His works have been performed by the orchestras of Calgary, Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Victoria, and also by Gary Karr and by Phyllis Mailing, who recorded his Three Songs for Mezzo-Soprano (1974) for the Centrediscs label (1983, CMC-1083). Commissions have come from the CBC, Expo 86, the Vancouver School Board, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the Vancouver Cantata Singers, the Vancouver SO and the TS for its Evening Overtures series. The Vancouver SO gave premieres of five Schipizky works during the 1980s and featured his Symphony No. 1 in its 1985 tour of Japan, under Kazuyoshi Akiyama. It premiered his From under the Overture (1990) 27 May 1990, then performed it on tour throughout British Columbia later that year, under conductor Kirk Muspratt.
Schipizky thinks of himself as an eclectic composer and has acknowledged the stylistic differences between works such as his Symphonic Sketches (1976, rev 1977) and Variations for Solo Violin. (1979). Much of his music is lyrical, tonally centered and 'reflects a contemporary Gebrauchsmusik spirit,' Michael Davidson has noted, 'and certainly his active life as a professional musician has shaped and defined many of his attitudes as a composer.' He himself has remarked, 'If there's any single influence on my music, it has been from the Russian school of composers - especially Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Stravinsky.'
Author Rick MacMillan
Davidson, Michael. 'Performing, composing careers are intertwined by Schipizky,' MSc, 329, Jan-Feb 1983
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