Profile: David Plylar
Library of Congress
David is an accomplished composer, scholar, pianist and educator. He was appointed as a music specialist/concert producer at the Library of Congress in 2012 after serving as the Artistic and New Music Coordinator of the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in South Africa for two years. There he worked with composers, musicians and conductors from around the country and internationally to facilitate the creation and presentation of new music; this included the first orchestral reading session program in South Africa. David's award-winning compositions range from solo pieces to large orchestral works and independent film scores. David has received awards and recognition from the Meet the Composer Foundation, ASCAP, the American Music Center, the Minnesota Orchestra Reading Sessions and the Hanson Institute for American Music, among other organizations. He holds degrees from Duke University, the University of Louisville, and the Eastman School of Music, where he earned his PhD in composition. David is also active as a pianist and writer, focusing on new and 19th century music. When not producing concerts at the Library his focus is on composition and transcription.
NoteStreams By David Plylar
Prompted by the occasion of what would have been Franz Liszt’s 203rd birthday, David Plylar bring to your attention three “forgotten” manuscripts held at the Library of Congress. The work is a nostalgic reminiscence of the earlier Romance, and offers a beautiful, personal reflection on times past. It is highly recommended that pianists who only know the Chopin waltzes should check out this wonderful set of works, in addition to the last three Mephisto Waltzes.
Brahms and Tchaikovsky shared a birthday. While the composers may not have cared much for one another, at this great historical remove we can appreciate the music of both men without worrying about offending the other camp.
It did not take too long to realize that a direct link was not likely; however, while the Library of Congress’ Brahms collection is sizeable, we do not have as many documents in Tchaikovsky’s hand. Other paths could have been taken, but this at least introduces a few lesser-known items from the Library’s collection.