By Maria Pilatowicz
List of Works
Principal Publishers and Key to Publishers
Marta Ptaszyńska is an internationally acclaimed composer,
whose music is performed worldwide. A native of Poland, she has been living in the United States since
1972. She maintains an active schedule of appearances as a composer and as a percussionist both in the U.S. and in Europe.
In her native Poland, Ptaszyńska received Master of Arts degrees in composition, music theory,
and percussion. She also studied composition privately with Witold Lutoslawski, who later became
her mentor, and in Paris with the famous Nadia Boulanger. She holds an Artist's Diploma Degree in
Percussion from the Cleveland Institute of Music. In addition to her professional appearances,
Marta Ptaszyńska has been much in demand as a teacher, serving on faculties in Poland and the
United States at such distinguished institutions as the University of California at Berkeley, Indiana
University, the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Northwestern University, and the
University of Chicago. Her music has received numerous awards over the years, including first prize
at the International Rostrum of Composers at UNESCO in Paris in 1986 for Winter's Tale, and the
Polish Television Award for a TV opera, Oscar of Alva. In 1995, she received the Cross of Merit of the
Republic of Poland from president Lech Walesa.
LIST OF WORKS
- Improvisations (1968); 81 minutes
- First performance: March 26, 1971, Cracow Philharmonic Orchestra,
- Renard Czajkowski, conductor. (PWM)
- Spectri Sonori (1973); 71 minutes
- First performance: January 22,1974, Cleveland Orchestra,
- Matthias Bemert, conductor.
- Crystallites (1973-74); 14 minutes
- Commissioned by the Kosciusszko Foundation of New York.
- First performance: January 24, 1975, Pomeranian Philharmonic Orchestra,
- Poland, Antoni Wit, conductor. (PWM rental)
- Concerto for Percussion Quartet and
Orchestra (1974); 13 minutes
- Commissioned by the Sage City (Vermont) Symphony Orchestra.
- First performance: October 10, 1974, Sage City Symphony Orchestra.
- Luis Calabro, conductor. (PWM rental)
- Conductus - A Ceremonial for Winds
(1982); 4 minutes
- for symphonic band.
- First performance: October 10, 1983, Chicago Symphonic Wind. Manuscript.
- La Nofella D'Inverno (1984); 10
- for strings
- Commissioned by Jerzy Maksymiuk and the Polish Chamber Orchestra.
- First performance: May, 5, 1985, Polish Chamber Orchestra, Jerzy Maksymiuk,
- conductor, at the 9th Gulbenkian New Music Festival, Lisboa, Portugal.
- In 1986, awarded Second Prize at the International Rostrum of Composers in
Paris, France. (PWM).
- Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra
(1986); 30 minutes
- Commissioned by Zielona Gora Symphony Orchestra and Szymon Kawalla,
- First performance: January 17, 1986, Zielona Gora Symphony
- Orchestra, Szymon Kawalla, conductor, Stnanislaw Skoczynski, soloist.
- Premiere broadcast performance: May 8, 1986, Cracow Radio and TV
- Symphony Orchestra, Szymon Kawalla, conductor, Keiko Abe, soloist.
- Recordings: CD, Muza Records, Poland, 1991
- Charlie's Dream - Concerto for Alto Saxophone and
Orchestra (1988); 18 minutes
- Ode to Praise All Famous Women
(1992); 12 minutes
- Commissionced by the Florida Space Coast Philharmonic.
- First performance: March 22, 1992, Florida Space Coast Philharmonic
- Orchestra, Maria Tunicka, conductor.
- Fanfare For Peace for orchestra (1993); 4 minutes
- Commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
- Premiered: Nov. 19, 1994 by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Jesus Lopez Cobos, conducting.
Vocal and Instrumental Music
- A Tale of Nightingales (1968); 12
- for baritone and chamber ensamble. To the poetry of K.I. Galczynski,
- Vocalise (1971); 8 minutes
- for female voice and vibraphone.
- First performance: July 18, 1971 Cornelia van der Horst, sop., Marta Ptaszynska
- vibes, Eduard van Beinum Stiching, Breukelen, Holland. Manuscript.
