Moss, Piotr

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Moss, Piotr

Moss, Piotr, Polish composer; b. Bydgoszcz, May 13, 1949. He studied composition with Piotr Perkowski at the State Higher School of Music in Warsaw (graduated, 1972), and with Nadia Boulanger in Paris (1976–77), where he settled in 1981. In 1978 he won 1st prize in the Weber Composers7 Competition in Dresden, and in 1981 1st prize in the International Composers7 Competition in Barcelona.


dramatic: opera:Karla (1996); Les Ailes de Jean-Pierre (1997). orch.:Charon, sym. (1973); Cello Concerto (1975); Music in 3 Pieces for Harpsichord and 3 Instrumental Groups (1975); Sinfonia (1978); Concerto for Harpsichord and 2 String Orchs. (1980); Incontri (1982); Silence (1982); Symphonie concertante for Flute, Piano, and Orch. (1985); Hymne (1985); Musique élégiaque for Bassoon and Strings (1986; also for Bassoon and String Quintet); Elegia No. 2 for Cello and Strings (1987; Warsaw, May 11, 1998); Stylisations II for Horn and Strings (1987); Angst und Form, concerto for Alto Saxophone, Orch., and Soprano Obbligato (1988); Veillée for Oboe and Strings (1988); D’un silence..., clarinet concerto (1989); Espressioni varianti, concerto for Harp, 2 Flutes, 2 Percussion, and 2 String Orchs. (1990; Fresnes, April 19, 1991); Mélancolies d’automne for Alto Saxophone and Strings (1991); Novella (1991); Intrada (1993); Capriccio for Piano and Strings (1994; Warsaw, May 15, 1997); Adagio II for Organ and Strings (1996); Fantaisie for Cello and Strings (1996); Concerto-Rhapsodie for Trombone and Orch. (1996); Fresque (1998). chamber:Tre istanti for Harp (1972); Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano (1974); Dialogi for Violin and Piano (1977); Quartet for 4 Cellos (1978); Trois pensées...for Clarinet and Chamber Ensemble (1978; Siena, Aug. 1979); Sonata for Solo Cello (1981; Paris, June 30,1983); Chants d’antan for Flute and Piano (Stroud, Oct. 6, 1982); Petites histoires for Bassoon (1982); Sonata for String Quartet (1982; Krakow, Dec. 15, 1884); Nostalgies I for Clarinet and 2 String Quartets (1983); Musique en trois mouvements for Cello and Chamber Ensemble (Versailles, Nov. 17,1983); Cinque intermezzi for 2 Violins (1983); Musique concertante for Piano and 4 Instruments (1983; Fresnes, April 27,1984); Concertino for 2 Violins, 2 String Quartets, and Double Bass (1984); Nuits...for String Quartet (1984); Stances, trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano (1984–85); Solo II for Cello (1985) and IV for Alto Saxophone (1992); Musique élégiaque for Bassoon and String Quintet (1986; also for Bassoon and String Orch.); Form III for 2 Bass Clarinets (1986), V for Flute, Cello, and Piano (1987), and XI for 2 Alto Saxophones (1995); ElegiaNo. 1Alexandre Tansman in memoriam for 2 Cellos (1986; Paris, Feb. 5, 1987); Maillons for Harpsichord and String Quartet (1987); Maximun und Reflexionen for Piano and String Quintet (1988); Métaphores for Alto Saxophone and Piano (1989); Alto Saxophone Sonata (1990); Quartettsatz for Piano and String Trio (1990); Récit for Cello (1991); Ragtime II for 8 Cellos (1992); Duos for 2 Violins (1994). vocal:Garéé lisci wierzbowych (A Handful of Willow Leaves) for Baritone, 3 Cellos, and 3 Double Basses (1978); Salve Regina for Children’s Chorus and Organ (1981; Montserrat, May 30, 1982); Magnificat I for Children’s Chorus and Orch. (1983) and III for Soloists and Chorus (1985); Der Du bist drei in Einigkeit for Chorus and String Quintet (1984); Défets, oratorio (1987); Suenos, oratorio for Soloists, Chorus, and Orch. (1990); Pantum for Mezzo-soprano, Cello, and Piano (1992); Ugui for Reciter and Orch. (1993); De l’amour for Tenor and Orch. (1994); Gédéon, oratorio (Clermont-Ferrand, Dec. 1996).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire