Robert Martin

  • ROBERT MARTIN is a Grammy nominated composer. In New York, on January 11, 2015, the North/South Consonance presented a retrospective concert of his music spanning four decades, in recognition of his musical achievements and large body of highly original work. Subsequently, they recorded it in the legendary Avatar studios.

    Music critic Mike Strizic, in myentertainmentworld, writes “Martin shows an undeniable respect for tradition and a clear concision when it comes to compositional force. [He] appears to firmly grasp the summative nature of his work…for that I applaud him.” Ivan Koval writes in the Kiev Music Gazette, “Martin is an undiscovered treasure. He may be the only American composer who understands the musical aesthetics of Eastern Europe. Often his solid musical forms, with their feeling of inevitability, sound as if a modern Haydn or Mozart constructed them.”

    Robert Martin began composing at age 10. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Composition from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Soon after, he was awarded the Charles Ives Scholarship for outstanding music composition from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Fulbright Scholarship, which allowed him to pursue post-graduate studies in New York and Vienna. From there he traveled throughout the Eastern Bloc of Europe, meeting many composers. He was the 1999 recipient of the Japan-U.S. Creative Artist Fellowship in music composition.

    Robert Martin’s music is often described as fresh and visionary, but at the same time it is approachable in a way that welcomes the newcomer. And it is always deeply indebted to the greatest traditions of the past. The Theodore Presser Company has published over 100 of his pieces. His music has been performed by many of the finest musicians in New York, and is recorded on the North/South Recordings, Furious Artisans, and CRI record labels.


