Philip Carlsen

Biography

Born in Coulee Dam, Washington, in 1951, Philip Carlsen studied at the University of Washington, Brooklyn College, and the CUNY Graduate Center, working principally with Robert Suderburg and Jacob Druckman, as well as with Stuart Dempster, William Bergsma, Mario Davidovsky, and Charles Dodge.  He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and the Maine Arts Commission; a residency at the MacDowell Colony; and the 1989 American Composers Alliance/Town Hall Commission. 

The National Symphony Orchestra, in connection with its nationwide residency program, chose Carlsen to represent Maine in writing a new chamber work for premiere at the Kennedy Center that would “express the spirit of Maine’s people.”  Other commissions have come from the Portland Symphony Orchestra, the Bossov Ballet Theatre, the Sebago-Long Lakes Region Chamber Music Festival, the trio Penumbra, etc.  Carlsen’s solo piano piece “October,” recorded by his son Melsen, is available from Navona Records on the SCI CD series.

In addition to his orchestral, chamber, and vocal music for traditional Western musicians, Carlsen has also composed for Javanese and Sundanese gamelan, for Laotian khean, and for his own original instruments.  He has written and premiered five pieces for automobile orchestra in Farmington, Maine.  One of them, “ReinCARnation,” was encored in October 2015 in the courtyard of Schloss Mirabell in Salzburg.

Carlsen is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Maine at Farmington, where he conducted the orchestra and taught other music courses for 33 years.  He lives in South Portland, Maine, with his wife, the poet Jeri Theriault.

ACE Publications

60 title(s)
Composer Title SCORING/INSTRUMENTATION Year
Philip Carlsen Frangipani Blossoms Solo Khaen
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Philip Carlsen NIMBUS Percussion Trio
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Philip Carlsen IMPLICATIONS OF MELISSA S, Mz, T, cl, vln, vc, pf
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Philip Carlsen FAIR SEED-TIME Tenor and Orch: 2,2,2,2 / 2,1,1,0 / 1 perc / pf / str
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Philip Carlsen SONGS OF HERSELF SATB chor
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Philip Carlsen FOUR JOURNEYS IN MAINE S, 2fl(pic), ob, 2 cl(bcl), 2 bn / 1,1,1,0 / 1 perc / str
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Philip Carlsen ECHOES OF A SHADOW Solo Piano
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Philip Carlsen ELUSIVE BLUES Solo Piano
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Philip Carlsen POLKA FOLKS Piano or Accordion
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Philip Carlsen ROWING IN EDEN 2fl(pic), 2ob(ca), 2 cl, 2 bn / 4,2,3,1 / timp / 1 perc / hp / str
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Philip Carlsen NIGHT THOUGHTS S, SATB chor, 2 hn, hp, 2 vla, 2 vc, db
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Philip Carlsen MAINE TRAVELER'S ADVISORY fl, cl, bn, tbn, mba, vn, db
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Philip Carlsen LANDSCAPE WITH LADYSLIPPER fl(pic), ob(ca), cl(bcl), vln, vla, vc, db
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Philip Carlsen DARK PINE'S HAND 2 fl(pic), 2, 2, 1+1 / 4,2,3,1 / timp / 3 perc / str
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Philip Carlsen ECHO PIECE NO. 1 2,2,2,2 / 2,0,0,0 / cellos and basses
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Philip Carlsen HOLLY AND IVY fl, cl, hn, perc, vln, vla, vc, db
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Philip Carlsen GARDEN SATB chor, 2 perc, 2 pf
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Philip Carlsen DUST AS WE ARE Javanese gamelan (pelog), singers (gerongan), orchestra
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Philip Carlsen LOTOS-EATERS Javanese gamelan (slendro), singers (gerongan), orchestra
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Philip Carlsen Far Psalteries of Summer violin, cello, marimba, piano
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Philip Carlsen Soft Voices - Choir with Chamber Ensemble SATB, 1 1 1 1 - 1 1 0 0 - STRINGS
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Philip Carlsen SNOW LEAF Javanese gamelan, slendro and pelog
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Philip Carlsen Soft Voices - a cappella SAATB a cappella (Vocal quintet or choir)
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Philip Carlsen DRAGONFLY Solo Marimba
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Philip Carlsen CAR AFTERLIFE 50 automobiles with drivers, 4 conductors
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