Robert Carl

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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

1 100 VIEWS FROM THE BIRD'S EYE (1991)
flute (doubling alto flute in G, and piccolo); bass cl, piano

2 a-... (2015)
SATB a cappella

3 AMERICAN SPACE (1983)
Soprano, flute (alto flute/piccolo), clarinet/Eb clarinet, horn, violin, cello, piano

4 AN INTIMATE FIELD (1991)
Cello, piano

5 BEGINNING MY STUDIES (1998)
high voice, pf

6 BELLS DANCE, DRUMS RING (1996)
Percussion quartet

7 THE BIG ROOM (1993)
pf

8 BIRD ESCAPES CAGE; TAKES FLIGHT (1998)
Solo clarinet

9 BIRDS AND FLOWERS (1990)
fl,pf

10 BLESSING FOR TWO (2002)
Violin and Vibraphone

11 BLUES BOX (2003)
pf

12 BRAIDED BAGATELLES (2002)
pf

13 BREAKING THE SURFACE (2006)
Alto saxophone, bass trombone, viola, cello

14 BROWN VELVET (2009)
bsn, live audio

15 BULLET CYCLE (2007)
2 or 3 players: sustaining instrument, plucked/struck instrument, percussive timekeeper, and electroacoustic soundtrack

16 CARVING SPACE FOR SOUND solo version (1998)
trumpet solo

17 CARVING SPACE FOR SOUND trumpet and ensemble (1998)
Solo Trumpet in C, Trumpet II in C (offstage), 1 Percussionist (Tubular Bells (Chimes) Tam-Tam Bass Drum), Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello

18 Chamber Concerto for Guitar and 10 Instruments, "The Calm Bee in the Busy Hive" (2010)
Guitar (solo) Guitar 2 Flute (dbl. picc) Clarinet in Bb Trumpet in C Vibraphone Harp Piano Violin Viola Cello

19 CHANGING MY SPOTS (2005)
any number of players, instruments, flexible duration

20 A CLEAN SWEEP (2005)
Shakuhachi, tape

21 A CLEAN SWEEP - Acoustic Version (2014)
shakuhachi, with 5 violins, plus viola or cello

23 COLORING SOUND'S SCENT (2001)
oboe, cello, piano

24 DEATH MARCH (2017)
large wind ensemble

25 DEATH MARCH (2017)
large wind ensemble

26 DECEMBER 27,1966 (1979)
sop,fl/pic.cl,tpt,perc, vln,vla,vcl

27 DI PENSIER IN PENSIER (2000)
Sop, Mezzo Sop, Harpsichord

28 DIE BERLINER HORNISSE (1995)
alto sax in Eb, pf

29 The Distant Shore I (1981)
Chamber orchestra: 2-1-1-1; 1-1-1-0, harp. 2 percussion, strings

30 THE DISTANT SHORE II (1982)
sop, cham orch
S, cham ens: pic, fl, tpt, hn, double str 4tet: 4-4-2-2, cb

31 DUKE MEETS MORT (1992)
Chamber orchestra: 2-1/eh-2-ssax-2; 2-1-1-0; perc; str

32 EBB & FLOW (1981)
Flute/piccolo, oboe/english horn, bass clarinet, bassoon; horn (2), trumpet, trombone, percussion (2), violin, cello

33 THE ETERNAL BAGATELLE (1998)
variable inst

34 EVENT HORIZON (1996)
cl, hn, bsn, vln, cb

35 EXCAVATING THE PERFECT FAREWELL (2003)
viola, piano

37 FAREWELL TO THE FUNLESS 80'S (1989)
voice, piano

38 FEAR NO (2010)
satb

39 A FORK IN THE ROAD (1987)
ww qnt: 1-1-1-1, horn

40 FORMS OF FLOATING (1979)
solo flute

42 FRAGILE FAREWELL (2014)
violin, cello, piano

43 FROM THE GROUND UP (2009)
3332 4321 SATB saxophones, timp, perc (3), db
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

