Burton Beerman

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Composer, clarinetist, video artist Burton Beerman’s (b. 1943) music spans many media, including interactive real-time electronics, chamber and orchestral music, interactive video art, theatre, dance, and musical score for documentary films. His works have been the subject of international, national and public television and radio broadcasts, including ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, NPR and PBS. New York City’s The Village Voice states, “There is a remarkable clarity in the way Burton Beerman carries out the logic of his materials and he has an excellent ear for sound color…the composer displays an acute sensitivity to the differences between live sound and electronic sound and the music contains extraordinary moments when the sound seems to belong to both worlds.”

Amongst some of his prestigious awards and honors are the Barlow Endowment Commission for Music Composition, the 2008 Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio, selected as one who is recognized as a “distinguished artist sustaining extraordinary artistic talents and achievements throughout his career”, a 2008 CINE Special Jury Award, the 2007 CINE Golden Eagle Award as composer for the film documentary 203 Days produced by bbarash productions, LLC.,and the Martha K.Cooper Orchestra Prize (First Place) for Moments. Beerman’s music has been presented at prominent venues and festivals worldwide, such as the Edinburgh International Art Festival in Scotland, The Chicago Sinai, Martin Luther King International Center in Atlanta, Rudolfinum Performing Center, Prague, the Haag, Amsterdam, OrfRadioFunkhaus, Vienna and Chopin Hall, Mexico City, as well as throughout Australia, Canada , Europe and Asia.

His works have been featured on CNN and CNN International, FutureWatch, and The World Today, broadcasting Beerman’s Virtual Video Opera, Jesus’ Daughter to a viewing audience of 50 million plus. The opera addressed a critical social issue of Violence against Women~Children-at-Risk and was chosen as a Video Installation ArtWork exhibited in Switzerland and Italy, endorsed by UNESCO-CIRET, sponsored by the United Nations, at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art (MOMA), Lincoln Center Gallery, and Dance on Camera Festival.

CNN maintains a webpage as a source of information on the story and Beerman's opera. The Warsaw National Philharmonic performed and recorded Beerman’s Morning Calls for B-flat clarinet and orchestra featuring Richard Stoltzman as clarinetist under the baton of George Manahan, present music director of the New York City Opera. Morning Calls received a performance by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra with Beerman as soloist. Beerman has been hailed by audiences as one of the leading clarinetists of contemporary and avant-garde music whose virtuosity and technical control of the instrument establish him as a remarkable and compelling performer.

-Distinguished Professor of the Arts (Music) Emeritus at Bowling Green State University.

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1 5-B (1974)
brass quintet :2-1-1-btbn

2 ANCIENT CASTLES (1997)
ELECTRIC CLARINET, DANCER, INTERACTIVE LASER BEAM

3 ANCIENT VOICES II (1998)
alto sax, violin, piano

4 BEGINNINGS (2008)
alt sax, pf

5 CALIFORNIA MOODS (1983)
a sax, cl, pf, dancer

6 CHAMBER MUSIC 1 (1983)
cl, vln, vc

7 CHAMBER MUSIC 2 (1986)
b cl, perc

8 CIRCLE DANCE (1992)
string quartet

beerman_circle_dance.mp3

The Nevsky String Quartet; Capstone Records (excerpt)

9 COLLECTION (2011)
pf

10 COLORS (1968)
cl, hp, perc, pf, vln, cb

11 CONCERTO ONE (1981)
al sax, tape

12 CONSORT & SONG (1969)
sop, cl, perc, pf, vcl

13 CONVERSATIONS (2004)
pf, Kyma computer music system from Symbolic Sound

beerman_conversations.mp3

Shiau-uen Ding, piano; Capybara320 interactive music computer;

