University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Robert Muczynski Music Collection, 1952-1997



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Muczynski, Robert, 1929-2010
Title: Muczynski, Robert, music collection
Dates: 1952-1997
Abstract: The Robert Muczynski Music Collection, 1952-1997, is comprised of compositions, musical scores, photographs, correspondence, scrapbooks, concert and recital programs, press clippings, and biography materials, as well as reel to reels, compact discs, LPs, and audiocassettes, representing the composer’s career.
Accession No.: 97-084; 97-141; 98-153; 99-129; 2000-41; 2000-83; 2001-191; 2005-208
OCLC No.: 38010790
Extent: 6 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical/Historical Note

Born March 19, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois, Robert Muczynski received formal musical training at DePaul University, where he studied piano with Walter Knupfer and composition with Alexander Tcherepnin. His work has been performed in the major cities of the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia. His Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 1982, while his Second Piano Sonata was unanimously voted Best Contemporary Composition at the Fifth International Piano Competition in Sydney, Australia, in 1992. The composer also composed the scores for films created by Harry Atwood. Muczynski passed away in 2010.


Scope and Contents

The Robert Muczynski Music Collection, 1952-1997, is comprised of compositions, musical scores, photographs, correspondence, scrapbooks, concert and recital programs, press clippings, and biography materials, as well as reel to reels, compact discs, LPs, and audiocassettes, representing the composer’s career.

Included are orchestral, chamber, and solo piano compositions, including manuscript orchestral scores and copies of every published work (G. Schirmer, Inc., Theodoro Presser Company). This collection also contains the scores and soundtrack recordings of nine documentary films, including Yankee Painter: the Work of Winslow Homer, and Cajititlan, as well as tape recordings of selected concert performances.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Portions of this collection may not be copied, exhibited or published without permission of the donor.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Muczynski, Robert, 1929-2010.
Subjects
Composers -- United States.
Piano music.

Related Material

See also the Harry Atwood Film Collection


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Robert Muczynski Music Collection, 1952-1997, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Archives Staff.

