David Liptak


David Liptak's music has been described as “luminous and arresting,” “richly atmospheric,” and having “transparent textures, incisive rhythms, shimmering lightness.” His compositions have been performed throughout the United States and abroad, and recordings of his music are found on the Bridge, Albany, Centaur, Opus One, Crystal, Gasparo, and other labels.  In 1995 David Liptak was awarded the Elise L. Stoeger Prize, given by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in recognition of distinguished achievement in the field of chamber music composition. He has received awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, both in 2002; he has also received the 2006 Lillian Fairchild Award; and commissions for new music have included those supported by the Fromm Foundation, the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Meet the Composer, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the California Music Center, and the Hanson Institute for American Music.  Much of his music written very recently has explored the poetry and magical quality of stars and starlight, imagined and real.  A dedicated teacher of composition students for the past three decades, David Liptak is Professor of Composition at the Eastman School of Music, where he has taught since 1986.

ACE Publications

70 title(s)
David Liptak SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO violin, piano
David Liptak STAR BRIGHT pf solo, 2 fl, ob, 2 cl, 2 vln, vla, 2 va, 2 perc
David Liptak STAR LIGHT Piano
David Liptak STICKS, BONES, AND DUST Solo 5-Octave Marimba
David Liptak String Quartet No. 1 String Quartet
David Liptak STRING QUARTET NO. 2 str quar
David Liptak STRING QUARTET NO. 3 str quar
David Liptak Threads Wind Ensemble
David Liptak THREE DANCES orch:
David Liptak THREE STUDIES (for solo piano) Piano
David Liptak THROUGH THE BRIGHTENING AIR wind orchestra (28 players)
picc, fl1,2, Eh, E-flat cl, B-flat cl 1,2, bass cl, bsn 1,2, cbsn, horn 1,2,3,4, trpt in C 1,2,3, trb, 1,2, tuba, timp, perc 1 (mar, xylo, med tamtam), 2 (vib, temple blks, large tamtam), 3 (tub bells, tri, ratchet, crotales), double bass
David Liptak Tori No Yoni Piano
David Liptak TRIO - Clarinet, violin, piano cl, vln, pf
David Liptak TRIO for viola, percussion, and piano vla, perc, pf
David Liptak TWO NOCTURNES Flute, Clarinet, and Cello
David Liptak WHEEL vcl
David Liptak Wreckage of the Moon - for Mezzo-Soprano and Violin Mezzo-Soprano and Violin
David Liptak Wreckage of the Moon - for Mezzo-Soprano and Cello Mezzo-Soprano and Cello

Additional Works

Keiser Classical: 

Ancient Songs (baritone voice, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, perc, piano)
Arcs (violin and piano)
Away (SATB chorus; fl, cl, perc, string quartet)
A Bridge Across Spaces (cello)
Chaconne (2 violins, viola, cello)
Chasm (concert band)
Duo (viola and piano)
Duo (flute and clarinet)
Forlane (guitar)
Giovine vagha (fl, cl, vl, vc, pno, marimba)
Illusions (clarinet and piano)
Janus Variations (clarinet, violin, cello, piano)
Loner (orchestra)
Quicksilver Pieces (vibraphone)
Melissa’s Quilt (viola and marimba)
The Moon Singer (chamber opera)
Music for Children’s Chorus (unison to 4-part treble chorus)
Music for Young Players (for violin and piano; two violins)
Northern Light (orchestra)
Piano Trio No. 1 (violin, cello, and piano)
The Play of Winds (viola)
Poppies (string trio)
Red Shift (alto saxophone solo with chamber orchestra)
Resoundings (orchestra)
Rhapsodies (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano)
Rush (orchestra)
Serenade (alto saxophone, strings)
Seven Songs (medium voice and piano)
Shadower (violin and percussion)
Sonata “Benedictinus” (violin and organ)
Songs for Persephone (soprano, flute, guitar)
Soundings (wind ensemble)
Spirit (violin)
Starpoints (violin)
Time-Piece (violin and piano)
The Trees Have Spirits (double bass)
Trumpet Concerto (trumpet solo with orchestra)
Under the Resurrection Palm (baritone voice and violin)


Alfred Music:

Folgore’s Months (soprano solo with wind ensemble)
The Sacred Harp (wind ensemble)


Dorn Publications:

Fantasy (alto saxophone and piano)


TAP Music Sales:

Flaming Angel (bass trombone and amplified harpsichord)