Marta Ptaszynska List of Works

Four Preludes (1964) – vibraphone, piano
duration: 8 min.
dedication: ‘a Monsieur Détlef Kieffer du Groupe a Percussion de Strasbourg’
publisher: Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne/Edward B. Marks Music Publications
premiere:

Scherzo (1967) – xylophone, piano
duration: 4 min.
dedication: ‘Ojcu pos?wiecam’
publisher: Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne/Edward B. Marks Music Publications
premiere:

Ostinato (1967) – piano solo
duration: 5 min.
publisher: manuscript

Variations (1967) – flute solo
duration: 7 min.
publisher: Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne/Edward B. Marks Music Publications

Four Songs (1968) – soprano, piano
text(s): Julian Tuwim (in Polish)
duration: 10 min.
publisher: manuscript

A Tale of Nightingales (1968) – baritone, chamber ensemble
instrumentation: fl.ob.cl.bn – hp.vbr.mar
text(s): K. I. Galczynski (Polish/English)
duration: 8 min.
publisher: manuscript

Improvisations (1968) – orchestra
instrumentation: 3.3.3.3 – 4.3.3.1 – perc(5).hp.gtr.cel.pf – str
duration: 8 min.
publisher: Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne
premiere: 26 March 1971, Cracow: Cracow Philharmonic Orchestra, Renard Czajkowski – cond.

Passacaglia and Fugue (1968) – organ, percussion
duration: 12 min.
publisher: manuscript

Three Interludes (1969) – 2 pianos
duration: 9 min.
dedication: ‘Mojej Matce’
publisher: Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne

Chant for All the People on Earth (1969) – cantata
instrumentation: 3 solo voices; SATB choir; children’s choir; 4.3.3.3 – 6.4.4.1 – perc(6).pf.org – str
text(s): Leslie Woolf Hedley?
duration: 25 min.
publisher: manuscript

Jeu-Parti (1970) – harp, vibraphone
duration: 8 min.
date/place of composition: 1 March 1970, Paris
publisher: Music for Percussion
recording(s): Olympia OCD 324

Le tableaux d’un jour (1970) – ballet in 3 scenes
text(s): Paul Eluard
duration: 25 min.
publisher: manuscript

Vocalise (1971) – female voice, vibraphone
duration: 5 min.
publisher: manuscript
premiere: 18 July 1971, Breukelen, Holland: Cornelia van der Horst – soprano, Marta Ptaszynska – vibraphone

Madrigals “Canticum Sonarum” Igor Stravinsky in Memoriam (1971) – ensemble
instrumentation: 1.1.1.1 – 0.1.1.0 – gong – 1.1.1.1.1
duration: 10 min.
publisher: Author’s Agency Publications
premiere: March 1972, Warsaw: National Philharmonic Chamber Players
prize(s): Special Mention, Young Polish Composers Contest

Oscar of Alva (1972) – TV Opera in 6 Scenes
instrumentation: Soprano, Mezzo, Tenor, Baritone, Bass soloists, SATB chorus; 3.3.3.3 – 4.3.3.1 – perc(6).hp.gtr.pf – str
text(s): Polish libretto – Z. Kopalko (based on poem by Lord Byron)
duration: 60 min.
commission: production – Polish Radio and Television, Stanis3aw Zajaczkowski – director
publisher: Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne
premiere: 1988, Cracow: Cracow Radio and Television Orchestra and Chorus, Szymon Kawalla – cond.
prize(s): Award – Polish Radio and Television Broadcasting
recording(s): POLTEL (1988)

Cadenza (1972) – flute, percussion (1)
duration: 9 min.
dedication: ‘Mojemu bratu’
publisher: Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne

Stress (1972) – percussion (1), tape (realized by El?bieta Sikora)
duration: 4 min.
publisher: Morris Lang Percussion

Arabesque (1972) – harp solo
duration: 7 min.
publisher: Author’s Agency Publications

Spectri Sonori (1973) – orchestra
instrumentation: 3.2.2.3 – 4.3.3.1 – perc(5).hp.cel.pf – str
duration: 7 min.
dedication: Mr. and Mrs. Willard Brown
date/place of composition: February 1973, Cleveland
publisher: Theodore Presser Co.
premiere: 22 January 1974, Cleveland: Cleveland Orchestra, Matthias Bamert – cond.

