COMPLETE LIST OF COMPOSITIONS

music and music-theatre by Zachàr Laskewicz

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My compositions are listed below in a hierarchical order starting from the most recently composed. Clicking on the descriptive icons below or the illustrative to the right will transfer you to a separate page which contains a more detailed representation.

This individual pages can include descriptiive & theoretical programme notes, photos of performances and page examples from the original score. In addition, many of these pages include flash players of music fragments and even videos of performances.

The intention is also to provide a link to PDF files of the original scores and zip-archive recordings of the works at CD quality, either of performances or the required tape parts necessary for some of the compositions.

Finally, some of the pages include videos of original performances of fragments from films in which they may have played a role.

Each of the listings begin with the reference code applied to each work for the purpose of classification and distinction, it is followed by a descriptive icon and final a text listing with in addition to the title and year of compositions includes information about how one can get hold of either scores & parts or recordings of performances. Below is a key to the individual listings below :

CODE-REF
TITLE (YEAR)
instrumentation
[1] PDF : if available, links for SCORES and PARTS (otherwise unavailable)
[2] Recording: if available, on which recording. if not, unavailable
[3] Film: if avilable, where a copy can be obtained or a weblink (otherwise unavailable).

NOTES: here can be included additional notes specific to the work

2008

0801-TMC
THE MESMERISING CYCLE (2008)
piano solo
[1] PDF :unavailable
[2] Recording: unavailable
[3] Film: unavailable

NOTES: Composition for piano solo known as 'The Mesmerising Cycle'. It is one of the SEVEN INCESSANT CYCLES for Solo Piano for which have been choreographed a set of movements associated with each piano phrase as the player moves himself around the piano to achieve the practical purpose of realising the composition. In this work, the movements are connected to the concept of hympnotism where the piano player reaches difference levels of trance with eah new level providing a new insight into the piano player's 'past'; memory, even when recalled through processes like hypnotism, is an unreliable and unthruthful mistress .


0802-ILLTHE ILLUSORY CYCLE (2008)
piano solo
[1] PDF :unavailable
[2] Recording: unavailable
[3] Film: unavailable

NOTES: Composition for piano solo known as 'The Mesmerising Cycle'. It is one of the SEVEN INCESSANT CYCLES for Solo Piano for which have been choreographed a set of movements associated with each piano phrase as the player moves himself around the piano to achieve the practical purpose of realising the composition. In this work, the movements are connected to the concept of hympnotism where the piano player reaches difference levels of trance with eah new level providing a new insight into the piano player's 'past'; memory, even when recalled through processes like hypnotism, is an unreliable and unthruthful mistress .

piano solo
[1] score (& parts): unavailable, [2] recording: available, [3] film: unavailable .

NOTES: This forms one of the 'Seven Incessant Cycles' for Solo Piano. The score is currently being prepared; recording is being made for use in a motion picture.

2007

 

0701-TPC
THE PAINSTAKING CYCLE
(2007)
piano solo
[1] score (& parts): unavailable,
[2] recording: available,
[3] film: available .


NOTES: This forms one of the 'Seven Incessant Cycles' for Solo Piano. The score is currently being prepared; recording is being made for use in a motion picture; it forms the basis for the film 'Zvotšlipas Umatšlipit' .

 

0702-TOC
THE OMINOUS CYCLE
(2007)
piano solo
[1] score (& parts): unavailable,
[2] available on the CD INCESSANT CYCLES,
[3] film: to be seen on the DVD Zvotslipas Umatslipit.


NOTES: This forms one of the 'Seven Incessant Cycles' for Solo Piano. The score is currently being prepared; recording has been used as the basis for a dramatic motion picture.

0703-TSC
THE SHARP CYCLE
(2007)
piano solo
[1] score (& parts): unavailable,
[2] available on the CD INCESSANT CYCLES,
[3] film: unavailable


NOTES: This forms one of the 'Seven Incessant Cycles' for Solo Piano which have a specific set of choreographed movements connected to the sounds and melodies produced on the piano. The score is currently being prepared; recording is being used as the basis for a dramatic motion picture.

 

0704-FRE
FRENETIC CYCLE
(2007)
piano solo
[1] score: still unavailable,
[2] recording: available on the CD INCESSANT CYCLES,
[3] film: soon to be released on a DVD format.


NOTES: This piano composition is of medium difficulty.