- Oscar of Alva, a TV Opera in 6 Scenes
(1971-72); 60 minutes
- for 5 soloists (soprano, mezzo, tenore, baritone, bass) mixed choir, and orchestra
- Libretto to Lord Byron's poem by Z. Kopalko, 1972. Award by Polish Radio and
- TV Broadcasting. A TV production: 1988, Polish Radio and Television, Cracow.
- Stanislaw Zajaczkowski, director, Cracow Radio and TV Orchestra and Chorus,
- Szymon Kawalla, Conductor; in Polish with English subtitles. (PWM rental)
- Epigrams (1976-77); 24 minutes
- for women's choir, flute, harp, piano and percussion
- To ancient Greek poetry; in English. Commissioned by the Dorians Choir
- of the University of California in Santa Barbara. First performance: May 8,
- Dorians Choir, Michael Ingham, conductor, Santa Barbara, California. (EBM
- Un Grand Sommeil Noir (A Great Dark
Sleep) (1977); 10 minutes
- for soprano, flute and harp. To Paul Verlaine's poem (French/English).
- Commissioned by the Jubal Trio. First performance: June 22, 1979,
- XV Festival Pontino di Musica Contemporanea, Italy. (PWM).
- Die Sonette an Orpheus (Sonnets to
Orpheus) (1980-81); 14 minutes
- for middle voice and chamber orchestra. To R.M. Rilke's poems; in German.
- First performance: October, 1989, Sinfonia Varsovia, Jerzy Maksymiuk,
- conductor, Ewa Podles, mezzo soprano, Warsaw, Poland.
- Ave Maria (1982 version); 7 minutes
- for four men's voices, brass, percussion and organ. Commissioned by
- the S. Moniuszko Musical Society of Boston. First performance: October 10,
- New England Conservatory New Music Ensemble, Boston Cathedral. (PWM
- Ave Maria (1987 version); 7 minutes
- for percussion, strings and men's choir. (PWM rental)
- Polish Letters (Listy Polskie) (1988); 45
- Cantata to commemorate Poland's Independence for percussion, piano,
- string quartet, soprano, mezzo, baritone soli. To the poetry of Polish
- and European poets; in Polish. First performance: July 15, 1989,
- Ryszard Zimak, conductor, Royal Castle, Warsaw, Poland. (PWM rental)
- VHS recording: Polish TV Poltel, Warsaw, 1984.
- Songs of Despair and Loneliness
(1988-89); 24 minutes
- for mezzosoprano and piano. Poems by Rilke, Verlaine, Shakespeare, Staff,
- and Lorca in original languages. Commissioned by Jerzy Marchwinski
- for Ewa Podles, mezzosoprano. First performance: October 3, 1989,
- E. Podles and J. Marchwinski,Warsaw Philharmonic, Poland.
- Recordings: CD, Muza Records, Poland, 1991
- Holocaust Memorial Cantata (1992); 40
- for three solo voices, mixed choir and orchestra (percussion, harp, strings).
- To the poetry of Leslie Woolf Hedley Chant for All the People on Earth (English/Hebrew/Yiddish/Polish).
- Commissioned by the Lira Singers of Chicago.
- First performance: April 5, 1992, Lira Singers, Lucy J. Ding conductor, Glencoe, Illinois. Score and piano reduction.
- Recordings: CD, POLYGRAM CD ACCORD, Poland, 1996
- Liquid Light for Mezzosoprano, Piano and Percussion
(1994-1995); 18 minutes
- To the poetry of Modene Duffy.
- Commissioned for Patricia Adkins-Chiti.
- Premiered at Warsaw Autumn 1997 and in the unabridged version at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Nov. 25, 1997. Patricia Adkins-Chiti, Mezzo soprano, Ian Buckle, piano, Marta Ptaszynska, percussion.
- Cantiones Jubilationis for Women's Choir and Percussion
(1995); 12 minutes
- To the poetry of Modene Duffy.
- commissioned by the Lira Singers of Chicago.
- Premiered: March 19, 1995 in Chicago by the Lire Singers, Lucy Ding, conducting.
