Ever since his first New York reviews when the Village Voice critic wrote that he had “a definite melodic gift and knows how to orchestrate with a light and graceful touch” Robert Baksa has enjoyed a growing reputation as a creative artist of exceptional lyric gifts. The craftsmanship of his tonally oriented music gained respect even during the years when such a conservative esthetic was out of fashion.
Born in New York City in 1938 of Hungarian descent, he grew up in Tucson where he attended the University of Arizona earning a Bachelor of Arts in Composition. He began composing in his early teens and some of his first pieces were published and are still performed. Baksa has composed over 500 pieces including songs, choral pieces, piano and harpsichord works, music for orchestra and chamber ensembles, film scores and two short operas. His first opera, on Millay’s Aria da Capo was given at the Lake George Opera Festival. The second, Red Carnations, commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, has been widely used as an introduction to opera for audiences of all ages. His art songs are discussed in two recent studies of American art song and his choral pieces are performed the world over.
Since the 1970s chamber music has been a major focus and Baksa has to his credit over 75 works for a variety of instrumental combinations. His works have been performed by such groups as the Boehm and Virtuosi Quintets and the Sylvan Winds, the New Jersey Chamber Music Society, Elaine Comparone and the Queens Chamber Band, Igor Kipnis, Burt Lucarelli, Sharon Robinson and the New York Virtuosi conducted by Kenneth Kleine. The world famous St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble made its debut with an evening of Baksa’s music in 1974. His music has been featured at National Flute Association and Double Reed Society conventions, at the Caramorr and Newport Festivals and at the Library of Congress.
His Quintets for Wind Instruments and String Quartet are widely performed as is his extensive repertory for the flute and the harpsichord, two instruments for which he has demonstrated a particular fondness. In the last decade of the 20th Century he completed his series of sonatas for all the standard melody instruments, 27 works to date. The series includes several for keyboard instruments including one for Accordion which was commissioned by the American Accordion Association.
The composer makes his home in Columbia County, New York.
Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation Works for Keyboard 12 Bagatelles Piano Unaccompanied 6 New Bagatelles 8 More Bagatelles Piano Unaccompanied Accordion Sonata 13:00 Antica NovaSuite #1 12:00 Antica NovaSuite #2 for Harpsichord Antica NovaSuite #3 for Harpsichord Antica NovaSuite #4 Suite #4 12:00 Autumn Tapestries 2 Pianos 4 Hands Duo SonataFor Two Harpsichords 10:00 Hudson Festival Overture 3:00 2 Pianos 4 Hands Looking Glass Variations Piano Fantasy Piano Sonata No.1 13:00 Piano Unaccompanied Piano Sonata No.2 Poems for Piano Spring Games Piano 4 Hands Three Line Studies Piano Unaccompanied Winter Pleasures 2 Pianos 4 Hands Works for Voice 3 Portraits 5 Songs On Sara Teasdale A Cynic’s Cycle Crane SongsFor Tenor and Piano Voice with Piano Dow SongsSeven Songs To The Poems Of Dorothy Dow Emily Dickinson SongsFirst Compete Edition – Newly Revised Housman Songs Letters From Emily Vol.1Eight Songs To Poems Of Emily Dickinson 2005 Letters From Emily Vol.2 Notes On The Human Comedy Voice with Piano Poetic Women Voice with Piano Shakespeare Songs for Voice and Guitar Chorus A Ball Of Gold Buried Love 1:30 Cupid & Campaspe Dutchess’ Lullaby Fancy Father WilliamFrom Three Alice In Wonderland Choruses 2:30 SATB Gather Ye Rosebuds Hark Hark! The Lark 1:20 Herrick SongsNo. 2 The Frozen Heart SATB, Piano Herrick SongsNo. 