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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.

Compositions by Robert Carl

flute (doubling alto flute in G, and piccolo); bass cl, piano
SATB a cappella
Percussion Quartet
Violin and Vibraphone
bsn, live audio
2 or 3 players: sustaining instrument, plucked/struck instrument, percussive timekeeper, and electroacoustic soundtrack
Solo Trumpet in C Trumpet II in C (offstage) 1 Percussionist: Tubular Bells (Chimes) Tam-Tam Bass Drum Piano Violin Viola Violoncello
Guitar (solo) Guitar 2 Flute (dbl. picc) Clarinet in Bb Trumpet in C Vibraphone Harp Piano Violin Viola Cello
any number of players, instruments, flexible duration
2 shakuhachi, tape
shakuhachi, with 5 violins, plus viola or cello
2 concert glockenspiels
oboe, cello, piano
sop,fl/,tpt,perc, vln,vla,vcl
Sop, Mezzo Sop, Harpsichord
alto sax in Eb, pf
sop, cham orch
S, cham ens: pic, fl, tpt, hn, double str 4tet: 4-4-2-2, cb
variable inst
cl, hn, bsn, vln, cb
solo flute
violin, cello, piano
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
1 cello, 2 cellos, or 1 cello+tape
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
str qrt
Violin, or Viola, with Organ
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
4333 4331, timp (3), perc (4), db
4 fl (4th doubling picc), 3 ob (3rd doubling, 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.
tpt in C, 2 alsax, tensax, tbn, 2 elec gtr, bass gtr, 2 perc, pf
fl/alto fl, 2 alto sax, bscl, elec guit, Perc (1), 6 vlns, 2 vla, 2 vcl, 1 cb
cham orch
5 double basses (5th must have low C extension)
vn, vla, vc
mixed sextet: fl/pic, cl, perc(1), kbs, vln, vcl
2 Trumpets in C, Horn in F, Tenor Trombone, Tuba
Sop, vln, vcl, pf
piano, 2 vln, vla, vcl


Excerpt Sonata No. 2 III. The World Turned Upside Down (Erberk Eryilmaz, piano)
ww 3-3-3-3,br 4-3-3-1,perc,hp,4perc
zheng, sustaining instrument (open)
cl, vln, pf
clarinet in Bb, string quartet
string orchestra
ob, bsn, tpt, tbn, mrmba, pf, accord, vln, vla, vc
pf quintet
Soprano (also plays Tibetan finger cymbals), 4 low male voices, tpt, bs tbn, 2 perc, vln, vla, vcl, cb, keyboard sampler, audio playback,
pf 4-hands
SATB a cappella
flute (dbl picc) and string quintet 2 vln, vla, vc, cb
Baritone voice plus quartet of clarinet, violin, piano, double bass
sssaaatttbbb,a cap
brs qnt,tape
3333 4332 alto saxophone, timp(4) perc(4), piano/cel, strings
wnd qnt,str qnt
Trio1: violin, cello, piano; Trio 2: violin2, viola, harp (or synth-sampl), conductor if nec.
sop,cb(with sound processing),pf
asax/Ebcl, elec gtr, perc, pf, vc (amp), cb (amp)
fl,vln,viola da gamba,hpschd
sop,chamb orch
10 trombones and live electronics
singing pianist
vib, pf, and/or glockenspiel, guitar
Soprano Saxophone in Bb; Alto Saxophone in Eb ;Tenor Saxophone in Bb; Baritone Saxophone in Eb
3(dbl picc)-3(dbl ehn)-3-3, 4-3-3-1, timp, hp, 3 perc, strings
elec vcl,cham orch
Flute (dbl pcc), oboe, clarinet in Bb, French Horn in F, Bassoon
2 violins, viola, cello, double bass
Sextet: fl, cl, perc (glock, vib), piano (optional addl. celeste), violin, cello
pf, perc
oboe, electronics

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