 

0705-TIC
THE INCESSANT CYCLE
(2007)
piano solo
[1] score: still unavailable,
[2] recording: available on the CD INCESSANT CYCLES,
[3] film: soon to be released on a DVD format.


NOTES: This piano composition is of medium difficulty.

2005

 

0501-SMS
SHARING MOONLIGHT ON SUMMER EVE
(2005)
for 3 flautists (with piccolo), oboe, piano and 3 percussionists
[1] score (& parts): available,
[2] recording: available on the CD MUSIC FOR THE EMPEROR


NOTES: This work, although initially envisaged as an interlude where the emperor glimpses for the first time outside his court into the night and can vaguely make out what appears to be a moon; this is ery melancholic and brings back half-remembered thoughts of a possible existence he could have had outside the court. There is no moon, of course; it is just a distant reflection from another side of the the building, but it sets him into action to find a solution for his predicament.

2004

 

0401-OVE
OVERTURE : Dreaming & Dancing
(2004)
for 3 flautists, oboe, 2 violins, piano, 'cello and percussion
[1] score (& parts): available,
[2] recording: available on the CD MUSIC FOR THE EMPEROR


NOTES: This work, although initially envisaged as an interlude where the emperor glimpses for the first time outside his court into the night and can vaguely make out what appears to be a moon; this is ery melancholic and brings back half-remembered thoughts of a possible existence he could have had outside the court. There is no moon, of course; it is just a distant reflection from another side of the the building, but it sets him into action to find a solution for his predicament.

 

2002

0201-ANT
ANTIPHONY
(2002)
2 flutes, alto flute and 'cello
[1] score: downloadable as pdf, parts: available from the composer or the Australian Music Centre,
[2] recording: unavailable,
[3] film: unavailable .


NOTES: This composition was premiered at a Lofthuis concert in Sint-Niklaas, 2004.

 

ANTIPHONY (200
[1] score (& parts): availa
0202-POW
THE POWER OF STEAM MACHINES-4
(2002)
3 flutes & tape
[1] score & parts: available,
[2] recording: unavailable,
[3] film: unavailable .


NOTES: Score, parts and the tape part are available via Nachtschimmen.

0203-FLE



FLEW
(2002)
3 flutes & tape
[1] score & parts: unavailable,
[2] recording: unavailable,
[3] film: unavailable.


NOTES: Score, parts and the tape part are available via and will soon be downloadable as a PDF file.

0204-RAR
RAREFACTION & REFLECTION
(2002)
flute, alto flute & tape
[1] score & parts: unavailable,
[2] recording: unavailable,
[3] film: unavailable.


NOTES: Score, parts and the tape part are still unavailable via and will soon be downloadable as a PDF file.

0205-AUF

AURAL FLUTATION
(2002)
flute & tape
[1] score & parts: unavailable,
[2] recording: unavailable,
[3] film: unavailable.


NOTES: Score, parts and the tape part are still unavailable via and will soon be downloadable as a PDF file.

0206-AUF
KANTAEKON APOLLONON
(2002)

2 flutes, alto flute, 'cello, drone & tape

[1] score & parts: unavailable,
[2] recording: unavailable,
[3] film: unavailable.


NOTES: Score, parts and the tape part are still unavailable via and will soon be downloadable as a PDF file.

2001

 

AURAL TRANSGRESSIONS (200

2000

0001-BLU
BLUE
(2004)
for 2 flutes, piano & synthesizer
[1] score (& parts): available,
[2] recording: available on the CD SOFT RAINS.
[3] film: currently in preparation.

tenor, 2 violins, 'cello & harpsichord
[1] score (& parts): available, [2] no recording, [3] unfilmed.

NOTES: Score available from Nachtschimmen .

1999

DY THURSDAY (1999)
twork
INCANTATION MUSIC (1999)
for 2 flautists, singer and drone
[1] score (& parts): available,
[2] recording: available on the CD Soft Rains.


NOTES: Score available through the composer or the Australian Music Centre.

IT WAS ALREADY THURSDAY (1999)
tape work
[1] score (& parts): unavailable,
[2] recording: available on the CD 'ABYSMAL RITES'.


NOTES: Score available through the composer or the Australian Music Centre.

 

film 'The Corrupted Endeavour.
re available from Nachtschimmen .

