David Plylar

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Born: 21 November 1978 — Phoenix — USA
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Music

Completed Works

  • Duel Intentions — Cello and Piano 11/07 7’
  • Fractured Colloquy — Oboe and Piano 9/06 7’
  • Refractions — Chamber Orchestra 2/06 16’
  • String Quartet — String Quartet 10/05 20’
  • Skirmish — Oboe, E-flat Clarinet, Viola 10/05 5’
  • Fantasy-Variations on thematic material from Liszt’s Faust Symphony — Solo piano 7/05 Revised version 27’
  • Marimba Quartet — Marimba Quartet 5/05 9’
  • Joe: Body Electric, a short film score — Electronic 3/05 11’
    • Director: Jack Beck
    • Screened at: Rooftop Films Summer Series, NYC (June 2007); The Tank Gallery, NYC, "Best of The Tank" (September 2006); Crested Butte Film Festival, CO (August 2006); Johns Hopkins Film Festival, Baltimore, MD (April 2006); Ozone Film and Video Festival, Covington, LA (April 2006); Sarah Lawrence College Film Festival (April 2006) — Winner, First Prize; Hi/Lo Film Festival, San Francisco, CA (April 2006); Ybor Festival of the Moving Image, Tampa (April 2006); Wisconsin Film Festival, Madison (March 2006); Boston Underground Film Festival (March 2006); Ann Arbor Film Festival, MI (March 2006); Murray State Univ. [River’s Edge Tour] (March 2006); Durango Indy Film Festival, CO (March 2006); Victoria Independent F/V Festival, BC, Canada (February 2006); Anchorage Intl Film Festival, Alaska (December 2005); Three Rivers Film Fest, Pittsburgh, PA (November 2005) — Winner, Certificate of Merit; Ohio Independent Film Festival, Cleveland, OH (November 2005); Northampton Indy Film Fest (November 2005); Coney Island Film Festival (September 2005); Bay Street Film Festival, Thunder Bay, Ontario (September 2005); eKsperim[E]nto, Manilla, Phillipines (September 2005); Tulsa Overground 8 Film Festival, OK (August 2005); The River’s Edge Festival, Paducah, KY (August 2005) — Winner, Juror’s Award; The Tank Gallery, Avant-Garde Show, NYC (August 2005); Image/Movement/Sound - The Little Theatre, Rochester, NY (April 2005); Image/Movement/Sound - SUNY, Brockport, NY (April 2005)
  • The Artist’s Studio — Piano and Chamber Orchestra 2/05 16’
  • Phantom Vignettes — Violin and Piano 1/05 10’
  • Guitar Quartet — Guitar Quartet 8/04 9’
  • Aqualesce, a short film score — Piano/electronics 4/04 7’
    • Director: Jack Beck
    • Screened at: eKsperim[E]nto, Manilla, Phillipines (September 2005); Image/Movement/Sound - Kilbourn Hall, Rochester (May 2004); 7 in the Space Gallery, Rochester (May 2004); Image/Movement/Sound - RIT, NY (April 2004); The Tank Gallery, NYC (April 2004)
  • Classical Walpurgis Night (after Goethe) — Orchestra 5/03—1/04, 10/04 (revised) 13’
  • The Triumph of Sisyphus — Flute/piccolo, clarinet/bass clarinet, 8/02 15’
    • based on Ludwig Wittgenstein’s two percussionists (primarily Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus vibraphone and marimba), piano violin, and cello
  • Three Pieces for Brass Quintet: — Brass Quintet 11/01 8’
    • I. Prelude (revision)
    • II. Capriccio I (revision)
    • III. Capriccio II
    • Performed by the University of Louisville Student Brass Quintet, Comstock Hall, Louisville, KY (1/02)
  • Conversations with Scriabin revised (3 of 7 pieces) — Solo piano 12/01 10’
  • Ozymandias, a symphonic poem after Shelley — Two pianos 4/01 10’
  • Conversations with Scriabin, — early version Solo piano 3/01 7’
  • Serenade Flute, viola, and cello 12/00 22’
  • Damn Sacred, a short film score — String quartet, piano, celesta 4/00 11’
    • Director: Paul Fleschner
    • Screened at Duke University, Durham, NC (4/00)
  • Fantasy-Variations on thematic material from Liszt’s Faust Symphony — Solo piano 2/00 25’
  • Psalm 13 — Six-part unaccompanied choir 12/99 4’
  • Two Pieces for Brass Quintet: — Brass Quintet 7/99 4’
    • I. Prelude
    • II. Capriccio
  • Fantasy on Fauré’s Pavane — Orchestra, choir, and piano 4/97 15’
  • Piano Sonata — Solo piano 12/96 35’
  • The Raven — Eight-part choir and organ 10/96 20’
  • Two Waltzes — Solo piano 2/96 3’

