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 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 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) 8:00 1 1 0 0 – 1 1 1 1; 2Perc. Str. Duo Concertante 16:00 Solo Vln., Solo Vla.; 1 1 1 1 – 2 1 0 0; Str. Heidi: A Symphonic Narrative (Part I) 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 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 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 5:00 Narrator; Str. The Roaring Mountain 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 25:00 mimes (2); cl.,bn.; hn.; vn.(2), va., vc., cb.(doub. perc.) Snow Queen Orchestra The Snow Queen 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 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) Contrabass The Headless Horseman of Sleepy HollowConcerto for String Quartet and Orchestra 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 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 Woodwind Quintet Bye-Bye 10:00 fl.(narrator); pno.(narrator) Bye-Bye!For Flute and Piano 10:00 fl. (narrator), pno. (narrator) Dire Expectations 18:00 fl.(2), b.cl., bsn., cbsn.; vln.(2), vla., vcl., cb. The Draperies 10:00 2Vln. Vla. Vcl. Cb.; photographic slides Eeyore Has A Birthday 23:00 Viola, ContaBass, Piano Fanfare for Annie O 15:00 Narrator (opt.); hn.(3), tpt.(3), tbn., tba.(2); perc.(2) Fundevogel full score, String quartet Greetings From 1984 Vln. (narrator), pno. (narrator) Homage to Bruckner Mixed Ensemble Hyde and Jekyll: Chapter 1 15:00 fl., ob., cl., bsn.; hn.; perc.(2); vln.(2), vla., vcl., cb.; photographic slides Hyde and Jekyll: Chapter 2 14:00 fl., ob., cl., bsn., hn.; perc.(2); vln.(2), vla., vcl., cb.; photographic slides Iowa full score, fl., trb., cb., perc. Lady Chatterly’s DreamFor Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass Piano Quintet The Quilting Frolic 5:00 Narrator; 2Vln. Vla. Vcl. Cb. RapunzelFor Narrator, Oboe, String Trio and Piano performance set, full score (for Piano), full score (for narrator), Oboe, Violin, Viola, Cello Rapunzel 35:00 narr.; ob.; vln., vla., vcl., pno. A Trio: A Dog, A Lad Part I full score, vln., cl., pno. Wager At The Eldorado Saloon Violin, contraBass or violonCello, Piano Contrabass with Chamber Ensemble The Fearsome Fate 10:00 Solo contrabass (with sprechtspiele); cb.(5); photographic slides. The Fearsome Fate 10:00 Solo contrabass (with sprechtspiele); vln.(2), vla., vcl.; photographic slides Lucy and The Count score and parts The Ugly Duckling: Part II 10:00 Solo soprano voice (narrator); solo contrabass; vln.(2), vla., vcl. Solo Contrabass The Adventures Of Sherlock HolmesThe Hound Of The Baskervilles ContraBass Audition Contrabass Unaccompanied B B Wolf-Solo Bassist With Narrator ContraBass Concerto for Contrabass and Orchestra (“Jack and the Beanstalk”)(short and long version) 12:00 or 022:00 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 solo ContaBass (with harmonica, melodica & fool percussion) – Playing Score A Flatlander in Colorado 13:00 Solo contrabass (dbl. harmonica, melodica and foot perc.) Lucy and the Count. Love Dreams from Transylvania 17:00 Solo contrabass; vln.(2), vla., vcl. Moody Melody solo contraBass Readings From SteppenwolfFor Solo Basist/ Narrator (One Person) solo contraBass (narrator) Sad Waltz solo contraBass (doubling on harmonica and foot percussion) Surrealist Studies solo ContraBass Surrealist Studies 6:00 Solo contrabass; photographic slides (opt.) Ugly DucklingPart 2 The Wonderful World Of LanguageFor Contrabass/Narrator (Or Any String Instrument) solo contraBass (narrator) (or any other String instrument) Solo Instrumental Bye ByeFlute Solo Masters Of Our Day Piano Metaphor solo Cello (narrator) Shiver Me Timbers Vocal Music Daphne Finds True Love 14:00 Solo soprano voice; fl.(t.sax.); tbn., perc.; vln., vcl., cb. The Fearsome Fate (Original version) 10:00 Solo soprano voice (with noisemakers); org.(or pno.), pno.; cb.; photographic slides, pre-recorded tape Owl In Love 30:00 Solo soprano voice; fl.; vln.(2), vla., vcl., cb. The Passion of Scrooge (A Christmas Carol) 49:00 Solo baritone voice (narrator); 1(dbl. Picc.) 0 1(dbl.B.Cl.) 0 – 1 0 0 0; Perc. Hp. Str.(220.127.116.11.1) Sin City solo high voice, pno. True Intimate Confessions solo high voice, pno. Ugly DucklingPart 1
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