GRAMMY Awards Winners & Nominees for Best Instrumental Composition

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Best Instrumental Composition

 

63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2020)
 
winner
Maria Schneider

Sputnik

Maria Schneider, composer (Maria Schneider)

Track From: Data Lords

nominees

Arturo O'Farrill, Jr., GRAMMY winner

Baby Jack

Christian Sands

Be Water II

Alexandre Desplat

Plumfield

Remy Le Boeuf

Strata

62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2019)
 
winner
John Williams

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Symphonic Suite

John Williams, composer (John Williams)

nominees

Christian McBride

Walkin' Funny

Fred Hersch

Begin Again

Brian Lynch

Crucible For Crisis

Vincent Mendoza

Love, A Beautiful Force

61st Annual GRAMMY Awards (2018)
 
winner
Terence Blanchard

Blut Und Boden (Blood And Soil)

Terence Blanchard, composer (Terence Blanchard)

nominees

Jeremy Kittel

Chrysalis

Infinity War

John Powell
,
John Williams

Mine Mission

Alexandre Desplat

The Shape Of Water

60th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2017)
 
winner
Arturo O'Farrill, Jr., GRAMMY winner

Three Revolutions

Arturo O'Farrill, composer (Arturo O'Farrill & Chucho Valdés)

nominees

Warped Cowboy

Pascal Le Boeuf

Alkaline

Vincent Mendoza

Choros #3

Nate Smith

Home Free (For Peter Joe)

59th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2016)
 
winner
Ted Nash

Spoken At Midnight

Ted Nash, composer (Ted Nash Big Band)

nominees

Bridge Of Spies (End Title)

Tim Davies

The Expensive Train Set (An Epic Sarahnade For Double Big Band)

Flow

Ennio Morricone

L'Ultima Diligenza Di Red Rock - Versione Integrale

58th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2015)
 
winner
Arturo O'Farrill, Jr., GRAMMY winner

The Afro Latin Jazz Suite

Arturo O'Farrill, composer (Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra Featuring Rudresh Mahanthappa)

nominees

Confetti Man

Neil

Marshall Gilkes

Vesper

Bob Mintzer

Civil War

57th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2014)
 
winner
John Williams

The Book Thief

John Williams, composer (John Williams)

nominees

Stanley Clarke

Last Train To Sanity

Life In The Bubble

Recognition

Edgar Meyer
,
Chris Thile

Tarnation

56th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2013)
 
winner
Clare Fischer

Pensamientos For Solo Alto Saxophone And Chamber Orchestra

Clare Fischer, composer (The Clare Fischer Orchestra)

nominees

California Pictures For String Quartet

Scott Healy

Koko On The Boulevard

Vincent Mendoza

String Quartet No. 1: Funky Diversions In Three Parts

Bound Away

55th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2012)
 
winner
Chick Corea

Mozart Goes Dancing

Chick Corea, composer (Chick Corea & Gary Burton)

nominees

December Dream

Chris Brubeck
,
Dave Brubeck

Music Of Ansel Adams: America

Overture, Waltz And Rondo

Without A Paddle

54th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2011)
 
winner
Béla Fleck, Howard Levy

Life In Eleven

Béla Fleck & Howard Levy, composers (Béla Fleck & The Flecktones)

nominees

Hunting Wabbits 3 (Get Off My Lawn)

