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

AUROS (1997)
obo, cl, pf, vln, vlc
AUTOMOBLIE GRAVEYARD (1995)
Fl, ob, A Cl, Alto Sax, Bar, Sax, Bsn, Tpt, hn, tbn, pno/cel, vn, vla, vcl, bass, drum set
BOTTOM DOGS (1981)
4 double basses
CANONS (2001)
alto fl, a cl, bsn
CAROL FOR A NEW YEAR (2003)
mixed chorus and solo tpt
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
COMPLAINT (2010)
solo cello
DIALOGUES (1983)
fl
DUEL FOR BASS CLARINET AND PIANO (2008)
bass clarinet, piano
FIVE CONTEMPLATIVE PIECES (2000)
SATB

Ceely5ConteplativePcsSATBExcerpt.mp3

Robert Ceely's 5 Contemplative Pieces - excerpt
GIOSTRA (1984)
ob,pf
GROUP SAX (1996)
sax quartet
Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bari Saxophones
HYPALLAGE (1990)
tpt,tape

Ceely HYPALLAGE_excerpt.mp3

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

ceely_ohonetofive_excerpt.mp3

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

ceelyontogenyexcerpt.mp3

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

Ceely_RememberingGeorgePitchDark.mp3

Remembering George - excerpt
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
SEVEN ETUDES FOR PIANO (2002)
solo piano
SLIDE MUSIC (1973)
4tbn
SPECULATION MUSIC (1961)
fl, ob, cl in A, bscl, vc
SYNOECY (1986)
cl,tape
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
THREE SONGS FOR BARITONE AND PIANO (2003)
baritone, piano
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
TRIPLE DOUBLE (1999)
ob, eh, bsn, tape
WHITMAN (2005)
S, pf
XCHANGES FOR PIANO (2012)
piano solo

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