45 FROM HIM TO ME (1987)
pf

46 GARLAND (1981)
1 cello OR 2 cellos OR 1 cello+tape

47 The Geography of Loss (2010)
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

49 GROWING UP (1990)
str qrt: 2-1-1

50 HAIKU OF BUSON (1997)
Narrator/improviser, tape/CD

51 Images of Birth (1987)
orch: 2-2-2-bcl-2-cbsn; 4-3-3-1; perc(3); harp, pf/cel; solo vln; str

52 IN FLIGHT TOGETHER/IN FLUG ZUSAMMEN (2001)
Violin OR viola with organ

53 INEVITABLE WAVE for 8 percusionists and fixed media audio (2012)
8 percussionists, audio playback

54 INEVITABLE WAVE for chamber orchestra and fixed media audio (2013)
fl/dbl pic, ob, cl/bscl, Bari sax/dbl sop. sax, bsn; horn, tpt C, bstbn, tba, timp, perc(3), piano, strings
chamber orchestra, fixed media

55 INFINITY AVENUE (2015)
improvisation ensemble, max MSP live sound processing

56 LA VILLE ENGLOUTIE (2007)
4333 4331, timp (3), perc (4), db
4 fl (4th doubling picc), 3 ob (3rd doubling E.hn), 3 cl in Eb, Bs clar, sop-alt-ten-bari saxophone, 3 bsn, 4 hns, 3 tpt in C, 2 tenor tbn, bass tbn, euph, tuba, Timpani (3 drums), 4 perc; Cb.

57 LESGEDOWNDAHEAH (1996)
tpt in C, 2 alsax, tensax, tbn, 2 elec gtr, bass gtr, 2 perc, pf

58 LIBERTY (1991)
2pf, 3perc

59 MAGIC ACT (1988)
violin, marimba

60 MARFANTASIE (2004)
fl/alto fl, 2 alto sax, bscl, elec guit, Perc (1), 6 vlns, 2 vla, 2 vcl, 1 cb

61 A MATTER OF SCALE (1993)
Chamber orchestra: pic/2-2-2-2; 2-2-0-0; perc; str

63 NIGHT GARDEN (2013)
5 double basses (5th must have low C extension)

64 ONE SLIPS, ONE SKIPS (2016)
2 vln

65 Open (1999)
violin, viola, cello

66 OPEN EMPTY (2014)
mixed sextet: fl/pic, cl, perc(1), kbs, vln, vcl

67 OUR HEART AND HOME IS WITH INFINITUDE (1998)
high voice, piano

68 OUR MEETING IS INEVITABLE (1996)
2 Trumpets in C, Horn in F, Tenor Trombone, Tuba

69 A PATH BETWEEN CLOUD AND LIGHT (1985)
string quartet: 2-1-1

70 PENSÉES NOCTURNES (1994)
Sop, vln, vc, pf

71 PIANO QUINTET - SEARCH (2012)
piano, 2 vln, vla, vcl

73 PIANO SONATA No. 3 "Clouds of Clarification" (2017)
digitally retunable piano

74 PIANO TRIO NO. 2 "THE BLOSSOM" (2003)
vln, vc, pf

76 PORTRAIT OF DAY AND NIGHT ON LAKE COMO (1988)
ww 3-3-3-3,br 4-3-3-1,perc,hp,4perc

77 PROCESSIONAL "A TREE RISES" (2012)
zheng, sustaining instrument (open)

78 PULSE FIELD (2009)

79 QUANTUM DANCES (2010)
cl, vln, pf

80 QUINTET FOR CLARINET AND STRINGS (2011)
clarinet in Bb, string quartet

82 RIVER'S BEND (2011)
2 fl

83 ROCKING CHAIR SERENADE (2013)
string orchestra

85 RUNNING THE GAMUT (2012)
ob, bsn, tpt, tbn, mrmba, pf, accord, vln, vla, vc

86 A SAMPLER OF THE SENSES (1994)
vla,vc,pf

87 SANCTUS FOR ZEPERNICK (2001)
SATB

88 SEARCH (2012)
pf quintet

89 SEEING FORMS, HEARING VOICES (2000)
Soprano (also plays Tibetan finger cymbals), 4 low male voices, tpt, bs tbn, 2 perc, vln, vla, vcl, cb, keyboard sampler, audio playback,

