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Robert Ashley$

Kyle Gann

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252035494

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252035494.001.0001

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(p.131) Chronological List of Works by Robert Ashley

(p.131) Chronological List of Works by Robert Ashley

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Robert Ashley
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University of Illinois Press

Robert Ashley occasionally retitles previously composed pieces, and the same title sometimes appears in different ways in different sources, so there may not be exact correspondence between a work found on a sound recording and a piece found in this list or online references.

1957

Film music for George Manupelli’s The Image in Time

1957

The Fox for voice and tape

1959/1979

Piano Sonata (Christopher Columbus Crosses to the New World in the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa Maria Using Only Dead Reckoning and a Crude Astrolabe) for piano

1960

Film music for George Manupelli’s The Bottleman

1960

The Fourth of July for electronic tape

1961

Film music for George Manupelli’s The House

1961

Maneuvers for Small Hands for piano

1961

Public Opinion Descends upon the Demonstrators, electronic music theater

1961

Something for Clarinet … for clarinet or flute, pianos, and tape

1962

Complete with Heat for orchestral instruments and tape

1962

Details for Two Pianists, IIb for one piano, four hands

1962

Detroit Divided for four-channel tape

1962

Fives for 2 pianos, 2 percussionists, and string quintet

1963

Boxing, for sound-producing dance

1963

in memoriam … ESTEBAN GOMEZ (quartet) for four players

1963

in memoriam … JOHN SMITH (concerto) for three players and assistants

(p.132) 1963

in memoriam … CRAZY HORSE (symphony) for twenty or more wind or string or other sustaining instruments

1963

in memoriam … KIT CARSON (opera) for eight-part ensemble

1963

Trios (White on White) for open instrumentation

1964

Big Danger in Five Parts for electronic tape

1964

Combination Wedding and Funeral for electronic music theater

1964

Film music for George Manupelli’s Jenny and the Poet

1964

Interludes for the Space Theater for sound-producing dance

1964

Kittyhawk (An Antigravity Piece) for electronic music theater

1964

The Lecture Series (alternate title: Joyroad Interchange) for electronic music theater, co-composed with Mary Ashley

1964

The Wolfman for amplified voice and The Wolfman Tape

1964

The Wolfman Tape for magnetic tape

1965

The Entrance for two-keyboard electronic organ

1965

Film music for George Manupelli’s My May

1965

Orange Dessert for electronic music theater

1965

Unmarked Interchange for electronic music theater, co-composed with the ONCE Group

1965

Untitled Mixes for tape, co-composed with the Bob James Trio

1965–78

Waiting Room (alternate title: Quartet) for any number of wind or string instruments

1966

Night Train for electronic music theater, co-composed with Mary Ashley

1967

Frogs, from That Morning Thing

1967

She Was a Visitor, from That Morning Thing, for speaker and chorus

1967

That Morning Thing, opera for five principal voices, eight dancers, women’s chorus, and tape

1968

Film music for George Manupelli’s Overdrive

1968

Purposeful Lady Slow Afternoon, from Wolfman Motorcity Revue, for electronic music theater

1968

Trial of Anne Opie Wehrer and Unknown Accomplices for Crimes Against Humanity for electronic music theater

1968

The Wolfman Motorcity Revue for electronic music theater

1969

Film music for George Manupelli’s Portraits, Self-Portraits, and Still Lifes

1969–71

Sound Tracks to George Manupelli’s Dr. Chicago films

(p.133) 1970

Fancy Free or It’s There for speaker and cassette machines

1970

Film music for Philip Makanna’s Battery Davis

1970

Illusion Models, hypothetical computer tasks

1970

Morton Feldman Says for sound-producing dance

1972

In Sara, Mencken, Christ and Beethoven There Were Men and Women for voice and electronics

1972

String Quartet Describing the Motions of Large Real Bodies for string quartet with electronics

1973

Revised, Finally (April 1961–April 1973) for Gordon Mumma for pairs of bell-like instruments

1974

How Can I Tell the Difference? for violin or viola with electronics and tape

1975

Night Sport for improvising voice and various distractions

1975

Over the Telephone, remote control of a performance in another place

1976

Music with Roots in the Aether, television opera

1976

Title Withdrawn, music theater on videotape

1976

What She Thinks, music theater on videotape

1979–80 Perfect Lives, opera for television

1979

Automatic Writing for voice, electronic instruments, and special recording techniques

1979

Ideas from the Church for voice and tape

1981

The Lessons, television opera

1981

Music Word Fire and I Would Do It Again Coo Coo: The Lessons for voices and electronic instruments

1982–87

Atalanta (Acts of God), three operas composed to be intermingled

1982

Tap Dancing in the Sand for solo voice

1984

Atalanta Strategy, television opera

1985

Improvement: Don Leaves Linda, opera for solo voices, chorus, orchestra, and electronics

1985

Odalisque for solo voice, orchestra (24 instruments), and chorus

1987

eL/Aficionado, opera for solo voices, chorus, solo piano, and electronics

1988

Basic 10 for snare drum or other percussion

1988

Problems in the Flying Saucer for two solo voices

1988

Superior Seven for flute with orchestral instruments and chorus

1990

Yellow Man with Heart with Wings for tape

(p.134) 1991

Empire (The History of Tomato Soup), from the opera Atalanta (Acts of God), for voice and tape or piano

1991

The Max Anecdote, from the opera Atalanta (Acts of God), for voice and tape or piano

1991

The Offering of Images, from the opera Improvement (Don Leaves Linda), for baritone voice and piano

1991

Outcome Inevitable for chamber orchestra of 8 or more

1991

The Producer Speaks, from the opera Atalanta (Acts of God), for baritone voice and piano

1992

The Song, from the opera Now Eleanor’s Idea, for solo voice, chorus voices, and pre-recorded electronic orchestra

1992

Tract for voice with pre-recorded orchestra and optional string trio

1992

Van Cao’s Meditation for piano

1993

Factory Preset for tape

1993

The Immortality Songs: Love Is a Good Example, for voice

1993

Now Eleanor’s Idea, opera for solo voices and pre-recorded orchestra

1994

Foreign Experiences, opera for solo voices, chorus, and prerecorded orchestra

1997

Balseros, opera for solo voices, chorus, and pre-recorded orchestra, with libretto by Maria Irene Fornes

1997

When Famous Last Words Fail You for voice, chorus, and orchestra

1998

Dust, opera for solo voices and pre-recorded orchestra

1998

Your Money My Life Goodbye for solo voices and pre-recorded orchestra

2003

Celestial Excursions, opera for solo voices and pre-recorded orchestra

2004

Tap Dancing in the Sand for speaker, alto voice, and 8 instruments

2005

Hidden Similarities for voices and 8 instruments

2006

Concrete, opera for solo voices and pre-recorded orchestra

2011–

Quicksand, opera for solo voice, chorus, pre-recorded orchestra, and electronics