Ramon Zupko

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Ramon Zupko was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1932. He is currently retired Professor Emeritus of Music of the School of Music, Western Michigan University, where he taught composition, theory, and founded and directed the Studio for Electronic and Computer music from 1971 to 1997. He taught theory and established the first Electronic Music Studio in Chicago at the Chicago Musical College from 1967-1971. He began to compose before his teens, and received his Bachelor and Master of Science in Composition degrees from the Juilliard School of Music. His principal composition teacher was Vincent Persichetti. He completed additional study with Aaron Copland, Otto Leuning, and in Europe (where he lived for 5 years) with Michael Gottfried Koenig in Hilversum, and Karl Shiske in Vienna.

He is a member of the American Composers Alliance, (from whom all of his otherwise unpublished works can be ordered) and BMI. He is also a member of the American Music Center. Zupko’s catalog includes nearly 100 works, many of which employ the electronic and digital mediums, as well as works for the theater. His composition awards, commissions, and honors include: * Fulbright Fellowship for study in Vienna * Guggenheim Fellowship * American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters award * Koussevitzky Foundation Commission for orchestral work * Kennedy-Friedheim Competition award for Piano Concerto * American Composers Alliance Recording Award * Berkshire Music Center Commission for orchestral work * National Endowment for the Arts - 3 composer grants * Gilmore International Piano Festival commission for piano work * Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia commission for an opera * Fromm Foundation commission for orchestral work * ISCM Competition - works selected twice to represent the U.S. at International Festivals. * Premio Citta di Trieste - Violin Concerto awarded 1st prize. * Meet the Composer - grant to present premier of chamber work “Solo Passages” * Distinguished Faculty Scholar award at Western Michigan University for 1983-84. * MENC-Ford Foundation “Composers in Public Schools Project” - 2 one-year grants for Texas & Illinois Zupko's compositions have been performed at New York's "Composer 's Forum,” Carnegie Recital Hall, Alice Tulley Hall in Lincoln Center, Borden Hall, BAM, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and at various festivals and college campuses throughout the country, as well as in Europe.

His orchestral works have been performed by the Detroit, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Kalamazoo, Curtis Institute, Tanglewood Festival, National Orchestral Association, Grand Rapids, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and American Composers orchestras.

ACA List for Ramon Zupko

1 ADAGIO & SCHERZO (1956)
pf solo
2 ALL THE PRETTY HORSES (1962)
SATB; chamber orch
4 ARIA AND TOCCATA (1956)
5 BALLADE FOR ORCHESTRA (1957)
orchestra:picc.-2-2-e.hn.-2-b.cl-2-c.bsn - 4-2-3-1- PERC. - HARP - STRINGS
6 BLUE ROOTS - SYMPHONY IN 3 MOVEMENTS (1986)
orch: 2.2.2.2 4.3.3.1. 3 perc, kbd (pf & synth), str
8 CANTI TERRAE (1982)
picc-3.3.3.3 4.3.3.1 3 perc, str
9 CHACONNE (1995)
10 CHORALE (1989)
brass: 2.1.1.1(or btbn)
11 CITY IN THE SEA, THE (1955)
mezS, str 4tet: 2-1-1
12 CRADLE SONG (1957)
high voice and piano
13 CREATION (1972)
electronic on tape
14 DANCE PRELUDE (1962)
concert band: picc,2-2-3-a.cl.-b.cl.-2-sax: 2-2-1-cornets(tpts) 3- Hns:4- bar.hn:2-trb:3-tuba -perc.
15 DIALOGUES AND A DANCE (1961)
1-2-2-Eb cl.. 3cl.,a.cl., b.cl., 2 bsn., Sax: 2-2-1, Cornets (tpts):5, hns:4, bar.hns.:2, trb.:3 tuba, perc.
16 EARTH AND SKY - symphony for band (1984)
2 picc-2.2.3.bcl.2, 4 sax (AATB), 3cor,2 tpt., 4.2.euph.3.1, 6 perc
17 ELEGY (1957)
18 EMULATIONS (1969)
electronics, piano
19 EPITAPH (1957)
2 violins, viola, cello, bass
20 FANTASIA for orchestra (1956)
2,1,2,2,-4 - 2,2,1 - 4 Perc., Strings
21 FANTASIA FOR PIANO (2004)
22 FLUXUS 1 (1977)
audio fixed media