90 SHADOW BOX (1977)
cl,pf

91 SHAKE THE TREE (2005)
pf 4-hands

92 SIMIC SONGS (2004)
SATB a cappella

93 A SLOW ARCH/UN ARCO LENTO (2006)
flute (dbl picc) and string quintet (2 vln, vla, vc, cb)

94 SOLO SONG (for voice alone) (2002)
voice

95 SONATINA, THE DANCE OF SOUND AND SPACE (2006)
vln (or flute), piano

96 SPIRAL DANCES (1984)
pf

97 STARS' HARMONY;THE NIGHT'S PLEASURE, THE (1989)
orch,ww3-3-3-3,br4-3-3-1,kbd,hp,3perc,str

98 THE STING OF COMMAND (2002)
Baritone voice plus quartet of clarinet, violin, piano, double bass

101 SULLIVAN SONGS (2015)
12 solo singers: SSSAAATTTBBB

102 SUNBURST (1985)
brass quintet: 2-1-1-1; tape

103 SURGE (1987)
cb,pf

104 SWING SHIFT (1987)
pf

105 Symphony No. 2, "Liberty and/or Death" (1992)
orch: 3/pic-3/eh-3/bcl/Ebcl-2-cbsn; 4-3(in C)/D-3/btbn-1; 3perc; pf/org; str

106 SYMPHONY NO. 3 'THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN' (2000)
orch: pic/3-3/eh-3/bcl-3; 4-3-2/1btbn-1; harp; piano; timpani; 3perc; strings

107 SYMPHONY No. 5 "Land" (2013)
3333 4332 alto saxophone, timp(4) perc(4), piano/cel, strings

109 THIS CITY MAKES ME WEEP (1980)
sop,tape

110 THREE REAL TIME ETUDES (1986)
Synclavier

111 TIME'S FILTER (1983)
Woodwind quintet: 1-1-1-1, horn AND string quintet: 2-1-1-1

112 TIME'S SPRING (1982)
4vln, 4vc, cb

113 TIME/MEMORY/SHADOW for double trio (1988)
Trio1: violin, cello, piano; Trio 2: violin2, viola, harp (or synth-sampl), conductor if nec.

114 TOWARDS THE CREST (1981)
bcl

115 TRANCENDANCE (1991)
sop,cb(with sound processing),pf

116 TRANSCENDENTAL CAKEWALK (6 players) (2000)
sextet
asax/Ebcl, elec gtr, perc, pf, vc (amp), cb (amp)

117 TRANSCENDENTAL CAKEWALK (orch version) (2015)
2222 4221 perc(2) timp(4) electric guitar, piano, strings

118 TWO FOR LE NOTRE (1994)
fl,vln,viola da gamba,hpschd

119 TWO VISIONS (1987)
sop,chamb orch

120 UPDRAFT (2009)
10 trombones and live electronics

121 VILLA OF THE MYSTERIES (1997)
flute (piccolo), violin, cello, piano

124 WARM WAXING WAIL (1986)
singing pianist

125 WATERLIGHT (1978)
pf, vib OR solo vib OR vib, hp OR vib, gtr OR 2vib OR pf, vib, glock

126 WHAT'S UNDERFOOT (Orch version) (2016)
17 players
2 Fl (both dbl picc) Ob Cl SopSx Bsn Hn Tpt C Bstbn Perc(2) piano strings:

127 WHERE SOUND AND THOUGHT MEET (2003)
Soprano Saxophone in Bb; Alto Saxophone in Eb ;Tenor Saxophone in Bb; Baritone Saxophone in Eb

128 WHITE HERON (2012)
3(dbl picc)-3(dbl ehn)-3-3, 4-3-3-1, timp, hp, 3 perc, strings

129 A WIDE OPEN FIELD (1990)
elec vc, cham orch

130 Wind Quintet No. 2, "Birds of Guandu" (2011)
Flute (dbl pcc), oboe, clarinet in Bb, French Horn in F, Bassoon

131 The Wind's Trace Rests on Leaves and Waves (2005)
2 violins, viola, cello, double bass

132 WINDRIVER (1984)
Sextet: fl, cl, perc (glock, vib), piano (optional addl. celeste), violin, cello

133 WRITTEN ON WOOD (2000)
pf, perc

134 YEARNING (1997)
oboe, electronics

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