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Mark Schultz

- an award winning composer

   Mark Schultz, is the composer of Dragons in the Sky and over twenty other great horn pieces.  Music for unaccompanied horn, and ensembles of sixteen horns, for horn and piano, two horns and piano, horn and orchestra, horn in woodwind quintet, brass quintet, and diverse chamber ensembles.  (He also has written a lot of other music for different instruments, but this is hornplanet.com!)

SCHULTZ: bio | press quotes | horn music | contact

 


What the press is saying about Mark Schultz' music

   "...hypnotic...full of evocative imagery..." -- The Plain Dealer

   "...an extraordinary addition to the repertoire." --   The Horn Call

   "...spellbinding..." --  The Grand Rapids Press

   "...remarkable new compositions by an excitingly original young American composer, Mark Schultz." -- Sarasota Herald-Tribune

   "Mark Schultz's 'Dragons in the Sky'...is nothing less than total war..."   -- Fanfare Magazine

 

Composer Mark Schultz

     Mark Schultz was born in 1957 in Seattle, and is a freelance composer and co-editor of the music publishing company JOMAR Press in Austin, Texas.  He has received degrees in Music Composition and Theory from The University of Nebraska at Omaha and The University of Texas at Austin where he is now Professor of Composition.  Schultz is an extremely active composer and his music has been performed all over the world.

     Mark Schultz's music has been programmed consistently and frequently on national and international festivals and conferences, and major performances include the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Florida West Coast Symphony, the Omaha Symphony, and the Omaha Chamber Symphony.  Schultz is a perennial recipient of ASCAP Standard Music Awards and was awarded a grant from Arts International Fund for a performance of his music at ICMC Glasgow 1990 in Scotland.

     He was the 1992 recipient of the ASCAP Rudolf Nissim Award for The sun, split like spun glass, a setting of three poems by Marianne Moore for soprano and chamber orchestra.  He also won the 1988 Omaha Symphony Orchestra New Music Competition for his chamber orchestra work, The Temptation of Saint Anthony.   In 1990 Dragons in the Sky for horn, percussion and tape won the International Horn Society Composition Competition prize.  That piece has received over four hundred performances worldwide since its premiere by Thomas Bacon in 1989.  Schultz received a second award from International Horn Society in 1994 for Podunk Lake for amplified solo horn written for Ellen Campbell. 

     The music of Mark Schultz is recorded on Summit Records, Centaur, Hard Cor Music and Sunset Music Australia.  His latest CD - Voices from Spoon River - was released Jan. 16, 2000 by Summit Records.  It contains all of the music commissioned from Schultz by The Golden Horn.

     The Sarasota Festival, the Fontana Music Festival, the International Clarinet Association and the International Double Reed Society are among the many places where Mark Schultz has appeared as guest, composer-in-residence, or featured composer, with new works commissioned and performed for each occasion.  He has also been a guest lecturer at a number of universities.  In addition to commissions, Schultz continues to work in community outreach programs for children, with organizations such as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra ACE program and the Opus 90 chamber ensemble in Palo Alto bringing his brand of user-friendly music to the public schools and other children’s concert venues.


The Horn Music of Mark Schultz

Alligator Alley (1994)
Two Hornist/Actors and Piano
Commissioned by The Golden Horn.  Humorous narration by horn players on text describing the Florida Everglades.
 
Ashfall (1995)
Horn, Clarinet, and two Percussion
Commissioned by Robert Spring and Thomas Bacon for the premiere at the International ClarinetFest '95, Tempe AZ.
 
The Beast Tales (1997)
Two Hornist/Actors and Piano
Commissioned by The Golden Horn.  Dramatic/humorous narration of selected Aesop's fables.  Recorded by The Golden Horn on Summit DCD 243
 
But that’s not important now (1997)
Woodwind Quintet
Commissioned by the Arizona State University Woodwind Quintet for premiere at the 1998 International Double Reed Society Conference, Tempe, AZ.
 
Dark Matter(s) (1996)
Brass Quintet
Commissioned by a consortium comprising the Eastman, Iowa, New Mexico, Western and Wisconsin Brass Quintets.
 
