A prolific composer, emphasizing choral works of medium difficulty, Kunz has extended his interest in Gebrauchsmusik from the amateur choral field to the piano and accordion repertoire. He is eclectic in his use of both traditional tonal idioms and contemporary note-cluster and aleatoric effects. His works Fanfares For the Centre, A Time to Celebrate, Canada Song, Abner's Fiddle, and Runner's Boogie were included in the 'Kitchener Sings' program of the September 1980 opening ceremonies of Centre in the Square and can be heard on the souvenir recording A Time to Celebrate (Alfred Kunz AK-001). His orchestral pieces such as the Saskatchewan Suite and Oktoberfest Overture have been successful in Canada. Many of his compositions have been published by Alfred Kunz Music Publications (AKM). He is an associate of the Canadian Music Centre.
Moses, ballet. 1965. Ms
Let's Make a Carol, play with music (J. Reaney). 1965. Wat 1965, AKM
Other stage works, including an operetta, The Watchful Gods (1962) and an opera Ceyx and Alcyone (L. Cummings) (1979). Ms
Several works for orch, including 2 Sinfoniettas (1957, 1961), Five Night Scenes (1971), Concerto for 6 percussion and orch (1973), Piano Concerto (1975), Chamber Symphony - 14 players (1976), Three Pieces for Clarinet and Strings (1977), all manuscript; Overture for Fun (1978, rev 1986, AKM), Classical Arcade (1984, AKM), Spring Into Summer (1984, AKM), Winterlude for Orchestra (1984, rev 1986), and Saturday Night Barn Dance: Boy's Night Out (1988, rev 1989)
Also some works for chorus and orch, including 2 oratorios: The Big Land (1967) and The Creation (1972). Both manuscript.
Also 15 works for concert band (1964-1987). All AKM
Many works, including Sonata (1958, violin, piano), Emanation No. 1 and 2 (1964, various instr), Fun for Two (1964, 2 bassoon or 2 bass clarinet), Love, Death and Fullmoonnights (1964, voice, chamber ensemble), Quintet (1964, woodwind quintet), Three Fanfares (1964, brass, percussion),.all manuscript; and Canzona for Brass and Percussion (1982, AKM)
Five Excursions. 1964. Pf. Ms
Three Excursions. 1964. Org. Ms
Music to Do Things by, vols 1 and 2. 1965, 1969. Pf. Wat 1969
Also works for accordion solo, and various works for accordion orch (1963-7), published Wat
Choir and Voice
Many works for choir, with piano, unaccompanied, or with instr ensemble, including Will You Come? (1960), Contrasts (1966), Eight Impressions on Japanese Haiku Ideas (1969), 3 Pieces for Male Chorus (1972), Book of Diverse Songs, Sounds and Thoughts (1976), Abner's Fiddle (1977), Creator, Spirit (1977), Gentle Love Does Fill My Mind (1977), Joy to the World (1978), Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day (1978), published Wat; Sketches of Waterloo County (1974) published GVT; and Canada Song (1980), A Time to Celebrate (1980), Runner's Boogie (1981), Four Poems of W.W.E. Ross (1982), Gloria (1982), Sing Unto the Lord (1987) and several others, published AKM
Also 18 songs for voice and piano (1960). Ms
'My most successful work,' CanComp, 25, Jan 1968
Author Walter H. Kemp
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