Louis Karchin

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A composer of "fearless eloquence" (Andrew Porter, The New Yorker), Louis Karchin has a highly acclaimed compositional portfolio of over sixty works. He was born in Philadelphia in 1951 and studied at the Eastman School of Music and Harvard University. Recent music includes vocal-instrumental song cycles Songs of John Keats, Songs of Distance and Light, Orpheus, American Visions, and his latest work, The Gods of Winter. Recently, the Guggenheim Museum presented his 70-minute one-act comic opera Romulus, in a fully-staged production, and his Chesapeake Festival Overture was premiered this past summer by the Orchestra di Stato della Romania at the Alba Music Festival (Italy) and performed shortly after by the Chesapeake Orchestra at the River Concert Series of St. Mary's College, MD.

Karchin's music has been commissioned and performed by some of the world's most acclaimed ensembles for new music, including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Group for Contemporary Music, the Da Capo Chamber Players, the New York New Music Ensemble, the Louisville Orchestra, the Delta Ensemble of Amsterdam (Netherlands), and Spectrum Sonori (South Korea). New World, Albany and CRI labels have recorded his works and C. F. Peters Corporation and ACA have published his compositions. He is the recipient of Koussevitzky and Barlow Foundation Commissions, and two awards each from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University. Mr. Karchin is Professor of Music at New York University, teaching in an advanced graduate program in composition which he organized for the Department of Music in 1989.

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ACA List for Louis Karchin

1 ANCIENT SCENES (2014)
Soprano solo, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion (1)
2 ATTUNED TO THE TIMES (1978)
vln
3 BARCAROLE VARIATIONS (2015)
violin and harp
4 CANONIC MOSAICS 2 (1986)
fl,cl,bsn,perc,vln,vlc,vcl,pf
5 CANZONA (1988)
vln
6 CAPRICCIO (1977)
vln solo & 7instr: fl,ob,bcl,perc,pf,vla,cb (c-extension pref)
7 CAPRICE (1984)
pf
8 CELEBRATION (2008)
9 CHAMBER SYMPHONY (2009)
Flute (doubling piccolo) Clarinet in Bb Bassoon (doubling contrabassoon) Horn in F Trumpet in C Bass Trombone 2 Percussionists Harp Piano 2 Violins Cello Contrabass (with c extension)
10 CHESAPEAKE FESTIVAL OVERTURE (2006)
2 -Picc-2-Eng. Hn.-2-B. Cl.-2-Cbn./4-2-3-1/timp-3 perc./str.
11 Dark Mountains/Distant Lights (2016)
solo violin
12 DREAMSCAPE (2016)
oboe, violin
13 DUO (1980)
vln,vcl
14 ELEGY (1988)
vln
15 EVOCATIONS (2010)
cl, perc
16 EXCURSIONS (2015)
viola, electronic audio file
17 EXPRESSIONS (2008)
18 FANTASY 1 (1972)
vln(or vla)
19 FANTASY 2 (1973)
pf
20 FIVE ORCHESTRAL SONGS ON POEMS OF SUE STANDING (1985)
sop solo & orch:pic-2-2-2bcl-2-cbsn,4-2-2-1,perc, str
23 FOUR SONGS ON POEMS OF SEAMUS HEANEY (2012)
SOPRANO SOLO, FL, CL, VLN, VCL, PERC(1), PNO
24 FOUR SONGS ON POEMS OF SEAMUS HEANEY - Sop & Orch (2016)
2121 2211 perc (2) harp, strings, soprano solo
25 THE GODS OF WINTER (Chamber version) (2007)
fl (doubling picc.), cl, hn, perc., pno, 2 vn, vc, baritone voice
26 THE GODS OF WINTER (Orchestral version) (2007)
2 (1. doubling picc)-2-2-2-c. bn/2-2-2-1/Timp-3 perc/Bar. Voice/str
27 JANE EYRE, an opera in 3 Acts (2016)
9 singers, 2 (2nd dbl picc. and altfl)-2-2-bsn-cbn/2-2-1-1/hp-timp-2 perc./ strings
opera in development
28 JOURNEYS (Mvmt V. from Ancient Scenes) (2014)
fl, cl, vn, vc, pno, perc
29 LITTLE SUITE (1969)
pf
30 LUMINOUS FIELDS (2014)
FL, VCL, 1PERC, HP
31 LYRICS II FOR PIANO (2014)
pf
32 MATRIX AND DREAM (2004)
sop, pf
33 PLAINT (2004)
sop, pf
35 PSALM 23 (2004)
Sop, vln, pf
36 QUEST (2014)
fl, hp
38 ROETHKE SONGS (2004)
sop, pf
39 ROMULUS, AN OPERA IN ONE ACT (1990)
S, T, Bar, B; fl/pic,cl,bsn,hn, pf,perc,str
40 SOLILOQUY (1982)
fl
42 SONATA FOR PIANO (1988)
pf
43 STRING QUARTET NO. 3 (2016)
string quartet
44 THREE EPIGRAMS (2008)
solo piano
45 THREE MINIATURES (1983)
pf
46 TO THE STARS (2003)
SATB
47 TWO LYRICS FOR SOLO CELLO (2012)
cello

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