Subsequent revisions were made by Amanda Reyes, August 2016.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2.325/D22d Musical scores:
Symphony No. 1, 1953
Galena: A Town, Suite for Orchestra Opus 10, 1957-1958
Dance Movements, Opus 17, 1962:
Piano Score
Chamber Orchestra
Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra or Wind Ensemble, Opus 41 (Piano reduction score)
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2.325/D22e Symphonic Dialogues for Orchestra, Opus 20, 1965
A Serenade for Summer, Opus 38, 1967
Symphonic Memoir, Suite for Orchestra, Opus 39 (formerly Cavalcade), 1978
Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra, Opus 41; full score and piano reduction, 1981
Third Piano Sonata, Opus 35, 1973-1974
Second Piano Trio, Opus 36, 1975
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2.325/D22f Duos for Flute and Clarinet, 1991
Duos for Flute, 1973
Trumpet Trio, 1959
Three Designs for Timpani, 1960
Sonata for Cello and Piano, Opus 25, 1968
Gallery, Suite for Unaccompanied Cello, 1966
Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano, 1970
Quintet for Winds, 1988
Fanfare for Brass and Percussion Ensemble, 1961
I Never Saw a Moor, for SATB Chorus, 1967
Voyage, Seven Pieces for Brass Trio, 1970
Impromptus for Solo Tuba, 1972
Fragments for Woodwind Trio, 1958
First Piano Sonata, Opus 9, 1955-1957
Second Piano Sonata, Opus 22, 1965-1966
Third Piano Sonata, Opus 35, 1973-1974
Fantasy Trio for Clarinet, Violoncello and Piano, 1969
Trio for Violin, Viola and Violoncello, Opus 31, 1971-1972
First Piano Trio, 1966-1967
Second Piano Trio, Violin, Violoncello and Piano, Opus 36, 1975
Third Piano Trio, Opus 46, 1987
Sonata for Flute and Piano, Opus 14, 1960-1961
Time Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Opus 43, 1983
Moments for Flute and Piano, Opus 47, 1992
Charade for Orchestra, Opus 28, 1970-1971
Fuzzette, the Tarantula, 1962
Dovetail Overture for Orchestra, Opus 12, 1959-1960
Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 7, 1954
Six Preludes for Piano, Opus 6, 1953-1954
Suite for Piano, Opus 13, 1960
Toccata, Opus 15, 1961-1962
A Summer Journal for Piano, Opus 19, 1961-1962
Fables: Nine Pieces for the Young for Piano, Opus 21, 1965
Diversions: Nine Pieces for Students, Opus 23, 1967
Seven for Piano Solo, Opus 30, 1970-1971
Maverick Pieces for Pianos, Piano 37, 1977
Masks, Opus 40, 1980
Dream Cycle for Piano, Opus 44, 1983
Desperate Measures (Paganini Variations) for Piano, Opus 48, 1994
Collected Piano Pieces, 1972
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2.325/D22d Music for films:
The Great Unfenced, 1962-1963
Charles Burchfield, for Unaccompanied Cello, 1966
American Painting, The Realists, 1964
Yankee Painter, the Work of Winslow Homer, 1963
The Clowns Never Laugh, 1967
Cajititlan, 1965
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2.325/D22e Terra Sancta; A Film of Israel, 1967
Bellota, 1969
Journey Through Eden, 1974
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2M339 Autobiography
Biographical notes
Early career, 1950-1962
Later career, 1963-1995
Curriculum vitae, 1976-1986
Correspondence:
July 31, 1963-November 11, 1965
September 3, 1997-March 9, 1998
Regarding the Alexandra Hawley failed flute recording, July 1, 1996-November 16, 1997
Scrapbooks:
Photocopies of photographs, 1952-1997
Photocopies of press clippings, reviews, concert programs, letters, 1952-1998
The Piano Sonatas of Robert Muczynski, Valerie Clare Cisler, Ph.D dissertation, 1993
The Piano Music of Robert Muczynski: A Performance-tape and Study of his Original Works for Piano Solo, John Allen Hawkins, Ph.D. dissertation, 1980
Personal and miscellaneous, 1963-1970
Bits of humor
Drawings and poems, 1993-1998
Magazine articles, 1965-1995
Newspaper clippings
Symphony programs:
The University of Arizona College of Fine Arts, School of Music, 1967-1978
The Kennedy Center, The Lincoln Center, Chicago Symphony, The National Symphony, 1948-1993
Various programs, 1954-1993
Catalogue of works by Robert Muczynski, 1989
Fanfare Magazine Review
CD recordings: program notes, 1997-1998
LP recordings: program notes, 1963-1984
Sample excerpts from scores and publications, 1965-1996
