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.

ACA List for Robert Carl

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 BELLS DANCE, DRUMS RING (1996)
Percussion quartet
6 THE BIG ROOM (1993)
pf
7 BIRD ESCAPES CAGE; TAKES FLIGHT (1998)
Solo clarinet
8 BIRDS AND FLOWERS (1990)
fl,pf
9 BLESSING FOR TWO (2002)
Violin and Vibraphone
10 BLUES BOX (2003)
pf
11 BRAIDED BAGATELLES (2002)
pf
12 BREAKING THE SURFACE (2006)
Alto saxophone, bass trombone, viola, cello
13 BROWN VELVET (2009)
bsn, live audio
14 BULLET CYCLE (2007)
2 or 3 players: sustaining instrument, plucked/struck instrument, percussive timekeeper, and electroacoustic soundtrack
15 CARVING SPACE FOR SOUND solo version (1998)
trumpet solo
16 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
17 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
18 CHANGING MY SPOTS (2005)
any number of players, instruments, flexible duration
19 A CLEAN SWEEP (2005)
Shakuhachi, tape
20 A CLEAN SWEEP - Acoustic Version (2014)
shakuhachi, with 5 violins, plus viola or cello
21 ColdNightSnow (2015)
2 concert glockenspiels

carl_coldnightsnow.excerpt.mp3

excerpt - performed by Sean Statser and Josh Perry
22 COLORING SOUND'S SCENT (2001)
oboe, cello, piano
23 DECEMBER 27,1966 (1979)
sop,fl/pic.cl,tpt,perc, vln,vla,vcl
24 DI PENSIER IN PENSIER (2000)
Sop, Mezzo Sop, Harpsichord
25 DIE BERLINER HORNISSE (1995)
alto sax in Eb, pf
26 The Distant Shore I (1981)
Chamber orchestra: 2-1-1-1; 1-1-1-0, harp. 2 percussion, strings
27 THE DISTANT SHORE II (1982)
sop, cham orch
S, cham ens: pic, fl, tpt, hn, double str 4tet: 4-4-2-2, cb
28 DUKE MEETS MORT (1992)
Chamber orchestra: 2-1/eh-2-ssax-2; 2-1-1-0; perc; str
29 EBB & FLOW (1981)
Flute/piccolo, oboe/english horn, bass clarinet, bassoon; horn (2), trumpet, trombone, percussion (2), violin, cello
30 THE ETERNAL BAGATELLE (1998)
variable inst
31 EVENT HORIZON (1996)
cl, hn, bsn, vln, cb
32 EXCAVATING THE PERFECT FAREWELL (2003)
viola, piano
34 FAREWELL TO THE FUNLESS 80'S (1989)
voice, piano
35 FEAR NO (2010)
satb
36 A FORK IN THE ROAD (1987)
ww qnt: 1-1-1-1, horn
37 FORMS OF FLOATING (1979)
solo flute
39 FRAGILE FAREWELL (2014)
violin, cello, piano
40 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
42 FROM HIM TO ME (1987)
pf
43 GARLAND (1981)
1 cello OR 2 cellos OR 1 cello+tape
44 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
46 GROWING UP (1990)
str qrt: 2-1-1
47 HAIKU OF BUSON (1997)
Narrator/improviser, tape/CD
48 Images of Birth (1987)
orch: 2-2-2-bcl-2-cbsn; 4-3-3-1; perc(3); harp, pf/cel; solo vln; str
49 IN FLIGHT TOGETHER/IN FLUG ZUSAMMEN (2001)
Violin OR viola with organ
50 INEVITABLE WAVE for 8 percusionists and fixed media audio (2012)
8 percussionists, audio playback
51 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
52 INFINITY AVENUE (2015)
improvisation ensemble, max MSP live sound processing
53 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.
54 LESGEDOWNDAHEAH (1996)
tpt in C, 2 alsax, tensax, tbn, 2 elec gtr, bass gtr, 2 perc, pf
55 LIBERTY (1991)
2pf, 3perc
56 MAGIC ACT (1988)
violin, marimba
57 MARFANTASIE (2004)
fl/alto fl, 2 alto sax, bscl, elec guit, Perc (1), 6 vlns, 2 vla, 2 vcl, 1 cb
58 A MATTER OF SCALE (1993)
Chamber orchestra: pic/2-2-2-2; 2-2-0-0; perc; str
60 NIGHT GARDEN (2013)
5 double basses (5th must have low C extension)
61 ONE SLIPS, ONE SKIPS (2016)
2 vln
62 Open (1999)
violin, viola, cello
63 OPEN EMPTY (2014)
mixed sextet: fl/pic, cl, perc(1), kbs, vln, vcl
64 OUR HEART AND HOME IS WITH INFINITUDE (1998)
high voice, piano
65 OUR MEETING IS INEVITABLE (1996)
2 Trumpets in C, Horn in F, Tenor Trombone, Tuba
66 A PATH BETWEEN CLOUD AND LIGHT (1985)
string quartet: 2-1-1
67 PENSÉES NOCTURNES (1994)
Sop, vln, vc, pf
68 PIANO QUINTET - SEARCH (2012)
piano, 2 vln, vla, vcl
69 PIANO SONATA NO. 2 "The Big Room" (1993)
pf

