Akin to Fire
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Emotionally direct and spontaneous music.

Born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, Raymond Wojcik is a composer, conductor and educator. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, his composition teachers were David Schiff and Donald Keats. His conducting studies were with George Manahan, Michael Charry and Harold Farberman. His music is emotionally direct and spontaneous, with elements of jazz in the Dance Symphony and a keen understanding of the creativity of young children in The Art Spirit, in which the composer was given the task of creating symphonic movements in response to students' artwork. Akin to Fire reflects a musical kinship the composer felt to Beethoven's Grosse Fugue, Op. 133 which he reexamined while in the middle of writing the work. But his comments about Jubilee, commissioned by the New Jersey Youth Symphony, best sum up his aesthetic: "My inspiration for this overture came from the young musicians themselves who possessed a wonderful level of energy, dedication, and love of music. I also could not help but notice a "love" of cell phones, video games and chatting when not engrossed in music making. As a result, I incorporated musical ideas that suggest those things into the compositional fabric."
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Raymond Wojcik, composer
Jubilee
Moravian Philharmonic, Joel Eric Suben, conductor

Raymond Wojcik, composer
Akin to Fire
Moravian Philharmonic, Joel Eric Suben, conductor

Raymond Wojcik, composer
Dance Symphony
Rzeszow Philharmonic Orchestra, Raymond Wojcik, conductor

Raymond Wojcik, composer
The Art Spirit
Rzeszow Philharmonic Orchestra, Raymond Wojcik, conductor

Review:
"Wojcik's...compositions have a lyricism that's disarmingly attractive." (Star Ledger)

"...Wojcik is a composer of creativity, craft, and imagination." (American Record Guide)
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