Philip Carlsen

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1 ALL THE DESANCTIFIED PLACES - Part 1 of NEW WORLD SUITE No. 3 (2017)
vln, vla, vcl
Speaking string trio

2 Asa Nisi Masa (2016)
2-2-2-2 / 2-1-1-0 / 1 perc / solo violin / strings

3 ASA NISI MASA - duo version (2017)
violin, piano

4 CAR AFTERLIFE (2008)
50 automobiles with drivers, 4 conductors

5 A DARK PINE'S HAND (1997)
2 fl(pic), 2, 2, 1+1 / 4,2,3,1 / timp / 3 perc / str

6 DISTANCE - PROXIMITY (2013)
brass quintet (2 tpt, hn, tbn, tba)

7 DRAGONFLY (2008)
solo marimba

8 DUST AS WE ARE (2003)
Javanese gamelan (pelog), singers (gerongan), orch

9 EAST BY NORTHEAST (2009)
wind octet (fl, ob, cl, bn, hn, tpt, tbn, tuba)

10 ECHO PIECE NO. 1 (1998)
2,2,2,2 / 2,0,0,0 / cellos and basses

11 ECHOES OF A SHADOW (1990)
solo piano

12 ELUSIVE BLUES (1990)
solo piano

13 FAIR SEED-TIME (1985)
Tenor and Orch: 2,2,2,2 / 2,1,1,0 / 1 perc / pf / str

14 Far Psalteries of Summer (2003)
violin, cello, marimba, piano

15 FOUR JOURNEYS IN MAINE (1989)
S, 2fl(pic), ob, 2 cl(bcl), 2 bn / 1,1,1,0 / 1 perc / str

16 THE GARDEN (2000)
SATB chor, 2 perc, 2 pf

17 HOLLY AND IVY (1998)
fl, cl, hn, perc, vln, vla, vc, db

18 IN SEARCH OF HOLLY (2017)
3 marimbas, 1 snare drum

19 INCARNATION for automobile orchestra (2009)
32-Automobile orchestra, conductor

20 LANDSCAPE WITH LADYSLIPPER (1997)
fl(pic), ob(ca), cl(bcl), vln, vla, vc, db

21 THE LOTOS-EATERS (2003)

22 MAINE TRAVELER'S ADVISORY (1997)
fl, cl, bn, tbn, mba, vn, db

23 Midsummer Night’s Dream (songs and incidental music) (2009)
singers, toy piano, flute, cello, percussion

24 MOVING DAY (2016)
vcl, pf

25 NACH BACH (2017)
marimba quartet

26 NIGHT THOUGHTS (1996)
S, SATB chor, 2 hn, hp, 2 vla, 2 vc, db

27 NIGHT THOUGHTS - Piano Vocal (2015)
SATB, piano

28 NIMBUS (1978)
vibraphone, marimba, suspended cymbal, Chinese cymbal, tam tam, brass wind chimes
3 PERC

29 October (2003)
solo piano

30 PENUMBRA (2016)
clarinet, violin, piano

31 Phantastische Sonate (2014)
piano and chamber orchestra (2-1-2-2 / 2-1-0-0 / timp / str)

32 POLKA FOLKS (1991)
solo piano

33 ReinCARnation (2012)
Car radios
Automobile orchestra

34 ROWING IN EDEN (1992)
2fl(pic), 2ob(ca), 2 cl, 2 bn / 4,2,3,1 / timp / 1 perc / hp / str

35 SNOW LEAF (2005)
Javanese gamelan, slendro and pelog

36 SNOW LEAF, VALENTINE (2010)
for Javanese gamelan, slendro and pelog

37 Soft Voices - a cappella (2005)
SAATB a cappella (Vocal quintet or choir)

38 Soft Voices - Choir with Chamber Ensemble (2005)
SATB, 1 1 1 1 - 1 1 0 0 - STRINGS

39 SONGS OF HERSELF (1989)
SATB chor

40 SUSURRUS (2014)
solo marimba

41 TANGO TANGGUNG (2012)
cello, with Sundanese gamelan degung (5 or more players)

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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.