Phantasy in Black and White (1973) – symphonic band
instrumentation: 3.3.6.3.4sax – 4.4.3.2 – perc(4)
duration: 9 min.
publisher: manuscript

Sonospheres III (1973) – ensemble
instrumentation: fl.cl – tbn – perc.pf – vc
duration: 10 min.
publisher: manuscript

Crystallites (1974) – orchestra
instrumentation: 4.3.4.4 – 4.4.4.1 – perc(5).hp(2).pf/cel – 16.14.10.10.8
duration: 14 min.
commission: Ko?ciuszko Foundation of New York
publisher: Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne
premiere: 24 January 1975, Bydgoszcz: Pomeranian Philharmonic Orchestra, Antoni Wit – cond.

Concerto for Percussion Quartet and Orchestra (1974)
instrumentation: 2.2.2.2 – 4.3.3.1 – pf – str
duration: 13 min.
commission: Sage City (Vermont) Symphony Orchestra
publisher: Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne
premiere: 10 October 1974, Sage City: Sage City Symphony, Louis Calabro – cond.

Siderals (1974) – 2 percussion quintets, optional light projection
duration: 22 min.
commission: University of Illinois Percussion Ensemble
dedication: Thomas Siwe
publisher: Theodore Presser Co./PWM
premiere: 1974: University of Illinois Percussion Ensemble, Thomas Siwe – cond.
prize(s): Award – Percussive Arts Society, 1974

Touracou (1974) – harpsichord solo
duration: 5 min.
publisher: Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne

Space Model (1975) – percussion solo
duration: 12 min.
publisher: Theodore Presser Co.
recording(s): ProViva ISPV 152

Farewell Souvenir (1975) – piano solo
duration: 6 min.
publisher: Theodore Presser Co.

Recitativo, Arioso and Toccata (1969/1975) – violin solo
duration: 10 min.
publisher: Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne

Two Poems (1975) – tuba solo
duration: 7 min.
publisher: Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne/Edward B. Marks Music Publications

Mobile (1975) – 2 percussion
duration: 10-30 min.
dedication: ‘To Andrew’
publisher: Theodore Presser Co./PWM
premiere: 10 November 1976, Bennington, Vermont: Louis Calabro, Marta Ptaszynska – percussion

Ornaments in Wood (1975) – ensemble
instrumentation: fl.cl.b cl.fg
duration: 8 min.
publisher: manuscript

Classical Variations (1976) – timpani, string quartet
duration: 12 min.
publisher: Edward B. Marks Music Publications
prize(s): Award – Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest, 1976

Quodlibet (1976) – double bass, tape
duration: 12 min.
dedication: Bertram Turetzky
publisher: Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne
premiere: 18 September 1977, Warsaw Autumn Festival: Bertram Turetzky – double bass
recording(s): Polskie Nagrania Muza SX ?

Epigrams (1977) – women’s choir, ensemble
instrumentation: flute, harp, piano, percussion
text(s): ancient Greek poetry (in English)
duration: 24 min.
commission: Dorians Choir (University of California in Santa Barbara)
publisher: Edward B. Marks Music Publications
premiere: 8 May 1977, Santa Barbara: Dorians Choir, Michael Ingham – cond.
recording(s): ProViva ISPV 152

Un Grand Sommeil Noir (1977) – soprano, flute, harp
text(s): Paul Verlaine (French/English)
duration: 8 min.
commission: Jubal Trio
publisher: Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne
premiere: 22 June 1979, Festival Pontino, Italy: Jubal Trio
recording(s): Polskie Nagrania Muza SX ?

Synchromy (1978) – 3 percussion
duration: 10 min.
publisher: manuscript

Soirée snobe chez la Princesse (1979) – instrumental theatre
instrumentation: 2 keyboards, tape, mimes, lighting
duration: 15 min.
commission: Annette Sachs and Piotr Lachert, Théatre européen de musique vivante
publisher: manuscript
premiere: 1979, Brussels: Annette Sachs, Piotr Lachert, Théatre européen de musique vivante

Six Bagatelles (1979) – harp solo
duration: 9 min.
publisher: Theodore Presser Co.