Completed Transcriptions and Arrangements

  • Prokofiev—The Young Juliet — Oboe and piano 1/07
  • Messiaen—Louange á l’Éternité de Jésus from Quatuor pour la fin du temps — Oboe and piano 9/06
  • Schubert—Der Hirt auf dem Felsen — Oboe and piano 9/06
  • Liszt—Mephisto Waltz No.2 — Oboe and piano 9/06
  • Liszt – Phantasie und Fuge über den Choral: Ad nos, ad salutarem undam — Solo piano 12/05
  • Mahler—Adagietto from Symphony No.5 — Solo piano 11/05
  • Wagner—Einleitung from the first act of Tristan und Isolde — Solo piano 11/04
  • Bach—Minuet from the Anna Magdalena notebook — String orchestra with young soloists 2/01
  • Bach–Little Fugue in G minor — Solo piano 8/00
  • Plylar–Psalm 13 — Solo piano 7/00
  • Plylar—“Aus dem Umkreis: Nächte” — Solo piano 6/00
  • Liszt–Ab Irato/Morceau de Salon: Finishing Etude, Concert Paraphrase — Solo piano 1/00
  • Brahms–First and Second movements of Symphony no.1 — Solo piano 6/99
  • Liszt—Ab Irato/Morceau de Salon: Finishing Etude, Concert Paraphrase — Two pianos 10/98
  • Liszt—Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe, — Two pianos 4/98

Transcriptions in Progress

  • Brahms—Intermezzo, Op.119 no.1 — Oboe and piano April 2008
  • Ligeti—Forgotten Bagatelles, from Musica Ricercata — Wind Quintet April 2008
  • Plylar—Nachtstücke — English Horn and piano April 2008
  • Prokofiev—The Montagues and the Capulets — Oboe and piano April 2008

Life

Composer and pianist David Plylar recently completed his PhD in music composition at the Eastman School of Music, where his primary mentor is Robert Morris. David holds an M.M. in music composition and theory from the University of Louisville, and a B.A. in music composition from Duke University. His other principal teachers have included Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, David Liptak, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Steve Rouse and Stephen Jaffe.

Some recent awards and scholarships include a Raymond N. Ball Dissertation Year Fellowship(2007-8), the Belle S. Gitelman Composition Award (2007), a Hanson Institute for American Music Commission (2006), the Howard Hanson Orchestral Prize (2005), a Composer’s Assistant Program grant from the American Music Center (2005), participation in the Minnesota Orchestra Reading Sessions (2004), an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award (2003), and the Grawemeyer Fellowship (University of Louisville, 2001-3). David was also a finalist in the 2007-8 Rome Prize competition. David’s compositions include works for piano, voice, chamber orchestra, orchestra, various chamber ensembles, and many transcriptions of his own music and the music of others. He is currently working on a large-scale piece for piano and orchestra.

As a performer, David has enjoyed playing a wide variety of music, from works by Ligeti and Boulez to the music of Liszt and his contemporaries. David recently completed a five-city recital tour with oboist Alison Lowell as part of their new music ensemble, Out of Context. David has also performed extensively with the Rochester-based new music ensemble Ossia (a group which he led as president during the 2006-2007 season), presenting numerous world-premiere performances, and was a soloist in the North American premiere of Beat Furrer’s Nuun. In 2007, he performed the Daniel Variations by Steve Reich at the June in Buffalo Contemporary Music Festival. David has also served as the pianist in residence for Ossia at the Primer Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea de Michoacán (in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico), coaching piano and composition students in addition to premiering several student works.

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