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Original compositions, arrangements, orchestrations and printed music.
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Here is where a little explanation will go. Each piece of music is an assignment. Each assignment is a client. Each client has both a goal and limitations. It's our job to meet or exceed the goal within the limitations of each project. Wow... limitations doesn't sound like a positive thing! Okay...call it parameters. One client may need something for a full symphony orchestra. Another client may need something for a small big band. Still another may need something for a kazoo and clarinet. You never know. But the job is to create great results.

Below are a few examples of the great results of specific assignments. Click on the Play button and enjoy.

Misery (Domingo/Domingo Jr., orch. Nowak) from Vlad: A Vampire's Love Story
Genre: Musical Theater
Artist: Original Cast
Ensemble: Theater Orchestra, vocals
This is a humorous, old English pub scene. Jonathan has announced his engagement to the lovely Mina, whereupon all the common folk in the pub offer their advice and wry comments on the life of "misery" he is about to enter.
Prelude for Strings on "Serdeczna Matko" (Nowak, based on trad.)
Genre: Classical
Artist: Ars Nova Musicians
Ensemble: Chamber orchestra
This was originally written for a church concert celebrating the Polish community and subsequently was performed in several major symphony concerts. It was nominated for an ASCAP award and eventually became the theme for the film Zegota, a documentary about the Holocaust.
I Could Have Danced All Night (Lerner/Loewe, arr. Nowak) from the Koch International album Times Like This
Genre: Broadway
Artist: Heidi Grant Murphy
Ensemble: String quintet, piano, flute, vocal
My assignment was to place this exuberant song in an intimate, chamber setting. It is one of several arrangements I wrote for this wonderful, world renowned opera star.
You're Gonna Hear From Me (Previn/Previn, arr. Nowak) from the Adorina album of the same name.
Genre: American Songbook / Pop Standards
Artist: Chuck Harrington
Ensemble: Small band with strings, vocal
The challenge here was to make a small band sound big and to provide an exciting closing number for the CD.
No Big Thing (Nowak) from the RCA album Flight of the Condor
Genre: Big Band
Artist: Larry Elgart
Ensemble: Big Band
This was one of my early pieces. The assignment was to write a "hit [instrumental] single like Herb Alpert's Rise or Chuck Mangione's Feels So Good." This song actually started to develop a life of its own but it was cut short by an unfortunate turn of events. Nevertheless we gained airplay in the United States, Germany and Japan.

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