Dream Lands, Magic Spaces (1979) – violin solo, piano, 6 percussion
duration: 24 min.
dedication: ‘in memory of my father, Juliusz Ptaszynski’
publisher: Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne/Edward B. Marks Music Publications
premiere: 13 November 1980, San Jose (Percussive Arts Society International Conference): Daniel Kobialka – violin, San Francisco Conservatory Percussion Ensemble, Barry Jekowsky – cond.
recording(s): Polskie Nagrania Muza SX ?

Die Sonette an Orpheus (1981) – mezzo-soprano, chamber orchestra
instrumentation: 1.1.1.1 – 2.1.0.0 – perc(2).hp – 6.3.2.1
text(s): R. M. Rilke
duration: 14 min.
dedication: ‘In memory of my Father’
publisher: Theodore Presser Co.
premiere: 3 October 1989, Warsaw: Ewa Podle?, Sinfonia Varsovia, Jerzy Maksymiuk – cond.

Ave Maria (1982 version) – 4 male voices, brass, percussion, organ
duration: 7 min.
commission: S. Moniuszko Musical Society of Boston
publisher: Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne
premiere: 10 October 1982, Boston Cathedral: New England Conservatory New Music Ensemble

Conductus – A Ceremonial for Winds (1982) – symphonic band
instrumentation: 5.2.14.2.7sax – 8.4.6.5.3bar – perc(4) – db
duration: 4 min.
publisher: manuscript
premiere: 10 October 1983, Chicago: Chicago Symphonic Winds

Scintilla (1984) – 2 marimbas
duration: 5 min.
dedication: ‘Jean Caude et Marc Tavernier’
publisher: Author’s Agency Publications
premiere: 1985, France: Duo Tavernier

La Novella D’Inverno (1984) – string ensemble
instrumentation: 9.4.3.1
duration: 10 min.
commission: Jerzy Maksymiuk, Polish Chamber Orchestra
dedication: ‘Jerzemu Maksymiukowi i Polskiej Orkiestrze Kameralnej’
publisher: Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne
premiere: 5 May 1985, Lisboa, Portugal: Polish Chamber Orchestra, Jerzy Maksymiuk – cond.
prize(s): 2nd prize – International Rostrum of Composers, Paris, 1986
recording(s): Polskie Nagrania Muza SX 2427, Polskie Nagrania PNCD 075

Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra (1985)
instrumentation: 2.2.2.3 – 4.3.3.1 – perc(4).hp – str
duration: 30 min.
commission: Szymon Kawalla, Zielona Góra Symphony Orchestra
dedication: for Keiko Abe
publisher: Theodore Presser Co.
premiere: 17 January 1986, Zielona Góra: Stanis3aw Skocinski – marimba, Zielona Góra Symphony Orchestra, Szymon Kawalla – cond.
recording(s): Polskie Nagrania Muza SX 2709, Polskie Nagrania PNCD 075

Moon Flowers (1986) – cello, piano
duration: 9 min.
commission: BBC, Bristol, for Roman Jab3onski and Krystyna Borucinska
dedication: ‘for R.J. & K.B.’
date/place of composition: 28 January 1983, 11:39 a.m., New York
publisher: Fallen Leaf Press
premiere: 14 May 1986, BBC (broadcast performance): Roman Jab3onski – cello, Krystyna Borucinska – piano
recording(s): Polskie Nagrania Muza SX 2465, Polskie Nagrania Muza SX 2709, ProViva ISPV 152

Ave Maria (1987) – male choir, brass, percussion, strings
instrumentation: 4.3.3.1 – perc(6) – str
duration: 7 in.
publisher: Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne

Charlie’s Dream – Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra (1988)
instrumentation: 2.2.2.2 – 2.2.0.0 – perc(2) – str
duration: 18 min.
publisher: manuscript

Graffito (1988) – marimba solo
duration: 12 min.
commission: Nebojsa Jovan Ziukovic
publisher: Theodore Presser Co.
premiere: Tubingen (European Percussion Congress): Nebojsa Jovan Ziukovic – marimba
recording(s): Bayer Records 150 006

Polish Letters [Listy Polskie] (1988) – cantata
instrumentation: Soprano, mezzo, baritone solos; SATB choir; fl.cl – hn – perc.pf – 1.1.1.1.0
text(s): Polish and other European poets (in Polish)
duration: 45 min.
dedication: to commemorate Poland’s Independence
publisher: Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne
premiere: 15 July 1989, Warsaw (Royal Castle): Chopin Academy of Music Chamber Choir and Ensemble, Ryszard Zimak – cond.