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2.325/R55 Audiocassettes:
Muczynski on CD: 1989-1994:
Side A: Piano Concerto/Serenade for Summer (Slovenian RS Orchestra), Suite Opus 13 (J. Johnson, PFT.)
Side B: Sax Sonata (Dale Underwood)
Muczynski on CD: 1996:
Side A: Sonata for Cello and Piano, Opus 25, 1968, Carter Enyeart, Cello; Adam Wodnicki, Piano
Side B: Time Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Opus 43, 1984, Charles West, Clarinet; Susan Grace, Piano
Muczynski Orchestral Music I:
Side A: Piano Concerto, Opus 7, Louisville Orchestra, Whitney, conductor, 1955; Dovetail Overture, Opus 12, Oakland Symphony Orchestra, Gerhard Samuel conductor, 1960; Dance Movements, Opus 17, National Symphony Orchestra, March 1965
Side B: Dance Movements, Opus 17, Arizona Chamber Orchestra, May 1976; Charade, Opus 28, UA Symphony Orchestra, October 1971; Charade, Opus 28, NW Orchestra, April 1977; Serenade for Summer, Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, September 1989
Muczynski Orchestral Music II:
Side A: Symphonic Dialogues, Opus 20, National Symphony Orchestra, November 1965; Serenade for Summer, Opus 38, Arizona Chamber Orchestra, September 1978
Side B: Symphonic Memoir, Opus 39, UA Symphony, March 1981
Muczynski Film Scores I:
Side A: The Great Unfenced, University of Arizona Orchestra, 1963; Yankee Painter, 1963
Side B: Cajititlan, University of Arizona Symphony Orchestra, 1965; American Realists, UA Faculty Quintet, 1965; The Clowns Never Laugh, UA Faculty Quartet, 1967
Muczynski Film Scores II:
Side A: Bellota, Chamber Ensemble, 1969; Terra Sancta, UA Symphony Orchestra, 1968
Side B: Journey Through Eden, Chamber Ensemble from UA, 1974; Charles Burchfield, Wallace Rushkin, cello, 1966
Muczynski Plays Muczynski, Volume I:
Side A: Third Sonata, Opus 35, 1974; Six Preludes, Opus 6, 1953
Side B: First Sonata, Opus 9, 1956; 12 Maverick Pieces, Opus 37, 1977; Toccata, Opus 15, May 1962
Muczynski Plays Muczynski, Volume II:
Side A: Second Sonata, Opus 22, 1966; Summer Journal, Opus 19, 1964
Side B: Seven for Piano, Opus 22, 1971; Masks, Opus 40, 1980; Suite, Opus 13, 1960 (recorded 1982)
Lurie and Baker Play Muczynski: 20th Century Clarinet Trios:
Side A: Time Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Opus 43; Six Duos for Flute and Clarinet, Opus 34
Side B: Sonata for Flute and Piano, Opus 14, 1961; Three Preludes for Unaccompanied Flute, Opus 18, 1983
Muczynski: Fantasy Trio, Opus 26, recorded 1983
Richard Faith Performs the Muczynski Piano Sonatas
Side A: First Piano Sonata, Opus 9, December 5, 1977; Third Piano Sonata, Opus 35, December 1, 1975
Side B: Second Piano Sonata, Opus 22, March 15, 1970
The Three Piano Trios, The String Trio:
Side A First Piano Trio, Opus 24, April 5, 1968; Second Piano Trio, Opus 36, Western Arts Trio, 1977; Second Piano Trio, Rachmaninoff Trio, March 20, 1984
Side B: Third Piano Trio, Opus 46, Tecumseh Trio, August 18, 1996; String Trio, Opus 31, Bowling Green String Trio, December 9, 1977
Muczynski:
Side A: Concerto for Alto Saxophone, July 1995
Side B: Desperate Measures for Piano Solo, August 1994; Sax Concerto; Desperate Measures for Piano
Sax Concerto, Washington D. C. Chamber Orchestra February 19, 1993:
Concerto for Alto Sax and Chamber Orchestra, Opus 41; First Night's Performance, Washington D. C.
Sax Concerto, Washington D. C. Chamber Orchestra, February 20, 1993:
Concerto for Alto Sax and Chamber Orchestra, Opus 41; Second Night's Performance, Washington D. C.
Miscellaneous Works and Performances:
Side A: Fuzzette the Tarantula; American Songs; Ravel: Mother Goose Suite
Side B: Fragments for Flute, Clarinet and Bassoon, January 1995; Movements for Woodwind Quintet; Movements, Stanford Quintet, 1995; Duos, Opus 34, January 1992; I Never Saw A Moor, February 1985
Moments for Flute and Piano:
Moments for Flute and Piano, Opus 47, August 30, 1992
Muczynski Performs Brahms, Poulenc and Tcherepnin:
Side A: Brahms: Sonata for Cello and Piano, Opus 99, November 1968
Side B: Poulenc: Sextour for Piano and Winds, March 1969; Tcherepnin: Piano Trio, Opus 34, November 1969
Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano, Opus 19:
