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Alcalay, Luna

Gliederungen (1970)
for seven wind instruments
Fl. Ob. Kl. Fg. Hr. Tr. Ps.
material on request
Duration: 12’
MOD 1850 // Partitur

New Point of View (1972)
for orchestra
2. 2. 1. Bkl. 1. / 1. 2. 1. 0. / Hf. 3 Schlzg (Cel. Glsp. Xyl. Vib). / Str.
material on request
Duration: 18’
MOD 1701 // Partitur

Platitudes en occasion
For twelve vocalists, string quartet and two percussionists
12 St. / 0. 0.0. 0. / 0. 0. 0. 0. / 2 Schlzg. / 1. 1. 1. 1. 1.
Duration: 12’
MOD 1683 // Partitur / Chor-P. / Sti.

Signals (1964)
for chamber orchestra
1. 2 (Eh). 2 (Bkl). 2 (Kfg). / 1. 1. 1. 0. / Hf. Cel. Vib. Xyl. 2 Schlzg. / 1. 1. 1. 1. 1.
Duration: 10’
MOD 1430 // Partitur / Sti.

Triple Fusion (1964)
for piano
Duration: 10-12’
Duration: variabel
MOD 1429 // Partitur

Umwertungen (Revaluations) (1971)
for piano trio
Klav. Vl. Vc.
Duration: 15-18’
Duration: variabel
MOD 1770 // Partitur

Una strofa di Dante (1967)
in tre disposizione e un epilogo
for mixed choir and orchestra
Chor SATB / 4 (2 Picc). 4 (Eh). 5 (Bkl). 4 (Kfg). / 4. 4. 4. 1. / 4 Schlzg. / Str.
Duration: 18’
MOD 1398 // Partitur / Chor-P. / Sti.
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Alcalay, Luna


Drei statische Gebilde (1964)
for seven instrumentalists
MOD 1591
Numérotage actionne (1965)
Suite from ballet for chamber orchestra
MOD 1428

Allgemeine Erklärung der Menschenrechte
for speaker, mixed choir and string instruments
MOD 1865
Night Club Pieces (1968)
for six instrumentalists
MOD 1489
Identifications (1970)
Tutti-Passages for string orchestra
MOD 1742

Trio (1971)
for flute, oboe, clarinet with drums
MOD 1769
Organisationen (1972)
for ensemble in four groups
MOD 1682

In memoriam Ossip Mandelstam (1973)
for speaker (or audio tape) and big orchestra
MOD 1696
Drei Serenaden (1973)
Obsession - Fiction – Aversion
for chamber ensemble
MOD 1684

En circuit (1990)
Der alte Friedhof in Prag
for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra
MOD 2266

Luna Alcalay was born in Zagreb in 1928. After her family moved to Vienna she studied piano and composition there at the Conservatoire, from 1951. After successfully completing her studies in 1958, she gained a scholarship to spend a year at the Austrian Cultural Institute in Rome. For many decades she was an active pedagogue: from 1963 to 1995 she taught piano at the Universität für Musik in Vienna.

Luna Alcalay ranks among the leading Austrian composers of the second half of the 20th century. She registered international successes early on, also being the recipient of numerous prizes. In 1963 and 1964 she gained awards at the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music, as well in the international competition of the Gaudeamus Foundation in the Netherlands. In 1973 came many selections and awards in the competition of the International Society for Contemporary Music in Italy, and in the same year she also won first prize in the Landesstudio Steiermark composition competition, as well as the Music Prize of her home town of Vienna in 1973 and 1992.

Her compositional beginnings lay in serialism, and this, following stimuli from the Darmstadt Summer Courses in the 60s, and Bruno Maderna, led to her finding a system of her own. In the 70s she began to engage with multi-media forms of expression.  In 1994 she formulated things like this: “Initially caught up in the serial style; successive individualising moves, towards a personal system, preference for a signifying communicative language; ultimately one should mention a non-conformist attitude to music and tradition as very important factors in the working method.” This critical approach was expressed in her openness to various styles such as jazz, but above all in her commitment to humanity and deep emotionalism.

This commitment also found expression in her choice of topics. In 1968, on commission from the Austrian Music Council, she composed a “UNO-Cantata”, setting the text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1985 she wrote the opera “Jan Palach”, whose subject matter is the self-immolation of the twenty-year-old student in Prague’s Wenceslas Square on January 16th 1969, as a protest against the suppression of the Prague Spring.

On October 9th 2012 Luna Alcalay died in Vienna, just short of her 84th birthday