Works List

ORCHESTRAL

Solar Flare (2014) for orchestra
Commissioned by the Idyllwild Arts Academy
Instrumentation: 2220 2200 3perc pf strings
Premiere: May 3, 2014, Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra, conducted by Peter Askim
Duration: 13′

Water Colors (2009) for orchestra
Instrumentation: 3333 4331 timp 3perc hp pf strings
Premiere: May 10, 2010, American Composers Orchestra, conducted by George Manahan
Duration: 9′

The Yellow Wind (2005) for narrator, soloists and orchestra with texts by David Grossman, Shaul Tchernichovsky, Natan Alterman, Natan Yonatan and Mahmoud Darwish
Commissioned by the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra
Instrumentation: 2 female vocalists, ney solo, narrator; 2222 4221 5perc (2 ethnic perc) hp pf strings
Premiere: May 15, 2005, conducted by Paul Lustig Dunkel
Duration: 45′
Critical praise:
Click here to read related article in the New York Times

Cliff (2005) concerto for string quintet and orchestra
Commissioned by the Penn State University Orchestra
Instrumentation: 2vns solo, vla solo, vc solo, cb solo; 3333 4331 timp 3perc hp pf strings
Premiere: Dec 6, 2005, Penn State University Philharmonia, conducted by Gerardo Edelstein
Duration: 13′

Gloss III (2004) for narrator and orchestra (for children concert)
Commissioned by the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra
Instrumentation: narrator; 2222 2211 2perc pf strings
Premiere: April 20, 2004, conducted by Paul Lustig Dunkel
Duration: 14′

Gloss II (2003) for narrator and orchestra (for children concert)
Commissioned by the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra
Instrumentation: narrator; 2222 2200 1perc strings
Premiere: April 16, 2003, conducted by Paul Lustig Dunkel
Duration: 10′

Gloss I (2002) for narrator and orchestra (for children concert)
Commissioned by the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra
Premiere: April 17, 2002, conducted by Paul Lustig Dunkel
Duration: 7′

An orchestral arrangement for La Muerte Del Angel by Astor Piazzolla (2001)
Commissioned by the Penn’s Wood Festival
Premiere: June, 1999, Penn’s Wood’s Festival Orchestra, conducted by Gerardo Edelstein
Duration: 7′

Altitude for orchestra (2000)
Commissioned by the Richmond Symphony Orchestra
Instrumentation: 2222 2210 timp 3perc hp pf strings
Premiere: February 17, 2000, conducted by Gerardo Edelstein
Duration: 29′
Critical praise: “The piece is uncompromising but arresting.” — James Jerrit, The Richmond Times

SOLO WITH ENSEMBLE/ORCHESTRA

The Yellow Wind (2005) for narrator, soloists and orchestra with texts by David Grossman, Shaul Tchernichovsky, Natan Alterman, Natan Yonatan and Mahmoud Darwish
Commissioned by the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra
Instrumentation: 2 female vocalists, ney solo, narrator; 2222 4221 5perc (2 ethnic perc) hp pf strings
Premiere: May 15, 2005, conducted by Paul Lustig Dunkel
Duration: 45′
Critical praise: Click here to read related article in the New York Times

Cliff (2005) concerto for string quintet and orchestra
Commissioned by the Penn State University Philharmonia
Instrumentation: 2vn solo, vla solo, vc solo, cb solo; 3333 4331 timp 3perc hp pf strings
Premiere: Dec 6, 2005, Penn State University Philharmonia, conducted by Gerardo Edelstein
Duration: 14′

Gloss III (2004) for narrator and orchestra (for children concert)
Commissioned by the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra
Instrumentation: narrator; 2222 2211 2perc pf strings
Premiere: April 20, 2004, conducted by Paul Dunkel
Duration: 14′

Gloss II (2003) for narrator and orchestra
Commissioned by the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra
Instrumentation: narrator; 2222 2200 1perc strings
Premiere: April 16, 2003, conducted by Paul Lustig Dunkel
Duration: 10′