Side A: Movements I and II
Side B: Movements III and IV
Bob's Blackouts, with Bob and Friends:
Side A: "Picking Berries," 1977 "Death of A Merchant," July 1967; "Blackouts of 1971," June 1971; "Two Stravinskys," March-April 1963; "Nate Rogerstein," June 1963; "Blackouts of 1972," June 1972; "Blackouts of 1974," June 1974; "Paderewski," February 1968
Side B: "Dr. Schmetkowski," June 1973; "Dr. Schmetkowski," September 1973; "Igor in Heaven," June 1973; "Corn was Green," 1975; "Camille," February 1967; "Tex Ritter," February 1967; "A Tisket, A Tasket," July 1975; "Dr. Schmetkowski," June 1977
Interviews with Bruce Duffie, March 1989 and Leonid Hambro,
Side A: Bruce Duffie, WNIB-FM, Chicago, March 19, 1989
Side B: Leonid Hambro, Studio City, California, March 15, 1983
Interviews and lecture/performances, 1964, 1977, 1982, 1984, 1985:
Side A: James Reed, KUAT-FM, Tucson, December 1984; Lecture at All-Muczynski Concert, Washington State University, October 28, 1982
Side B: Philip Ramey, WKCR-FM, New York City, December 6, 1964; Lurie and Ridenour discuss Time Pieces, WFCR, Boston, November 1985; Muczynski introduces Western Arts Trio in performances of Second Piano Trio performance, March 8, 1977
Interviews with Ed Kupperstein, October 1979 and Jack Gray, December 1985:
Side A: Ed Kupperstein, KUAT-FM, Tucson, October 22, 1979
Side B: Jack Gray, KONC-FM, Phoenix, December 1985
Flute Sonata, Opus 14, Swanson/Muczynski, February 27, 1971
Muczynski excerpts:
Side A: Fantasy Trio, Op. 26 (from Trios for Cello, Piano and Clarinet, The Roger Drinkall-Dian Baker Duo, with Charles West, 1998)
Side B: Quintet for Woodwinds, Op. 45 from Dahl/Fine/Heiden/Muczynski/Bartow/Pentaura, 1997); Sonata for Alto Sax and Piano, Op. 29 (from Saxophone Vocalise, Eugene Rousseau, 1995)
Dubs from compact discs:
Complete Works for Flute, Muczynski, A. Hawley, and Stanford Woodwind Quintet; Symphonic Dialogues, for Orchestra, Paul Freeman, conductor; Czech National Symphony, Prague
“Fantasy Trio,” L. Bloom, clarinet; Rosen, cello; Welsh, piano, from concert performance
Muczynski: 1st Piano Trio, Op. 24, Pacific Trio, recorded live, Heidelberg, Germany, May 19, 1999
Robert Muczynski Composer-Pianist, in Recital, disc 1, copy of master tape:
Side A: Six Preludes, Opus 6; First Piano Sonata, Opus 9; Suite for Piano,Opus 13; Sonata for Flute and Piano, Opus 14; Toccata, Opus 15
Side B: A Summer Journal, Opus 19; Second Piano Sonata, Opus 22
Robert Muczynski Composer-Pianist, in Recital, disc 2, copy of master tape:
Side A: Seven, Opus 30; Duos for Flute and Clarinet, Opus 34; Third Piano Sonata, Opus 335; Twelve Maverick Pieces, Opus 37
Side B: Masks, Opus 40; Time Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Opus 43; Desperate Measures, Opus 48
11th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Toccata by Robert Muczynski, Oksana Mikhailov, pianist, May 2001
Videocassette (VHS: Robert Muczynski television interview and performance of Sax Concerto, March 1983
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2.325/R53 Compact discs:
Piano and Clarinet, Susan Grace, Charles West, 1996
Twentieth Century Flute Concerti, Jennifer Stinton, 1991
Flute Visions of the Twentieth Century, Anna Garzuly, Dorian Keilhack, 1996
American Flute Works, Laurel Ann Maurer, Joanne Pearce Martin, 1995
Alexa Still Flute, 1993
Classic Pastiche, Dale W. Underwood, 1991
Saxophone Vocalise, Eugene Rousseau, 1995
Dimitri Kabalevsky/Robert Muczynski, James Johnson, Slovenian Radio Symphony Orchestra, 1991
The Essential Northwind Quintet, 1992
Dzubay/Muczynski/Shostakovich, Carter Enyeart, Adam Wodnicki, 1996
Dahl/Fine/Heiden/Muczynski/Bartow/Pentaura, 1997
Trios for Cello, Piano and Clarinet, The Roger Drinkall-Dian Baker Duo, with Charles West, 1998
Complete Works for Flute, Muczynski, A. Hawley, and Stanford Woodwind Quintet; Marco Polo Records (European distribution), 1998
Complete Works for Flute, Muczynski, A. Hawley, and Stanford Woodwind Quintet; Naxos Records (American distribution), 1998
“Moments” for Flute and Piano, Three Preludes for Solo Flute, Teresa Beaman, flute; J. Maldonado, piano, Laurel Records, 1998
