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David Lesniaski

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Dr. David Lesniaski
3180 New Brighton Rd.
Arden Hills
MN
55112
United States

I live a dual life: the first is that of composer and musician, while the second is as a faculty member in the St. Catherine University graduate program in Library/Information Science. My compositions run the gamut from works for solo instruments to choral compositions to a concerto. Although I have been composing for many years, I am just beginning to post my files online. They aren't all in one place yet, but the ones in Sibelius are here, the ones in Finale are at the Finale Showcase, and still others (for the most part, PDFs of my calligraphed scores) are on my home page or website. Therefore, in addition to the organ and choral works posted here on Sibelius, check out the other sites for the compositions listed below (or just contact me directly).

Keyboard music

  • Etudes for fortepiano
  • Fortepiano sonata

Choral music

  • Come lovely and soothing death / Whitman text
  • O taste and see / Levertov text
  • Lord's Prayer / traditional text
  • Fantasy on 3 carol tunes, choir and woodwinds / traditional texts
  • Light and Splendor / Leonard Cohen-Gates of Prayer text
  • Six incidental service pieces

Chamber music

  • String trio
  • Trio for clarinet, cello and piano
  • Bassoon trio
  • String quartet
  • Piano quintet

Music for large ensembles

  • Carolan's concerto: concerto for recorder, baroque flute, and string orchestra
  • New Brighton: orchestral suite in one movement
  • Transformations for band
  • And am I born to die: requiem cantata, chorus and orchestra

Additional information:

Education: DMA, University of Arizona (studied with Robert Muczynski); MA/library science, University of Minnesota; MM, University of Kansas (studied with John Pozdro and Edward Mattila); BA, Haverford College (studied with John Davison and Harold Boatrite).

Commissions and awards

  • Fortepiano Etudes, commissioned by the Schubert Club of St. Paul
  • Trio for flute, violin, and cello, private commission
  • Fugue for organ, private commission
  • Fantasy on three carol tunes, commissioned by the Minneapolis Vocal Consort
  • Transformations, for band, written for rededication of library, St. Olaf College
  • Carolan's Concerto, commissioned by the Lyra Concert
  • Hants: divertimento for clarinet, timpani, and orchestra, commissioned by the Bucks County (PA) Symphony
  • Requiem for Sonora, commissioned by the Arizona Repertory Singers, Arizona Arts Commission, and the City of Tucson
  • Fortepiano Sonata, commissioned by the Schubert Club of St. Paul
  • Thou art just, Lord, private commission
  • Six service pieces, commissioned by the Linden Hills Congregational Church (Minneapolis)
  • String quartet, private commission
  • ASCAP/Hubbell Composition Award, Univ. of Arizona,in part for New Brighton
  • Fulbright research/lecture award, Athens, Greece