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 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 DEATH MARCH (2017)
large wind ensemble

24 DEATH MARCH (2017)
large wind ensemble

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

32 THE ETERNAL BAGATELLE (1998)
variable inst

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

34 EXCAVATING THE PERFECT FAREWELL (2003)
viola, piano

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

37 FEAR NO (2010)
satb

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

39 FORMS OF FLOATING (1979)
solo flute

41 FRAGILE FAREWELL (2014)
violin, cello, piano

42 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

44 FROM HIM TO ME (1987)
pf

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

46 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

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

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

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

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

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

53 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

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

55 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.

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

57 LIBERTY (1991)
2pf, 3perc

58 MAGIC ACT (1988)
violin, marimba

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

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

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

63 ONE SLIPS, ONE SKIPS (2016)
2 vln

64 Open (1999)
violin, viola, cello

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

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

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

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

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

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

71 PIANO SONATA NO. 2 "The Big Room" (1993)
pf

carlpianosonata2bigrm3worldturnedupexcerpt.mp3

Excerpt Sonata No. 2 III. The World Turned Upside Down (Erberk Eryilmaz, piano)

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

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

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

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

77 PULSE FIELD (2009)

78 QUANTUM DANCES (2010)
cl, vln, pf

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

81 RIVER'S BEND (2011)
2 fl

82 ROCKING CHAIR SERENADE (2013)
string orchestra

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

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

86 SANCTUS FOR ZEPERNICK (2001)
SATB

87 SEARCH (2012)
pf quintet

88 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,

89 SHADOW BOX (1977)
cl,pf

90 SHAKE THE TREE (2005)
pf 4-hands

91 SIMIC SONGS (2004)
SATB a cappella

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

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

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

95 SPIRAL DANCES (1984)
pf

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

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

100 SULLIVAN SONGS (2015)
12 solo singers: SSSAAATTTBBB

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

102 SURGE (1987)
cb,pf

103 SWING SHIFT (1987)
pf

104 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

105 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

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

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

109 THREE REAL TIME ETUDES (1986)
Synclavier

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

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

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

113 TOWARDS THE CREST (1981)
bcl

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

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

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

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

118 TWO VISIONS (1987)
sop,chamb orch

119 UPDRAFT (2009)
10 trombones and live electronics

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

123 WARM WAXING WAIL (1986)
singing pianist

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

125 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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

132 WRITTEN ON WOOD (2000)
pf, perc

133 YEARNING (1997)
oboe, electronics

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