Robert Carl

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Robert Carl (b.1954) studied composition with Jonathan Kramer, George Rochberg, Ralph Shapey, and Iannis Xenakis. His music is performed throughout the US and Europe, and is published by American Composers' Alliance, Boosey & Hawkes, Roncorp, and Apoll-Edition. His grants, prizes and residencies have come from such sources as the National Endowment for the Arts, Tanglewood, Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Camargo Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Ucross, Millay Colony, Bogliasco Foundation, Djerassi Foundation, the Aaron Copland House, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

He has been awarded a 2005 Chamber Music America commission for a string quintet written for the Miami String Quartet and Robert Black. An excerpt from his opera-in-progress Harmony (with novelist Russell Banks) was presented in May 2005 in the New York City Opera’s VOX Showcase series. He is also the recipient of the 1998 Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. New World Records released a CD of three large string chamber works in March 2006. In 2007, Carl received a fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council for travel to Japan to research contemporary Japanese composers, and he has been commissioned by Oxford University Press to write a book on the premiere of Terry Riley’s In C.

Other CD releases of his work are found on Neuma, Koch International, Lotus, Centaur, Vienna Modern Masters, E.R.M., and The Aerial. For fifteen years he was a co-director of the Extension Works new music ensemble in Boston; he is chair of the composition department at the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, and writes extensively on new music for Fanfare Magazine. He studies shakuhachi with Ralph Samuelson.

