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Robert Muczynski (1929-     )

Robert Muczynski composerRobert Muczynski was born in Chicago and has lived for more than forty years in Tucson, Arizona, where he was composer-in-residence at the University of Arizona. Muczynski's music is earnest and unpretentious in character. His pieces tend to be short because his music is pure substance - nothing but the aesthetic basics: distinctive motifs woven into clear, transparent textures, developed logically but imaginatively into concise, satisfying, compelling formal entities. The result is a friendly modernism - tonal but not reactionary, peppered with light dissonance and energetic asymmetries of rhythm - always expertly tailored to highlight the artistry of the performer in a manner idiomatic to the featured instrument. Muczynski has concentrated largely on music for piano solo and for small chamber combinations and although his name rarely appears in discussions of major contemporary composers, many of his works--especially those for flute, clarinet, saxophone, woodwind quintet, and piano - are performed regularly all over the world.
-  Walter Simmons

COMPOSITIONS                                                            Muczynski Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre
Sonatina, piano, op. 1 (1949-50)
Divertimento, piano and orchestra, op. 2 (1951-52)
Five Sketches, piano, op. 3 (1952)
Allegro Deciso, brass sextet and timpani, op. 4 (1952)
Symphony (No. 1), op. 5 (1953)
Six Preludes, piano, op. 6 (1953-54)
American Songs for Piano 4-Hands, in two books (1953-54)
Piano Concerto (No. 1), piano and orchestra, op. 7 (1954)
Variations on a Theme of Tcherepnin, piano, op. 8 (1955)
First Piano Sonata, op. 9 (1955-57)
Galena: A Town (Suite for Orchestra), op. 10 (1957-58)
Fragments, woodwind trio, flute, clarinet and bassoon (1958)
Trumpet Trio, op. 11, no. 1 (1959)
Dovetail Overture, orchestra, op. 12 (1959-60)
Three Designs for Three Timpani, op. 11, no. 2 (1960)
Suite for Piano, op. 13 (1960)
Sonata for Flute and Piano, op. 14 (1960-61)
Statements for Percussion (1961)
Fanfare for Brass and Percussion (1961)
Alleluia, chorus (1961)
Toccata for Piano, op. 15 (1961-62)
Movements, wind quintet, op. 16 (1962)
Three Preludes for Unaccompanied Flute, op. 18 (1962)
Dance Movements, chamber orchestra, op. 17 (1962-63)
The Great Unfenced (Australia’s "outback"), documentary film score (1962-63) [film by Harry Atwood]
Yankee Painter, documentary film score (1963-64) [film by Harry Atwood, 1964]
Yankee Painter (The Works of Winslow Homer), flute, clarinet, horn and cello (1963)
A Summer Journal, piano, op. 19 (1964)
American Realists, documentary film score (1964-65) [film by Harry Atwood, 1965]
American Realists (American painting from Colonial to 20th century), wind quintet (1964)
Cajititlan, documentary film score (1964-65) [film by Harry Atwood, 1965]
Cajititlan (A Village in Mexico), orchestra (1964-65)
Symphonic Dialogues, orchestra, op. 20 (1965)
Fables (Nine Piano Pieces for the Young), op. 21 (1965)
Second Piano Sonata, op. 22 (1965-66)
Charles Burchfield (tracing the Amer. artist’s work from early to late periods), doc. film score (1966) [film by Harry Atwood, 1966]
Gallery: Suite for Solo Cello (on paintings of Charles Burchfield) (1966)
First Piano Trio, op. 24 (1966-67) [also listed as op. 24: Duos for Flute and Clarinet - actually, op. 34]
Diversions (Nine Piano Pieces for Students), op. 23 (1967)
I Never Saw a Moor, chorus (1967)
The Clowns Never Laugh, documentary film score (1967) [film by Harry Atwood, 1967]
The Clowns Never Laugh (the paintings of American artist Walt Kuhn), flute, clarinet, horn and cello (1967)
Terra Sancta, documentary film score (1967-68) [film by Harry Atwood, 1968]
Terra Sancta: A Film of Israel, orchestra (1967)
Sonata for Cello and Piano, op. 25 (1968)
Fantasy Trio, clarinet, cello and piano, op. 26 (1969)
Voyage (Seven Pieces for Trumpet, Horn and Trombone), op. 27 (1969)
Bellota, documentary film score (1969) [film by Harry Atwood, 1969]
Bellota: A Story of Roundup, guitar, flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, cello, double bass, and harp (1969)
Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano, op. 29 (1970)
Charade, orchestra, op. 28 (1970-71)
Seven, piano, op. 30 (1970-71)
Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello, op. 31 (1971-72)
Impromptus for Solo Tuba, op. 32 (1972)
Synonyms for Life, chorus and piano, op. 33 (1973)
Duos for Flutes, op. 34 (1973) [also published as: Duos for Flute and Clarinet, op. "24"]
Third Piano Sonata, op. 35 (1973-74)
Journey Through Eden, documentary film score (1974-75) [film by Harry Atwood, 1975]
Journey Through Eden (East Africa), flute, horn, celesta, harp, cello, double bass and percussion (1974)
Second Piano Trio, op. 36 (1975)
Maverick Pieces, piano, op. 37 (1976)
A Serenade for Summer, chamber orchestra, op. 38 (1976)
Symphonic Memoir (Cavalcade), orchestra, op. 39 (1978)
Masks, piano, op. 40 (1980)
Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra, op. 41 (1981)
Profiles, harpsichord, op. 42 (1982)
Time Pieces, clarinet and piano, op. 43 (1983)
Dream Cycle, piano, op. 44 (1983)
Quintet for Winds, op. 45 (1985)
Third Piano Trio, op. 46 (1986-87)
Moments, flute and piano, op. 47 (1992)
Desperate Measures (Paganini Variations), piano, op. 48 (1996)


