Robert Newell

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Robert Newell (b. 1940), known internationally both as composer and conductor, received his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Illinois. While at Tanglewood on various occasions, he studied with Aaron Copland, Lukas Foss, with conductors Eric Leinsdorf and Charles Munch. Robert was twice a Fulbright grantee—first to Paris, where he studied two years under Olivier Messiaen, then again as conductor and lecturer in South America during the 1980's and 90's. His prize-winning work, Ryo-nen, was performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra in 1986.

In the Years that followed Dr. Newell toured major cities of South America to conduct orchestras and lecture on 20th century music—again under the auspices of Fulbright and of Arts America (USIA). Recent honors include a fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council, grants from Ohio University and from “Arts International” for promotion of his orchestral works, along with the Ohioana Library Association’s coveted “Music Citation.” Still more recently Rob was named winner of the International FAI Anthem competition. For such historical, musical contributions he was acclaimed by the Ohio Senate as “a remarkable and unique” individual. His works have been published by American Composers Editions, Boston Music Co., Hinshaw Publishers, and Media Press. Recordings of his music may be heard on Capstone and Advance labels. Dr. Newell is available for guest appearances as lecturer, conductor, and clinician.

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1 AIRILY FOR THE A-STRING (1997)
VIOLIN, VIOLA, 'CELLO

3 CANTILENA DEL CIELO (2010)
violin, cello, piano (cello solo)

4 CONCERTO FOR PIANO AND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (1965)
orch:1-1-1-1, 4-2-0-0,3perc,gtr,str

5 DAVID'S BEST (2003)
SATB with Organ and optional Harp or Synth

6 DEATH, BE NOT PROUD (2015)
for SA(T)B* Choir with organ, brass quartet (two trumpets in Bb, two trombones), and handbells (two ringers)

7 EDIFICE IN MEMORIAM (1962)
orch:2-1-2-2,2-2-2-0,3perc,pf,str

8 EXPANSIONS (1962)
fl

10 FOUR PLAYS ON WORDS (1985)
wind symphony:7/pic-1- ehn-3-Ebcl-alcl-bcl-SATB sax-2-cbsn, 4-4-3(or 4)-euph-tb,4perc

11 FOUR-FOLD WORLD VIEW (1980)
orch:2/pic-2-2/tsax-2, 4-4-3-1,3perc,hp,str

12 FREE TO LIVE, WHOLE TO WALK (1998)
S(AT)B with keyboard or organ accompaniment

13 FREEDOM (FROM PILGRIM'S JOURNEY) (2008)
mixed chorus and keyboard with optional 2 fl, 2 tpts, 2 tbn, and perc

16 MODULAR MELLIPHONY (1977)
2 cond, orch: pic-4-2-2-2, 4-3-3-1, 4perc, str

18 MYSTERY OF THE TRINITY (solo voice, organ) (2017)
solo voice, organ

19 NOT MY WILL BUT THINE (2011)
SA(t)B, piano

20 OMNIPHONY - Vers. 1 Wind, Brass, Perc Ensemble (1989)
pic-1-3-2-2, 1-3-3-1,timp,3perc

21 OMNIPHONY - Vers. 2 Wind Symphony (2015)
2fl, 2ob, 3cl, bscl, SATB saxes, 2bsn, 4 hns, 3 tpt, 2 tbn, bstbn, eupoh/tba, timp, perc(4)

22 PANHARMONIUM (1978)
2hn,2tbn,pf4-hand, offstage(opt)4fl/ob/mand,picc/crot

23 POLYMORPHOUS (1982)
5-8 diverse instr or instr grps

24 SARVAM KHALVIDAM BRAHMA(ALL THIS IS NOTHING BUT THAT) (1982)
cham orch:fl(or ob),bsn,hn,hp(or gtr),str

25 STARRY SKY
Male Voices in 2 or 3 parts and Keyboard

26 TAPESTRY OF A LIFE (1990)
chamber orchestra with offstage trombones
2222 2220 timp perc(2) strings

27 THIS HOLY PLACE (2004)
Voice, keyboard, optional C instrument

28 THIS HOLY PLACE (Choral) (2014)
2-part choir, keyboard, optional C instrument

29 VISHVA RUPA (Universal Forms) (1980)
sop,fl,alfl,tbn,perc,pf

32 WHAT JOY O'ERFLOWS
SATB a cappella

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