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.

 

Robert Ceely, ACA Festival rehearsal, 2010Robert Ceely

ACA List for Robert Ceely

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
11 FIVE CONTEMPLATIVE PIECES (2000)
SATB

Ceely5ConteplativePcsSATBExcerpt.mp3

Robert Ceely's 5 Contemplative Pieces - excerpt
12 FIVE PIANO PIECES (1953)
13 GIOSTRA (1984)
ob,pf
14 GROUP SAX (1996)
sax quartet
Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bari Saxophones
15 HYPALLAGE (1990)
tpt,tape

Ceely HYPALLAGE_excerpt.mp3

excerpt - tape part Hypallage 1990
16 LULLABY (1979)
sop,tbn
17 Metamir (1988)
trio with tape
18 METAMIR acoustic version (2006)
alto flute, bass clarinet, viola, piano
19 Minute Rag (1985)
piano
20 MODULES for SEVEN PLAYERS (1968)
fl, AltoSax, Pf, Vln, Vla, Cb, Perc (vib, timp, hi cymb, 3 temple blk, cowbell, timbales, lg triangle)
21 NEGATIVES (2010)
piano solo
22 OH, ONE TO FIVE (1992)
brs quintet

ceely_ohonetofive_excerpt.mp3

Oh One to Five for brass quintet - excerpt
23 ONTOGENY (2011)
prerecorded fixed media

ceelyontogenyexcerpt.mp3

Excerpt - Ontogeny - electronic work by Robert Ceely
25 PIANO VARIATIONS (1982)
pf
27 REMEMBERING GEORGE (1984)
big band: 2asax, 2tsax, barsax, 4tpt, 4tbn, pf, cb, drums

Ceely_RememberingGeorgePitchDark.mp3

Remembering George - excerpt
28 RITUALS for 40 flutes
40 flutes
29 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
30 SEVEN ETUDES FOR PIANO (2002)
solo piano
31 SLIDE MUSIC (1973)
4tbn
32 SPECULATION MUSIC (1961)
fl, ob, cl in A, bscl, vc
33 SYNOECY (1986)
cl,tape
34 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
35 THREE SONGS FOR BARITONE AND PIANO (2003)
baritone, piano
36 TIMESHARES (1988)
bells,xyl,vib,mar,timp., :kit1,lg.cym,hi.bongo,low bongo,hi&low woodblocks, hi&low tom,snare drum,sm.b.drumm,: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
38 TRIPLE DOUBLE (1999)
ob, eh, bsn, tape
40 WHITMAN (2005)
S, pf
41 XCHANGES FOR PIANO (2012)
piano solo

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