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Robert Muczynski

March 19, 1929 - 2010
born in Chicago, IL, composed during the Contemporary period
Robert Muczynski is one of the most distinguished American neo-Classical composers of his generation. Spending most of his career apart from the country's main cultural centers and working within a well-worn musical idiom, neither he nor his works have ever developed a strong public profile. Yet his consistently high standards of taste and craftsmanship, the sincerity and authenticity of his expressive content, and the practical utility of much of his output have contributed to the gradual establishment of many of his works in the active repertoire. Muczynski is an accomplished pianist as well, and has recorded most of his music for that instrument.

Muczynski's parents, of Polish and Slovak descent, were not musically sophisticated, but did notice his early sensitivity to music, which they encouraged by starting him on piano lessons when he was five. Throughout his childhood and adolescence, he nurtured a dream of becoming a concert artist. In 1947 he enrolled as a piano major at DePaul University (Chicago), where he studied with Walter Knupfer. Not until his late teens did he show any serious interest in composing. At DePaul he became acquainted with Alexander Tcherepnin, who encouraged this interest and eventually became his most important teacher and mentor. Muczynski earned both his bachelor's (1950) and master's degrees (1952) at DePaul. At the age of 25, Muczynski won national attention for a Piano Concerto commissioned by the Louisville Orchestra, with whom he performed it and later recorded it. Four years later, he gave his debut recital as composer/pianist in New York City, with an all-Muczynski program at Carnegie Recital Hall. In 1956, Muczynski accepted an offer to head the piano department at Loras College in Iowa, where he remained for three years. In 1959, he was appointed composer-in-residence for the Oakland, CA, school system, as part of a "Young Composers Project" sponsored by the Ford Foundation. A renewal of this appointment two years later took him to Tucson, AZ, where he has lived ever since. In 1965 he joined the music faculty of the University of Arizona, where he was later appointed composer-in-residence. He held this position until his retirement in 1988.

Since the early 1960s, Muczynski has been the recipient of a consistent stream of awards and commissions, and his works are often selected as test pieces for competitions. Today his compositions are performed frequently in Europe, Asia, and Australia, as well as throughout the United States. In 1961, Muczynski composed a Sonata for Flute and Piano. The work won a top prize at the Concours Internationale in Nice, France, where it attracted the attention of Jean-Pierre Rampal, who took it up immediately. The Flute Sonata is probably Muczynski's most widely performed work, with an international reputation among flutists. Muczynski has concentrated primarily on piano solo and chamber music. His other more widely performed pieces are a sonata (1970) and alto saxophone concerto (1981); three piano trios (1967, 1975, 1988); Time Pieces (1983) for clarinet and piano; a woodwind quintet (1985); and three sonatas (1956, 1966, 1974) and shorter works for piano.

Muczynski has never been influenced by compositional trends or fashions, adhering to a tonal, warmly expressive neo-Classicism throughout his career. His music is characterized by clear, concise, abstract forms, simple, transparent textures, and avoidance of pretense or grandiosity of any kind. The composers whose music his most resembles are Bartók, in its fondness for thematic ideas with a "question-and-answer" shape; Bernstein's "blue notes" and its exuberant treatment of irregular meters; and Barber's dark, moody lyricism. But despite these reminiscences, Muczynski's relatively small body of work displays its own distinctive and recognizable character. ~ Walter Simmons, Rovi
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Track List: Robert Muczynski: Complete Works for Flute

Title: Quintet For Winds, Op.45
Title: Duos For Flute & Clarinet, Op. 34
Title: Moments For Flute & Piano, Op. 47
Title: Fragments, For Flute, Clarinet & Bassoon
Title: Preludes (3), For Flute, Op 18
Title: Movements For Wind Quintet, Op. 16
Title: Duos For Flute & Clarinet
Title: Sonata For Flute & Piano, Op 14

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