David Liptak

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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.

ACA List for David Liptak

1 ALIVE (2014)
PERC (6) - 3 marimbas, 2 vibraphones, chimes/xylophone
2 BALLAST (2016)
viola, organ
3 BROKEN CRIES FOR EIGHT CELLOS (2001)
8 cellos

broken_cries_excerpt.mp3

excerpt, with Tarab Cello Ensemble
4 CHAMBER CONCERTO NO. 2 (1979)
trombone solo, flute, violin, cello, vibraphone, and piano
5 COLD LITANIES (2015)
fl, vcl, pf

Cold Litanies 'White' excerpt.mp3

II. "White," performed by the Voices of Change ensemble
6 COMMEDIA (2014)
clarinet, violin, piano

CommediaIHarlequin.mp3

excerpt - Commedia - Harlequin
7 CONCERTO FOR VIOLA AND PERCUSSION (2005)
vla, perc quartet

concertoviolapercivspeakingyourmind.mp3

excerpt, 4th movement, *Speaking Your Mind, *performed by John Graham, viola, and the McCormick Percussion Group.
8 CONSTELLATIONS (2010)
pf

constellations.cygnus.excerpt.mp3

Excerpt "Cygnus" - Zuzanna Szewczyk, piano
9 DOVE SONGS (2014)
Sop, pf

catherine_of_siena1.mp3

'Catherine of Siena' from "Dove Songs"; Tony Arnold, sop; Alison d'Amato, pno
10 EDGE OF AMBER (2012)
Vla
11 THE EYE THAT DIRECTS A NEEDLE (2013)
sop, vln, perc

liptakeyeexcerpt.mp3

Soprano Jamie Jordan, with violinist Pia Liptak and percussionist Megan Arns
12 FANFARE FOR TRUMPETS (2015)
5 tpt
13 FANTASY (2015)
vln, pf

Liptak_FantasyViolinPiano.mp3

excerpt - Pia Liptak, violin; David Liptak, piano
14 FOCUSING (2016)
cl, bsn, tpt, tbn, perc (vibraphone, 5 temple blocks, 2 tom-toms) vln, cb
septet
15 FOOTSTEPS (2012)
fl, ob, cl in B-flat, bsn, hn in F, perc(1 or 2 players), pf, vln 1, vln 2, vla, vcl, cb

liptakfootstepsexcerpt.mp3

excerpt - Eastman Musica Nova--Brad Lubman, conductor
16 FOUR CANONS (2003)
2 cl
17 FRACTURE (2006)
pf
18 FREIGHT (2013)
gtr

freight_excerpt.mp3

Excerpt - Freight by David Liptak
19 ICE FLOWERS (2008)
violin, 13-string koto

ice_flowers_excerpt.mp3

excerpt - Ice Flowers
20 IMPROMPTU (2006)
vln
21 IMPROMPTUS (2016)
violin and piano
22 LIKE CLOCKWORK (2000)
solo fortepiano, or piano

Like Clockwork excerpt.mp3

Kristian Bezuidenhout on fortepiano
23 Music for Strings and Hammers (2017)
violin, double bass, piano
24 OCTET (2015)
fl, cl, 2 bsn, 2 tpt, 2 tb

octet_finale_excerpt.mp3

Octet 'Finale' excerpt - Kevin Holzman conducting the Eastman Wind Ensemble
25 PASSING OF MEMORY (2003)
1111, tpt, pn, perc, str
26 PIANO ROLL BLUES (1991)
piano - 7 hands

piano_roll_blues_excerpt.mp3

excerpt - Piano Roll Blues for Piano - 7 hands
27 PIANO TRIO No. 2 (2016)
piano trio
violin, cello, piano
28 PRELUDES (2010)
alto sax, marimba

liptakpreludes_rooks_excerpt.mp3

Excerpt "Rooks" from Preludes
29 QUINTET FOR PIANO AND STRING QUARTET (2014)
pf, str quar

LIPTAK Piano Quintet 2ndMvt.mp3

Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble
30 SAFFRON (2014)
flute, vibraphone
31 THE SIGHS (2015)
solo guitar

petite_reprise_2.mp3

excerpt from the last movement, "Petite Reprise," performed by guitarist Dieter Hennings
32 THE SLEEPERS (2015)
soprano and chamber orch - 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B-flat, 2 bassoons; 2 horns, 2 trumpets; harp; strings (min. 6,6,4,4,2)

LiptakThe Sleepers excerpt.mp3

Excerpt - The Sleepers - David Liptak, composer
33 SONATA FOR CELLO AND PIANO (2007)
vcl, pf

Cello Sonata excerpt.mp3

excerpt - Steven Doane and Barry Snyder
34 SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (2015)
violin, piano

LIPTAK-vln sonata, ICE.mp3

excerpt from the 2nd movement, Ice
35 STAR BRIGHT (2015)
pf solo, 2 fl, ob, 2 cl, 2 vln, vla, 2 va, 2 perc

Star Bright.mp3

excerpt - Star Bright
36 STAR LIGHT (2015)
pf

Liptak Star Light excerpt.mp3

excerpt - Star Light
37 STICKS, BONES, AND DUST (2015)
solo 5-octave marimba
38 STRING QUARTET NO. 2 (2015)
str quar

Liptak Quartet 2 excerpt.mp3

excerpt - String Quartet No. 2
39 STRING QUARTET NO. 3 (2012)
str quar
41 THREE DANCES (2005)
orch:
42 TRIO - Clarinet, violin, piano (1988)
cl, vln, pf
43 TRIO for viola, percussion, and piano (2015)
vla, perc, pf

Trio vla perc pno excerpt.mp3

excerpt from the 3rd movement, Shards, performed by violist George Taylor, percussionist Jim Tiller, and pianist Gregory Millar
44 WHEEL (1987)
vcl
45 WRECKAGE OF THE MOON (1989)
med voice, vcl

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