Randy Brecker

I Talk To The Trees

Russell Ferrante

Timeline

John Hollenbeck

Falling Men

53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2010)
 
winner
Billy Childs

The Path Among The Trees

Billy Childs, composer (Billy Childs Ensemble)

nominees

Aurora

Gerald Clayton

Battle Circle

Tim Hagans

Box Of Cannoli

Fourth Stream...La Banda

52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2009)
 
winner

Married Life

Michael Giacchino, composer (Michael Giacchino)

nominees

Tim Davies

Counting To Infinity

Bob Florence

Fluffy

Steve Wiest

Ice-Nine

Paquito D'Rivera

Borat In Syracuse

51st Annual GRAMMY Awards (2008)
 
winner
John Williams

The Adventures Of Mutt

John Williams, composer (John Williams)

nominees

Chick Corea

Alegria

Russell Ferrante

Claire's Closet

Dave Grusin

Danzón De Etiqueta

Hit The Ground Running

50th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2007)
 
winner
Maria Schneider

Cerulean Skies

Maria Schneider, composer (Maria Schneider Orchestra)

nominees

Mark Walker

Deep Six

Philip Glass

I Knew Her (From Notes On A Scandal)

Béla Fleck

Spectacle

Harry Connick Jr.

Ash Wednesday

49th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2006)
 
winner
John Williams

A Prayer For Peace

John Williams, composer (John Williams)

nominees

Taylor Eigsti

Argument

A Concerto In Swing

John Williams

Sayuri's Theme And End Credits

Fred Hersch

Valentine

48th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2005)
 
winner
Billy Childs

Into The Light

Billy Childs, composer (Billy Childs Ensemble)

nominees

John Williams

The Ferry Scene

The Incredits

John Williams

Anakin's Betrayal

47th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2004)
 
winner
Paquito D'Rivera

Merengue

Paquito D'Rivera, composer (Yo-Yo Ma)

nominees

Gabriel Yared

Ada Plays (From Cold Mountain)

Maria Schneider

Bulería, Soleá Y Rumba

Slide Hampton

Past Present & Future

Maria Schneider

Three Romances

46th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2003)
 
winner
Wayne Shorter

Sacajawea

Wayne Shorter, composer (Wayne Shorter)

nominees

Vincent Mendoza

Amoroso

Michael Brecker

Broadband

Hunting Wabbits

Precious Promises

45th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2002)
 
winner

Six Feet Under Title Theme

Thomas Newman, composer (Thomas Newman)

nominees

John Williams

Hedwig's Theme

Kenny Werner

Inspiration

Randy Newman

The Ride Of The Doors

James Newton Howard

Signs - Main Titles

44th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2001)
 
winner

Cast Away - End Credits

Alan Silvestri, composer (Alan Silvestri)

nominees

John Patitucci

Communion

Tan Dun

The Eternal Vow

Gonzalo Rubalcaba

Oren (Pray)

Theme From "Blonde"

43rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2000)
 
winner
John Williams

Theme From Angela's Ashes

John Williams, composer (John Williams)

nominees

Round Robin (Track)

Sing, Sang, Sung (Track)

James Newton Howard

The Egg Travels (Track)

Ralph Towner

The Templars (Track)

42nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1999)
 
winner

Joyful Noise Suite

Don Sebesky, composer (Don Sebesky)

nominees

David Benoit

Dad's Room (Track)

KC Porter
,
Carlos Santana

El Farol (Track)

Chick Corea

Little Flamenco (Track)

Paquito D'Rivera

Tropicana Nights (Track)

41st Annual GRAMMY Awards (1998)
 
winner
Béla Fleck, Victor Wooten

Almost 12

Béla Fleck, Future Man & Victor Lemonte Wooten, composers (Béla Fleck & The Flecktones)

nominees

Wynton Marsalis

The Midnight Blues (Track)

Bob Mintzer

Ellis Island (Track)

Gerald Wilson

Romance (Track)

Astor Piazzolla

Tango Remembrances (Track)

40th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1997)
 
winner
Wayne Shorter

Aung San Suu Kyi

Wayne Shorter, composer (Herbie Hancock & Wayne Shorter)

nominees

Canonn For Bela (Track)

Bob Florence

Earth (Track)

Alan Broadbent

Everytime I Think Of You (Track)

Bob Mintzer

New Rochelle (Track)

39th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1996)
 
winner
Herbie Hancock

Manhattan (Island Of Lights And Love)

