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- Op. 1 — Sonatina for Piano (1949–50) Associated Music Publishers
- Op. 2 — Divertimento for Piano and Orchestra (1951–52)
- Op. 3 — Five Piano Sketches (1952)
- Op. 4 — Allegro Deciso, for Brass Sextet and Timpani (1952) Shawnee Press
- Op. 5 — Symphony No. 1 (1953)
- Op. 6 — Six Preludes for Piano (1953–54) G. Schirmer
- Op. 7 — Concerto No. 1, for Piano and Orchestra (1954) Shawnee Press
- Op. 8 — Variations on a Theme of Tcherepnin, for Piano (1955)
- Op. 9 — First Piano Sonata (1955–57) Shawnee Press
- Op. 10 — Galena: A Town (Suite for Orchestra) (1957–58)
- Op. 11/1 — Trumpet Trio (1959) G. Schirmer
- Op. 11/2 — Three Designs for Three Timpani (1960) G. Schirmer
- Op. 12 — Dovetail Overture, for Orchestra (1959–60) G. Schirmer
- Op. 13 — Suite for Piano (1960) G. Schirmer
- Op. 14 — Sonata for Flute and Piano (1960–61) G. Schirmer
- Op. 15 — Toccata for Piano (1961–62) G. Schirmer
- Op. 16 — Movements, for Wind Quintet (1962) Shawnee Press
- Op. 17 — Dance Movements, for Chamber Orchestra (1962–63) G. Schirmer
- Op. 18 — Three Preludes for Unaccompanied Flute (1962) G. Schirmer
- Op. 19 — A Summer Journal, for Piano (1964) G. Schirmer
- Op. 20 — Symphonic Dialogues, for Orchestra (1965) G. Schirmer
- Op. 21 — Fables (Nine Piano Pieces for the Young) (1965) G. Schirmer
- Op. 22 — Second Piano Sonata (1965-66) Theodore Presser Co.
- Op. 23 — Diversions (Nine Piano Pieces for Students) (1967) G. Schirmer
- Op. 24 — First Piano Trio (1966-67) Theodore Presser Co.
- Op. 25 — Sonata for Cello and Piano (1968) G. Schirmer
- Op. 26 — Fantasy Trio, for Clarinet, Cello and Piano (1969) Theodore Presser Co.
- Op. 27 — Voyage (Seven Pieces for Trumpet, Horn and Trombone) (1969) G. Schirmer
- Op. 28 — Charade, for Orchestra (1970–71) G. Schirmer
- Op. 29 — Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano (1970) G. Schirmer
- Op. 30 — Seven, for Piano (1970–71) G. Schirmer
- Op. 31 — Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello (1971–72) Theodore Presser Co.
- Op. 32 — Impromptus for Solo Tuba (1972) G. Schirmer
- Op. 33 — Synonyms for Life (SATB Chorus and Piano) (1973) G. Schirmer
- Op. 34 — Duos for Flutes (1973) G. Schirmer
- Op. 35 — Third Piano Sonata (1973–74) Theodore Presser Co.
- Op. 36 — Second Piano Trio (1975) Theodore Presser Co.
- Op. 37 — Maverick Pieces for Piano (1976) G. Schirmer
- Op. 38 — A Serenade for Summer, for Chamber Orchestra (1976) Theodore Presser Co.
- Op. 39 — Symphonic Memoir, for large Orchestra (1978) Theodore Presser Co.
- Op. 40 — Masks, for Piano (1980) Theodore Presser Co.
- Op. 41 — Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra (1981) Theodore Presser Co.
- Op. 42 — Profiles, for Harpsichord (1982) Hinshaw Music
- Op. 43 — Time Pieces, for Clarinet and Piano (1983) Theodore Presser Co.
- Op. 44 — Dream Cycle, for Piano (1983) Theodore Presser Co.
- Op. 45 — Quintet for Winds (1985) Theodore Presser Co.
- Op. 46 — Third Piano Trio (1986–87) Theodore Presser Co.
- Op. 47 — Moments, for Flute and Piano (1992) Theodore Presser Co.
