Jon Deak was born in Hammond, Indiana, on April 27, 1943. He was educated at Oberlin College, the Juilliard School of Music, the University of Illinois, and, as a Fulbright Scholar, at the Conservatorio de Santa Cecilia, in Rome. He is currently enjoying his second year as Composer-in-Residence with Colorado Symphony under the Meet the Composer Residencies Program, which includes the Colorado Children’s Chorale and Denver Public Schools. He is also Associate Principal Bassist and Creative Education Associate of the New York Philharmonic, as well as Resident Composer of the Apple Hill Chamber Players (New Hampshire) and the Grand Teton Music Festival (Wyoming). His training includes work in the visual arts, and he was active in the “performance art” movement in New York’s Soho district.
His compositions have been performed at music festivals worldwide and by such institutions as the New York Philharmonic, National, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Seattle, New Jersey, Atlanta and Colorado Symphonies, Rochester Philharmonic and major chamber groups around the country.
Recent commissions include a string quartet concerto for the Manchester Quartet performed by both the National and New Jersey Symphonies and a work for the 150th anniversary of the New York Philharmonic. His Concerto for Contrabass and Orchestra (“Jack and the Beanstalk”) was nominated for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize by the National Symphony.
Jon Deak has become particularly noted for his successes in bringing new music to young people. His interest in children is such that he now teaches a composition class in the public school that his own children attend in New York City. An avid wilderness mountaineer, he has led climbing expeditions into the Canadian Rockies, Alaska and the Himalayas. He was Chairman of the New York Philharmonic Artistic Advisory Committee, which helped select Kurt Masur as the Philharmonic’s Music Director. He also participated in Leonard Bernstein’s historic Freiheitskonzert (freedom concert), in what was then East Berlin on Christmas Day, 1989, an event which he regards as one of the musical highlights of his life.
Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation Orchestra / Chamber Orchestra Celebration and Remembrance 20195 6:00 3(Picc.) 2(dbl. E.H.) 2(dbl.B.Cl.) 2(dbl.Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Hp. Str. Colorado Variations: A Fanfare 20196 5:00 3(Picc.) 2 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Str. Condominiums on the Hot Stove!
(Home on the Range)
20199 8:00 1 1 0 0 – 1 1 1 1; 2Perc. Str. Duo Concertante 20203 16:00 Solo Vln., Solo Vla.; 1 1 1 1 – 2 1 0 0; Str. Heidi: A Symphonic Narrative (Part I) 20209 25:00 3(dbl. Picc.) 2 3(dbl.B.Cl.) 3(dbl.Cbsn.), Ten.Sax. – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 4Perc. Hp. Str.; photographic slides of text (opt.) The Legend of Spuyten Duyvil 20212 19:00 Narrator; 2(dbl. Picc.) 2 2(dbl.B.Cl.) 2(dbl.Cbsn.) – 2 2 1 0; Str.(Conductor preferably doubling as the narrator) New York, 1842: A City on Fire 20214 23:00 Narrator; 3(dbl. Picc.) 2 3(dbl.B.Cl.) 3(dbl.Cbsn.) – 2 3 3 1; Timp. 4Perc. Hp. Str. The Quilting Frolic 20218 5:00 Narrator; Str. The Roaring Mountain 20220 30:00 Narrators (3); 3(dbl. Picc.) 2 3(dbl.B.Cl.) 3(dbl.Cbsn.) – 4 2 3 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Synth. Str. The Secret Life of Musicians 20221 25:00 mimes (2); cl.,bn.; hn.; vn.(2), va., vc., cb.(doub. perc.) Snow Queen O5354 Orchestra The Snow Queen 20222 14:00 Narrator; viola obbligato, contrabass obbligato; 3(dbl. Picc.) 2 3(dbl.B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 2 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Hp. Str. Chorus and Orchestra The Broccoli Beast of Bedford Avenue 20193 23:00 Solo trumpet (narrator); child narrator; children’s chorus; 2 1 1 2 – 2 1 2 0; 3Perc. Str. Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra Concerto for Contrabass and Orchestra
(Jack and The Beanstalk)
CY2337 Contrabass The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow
Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra
20198 28:00 Solo String Quartet; Narrator; 1 1 1 1 – 2 2 1(=B.Tbn.) 0; 2Perc. Kybd.synth., Str. The Wind in the Willows: Scene 7 20225 15:00 Solo contrabass (amp.); 2(dbl. Picc.) 2 3(B.Cl.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 2 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Hp. Str. Chamber Music The Bremen Town Musicians O5353 Woodwind Quintet Bye-Bye 20194 10:00 fl.(narrator); pno.(narrator) Bye-Bye!