Herbie Hancock & Jean Hancock, composers (Herbie Hancock)

nominees

Arturo Sandoval

Real McBop (Track)

The Fifth Season (Track)

Billy Childs

Aaron's Song (Track)

Wayne Shorter

Midnight In Carlotta's Hair (Track)

38th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1995)
 
winner

A View From The Side

Bill Holman, composer (The Bill Holman Band)

nominees

Billy Taylor

Homage Part I (Track)

Chick Corea

New Life (Track)

Marcus Miller
,
Allen Toussaint

Tales (Track)

Billy Childs

The Starry Night (Track)

37th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1994)
 
winner
Michael Brecker

African Skies

Michael Brecker, composer (Michael Brecker)

nominees

Benny Carter

Elegy In Blue (Track)

Ellington-Strayhorn Suite (Track)

Maria Schneider

Evanescence (Track)

Arturo Sandoval

A Mis Abuelos (Single)

36th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1993)
 
winner
Kenny G

Forever In Love

Kenny G, composer (Kenny G)

nominees

Dave Brubeck

Autumn (Track)

Lyle Mays

Bill Evans (Track)

Chick Corea

Blue Miles (Track)

Lyle Mays
,
Pat Metheny

Half Life Of Absolution (Track)

35th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1992)
 
winner
Benny Carter

Harlem Renaissance Suite

Benny Carter, composer (Benny Carter)

nominees

Béla Fleck

Magic Fingers (Track)

Astor Piazzolla

Oblivion (Track)

Pat Metheny

The Truth Will Always Be (Track)

Wynton Marsalis

Blue Interlude (Track)

34th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1991)
 
winner
Elton John

Basque

Elton John, composer (James Galway)

nominees

Béla Fleck
,
Howard Levy
,
Victor Wooten

Blu-Bop (Track)

Eric Johnson

Cliffs Of Dover (Single)

Corfu (Track)

Herb Alpert

North On South St. (Single)

33rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1990)
 
winner
Pat Metheny

Change Of Heart

Pat Metheny, composer (Pat Metheny, Dave Holland & Roy Haynes)

nominees

Kenny G

Going Home (Track)

Harry Connick Jr.

One Last Pitch (Take Two) (Track)

Pat Metheny

The Chief (Track)

Béla Fleck

The Sinister Minister (Track)

32nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1989)
 
winner
Danny Elfman

The Batman Theme

Danny Elfman, composer (Sinfonia Of London Orchestra)

nominees

Field Of Dreams (Track)

Pat Metheny

Letter From Home (Track)

Chick Corea

Morning Sprite (Track)

Dave Grusin

Suite From The Milagro Beanfield War (Track)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit Suite (Track)

31st Annual GRAMMY Awards (1988)
 
winner

The Theme From LA Law

Mike Post, composer (Mike Post)

nominees

Chick Corea

Eternal Child (Track)

John Williams

Olympic Spirit

David Foster

Winter Games (Track)

Benny Carter

Central City Sketches (Side 2)

30th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1987)
 
winner
Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter

Call Sheet Blues

Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Billy Higgins & Wayne Shorter, composers (Dexter Gordon)

nominees

Bolling: Suite No. 2 For Flute And Jazz Piano Trio (Album)

Frank Zappa

Jazz From Hell (Track)

Lyle Mays
,
Pat Metheny

Minuano (Six Eight) (Track)

Henry Mancini

The Blues In Three (Track)

29th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1986)
 
winner
John Barry

Out Of Africa

John Barry, composer (John Barry)

nominees

Wynton Marsalis

J Mood (Track)

Top Gun Anthem (Track)

Young Sherlock Holmes (Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album)

Aliens (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album)

Dave Grusin
,
Lee Ritenour

Earth Run (Track)

Chick Corea

Elektric City (Track)

28th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1985)
 
winner
Jan Hammer

Miami Vice Theme

Jan Hammer, composer (Jan Hammer)

nominees

Axel F (Single)