carlpianosonata2bigrm3worldturnedupexcerpt.mp3

Excerpt Sonata No. 2 III. The World Turned Upside Down (Erberk Eryilmaz, piano)
70 PIANO SONATA No. 3 "Clouds of Clarification" (2017)
digitally retunable piano
71 PIANO TRIO NO. 2 "THE BLOSSOM" (2003)
vln, vc, pf
73 PORTRAIT OF DAY AND NIGHT ON LAKE COMO (1988)
ww 3-3-3-3,br 4-3-3-1,perc,hp,4perc
74 PROCESSIONAL "A TREE RISES" (2012)
zheng, sustaining instrument (open)
75 PULSE FIELD (2009)
76 QUANTUM DANCES (2010)
cl, vln, pf
77 QUINTET FOR CLARINET AND STRINGS (2011)
clarinet in Bb, string quartet
79 RIVER'S BEND (2011)
2 fl
80 ROCKING CHAIR SERENADE (2013)
string orchestra
82 RUNNING THE GAMUT (2012)
ob, bsn, tpt, tbn, mrmba, pf, accord, vln, vla, vc
83 A SAMPLER OF THE SENSES (1994)
vla,vc,pf
84 SANCTUS FOR ZEPERNICK (2001)
SATB
85 SEARCH (2012)
pf quintet
86 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,
87 SHADOW BOX (1977)
cl,pf
88 SHAKE THE TREE (2005)
pf 4-hands
89 SIMIC SONGS (2004)
SATB a cappella
90 A SLOW ARCH/UN ARCO LENTO (2006)
flute (dbl picc) and string quintet (2 vln, vla, vc, cb)
91 SOLO SONG (for voice alone) (2002)
voice
92 SONATINA, THE DANCE OF SOUND AND SPACE (2006)
vln (or flute), piano
93 SPIRAL DANCES (1984)
pf
94 STARS' HARMONY;THE NIGHT'S PLEASURE, THE (1989)
orch,ww3-3-3-3,br4-3-3-1,kbd,hp,3perc,str
95 THE STING OF COMMAND (2002)
Baritone voice plus quartet of clarinet, violin, piano, double bass
98 SULLIVAN SONGS (2015)
12 solo singers: SSSAAATTTBBB
99 SUNBURST (1985)
brass quintet: 2-1-1-1; tape
100 SURGE (1987)
cb,pf
101 SWING SHIFT (1987)
pf
102 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
103 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
104 SYMPHONY No. 5 "Land" (2013)
3333 4332 alto saxophone, timp(4) perc(4), piano/cel, strings
106 THIS CITY MAKES ME WEEP (1980)
sop,tape
107 THREE REAL TIME ETUDES (1986)
Synclavier
108 TIME'S FILTER (1983)
Woodwind quintet: 1-1-1-1, horn AND string quintet: 2-1-1-1
109 TIME'S SPRING (1982)
4vln, 4vc, cb
110 TIME/MEMORY/SHADOW for double trio (1988)
Trio1: violin, cello, piano; Trio 2: violin2, viola, harp (or synth-sampl), conductor if nec.
111 TOWARDS THE CREST (1981)
bcl
112 TRANCENDANCE (1991)
sop,cb(with sound processing),pf
113 TRANSCENDENTAL CAKEWALK (6 players) (2000)
sextet
asax/Ebcl, elec gtr, perc, pf, vc (amp), cb (amp)
114 TRANSCENDENTAL CAKEWALK (orch version) (2015)
2222 4221 perc(2) timp(4) electric guitar, piano, strings
115 TWO FOR LE NOTRE (1994)
fl,vln,viola da gamba,hpschd
116 TWO VISIONS (1987)
sop,chamb orch
117 UPDRAFT (2009)
10 trombones and live electronics
118 VILLA OF THE MYSTERIES (1997)
flute (piccolo), violin, cello, piano
121 WARM WAXING WAIL (1986)
singing pianist
122 WATERLIGHT (1978)
pf, vib OR solo vib OR vib, hp OR vib, gtr OR 2vib OR pf, vib, glock
123 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:
124 WHERE SOUND AND THOUGHT MEET (2003)
Soprano Saxophone in Bb; Alto Saxophone in Eb ;Tenor Saxophone in Bb; Baritone Saxophone in Eb
125 WHITE HERON (2012)
3(dbl picc)-3(dbl ehn)-3-3, 4-3-3-1, timp, hp, 3 perc, strings
126 A WIDE OPEN FIELD (1990)
elec vc, cham orch
127 Wind Quintet No. 2, "Birds of Guandu" (2011)
Flute (dbl pcc), oboe, clarinet in Bb, French Horn in F, Bassoon
128 The Wind's Trace Rests on Leaves and Waves (2005)
2 violins, viola, cello, double bass
129 WINDRIVER (1984)
Sextet: fl, cl, perc (glock, vib), piano (optional addl. celeste), violin, cello
130 WRITTEN ON WOOD (2000)
pf, perc
131 YEARNING (1997)
oboe, electronics

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