Songs of Despair and Loneliness (1989) – mezzo-soprano, piano
text(s): Rilke, Verlaine, Shakespeare, Staff, Lorca (poems in original languages)
duration: 24 min.
commission: Jerzy Marchwin, for Ewa Podle?
publisher: Theodore Presser Co.
premiere: 3 October 1989, Warsaw: Ewa Podle? – mezzo-soprano, Jerzy Marchwinski – piano
recording(s): Polskie Nagrania PNCD 075

Ajikan – Unfolding Light (1989) – flute, percussion
duration: 12 min.
commission: Southampton International New Music Week for Uroboros Ensemble
publisher: Fallen Leaf Press
premiere: 10 September 1989, Southampton International New Music Week: Uroboros Ensemble

Concerto for Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra (1990)
instrumentation: solo alto/tenor sax; 2.2.2.2 – 2.2.90.0 – perc(2) – str
duration: 18 min.
commission: written for David Pituch and Sinfonia Varsovia
publisher: Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne?
premiere: 26 June 1997, Lubljana (Festival European Cultural Month): Marko Letonja – saxophone

Poetic Impressions (1991) – woodwind quintet, piano
duration: 20 min.
commission: Warsaw Wind Quintet
publisher: Theodore Presser Co.
prize(s): CD of the Year, 1996
recording(s): DUX

Holocaust Memorial Cantata (1992) – 3 solo voices, choir, orchestra
instrumentation: soprano, mezzo, baritone soloists; SATB choir; 2.2.2.2 – 2.2.2.1 – perc(2) – str
text(s): Leslie Woolf Hedley Chant for All the People on Earth (in English, Hebrew, Yiddish, Polish)
duration: 40 min.
commission: Lira Singers, Chicago
publisher: Theodore Presser Co.
premiere: a) 5 April 1992, Glencoe, Illinois: Lira Singers, Lucy J. Ding – conductor
b) extended version (with added text by Yehudi Menuhin): 16 August 1993, Flensburg (Schleswig-Holstein Festival): Warsaw Chamber Choir, Sinfonia Varsovia, Yehudi Menuhin – cond.
recording(s): Accord ACD 016

Ode to Praise All Famous Women (1992) – orchestra
instrumentation: 2.2.2.2 – 4.3.3.0 – perc(3) – str
duration: 12 min.
commission: Florida Space Coast Philharmonic
publisher: Theodore Presser Co.
premiere: 22 March 1992, Florida: Florida Space Coast Philharmonic, Maria Tunicka – cond.

Hommage a I.J. Paderewski (1992) – piano solo
duration: 5 min.
publisher: Fallen Leaf Press
premiere: 1992, Washington, D.C.: Jerzy Stryjniak – piano

Spider Walk (1993) – percussion solo
duration: 7 min.
commission: Stanis3aw Skocinski
publisher: Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne
premiere: 10 November 1993, Columbus, Ohio (Percussive Arts Society International Convention): Stanis3aw Skocinski – percussion
recording(s): Polonia Records

Fanfare For Peace (1993) – orchestra
instrumentation: 3.2.2.3 – 4.3.3.1 – perc(4) – str
duration: 4 min.
commission: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
publisher: Theodore Presser Co.
premiere: 18 November 1994, Cincinnati: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Jesus Lopez-Cobos – cond.

Four Portraits (1994) – string quartet
duration: 15 min.
publisher: manuscript
premiere: 22 April 1994, New York: Wilanów String Quartet

Liquid Light (1995) – mezzo-soprano, piano, percussion
text(s): Modene Duffy
duration: 18 min.
commission: Patricia Adkins-Chiti
publisher: Theodore Presser Co.
premiere: a) 24 September 1994, Warsaw Autumn Festival: Ewa Wolak – mezzo-soprano, Szabolcs Esztényi – piano, Stanis3aw Skocynski – percussion
b) complete version: 25 November 1996, Huddersfield Festival: Patricia Adkins-Chiti – mezzo-soprano, Ian Buckle – piano, Marta Ptaszynska – percussion
recording(s): Warsaw Autumn ’96, no. ?