zupko_fluxus1_excerpt.mp3

excerpt - Fluxus 1 - tape piece with Moog (1977)
23 FLUXUS 10 (1993)
hn, tape (CD)
24 FLUXUS 11 (1994)
flute, tape
25 FLUXUS 12 (1994)
solo perc (mrmba, vib, xyl), tape (audio file)
26 FLUXUS 2 (1978)
pf
27 FLUXUS 3 (1978)
vln, perc, tape (CD)
28 FLUXUS 4 (1987)
solo guitar
29 FLUXUS 5 (1987)
solo cl, 2-track tape(CD)
30 FLUXUS 6 (1988)
tpt, tape(CD)
31 FLUXUS 7 (1988)
solo tbn, 2-track magnetic tape(CD)
32 FLUXUS 8 (1988)
solo alto sax, 2-track magnetic tape(CD)
33 FLUXUS 9 (1990)
pf, tape (CD)
34 FOLKSODY (1990)
pf, vln, vcl
36 FOUR PRELUDES (1962)
brass qrt 2-1-1
38 INTERLUDE FOR ORGAN (1956)
organ, at least 2 manuals, pedals.
39 INTERMEZZO AND ALLEGRO (1957)
band: 1-2-2 (+e.hn.) - Eb cl.-3-1- b.cl.- 2bsn.-sax: 2-2-1 -cor:1-2-3 - tpt:1 -2 hn:1-2-3-4- bar:1-2- trb: 1-2-3- tubas- perc.(3 perf.)
40 INTRODUCTION AND BAGATELLE for 10 instruments (1957)
bassoon, clarinet, flute, horn, oboe, strings
41 LA GUERRE (1965)
sop & ch ens: cl, pf, vib, 3 perc
42 LIFE DANCES (1981)
orch: picc-3.3.3.3; 4.3.3.1; 5 perc; harp, pno, str
43 MARCH (1961)
concert band: picc., 2,2,eb cl., 1,2,3, alto cl., b.+contra bass cl., bsn:2,sax:2,2,1,cor:1,2,3,4,5,hn: 1,2,3,4,bar:1,2,trb: 1,2,3,tuba,perc.
44 MASQUES (1973)
pf, brass qnt (2.1.1.1)
45 METACYCLES (1966)
modified voices on tape

zupko_metacycles_excerpt.mp3

excerpt - tape piece "Metacycles" realized at EMS in Holland (1966)
46 Night Music (1955)
47 NIGHTINGALE, THE (1995)
Alto, Bar, Bs-Bar, cello, clarinet, flute, percussion, piano, piccolo, soprano, tenor, trombone, trumpet, violin
48 NOCTURNES (1977)
2 pfs
49 NOOSPHERE (1980)
vln, vla, vc
50 ODE & JUBILATION (1961)
band: picc-2.2.ebcl-3Bb-Eb alcl-Bb bcl.-2bsn.-4 sax (AATB).5cor.-4hn.-barhn.- 3 trb.- bass- perc
51 PASTORALE (1956)
Bb cl., string orchestra
52 PIANO TRIO (1958)
pf, vln, vcl
53 PIED BEAUTY (1966)
55 PRO AND CONTRA DANCES FOR BRASS QUINTET (1986)
hn, 2 tpt, tbn, tba
56 PROLOGUE, ARIA, & DANCE (1961)
hn, str orch
57 PROUD MUSIC OF THE STORM (1976)
orchestra, 2 bands, chorus, dancers, electronic tracks, narrators, visuals (film and slides)
58 PSALM #120 (1966)
59 PSALM #8 (1961)
60 RADIANTS (1971)
Orch: 3/picc.2/ehn.3/Ebcl.bcl.2, 4.4.2.btbn.1, 6 perc, div strings
61 REFLEXIONS (1964)
vln, vla, vcl, db, hp, vib, mmb, gtr
62 RITUALS AND DANCES (1981)
triple quintet (wind, brass, and strings) plus 3 percussion.
63 SALVE PACIS NUNTIA (1974)
16-part a cap. choir
64 SIX PRELUDES (1957)
pf
65 SOLO PASSAGES (1985)
fl, hn, vln, vla, vcl, hp
67 SONATA FOR PIANO (1960)
pf
68 SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (1958)
vln, pf
69 SONG AND DANCE (1957)
hn, pf
70 SONGS OF CHILDHOOD (1955)
sop., pno
71 SPRING PASTORALE (1956)
low voice, pf
72 SPRING SONATA (1971)
audio fixed media

zupko_springsonata_excerpt.mp3

Spring Sonata - excerpt - fixed media audio (1971)
73 TANGENTS (1967)
6tet 1: 3tpt, 3cor; 6tet 2: 4hn, 2bar; 6tet 3: 4tbn, 2tba
74 TE DEUM TRILOGY for organ (1984)
pipe organ w/ 3 manuals
75 THIS IS THE GARDEN (1962)
choir, str, wind soloists,( fl., ob., cl., tpt.) perc
76 TRANSLUCENTS (1967)
str orch or ensemble (2-2-2-2-2)
77 TRICHROMES (1973)
band:(1 to a part - total of 34 players) 3/picc.-3-.3/Ebcl-bcl.-2,
78 TWO CANZONAS (1956)
2 fl, pf
79 TWO SHAKESPEARE SONNETS (1957)
S or T, pf
80 VARIATIONS (1961)
vcl, pf
81 VARIATIONS FOR ORCHESTRA (1961)
1.2.2.2.2, 4.3.3.1, perc, str
82 VIOLIN CONCERTO (1962)
vln & orch: picc-2.2.2.2, 4.3.3.1, perc, pf, str
83 VOICES for Soprano and Tape (1972)
Soprano (amplified), 4-ch. magnetic tape (on CD)
84 VOX NATURAE, Concerto for Brass Quintet and Orchestra (1991)
orch: 2/pic-2/eh-2/bcl-2/cbsn; brass 5tet: 2-1-1-1; str; perc (3)
85 WEATHERS (1966)
86 WHERE THE MOUNTAIN CROSSES (1982)
mezzo sop, pf
87 WINDSONGS - CONCERTO FOR PIANO AND ORCHESTRA (1979)
pf solo, orch: picc,3.3.3.3. 4.3.3.1. perc.(4 players) harp, strings
88 WINTER 64 (1964)
pf solo

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