composer  |  music theorist  |  new music conductor

ROBERT A. BAKER

 
 

for soprano, chorus and orchestra            

2015 | ca 5 min 

[] commissioned by the B. T. Rome School of Music, The

Catholic University of America, for the 26th Annual Christmas

Concert for Charity. Premiered 5 Dec./ 2015, CUA Orchestra

and Chorus; Molly Allen, soprano; Leo Nestor, conductor,

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception,

Wahington D.C., USA

for violin and orchestra             

2005 | ca 19 min           

[] Selected for premiere by the Ontario region of the Canadian

Music Centre for the 2007 Professional Readings Series.

Premiered 7 May/07, Esprit Orchestra, Alex Pauk, conductor,

Marie Berard, violin, Toronto, Canada

for clarinet, violin, cello and piano            

2010 | ca 13 min 

[] Commissioned by James Stephenson and

Chiasmus Ensemble.

Premiered 15 May 2010, James

Stephenson, conductor, Sir Jack Lyons

Concert Hall, University of York, York

Spring New Music Festival, England

Valence I

for oboe, cello and percussion

2010 | ca 7 min              

Premiered 1 April 2011, Howard Niblock, oboe; Miyoko

Grine-Fisher, cello; Alexy Rolfe, percussion, Lawrence

University, Wisconsin, USA

for solo piano  

2010 | ca 7 min              

Premiered 2 May 2010, R. A. Baker, piano

An Die Musik Live, Baltimore, USA

for string quartet           

2015 | ca 8 min              

premiered as String Quartet #2, 27 September 2009,

Madawaska Quartet, New Music Gallery, Toronto, Canada 

for violin, strings, piano and percussion           

2014 | ca 26 min           

[] commissioned by Colin Sorgi and SONAR New Music

Ensemble. Premiered 30 Jan / 1 Feb 2015, Baltimore Theatre

Project, Baltimore, USA
 

for flute, clarinet, trombone, piano, violin, and contrabass

2016 | ca 9 min 

[] commissioned by ensemble mise-en; Moon Young Ha,

conductor. Premiered 25 June 2016, Taipei Cultural Center,

New York City, USA

for soprano, mezzo, baritone, and four players            

2014 | ca 14 min 

Song cycle on excerpts from Christopher Marlowe's The

Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus

Recording session May 2014.

Lisa Perry, soprano; Megan Ihnen, mezzo; James Rogers,

baritone; Bethany Slater, oboe; Nick Mazziott, trombone;

Lavenna Johanson, cello; Francesca Hurst, harpsichord;

R. A. Baker, conductor

for solo piano            

2008 | ca 9 min

Premiered 6 June 2008, R. A. Baker, piano,

Salisbury University, MD, USA

for piano and chamber ensemble         

2017 | ca 15 min            

Premiered 4 April 2017, Newprism Ensemble; Ivo Kaltchev,

piano; R. A. Baker, conductor, Ward Hall, The Catholic

University of America, Washington, D.C., USA

Valence II

The Valence Cycle is a set of four pieces that each explore the opposition of continuity and discontinuity.

Each takes material from the previous piece(s), re-cast for the respective ensemble, and pursues new musical paths.

These pieces may stand alone or be heard in any combination, and in any order.  

Valence III

Valence IV

for oboe, cello and percussion 

2010 | ca 7 min 

Premiered 1 April 2011, 

Howard Niblock, oboe; Miyoko Grine-

Fisher, cello; Alexy Rolfe, percussion, 

Lawrence Univeristy, WI, USA

for clarinet, trumpet, percussion, piano, violin and cello

2011 | ca 8 min 

Premiered 17 November 2012,

Newprism Ensemble; R. A. Baker,

conductor, 2640 SPACE, Baltimore, MD,

USA

 

The Valence Cycle (2008-2011)

Sharp Edges

String Quartet no. 1,
"Releasing Anamnesis"

for violin, viola, cello, contrabass and percussion            

2009 | ca 7 min

24 June 2009, Psappha ensemble, Christian Baldini, conductor, St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Scotland

Chamber Concerto no. 3:
"Time Fields" (excerpt)

for two violins, viola and cello

2004 | ca 14 min

30 November 2004, The Composers Quartet, The Music Gallery, Toronto, Canada

mirror, mirror

for fifteen players

2004 | ca 17 min

8 April 2004, Contemporary

Music Ensemble, McGill University, Jean-

Michael Lavoie, conductor, MontrĂ©al,

Canada

for two violins            

2005 | ca 11 min

28 October 2016, Duo Gelland,
Martin and Cecilia Gelland, violins,
113 Composers Collective,
Minneapolis, MN, USA

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