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 (2019)
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

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

14 CRYSTALS 2 (1981)
tuba, 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

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

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

23 ENSEMBLE 1 (1975)
ww quint

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

25 ENSEMBLE 3 (1979)
perc ensemble (5)

26 ENTRANCE MUSIC (2001)
cl, pf

28 FOR BRUCE (2008)
large concert band

29 FOUR DANCES (1982)
vln

30 FOUR IN SIX (1973)
str 4tet

31 FRAGMENTS (1988)
clarinet, midi wind controller, voice module, digital delay unit

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

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

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

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

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

37 JUST DANCES (2016)
marimba, tenor sax

38 MANTRAS (2019)
fl, cl, vln, vcl, pf

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

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

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

42 MOMENT-1978 (1978)
a sax, pf

43 MOMENTS (1975)
S, pf

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

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

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

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

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

50 PASSAGES (1986)
ssax, pf

51 PIANO MUSIC (2018)

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

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

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

55 POLYGRAPH I (1972)
cl, tape

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

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

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

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

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

61 POLYGRAPH VII (1980)
b fl, tape

62 PRIMEVAL MURMURS (2019)
Chamber orchestra

63 QUARTET (1989)
tbn, tape, 3 videos

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

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

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

67 ROMANCE (1982)
pf, tape

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

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

70 SHADOWS CAST (1979)
cl, perc

71 SIMPLE DANCES (2019)
2222 4331 perc(2) piano strings
orchestra

72 SKETCHES (1968)
cl,pf

74 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

75 SOUNDS AND WAILS OF THE PAST (1981)
2 pianos

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

77 STRING TRIO (2018)
2 vln, vcl

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

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

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

82 TRIO FOR CLARINET, VIOLIN, CELLO (2019)
cl, vln, vcl

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

84 VOICES (1983)
soprano, contrabass

85 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

86 WEDDING PRAYERS (2012)
mixed chorus SATB, piano

87 WIND BOUQUET - CELESTIAL CRIES (1987)
clarinet quartet, one or multiple

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