DAVID B. MYSKA

COMPOSER


David Myska's compositions include chamber and orchestral music, electroacoustic music and film and video scores. He has received awards and commissions from the Fromm Music Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council, Public Broadcasting, Meet-the-Composer, the Canada Council, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and Harvard University. He performs his piano music, and performs and conducts his electroacoustic music. David Myska holds the PhD in composition from Harvard University, and has taught at Harvard University, Haverford College and Mills College. He is Chair of the Department of Music Research and Composition at Western University.

Selected Compositions

Orchestra
Wind Ensemble
Chamber
Keyboard
Vocal
Electroacoustic
Film and Video

 


 

Selected Compositions

Orchestra

Sinfonia Concertante (2009) 16 min.
2222/222/timpani, percussion/harp/strings

Psyche (2005) 25 min.
4344/433/timpani, percussion/harp/strings(16-14-12-10-8)

Chloris (2001) 30 min
4344/433/timpani, percussion/harp/strings(16-14-12-10-8)

Zephyrus (1996) 30 min.
4344/4331/timpani, percussion/strings(16-14-12-10-8)

Excursion (1984) 22 min.
Commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation.

Alluvium (1979) 10 min.
Chamber orchestra

Wind Ensemble

Gravity Lessons (2013) 10 min.

Chamber

Piano Quartet "Le Printemps Revient [Le Renouveau]" (2016) 13 min.
Violin, Viola, 'Cello, Piano
for Made In Canada Quartet

String Quintet "Printemps" (2016) 13 min.
2 Violins, 2 Violas, 'Cello
Premiere 01 May 2016 (Toronto)
by Solomiya Ivakhiv, Scott St. John, Douglas McNabney, Sharon Wei, Thomas Wiebe

Con Sequenze (2011) 10 min.
Violin and viola
Premiere 23 February 2015 (London) and 07 March 2015 (New York)
by Solomiya Ivakhiv and Scott St. John

Lynx (2010) 7 min.
Solo guitar

On the Steps of Mariyinski Palace (2008) 30 min.
Violin, clarinet, piano
Recorded November 2008 by Annette-Barbara Vogel, William E. Powell and Jack Behrens
at the CBC Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto, Canada
Available at Amazon.com and the Canadian Music Centre

Five Pieces for Violoncello (2007) 26 min.
Premiered 2008 by Thomas Wiebe
Recorded June 2011 by Thomas Wiebe
at the CBC Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto, Canada
Available at Amazon.com and the Canadian Music Centre


Five Movements in Reflection (2004) 30 min
Violin, clarinet, harp
Recorded July 2007 by Mark Menzies, William E. Powell and Susan Allen
at Roy O. Disney Music Hall, CalArts, Valencia, California
Available at Amazon.com and the Canadian Music Centre


Piano Trio #2 (“Scorpion”) (1994) 17 min.
Violin, violoncello, piano

Trio (1989) 10 min.
Clarinet, trumpet, bassoon

Piano Trio (1988) 25 min.
Violin, violoncello, piano

Music for Brass and Percussion (1988) 11 min.
French horn, trumpet in E-flat (flügelhorn, B-flat piccolo trumpet), 2 trumpets in B-flat,
trumpet in C, 3 trombones (1 on baritone), bass trombone, tuba, percussion.

Seven Movements in Reflection (1983) 30 min.
Clarinet, violin, harp, piano

Duo Capriccio (1980) 10 min.
Clarinet, piano

String Quartet (1978) 14 min.

Trio (1977) 8 min.
Oboe, clarinet and bassoon

Flutepiece (1975) 6 min.
Solo flute

Keyboard

Con Sequenze (2013) 10 min.
arranged for solo piano

Sinfonia Traces (2010) 6 min.
Solo piano

Elegie - cloches (1998) 16 min.
Yamaha Disklavier piano and MAX software

Mensural Canons Improvisation Study (1998)
Keyboard/synthesizer study for MAX software

Little Piece (1989) 5 min.
Solo piano

Ballade (1982) 13 min.
Solo Piano.
Recorded July 2009 on the collaborative compact disc Magdalene Wood by
Dina Michelson Namer with violist and producer Lisa Moody
Available at Amazon.com and the Canadian Music Centre

Vocal

Four Sonnets by William Shakespeare (2004, 2012) 24 min.
mezzo-soprano, violoncello
(Nos. 60, 77, 98 and 65)
Premiered 2012 by Anita Krause and Thomas Wiebe
Recorded December 2012 by Anita Krause and Thomas Wiebe
at the CBC Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto, Canada
Available at Amazon.com and the Canadian Music Centre

How Beautiful On The Mountains (2000) 6 min.
SATB chorus

Psalm 10 (1997) 20 min.
Mezzo soprano, flute, clarinet, harp, synthesizer,viola, 'cello, double bass

Three Songs on Poems by W.H. Auden (1988) 17 min.
Baritone voice, piano (arranged for mezzo and piano, 1989)

Quartet (1976) 8 min.
(Text by Dylan Thomas)
Soprano, viola and 2 cellos

Electroacoustic

Elegie - cloches (1998) 16 min.
Yamaha Disklavier piano and MAX software

Mensural Canons Improvisation Study (1998) variable>infinite
Keyboard/synthesizer study for MAX software

Psalm 10 (1997) 20 min.
Mezzo soprano, flute, clarinet, harp, synthesizer, viola, 'cello, double bass

Images (1990-91) 16 min.
Flute and computer MIDI ensemble

Celebration (1989) 5 min.
MIDI ensemble, 1 player

Fantasy (1986) 14 min.
Harp and computer MIDI ensemble

Quilt (1985) 16 min.
Viola with synthesis

Music for Piano and Chimes (1980) 8 min.
Four channel tape

Concrete Study (1978) 3 min.
Tape composition

Film and Video

Edouard Manet: Painter of Modern Life (1983)
Clarinet, violin, harp, piano
Film/video documentary
Commissioned to accompany the 1983 Manet Exhibition at the Louvre and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Available at Amazon.com


Pissarro: At the Heart of Impressionism (1981)
Flute, violoncello, piano
Film/video documentary
Commissioned to accompany the 1981 Pissarro Exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Distribution by MOMA.


E-mail the composer: dmyska@uwo.ca


More Links

On The Steps CD information

The Canadian Music Centre

The New Music USA Online Library

The University of Western Ontario, Don Wright Faculty of Music