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    Solo
    Achernar
    For Solo E-Flat Alto Saxophone
    144-40309 6:45 Alto Saxophone Unaccompanied
    Aldebaran
    For Solo Tuba
    144-40298 5:45 Tuba Unaccompanied
    Antares
    For Solo Trumpet In C
    144-40296 5:45 Trumpet Unaccompanied
    Arcturus
    For Solo Bassoon
    144-40294 6:15 Bassoon Unaccompanied
    Cello In The Universe 144-40446 9:00 Cello Unaccompanied
    Diary Of A Seducer
    Volume I: Guitar Solos
    144-40281 40:00 Guitar Unaccompanied
    Minutiae 144-40428 3:15 Piccolo with Piano
    Only When The Clock Stops 144-40457 9:30 Percussion Unaccompanied
    Regulus
    For Solo Horn In F
    144-40295 6:15 Horn Unaccompanied
    Shaula
    For Solo Trombone
    144-40297 6:00 Trombone Unaccompanied
    Sirius
    For Solo Flute
    144-40291 7:15 Flute Unaccompanied
    Spica
    For Solo Clarinet
    144-40293 6:15 Clarinet Unaccompanied
    Vega
    For Solo Oboe
    144-40292 6:30 Oboe Unaccompanied
    Violet Air
    For Solo Flute
    144-40456 7:00 Flute Unaccompanied
    Chamber Ensemble – Woodwinds
    Flute Quartet For The Day Of Air 144-40645 4:15 4 C Flutes
    Flute Quartet For The Day Of Fire 144-40648 5:15 4 C Flutes
    Flute Quartet For The Day Of Gold 144-40647 4:15 4 C Flutes
    Flute Quartet For The Day Of Love 144-40646 5:15 4 C Flutes
    Flute Quartet For The Day Of The Moon 144-40643 4:30 4 C Flutes
    Flute Quartet For The Day Of The Sun 144-40642 5:45 4 C Flutes
    Flute Quartet For The Day Of Water 144-40644 5:15 4 C Flutes
    Flute Trio For The Month Of Beauty 144-40635 4:45 3 C Flutes
    Flute Trio For The Month Of Beginnings 144-40630 5:15 3 C Flutes
    Flute Trio For The Month Of Celebrations 144-40640 4:45 3 C Flutes
    Flute Trio For The Month Of Feasting 144-40639 5:00 3 C Flutes
    Flute Trio For The Month Of Flowers 144-40633 5:15 3 C Flutes
    Flute Trio For The Month Of Gathering 144-40634 4:45 3 C Flutes
    Flute Trio For The Month Of Harvest 144-40636 4:30 3 C Flutes
    Flute Trio For The Month Of Planting 144-40631 4:30 3 C Flutes
    Flute Trio For The Month Of Purification 144-40637 5:15 3 C Flutes
    Flute Trio For The Month Of Reflection 144-40638 5:30 3 C Flutes
    Flute Trio For The Month Of Renewal 144-40641 5:15 3 C Flutes
    Flute Trio For The Month Of Tranquility 144-40632 4:15 3 C Flutes
    From The Green Mountains 144-40342 4:00 Woodwind Duet
    Garden Of Flutes
    Book I
    144-40431 6:30 Flute Ensemble
    Garden Of Flutes
    Book II
    144-40432 9:30 Flute Ensemble
    Summer Quiescence
    For Flute and B-Flat Clarinet
    144-40338 4:00 Woodwind Duet
    Through The Mist
    For English Horn and Bb Clarinet
    144-40337 4:15 Woodwind Duet
    Chamber Ensemble – Brass
    Four New York Pieces
    For Two Trumpets
    144-40447 8:00 Trumpet Duet
    Mercia Brass Quintet No. 1
    The Tournament
    144-40670 :5:15 Brass Quintet
    Mercia Brass Quintet No. 2
    Royal Wedding
    144-40671 :4:15 Brass Quintet
    Mercia Brass Quintet No. 3
    The King’s Messenger
    144-40672 :5:15 Brass Quintet
    Mercia Brass Quintet No. 4
    Midsummer Pageant
    144-40673 :5:15 Brass Quintet
    Mercia Brass Quintet No. 5
    Acrobats At The Fair
    144-40674 :4:45 Brass Quintet
    Mercia Brass Quintet No. 6
    Druids
    144-40675 :5:30 Brass Quintet
    Mercia Brass Quintet No. 7
    Arrival Of The King
    144-40676 :5:30 Brass Quintet
    Mercia Brass Quintet No. 8
    The Fortress
    144-40677 :5:45 Brass Quintet
    Mercia Brass Quintet No. 9
    The Fallen Hero
    144-40678 :5:15 Brass Quintet
    Mercia Brass Quintet No. 10
    The Journey Home
    144-40679 :5:15 Brass Quintet
    Mercia Brass Quintet No. 11
    Winter Festival
    144-40680 :4:45 Brass Quintet
    Mercia Brass Quintet No. 12
    The New Year
    144-40681 :4:45 Brass Quintet
    Chamber Ensemble – Strings
    Along The River
    For Violin and Viola
    144-40345 5:00 String Duet
    Diary Of A Seducer
    Volume II: Guitar Duos
    144-40282 Guitar Duet
    Diary Of A Seducer
    Volume III: Guitar Trios
    144-40283 Guitar Trio
    String Trio 144-40458 String Trio
    Chamber Ensemble – Mixed
    Across The Open Land
    For Flute and Violin
    144-40346 4:15 Mixed Duet
    Autumn Light
    For Bb Clarinet and Viola
    144-40343 4:00 Chamber Ensemble
    Charred Beloved
    For Mixed Quintet
    144-40406 9:00 Small Mixed Ensemble (2-9 Instruments)
    Chrysolith 144-40445 9:00 Mixed Trio
    Emerson Songs 141-40068 12:00 Voice and Instrument
    In The Shade
    For English Horn and Viola
    144-40341 4:15 Chamber Ensemble
    Japanese Gardens
    For Alto Flute and Guitar
    144-40439 5:15 Mixed Duet
    Lakeside 144-40340 4:00 Mixed Duet
    Musical Amulets 144-40472 12:00 Mixed Trio
    Rock Ledge
    For Oboe and Violin
    144-40339 4:30 Chamber Ensemble
    They Will Take My Island
    for 10 Players
    17450 00:12:00 Fl. Ob. Cl. Hn. Bsn. 2Vln, Vla. Vcl. Cb.
    Water Of The Flowery Mill 144-40471 19:00 Small Mixed Ensemble (2-9 Instruments)
    Wind Quintet No. 1
    Left Behind
    144-40590 13:45 Woodwind Quintet
    Wind Quintet No. 2
    Variations
    144-40591 9:30 Woodwind Quintet
    Wind Quintet No. 3
    Waldstein
    144-40592 11:30 Woodwind Quintet
    Wind Quintet No. 4
    From The Desert
    144-40593 10:45 Woodwind Quintet
    Wind Quintet No. 5
    Anza Borrego
    144-40594 12:30 Woodwind Quintet
    Wind Quintet No. 6
    Postcards From Kyoto
    144-40595 9:30 Woodwind Quintet
    Wind Quintet No. 7
    2 Chords And A Melody
    144-40596 16:30 Woodwind Quintet
    Wind Quintet No. 8
    Weeping Breezes
    144-40597 13:30 Woodwind Quintet
    Wind Quintet No. 9
    Arcadia
    144-40598 15:00 Woodwind Quintet
    Wind Quintet No. 10
    Three Sonatas
    144-40599 16:30 Woodwind Quintet
    Winter Shadows 144-40405 8:45 Mixed Trio
    Woodwind Quartet No. 1
    Sonata, Aria, and Fugue
    144-40564 10:00 Woodwind Quartet
    Woodwind Quartet No. 2
    Baroque Suite
    144-40565 11:30 Woodwind Quartet
    Woodwind Quartet No. 3
    Canons
    144-40566 11:30 Woodwind Quartet
    Woodwind Quartet No. 4
    Three Images
    144-40567 12:45 Woodwind Quartet
    Woodwind Quartet No. 5
    Northern Lights
    144-40568 11:15 Woodwind Quartet
    Woodwind Quartet No. 6
    From Japan
    144-40569 12:00 Woodwind Quartet
    Woodwind Quartet No. 7
    Those Times
    144-40570 9:15 Woodwind Quartet
    Woodwind Quartet No. 8
    Three Sonatas
    144-40571 16:00 Woodwind Quartet
    Orchestra w/ Soloist(s)
    One Year the Milkweed
    for Flute (Alto Flute) and Strings
    21669 16:00 Solo Fl.(dbl. A.Fl.); Str.orch.(div.)

