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.

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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 THE CITY (1993)
SSATBB

21 A CLEAN SWEEP (2005)
Shakuhachi, tape

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

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

25 DEATH MARCH (2017)
large wind ensemble

26 DEATH MARCH (2017)
large wind ensemble

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

34 THE ETERNAL BAGATELLE (1998)
variable inst

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

36 EXCAVATING THE PERFECT FAREWELL (2003)
viola, piano

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

39 FEAR NO (2010)
satb

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

41 FORMS OF FLOATING (1979)
solo flute

43 FRAGILE FAREWELL (2014)
violin, cello, piano

44 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

46 FROM HIM TO ME (1987)
pf

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

48 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

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

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

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

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

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

55 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

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

57 JYUN ON (2017)
2 shakuhachi, 1 Ichigenkin

58 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.

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

60 LIBERTY (1991)
2pf, 3perc

61 MAGIC ACT (1988)
violin, marimba

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

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

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

66 ONE SLIPS, ONE SKIPS (2016)
2 vln

67 Open (1999)
violin, viola, cello

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

80 PULSE FIELD (2009)

81 QUANTUM DANCES (2010)
cl, vln, pf

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

84 RIVER'S BEND (2011)
2 fl

85 ROCKING CHAIR SERENADE (2013)
string orchestra

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

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

89 SANCTUS FOR ZEPERNICK (2001)
SATB

90 SEARCH (2012)
pf quintet

91 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,

92 SHADOW BOX (1977)
cl,pf

93 SHAKE THE TREE (2005)
pf 4-hands

94 SIMIC SONGS (2004)
SATB a cappella

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

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

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

98 SPIRAL DANCES (1984)
pf

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

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

103 SULLIVAN SONGS (2015)
12 solo singers: SSSAAATTTBBB

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

105 SURGE (1987)
cb,pf

106 SWING SHIFT (1987)
pf

107 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

108 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

109 SYMPHONY NO. 4 "The Ladder" (2008)
3333 4331 altosx pf/cel, timp, perc(4), strings

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

111 Symphony No.6, "Dome of Refuge" (2018)
3 fl (#3 dbl picc); 2 ob; 3 cl (#3 dbl bscl); 2 bsn; soprano/alto/tenor/baritone saxophones; 4 horns in F; 3 tpt in C; 2 tenor trombones; bass tbn; tuba; timp; 6 perc; harp; piano/synthesizer; strings

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

114 THREE REAL TIME ETUDES (1986)
Synclavier

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

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

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

118 TOWARDS THE CREST (1981)
bcl

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

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

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

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

123 TWO VISIONS (1987)
sop,chamb orch

124 UPDRAFT (2009)
10 trombones and live electronics

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

128 WARM WAXING WAIL (1986)
singing pianist

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

130 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:

131 WHAT'S UNDERFOOT - piano version (2018)
solo piano

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

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

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

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

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

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

138 WRITTEN ON WOOD (2000)
pf, perc

139 YEARNING (1997)
oboe, electronics

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