WORKS BY GENRE                                                            Muczynski Links     ~ top of page ~
Orchestra
Symphony (No. 1), op. 5 (1953)
Galena: A Town (Suite for Orchestra), op. 10 (1957-58)
Dovetail Overture, orchestra, op. 12 (1959-60)
Dance Movements, chamber orchestra, op. 17 (1962-63)
Documentary Film Scores: The Great Unfenced (Australia’s "outback"), orchestra (1962-63)
Cajititlan (A Village in Mexico), orchestra (1964-65)
Symphonic Dialogues, orchestra, op. 20 (1965)
Terra Sancta: A Film of Israel, orchestra (1967)
Charade, orchestra, op. 28 (1970-71)
A Serenade for Summer, chamber orchestra, op. 38 (1976)
Symphonic Memoir (Cavalcade), orchestra, op. 39 (1978)

Soloist(s) w/Orchestra
Divertimento, piano and orchestra, op. 2 (1951-52)
Piano Concerto (No. 1), piano and orchestra, op. 7 (1954)
Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra, op. 41 (1981)

Choral
Alleluia, chorus (1961)
I Never Saw a Moor, chorus (1967)
Synonyms for Life, chorus and piano, op. 33 (1973)

Chamber
Allegro Deciso, brass sextet and timpani, op. 4 (1952)
Fragments for Woodwind Trio, flute, clarinet and bassoon (1958)
Trumpet Trio, op. 11, no. 1 (1959)
Statements for Percussion (1961)
Fanfare for Brass and Percussion (1961)
Movements, wind quintet, op. 16 (1962)
Yankee Painter (The Works of Winslow Homer), flute, clarinet, horn and cello (1963)
American Realists (American painting from Colonial to 20th century), wind quintet (1964)
First Piano Trio, op. 24 (1966-67) [also listed as op. 24: Duos for Flute and Clarinet - actually, op. 34]
The Clowns Never Laugh (the paintings of American artist Walt Kuhn), flute, clarinet, horn and cello (1967)
Fantasy Trio, clarinet, cello and piano, op. 26 (1969)
Voyage (Seven Pieces for Trumpet, Horn and Trombone), op. 27 (1969)
Bellota: A Story of Roundup, guitar, flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, cello, double bass, and harp (1969)
Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello, op. 31 (1971-72)
Duos for Flutes, op. 34 (1973) [also published as: Duos for Flute and Clarinet, op. "24"]
Journey Through Eden (East Africa), flute, horn, celesta, harp, cello, double bass and percussion (1974)
Second Piano Trio, op. 36 (1975)
Quintet for Winds, op. 45 (1985)
Third Piano Trio, op. 46 (1986-87)