- Silver Echos of Distant Bells for Mezzosoprano and
String Quartet (1995); 28 minutes
- To the poetry of Lord Tennyson, Laslie woolf Hedley, Donald Bogen, Krzysztof Koehler
and Stanislaw Wyspianski; in English.
- Commissioned by the Kosciuszko Foundation.
- Premiered: Dec. 10, 1995 in New York at the Kosciuszko Foundation by
Mary Henderson-Stuckey, mezzosoprano and Halcyon String Quartet.
- Four Preludes (1965); 81 minutes
- for vibraphone and piano (PWM/EBM)
- Scherzo (1967); 4 minutes
- for xylophone and piano (PWM/EBM)
- Jeu-Parti (1970); 81 minutes
- for harp and vibraphone (MFP)
- Madrigals "Canticum Sonarum" Igor Stravinsky in
Memoriam (1971); 16 minutes
- for woodwond and string quartets, trumpet, trombone and gong.
- Special Mention, Young Polish Composers Contest, 1971.
- First performance: March, 1972, Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Players,
Warsaw, Poland. (AA)
- Cadenza (1972); 9 minutes
- for flute and percussion (one player). (PWM)
- Siderals for Two Percussion Quintets and Light
Projection (1974); 22 minutes
- Commissioned and premiered in 1974 by the University of Illinois Percussion
- Ensemble, Thomas Siwe, conductor. 1974 Percussive Arts Society Award.
- Mobile for Two Percussionists (1975);
10 - 30 minutes
- First performance: November 10, 1976, Louis Calabro and composer, Bennington
Published - special order (TPC).
- Classical Variations for Timpani and String
Quartet (1976); 12 minutes
- 1976 Award at the Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest. (EBM
- Synchromy for Percussion Trio (1978);
- Dream Lands, Magic Spaces for Violin Piano and 6
Percussion Trio (1979); 24 minutes
- First performance: November13, 1980, San Francisco Conservatory Percussion
- Ensemble, Daniel Kobialka, violin, Barry Jekowski, conductor.
- Percussive Arts Society Internaational Conference, San Jose, California.
- Scintilla for Two Marimbas (1984); 51
- First performance: 1985 by the duo Tavernier in France. (AA)
- Moon Flowers for Cello and Piano
(1986); 9 minutes
- Commissioned by the BBC in Bristol for the duo R. Jablonski, cello,
- and K, Borucinska, piano.
- First broadcast performance: September 27, 1986, 29th International Music
Festival Warsaw Autumn Poland. (FLP)
- Recordings: Proviva - Teldec Germany, ISPN 152.
- Ajikan - Unfolding Light for Flute and
Percussion (1989); 12 minutes
- Commissioned by the Uroboros Ensemble in England.
- First performance: September 10, 1989, Southampton International Music Week.
- Poetic Impressions for Wind Quintet and
Piano (1991); 20 minutes
- Commissioned by the Warsaw Wind Quintet.(TPC)
- Recordings: CD, DUX Records, Poland (CD of the Year 1996)
- Concerto for Sxophone and Chamber Orchestra
(1988-90); 18 minutes
- Solo alto and tenor saxophone.
- Written for David Pituch and Sinfonia Varsovia
- Premiere scheduled: June 26, 1997, Festival European Cultural Month in Lubljana, Slovenia.
- Four Portraits for String Quartet (1994); 15 minutes
- Written for the Wilanow String Quartet.
- Premiered: April 22, 1995 at Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center in New York.
- Concerto Grosso for 2 Violins and Chamber orchestra
(1996); 12 minutes
- "A Birthday present for Lord Yehudi Menuhin"
- Premiered by Sinfonia Varsovia and Lord Menuhin, January 26, 1997, Warsaw, Poland.
- VHS recording By Polish Television, Warsaw, 1997
- Letter To The Sun for Narrator and Percussion
(1996-97); 10 minutes
- To the poem by Julie Rafalski; in English.
- Written for Morris Lang and the Brooklyn College Percussion Ensemble.
- Premiere scheduled: May 1997.
- Scherzo Di Fantasia for Euphonium and Piano
- Commissioned by the National Brass Society for the International Brass Conference in St. Louis.
- Premiere scheduled: June 1997 by Gail Robertson, euphonium.
