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

53 song(s)
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Instrumentpiano
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Instrumentviolin, cello, oboe, clarinet, piano
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Instrumenttape (audio) fixed media
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Instrumentdouble bass
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Instrumentclarinet in A, bassoon, alto flute
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Instrumentalto flute, clarinet in A, bassoon
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Instrumenttrumpet in C, chorus mixed (SATB)
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Instrumentcello
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Instrumentflute
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Instrumentbass clarinet, piano
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Instrumenttrumpet in C, piano
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Instrumentpiano
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Instrumenttrumpet in C
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ceely_ohonetofive_excerpt.mp3
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Instrumentchorus mixed (SATB)
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Ceely5ConteplativePcsSATBExcerpt.mp3
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Instrumentoboe, piano
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Instrumenttenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, baritone saxophone, alto saxophone
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Instrumenttrumpet in C
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Ceely HYPALLAGE_excerpt.mp3
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Instrumentdouble bass
Ensemble Typemultiples of the same instrument(s), duo inst or voices
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ceely-logs_buell_neidlinger_donald_palma.mp3
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