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 PIANO QUINTET - SEARCH
piano, 2 vln, vla, vcl
Robert Carl PIANO SONATA NO. 2 "The Big Room" Piano
Robert Carl PIANO SONATA No. 3 "Clouds of Clarification" digitally retunable piano
Robert Carl PIANO TRIO: "Always Rising"
vln,vc,pf
Robert Carl PIANO TRIO NO. 2 "THE BLOSSOM"
vln, vc, pf
Robert Carl PORTRAIT OF DAY AND NIGHT ON LAKE COMO ww 3-3-3-3,br 4-3-3-1,perc,hp,4perc
Robert Carl PROCESSIONAL "A TREE RISES"
zheng, sustaining instrument (open)
Robert Carl PULSE FIELD
Robert Carl QUANTUM DANCES cl, vln, pf
Robert Carl Quiet(assisted) Open
Robert Carl QUINTET FOR CLARINET AND STRINGS
clarinet in Bb, string quartet
Robert Carl Refiner's Fire violin and guitar
Robert Carl RITRATTO DEI GIORNI E DELLE NOTTI SU LAGO DI COMO pf
Robert Carl RIVER'S BEND
2 fl
Robert Carl ROCKING CHAIR SERENADE
string orchestra
Robert Carl ROUNDABOUT for contrabass and tape cb,tape
Robert Carl RUNNING THE GAMUT
ob, bsn, tpt, tbn, mrmba, pf, accord, vln, vla, vc
Robert Carl SAMPLER OF THE SENSES vla,vc,pf
Robert Carl SANCTUS FOR ZEPERNICK
SATB
Robert Carl SEARCH Piano Quintet
Robert Carl SEEING FORMS, HEARING VOICES
Soprano (also plays Tibetan finger cymbals), 4 low male voices, tpt, bs tbn, 2 perc, vln, vla, vcl, cb, keyboard sampler, audio playback,
Robert Carl Sentient Serenade Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano
Robert Carl SHADOW BOX cl,pf
Robert Carl SHAKE THE TREE
pf 4-hands
Robert Carl SIMIC SONGS SATB Quartet

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