ACA List for Robert Carl

100 VIEWS FROM THE BIRD'S EYE (1991)
flute (doubling alto flute in G, and piccolo); bass cl, piano
a-... (2015)
SATB a cappella
AMERICAN SPACE (1983)
Soprano, flute (alto flute/piccolo), clarinet/Eb clarinet, horn, violin, cello, piano
AN INTIMATE FIELD (1991)
Cello, piano
BELLS DANCE, DRUMS RING (1996)
Percussion quartet
THE BIG ROOM (1993)
pf
BIRD ESCAPES CAGE; TAKES FLIGHT (1998)
Solo clarinet
BIRDS AND FLOWERS (1990)
fl,pf
BLESSING FOR TWO (2002)
Violin and Vibraphone
BLUES BOX (2003)
pf
BRAIDED BAGATELLES (2002)
pf
BREAKING THE SURFACE (2006)
Alto saxophone, bass trombone, viola, cello
BROWN VELVET (2009)
bsn, live audio
BULLET CYCLE (2007)
2 or 3 players: sustaining instrument, plucked/struck instrument, percussive timekeeper, and electroacoustic soundtrack
CARVING SPACE FOR SOUND trumpet and ensemble (1998)
Solo Trumpet in C, Trumpet II in C (offstage), 1 Percussionist (Tubular Bells (Chimes) Tam-Tam Bass Drum), Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello
Chamber Concerto for Guitar and 10 Instruments, "The Calm Bee in the Busy Hive" (2010)
Guitar (solo) Guitar 2 Flute (dbl. picc) Clarinet in Bb Trumpet in C Vibraphone Harp Piano Violin Viola Cello
CHANGING MY SPOTS (2005)
any number of players, instruments, flexible duration
A CLEAN SWEEP (2005)
Shakuhachi, tape
A CLEAN SWEEP - Acoustic Version (2014)
shakuhachi, with 5 violins, plus viola or cello
ColdNightSnow (2015)
2 concert glockenspiels
COLORING SOUND'S SCENT (2001)
oboe, cello, piano
DECEMBER 27,1966 (1979)
sop,fl/pic.cl,tpt,perc, vln,vla,vcl
DI PENSIER IN PENSIER (2000)
Sop, Mezzo Sop, Harpsichord
DIE BERLINER HORNISSE (1995)
alto sax in Eb, pf
The Distant Shore I (1981)
Chamber orchestra: 2-1-1-1; 1-1-1-0, harp. 2 percussion, strings
THE DISTANT SHORE II (1982)
sop, cham orch
S, cham ens: pic, fl, tpt, hn, double str 4tet: 4-4-2-2, cb
DUKE MEETS MORT (1992)
Chamber orchestra: 2-1/eh-2-ssax-2; 2-1-1-0; perc; str
EBB & FLOW (1981)
Flute/piccolo, oboe/english horn, bass clarinet, bassoon; horn (2), trumpet, trombone, percussion (2), violin, cello
THE ETERNAL BAGATELLE (1998)
variable inst
EVENT HORIZON (1996)
cl, hn, bsn, vln, cb
EXCAVATING THE PERFECT FAREWELL (2003)
viola, piano
FAREWELL TO THE FUNLESS 80'S (1989)
voice, piano
FEAR NO (2010)
satb
A FORK IN THE ROAD (1987)
ww qnt: 1-1-1-1, horn
FORMS OF FLOATING (1979)
solo flute
FRAGILE FAREWELL (2014)
violin, cello, piano
FROM THE GROUND UP (2009)
3332 4321 SATB saxophones, timp, perc (3), db
3 fl-picc-3 ob-3 cl(Bb)-bass cl-4 sax (SATB)- 2 bsn-cbsn-4 horns-3 tr (in C)-2 ten trb-b trb-euph-tba-tim-3 perc-cb
FROM HIM TO ME (1987)
pf
GARLAND (1981)
1 cello OR 2 cellos OR 1 cello+tape
The Geography of Loss (2010)
soprano, baritone, chamber choir, plus 8 players
Sop, Bar, chamber choir, fl (dbl/picc, a fl), ob (dbl/eh), cl(dbl bscl), perc, vln, vla, vc, cb
GROWING UP (1990)
str qrt: 2-1-1
HAIKU OF BUSON (1997)
Narrator/improviser, tape/CD
Images of Birth (1987)
orch: 2-2-2-bcl-2-cbsn; 4-3-3-1; perc(3); harp, pf/cel; solo vln; str
IN FLIGHT TOGETHER/IN FLUG ZUSAMMEN (2001)
Violin OR viola with organ
INEVITABLE WAVE for 8 percusionists and fixed media audio (2012)
8 percussionists, audio playback
INEVITABLE WAVE for chamber orchestra and fixed media audio (2013)
fl/dbl pic, ob, cl/bscl, Bari sax/dbl sop. sax, bsn; horn, tpt C, bstbn, tba, timp, perc(3), piano, strings
chamber orchestra, fixed media
LA VILLE ENGLOUTIE (2007)
4333 4331, timp (3), perc (4), db
4 fl (4th doubling picc), 3 ob (3rd doubling E.hn), 3 cl in Eb, Bs clar, sop-alt-ten-bari saxophone, 3 bsn, 4 hns, 3 tpt in C, 2 tenor tbn, bass tbn, euph, tuba, Timpani (3 drums), 4 perc; Cb.
LESGEDOWNDAHEAH (1996)
tpt in C, 2 alsax, tensax, tbn, 2 elec gtr, bass gtr, 2 perc, pf
LIBERTY (1991)
2pf, 3perc
MAGIC ACT (1988)
violin, marimba
MARFANTASIE (2004)
fl/alto fl, 2 alto sax, bscl, elec guit, Perc (1), 6 vlns, 2 vla, 2 vcl, 1 cb
A MATTER OF SCALE (1993)
Chamber orchestra: pic/2-2-2-2; 2-2-0-0; perc; str
NIGHT GARDEN (2013)
5 double basses (5th must have low C extension)
Open (1999)
violin, viola, cello
OPEN EMPTY (2014)
mixed sextet: fl/pic, cl, perc(1), kbs, vln, vcl
OUR HEART AND HOME IS WITH INFINITUDE (1998)
high voice, piano
OUR MEETING IS INEVITABLE (1996)
2 Trumpets in C, Horn in F, Tenor Trombone, Tuba
A PATH BETWEEN CLOUD AND LIGHT (1985)
string quartet: 2-1-1
PENSÉES NOCTURNES (1994)
Sop, vln, vc, pf
PIANO QUINTET - SEARCH (2012)
piano, 2 vln, vla, vcl
PIANO SONATA NO. 2 "The Big Room" (1993)
pf

