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

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

broken_cries_excerpt.mp3

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

Cold Litanies 'White' excerpt.mp3

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

CommediaIHarlequin.mp3

excerpt - Commedia - Harlequin
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.
CONSTELLATIONS (2010)
pf

constellations.cygnus.excerpt.mp3

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

catherine_of_siena1.mp3

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

liptakeyeexcerpt.mp3

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

Liptak_FantasyViolinPiano.mp3

excerpt - Pia Liptak, violin; David Liptak, piano
FOCUSING (2016)
cl, bsn, tpt, tbn, perc (vibraphone, 5 temple blocks, 2 tom-toms) vln, cb
septet
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
FOUR CANONS (2003)
2 cl
FRACTURE (2006)
pf
FREIGHT (2013)
gtr

freight_excerpt.mp3

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

ice_flowers_excerpt.mp3

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

Like Clockwork excerpt.mp3

Kristian Bezuidenhout on fortepiano
OCTET (2015)
fl, cl, 2 bsn, 2 tpt, 2 tb

octet_finale_excerpt.mp3

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

piano_roll_blues_excerpt.mp3

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

liptakpreludes_rooks_excerpt.mp3

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

LIPTAK Piano Quintet 2ndMvt.mp3

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

petite_reprise_2.mp3

excerpt from the last movement, "Petite Reprise," performed by guitarist Dieter Hennings
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
SONATA FOR CELLO AND PIANO (2007)
vcl, pf

Cello Sonata excerpt.mp3

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

LIPTAK-vln sonata, ICE.mp3

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

Star Bright.mp3

excerpt - Star Bright
STAR LIGHT (2015)
pf

Liptak Star Light excerpt.mp3

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

Liptak Quartet 2 excerpt.mp3

excerpt - String Quartet No. 2
THREE DANCES (2005)
orch:
TRIO - Clarinet, violin, piano (1988)
cl, vln, pf
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
WHEEL (1987)
vcl
WRECKAGE OF THE MOON (1989)
med voice, vcl

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