Gloss I (2002) for narrator and orchestra
Commissioned by the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra
Premiere: Premiere: April 17, 2002, conducted by Paul Lustig Dunkel
Duration: 7′

Darkness and Beauty (2001)—a mini opera for soprano, two alto and ensemble
Instrumentation: three female voices (soprano and two alto), flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, percussion, piano, 2vns, viola, cello and bass
Premiere (partially): MATA Festival, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, conducted by Lorraine Vaillancourt
Duration: 15′

CHAMBER

Farewell Letters To The Beloved One (2014) for soprano and string quartet
Commissioned by the Colorado String Quartet
Instrumentation: soprano and string quartet
Premiere: February 28, 2013, Lucy Shelton (soprano) and the Colorado String Quartet
Duration: 30′

Shout (2012) for clarinet and marimba
Commissioned by Richard Stoltzman and Mika Yoshida Stoltzman
Instrumentation: clarinet and marimba
Premiere: Richard Stoltzman (clarinet) and Mika Yoshida Stoltzman (marimba)
Duration: 11′

Argaman (2010) for piano trio
Commissioned by the Salt Bay Chamber Music Festival
Instrumentation: violin, cello and piano
Premiere: Salt Bay Chamber Music Festival – Sheryl Staples (viloin), Wilhelmina Smith (cello) Benjamin Hochman (piano)
Duration: 12′

Tzafuf Bazug (2009)—a song cycle for soprano and piano quartet with text by David Grossman
Commissioned by the Salt Bay Chamber Music Festival
Instrumentation: soprano, violin, viola, cello and piano
Premiere: August 18, 2009, Salt Bay Chamber Music Festival – Lucy Shelton (soprano), Jennifer Koh (violin), Hsin Yun Huang (viola), Wilhelmina Smith (cello), Benjamin Hochman (piano)
Duration: 30′

Falling Leaves (2008)—music for the silent black and white film (1912) by Alice Guy Blache
Commissioned by the New York Whitney Museum
Premiered by Erin Keffe (violin), Whilhelmina Smith (cello) and Pedja Muzijevic (piano)
Duration: 15′
Critical praise: “…For Tamar Muskal, that would have been a half-measure: of all composers, she went furthest to reach Blache’s turf, providing gracefully melodic, neo-romantic scores for the sentimental “Falling Leaves” (1912) and “Roads Lead Home” (1913).” — Allan Kozin, The NY Times

Roads Lead Home (2008)—music for the silent black and white film (1912) by Alice Guy Blache
Commissioned by the New York Whitney Museum
Premiered by Erin Keffe (violin), Whilhelmina Smith (cello) and Pedja Muzijevic (piano)
Duration: 15′
Critical praise: “…For Tamar Muskal, that would have been a half-measure: of all composers, she went furthest to reach Blache’s turf, providing gracefully melodic, neo-romantic scores for the sentimental “Falling Leaves” (1912) and “Roads Lead Home” (1913).” — Allan Kozin, The NY Times

Mar De Leche for cello, our and two ethnic percussionists
Commissioned by Maya Beiser and Carnegie Hall
Instrumentation: cello, our and two ethnic percussionists
Premiere: June 22, 2008, Maya Beiser (cello), Bassam Saba (oud) and Jamey Haddad and Shane Shanahan (percussion)
Duration: 15′
Critical praise: “Mar De Leche, by the Israeli composer Tamar Muskal, opened with a recording of Etty Ben-Zaken singing a yearning Sephardic song in Ladino; the instrumentalists followed with soulful, playful and flamboyant variations.” — Steve Smith, The NY Times

Mirrors (2007)—a multimedia piece for ensemble, live camera and digital/interactive videos by Daniel Rozin
Commissioned by the Eighth Blackbird Ensemble
Instrumentation: Flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion and piano
Premiere: October 23, 2007, Eighth Blackbird Ensemble
Duration: 20′
Critical praise: “The ripples and shimmers that filled Muskal’s post-minimalist score were as evanescent as swirling, digitized visual—dissolving into on another with kaleidoscopic beauty. Mirrors is high-tech music theater at its most inventive and fascinating.” — John Von Rhein, The Chicago Tribune

