Mark Zuckerman

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Mark Zuckerman (b. 1948) has written extensively for virtuoso soloists, chamber ensembles, a cappella choir (including an internationally-recognized collection of Yiddish choral arrangements), wind ensemble, and string orchestra. He attended Juilliard and continued at the University of Michigan, Bard College, and Princeton University studying under David Epstein, George B. Wilson, Elie Yarden, Milton Babbitt and J. K. Randall.

His choral music has achieved an international reputation with choruses and at festivals and been performed and recorded by the Gregg Smith Singers, Chicago a cappella, The Goldene Keyt Singers, the New Yiddish Chorale, and The Workman’s Circle Chorus. Notable ensembles such as the Rutgers University Wind Ensemble, the Rutgers University Symphony Band, the Chicago Brass Ensemble, and the Seattle Sinfonia have recorded his instrumental music. Zuckerman earned a PhD from Princeton and has been a member of the music faculties at Princeton, Columbia, and Rutgers Universities.

He has taught a wide variety of subjects leading to a number of publications, including a book on listening to jazz drawn from his popular jazz survey course. He is a recipient of an artist fellowship from the New Jersey State Council for the Arts and recently had the first act of his opera, The Outlaw and the King, presented by the Opera Workshop at Rutgers University.

Characterized as "Highly accessible ... listeners are carefully guided through some very enjoyable musical metaphors ... quite moving" (Steve Schwartz, Classical CD Review), Zuckerman continues to compose for both professional and amateur performers ― especially student groups ― and for all kinds of audiences, from modern music aficionados to children.

ACA List for Mark Zuckerman

2 ASCENSUS DETRAHENDUS (1975)
pf
3 ASSUNPINK TWILIGHT (2004)
picc, 2 fl, 2 cl, bcl, asax, tsax, tp, hn, tb, perc
4 BESIDE THE STILL WATERS (2012)
Concert band
5 CIVIC CELEBRATION (2014)
2/pic222 4331 4 perc. timpani strings
6 CLOSE REEDING (2017)
quintet: oboe, Bb cl, Eb alto sax, Bb bscl, bsn

close_reeding_excerpt_midi.mp3

midi excerpt - Close Reeding
7 COMING IN THIRDS (2009)
Pf

zuckerman_coming_in_thirds_excerpt.mp3

excerpt - Jai Jeffryes, piano; Tangent Shores album 2015
8 CRUZIN' (2008)
asax and str orch
10 EPISODES (1972)
organ
12 FAIR WINDS (2011)
fl, ob, cl, bsn, hn

zuckermanfairwindsexcerpt.mp3

Fair Wind - excerpt - midi file
13 FANFARE FOR AN UNCOMMON TIME (2009)
2 tp, 4 hn, tbn, btbn or tba, bass drum
14 FDR's Four Freedoms (SATB) (2017)
SATB a cappella
15 FEELING NO PAIN (2015)
Clarinet quartet (Eb, Bb, Alto, Bass)
16 Flute Fetish (2015)
Flute choir
piccolo, flute, alto flute, bass flute
17 The Four Freedoms (2014)
a cappella men's chorus (TTBB)
18 FOUR PIECES AFTER ROOSEVELTIANS (2004)
Saxophone Quartet
19 Gebet (Prayer) (1995)
SATB
20 Hoboken Vignettes (2004)
pic, 2fl, 2ob, Eh, 3 cl, Ebcl, Ebaltcl, bscl, 2bsn, 2 altsx, tensx, barsx, 3cor, 2tpt, 4hn, 2tbn, bstbn, euph, tba, xyl/glock, chimes, 3timp, tri, cymb, sndrm, bsdrm
22 JERSEY SURE (2004)
sax quartet
ssax, asax, tsax, bar. sax
23 JUST KEYBOARD RESPECT (2005)
pf
24 KEEPSAKE (1983)
flute or saxophone alone
26 Laughing Song (1995)
SATB
27 MARCHE COMIQUE (2016)
pic, 2fl, 2ob, 3cl, altocl, bscl, cbcl, 2bsn, 2alsx, tsx, bsx, 3 cor, 2 tpt, 2flg, 4hn, 2btn, 3tbn, tba, timp(3), sndrm, bsdrm, cymb
concert band

marche_comique_excerpt.mp3

excerpt - Marche Comique
28 MENAGERÍE (2001)
fl, sop, pf

la_sauterelle.mp3

IV. La Sauterelle
29 Mir zaynen do tsu zingen! (We’re Here to Sing!) (1996)
SATB a cappella

zuckerman_mir_zaynen_do_tsu_zingenexcerpt.mp3

Mir zaynen do tsu zingen - excerpt
30 OFF THE WALL (2015)
Trio: flute, bass trombone, and 5 wood blocks (or any semi-pitched uniform wood percussion, e.g., temple blocks)
31 ON THE EDGES (1996)
pf

on_the_edges_excerpt.mp3

Peter Vinograde, piano; On the Edges - excerpt
32 OUT OF THE WILDERNESS (1995)
str. orch.
34 QUICK STUDY (2001)
pf
35 Quintifications (1993)
D Tpt, C Tpt, Hn, Trb, Tba
36 RECOLLECTIONS - 5 Trombones (2010)
tbn quintet
37 RECOLLECTIONS - 5 trumpets (2007)
tpt quintet
38 RENEWAL (2003)
c tpt and pipe organ
39 RETROGRESSIVE STUDY (1970)
pf
40 REUNION (1968)
2fl
41 SELAH (2009)
Solo Perc (crotales, glock., and vib.)
42 SEVEN MINUTES FOR SEVEN PLAYERS (2007)
Percussion Ensemble
43 SHALOM RAV (1994)
Cantor and SATB
45 Shtiler, shtiler (Hush) (1992)
SATB
46 STELLAR METTLE (2005)
Brass Quintet (2 Bb Tpts, hn, tbn, btbn/tba
47 STRING QUARTET (2006)
2 vln, vla, vcl
48 SUSQUEHANNA SUNSET (2002)
2112/2121/3 per./ str
49 TART STYLINGS (1998)
Solo Eflat alto sax or bs cl
50 TIME SHARES (11 horns) (2017)
11 French horns
51 TIME SHARES (11 trumpets) (2009)
11 trumpets (3 solo trumpets + 2 trumpet quartets)
52 TIME SHARES (7 horns) (2016)
7 French horns
53 TIME SHARES - for 7 trumpets (2009)
7 trumpets (3 solo trumpets + 1 trumpet quartet)
54 TOUCHING BASS (2012)
cb, pf

zuckermantouching_bassexcerpt.mp3

Excerpt: Jack Hill and John Kamitsuka
55 TRIARCHY (2004)
vln, C tpt, perc (triangle, sus. cymbal, vib, temple blocks, tom toms)- one or two players
56 TWILIGHT REVERIE (2004)
pf
57 TWILIGHT SONGS (1970)
sop, fl

zuckermantwilight_songs_excerpt.mp3

Excerpt, Paula Melnick, Sop; Erich Graf, flute
58 TWO BROWNING SETTINGS (1999)
SATB
59 TWO EMILY DICKINSON SETTINGS (2002)
fl, cl, bass trb, perc (vib, triangle), spoken text

ZuckermanDickinsonPrairieExcerpt.mp3

performed by Tales and Scales
60 TWO SHORT DUETS (1968)
cl in Bb, vcl

zuckermanclarinetandcelloduets.mp3

Chester Brezniak and Luis Garcia‐Renart

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