Zykan, Otto M.

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Zykan, Otto M.

Zykan, Otto M., Austrian composer; b. Vienna, April 29, 1935. He received training in piano and composition (with Schiske) at the Vienna Academy of Music. In 1965 he founded the “Salonkonzerte” in Vienna, and appeared as a pianist in many contemporary scores. He also worked in contemporary music theater circles. From 1975 he devoted most of his time to film projects, for which he composed, wrote screen plays, and directed.


dramatic: Sings Nähmaschine ist die beste, theater piece (1966); Schön der Reihe nach, ballet (1966); Lehrstück am Beispiel Schönbergs, music theater-action (1974); Kunst kommt von Gönnen, opera (1980); Auszählreim, opera (1986; rev. 1987); Wahr ist, dass der Tiger frisst, choral opera (1994); Mesmer, film music (1994). ORCH.: Piano Concerto (1958); Kurze Anweisung (1969); Symphonie der heilen Welt, scenic concerto (1977);Ausgesucht Freundliches, concerto for 2 Soloists, Chorus, and Orch. (1979); Cello Concerto (1982). CHAMBER: Cello Sonata (1958); 4 string quartets (1958, n.d., 1990, 1990); Kryptomnemie for Winds, Percussion, and Piano (1963); 6 Chansons, die keine sind for Piano (1965); Kammermusik for 12 Instruments (1965); 4 Nachtstück for Piano (1968); Miles Smiles, chamber music (1970); Trio for Solo Violin (1977). VOCAL: Inscene for 1 to 5 Voices (1967); Rondo: Alles ist Musik was nicht Gymnastik ist for Speaker and Tape (1971); Die Orgel der Barbarei for 4 Singers, Soloist, and Tuba (1984); Engels Engel for 3 Vocalists or Chorus and Tape (1988).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire