Robert Carl

Biography

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.

ACE Publications

28 title(s)
Composer Title SCORING/INSTRUMENTATION Year
Robert Carl ONE SLIPS, ONE SKIPS 2 vln
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Robert Carl Refiner's Fire violin and guitar
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Robert Carl ColdNightSnow 2 concert glockenspiels
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Robert Carl PROCESSIONAL "A TREE RISES" -
zheng, sustaining instrument (open)
Robert Carl RIVER'S BEND -
2 fl
Robert Carl BROWN VELVET -
bsn, live audio
Robert Carl BREAKING THE SURFACE Alto saxophone, bass trombone, viola, cello
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Robert Carl CLEAN SWEEP Shakuhachi, tape
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Robert Carl WHERE SOUND AND THOUGHT MEET -
Soprano Saxophone in Bb; Alto Saxophone in Eb ;Tenor Saxophone in Bb; Baritone Saxophone in Eb
Robert Carl EXCAVATING THE PERFECT FAREWELL -
viola, piano
Robert Carl BLESSING FOR TWO Violin and Vibraphone
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Robert Carl Gideon's Lullabye (for two trumpets in C) 2 C trumpets
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Robert Carl WRITTEN ON WOOD -
pf, perc
Robert Carl Violin Sonata No. 2 (Angel-Skating) -
vln, pf
Robert Carl VILLA OF THE MYSTERIES flute (piccolo), violin, cello, piano
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Robert Carl BELLS DANCE, DRUMS RING -
Percussion quartet
Robert Carl DIE BERLINER HORNISSE -
alto sax in Eb, pf
Robert Carl TWO FOR LE NOTRE fl,vln,viola da gamba,hpschd
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Robert Carl STONYPATH SUNRISE AND VICTORY MARCH FOR LITTLE SPARTA ob/eh,vla,hp,perc
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Robert Carl AN INTIMATE FIELD Cello, piano
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Robert Carl FAREWELL TO THE FUNLESS 80'S voice, piano
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Robert Carl MAGIC ACT -
violin, marimba
Robert Carl SURGE -
cb, pf
Robert Carl PATH BETWEEN CLOUD AND LIGHT -
string quartet: 2-1-1
Robert Carl GARLAND -
1 cello OR 2 cellos OR 1 cello+tape

Additional Works