Cantiones Jubilationis (1995) – female choir, percussion
text(s): Modene Duffy
duration: 12 min.
commission: Lira Singers, Chicago
publisher: Theodore Presser Co.
premiere: 19 March 1995, Chicago: Lira Singers, Lucy J. Ding – cond.

Silver Echoes of Distant Bells (1995) – mezzo-soprano, string quartet
text(s): Lord Tennyson, Leslie Woolf Hedley, Donald Bogen, Krzysztof Koehler, Stanislaw Wyspianski (in English)
duration: 28 min.
commission: Ko?ciuszko Foundation
publisher: Theodore Presser Co.
premiere: 10 December 1995, New York: Mary Henderson-Stuckey – mezzo-soprano, Halcyon String Quartet

Concerto Grosso (1996) – 2 violins, chamber orchestra
instrumentation: 2.2.2.2 – 0.0.0.0 – perc(2) – stri
duration: 12 min.
dedication: “a birthday present for Lord Yehudi Menuhin”
publisher: Theodore Presser Co.
premiere: 26 January 1997, Warsaw: Sinfonia Varsovia, Yehudi Menuhin

Letter To The Sun (1997) – narrator, percussion ensemble
text(s): Julie Rafalski (in English)
duration: 10 min.
dedication: for Morris Lang and the Brooklyn College Percussion Ensemble
publisher: Theodore Presser Co.
premiere: May 1997, New York: Brooklyn College Percussion Ensemble, Morris Lang – cond.

Mancala (1997) – 2 violins
duration: 8 min.
publisher: Theodore Presser Co.
premiere: April 1997, New York: Hanna Lachert, ? – violins

Scherzo Di Fantasia (1997) – euphonium, piano
duration: ? min.
commission: National Brass Society
publisher: Theodore Presser Co.
premiere: 29 June 1997, St. Louis (International Brass Conference): Gail Robertson – euphonium, ? – piano

 

Music for Children

Suite Variée (1965) – 4 percussion, piano
duration: 4 min.
publisher: Alphonse Leduc

Little Mosaic (1968) – percussion ensemble
duration: 10 min.
publisher: Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne

Little Mexican Fantasy (1971) – percussion, piano
source(s): Mexican folk-song
duration: 4 min.
publisher: Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne

Tunes from Many Countries of the World (1977) – percussion and instruments
publisher: Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne

Journeys into Space, 19 miniatures in 2 volumes (1978) – piano
publisher: Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne

Colorful World of Percussion, pedagogical works in 5 volumes (1978) – flutes, recorders, voices, percussion
co-author: Barbara Niewiadomska
publisher: Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne

Music of Five Steps (1979) – 2 flutes (recorders), percussion ensemble
duration: 19 min.
publisher: Author’s Agency Publications
premiere: 12 July 1980, Warsaw (International Society of Music Education World Congress): pupils of E. Mlynarski Music Elementary School

14 Miniatures (1982) – piano
publisher: Edward B. Marks Music Publications

Four Seasons for Four Hands, 12 pieces (1984) – piano duet
publisher: Edward B. Marks Music Publications

Silver Threads and Other Songs for Children (1986) – voice, choir, piano, percussion
text(s): Józef Dzechowicz (in Polish)
publisher: Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne

Music Alphabet, musical dances from A to Z (1986) – 2 pianos
publisher: Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne

The Enchanted Song (1995) – opera-musical for children in 2 Acts
instrumentation: soloists, chamber orchestra: 1.1.1.1 – 2.2.1.1 – perc(6).hp.pf – str – tape
text(s): libretto by the composer
duration: 60 min.
publisher: manuscript

Mister Marimba (1995) – children’s opera in 3 acts
instrumentation: soloists, children’s choir and orchestra
text(s): Agnieszka Osiecka (Polish/English)
duration: 90 min.
publisher: Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne?
premiere: November 1997, Warsaw: National Opera