Lionel Nowak

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Lionel Nowak was born in Cleveland in 1911. He made his debut as a pianist at the age of four, and composed his first piece at the age of nine. His national reputation was established during his tenure as Music Director for the Humphrey-Weidman Dance Company (1936-42). From 1948 until 1993 he was on the faculty of Bennington College, and the major portion of his prolific output of songs and chamber works were composed for his colleagues at Bennington. Musicians he was associated with in his career include Beryl Rubenstein, Edwin Fischer, Otto Luening, and Carl Ruggles. He died in 1995.

"Nowak’s music is serious, uncompromising, and significant, displaying high craft and original ideas."  - Maurice Hinson

 

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2 AIR for Cello and Piano (1945)
vcl, pf

3 ALBUM LEAF (1975)
pf

5 CAPRICCIO FOR PIANO (1962)
pf

Nowak Capriccio excerpt.mp3

excerpt - Capriccio - Allen Shawn, piano

6 CONCERT PIECE FOR KETTLEDRUMS & STRINGS (1961)
6 kettledrums & str orch (or quintet)

7 CONCERTINO (1944)
pf & cham orch:1-1-1-1,1-2-1-0,timp,str

9 DIARY OF IZUMI SHIKIBU (1982)
Medium Voice, piano RH

11 DUO (1960)
vla,pf

12 Duo for Violin and Piano
violin and piano

13 ELEGY IN MEMORY OF ALAN CARTER (1975)
str:2-1-1,w/oblvla,oblcb

14 EPIPHON FOR CELLO & PIANO
cello, piano

15 ETUDE FOR PIANO (1948)
solo piano

17 FANTASIA FOR CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
cham orch: 1-1-1-0; 1-0-0-0; str: 2-1-1-1

18 FANTASIA FOR PIANO (1954)
pf

19 FESTIVAL (1963)
4tpt,4tbn,timp,3perc

20 FIVE DUETS for Voice and Cello (1954)
voice, cello

21 FIVE SONGS (1950)
msop,vcl,pf

22 FOUR FANCIES FOR FIVE PLAYERS (1980)
fl, cl, bsn, vla, vcl

23 FOUR GREEN MOUNTAIN SKETCHES (1980)
flute, cello

24 FOUR IN A ROW (1959)
pf

26 FOUR SONGS FROM VERMONT (1953)
Tenor, piano

27 INTRODUCTION AND DANCE (1978)
solo double bass

29 LOVE'S LESSON (1978)
ssa double chorus

30 MADRIGAL (1957)
satb

31 MAIDEN'S SONG, from 'St Winefred's Well' (1970)
sop, cl, pf, vln

33 MEADOW MUSING (1986)
solo flute

34 NIGHT LYRIC (1949)
vcl

35 NOCTURNE & TOCCATA (1944)
pf

38 PRAELUDIUM for Piano (1963)
pf

nowakpraeludiumpf.mp3

Praeludium for piano, performed by the composer

40 PSALM OF DAVID (1964)
SATB

41 QUARTETTE (1952)
ob, vln, vla, vc

43 SIX PIECES FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS (1942)
solo piano

44 SONADS for Clarinet and Cello (1977)
cl, vcl

45 SONATA FOR OBOE & PIANO (1949)
ob,pf

48 SONATA No. 3 for Cello and Piano (1960)
vcl, pf

nowakthirdsonatacellopf3ariaexcerpt_0.mp3

Excerpt - Movement 3; Aria - George Finckel, cello; Lionel Nowak, piano

49 SONATINA for Piano (1948)
pf

50 SONATINA for Thee Violins and Violoncello (1963)
3 violins, cello

51 SONATINA for Violin and Piano (1944)
violin, piano

nowaksonatinaviolinpiano2andantemolto.mp3

Sonatina for Violin and Piano II. Andante Molto Orrea Pernel, violin; Lionel Nowak, piano

54 SOUNDSCAPE for Piano (1969)
pf

nowak_soundscapemp3excerpt.mp3

excerpt, performed by the composer

55 SOUNDSCAPE for String Quartet (1971)
string quartet

58 SUITE FOR BAROQUE FLUTE AND HARPSICHORD (1989)

nowak_suite_for_baroque_flute_and_harpsichord_excerpt.mp3

excerpt John Solum, baroque flute; Igor Kipnis, harpsichord;

60 Suite for Four Wind Instruments (1959)
fl, ob, cl, hn

61 SUITE FOR PIANO FOUR-HANDS
4-hands piano

62 SUITE ON OLD MUSIC (1948)
vcl,pf

64 SUMMER IS AWAY, Nine Songs on Poems of Emily Dickinson (1976)
low voice, fl, cl, bsn, vc, pf

65 THREE BAGATELLES FOR PIANO (2015)
piano

66 THREE LYRICAL SONGS (1964)
voice, piano

67 TOCCATA FOR SOLO VIOLIN (1953)
solo violin

69 TRIO for Strings
vln, vla, vc

70 TRIO for Violin, Cello, and Piano (1954)
vln,vcl,pf

71 TWO PHANTASMS (1946)
pf

72 TWO PROBLEMS FOR PIANO (1957)
pf

73 ZWEI LIEDER NACH GOETHE (1951)
med voice, pf

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