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

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)
strings 2-1-1 with vla and vcl obbligato

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 FRIENDLY FROLIC (2018)
solo flute

28 INTRODUCTION AND DANCE (1978)
solo double bass

30 LOVE'S LESSON (1978)
ssa double chorus

31 MADRIGAL (1957)
satb

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

33 MATERIALISMS (1947)
pf

34 MEADOW MUSING (1986)
solo flute

35 NIGHT LYRIC (1949)
vcl

36 NOCTURNE & TOCCATA (1944)
pf

41 PSALM OF DAVID (1964)
SATB

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

44 SIX PIECES FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS (1942)
solo piano

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

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

50 SONATINA for Piano (1948)
pf

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

56 SOUNDSCAPE for String Quartet (1971)
string quartet

61 Suite for Four Wind Instruments (1944)
fl, ob, cl, hn

62 SUITE FOR PIANO FOUR-HANDS
4-hands piano

63 SUITE ON OLD MUSIC (1948)
vcl,pf

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

66 THREE BAGATELLES FOR PIANO (2015)
piano

67 THREE LYRICAL SONGS (1964)
voice, piano

68 TOCCATA FOR SOLO VIOLIN (1953)
solo violin

70 TRIO for Strings
vln, vla, vc

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

73 TWO PROBLEMS FOR PIANO (1957)
pf

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

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