Solo Instrument
Three Designs for Three Timpani, op. 11, no. 2 (1960)
Sonata for Flute and Piano, op. 14 (1960-61)
Three Preludes for Unaccompanied Flute, op. 18 (1962)
Gallery: Suite for Solo Cello (on paintings of Charles Burchfield) (1966)
Sonata for Cello and Piano, op. 25 (1968)
Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano, op. 29 (1970)
Impromptus for Solo Tuba, op. 32 (1972)
Time Pieces, clarinet and piano, op. 43 (1983)
Moments, flute and piano, op. 47 (1992)

Piano/Harpsichord
Sonatina, piano, op. 1 (1949-50)
Five Sketches, piano, op. 3 (1952)
Six Preludes, piano, op. 6 (1953-54)
American Songs for Piano 4-Hands, in two books (1953-54)
Variations on a Theme of Tcherepnin, piano, op. 8 (1955)
First Piano Sonata, op. 9 (1955-57)
Suite for Piano, op. 13 (1960)
Toccata for Piano, op. 15 (1961-62)
A Summer Journal, piano, op. 19 (1964)
Fables (Nine Piano Pieces for the Young), op. 21 (1965)
Second Piano Sonata, op. 22 (1965-66)
Diversions (Nine Piano Pieces for Students), op. 23 (1967)
Seven, piano, op. 30 (1970-71)
Third Piano Sonata, op. 35 (1973-74)
Maverick Pieces, piano, op. 37 (1976)
Masks, piano, op. 40 (1980)
Profiles, harpsichord, op. 42 (1982)
Dream Cycle, piano, op. 44 (1983)
Desperate Measures (Paganini Variations), piano, op. 48 (1996)

Incidental/Film
The Great Unfenced (Australia’s "outback"), documentary film score (1962-63) [film by Harry Atwood]
Yankee Painter (The Works of Winslow Homer), documentary film score (1963-64) [film by Harry Atwood, 1964]
Cajititlan (A Village in Mexico), documentary film score (1964-65) [film by Harry Atwood, 1965]
American Realists (Amer. painting from Colonial to 20th century), doc. film score (1964-65) [film by Harry Atwood, 1965]
Charles Burchfield (tracing the Amer. artist’s work from early to late periods), doc. film score (1966) [film by Harry Atwood, 1966]
The Clowns Never Laugh (Paintings of Walt Kuhn), documentary film score (1967) [film by Harry Atwood, 1967]
Terra Sancta (A Film of Israel), documentary film score (1967-68) [film by Harry Atwood, 1968]
Bellota (A Story of Roundup), documentary film score (1969) [film by Harry Atwood, 1969]
Journey Through Eden (East Africa), documentary film score (1974-75) [film by Harry Atwood, 1975]


MUCZYNSKI  LINKS                                                            Works by Genre      ~ top of page ~
The Piano Sonatas of Robert Muczynski (Valerie Cisler)
Robert Muczynski: Desperate Measures for Piano (William T. Spiller, Notes)
Selected Clarinet, Cello and Piano Trios: Unknown or Forgotten (Phyllis Jane Crossen-Richardson)

Muczynski @ Wikipedia
Muczynski @ Answers.com
Muczynski @ The Center for American History - The Harry Atwood Film Collection
Muczynski @ Classical Archives
Muczynski @ Classic Cat
Muczynski @ Classic Composers Database
Muczynski @ MUSIClassical.com
Muczynski @ NationMaster
Muczynski @ The New York Times
Muczynski @ Piano Society
Muczynski @ REC Music Foundation (The Lied and Art Song Texts Page)
Muczynski @ G. Schirmer
Muczynski @ Theodore Presser Company
Muczynski @ University of Nebraska
Muczynski @ walter-simmons.com
Muczynski @ Zeynep Ucbasaran

Streaming Audio
Muczynski @ last.fm [nothing at the moment]
Muczynski @ Piano Society
Muczynski @ Rhapsody

Recordings
Muczynski @ ArkivMusic
Muczynski @ ClassicsOnline
Muczynski @ Laurel Records

Muczynski @ YouTube


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