  • ANTARES
    “Antares” is simply an extraordinary piece of music. Martin masterfully uses repeated motivic patterns to bind the piece into true musical poetry. While the piece lacks a tonal center, the sensible structure creates a wonderful sense of balance and symmetry. Though challenging, the work is accessible to the advanced undergraduate student.
    –Bryan W. DePoy, nternational Trumpet Guild Journal

    Belonging to a series of duets for various instruments, these works are free and imaginative in rhythm, harmony, and thematic design.
    –Flute Talk

    ARCTURUS
    The multi-voicing possibilities of the bassoon were presented, sometimes in an apparent manner, sometimes hidden, but always subtly manipulated… Beautifully articulated details form a vignette, surrounded and supported by the carefully chosen tones of this composition – it’s a very strong work.
    –Igor Garsnek, Sirp (“The Sickle”)

    DIARY OF A SEDUCER
    …the pieces are admirably guitar friendly, offering plenty of room for rich, sonorous interpretation… The performance notes suggest the volume need not always be performed in its entirety. A practical suggestion… though I feel a complete rendition would be far more successful, the quiet thoughtfulness of many of the pieces surely being lessened in isolation.
    –Classical Guitar Magazine

    …a series of short pieces, diverse in character and mood, after the initial solo pieces, the duos sounded quite full, after which the trios seemed like a large ensemble… The pieces are quite fascinating.
    –Leo Kraft, The Music Connoisseur

    …an especially fascinating moment…
    –Kremser Zeitung (Austria)

    The title of the work is taken from that of a painting by Arshile Gorky, but Martin’s interest was apparently not so much in the subject matter of that particular picture as in the general notion of what gives an abstract image wholeness and presence. How can the [guitarist’s] speaking hand be felt to have said something meaningful, to have said it completely, and to have said nothing redundant along the way? Here are thirty-six answers to that question.
    –Paul Griffiths, New York Times

    EMERSON SONGS
    And Robert Martin’s “Emerson Songs” – delicate, to my ears somewhat Asian-influenced – were the favorite of many in the audience.
    –Bruce Hodges, Seen and Heard -www.musicweb.uk.net

    NINE STELLAR PIECES FOR SOLO WINDS
    The [“Nine Stellar Pieces”] are not overt showpieces, but the massive challenge to the technical skill of the performer cannot go unnoticed by the listener… Nowhere do I detect any particular influences at work, the score coming from a personal musical voice that has an instinctive relationship with each of the instruments used.
    –David Denton, Fanfare

