December 6th, 2014 3:00pm

Irving Fine Centennial Concert

LIbrary of Congress - Coolrdige Auditorium
Toccata Concertante, transcribed for two pianos
Daniel Pesca and Oliver Hagen, pianists
Introduction by David Plylar

January 5th-7th, 2015

Recording Session - Inscape Chamber Orchestra
Sono Luminus
Featuring the transcriptions of David Plylar for chamber orchestra
Stravinsky: Petrushka

January 31st, 2015 12:00pm

Library of Congress - Studio

Declassified: "Mano a mano y mano a mano: Exploring the Library's Treasures for Piano Duet"
Presented by David Plylar and Stephen Yusko

February 15th, 2015 3:00pm

National Gallery of Art New Music Ensemble
World Premiere of new chamber work by David Plylar
Washington, D.C.

February 18th, 2015 6:30pm

Library of Congress - Whittall Pavillion

Pre-Concert Talk: "Humorisks and Rewards in the Music of Schumann and Brahms."

February 26th, 2015

Peabody Institute

Presentation of the music of David Pylar
Baltimore, MD

April 7th, 2015 12:00pm

Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium

Lecture: :Liszt's Historical Hungarian Portraits"
Washington, D.C.

April 17th, 2015 12:00pm

Arts Club of Washington

Presenting Romantic Transcriptions and Original Works for Oboe and Piano by David Plylar
Alison Lowell, oboe and David Plylar, piano
2017 I Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20006


November 7th, 2014 6:30pm

Library of Congress - Whittall Pavillion

Pre-Concert Lecture: "Fugal Lords: Subjectivity in Bach, Beethoven and Brahms"

October 5th, 2014 8:00pm

Masters Recital of Laura Brisson, Horn
Featuring transcriptions of David Plylar by Beethoven and Saint-Saëns/Liszt for oboe, horn and piano
University of Maryland, College Park

August 13th, 2014 6:30pm
Embassy of Japan, Washington, D.C.
The Violinists' Beloved Chopin with violinist Reiko Watanabe
Remarks by Dr. David Plylar of the Library of Congress
2520 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.    Washington, DC 20008

June 7th-10th, 2014

Recording new documentary film score

May 4th, 2014 10:00-1:00pm

LeDroit Chamber Players 
and District5
Featuring David's transcription of Liszt's Transcendental Etude No. 5 Feux follets for wind quintet
Bloomingdale Farmers Market - Season Opening
1st and R streets, NW, Washington, D.C. - FREE 

April 25th, 2014 8:00pm

District5 Presents:"District5 Transcribed"

Featuring the premiere of David's transcription:
Brahms - Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, op. 25
with Dr. Mayron Tsong, Piano 
and David's transcription of Liszt's Transcendental Etude No. 5 Feux follets for wind quintet
Gildenhorn Hall
College Park, MD  FREE

April 24th, 2014 6:15pm

Pre-Concert Talk
for Daniel Müller-Schott and Simon Trpceski
Whittall Pavilion - Library of Congress

April 6th, 2014 8:00pm

Common Tone Series Presents:
District5 - "Throw Caution to the Wind"

Featuring David's transcription of Liszt's Transcendental Etude No. 5 Feux follets for wind quintet
Bus Boys and Poets Restaurant
Hyattsville, MD  FREE

April 4th, 2014 12pm

Arts Club of Washington Presents District5
Featuring David's transcription of Liszt's Transcendental Etude No. 5 Feux follets for wind quintet
2017 I St NW, Washington, DC FREE

April, 2014
Video footage of District5 performing my transcription for wind quintet and piano
Brahms - Piano Quartet No. 1 in g minor, op. 25

March 14th, 2014 8:00pm

Solo Recital - Alison Lowell, Oboist
David Plylar: Lobotomy and Fractured Colloquy
Robert Morris: Doubles and Pairs *(written for David Plylar and Alison Lowell)
Gildenhorn Hall - Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park, MD

March 11, 2014 12:00pm

Library of Congress - Coolidge Auditorium

High Noon Lecture Series
Remembering Argos: Life and Loss in the Funeral Odes of Franz Liszt

Presented 70-minute scholarly lecture-recital on the Trois odes funèbres by Franz Liszt

March, 2014

Article accepted for publication in scholarly journal Perspectives of New Music
as part of festschrift for composer Robert Morris

