Library, West Chester University of                          Pennsylvania, West Chester, PA.  A live performance at Carnegie Hall was held on May 12, 2015

 Duet for Violin and Cello - 2022 (2002)  

   Movements I-IV.  

   

    This work was originally composed for violin and double bass in 2002.  The composer changed the instrumentation and                   completed this transcription in Feb. 2022.  

      ​

 Trio for Piano, Guitar and Violin - 2002​

  Movements I-III

  

   Dedicated to Duo46 [Matt Gould, guitarist, and Beth Schneider, violinist] and Nathanael May, pianist.  Duo46 and Nathanael          May premiered the 3rd Movement on 7/21/2006 at the Monty del Parterre Amphitheater, Cortona, Italy.

 Quartet No. 2 for Clarinet in b-flat, Violin, Cello and Piano - 2003-4

  • The Dauntless Journey Part I (Intrepido)

  • The Dauntless Journey Part II (Tranquillo)

  • The Dauntless Journey Part III (Viaggio Sentimentale)

   This 3-movement work is a continuation of the experiments of Quartet No.1. Revised May, 2013.

 Romantica Passione Suite for Guitar and Violin – 2004

  • Volere (Desire)

  • Un Forte Amore (Tenacious Love)

  • Romanzo! (Romance!) - Premiered on 7/17/2006 at the Hotel Oasi, Cortona, Italy, by Duo46.

  • Splendido Affare (Splendid Affair) - Premiered on 7/17/2006 at the Hotel Oasi, Cortona, Italy, by Duo46.

  • La Tortura dell' Amore (The Torture of Love) - Premiered on 7/21/2006, Monti del Parterre Amphitheater, Cortona, 

      Italy, by Duo 46.

  • Il Coltello nella Piaga (The Slow Knife Twist) for Solo Violin - Premiered by Darel Stark at Studio 909, Musician’s Union, 

      in Honolulu on 1/9/2010.

  • Nel Giardino Della Delezie (In The Garden of Delights) for Solo Guitar

  • Un Giorno Teso (Tension Rules the Day) - Premiered on 7/21/2006 at the Monti del Parterre Amphitheater, Cortona, Italy, 

      by Duo46.

  • Eterna Riconciliazione (Eternal Reconciliation) 

    John dedicated this 9-movement work to Duo46, Matt Gould and Beth Schneider.  It tells a story in music about romantic                love and of all of its emotional entanglements.

  

 Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano (Robust Constructs) - 2005

  • With Moderate Determination

  • With Elegance and Grace

  • With Serious Determination 

 

   Trio Xia premiered this work at Orvis Auditorium in Honolulu, Hawaii on October 1, 2005.

 Fear of ANGST for Flute, Cello, and Piano - 2006

  • Beware

  • Beware of Fear

  • Beware of Those Who Preach Fear 

 

   Composed for Trio Xia after a request for a 2nd composition. 

 

 Burlesque for Trumpet in B-flat and Classical Guitar - 2007

  • The Honolulu Stomp 

  • Baile, Baile Me Hermosa Rosa 

  • Luca Has a Cadenza 

  • Life is a Strange Instrument (the most difficult and beautiful when played well) 

  • Rosa Discovers a Strange Instrument (Finale)

 String Quartet No. 1 - 2008

  • Historical Facts & Folly

  • Nothing Shall Come of This

  • Another Political Experiment Gone Wrong

  • A Cubist Point of View

  • Awaken! Citizens of the World!

  • The Great Divide

 The One That Got Away for Violin, Guitar and Piano - 2008

   This is an instrumental re-working of a song that was not used from the Blake Song-Cycle of 2007.

 Moravian Sax in the Afternoon (for Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxophone) - (Quartet No. 3) - 2008

   Composed for the Erie Saxophone Quartet after a request.  

 String Quintet No. 1 (for 10-String Guitar and String Quartet) - 2008

  • Both Sides of the Divide

  • The Boundary Wall

  • Divide and Conquer 

 The Great Divide for String Quintet (for 10-String Guitar and String Quartet) - 2009

 Impressions of The Conclave for Bass Quartet (for Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Sax and Tuba) - 2009 

   (Quartet No. 4) 

   Composed for The Bass Quartet in Sicily after a request.

