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

147 title(s)
Composer Title SCORING/INSTRUMENTATION Year
Robert Carl DEATH MARCH large wind ensemble
Robert Carl DECEMBER 27,1966 sop,fl/pic.cl,tpt,perc, vln,vla,vcl
Robert Carl DI PENSIER IN PENSIER
Sop, Mezzo Sop, Harpsichord
Robert Carl DIE BERLINER HORNISSE
alto sax in Eb, pf
Robert Carl Distant Shore I
Chamber orchestra: 2-1-1-1; 1-1-1-0, harp. 2 percussion, strings
Robert Carl DISTANT SHORE II sop, cham orch
S, cham ens: pic, fl, tpt, hn, double str 4tet: 4-4-2-2, cb
Robert Carl DUKE MEETS MORT Chamber orchestra: 2-1/eh-2-ssax-2; 2-1-1-0; perc; str
Robert Carl EBB & FLOW
Flute/piccolo, oboe/english horn, bass clarinet, bassoon; horn (2), trumpet, trombone, percussion (2), violin, cello
Robert Carl ETERNAL BAGATELLE variable inst
Robert Carl EVENT HORIZON
cl, hn, bsn, vln, cb
Robert Carl EXCAVATING THE PERFECT FAREWELL
viola, piano
Robert Carl EXPLORING THE POSSIBILITIES
Robert Carl FAREWELL TO THE FUNLESS 80'S voice, piano
Robert Carl FEAR NO SATB Chorus
Robert Carl FORK IN THE ROAD ww qnt: 1-1-1-1, horn
Robert Carl FORMS OF FLOATING
solo flute
Robert Carl FOUR OCCASIONS - Cycle of works
Robert Carl FRAGILE FAREWELL violin, cello, piano
Robert Carl FROM HIM TO ME pf
Robert Carl FROM THE GROUND UP Wind Ensemble
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
Robert Carl From the Ground Up (Sonic Etude for Piano) Piano
Robert Carl GARLAND
1 cello OR 2 cellos OR 1 cello+tape
Robert Carl Geography of Loss 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
Robert Carl Gideon's Lullabye (for two trumpets in C) 2 C trumpets
Robert Carl GROWING UP str qrt: 2-1-1

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