Robert Ceely

Biography

"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

ACE Publications

51 title(s)
Composer Title SCORING/INSTRUMENTATION Year
Robert Ceely ELECTRONIC MUSIC RESOURCE BOOK -
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Robert Ceely SYNOECY cl,tape
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Robert Ceely STRING TRIO violin, viola, cello
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Robert Ceely LOGS 2 dbl basses
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Robert Ceely DUOLOGUE trumpet in C, piano
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Robert Ceely CHAMBER VARIATIONS 18 players
pic, fl, ob, Ehn, cl, bscl, bsn, cbsn, hn, tpt in C, tbn, tba, vln, vla, vc, cb, piano, drum kit
Robert Ceely XCHANGES FOR PIANO -
piano solo
Robert Ceely ONTOGENY -
prerecorded fixed media
Robert Ceely COMPLAINT -
solo cello
Robert Ceely NEGATIVES -
piano solo
Robert Ceely Trio for Horn, Flugelhorn, and Trombone -
hn, flghn, tbn
Robert Ceely METAMIR (Acoustic Version) Alto flute, Bass clarinet, Viola, Piano
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Robert Ceely DUEL FOR BASS CLARINET AND PIANO bass clarinet, piano
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Robert Ceely PIANO MISCELLANY Seven (not so easy) pieces for piano solo piano
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Robert Ceely THREE SATIRES FOR ORCHESTRA 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, 5 perc, timp, Strings
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Robert Ceely WHITMAN: FIVE SONGS FOR SOPRANO AND PIANO -
S, pf
Robert Ceely TWO PIECES FOR STRING QUARTET -
2-1-1
Robert Ceely THREE SONGS FOR BARITONE AND PIANO Baritone and Piano
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Robert Ceely CAROL FOR A NEW YEAR Mixed Chorus and Solo Trumpet in C
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Robert Ceely SEVEN ETUDES FOR PIANO solo piano
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Robert Ceely Canons alto flute, clarinet in A, and bassoon
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Robert Ceely EXTENSIONS FOR PIANO solo piano
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Robert Ceely FIVE CONTEMPLATIVE PIECES FOR MIXED CHORUS SATB
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Robert Ceely TRIPLE DOUBLE ob, eh, bsn, tape
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Robert Ceely GYMEL 2 ob
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