1998

 

Soft Rains
for tenor, flute and piano
Availability: Score available directly from the composer

9802-POW

The Power of Steam Machines-3

for flutes and tape

 

9803-ZA3
Zaum-3
for solo performer and tape
Availability: Still does not exist in the form of a score, tape, slides and instructions available from the composer.

1997

9701-ANC

Ancient Violence
3 female voices, 6 performers.
Availability: Score available directly from the composer.

 

Motional Kotekan
2 Balinese genders and a flute performer wearing Indian temple bells
Availability: Only available from the composer. Still does not exist in the form of a score (it has to be learnt from direct work with the composer which is comparable to how Balinese works are perpetuated).

9703-ZA2

Zaum-2
for solo performer and tape
Availability: Still does not exist in the form of a score, tape, slides and instructions available from the composer.

1996

MEANWHILE ON THE TOWER (1996)
solo performance

[1] score (& parts): available from the composer,
[2] recording: available from the composer,
[3] film: see 'The Corrupted Endeavour'.


NOTES: Tape and instructions available from the composer.

 

9602-MOX

2 children's music-box compositions
music-box or piano
Two older compositions reprinted together:
[1] Seraphic Lullaby
piano
[2] Spectral Lullaby
music box or piano
Availability: Available on loan from the State Library of Western Australia.

 


9603-ZU1

ZAUM-1 (1996)
for solo performer and tape
Availability: Still does not exist in the form of a score, tape, slides and instructions available from the composer.

1995

9501-PRO
Project-3
gamelan slendro.
The score is made up of seven separate parts and a full score.
Availability: Score available on loan from the State Library of Western Australia.

1994

 

9402-SPE

Spectral Lullaby
piano solo.
Availability: included in the 1996 edition 2 children's music-box compositions, which is available on loan from the State Library of Western Australia.

 

1993

 

Het Loket (an anti-opera)
2 opera singers, 2 actors, violin, clarinet, horn and double bass, percussion and tape.
Availability: Score available on loan from the State Library of Western Australia.

 

 

Zaum-1
new music-theatre for 5 performers and tape.
Based on the work of Velemir Khlebnikov
Availability: Score available on loan from the State Library of Western Australia.

 

Zaum-2
New music-theatre composition in three sections based on the work of Alexei Kruchenykh
For 5 performers and pre-recorded sound or large instrumental ensemble
Based on the work of Alexei Kruchenykh.
Availability Method: This updated edition is available on loan from the State Library of Western Australia. 

 

Zaum-3
new music-theatre for 5 performers and tape.
Based on the work of Vasily Kamensky.
Availability: Score available on loan from the State Library of Western Australia.

 

1992

Imbahl-1
2 violas, 'cello and piano.
Availability: Score available on loan from the State Library of Western Australia. Parts available from the composer.

 

TRANSMIGRATION-2 (1992)
Ritual theatre for Javanese gamelan (pelog), voice, flute, alto flute and bassoon
[1] score (& parts): available on loan through the State Library of Western Australia, the composer and the Australian Music Centre,
[2] recording: excerpts available on the CD 'IMBAHL'


NOTES: A musical journey for 7 performers in 7 stages.

9203-FLU
Flute Works
a collection of early flute pieces.
[1] An Emerald Aria, flute duet.
[2] Bizarre Acts
flute trio in two acts, Act 1 - Shards, Act 2 - Obsequies.
[3] Amphigory
flute trio.
[4] Andantino
flute duet.
[5] The Mermaid
flute duet.
Availability: Score available on loan from the State Library of Western Australia.
E-9201-FWO [complete book edition]

 

 

1991

9101-SIN

SONGS OF INCANTATION (1991)
for 8 performers and tape
[1] score (& parts): available via the composer, the Australian Music Centre & the WA State Library.
[2] recording: http://www.youtube.com/zaxander
[3] tape: available from the composer for use in a performance or also on the Night Shades CD Abysmal Rites.


NOTES: 8 performers, draped in black gowns and holding candles, pace seriously onto stage; one of the 8 stand up front as the others position their candles; with ritual tension, the cult-leader throws a handful of rice into the blackness of the performance space covered with strange items hidden beneath black sheets. The group starts chanting. And then as the chant gets quicker, and the voices polyphonic, and as instruments are revealed one by one, the masks are removed, and the 'cult-leader' becomes a conductor, we know some type of ritual has taken place. But was it music or theatre?