For Flute and Piano
CY2302 10:00 fl. (narrator), pno. (narrator) Dire Expectations 20201 18:00 fl.(2), b.cl., bsn., cbsn.; vln.(2), vla., vcl., cb. The Draperies 20202 10:00 2Vln. Vla. Vcl. Cb.; photographic slides Eeyore Has A Birthday CY2306 23:00 Viola, ContaBass, Piano Fanfare for Annie O 20204 15:00 Narrator (opt.); hn.(3), tpt.(3), tbn., tba.(2); perc.(2) Fundevogel CY2313 full score, String quartet Greetings From 1984 CY2310 Vln. (narrator), pno. (narrator) Homage to Bruckner MXE33 Mixed Ensemble Hyde and Jekyll: Chapter 1 20210 15:00 fl., ob., cl., bsn.; hn.; perc.(2); vln.(2), vla., vcl., cb.; photographic slides Hyde and Jekyll: Chapter 2 20211 14:00 fl., ob., cl., bsn., hn.; perc.(2); vln.(2), vla., vcl., cb.; photographic slides Iowa CY2314 full score, fl., trb., cb., perc. Lady Chatterly’s Dream
For Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass
CY2317 Piano Quintet The Quilting Frolic 20217 5:00 Narrator; 2Vln. Vla. Vcl. Cb. Rapunzel
For Narrator, Oboe, String Trio and Piano
CY3131 performance set, full score (for Piano), full score (for narrator), Oboe, Violin, Viola, Cello Rapunzel 20219 35:00 narr.; ob.; vln., vla., vcl., pno. A Trio: A Dog, A Lad Part I CY2316 full score, vln., cl., pno. Wager At The Eldorado Saloon CY2295 Violin, contraBass or violonCello, Piano Contrabass with Chamber Ensemble The Fearsome Fate 20206 10:00 Solo contrabass (with sprechtspiele); cb.(5); photographic slides. The Fearsome Fate 20205 10:00 Solo contrabass (with sprechtspiele); vln.(2), vla., vcl.; photographic slides Lucy and The Count FE233 score and parts The Ugly Duckling: Part II 20224 10:00 Solo soprano voice (narrator); solo contrabass; vln.(2), vla., vcl. Solo Contrabass The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes
The Hound Of The Baskervilles
CY2298 ContraBass Audition FE325 Contrabass Unaccompanied B B Wolf-Solo Bassist With Narrator B3397 ContraBass Concerto for Contrabass and Orchestra (“Jack and the Beanstalk”)
(short and long version)
20197 12:, 22:00 Solo contrabass (amp.); 3(dbl. Picc.) 2 3(dbl.B.Cl.) 3(dbl.Cbsn.) – 4 2 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Hp. Str. A Flatlander In Colorado CY2309 solo ContaBass (with harmonica, melodica & fool percussion) – Playing Score A Flatlander in Colorado 20208 13:00 Solo contrabass (dbl. harmonica, melodica and foot perc.) Lucy and the Count. Love Dreams from Transylvania 20213 17:00 Solo contrabass; vln.(2), vla., vcl. Moody Melody CY3230 solo contraBass Readings From Steppenwolf
For Solo Basist/ Narrator (One Person)
CY2322 solo contraBass (narrator) Sad Waltz CY2308 solo contraBass (doubling on harmonica and foot percussion) Surrealist Studies FE232 solo ContraBass Surrealist Studies 20223 6:00 Solo contrabass; photographic slides (opt.) Ugly Duckling
FE228 The Wonderful World Of Language
For Contrabass/Narrator (Or Any String Instrument)
CY2297 solo contraBass (narrator) (or any other String instrument) Solo Instrumental Bye Bye
FE221 Masters Of Our Day O5409 Piano Metaphor CY2339 solo Cello (narrator) Shiver Me Timbers FE236 Vocal Music Daphne Finds True Love 20200 14:00 Solo soprano voice; fl.(t.sax.); tbn., perc.; vln., vcl., cb. The Fearsome Fate
20207 10:00 Solo soprano voice (with noisemakers); org.(or pno.), pno.; cb.; photographic slides, pre-recorded tape Owl In Love 20215 30:00 Solo soprano voice; fl.; vln.(2), vla., vcl., cb. The Passion of Scrooge (A Christmas Carol) 20216 49:00 Solo baritone voice (narrator); 1(dbl. Picc.) 0 1(dbl.B.Cl.) 0 – 1 0 0 0; Perc. Hp. Str.(126.96.36.199.1) Sin City CY2324 solo high voice, pno. True Intimate Confessions CY2329 solo high voice, pno. Ugly Duckling
Celebration and Remembrance
A Symphonic Narrative (Part I)The Broccoli Beast of Bedford Avenue
for Narrator, Chorus, and OrchestraThe Passion of Scrooge (A Christmas Carol)
for Baritone and OrchestraThe Quilting Frolic
for Narrator and String Orchestra