Robert Ceely

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"To me music is organized sound in time. Whether my music is instrumental, vocal, electronic or a combination, the impetus is the idea; the medium chosen is a result of the idea." - Robert Ceely (1930-2015), was a composer and an educator. His compositions include solo, chamber, and orchestral music as well as music for tape and tape with instruments. He attended the New England Conservatory where he studied with Francis Cooke and completed further studies with Darius Milhaud and Leon Kirchner at Mills College, with Roger Sessions, and with Edward Cone and Milton Babbitt at Princeton University.

From 1963-64, he composed music in the Electronic Music Studio in Milan as a guest of The Italian Government. His ballet “Beyond the Ghost Spectrum”, commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation with choreography by James Waring, was performed at Tanglewood with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting and the opera, “Automobile Graveyard”, after a play by Fernando Arrabal, was presented at the New England Conservatory in 1995. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ditson Fund, the Manon Jarrof dancers, the Massachusetts Arts Council, the Fromm Music Foundation and others. He has taught at the Naval School of Music, The Lawrenceville School, Robert College in Istanbul, and for thirty-eight years at the New England Conservatory where he established and directed the Electronic Music Studio and taught composition. In 1995, he was honored with an Outstanding Alumni Award. He retired from teaching in 2003 and continued to devote his time and energy to composition.

 

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1 AUROS (1997)
obo, cl, pf, vln, vlc

2 AUTOMOBLIE GRAVEYARD (1995)
Fl, ob, A Cl, Alto Sax, Bar, Sax, Bsn, Tpt, hn, tbn, pno/cel, vn, vla, vcl, bass, drum set

3 BOTTOM DOGS (1981)
4 double basses

4 CANONS (2001)
alto fl, a cl, bsn

5 CAROL FOR A NEW YEAR (2003)
mixed chorus and solo tpt

6 CHAMBER VARIATIONS (2012)
18 players
pic, fl, ob, Ehn, cl, bscl, bsn, cbsn, hn, tpt in C, tbn, tba, vln, vla, vc, cb, piano, drum kit

7 COMPLAINT (2010)
solo cello

8 DIALOGUES (1983)
fl

9 DUEL FOR BASS CLARINET AND PIANO (2008)
bass clarinet, piano

10 DUOLOGUE (2014)
trumpet in C, piano

11 EXTENSIONS FOR PIANO (2000)
solo piano

14 FIVE PIANO PIECES (1953)
piano

15 GIOSTRA (1984)
ob,pf

16 GROUP SAX (1996)
sax quartet
Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bari Saxophones

17 HARLEQUIN (1990)
solo double bass and tape part recorded in advance

19 LOGS (2019)
2 dbl basses

20 LULLABY (1979)
high soprano voice, trombone

21 Metamir (1988)
trio with tape

22 METAMIR acoustic version (2006)
alto flute, bass clarinet, viola, piano

23 Minute Rag (1985)
piano

24 MODULES for SEVEN PLAYERS (1968)
fl, AltoSax, Pf, Vln, Vla, Cb, Perc (vib, timp, hi cymb, 3 temple blk, cowbell, timbales, lg triangle)

25 MUSIC FOR TEN INSTRUMENTS (1963)
pic, cl(a), cbsn, hn, tpt, btbn, hp, vln, vc, cb

26 NEGATIVES (2010)
piano solo

27 ONTOGENY (2011)
prerecorded fixed media

29 PIANO PIECE (1980)

30 PIANO VARIATIONS (1982)
pf

32 REMEMBERING GEORGE (1984)
big band: 2asax, 2tsax, barsax, 4tpt, 4tbn, pf, cb, drums

33 RITUALS for 40 flutes (1976)
40 flutes

34 ROUNDELS
wind ens: 2pic-4-2-eh-Ebcl-2clA-2cl-Ebacl-bcl-cbcl-Ebcbcl-sax(satbar)-2bsn-cbsn; 4-bassett hn-4-4-1; timp, pf/cel, mrmba, vib, xyl, glock, perc

35 SEVEN ETUDES FOR PIANO (2002)
solo piano

36 SLIDE MUSIC (1973)
4tbn

37 SPECULATION - MUSIC FOR THE FILM BY JOHN MCKEE (1961)
fl, ob, cl in A, bscl, vcl

38 STRING TRIO (2019)
violin, viola, cello

40 THREE SATIRES FOR ORCHESTRA (2005)
Picc, 2 Fl, 2 Ob, Eng Hn, 2 Cl, Bass Cl, 2 Bsn, Contra Bsn, 4 Hns, 2 tpt, tbn, bass tbn, tba, hp, pf/cel, Strings, 5 perc , timp

41 THREE SONGS FOR BARITONE AND PIANO (2003)
baritone, piano

42 TIMESHARES (1988)
8 perc
bells,xyl,vib,mar,timp., :kit1,lg.cym,hi.bongo,low bongo,hi&low woodblocks, hi&low tom,snare drum,sm.b.drum,:kit2,sizzle cym., lg.cym,med.cym,cow bell,hi&low military drum, hi&low tom,med.b.drum,:kit3,5 hi&low temple blocks, sm.cym,cow bell,hi wood

44 TRIPLE DOUBLE (1999)
ob, eh, bsn, tape

47 XCHANGES FOR PIANO (2012)
piano solo

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