9102-OVE

INDIA SONG OVERTURE & PIANO BLUES (1991)
2 flutes, alto flute, 'cello, voice, synthesizer and piano
[1] score (& parts): available on loan through the State Library of Western Australia, the composer and the Australian Music Centre,
[2] recording: available on a CD recording and a sountrack.


NOTES: The themes are memory, recall, forgetting, recreation of the past and the roll the senses play in these stange experienes of time.

 


9103-CE2

CELEBRATION-2 (1991)
soprano saxophone, 2 flutes, 2 clarinets, horn, 'cello and keyboard
[1] score (& parts): available on loan through the State Library of Western Australia, [2] unavailable, [3] film: unavailable.

NOTES: This composition has as its major theme joy, and builds gradually towards the recital of a text by a solo singer who can be one of the performers or a soloist. This text involving equating the universe as sharing tea, is by Ivor Cutler.

 

9104-IND

INDIA SONG PIANO BLUES (1991)
solo piano
[1] score (& parts): available on loan through the State Library of Western Australia, the composer and the Australian music centre, [2] available on a CD recording and a sountrack, [3] and a recording of a performanc on an SVCD and a about te be re releasedon a dvd.


NOTES: The themes are memory, recall, forgetting, recreation of the past and the roll the senses play in these stange experienes of time.

 

 

9105-VOC

[cyclical] Vociphony
card game for 6, 8, or 10 players.
Score is made up of instructions and a set of cards.
Availability: Score and cards available on loan from the State Library of Western Australia.

9106-TRA
TRANSMIGRATION-1
(1991)
Ritual theatre for Javanese gamelan (pelog), voice, flute, alto flute and 'cello
[1] score (& parts): available on loan through the State Library of Western Australia, the composer and the Australian Music Centre,
[2] recording: unavailable


NOTES: A musical journey for 7 performers in 7 stages.

9107-POW
Powah
2 female voices, 3 flutes, oboe, 2 marimbas, 2 'cellos and piano
Availability: Currently no score exists for this composition, although an edition is planned for the future.

1990

9001-FGW
From a Gable Window
gothic horror tape work
Availability: Tape version stored at the State Library of Western Australia. Descriptive material also available when listening to this work.

9002-POW
The Power of Steam Machines-2
2 clarinets, soprano saxophone/flute, 2 'cellos, 2 percussionists, piano and flute.
Availability: Score and parts available on loan from the State Library of Western Australia.

 

9003-CE1
CELEBRATION-1 (1990)
Composition for a large ensemble with a text by Ivor Cutler
For oboe/voice, 2 flutes, 2 clarinets, 2 'cellos, French horn and percussion
Availability Method: Edition withdrawn, although this version is still available for perusal at the State Library of Western Australia.

 

9004-MMR

Mood movement and Reflection
flute sextet or solo flute and tape
Score consists of full score plus flute 1 as separate insert. Other flute parts are also available.
Availability: Edition superseded by new version in 1993, although this version is still available for perusal at the State Library of Western Australia.

 

9005-PRO

Project-2
gamelan pelog


9006-EXO
Exordium
concert band
Availability: Edition withdrawn, although this version is still available for perusal at the State Library of Western Australia.

 

1989

8901-DAR
DARKNESS (1989)
for 5 readers and instrumental accompaniment
Text by Lord Byron.
Score consists of instructions for performance and a deck of prepared cards, as well as instrumental parts.
Availability: Edition superseded by new version brought out in 1994, although this version is still available for perusal at the State Library of Western Australia.

8902-MER
MERMAID (1989)
Vocal duet based on poem sharing same name by Yeats
For 2 high voices
Availability Methods: 
Composition structured around a text using compositional methods that can be traced back to the work of composers of the Renaissance, i.e. the application of a strict set of rules allowing only certain intervals.
[1] D-8901-MER-1 (original vocal score)
[2] (Flute Works)

8903-TNL

The Nightmare Lake
6 vocal parts (3 male, 3 female), flute, clarinet and bassoon
Availability: Score available on loan from the State Library of Western Australia.

NIGHT SHADES (1989)
female voice, 2 flutes & piano
[1] score: available on loan through the State Library of Western Australia and the Australian Music Centre;
[2] recording: available on the CD 'Abysmal Rites' - haunting new music-theatre by Zachàr Laskewicz.