Dragons in the Sky (1989)
Horn, Percussion and Tape
Winner of the 1990 International Horn Society Composition Competition. Has been performed over 400 times worldwide since 1989.  Recorded by Thomas Bacon on Summit DCD 135.
 

CD Best Seller!!
"Dragons in the Sky"

Thomas Bacon and 8 other hornists
Title track by Mark Schultz
More info here

 
Dragons in the Sky - orchestration (1998)
Horn, Percussion and Orchestra
Orchestration of "Dragons" commissioned by a consortium of hornists including Thomas Bacon, William Barnewitz, Jack Herrick, Kent Leslie, Jeffrey Snedeker, and Gail Williams.
 
Dragons in the Sky - wind ensemble (1999)
Horn, Percussion and Wind Ensemble
Wind Ensemble version of "Dragons" commissioned by a consortium of hornists including Thomas Bacon, William Barnewitz, Jack Herrick, Kent Leslie, Jeffrey Snedeker, and Gail Williams.
Echoes primeval (1995)    Audio Sample (709K, 1:30)
Horn Choir (8-16)
Commissioned by the Arizona State University Horn Studio (available in manuscript only).
 
Glowing Embers (1994)
Solo Horn
Commissioned by Kristen Ruby.
 
I and my Annabel Lee (1998)
Horn and Piano
Commissioned by The Golden Horn. A hauntingly beautiful piece written with young horn players in mind.  Recorded by James Graber on Summit DCD 243
 
Lights! (2003)
Solo Horn, Piano, Horn choir (4 parts)
Commissioned by Thomas Bacon.
 
The Melon Patch (1996)
Clarinet, Horn, Voice and Piano
Commissioned by the Opus 90 Ensemble.  Humorous narration on text describing the life of a coyote.
 
Over your shoulder, don't smile (1994)
Horn and Piano
Commissioned by Ellen Campbell.
 
Pillars of Fire (1994)
Horn and Orchestra
Commissioned for Thomas Bacon by the Sarasota Music Festival (includes study score and horn part).
 
Podunk Lake (1993)
Amplified Horn Solo
Commissioned by Ellen Campbell for the Fontana Festival in memoriam to Neill Sanders.  Honorable Mention in the 1993 International Horn Society Composition Competition.
 
Rainbow horned-dinosaur Anne (1998)
Soprano, 2 Horns, and Piano
Commissioned by The Golden Horn.  Humorous nonsense song about a fictitious dinosaur.  Recorded by The Golden Horn on Summit DCD 243
 
'Raptors (1998)
2 Horns and Piano
Commissioned by The Golden Horn.  A companion piece for T.Rex.  Recorded by The Golden Horn on Summit DCD 243
 
A River of Amber and Bronze (1992)  Audio Sample (712K, 1:31)
Horn Choir (16-18)
Commissioned by Summit Brass and Thomas Bacon for the Arizona State University Horn Choir (available in manuscript only).
 
Sauropods (1998)
2 Horns and Piano.
Commissioned by The Golden Horn.  A companion piece for T.Rex.  Recorded by The Golden Horn on Summit DCD 243
 
Singing out of the lips of silence (1996)
Two Horns and Piano
Commissioned by The Golden Horn for premiere at the 1996 Interlochen and Grand Tetons Music Festivals.  Recorded by The Golden Horn on Summit DCD 243.
 
T. Rex (1990)
Horn and Piano
Commissioned by Thomas Bacon. Recorded by Thomas Bacon on Summit DCD 135 and Summit DCD 243.
 
Voices from Spoon River (1993)  Audio Sample (321K, 0:41)
Two Hornist/Actors and Piano
Written for The Golden Horn.  Dramatic narration of poems by horn players adapted from Edgar Lee Masters' "Spoon River Anthology."  Recorded by The Golden Horn on Summit DCD 243.

"Voices from Spoon River"
The Golden Horn Plays the Music of Mark Schultz
More info here

For more information, vist the
Jomar Press web page:
www.jomarpress.com

Dr. Mark Schultz
JOMAR Press
1002 Wisteria Tr..
Austin, TX  78753
USA

Phone: 512-459-4972

 

 

 

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