Igor Shcherbakov 60th Birthday Season

Igor Shcherbakov

Composer Igor Shcherbakov

In honor of Igor Shcherbakov’s 60th birthday season 2015-16 starting last November, Ukraine has been celebrating the iconic composer with concerts of his music across the country. Shcherbakov is regarded as a leading international and Eastern European composer, teacher, and public figure. Currently he is the President of National Composers Union of Ukraine and teaches composition at the prestigious Ukrainian National Academy of Music. His growing catalog of works published exclusively by Lauren Keiser Music Publishing include:

Concerto for Flute, Percussion and Strings
Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Strings
Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Strings
L’abbraccio del Crocifisso for Harp
Penitential Verse: Chamber Symphony No. 1 for Violin and Strings
Piano Gesang
Tango Misterioso for Piano Trio
Warum: Chamber Symphony No. 5 for Strings

Browse Shcherbakov’s publications at Hal Leonard or write to Lauren Keiser Music for more information.

Shcherbakov Flute Concerto – New Edition Score

x071075 Shcherbakov Flute ConcertoIgor Shcherbaokov’s Concerto for Flute and Chamber Orchestra is among the composer’s most poignant and beloved works. Written in memory of fellow composer Oleg Kyva, the piece has enjoyed recent performances in Switzerland, Poland, and Shcherbakov’s home country of Ukraine. This new edition score is completely reformatted and engraved under the editorial guidance of the composer, now available through Hal Leonard, HL00117674.  Performance parts available on rental.

Igor Shcherbakov is regarded as a leading international and Eastern European composer, teacher, and public figure. Currently he is the President of National Composers Union of Ukraine and teaches composition at the prestigious Ukrainian National Academy of Music. As a composer his works have spanned nearly every genre and have been embraced both at home and abroad, with extensive performances spanning the Eurasian continent and North America.  Shcherbakov was among the first of a generation of Soviet-Era composers who began to challenge totalitarian censorship in the latter 20th century and his original voice continues to captivate audiences.

Igor Shcherbakov works preview

Shcherbakov photo 1Since 2012, we’ve been proud to represent the works of Ukrainian composer Igor Shcherbakov. Recent and upcoming publications include:

Concerto for Flute, Percussion and Strings (new ed. 2014) 22′

A haunting work written in memory of fellow composer Oleg Kyva.

L’abbraccio del Crocifisso (2011) 13′ Harp solo

Thirteen-minute work for solo harp was inspired by a painting by Rossana Pressato. The title translates literally to “The Embrace of the Crucified”.

Piano Gesang (2006) 10′ solo Piano

Premiered in Switzerland by pianist Yozhef Ormeny in 2008. This ten-minute work displays vivid tone  painting and a whimsical, quasi-improvisational style from one of Ukraine’s most prominent composers of contemporary music.

Tango Misterioso (2011) 8′

Conceived originally as a work for piano and string orchestra, this version of Tango Misterioso for piano trio captures the textural and rhythmic interplay in an effective chamber ensemble configuration.

Write to Lauren Keiser Music Publishing for more information.

Igor Shcherbakov Spring 2014 update

Shcherbakov photo 2His Third Piano Concerto was given its world premiere in Kiev last month.  Commissioned by the Polish Cultural Ministry, it will also be performed in Krakow and Warsaw later this spring. Shcherbakov’s popular Flute Concerto will be performed in Krakow (Poland), at the  Festival of Modern Music (June, 8). On June, 10th in Krakow his  Diptych “LiebesTod” will be performed. Last November, the piece was performed 2 times in Buenos-Aires (Argentina) and last month at the Moscow Philharmonic. For more information on Igor Shcherbakov’s music contact Lauren Keiser Music Publishing.

LKMP Welcomes Igor Shcherbakov

Shcherbakov photo 2Igor Shcherbakov’s importance as both a leading international and Eastern European musical voice is manifest by the positions and honors he has held. Included among these are Professor of the Ukrainian National Academy of Music, President of Kiev Composers Union, President of National Composers Union of Ukraine, organizer and musical director of the festival International Youth Music Forum, and musical director of the Kiev International New Music Festival. He was awarded with Taras Shevchenko National Award of Ukraine for his major creative contribution into the modern musical culture and a Vedel Kiev Art Award as well as the Deserved Figure of Arts of Ukraine.

Outside Ukraine, performances of his compositions have been given in Germany, Switzerland, Poland, France, Canada, Italy, Slovakia, the USA, Hungary, Belarus, Russia and Uzbekistan and Poland where his two Piano Concerti we recently performed. Igor Shcherbakov belongs to the generation of modern Eastern European composers, whose creativity and spiritual orientation have generated the public image of   music in the old Soviet Union of the late 20th – early 21st centuries. He was among the first Soviet composers who in the last quarter of the 20th century turned his attention to spiritual matters that were prohibited for a long time in the totalitarian society.