- Op. 48 — Desperate Measures (Paganini Variations) for Piano (1996) Theodore Presser Co.
Works without Opus Number:
- American Songs for Piano, Four Hands, in two books (1953–54) Associated Music Publishers
- Fragments, for Woodwind Trio, Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon (1958) Shawnee Press
- Statements for Percussion (1961) G. Schirmer
- Fanfare for Brass and Percussion (1961)
- Alleluia, for SATB Chorus (1961) G. Schirmer
- I Never Saw a Moor, for SATB Chorus (1967) G. Schirmer
- Gallery: Suite for Solo Cello (on paintings of Charles Burchfield) (1966) G. Schirmer
- Documentary Film Scores: The Great Unfenced (Australia’s “outback”), full orchestra (1962–63)
- Yankee Painter (The Works of Winslow Homer), flute, clarinet, horn, cello (1963)
- American Realists (American painting from Colonial to 20th century), wind quintet (1964)
- Cajititlan (a village in Mexico) full orchestra (1964–65)
- Charles Burchfield (tracing the American artist’s work from early to late periods), unaccompanied cello (1966)
- The Clowns Never Laugh (the paintings of American artist Walt Kuhn), flute, clarinet, horn and cello (1967)
- Terra Sancta: A Film of Israel, full orchestra (1967)
- Bellota: A Story of Roundup, guitar, flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, cello, double bass, harp, (1969)
- Journey Through Eden (East Africa), flute, horn, celesta, harp, cello, double bass, percussion (1974)
Robert Muczynski was born in Chicago on March 19, 1929. His father’s
parents’ emigrated from Warsaw, Poland to Chicago; his mother was of
Slovak descent, moving to the U.S. in 1910. He studied piano with Walter
Knupfer and composition with Alexander Tcherepnin at DePaul University
in Chicago, where he received the Bachelor of Music degree (1950) and
the Master of Music degree (1952). Both degrees were in Piano
Performance. At his Carnegie Hall debut in 1958 he presented a program
of his own piano works. Internationally recognized, Muczynski’s works
appear with increasing frequency on programs in the US, Europe, the Far
East, Australia and Mexico. Orchestral works have been performed by the
Chicago Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the National
Symphony of Washington, D.C., the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the
Minnesota Orchestra and others abroad. Muczynski’s awards include two
"Young Composer’s Project" Fellowship Grants from the Ford Foundation
(1959, 1961); a Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from De Paul
University, Chicago; the International Society for Contemporary Music
Prize for the "Suite for Piano" (1961); and the Concours Internationale
Prize, in Nice, France, for the "Sonata for Flute and Piano" (1961). "A
Summer Journal" was awarded "Best of the Year 1966" by "Piano Quarterly"
in its fourteenth annual list of exceptional teaching pieces. In 1982,
his "Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra" was nomintated
for a Pulitzer Prize. In addition to awards, Muczynski has received a
great number of commissions throughout his career: The Fromm Foundation;
the Louisville Orchestra; Thor Johnson and the Chicago Little Symphony;
Howard Mitchell and the National Symphony of Washington, D.C.; the
Linton String Trio; the Western Arts Trio; the Tucson Symphony;
saxophonist Trent Kynaston; clarinetist Mitchell Lurie; the US
Information Agency’s Artistic Ambassadors Program; and the University of
Oklahoma Wind Quintet. Muczynski has also composed scores for nine
award-winning documentary films produced by the University of Arizona
Film Department. Included are "The Great Unfenced," "Yankee Painter,"
"American Realists," Cajititlan," "The Clowns Never Laugh," "Terra
Sancta: A Film of Israel," "Bellota: A Story of Roundup," and "Journey
Through Eden." Robert Muczynski has previously taught at DePaul
University, Chicago; Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa; Roosevelt University,
Chicago; and the University of Arizona, Tudson (composer-in-residence
and chair of the composition department). His works are featured in a
permanent collection at the University of Texas at Austin, Center for
American Music: The Robert Muczynski Collection. © Copyright 1993
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