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

71 title(s)
David Liptak ALIVE
PERC (6) - 3 marimbas, 2 vibraphones, chimes/xylophone
David Liptak BALLAST viola, organ
David Liptak BEGINNINGS Chamber Orchestra
1212 - 2100 - 2 perc, pno - strings
David Liptak Bounce Piano
David Liptak Chamber Concerto No. 1 Solo Clarinet with Percussion Quartet
David Liptak CHAMBER CONCERTO NO. 2 trombone solo, flute, violin, cello, vibraphone, and piano
David Liptak COLD LITANIES Flute, Cello, and Piano
David Liptak COMMEDIA Clarinet, Violin, and Piano
David Liptak Concerto for Piano and Percussion Orchestra piano solo and six percussionists
piano solo, 6 percussion (5-octave marimba, claves, maracas, vibraphone, suspended cymbal, 4 tom-toms, woodblock, two-octave set of crotales, medium tamtam, wood vibraslap, glockenspiel, large tamtam, guiro, tub. bells, temple blks, bass drum)
David Liptak CONCERTO FOR VIOLA AND PERCUSSION vla, perc quartet
David Liptak DOVE SONGS Sop, pf
David Liptak Droplets Piano
David Liptak EDGE OF AMBER Viola
David Liptak Epitaph Piano
David Liptak EYE THAT DIRECTS A NEEDLE sop, vln, perc
David Liptak FANTASY vln, pf
David Liptak FOCUSING cl, bsn, tpt, tbn, perc (vibraphone, 5 temple blocks, 2 tom-toms) vln, cb
David Liptak FOOTSTEPS
fl, ob, cl in B-flat, bsn, hn in F, perc(1 or 2 players), pf, vln 1, vln 2, vla, vcl, cb

Additional Works


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)