Back To The Future (Single)

David Foster

Love Theme From St. Elmo's Fire (Single)

With Bells On

27th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1984)
 
winner
Randy Newman

The Natural

Randy Newman, composer (Randy Newman)

winner
John Williams

Olympic Fanfare & Theme

John Williams, composer (John Williams)

nominees

The A-Team (Single)

Elmer Bernstein

Ghostbusters (Main Title Theme) (Track)

Wynton Marsalis

Hot House Flowers (Track)

26th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1983)
 
winner
Giorgio Moroder

Love Theme From Flashdance

Giorgio Moroder, composer (Various Artists (Helen St. John))

nominees

Dave Grusin

An Actor's Life

Michael Sembello

Dream Hunter

Herbie Hancock

Rockit

Henry Mancini

The Thorn Birds Theme

25th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1982)
 
winner
John Williams

Flying - Theme From E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

John Williams, composer (John Williams)

nominees

In The Presence And Absence Of Each Other (Parts 1, 2, And 3)

John Williams

Adventure On Earth

Lyle Mays
,
Pat Metheny

Are You Going With Me? (Single)

Tom Scott

Desire (Album)

24th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1981)
 
winner

The Theme From Hill Street Blues

Mike Post, composer (Mike Post)

nominees

John Corigliano

Altered States

Lyle Mays
,
Pat Metheny

As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls (Album)

Gerry Mulligan

For An Unfinished Woman

The Slaves

23rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1980)
 
winner
John Williams

The Empire Strikes Back

John Williams, composer (John Williams)

nominees

John Williams

Yoda's Theme

An American Concerto

Chuck Mangione

Give It All You Got

John Williams

Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme)

22nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1979)
 
winner
John Williams

Superman Main Title Theme

John Williams, composer (John Williams)

nominees

Marian McPartland

Ambiance (Single)

Bob James

Angela (Theme From "Taxi")

Chick Corea

Central Park (Track)

Rise

21st Annual GRAMMY Awards (1978)
 
winner
John Williams

Theme From Close Encounters Of The Third Kind

John Williams, composer (John Williams)

nominees

Lee Ritenour

The Captain's Journey

Chuck Mangione

Consuelo's Love Theme

Quincy Jones
,
Valerie Simpson

End Of The Yellow Brick Road

Chick Corea

Friends

20th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1977)
 
winner
John Williams

Star Wars - Main Title

John Williams, composer (John Williams)

nominees

Birdland (Single)

Bond '77/James Bond Theme (Single)

Bill Conti

Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)

Quincy Jones

Roots Medley (Motherland, Roots Mural Theme)

19th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1976)
 
winner
Chuck Mangione

Bellavia

Chuck Mangione, composer (Chuck Mangione)

nominees

Chick Corea

Leprechaun's Dream (Single)

Quincy Jones

Midnight Soul Patrol (Single)

Henry Mancini

The White Dawn

Stevie Wonder

Contusion (Track)

Maurice White

Earth, Wind And Fire

18th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1975)
 
winner

Images

Michel Legrand, composer (Michel Legrand & Phil Woods)

nominees

Chuck Mangione

Chase The Clouds Away

Fly, Robin, Fly

Van McCoy

The Hustle (Single)

The Rockford Files

17th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1974)
 
winner
Mike Oldfield

Tubular Bells - Theme From The Exorcist

Mike Oldfield, composer (Mike Oldfield)

nominees

Barry White

Rhapsody In White

Along Came Betty (Single)

Barry White

Barry's Theme

Herbie Hancock
,
GRAMMYs
,
Harvey Mason

Chameleon (Single)

16th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1973)
 
winner

Last Tango In Paris

Gato Barbieri, composer (Chuck Mangione and also Herb Alpert)

nominees

Edgar Winter

Frankenstein (Single)

Thijs Van Leer

Hocus Pocus (Single)

Manu Dibango

Soul Makossa (Single)