14 CRYSTALS 2 (1981)
tb, tape

15 CYCLE (1989)
sop, org, (or tape)

16 DANCE FIGURES (1985)
cl, pf, tape

17 DAYSCAPES (2002)
cl, Kyma computer music system from Symbolic Sounds

18 DETAILS (1968)
cl, hp ,vln, vla

19 DIALOGUE (2008)
soprano, piano

Beerman_DialogueExcerpt.mp3

Dialogue by B. Beerman, Excerpt

20 ELEGY FOR DANIEL PEARL (2011)
Soprano Voice, Eb Alto Saxophone, narrator and dance

21 EMISSIONS 1 (1973)
pf, tape (2 chan)

22 ENSEMBLE 1 (1975)
ww quint

23 ENSEMBLE 2 (1976)
cl, wind ens: 1-1-1-1; 3 sax(atb); 4-2-2-1; 3 perc

24 ENSEMBLE 3 (1979)
perc ensemble (5)

25 ENTRANCE MUSIC (2001)
cl, pf

26 EVENING SONGS (1989)
cl

20_track_20.mp3

"For Barney" (Barney Childs) Mvmt I. Burton Beerman, clarinet

27 FOR BRUCE (2008)
large concert band

28 FOUR DANCES (1982)
vln

29 FOUR IN SIX (1973)
str 4tet

30 FRAGMENTS (elec devices) (1988)
wind controller, TX81Z voicing module, digital delay

31 THE GATHERING (2000)
flute, doubling piccolo, and alto saxophone

beerman_gathering.mp3

The Gathering (excerpt) Bicinia Duo

32 GHOSTS (2005)
Eb alto saxophone, Bb clarinet, piano and optional electronic sounds

33 GIFTS (FOR YOU) (2009)
vln, pno, optional dance ensemble

34 INVISIBLE IMAGES
vln, vc, perc, dance ensemble, electronics

35 JESUS' DAUGHTER (1995)
Mezzo Sop, Cl, Live interactive audio

36 JUST DANCES (2016)
marimba, tenor sax

37 MASS (1972)
Ten,fl, perc, hp, tape

38 MEDITATIONS (1994)
cl, dancers, computer
For electric clarinet, computer and dancer(s)

39 MISOGAMY (1969)
str 4tet: 2-1-1, tape

40 MOMENT-1978 (1978)
a sax, pf

41 MOMENTS (1975)
S, pf

42 MOMENTS 1977 (1978)
orch:2-2-2-2, 2-2-2-0,perc,str

43 MOMENTS 1981 (1981)
2fl, 2cl, pf

44 MORNING CALLS (1994)
cl, orch: 2-2-2-2; 4-2-2-1; timp, perc; str

45 NIGHT CALLS (1982)
cl, dancer, taped voices

46 NIGHT DANCES (1985)
solo cl,solo dancer & orch: 2/PIC-2-2-2,2-1-1-0, perc, str

47 NIGHT SCENES for solo piano (1985)
pf

02_track_02.mp3

I. Painted Skies (Stanley Yerlow - piano)

48 PASSAGES (1986)
ssax, pf

49 PLAYTHINGS (2000)
cl, dancers
solo clarinet and optional dance ensemble

50 PLAYTHINGS REVISITED (2000)
Clarinet, dancers, interactive computer music system

51 POINTS (1969)
fl,cl,hn,perc,vln,vla,cb

52 POLYGRAPH I (1972)
cl, tape

53 POLYGRAPH II (1973)
pf, real-time elec processing, tape

54 POLYGRAPH III (1975)
cl, tape (2 or 4 chan)

55 POLYGRAPH IV (1975)
vla, tape (2 or 4 chan)

56 POLYGRAPH V (1975)
fl, tape(2 chan)

57 POLYGRAPH VI (1977)
fl, tape(2 chan)

58 POLYGRAPH VII (1980)
b fl, tape

59 QUARTET (1989)
tbn, tape, 3 videos

60 QUINTET (2016)
cl, vln, vla, vcl, pf

61 RAPE POEMS OF FRANCES DRISCOLL (2002)
cl, dancer with BodySynth, Kyma computer music system fom Symbolic Sound

62 REFLECTIONS (1975)
cl, vc, live elec processing & synth sound source, opt laser beam

63 ROMANCE (1982)
pf, tape

64 SECRET GARDENS (1982)
asax, 1/pic-1-1-1; hn; perc, tape

65 SHADOWS & FIGURINES (1977)
fl,cl,cb

66 SHADOWS CAST (1979)
cl, perc

67 SKETCHES (1968)
cl,pf

69 SONNETS (2016)
2222 222+bstbn timp perc(2) SATB chorus with solo quartet, solo soprano, child's voice
orchestra, mixed chorus, mixed vocal quartet, soprano solo , and high female/male child’s voice

71 A STILL, SMALL VOICE (2005)
Cello, Video, Dancer

72 THREE BY 3 (1987)
3 trios: fl, cl(2), ob, cl, bsn, asax, tbn(2)

73 TIKVAH (2004)
Soprano, Saxophone quartet, Narrator, optional chorus

74 TRILOGY, VIDEO ONE (1999)
VIDEO, COMPUTER MUSIC

75 TRIO for violin, cello, piano (2012)
vln, vcl, pf

76 VOICES (1983)
soprano, contrabass

beerman_voicesviii.mp3

Voices VIII. excerpt; Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers, soprano; Steven Gilweski, contrabass

77 WATER LILIES (1998)
fl, dancers, interactive computer music system
For amplified native american flute, interactive electroacoustic processing,BodySynth Wireless Sensor System,interactive video processing and dance

78 WEDDING PRAYERS (2012)
mixed chorus SATB, piano

79 WIND BOUQUET/CELESTIAL CRIES (1987)
multiple cl quartets

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