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)
chamber ensemble, jazz quintet
fl/pic/altofl, ob/Eh, cl/clA/bscl, hn, bsn; Bari sax, tbn, piano/cel; vln, vla, vcl, cb; Jazz Quintet: Tpt, AltoSax, Piano, ElecBs, Drum set; 6 Singers, audio playback

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 in C

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 GYMEL (1998)
2 ob

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

21 LULLABY (1979)
high soprano voice, trombone

22 Metamir (1988)
trio with tape

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

24 Minute Rag (1985)
piano

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

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

27 NEGATIVES (2010)
piano solo

28 ONTOGENY (2011)
prerecorded fixed media

30 PIANO PIECE (1980)

31 PIANO VARIATIONS (1982)
pf

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

34 RITUALS for 40 flutes (1976)
40 flutes

35 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

36 SEVEN ETUDES FOR PIANO (2002)
solo piano

37 SLIDE MUSIC (1973)
4tbn

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

39 STRING TRIO (2019)
violin, viola, cello

41 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

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

43 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

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

48 XCHANGES FOR PIANO (2012)
piano solo

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