December 3rd, 2013 8pm

Premiered Doubles and Pairs for oboe and piano by Robert Morris at Eastman
School of Music, written for David Plylar and Alison Lowell

December 2nd, 2013

Orchestration presentation to undergraduate composition class
Eastman School of Music - Rochester, NY

November 16th, 2013

#Declassified Series at the Library of Congress
S scholarly talk on Godowsky’s piano music based on Schubert and Chopin

November 15th, 2013

Post-concert talk with Valentina Lisitsa at the Library of Congress

October 17th, 2013

Forum for Contemporary Music Leipzig
Contributed piece for Cage Centennial Project
Miller Theater performance in New York City

June 27, 2013 10:00am

International Double Reed Society Conference

Loboe Project - Recital of American and South African Works
Alison Lowell, Oboe
Hanna Lash - Silvers
Clare Loveday - South View
David Plylar - Lobotomy
University of Redlands, California - Blackbox Theater

October 10th, 2012 - 6:15pm

Library of Congress - Whittall Pavilion
Pre-concert presentation: David Plylar of the Library presents a free lecture on
"Developing Variations: Brahms, Schoenberg, and ‘Verklärte Nacht.’"

Violinist Pamela Frank and Friends

Dvořák: Miniatures for two violins and viola, op. 75a; Schoenberg: "Verklärte Nacht," op. 4; Brahms: Sextet in B-flat major, op. 18; 
Thomas Jefferson Building at 8:00pm

Washington D.C.

New work for the Forum of Contemporary Music Leipzig -

John Cage: Party Pieces Project

Watch a trailor for this project

September 2nd, 2012 - 6pm

Chamber Music Inspired by Jealousy, War and Insanity
Classic FM Soiree

KZN Philharmonic Musicians with Conductor Lyk Temmingh

Carlo Gesualdo (1611) - trans. Plylar
Moro, Lasso, al Mio Duolo”, "Ancide sol la morte"," Beltá, poi che t'assenti",
and "Io parto, e non più dissi
Maurice Ravel - Introduction and Allegro (1905)
Luigi Dallapiccola - Piccola Musica Notturna (1954)
Frederic Rzewski - Coming Together (1972)
David Plylar - Colossus (2012)
Johannesburg, South Africa

Tuesday, July 3rd - 2012

Read the review of the premiere performance of "Colossus"
by Jeffrey Brukman, CUE Magazine Online

"Evocative and Esoterically Shaped Sounds"
National Arts Festival - Grahamstown, South Africa

July 1st and 3rd, 2012 - 9:30pm and 3pm

Chamber Music Inspired by Jealousy, War and Insanity

KZN Philharmonic Musicians with special guest speaker Nicholas Nicolaidis
Daniel Boico, Conductor

Carlo Gesualdo -Moro, Lasso, al Mio Duolo(1611)
Maurice Ravel - Introduction and Allegro (1905)
Luigi Dallapiccola - Piccola Musica Notturna (1954)
Frederic Rzewski - Coming Together (1972)
David Plylar - Colossus (2012)
Rhodes Chapel - National Arts Festival
Grahamstown, South Africa

April 15th and 22nd - 6pm
(Composer Angie Mullins)
KZN Philharmonic Orchestra Presents:
"Intimate Encounters" - Chamber Orchestra Series at the Jewish Club
Created by David Plylar and Lyk Temmingh

Program 1:
Faure -  Masques et Bergamasques
Ravel - Le Tombeau de Couperin
Shostakovich - Chamber Symphony
*Angie Mullins - Murder In the Kitchen (World Premiere - South African Composer)

Program 2:

*Malcolm Dedman - Dances Concertantes (World Premiere - South African Composer)
Bloch - Concerto Grosso No. 1 [featuring Liezl-Maret Jacobs, pianist]
Stravinsky - Pulcinella Suite
Walton - Facade No. 1

August 31st, 2011

Moshito Music Confernce and Exhibition

Guest Panel Speaker -
"Are Local Orchestras Doing Enough to Promote the Music of South African Composers?"
Sci Bono Discovery Centre
Johannesberg, South Africa

August 20th, 2011 - 8:00pm

KZNPO Gala Concert with Johan Botha (tenor)
Teatro - Montecasino

Johannesburg, South Africa

July 3rd, 2011 - 3:00pm

National Arts Festival - Grahamstown
KZN Philharmonic Orchestra - Gala Concert
Richard Cock, Conductor
Monument Theatre
Grahamstown, South Africa