carlpianosonata2bigrm3worldturnedupexcerpt.mp3

Excerpt Sonata No. 2 III. The World Turned Upside Down (Erberk Eryilmaz, piano)
PIANO SONATA No. 3 "Clouds of Clarification" (2017)
digitally retunable piano
PIANO TRIO NO. 2 "THE BLOSSOM" (2003)
vln, vc, pf
PORTRAIT OF DAY AND NIGHT ON LAKE COMO (1988)
ww 3-3-3-3,br 4-3-3-1,perc,hp,4perc
PROCESSIONAL "A TREE RISES" (2012)
zheng, sustaining instrument (open)
PULSE FIELD (2009)
QUANTUM DANCES (2010)
cl, vln, pf
QUINTET FOR CLARINET AND STRINGS (2011)
clarinet in Bb, string quartet
RIVER'S BEND (2011)
2 fl
ROCKING CHAIR SERENADE (2013)
string orchestra
RUNNING THE GAMUT (2012)
ob, bsn, tpt, tbn, mrmba, pf, accord, vln, vla, vc
A SAMPLER OF THE SENSES (1994)
vla,vc,pf
SANCTUS FOR ZEPERNICK (2001)
SATB
SEARCH (2012)
pf quintet
SEEING FORMS, HEARING VOICES (2000)
Soprano (also plays Tibetan finger cymbals), 4 low male voices, tpt, bs tbn, 2 perc, vln, vla, vcl, cb, keyboard sampler, audio playback,
SHADOW BOX (1977)
cl,pf
SHAKE THE TREE (2005)
pf 4-hands
SIMIC SONGS (2004)
SATB a cappella
A SLOW ARCH/UN ARCO LENTO (2006)
flute (dbl picc) and string quintet (2 vln, vla, vc, cb)
SONATINA, THE DANCE OF SOUND AND SPACE (2006)
vln (or flute), piano
SPIRAL DANCES (1984)
pf
STARS' HARMONY;THE NIGHT'S PLEASURE, THE (1989)
orch,ww3-3-3-3,br4-3-3-1,kbd,hp,3perc,str
THE STING OF COMMAND (2002)
Baritone voice plus quartet of clarinet, violin, piano, double bass
SULLIVAN SONGS (2015)
12 solo singers: SSSAAATTTBBB
SUNBURST (1985)
brass quintet: 2-1-1-1; tape
SURGE (1987)
cb,pf
SWING SHIFT (1987)
pf
Symphony No. 2, "Liberty and/or Death" (1992)
orch: 3/pic-3/eh-3/bcl/Ebcl-2-cbsn; 4-3(in C)/D-3/btbn-1; 3perc; pf/org; str
SYMPHONY NO. 3 'THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN' (2000)
orch: pic/3-3/eh-3/bcl-3; 4-3-2/1btbn-1; harp; piano; timpani; 3perc; strings
SYMPHONY No. 5 "Land" (2013)
3333 4332 alto saxophone, timp(4) perc(4), piano/cel, strings
THIS CITY MAKES ME WEEP (1980)
sop,tape
THREE REAL TIME ETUDES (1986)
Synclavier
TIME'S FILTER (1983)
Woodwind quintet: 1-1-1-1, horn AND string quintet: 2-1-1-1
TIME'S SPRING (1982)
4vln, 4vc, cb
TIME/MEMORY/SHADOW for double trio (1988)
Trio1: violin, cello, piano; Trio 2: violin2, viola, harp (or synth-sampl), conductor if nec.
TOWARDS THE CREST (1981)
bcl
TRANCENDANCE (1991)
sop,cb(with sound processing),pf
TRANSCENDENTAL CAKEWALK (6 players) (2000)
sextet
asax/Ebcl, elec gtr, perc, pf, vc (amp), cb (amp)
TRANSCENDENTAL CAKEWALK (orch version) (2015)
2222 4221 perc(2) timp(4) electric guitar, piano, strings
TWO FOR LE NOTRE (1994)
fl,vln,viola da gamba,hpschd
TWO VISIONS (1987)
sop,chamb orch
UPDRAFT (2009)
10 trombones and live electronics
VILLA OF THE MYSTERIES (1997)
flute (piccolo), violin, cello, piano
WARM WAXING WAIL (1986)
singing pianist
WATERLIGHT (1978)
pf, vib OR solo vib OR vib, hp OR vib, gtr OR 2vib OR pf, vib, glock
WHERE SOUND AND THOUGHT MEET (2003)
Soprano Saxophone in Bb; Alto Saxophone in Eb ;Tenor Saxophone in Bb; Baritone Saxophone in Eb
WHITE HERON (2012)
3(dbl picc)-3(dbl ehn)-3-3, 4-3-3-1, timp, hp, 3 perc, strings
A WIDE OPEN FIELD (1990)
elec vc, cham orch
Wind Quintet No. 2, "Birds of Guandu" (2011)
Flute (dbl pcc), oboe, clarinet in Bb, French Horn in F, Bassoon
The Wind's Trace Rests on Leaves and Waves (2005)
2 violins, viola, cello, double bass
WINDRIVER (1984)
Sextet: fl, cl, perc (glock, vib), piano (optional addl. celeste), violin, cello
WRITTEN ON WOOD (2000)
pf, perc
YEARNING (1997)
oboe, electronics

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