NOTES: Haunting melodies on the flutes and the wordless meanderings of the singer build to a peak of utter terror as the singer screams twice loudly and then a third time, assumedly on the moment of her death.

 

8905-TOL
The Object Lesson
word play for wind instruments and piano
Text by Edward Gorey.
Availability: Available from the Australian Music Centre to purchase and the Western Australian State Library on loan.

8905-POW
The Power of Steam Machines
3 flutes & piano
Doesn't exist in full-score form - piano accompaniment is provided separately.
Availability: Edition superseded by new version in 1993, although this version is still available for perusal at the State Library of Western Australia.

 

8907-PRO

Project-1
gamelan slendro
Availability: Score available on loan from the State Library of Western Australia.

 

8908-TWC
There Will Come Soft Rains
mixed choir, flute and piano
Availability: 

PDF downloadable via the following URL

http://www.nachtschimmen.eu/_pdf/8908_TWC.pdf.

 

 

8909-ZAN

Distant ZAN
Four part-round
for 4 mixed voices or vocal parts
Text by H. P. Lovecraft
Availability: Score available only on direct request from the composer.

 

1988

 

8801-PRI
PRIMORDIAL GENESIS
(1988)
for a large improvising ensemble, conductor & tape
[1] score, parts & tape: available on loan through the State Library of Western Australia,
[2] sound recording: unavailable
[3] film: unavailable.


NOTES: Music for the beginning of life. Tape part co-composed by Jonathan Mustard. The score consists of a timeline which is broken up by a series of cues from the conductor which initiate the development of a narrative concerning the origin of life as we know it (in the primordial pits on earth in which chemicals became cells. The performers are required to improvise on specific themes provided them on the score in the form of instructions, such as “imitate the melody being played by performer 2.”

8802-LIB
LINGERING BREEZE (1988)
Pentatonic textures for a small ensemble
For flute, viola, bassoon and wind chimes
Availability Methods: 
Simple composition using transparent almost vacant harmonies over the sound of a windchime that refers to the breeze in the title.
88

8803-SHI
SHIMMERING SOUND
(1988)
a round
[1] score: soon available as download
[2] sound recording: unavailable
[3] film: unavailable.


NOTES: This is a four-part round using the first stanza of the poem 'There Will Come Soft Rains' by the war poet Sara Teasdale. This composition was the foundation material for two other pieces, 'There Will Come Soft Rains' (1989) and 'Soft Rains' (1997).

 

 

8804-SEL
SERAPHIC LULLABY (1988)
Piano solo
For solo pianist
Availability: included in the 1996 edition 2 children's music-box compositions, which is available on from the State Library of Western Australia.


8805-AND
ANDANTINO (1988)
Duet
For a flautist and a violinist or 2 flautists
Availability Methods: a, b, c, e, h, i.
The pleasant sounding result of an early experiment into the form of classical music and its attendant harmonic textures.
[1] D-8801-AND-1 (score)
[2] E-9101-FWO (collection of flute works)

 

1987

 

BIZARRE ACTS (1989)

8701-BIZ
flute trio in 2 acts
[1] score (& parts): available via the composer, the Australian Music Centre & the WA State Library (soon to be availabe as PDF document from this website).
[2] recording: fragment on the Bizarre Acts Page (8902_BIZ)
[3] tape: available from the composer for use in a performance or also on the Night Shades CD Abysmal Rites.


NOTES: 3 flautists have the opportunity to play two contrasting compositions, one at a dynamic level, and the other the funereal. The title is obviously a joke on what one would suggest a 'bizarre act' could be (I was making that type of joke before I left high-school in my music, demonstrating my attitude towards the strict classical traditions. The scores can be obtained individually or as part of the larger volume 'flute works' in 1992 (see above).

 

8702-AMP
AMPHIGORY (1987)
Flute Trio
For 3 flautists
Availability Methods: a, b, c, e, h, i.
This work is called ‘amphigory’(something of little use or significance) because it is ‘but a trifle’ in the scheme of Laskewicz’s compositions; adopting a Rondo form, it sounds almost like an organ heaving out a happy tune.
[1] T-8701-AMP-1 (score)
[2] E-9101-FWO (collection of flute works)

 


8601-LIZ
(1986)
Flute Solo

8602-EME


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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