April 4th, 2011 - 12:15-1:00pm

University of KwaZulu-Natal
Lunch-Hour Concert Series - Howard College Theatre
Program of Contemporary Chamber Music
Durban, South Africa 

Come hear the world-premiere of the 2005 version of my Faust Variations! Pianist Jeremy Samolesky, Assistant Professor of Piano at Auburn University, will be giving four upcoming performances:

February 16th, 2011

"The Metro Music Forum" of Birmingham
Samford University, 10am
Birmingham, AL
Plylar: Faust Variations
Liszt: Dante Sonata
Performance will include an informal lecture about the two pieces.

February 17th, 2011

University of Montevallo, 7:30pm
Montevallo, AL

February 28th, 2011

Auburn University, 7:30pm
Auburn, AL

March 6th, 2011

University of Alabama-Huntsville, 3pm
Huntsville, AL

The program for the final three performances will be:
Beethoven: Sonata No. 31 in A-flat, Op. 110
Plylar: Faust Variations
Liszt: Dante Sonata

I am very excited that Jeremy will be performing this final version of my Faust Variations, as I have always thought that pianists would enjoy playing it. The full title of the work is Fantasy-Variations on thematic material from Liszt's Faust Symphony; I plan to update the texts page of this website soon with the program notes. I am also pleased to see my piece paired with the Beethoven Op. 110 Sonata and Liszt's Dante Sonata (or rather, his Après une Lecture de Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata). Strangely enough, I was practicing both of those pieces during the period in which I composed the Faust Variations, so it seems fitting on many grounds.

March 25th, 2011 - 8:00pm

Florida State University
Dohnányi Recital Hall - Faculty/Guest Artist Series
David Leung, violin & Jeremy Samolesky, piano 
Program to include works for solo piano and violin/piano by David Plylar
Tallahassee, FL

March 30th, 2011 - 7:30pm

Auburn University
Guest Artist / Faculty Recital
David Leung, violin & Jeremy Samolesky, piano 
Program to include work for violin/piano by David Plylar

Auburn, AL

December 4th, 2010

Baroque 2000 - Newcastle, SA
Baroque Ensemble, featuring works by Lully and Vivaldi

November, 2010
In addition to my Liszt article being published in the American LIszt Society Journal last month, several projects relating to new music through the KZN Philharmonic will soon be launched, more details to come in the next few weeks!
I have been performing as one of the KZN Philharmonic's pianists and am highly anticipating our forthcoming production of Prokofiev's "Cinderella" with the Cape Town City Ballet Company.

NewMusicSA - International Society for Contemporary Music, South African Section
I have recently become a member of this active and important organization.

September, 2010
I am pleased to announce that I have taken a new position as the project coordinator for the new music initiative of the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, located in Durban, South Africa. This website will be updated soon to reflect these changes; in any case I look forward to working with the composers and musicians of South Africa in the upcoming months!

July, 2010

I have been preparing a concert transcription of Mahler's Fifth Symphony for solo piano, and am in the process of engraving it now. I am expecting to make it available in the Fall of 2010. This is not a "reduction," but rather a performable version of the piece. Although the task has been daunting at times, it is coming together well, and I hope to entice some intrepid pianists to perform it next year!

I will also be launching an online store which will make it easier to acquire my self-published scores and transcriptions. More on this soon!

July 9th, 2010

Zuzanna Szewczyk, piano
Smith Opera House
Geneva, NY
Program of solo piano music, including my Grey Mass

April 27th, 2010 ~ $5/$10
7:15pm Pre-Concert Lecture
SUNY Fredonia - Juliet J. Rosch Recital Hall 
Collaboration with Proper Glue Percussion Duo and Guests
Featuring premieres by Paul Coleman and David Plylar
Fredonia, NY
$10 General Admission, $5 Students, At the Door

April 27th, 2010 ~ 5:00-6:00pm FREE
Suny Fredonia - 1022 Nathan Hall
Contemporary Music Forum - Q&A
Collaboration with Proper Glue Percussion Duo and Guests
Fredonia, NY ~ FREE