5 The Wounded Cupid How Doth The Little . . .From Alice In Wonderland 2:20 I Do Love Madrigals From The Japanese 1 Madrigals From The Japanese 2 Madrigals From The Japanese 3 My Soul Doth Magnify The Lord 4:00 New Love and Old 1:10 O Times Most Bad Pursuing The Horizon Serenade Sigh No More, LadiesFrom Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing Song To A Doll Spring 1:20 SATB a cappella The White Rabbit’s EvidenceFrom Through The Looking Glass 2:30 Turtle SoupFor S.A.T.B., With Piano 3:20 SATB Two Or Three Angels Villanelle Of Sunset Who Is Silvia?From Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen Of Verona 1:50 Chamber Ensemble A Pastoral Musick Flute Duet with Piano Baroque Reflections Bassoon Sonata Cannonic Inventions Vol.1Inventions 1 – 18 Piano Unaccompanied Cannonic Inventions Vol.2Inventions 19 – 36 Piano Unaccompanied Celestials 14:00 Cello Sonata Clarinet Sonata Clarinet with Piano Collage(Excerpts for Clarinet Quartet) Clarinet Quartet Colloquy Flute Trio ConcertoFor Harpsichord and Strings Contrabass Sonata 15:00 ConversationFor Four Solo Flutes 7:00 Flute Quartet DesignFor 4 Clarinets and Piano Clarinet Quartet Dialogue Flute Duet Duet Sonata for Flute and Clarinet Woodwind Duet Duo Concertante Duo Sonata No.1For Violin and Viola String Duet Duo Sonata No.2 String Duet Duo Sonata No.3 String Duet Duo Sonata No.4 String Duet Duo Sonata No.5 Violin Duet Duo Sonata No.6 Violin Duet Duo Variations for Violin and Cello String Duet Earth Elegy Trumpet with Piano English Horn Sonata 13:00 Exchanges Flute Duet Fanfare and Variants FantasiaFor Woodwind Quintet Woodwind Quintet Fantasy Partita Fantasy PieceFor Flute and Bassoon Woodwind Duet Fantasy Quintet Fesitval Music – Br5 Flute Games Flute Ensemble Flute Sonata #1 Flute Sonata #2 Flute Sonata #3 Harp Sonata Harpsichord Sonata #1 10:00 Harpsichord Sonata #2 11:00 Harpsichord Sonata #3 Horn QuintetFor Horn and String Quartet Horn Ensemble Horn Sonata Horn with Piano Hummingbird Scherzo Clarinet with Piano Journeys for Flute, Viola, and Guitar MonologueFor Solo Flute Nonet(Chamber Concerto No. 2) 19′ Fl. Ob. Cl. Bsn. 2Vln. Vla. Vcl. Cb. Oboe Sonata Oboe with Piano Occasional Variations 9:00 Violin with Piano Octet Octet for Woodwinds 2Fl. 2Ob. 2Cl. 2Bsn. Organ Sonata (2004) Overture for Clarinet 7:00 Clarinet with Piano Partita for Solo Cello Piano Trio No. 1 Piano Trio No.2 Piano Trio No.3 Piccolo Sonata Piccolo with Piano QuartetFor Woodwinds and Piano QuintetFor Bassoon and Strings QuintetFor Clarinet, Bassoon and Strings QuintetFor Oboe and Strings Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, Complete Set(1973 – Revised 2002) Quintet for Flute and Strings Rituals Saxophone Quartet Romance for Viola and Piano 9:00 Viola with Piano ScenarioFor Three Solo Flutes 7:00 Flute Trio Septet(Etudes and Chorale) Fl. Ob. Cl. Bsn. Tpt. Hn. Tbn. SeptetFor Woodwinds and Brass SoliloquyKrishna’s Song SonataFor Alto Saxophone and Piano Alto Saxophone with Piano SonataFor Flute and Harpsichord Sonata Da Camera Sonata Da Giardino 10:00 Sonata for Flute and Guitar Sonata for Flute and Harp Sonata for Oboe and Harpsichord Oboe with Piano Soprano Sax Sonata Soprano Saxophone with Piano String Quartet #1 String Quartet Symposium 7:00 Flute Quartet Three TriflesFor Clarinet and Bassoon Trio In Triptych Trombone Sonata Trombone with Piano Trumpet Sonata Trumpet with Piano Tuba Sonata Vaudeville Dreams Saxophone Quartet Viola Sonata Violin Sonata Violin with Piano Woodwind Quintet #1 Woodwind Quintet Woodwind Trio #1 Woodwind Trio #2 Woodwind Trio No.3 Woodwind Trio Orchestra Blumine Movement from Symphony No. 1Version Transcribed for Chamber Orchestra by Robert Baksa(arr.) 7:40 1 0 1 0 – 0 1 0 0; Harm.(or Synthesizer with Reed Org.) Pno. Str. Concerto for Harpsichord and Strings Hpsd., Str. Concerto for Oboe and Strings 16′ Solo Ob., Str. Sinfoniafor Strings 18′ Str. Varieties for Wind Quintet and StringsTheme and 8 Variations 16′ 1 1 1 1 – 1 0 0 0; Str. Opera Red CarnationsOpera in one act. 35′ 1 1 2 1 – 0 0 0 0; Pno. Str. (3Vln. Vla. 2Vcl. Cb.) Band / Wind Ensemble Collagefor Clarinet Quartet and Band 4Cl. soli; 3(dbl. Picc.) 2 2 2 2AltoSax. 1Ten.Sax. 1Bar.Sax – 4 3 3 1 2Euph.; 4Perc. Cb.
Opera in One Act