Mechanofin (2006) for flute and piano
Commissioned by Paul Dunkel
Instrumentation: flute and piano
Premiere: Paul Dunkel and Peter Basquin
Duration: 16′

Dmamah (2001) for flute, cello and piano
Commissioned by Music From Copland House Ensemble
Instrumentation: flute, cello and piano
Premiere: December 19, 2001, Paul Dunkel (flute), Wilhelmina Smith (flute) and Michael Boriskin (piano)
Duration: 13′
Critical praise: “One of the fresher voices on Wednesday was Tamar Muskal and ‘Dmamah’ for three instruments… ‘Dmamah’ has color and life.” — Bernard Holland, NY Times

Darkness and Beauty (2001)—a mini opera for soprano, two alto and ensemble
Instrumentation: three female voices (soprano and two alto), flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, percussion, piano, 2 violins, viola, cello and bass
Premiere (partially): MATA Festival, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, conducted by Lorraine Vaillancourt
Duration: 15′

Six Reviews From Zagat (2000)
Instrumentation: mixed vocal ensemble and piano
Premiere: May, 2000, Brooklyn Collage
Duration: 6′

In Pairs (1999) for percussion quartet
Commissioned by Ethos Percussion Group
Instrumentation: Percussion Quartet
Premiere: March, 2000 Ethos Percussion Group, Carnegie Hall
Duration: 16′

Sounds From Jerusalem (1998) for one piano/four hands
Commissioned by Einat Fabrikant and Noam Greenberg
Instrumentation: One piano and four hands
Premiere: May, 1998, Einat Fabrikant and Noam Greenberg

Countdown (1997) for clarinet, viola and piano
Commissioned by Amos Boazson
Instrumentation: clarinet, viola and piano
Premiere: June, 1998, Meghan Stoops (clarinet), Daniel Panner (viola) and Lisa Moore (piano)
Duration: 14′

Harold And The Purple Crayon (1997) for ensemble and animation film
Commissioned by the Norfolk Music Festival
Instrumentation: flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, piano and animation film
Premiere: August, 1997 by Eighth Blackbird Ensemble
Duration: 12′

String Quartet No. 2 (1997)
Instrumentation: amplified string quartet, mixer and four loudspeakers
Duration: 10′

String Quartet No. 1 (1997)
Instrumentation: string quartet
Duration: 18′
Premiere: May 1997, by Yale School of Music students

Phases Of The Moon (1996) for ensemble
Instrumentation: flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, trumpet, trombone violin, cello and bass
Premiere: by Yale School of Music students
Duration: 9′

SOLOS

Frederic Variations (2014) for piano solo
Commissioned by the 92Y
Premiere: March 10, by Benjamin Hochaman
Duration: 17′
Critical praise: “As I listened to the pianist Benjamin Hochman’s sensitive, exciting renditions of four contemporary works that explore the form of theme and variation (including one premiere), I kept thinking that classical music doesn’t get better than this…” — Anthony Tommasini, NY Times
Frederic Variations is mentioned in an article written by Anthony Tommasini, NY Times:
“On one special night, the exciting, inquisitive pianist Benjamin Hochman played a bold program of contemporary theme-and-variations pieces. There were daunting works by Oliver Knussen and Berio, a premiere by Tamar Muskal and, to end, Frederic Rzewski.

Fur Elisa (2011) for piano solo
Commissioned by Lisa Moore
Premiere: Aprill 22, by Lisa Moore
Duration: 7′
Critical praise: “…the music bubbled in tranquil lines and spurted in brash gestures, slipping fitfully among harmonic centers like a var of soap sliding through wet fingers.” — Steve Smith, NY Times

Plays Well With Self (2007) for piano solo and four body sensors
Commissioned by the Music With A View concerts series
Premiere: May, 2007 by Anthony De Mare
Duration: 12′

Mourning (1990)
Instrumentation: viola solo
Premiere: 1990, by Amos Boazson
Duration: 7′