April 27th, 2010 ~ 12:00pm
Valu Home Center  
New Music for Wrenches ~ Proper Glue Duo
Presentations by Paul Coleman and David Plylar
10378 Bennett Road Rte. 60
Fredonia, NY ~ FREE

April 26th, 2010 ~ $10 Suggested Donation
7:15pm Pre-Concert Lecture

8:00pm Concert
Christ Church
Rochester, NY
$10 Suggested Donation, At the Door

April 26th, 2010 ~ 12:00pm FREE
Mayer Hardware, Inc.
New Music for Wrenches ~ Proper Glue Duo
Presentations by Paul Coleman and David Plylar 
226 Winton Road North
Rochester, NY ~ Free

April 25th, 2010 ~ 8:30pm FREE
Messinger Hall - 10 Gibbs Street
Open Rehearsal ~ Free
Rochester, NY

April, 2010
Four new pieces of mine were premiered at the end of April:

Socket Monkey, for 24 wrenches, 2 temple blocks and bass drum;
Grey Mass, for solo piano (part of set of piano pieces entitled Conversations with Scriabin);
The Prophecy of Dante, with Commentary by Keats, for soprano, oboe, violin, 2 percussionists and piano (sung text by Byron)
Reliquary (selected Relics), for piano and celesta

These pieces were performed as part of a concert series of music by Paul Coleman and myself:

Out Of Context: Tour II
April, 2010

Performances in Rochester and Fredonia, New York
In collaboration with composer Paul Coleman, the Proper Glue Percussion Duo,
Jamie Jordan, soprano; David Leung, violin; Zuzanna Szewczyk, piano; and Justin Hoke, celesta


Toolshedding (Paul Coleman)
Fractured Colloquy (David Plylar)
Into Winters' Grey (Coleman)
Phantom Vignettes(Plylar)
Duo-duo (Coleman)
Grey Mass (Plylar)
Reliquary: Selected Relics (Plylar)
Violin Variations [-violations] (Coleman)
The Prophecy of Dante, with Commentary by Keats (Plylar)
Coupling (Coleman)
Socket Monkey (Plylar)

March, 2010

Meet the Composer Foundation -
I received a grant to discuss my new compositions during a joint-concert tour with "Out of Context" and the "Proper Glue Duo" in April. This grant is funded in part through Meet The Composer's MetLife Creative Connections program. In addition to our formal concerts, the Proper Glue Duo will be presenting my music for two wrenchophones and bass drum, "Socket Monkey," at two hardware stores in Rochester and Fredonia, NY.

May 26th, 2010 ~ 8:00pm
Alfred Newman Recital Hall
University of Southern California
LA Composers Project
What's Next

The new music collective What's Next will be including my septet The Triumph of Sisyphus on a concert in their LA Composers Project series. This series consists of three concerts at 8pm on the evenings of May 26th-May 28th, all at the Alfred Newman Recital Hall at the University of Southern California. Try to attend all three concerts if possible, as there will be a wide range of new music presented, including works by my friends Christopher Brakel, Vera Ivanova and Isaac Schankler!

February, 2010

I'm very pleased to announce that a large article of mine will be published this Spring in Volume 59 of the Journal of the American Liszt Society. The article was adapted from my dissertation, and is entitled "Franz Liszt’s Trois odes funèbres: A Case Study in Intertextuality." I hope that you have a chance to read it--in any case, I encourage you to play through the piano versions of Liszt's Funeral Odes, which are truly remarkable pieces.

New pdf samples of recent transcriptions are now available on the compositions page! Many of these works have ossia passages for an extended range oboe (it possesses a low A, a half-step below a standard modern oboe). The instrument has an amazing sound, and my arm did not have to be twisted too far to write for it. Check out Alison Lowell's "Loboe" project blog for more information about the instrument and her work to promote its use.

Several new transcriptions for oboe, horn and piano will be premiered during Out of Context's upcoming tour of Colorado and Montana: Saint-Saens' symphonic poem Danse Macabre, transcribed and expanded by Liszt for solo piano, and further adapted/transcribed by myself for our trio; a Chopin Etude (Op.25,5), along with the previously announced transcriptions of Brahms (Poco Allegretto, from Symphony No.3) and Beethoven/Liszt (Adelaide).

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Current Composition Projects

Fracternal Twins
Two percussionists, woods and metals

Title TBA

Title TBA
Film Score, various instrumentation
Duration: c.90'