Billy Preston

Space Race (Single)

15th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1972)
 
winner

Brian's Song

Michel Legrand, composer (Michel Legrand)

nominees

Billy Preston

Outa-Space (Single)

Theme From The French Connection

Nino Rota

Theme From The Godfather

Henry Mancini

Brass On Ivory

14th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1971)
 
winner

Theme From Summer Of '42

Michel Legrand, composer (Michel Legrand)

nominees

Chuck Mangione

Hill Where The Lord Hides

Duke Ellington

New Orleans Suite

Francis Lai

Theme From Love Story

Isaac Hayes

Theme From Shaft

13th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1970)
 
winner

Airport Love Theme

Alfred Newman, composer (Alfred Newman)

nominees

Miles Davis

Bitches Brew

Quincy Jones

Gula Matari

Henry Mancini

Love Theme From Sunflower

Lalo Schifrin

Theme From Medical Center (Album)

12th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1969)
 
winner
John Barry

Midnight Cowboy

John Barry, composer (John Barry)

nominees

Groovy Grubworm

Quincy Jones

Mackenna's Gold (Main Title) (Album)

Memphis Underground (Album)

Quentin's Theme

11th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1968)
 
winner

Classical Gas

Mason Williams, composer (Mason Williams)

nominees

Rosemary's Baby

Ennio Morricone

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

The Odd Couple (Album)

Lalo Schifrin

Theme From The Fox

10th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1967)
 
winner
Lalo Schifrin

Mission: Impossible

Lalo Schifrin, composer (Lalo Schifrin)

nominees

Chico Buarque De Hollanda

A Banda (Single)

Burt Bacharach

Casino Royale

Hurry Sundown

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (Single)

9th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1966)
 
winner

Batman Theme

Neal Hefti, composer (Neal Hefti)

nominees

Henry Mancini

Arabesque

Prissy

Trumpet Pickin'

Alex North

Who's Afraid?

7th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1964)
 
winner
Henry Mancini

The Pink Panther Theme

Henry Mancini, composer (Henry Mancini)

nominees

Cotton Candy

Sugar Lips

Jack Marshall

Theme From "The Munsters"

Charles Strouse

Theme From Golden Boy (Album)

6th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1963)
 
winner
Riz Ortolani

More - Theme From Mondo Cane

Norman Newell, Nino Oliviero & Riz Ortolani, composers (Vic Dana)

nominees

Bluesette (Single)

Steve Allen
,
Ray Brown

Gravy Waltz

Maurice Jarre

Lawrence Of Arabia (Album)

Washington Square (Album)

5th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1962)
 
winner

A Taste Of Honey

Ric Marlow & Bobby Scott, composers (Eddie Cano)

nominees

Elmer Bernstein

Walk On The Wild Side

Henry Mancini

Baby Elephant Walk

Nelson Riddle

Route 66 Theme (Album)

Stranger On The Shore

The Stripper (Album)

4th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1961)
 
winner

African Waltz

Galt MacDermott, composer (Cannonball Adderly)

nominees

Nino Rota

La Dolce Vita

Duke Ellington

Paris Blues

Dimitri Tiomkin

The Guns Of Navarone (Motion Picture) (Album)

Bob Merrill

Theme From Carnival

2nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1959)
 
winner
Duke Ellington

Anatomy Of A Murder

Duke Ellington, composer (Duke Ellington)

nominees

Henry Mancini

More Music From Peter Gunn (Album)

Prokoviev: The Overture Russe Op.72 (Album)

Shostakovich: Concerto # 2 For Piano And Orchestra, Op. 101 (Album)

St. Lawrence Suite

1st Annual GRAMMY Awards (1958)
 
winner
Nelson Riddle

Cross Country Suite

Nelson Riddle, composer (Nelson Riddle)

nominees

I Want To Live

Kurt Weill

Mahagonny

Vanessa

Richard Rodgers

Victory At Sea Vol II (Album)