VOCAL

The Yellow Wind (2005) for narrator, soloists and orchestra with texts by David Grossman, Shaul Tchernichovsky, Natan Alterman, Natan Yonatan and Mahmoud Darwish
Commissioned by the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra
Instrumentation: 2 female vocalists, ney solo, narrator; 2222 4221 5perc (2 ethnic perc) hp pf strings
Premiere: May 15, 2005, conducted by Paul Dunkel
Duration: 45′
Critical praise: Click here to read related article in the New York Times

Farewell Letters To The Beloved One (2014) for soprano and string quartet
Commissioned by the Colorado String Quartet
Instrumentation: soprano and string quartet
Premiere: Premiere: February 28, 2013, Lucy Shelton (soprano) and the Colorado String Quartet
Duration: 30′

Tzafuf Bazug (2009)—a song cycle for soprano and piano quartet with text by David Grossman
Commissioned by the Salt Bay Chamber Music Festival
Instrumentation: soprano, violin, viola, cello and piano
Premiere: August, 2009, Salt Bay Chamber Music Festival – Lucy Shelton (soprano), Jennifer Koh (violin), Hsin Yun Huang (viola), Wilhelmina Smith (cello), Benjamin Hochman (piano)
Duration: 30′

Darkness and Beauty (2001)—a mini opera for soprano, two alto and ensemble
Instrumentation: three female voices (soprano and two alto), flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, percussion, piano, 2vns, viola, cello and bass
Premiere (partially): MATA Festival, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, conducted by Lorraine Vaillancourt
Duration: 15′

Six Reviews From Zagat (2000)
Instrumentation: mixed vocal ensemble and piano< Premiere: 2000, Brooklyn Collage Duration: 6'

MUSIC FOR FILMS AND THEATER

Color Of Eyes (2015)—a documentary film about finding the cure for blindness. Directed by Dean Thompson, narrated by Robert Redford

A Wonderful Flat Thing (2012)—a play for children. Directed by Basmat Hazan. Premiered at the New York 14Y

The Last Harvest (2010)—a documentary film about an American family from New Jersey who lost its farm. Directed by Ron Halper.

Angels In America (1999) by Tony Kushner—Cincinnati University—commissioned and performed by the Eighth Blackbird Ensemble.

Harold And The Purple Crayon (1997)
Commissioned by the Norfolk Music Festival
Instrumentation: flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, piano and animation film
Premiere: August, 1997 by Eighth Blackbird Ensemble
Duration: 12′

The Seven Beggars (1997)—directed by Geula Atar. Premiered at La Mama Theater, New York

Trojan Women (1997)—premiered at Yale University

Christabel (1997)—premiered at Yale University

The Labor Of Life (1995)—by Hanoch Levin. Directed by Geula Atar, premiered at La Mama Theater, New York

Falling Leaves (2008)–music for the silent black and white film (1912) by Alice Guy Blache.
Commissioned by the New York Whitney Museum.
Premiered by Erin Keffe (violin), Whilhelmina Smith (cello) and Pedja Muzijevic (piano)
Duration: 15′
Critical praise: “…For Tamar Muskal, that would have been a half-measure: of all composers, she went furthest to reach Blache’s turf, providing gracefully melodic, neo-romantic scores for the sentimental ‘Falling Leaves’ (1912) and ‘Roads Lead Home’ (1913).” – Allan Kozin, The NY Times

Roads Lead Home (2008)–music for the silent black and white film (1912) by Alice Guy Blache.
Commissioned by the New York Whitney Museum
Premiered by Erin Keffe (violin), Whilhelmina Smith (cello) and Pedja Muzijevic (piano)
Duration: 15′
Critical praise: “…For Tamar Muskal, that would have been a half-measure: of all composers, she went furthest to reach Blache’s turf, providing gracefully melodic, neo-romantic scores for the sentimental ‘Falling Leaves’ (1912) and ‘Roads Lead Home’ (1913).” – Allan Kozin, The NY Times

Ericsson Mobile Phone (1995)—a four minutes music for the four minutes commercial film about Ericsson mobile phone