- Mancala for 2 Violins (1997); 8 minutes
- Written for Hann Lachert, violisnist of the New York Philharmonic.
- Premiere scheduled: April 1997, Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center in New York.
- Soiree Snobe Chez La Princesse, Instrumental
Theatre (1979); 15 minutes
- for 2 keyboard instruments, prerecorded tape, mimes and lighting.
- Commissioned and premiered in 1979 by Annette Sachs and Piotr Lachert,
- Theatre European de Musique Vivante, Brussels, Belgium. Manuscript.
Instrumental Solo Works
- Variations for Flute (1967); 6 minutes
- Space Model for Percussion (1971-75);
- Published - (TPC).
- Stress for Percussion & Tape (1972); 4
- Arabesque for harp (1972); 7 minutes
- Touracou for Harpsichord (1974); 5
- Farewell Souvenir for Piano (1975); 6
- Recitativo, Arioso and Toccata for
Violin (1969-75); 10 minutes
- Two Poems for Tuba (1975); 7 minutes
- Quodlibet for Double-Bass and Prerecorded
Tape (1976); 12 minutes
- Six Bagatelles for Harp (1979); 9
- Graffito for Marimba (1988); 12 minutes
- Commissioned by Nebojsa Jovan Ziukovic.
- Premiered: European Percussion Congress, Germany.
- Recordings: CD, Bayer Records, Germany. (TPC).
- Hommage a I.J. Paderewski for Piano
(1992); 5 minutes
- Premiered: Jerzy Stryjniak, Washington D.C., 1992 (FLP).
- Spider Walk for Solo Percussion (1993) ;7 minutes
- Commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
- Premiere: Nov. 18, 1994 by the Cincinnati Symphony , Jesus Lopez Cobos, conducting
Music for Children
- Suite Variee for Percussion (4) and
Piano (1965); 4 minutes
- Little Mosaic for Percussion Ensemble
(1968); 10 minutes
- Little Mexican Fantasy for Percussion and
Piano (1971); 4 minutes
- Arrangement of a Mexican folk tune. (PWM).
- Tunes from Many Countries of the
- Children's songs arrangement for percussion and instruments. (PWM).
- Journeys into Space for Piano in two
- A set of 19 miniatures. (PWM).
- Colorful World of Percussion (1978)
- A book for percussion training in 5 volumes.
- Co-author: Barbara Niewiadomska.
- Music of Five Steps for Two Flutes and Percussion
Ensemble (1979); 19 minutes
- for Musical Education. First performance: July 12, 1980 by the pupils of E.
- Elementary School of Music in Warsaw, Poland during the XIV World Congress
- Miniatures for Piano (1982)
- 14 miniatures. (EBM)
- Four Seasons for Four Hands (1984)
- 12 pieces for Piano 4 hands. (EBM)
- Silver Threads and Other Songs for
- for voice, chorus , and percussion in various combinations, to the poetry
- of Josef Czechowicz, in Polish (PWM)
- Music Alphabet for Two Pianos
- A set of 22 pieces, mainly dances from A to Z.
- Mister Marimba - children's opera in 3 acts
(1992-95); 90 minutes.
- Soloists, chidren choir and orchestra
- To the libretto of Polish lyricist Agnieszka Osiecka; in Polish and also in English
- Written for the National Opera in Warsaw, Poland.
- Premiere scheduled: Nov. 1997, National Opera in Warsaw.
PWM Edition (PWM)
Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne
al. Krasinskiego 11a
31-111 Krakow, Poland
Distribution in North America : Theodore Presser Company
(Agent of PWM)
Presser Place, Bryn Mawr,
fax 215/527 7841
KEY TO PUBLISHERS
TPC - Theodore Presser Company.
PWM - Polish Music Publications (Theodore Presser Company, distributor).
AA - Author's Agency Publications, Warsaw, Poland.
EBM - Edward B. Marks Music Publications, New York. NY.
FLP - Fallen Leaf Press, Berkeley, CA.
MFP - Music for Percussion, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
LED - Alphonse Leduc (Theodore Presser Company, distributor).
MLP - Morris Lang Percussion, New York, NY.
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