Sonata for Sax and Piano, Kenneth Tse, saxophone, Crystal Records, 1998
“Symphonic Dialogues” for Orchestra, Paul Freeman, conductor; Czech National Symphony, Prague, Albany Records, 1999
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2.325/R56 Music of Robert Muczynski: Five Film Scores, 2000
Music of Robert Muczynski: Two Orchestral Works, Two Film Scores, 2000
Spontaneous Lines: Twentieth Century American Music for Clarinet and Piano, Nathan Williams, clarinet; Audrey Andrist, piano, Albany Records, 1999
Robert Muczynski: Composer-Pianist in Recital, Volume 1, 1953-1966, Laurel Records, 2000
Robert Muczynski: Composer-Pianist in Recital, Volume 2, 1970-1994, Laurel Records, 2000
Mitchell Lurie Clarinet and his Composer Colleagues: Halsey Stevens, Frederick Lesemann, Robert Muczynski, Crystal Records, 2000
Buried Treasure: Chamber Music Palm Beach, Klavier Music Productions, 2000
Robert Muczynski, Balázs Szunyogh, Chamber Music, Trio D’Echo, Hungaroton Records, Ltd., 2000
Robert Muczynski, Piano Concerto / Flute Sonata and Rachmaninoff, Cello Sonata, recorded in Tucson, AZ on Nov. 25, 1968
Robert Muczynski, Chamber Music, Centaur Records, Inc., 2003
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2.325/R53 Reel-to-reel phonotapes:
The Great Unfenced, four-track stereophonic, 15 ips, original
Cajititlan, two-track stereophonic, 15 ips, master
Yankee Painter, full-track monaural, 15 ips, master
Bellota, two-track stereophonic, 15 ips, original
Terra Sancta, two-track stereophonic, 15 ips, original
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2.325/R54 Phonograph recordings (LPs):
The University of Arizona Orchestra
Robert Muczynski: Music for Three Films, Cajititlan, Terra Sancta, Charles Burchfield
Robert Muczynski: Suite from the Great Unfenced, Suite from the Yankee Painter
Music Library 7104: Robert Muczynski, Maurice Ravel
Music Library 6998: Robert Muczynski
Louisville Orchestra First Edition Recordings
Muczynski plays Muczynski, 1980
Muczynski plays Muczynski, volume 2, 1983
20th Century Clarinet Trios Performed by the Mülfeld Trio, 1983
Mitchell Lurie and Julius Baker play Robert Muczynski, 1984
Arizona Chamber Orchestra, 1979
The Western Arts Trio, volume 2, 1977
Robert Muczynski: Second Piano Sonata, Op. 22; Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano, Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 14; Fantasy Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 26
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3S125.2 Photographs:
Robert Muczynski:
In Tucson, Arizona:
May 1962
April 1969 [Ezzo's Photography, 765 West Limberlost, Tucson, Arizona 85705]
Circa 1976 [credit must read Joan Rennick]
1979
1984
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2.325/R54 Record Albums:
The University of Arizona Orchestra, Henry Johnson conducting:
Elegie, Opus 24, Gabriel Faure
Variations Symphoniques, Opus 23, Leon Boellmann
Charade, Robert Muczynski
Elegy, Richard Faith
Prelude to Tragedy, Robert McBride
Music for Three Films, Robert Muczynski
Cajititlan
Terra Sancta
Charles Burchfield
Suite from The Great Unfenced, Suite from Yankee Painter
Robert Muczynski, Fuzzette, the Tarantula; Maurice Ravel, Mother Goose Suite; Robert Muczynski, American Songs
Robert Muczynski; Suite, Opus 13, Sonata for Flute and Piano, Opus 14, Toccata, Opus 15, Six Preludes, Opus 6, Sonata No. 1, Opus 9
The Louisville Orchestra:
Juan Orrego-Sala, Serenata Concertante, Opus 42
Harold Shapero, Credo for Orchestra
Robert Muczynski, Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra
Muczynski plays Muczynski, solo piano works performed by the artist, Volume 2, 1983
Muczynski plays Muczynski, solo piano works performed by the artist, 1980
20th century Clarinet Trios, performed by the Muhlfeld Trio, 1983
Mitchell Lurie and Julius Baker play Robert Muczynski, 1984
The Arizona Chamber Orchestra, Robert Hull, conductor, 1979:
Robert Muczynski; Dance Movements and A Serenade for Summer
Ernest Bloch; Four Episodes for Chamber Orchestra
Paul Creston; Two Choric Dances
The Western Arts Trio, volume 2:
Works by David Baker, Robert Muczynski, Malcolm Williamson, 1977
Chamber Music by Robert Muczynski