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 DeploratonFor Brass Quintet 4:15 Brass Quintet FableFor Eb Baritone Saxophone and Piano 11:00 Baritone Saxophone with Piano FantasiaFor Two Guitars 6:00 Guitar Duet Five LyricsFor Flute and Piano 17:00 Flute with Piano Les OndesRondeau – From “Pieces De Clavecin 1713”
For Baritone (or Trombone), Baritone, and Tuba(arr.)
2:30 Mixed Ensemble Partita for Oboe and Piano 16:00 Oboe with Piano SonataFor Trumpet and Piano 15:00 Trumpet with Piano String Quartet 22:00 String Quartet Trio In C MajorFor Lute (Guitar), Violin, and Basso Continuo(arr.) 9:30 Mixed Ensemble Trio In G MinorFor Lute (Guitar), Violin, and Basso Continuo(arr.) 8:00 Mixed Ensemble Variations on a Hymn of PersichettiFor Brass Quintet 17:00 Brass Quintet Vocal / Choral Dirge In WoodsFor Mezzo-Soprano and Piano 4:00 Voice with Piano Four Songs After RexrothFor Mezzo-Soprano and Piano 19:00 Voice with Piano Four Songs After RexrothFor Mezzo-Soprano, Piano, Harp, and Percussion 19:00 Mixed Ensemble Four Songs On Texts By Li PoFor Soprano and Piano 7:30 Voice with Piano Lute Musicfor SATB Chorus, Harp, Celesta, Piano and Organ 11:00 Nocturne IFor Soprano and Four Guitars 6:00 Mixed Ensemble Nocturne IIFor Soprano, Vibraphone, Harp, and Piano 5:30 Mixed Ensemble Orchestra A Precipice GardenCantata 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. Concertinofor Oboe, Trumpet, Harp and String Orchestra 22:00 Ob. Tpt.(Picc.Tpt); Perc. Hp. Str . Dithyrambfor String Orchestra 12:00 Str. Band / Wind Ensemble Prelude, Fugue and Choralefor 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…
…music of considerable beauty…
…passionately eloquent music…
VARIATIONS ON A HYMN OF PERSICHETTI FOR BRASS QUINTET
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
Partita for Oboe and Piano
Albany Records (TROY1182); April 1, 2010
Performer(s): Lynn Klock, baritone saxophone, Susan Nowicki, piano
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
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
Albany Records (TROY233); March 18, 1997
Performer(s): Chestnut Brass Company
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