It is with our deepest condolences that we remember composer, writer, and teacher, Steven Stucky. Steven was an indelible person in the lives of the people he touched through his work and mentorship. We at Theodore Presser Company were lucky to know him.
for Flute (Alto Flute), Clarinet (Bass Clarinet), Percussion, Piano, Violin, and Cello
…one of those “contemporary” pieces that appeals to, and even entrances, those who think they rather not hear “contemporary” music.
–Boston Music IntelligencerBOSTON FANCIES
for Flute (Alto Flute), Clarinet (Bass Clarinet), Percussion, Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello
…Witty, somber, flirtatious and athletic in turn, “Boston Fancies” have a welcome sense of kinetic momentum, as well as an intellectually coherent structure.
–Los Angeles TimesDIALOGHI (Studies on a Name)
for Solo Violoncello
…it seems to lie beautifully on the instrument. Cellists everywhere should take it up.
–The Orange County RegisterISABELLE DANCES
for Solo Marimba
Steven Stucky’s music, just like that of the great composers who have succeeded in leaving their mark, manages to assert his own personality, to be original without falling into the trap of being hermetic, and succeeds in capturing our imagination with sheer poetry.
–Passion Musique et CultureNELL’OMBRA, NELLA LUCE
for String Quartet
Stucky’s work is raw art, not art motivated by narrative. What’s more, it is convincing. Hearing Stucky’s quartet, I don’t miss melody.
–The New Republic OnlinePIANO QUARTET
for Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano
In the “Piano Quartet,” two kinds of light coexist. The piano rings like a bright midday bell. The strings convey a softer luminescence, say the fading sun of a Tuscan summer evening… Lovely sonorities and great sheaves of lyrical lushness invite the ear in.
–Los Angeles Times
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FANFARES AND ARIAS
for Wind Ensemble
His music is rigorously orchestrated, representational, and evocative without being obvious about it, and presented in easily digestible chunks.
–Allmusic.comFUNERAL MUSIC FOR QUEEN MARY
for Orchestra of Winds, Brasses, Percussion, Piano, and Harp
Purcell’s “Funeral Music for Queen Mary” arranged by Steven Stucky is dramatic, tense, highly stirring stuff, awesomely beautiful in its simplicity, almost heart-breaking in the intensity of the pleading in the anthems.
–Daily Post [Liverpool, UK]THRENOS
for Wind Ensemble
…a narrative of eclectic and sonorous vibrancy.
–Cleveland Plain Dealer
JEU DE TIMBRES
[Stucky’s] music is rigorously orchestrated, representational, and evocative without being obvious about it, and presented in easily digestible chunks.
“Radical Light” unfolds in a single span that encompasses a wealth of moods and orchestral colors… What proved most striking here was the composer’s command of harmony, and particularly the way the piece moves deftly in and out of the world of traditional tonality.
–San Francisco ChronicleSILENT SPRING
…it is a memorial to…environmentalist Rachel Carson’s seminal “Silent Spring.” …Mr. Stucky’s appropriate pessimism here didn’t discourage as much as it engendered a cathartic response to a subject that often numbs the soul. A brilliant, if unsettling, work.
–Pittsburgh Post-GazetteSON ET LUMIERE
…this music pulsates with rhythmic energy and revels in the coloristic possibilities of a large orchestra. Son et lumière is a fast-paced, gripping work with considerable substance beneath its coruscating surface.
–Atlanta Journal and ConstitutionSYMPHONY
…the sensation of illumination, to suggest light through exquisitely applied color. … No note felt wasted. To hear Stucky’s “Symphony” once was to want to hear it again.
–Los Angeles Times
for Solo Violin, Solo Oboe and Chamber Orchestra
[“Double Concerto”] displays Stucky’s feeling not just for instrumental tone, but for instrumental character. It has moments of arresting intensity, especially in the slow opening Lamento.
–Philadelphia ForumSECOND CONCERTO FOR ORCHESTRA
Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in MusicI. Overture (with Friends) [mm. 1 – 20]
II. Variations [mm. 40 – 48]III. Finale [mm. 270 – 309]
Unquestionably the most immediate
knockout of the series…an electrifying
display of orchestral fireworks…
–New York TimesSPIRIT VOICES
Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra
This is highly charged, dramatic music that ebbs and flows in pace and dynamics.
–The Aspen Times
for Baritone and Orchestra
[Stucky] takes four American poems… and transfigures [them] up one level into suave, gracefully persuasive lyric lines… Never merely a supporting accompaniment, Stucky’s orchestra becomes a participant, a panorama of color onto which the words may dance. It is Stucky’s gift to carry it off with fresh surprise and delight at every twist.
–LA WeeklyAUGUST 4, 1964
for Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Chorus, and Orchestra
In Stucky’s piece, formidable vocal and instrumental resources are marshaled to evoke, in a virtuosically eclectic style, the passions and flaws of a monumental figure.
–The New YorkerCRADLE SONGS
for S.S.A.A.T.T.B.B. Chorus, a cappalla
“Cradle Songs” is a trio of lullabies set to verses by poets from Brazil, Poland and Tobago that allow a cappella singers to revel in subtle and radiant shifts in harmony, theme and rhythmic figure.
–Cleveland Plain DealerTHE CLASSICAL STYLE: AN OPERA (OF SORTS)
Libretto by Jeremy Denk
Based on the book by Charles Rosen
…madcap, hilarious and touching…Stucky’s command of instrumental and vocal color is equally striking… “The Classical Style” holds its own as sheer entertainment.
–Classical SourceTHREE NEW MOTETS
for Double Choir, a cappella
…tinted with half-lights and rich in its middle voices, elegant but rarely showy for showiness’s sake…
–The Orange County Register