Shcherbakov concert pic Mar 2013Recent Performances

May 9: Flute Concerto – Campus Orchester Luzern, Switzerland, conducted by Michael Koeck

March 14: All-Shcherbakov Concert
National Academy of Music Ukraine
Igor Andrievskaya, conductor

  • Concerto for Flute, Percussion and Strings. Sergei Wilkie, flute
  • Warum: Chamber Symphony No. 5 for Strings
  • Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Strings. Maria Alexandrova, piano
  • Penitential Verse: Chamber Symphony No. 1 for Violin and Strings. Orestes Smovzh, violin

For complete works list, perusal materials or USA premiere opportunities write to Lauren Keiser Music Publishing.

New Contemporary Releases

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Coyote Scatters the Stars (2012) 7′
Violin, Piano (optional speaker)
Commissioned by the Museum of Mathematics in New York for its grand opening gala benefit, the music is  based on a Native American story. The violin portrays Coyote and the piano represents everything else,  especially the stars themselves. It is recommended that the story which is included with the music be told to  the audience before the work is performed to enhance the enjoyment and comprehension of the piece.

Do You Dream in Color? (2009) 20′
Mezzo-Soprano Solo: 1.1+EH.1.1: 2.1.0.0: Mba.Vib.Hp: Str
This is the original orchestration by Adolphe of his setting for voice and piano of a poem by blind Mezzo- Soprano Laurie Rubin. The work is both a personal memoir and a celebration of the human spirit.

Fra(nz)g-mentation (2010) 6′ String Quartet In celebration of their 20th anniversary, the Brentano String Quartet commissioned a group of composers to  complement incomplete works by Dufay, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, and Shostakovich. Fra(nz)g- mentation is based on Franz Schubert’s unfinished Andante from his 12th string quartet.

Composer Peng-Peng GongPENG-PENG GONG

Chamber Tone Poems, Book 2: Quartet for Strings (2011) 9′
String Quartet
This second of Peng-Peng Gong’s Chamber Tone Poems is a 9-minute ballade that unifies the structural  intensity of the classical era, but with ethnomusical approach that spans from the most luscious lyricism to  the wildest dances.

Symphony No. 3: Eines Helden Träne (A Hero’s Tear) (2012) 32′
2+Picc.2+EH.2+EbCl.2+Cbsn: 4.3.3.1: Timp.Perc(5).Hp: Str(16.14.12.10.8 recommended)
The Third Symphony is scored for full orchestra, constructed in four movements strictly following the High  Classical and Romantic traditions, with a tragic and expansive overture (Adagio lamentoso & Allegro marziale),  a symphonic nocturne (Andante molto expressivo), a light and quick scherzo (Presto), and a vibrant rondo- finale (Molto allegro). The “Hero” in the subtitle does not represent any human figure, but to art itself and its  failing social status. The music is grand and highly emotional, containing rich folk elements that strive to  prove the unity between an ethnical spirit and the meaning of selfhood.

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Audistis Quia Dictum Est: Motet for 4 Mixed Choirs (16 Voices) (2011) 4′
4 SATB a capella choirs with rehearsal piano part.
Audidistis quia dictum est was commissioned by The New York Virtuoso Singers, Harold Rosenbaum, music  director, in celebration of their 25th anniversary season (2012-13). It is an a capella setting of one of the  most challenging and controversial passages in the New Testament, wherein Jesus says that we ought to  respond to violence with non-violence. Includes piano part for rehearsal.

Composer David SchiffDAVID SCHIFF

Fanfare for (5) Reed(s) for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon “Fanfare for Reed” (2012) 2′
Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Bassoon
Commissioned by Chamber Music Northwest in honor of Reed College’s Centennial celebration, with the support  of Paul L. King.

Composer David StockDAVID STOCK

Adonai mi Sinai (2008) 5′
Cantor, SATB Chorus, Piano
Text in Hebrew and English, based on Deuteronomy. Commissioned by the Women of Temple Sinai.

On Eastern Time (2012) 6′
Violin Solo
Pentatonic modality is combined with serial and Asian traditional music performance techniques to create a virtuosic meditation for solo violin.

Composer Reza ValiREZA VALI

Geryan: Calligraphy No. 12 (2012) 9′
String Quartet
Written for the Carpe Diem Quartet, Geryan is a string quartet in one movement, dedicated to the memory of the composer’s mother, Heshmat Alishâhi-Vali.

