Recent and upcoming premières of works by Carson Cooman :

June 26, 2009: American premiere: Oratorio for chorus and orchestra on the writings of Julian of Norwich; Choir of Royal Holloway, University of London and TBA, Rupert Gough, director, The Memorial Church, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

May 30, 2009: Oratorio for chorus and orchestra on the writings of Julian of Norwich; Choir of Royal Holloway, University of London and the London Mozart Players, Rupert Gough, director, Cadogan Hall, London, England

May 5, 2009: Cantata for chorus, traverso, baroque violin, viola da gamba, and organ; commissioned by the Cornell Chamber Singers and Holland J. Jancaitis, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

February 7, 2009: Summer Solstice (2007) for piano; Shiau-uen Ding; Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

January 6, 2008: Autumn Songs (2008) for trumpet and piano and Nobadeer Dreaming (2008) for flugelhorn; Chris Gekker, trumpet; Church of the Epiphany, Washington, D.C.

December 7, 2008: American premiere: Oboe Quartet (2007) for oboe and string trio; Center for New Music, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

December 1, 2008: Planctus (2005) for viola and Madrigal (2008) for piano; Sarah Darling, viola and Jeffrey Grossman, piano; Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

November 20, 2008: European premiere: Two Fragments (2004) for guitar quartet; Corona Guitar Kvartet, Literaturhaus, Copenhagen, Denmark

November 19, 2008: consortium premiere: Enchanted Tracings (Piano Concerto No. 2) (2008) for solo piano and wind ensemble; Donna Amato, piano, Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble, Denis Colwell, conductor; Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

November 2, 2008: Moon Shards (2007) for alto saxophone, horn, trumpet, percussion, and piano; commissioned by Andrew Pelletier, the International Horn Society, and the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio

October 31, 2008: Flying Machine (2008) for orchestra; Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, James Yannatos, conductor; Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

September 12, 2008: Little Recorder Book (2008) for alto recorder; John Turner, recorder, The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England


Recent publications of works by Carson Cooman:

    Lullaby (after Rameau) for Piano

    Coskata Dreaming for Bass Trombone and Piano

    Cavatina for Viola and Piano

    Nobadeer Dreaming for Flugelhorn

    Un Regard Éloigné for Flugelhorn and Violoncello

    Newton Antiphonies for Trumpet Ensemble (two or more)

    Yellow I for Trumpet and Trombone

    Chorale and Courante for Trumpet and Contrabass

    Suite Antique for Trumpet and Harpsichord


Flying Machine (2008) for orchestra was commissioned by the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra in celebration of two anniversaries: the orchestra’s 200th season and James Yannatos’s 45th anniversary as conductor. The work is dedicated to James Yannatos in celebration of his 80th birthday and his years of distinguished activity as conductor, composer, and mentor.

The music is joyous in spirit, inspired by a sense of discovery and fulfillment—the exhilaration that comes from knowledge well-used. The poetic image is taken from the age of the invention of flight.

The piece’s opening section is “workshop/construction” music—filled with a sense of unfolding, building, and assembly. The musical material is presented in a series of overlapping guises; the rest of the work unfolds from these ideas. As the music gathers energy, the barn door is finally opened, and the behemoth is rolled out. After a pregnant pause, the music of flight begins—soaring and energetic.

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