Chandler Carter Composer

STAGED WORKS

Mercury Falling (2008-9) (ca. 45’)
monodrama based on the death of French sculptor Jean-Louis Brian
libretto by Daniel Neer

listenStrange Fruit (2002-5)(2 hr. 20’)
opera in two acts based on the novel by Lillian Smith
libretto by Joan Ross Sorkin

listenDie Schwester (2004)(20’)
chamber opera based on the play by Gerhard Rühm
libretto by Gerhard Rühm
(version in English, The Sister)

listenNo Easy Walk to Freedom (1992-5; rev. 2001)(1 hr. 50’)
opera in two parts based on the life of Nelson Mandela
libretto by Chandler Carter

SONGS and SONG CYCLES

A Tuft of Flowers (2006) (6’)
voice and piano (high and low versions)
text by Robert Frost

They Feed They Lion (2000) (5’ 30”)
soprano and piano
text by Philip Levine

The Final Soliloquy (2000) (5’)
soprano, baritone and piano
text by Wallace Stevens
(chamber version for soprano, mezzo-soprano, flute, clarinet and piano)

listenFour Whitman Settings (1985-97) (15’)
baritone and piano (version for tenor)

The Dalliance of the Eagles
O Captain, my Captain!
Reconciliation
Out of the Rolling Ocean

Canticle III: From the Writings of John Donne (1992) (15’)
mezzo-soprano and piano

You Are Here (1991) (15’)
high soprano and piano
text by Arnold Adoff

You Are Here
Spiders
The Whales are Singing
Here is My Child
Your Grandma

Shouts, Faces, Cities and Lonely Roads (1990) (12’)
baritone and piano
text by Lou Lipsitz

A Plea to White Men to Join the March on Washington, August 28, 1963
Bedtime Story
Los Angeles Riots, August 1965
Freedom

listenChamber Music (1990) (21’)
soprano, tenor, clarinet, horn, cello, harp and piano
text by James Joyce (from Chamber Music)

Strings in the earth and air
The twilight turns
My dove, my beautiful one, arise!
O cool is the valley now
Because your voice & O Sweetheart
Silently she’s combing
Sleep now & Gentle lady
All day I hear the noise of waters
I hear an army

Four Joyce Settings (1991-92) (10’)
soprano and harp

Strings in the earth and air
My dove, my beautiful one, arise!
Because your voice was at my side
I dreamt that I dwelt (from Dubliners)

Three Songs on Texts by Alfred Lord Tennyson (1985-90) (10’)
soprano and piano

The Eagle
Tears, Idle Tears
Crossing the Bar

Canticle II: From the Second Letter to Timothy (1989) (6’)
tenor and piano (version for low voice)

listenDorothy Parker’s Songs of Love (1988-9) (11’)
soprano and piano (version for mezzo-soprano)

Symptom Recital
One Perfect Rose
Comment
A Certain Lady
Autumn Valentine

Canticle I: From the Prophecy of Isaiah (1983) (8’)
tenor and piano


Arrangements

My Shepherd Will Supply My Need (2000) (3’)
voice and piano (high and low versions)

My Lord, What a Mornin’ (2001) (3’)
soprano, baritone and piano

CHORAL WORKS

Peace I Leave With You (2007)(1’ 30”)
a capella SATB

Psalm 23 (2007)(3’)
a capella SATB

Glory to God in the Highest (1996) (4’)
a capella SATB, soprano and baritone soloists (perc. optional)

On the Cross (1996)(5’)
a capella SATB, soprano soloist

Three Hymns for Evening Prayer (1995) (15’)
SATB, alto and baritone soloists, strings, timpani and organ
(version with only organ accompaniment)

Phos Hilaron (O Gracious Light)
Magnificat (My Soul Magnifies the Lord)
Nunc Dimittes (Lord, Let Thy Servant Depart in Peace)

A Sight in Camp (1993) (5’)
a capella TTBB (SATB version)
text by Walt Whitman

listenMass (1987)(13’)
SATB and organ

Ave Maria (1987)(2’ 30”)
a capella SATB


Arrangements

Heard from Heaven Today (2007)(2’)
a capella SATB, soprano soloist

Whence Comes this Rush of Wings? (2008)(2’)
a capella SATB

CHAMBER WORKS

From Rag to Riches (2007)(2’)
oboe, A clarinet, bass clarinet and Bb trumpet
version for flute, marimba and drum set
version for oboe, bassoon, drum set and piano
version for six clarinets (1 Eb, 2 Bb, 2 A and 1 bass)

listenConversation Piece (2005) (18’)
flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano (version with percussion)
(adapted from the opera Die Schwester)

Stuck at Grand Central (1998)(11’)
two flutes and two guitars
version for percussion quartet
version for oboe, bassoon, drum set and piano

listenBow Songs (1996) (15’)
string quartet

Protests & Lullaby
Release & Celebration

listenSong of the Bachman’s Warbler (1995) (6’)
cello and piano

Five Bagatelles (1989)(8’)
flute, clarinet and bassoon

listenSymphony for Winds (1988-9) (21’)
2 flutes (& picc), oboe, English horn, 2 clarinets, 2 horns and 2 bassoons

Variations
Passacaglia
Toccata and Fugue

listenFantasy and Fugue (1988) (14’)
violin, clarinet and piano

Quartet (1985) (15’)
string quartet

Night Scenes (1985) (15’)
speaker, flute, clarinet, 2 percussionists, piano & celesta
text by Lou Lipsitz

The Night
Evening and Nighttime Blues
Sunday Night in the City

ORCHESTRAL WORKS

listenFirst orchestral suite from Strange Fruit (2007)(22’)
(1141 423 guitar piano accordion perc strings)

Second orchestral suite from Strange Fruit (2007) (19’)
(1141 423 guitar piano accordion perc strings)

Stuck at Grand Central (1998) (11’)
(2222 222 harp piano perc strings)

Shouts, Faces, Cities and Lonely Roads (1990) (12’)
baritone and orchestra
(2222 221 celesta harp perc strings)
text by Lou Lipsitz

A Plea to White Men to Join the March on Washington, August 28, 1963
Bedtime Story
Los Angeles Riots, August 1965
Freedom

Canticle I: From the Prophecy of Isaiah (1983) (8’)
for tenor and orchestra
(2222 42 perc strings)

SOLO KEYBOARD

From Rag to Riches (2006) (2’)
piano

Ricercar based on the office chant “Quasi modo geniti infantes” (1989)(5’)
organ



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