 Chronicles of a Whipped Creamer for Brass Quintet - 2009

   A collaboration with fellow composer Robert Werhman.

 Honolulu to Helsinki for Guitar and Piano - 2011

  • Animato 

  • Con moto

  • Dolce - In memory of Michael Burdett

  • Con Passione

  • Dolcemente

  • Tranquillo - for Solo Piano

  • Tender - for Solo Guitar

  • (untitled)

  • Passionately

 String Quartets - 2011 (transcriptions from works for string orchestras)

  • Nothing Shall Come of This for String Quartet

  • Starry Night for String Quartet

  • Let Thy Mind Be Still for String Quartet

  • Desediero for String Quartet

  • Honolulu to Helsinki for String Quartet (transcription from a work for piano and guitar)

 Celloistic Impressions (Quartet No. 5) - for four cellos - 2012

   For the Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra, after a request by the President of the Executive Board, Diane Acosta.

 

 The Genius of the Crowd for flute, oboe, clarinet in b-flat, xylophone, piano, violin and cello - 2012

 And It Came to Pass for 2 violins, viola, cello and bass - 2012

 Duet for Violin and Piano - 2013

 Duet for Flute and Piano - 2013

 String Quartet No. 2 (Ruleless Infinity) - 2013 

  • I.

  • II.

  • III.  The Last Days on Earth Music I

  • IV.  The Last Days on Earth Music II

  • V.   The Last Days on Earth Music III

 In Your Hour of Need  (Your Soul Now Travels the Cosmic Waves) for Flute, Bassoon, Horn in f, Xylophone, Piano and Cello - 2014

 

   Dedicated to William K. Dresser, M.D.  (4-3-24 to 3-8-14) 

 

 Piano Trio No. 2 - (Catalogue of Observations) - 2015

  • Adherence to Dogma

  • Reflections Upon a Velvet Blue Lake

  • Frolicking in the Wilderness

  • Apophenia

  • Are You Much Given to Melodrama?

 Sextet for Clarinet in b-flat, Bassoon, Horn in f, Tuba, Piano and Cello (How Many Times?) – 2016-17

  • Dark and Brooding - Animato 

  • Humoresque

  • Con Energico Ritmico

  • Lento

  • Felicemente - Prudente

  • Animato

 Quintet for Alto Sax, Bassoon, Horn in f, Piano and Violin (Cleo's Boardwalk Strut ) - 2017

 Carollo's Baroque Duets for Violin and Cello - 2018 (transcriptions from early solo piano works)

  • Victim of His Constructs

  • Do You Know Who You Are?

  • Minuet I-IV

  • It's All in the Genes

  • Elusive Truth 

 The Nomadic Composer for Clarinet in b-flat, Bassoon, Piano, Violin and Cello - 2018

  • Change is Home

  • Change is Your Teacher

  • Being and Dissolve

  • Portland Bound

 Caffeine and Cortisol for Brass Choir - 2018

 Longinus, On Sublimity - for Oboe, Clarinet in b-flat, Bassoon, Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello - 2019

  • Great Thoughts

  • Noble Diction

  • Strong Emotions

 String Quartet No. 3 (Quantum Dice) -  2019  

  • I - Misterioso - God Does Not Play Dice with the Universe

  • II - Andantino

  • III - Intenso

  • IV - Appassionata

  • V - Vivace - Lawless Indeterminism and Uncertainty Shall Not Be

 The Black Swan Effect for Woodwind Quintet - 2020

 Quartet for Tenor Sax, Vibraphone, Piano and Double Bass - (Quartet No. 6) - 2020

 Duet for Cello and Piano (We Will Never Witness Another of His Kind) - 2021

  • I. Con Bravura

  • II. Vivace

  • III. Intenso

  • IV. Delicato, Tristezza, Appassionata, Marcato, Delicato

Duet for Violin and Piano (Un Baco Ancorra) - 2021 - 2022

  • I. One Last Kiss 

  • II. The Deep Embrace

  • III. The Romp Was a Heavenly Affair 

  • IV. One Last Embrace