Jan Krzywicki

  • b. April 15, 1948, Philadelphia, PA
    Called “superbly crafted”, “touching”, “poignant”, “captivating”, “atmospheric”, and “profound” by critics, the music of Jan Krzywicki has achieved wide recognition through performances by ensembles such as the Colorado Quartet, the Chestnut Brass Company, the Pennsylvania Ballet, Network for New Music, Alea III, and others. His music has also been heard throughout the United States, in Europe, South America and Asia, at various music conferences and on national public radio. Commissions from prestigious performers and organizations such as the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, The Music Group, Orchestra 2001,the Mendelssohn Club, among others, have led to awards from The Aaron Copland Fund, ASCAP and Meet the Composer awards, as well as a prestigious Pew Fellowship in the Arts, and a Rockefeller Foundation grant. His work scan be heard on the Albany, Capstone, North/South, and De Haske labels.

    A native of Philadelphia, Krzywicki studied with Joseph Castaldo, with Vincent Persichetti at the Juilliard School, with Nadia Boulanger at the Ecole de Beaux Arts Americaines, with Darius Milhaud at the Aspen Music School, and with Edward Mattila and John Pozdro at the University of Kansas.

    Krzywicki is also active as a conductor and educator. As conductor for the contemporary ensemble Network for New Music, Krzywicki has led a large number of local and world premieres. Since 1987 he has been a member of the music theory department at Temple University, while also guest lecturing at various universities.

  • Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation
    Chamber Ensemble
    114-41022 Deploraton
    For Brass Quintet
    4:15 Brass Quintet
    494-02789 Fable
    For Eb Baritone Saxophone and Piano
    11:00 Baritone Saxophone with Piano
    114-40785 Fantasia
    For Two Guitars
    6:00 Guitar Duet
    494-02916 Five Lyrics
    For Flute and Piano
    17:00 Flute with Piano
    114-40389 Les Ondes
    Rondeau – From “Pieces De Clavecin 1713”
    For Baritone (or Trombone), Baritone, and Tuba
    2:30 Mixed Ensemble
    494-02914 Partita for Oboe and Piano
    16:00 Oboe with Piano
    534-03026 Sonata
    For Trumpet and Piano
    15:00 Trumpet with Piano
    114-40784 String Quartet
    22:00 String Quartet
    114-40513 Trio In C Major
    For Lute (Guitar), Violin, and Basso Continuo(arr.)
    9:30 Mixed Ensemble
    114-40514 Trio In G Minor
    For Lute (Guitar), Violin, and Basso Continuo(arr.)
    8:00 Mixed Ensemble
    114-40636 Variations on a Hymn of Persichetti
    For Brass Quintet
    17:00 Brass Quintet
    Vocal / Choral
    111-40184 Dirge In Woods
    For Mezzo-Soprano and Piano
    4:00 Voice with Piano
    111-40160 Four Songs After Rexroth
    For Mezzo-Soprano and Piano
    19:00 Voice with Piano
    111-40159 Four Songs After Rexroth
    For Mezzo-Soprano, Piano, Harp, and Percussion
    19:00 Mixed Ensemble
    111-40188 Four Songs On Texts By Li Po
    For Soprano and Piano
    7:30 Voice with Piano
    12701 Lute Music
    for SATB Chorus, Harp, Celesta, Piano and Organ
    111-40150 Nocturne I
    For Soprano and Four Guitars
    6:00 Mixed Ensemble
    111-40149 Nocturne II
    For Soprano, Vibraphone, Harp, and Piano
    5:30 Mixed Ensemble
    10040 A Precipice Garden
    Cantata for Soprano Solo, Mixed Chorus and Chamber Orchestra
    20:00 Soprano Solo, SATB Chorus; 1(Picc., A.Fl.) 0 1 0 – 1 0 0 0; 2Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
    16912 Concertino
    for Oboe, Trumpet, Harp and String Orchestra
    22:00 Ob. Tpt.(Picc.Tpt); Perc. Hp. Str .
    12700 Dithyramb
    for String Orchestra
    12:00 Str.
    Band / Wind Ensemble
    10114 Prelude, Fugue and Chorale
    for Symphonic Wind Ensemble
    14:00 Picc. 4Fl. (2 also Picc.) 2 Ob. E.H. 3 Bsn. (1 also Cbsn.) EbCl. 4Cl. B.Cl. SATB Sax (4) 6 Tpt. 4 Hn. 2Tbn. B.Tbn. Euph. Tuba Hp. (amplified) Pno.(amplified)/Cel. 6 Perc.

  • …a highly expressive language…
    –American Record Guide

    …strong music….that aspires to profound humanistic utterance…

    …an unsettling landscape…singular sound and intriguing atmosphere.
    –Chamber Music America

    …music that is dark, rich and fraught with significance…
    –Philadephia Welcomat

    …music of considerable beauty…
    –Philadelphia Inquirer

    …passionately eloquent music…
    –Philadephia Welcomat

    …superbly crafted…
    –Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Alchemy ALCHEMY
    Albany Records (TROY1317); December 1, 2011
    Performer(s): Jeffrey Khaner, flute, Charles Abramovic, piano, Lynn Klock, baritone saxophone, Fredric T Cohen, oboe, Susan Nowicki, piano
    Work(s): Fable
    Five Lyrics
    Partita for Oboe and Piano
    Connections CONNECTIONS
    Albany Records (TROY1182); April 1, 2010
    Performer(s): Lynn Klock, baritone saxophone, Susan Nowicki, piano
    Work(s): Fable
    Chamber Music of Jan Krzywicki CHAMBER MUSIC OF JAN KRZYWICKI
    Albany Records (TROY337); August 24, 1999
    Performer(s): Colorado Quartet: Terry Everson, trumpet, Emily Golden, mezzo, Elizabeth Hainen, harp, Susan Nowicki, piano, Anthony Orlando, percussion, Jan Krzywicki, conductor
    Work(s): Four Songs After Rexroth
    String Quartet
    Postcards POSTCARDS
    North/South Recordings (N/S R 1012); July 1, 1997
    Performer(s): Glenn Steele, vibraphone, Mary Ann Coppa, harp, Heather Dials, soprano, and Susan Nowicki, piano, Jan Krzywicki, conductor
    Work(s): Nocturne II
    Brazen Cartographies BRAZEN CARTOGRAPHIES
    Albany Records (TROY233); March 18, 1997
    Performer(s): Chestnut Brass Company
    Work(s): Deploration

  • 1999: Aaron Copland Fund
    1997: American Society of Composers, Authors, and Performers (ASCAP) Standard Award
    1996: American Society of Composers, Authors, and Performers (ASCAP) Standard Award
    1996: Meet the Composer Grant
    1996: Pew Fellowship in the Arts
    1992: Meet the Composer Grant
    Rockefeller Foundation grant