Khojasteh: Calligraphy No. 10 (2010) 9′
Violin, Cello
Khojasteh (Calligraphy No. 10) was written for and dedicated to Cyrus Forough. The musical material of the  work is entirely derived from Persian traditional music. The tuning, rhythm, form, as well as polyphonic  constructions (such as imitation, inversion, retrogradation) relate to the Persian modal system, the Dástgâh,  particularly the  mode of Návâ (pronounced nahVaa), one of the oldest modes of the Persian system.


Shcherbakov photo 2IGOR SHCHERBAKOV

Concerto for Flute, Percussion and Strings (2008) 22′
Flute Solo: Perc(2): Str
In memory Oleg Kyva.

Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Strings (1997) 17′
Dedicated to Yozhef Ormeny.

Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Strings (2006) 17′
Piano Solo: 2.2.2.2: 4.3.3.1: Timp.Perc(2).Hp: Str
In memory Dmitry Shostakovich.

Penitential Verse: Chamber Symphony No. 1 for Violin and Strings (1989) 12′
Dedicated to Anna Shcherbakova.

Warum: Chamber Symphony No. 5 for Strings (2002) 10′
Dedicated to Valerii Matiukhin.

March 2013 Performances

March 2013
2          Claude Baker – Shadows: Four Dirge – Nocturnes for Orchestra
            California State University Fresno – Thomas Loewenheim, Conductor
2          Steven Gerber – Two Lyric Pieces for Solo Violin and String Orchestra
            National Philharmonic Orchestra – World Premiere, Elena Urioste, Violin; Piotr Gajewski, Conductor
3          Bruce Adolphe – Tyrannosaurus Sue: A Cretaceous Concerto
            Metropolitana Ensemble, Portugal – European Premiere, Cesario Costa, conductor
4          Eric Ewazen – Concerto No. 1 for Trumpet
            Chattanooga Youth Symphony – John Burton, trumpet; Gary Wilkes, conductor
4          Eric Ewazen – Concerto for Bassoon and Wind Orchestra
            University of Massachusetts Lowell – Matthew Heggie, Bassoon; David Martins, Conductor
5          Bernhard Heiden – Diversion
            Albia High School – Nancy Grady, Conductor
7          Stephen Hartke – Tituli
            Southern Methodist University – Matt Albert, conductor
7          Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson – Sinfonietta No. 2: Generations
Susquehanna University – 9 perf tour. Jennifer Sacher Wiley, Conductor
8          Bruce Adolphe – Tough Turkey in the Big City
            Honeybutter Chamber Orchestra at Cincinnati CCM – Benjamin Clymer, bass trombone
8          W Francis McBeth – Symphony No. 3, Op. 27
            Arkansas Symphony Orchestra – Philip Mann, Conductor
9          Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Concerto for Trombone
            Frederick Symphony – John McCahey, trombone; Elisa Koehler, conductor
9          George Walker – Lyric for Strings
Kalamazoo College – Andrew Koehler, Conductor
10        Bruce Adolphe – Tyrannosaurus Sue: A Cretaceous Concerto
            Figueroa Music and Arts Project – Guillermo Figueroa, Conductor
10        Francois Borne – Carmen Fantasy (band)
            Bowling Green Area Community Band – Kim Kucharski, Soloist; Thomas Headley, Conductor
14        Jules Demersseman – Carnival of Venice for Alto Saxophone and Band
            University of West Georgia – 4 perf. Michael Turner, saxophone; Josh Byrd, conductor
14        Igor Shcherbakov – Concerto for Flute, Percussion and Strings
            National Academy of Music Ukraine Tchaikovsky – Sergei Wilkie, flute; Igor Andrievskaya,
14        Igor Shcherbakov – Warum: Chamber Symphony No. 5 for Strings
            National Academy of Music Ukraine Tchaikovsky – Igor Andrievskaya, conductor
14        Igor Shcherbakov – Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Strings
            National Academy of Music Ukraine Tchaikovsky – Maria Alexandrova, piano; Igor Andrievskaya,
14        Igor Shcherbakov – Penitential Verse: Chamber Symphony No. 1 for Violin and Strings
            National Academy of Music Ukraine Tchaikovsky – Orestes Smovzh, violin; Igor Andrievskaya,
15        Ricardo Lorenz – El Muro: The Wall
            Northwestern University – Timothy Roblee, Conductor
18        Eric Ewazen – Concerto No. 1 for Trombone and Orchestra
            Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra – Joseph Archer, trombone; Robert Bernhardt, conductor
19        Don Freund – Five Elizabethan Dances from “Romeo and Juliet”
            Louisville Male Symphonic Band – 2 perf. Nan Moore, Conductor
19        Don Freund – Jug Blues and Fat Pickin’
Kennesaw State University – Peter Witte, Guest Conductor
24        Eric Ewazen – Ballade for Bass or Tenor Trombone, Harp and String Orchestra
            University of Michigan – Matthew Karatsu, Trombone