    Their vigorously modernist style places them in a contemporary world of quantification, precision, and disinclination to accept received ideas without acute analysis. But their sound-poetry also pursues the stars’ ancient associations, besides taking account of their appearance-the luster that has stayed the same through the millennia, all nine subjects being among the brightest in the sky… The pieces are virtuoso items, ‘stellar’ for sure…
    –Paul Griffiths, New York Times

    SIRIUS
    …an extraordinary composition …it keeps catapulting you forward in a great monograph of energy of our time.
    –Linda Wetherill (flutist) , Linda Wetherill (flutist), The Flutist Quarterly

    SUMMER QUIESCENCE
    Belonging to a series of duets for various instruments, these works are free and imaginative in rhythm, harmony, and thematic design.
    –Flute Talk

    VEGA
    “Vega”…is the first star of Lyra, the lyre of Orpheus and Apollo, inventors of music. Early civilizations…saw this constellation as an eagle or vulture, and the piece seems to accept both connotations. Most of it is eloquent melody, and most of it is in flight.
    –Paul Griffiths, New York Times

  • The Gorky Pieces THE GORKY PIECES
    North/South Consonance (N/S R 1063); November 11, 2016
    Performer(s): North/South Chamber Orchestra, Max Lifchitz, conductor; Lisa Hansen, flute; Jordan Dodson, guitar;
    Work(s): Charred Beloved
    Enigma
    Nighttime
    Nostalgia
    One Year the Milkweed
    Water of the Flowery Mill
    Robert Martin: 9 Stellar Pieces ROBERT MARTIN: 9 STELLAR PIECES
    Furious Artisans (FACD 6803); September 1, 2001
    Performer(s): Michiyo Suzuki, clarinet; William Purvis, horn; Martin Kuuskmann, bassoon; Raymond Mase, trumpet; Linda Wetherill, flute; Paul Cohen, saxophone; Steven Forman, tuba; Robert Ingliss, oboe; Michael Powe…
    Work(s): Nine Stellar Pieces: Achernar
    Nine Stellar Pieces: Aldebaran
    Nine Stellar Pieces: Antares
    Nine Stellar Pieces: Arcturus
    Nine Stellar Pieces: Regulus
    Nine Stellar Pieces: Shaula
    Nine Stellar Pieces: Sirius
    Nine Stellar Pieces: Spica
    Nine Stellar Pieces: Vega
    Diary of a Seducer DIARY OF A SEDUCER
    CRI/New World Records (CRI 838); February 22, 2000
    Performer(s): William Anderson (Vols. 1-3), Oren Fader (Vols. 2-3), Mark Delpriora (Vol. 3), guitars
    Work(s): Diary of A Seducer, Vol. 1
    Diary of A Seducer, Vol. 2
    Diary of A Seducer, Vol. 3

  • 2002: Composers Guild of New Jersey Commission, annual commissioning endowment fund
    2001: Christopher Finckel, cellist, commission for solo cello
    2001: Global Seminar (1 week) for Flute Music, Composer in Residence, Wagner College, Staten Island, NY
    1999: Japan-U.S. Creative Artist Fellowship (6 months), Music Composition, travel throughout Japan
    1998: Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, Composer in Residence (1 month), CA
    1998: Knight Foundation Award, Theatre Chamber Players, Washington, DC
    1997: Summer Music Festival, Composer in Residence (1 month), Sarah Lawrence College, NY
    1996-1997: Cygnus Ensemble, Composer in Residence, Manhattan, NY
    1996: Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, Composer in Residence (2 months), CA
    1996: Tolly National Composition Contest, finalist
    1988-present: Kentucky Colonel, appointed by Governor
    1979-1980: Fulbright Scholarship, Hochschule für Musik, Music Composition, Vienna, Austria
    1978-2001: Meet the Composer, New York State Council for the Arts
    1978: Aspen Summer Music School, Scholarship (9 weeks)
    1978: UNESCO, University of Toronto, Workshop in Computer Music (1 week)
    1976: Yale Summer Music School, Stoeckel Fellowship
    1976: American Academy of Arts and Letters, Charles Ives Scholarship
    1974: Composers
    1973-1974: Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Composition Contest Winner, Peabody Chapter
    1972: National Endowment for the Humanities, Dartmouth College, Electronic Music (4 weeks)
    1972: National Endowment for the Humanities, University of New Hampshire, Computer Music (4 weeks)
    1972: Sykes Composition Contest Winner, first prize
    1970-1975: Peabody Conservatory, annual scholarships and various awards

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