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Robert Sirota

Robert Sirota’s music has been described  as “personal and undogmatic, in the sense that instead of aligning himself with any of the competing contemporary styles, he follows his own internal musical compass.”* His works have been performed to acclaim by orchestras across the US and Europe; ensembles such as Alarm Will Sound, Sequitur, yMusic, Chameleon Arts, and Dinosaur Annex; the Chiara, American, Ethel, Elmyr, Blair and Telegraph String Quartets; the Peabody, Concord, and Webster Trios; and at festivals including Tanglewood, Aspen, Yellow Barn, and Cooperstown; Bowdoin Gamper and Bowdoin International Music Festival; and Mizzou International Composers Festival. Recent commissions include Jeffrey Kahane and the Sarasota Music Festival, Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Palladium Musicum, American Guild of Organists, the American String Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, the Naumburg Foundation, yMusic, and Sierra Chamber Society, as well as arrangements for Paul Simon.

Grants include the Guggenheim and Watson Foundations, NEA, Meet the Composer, and the American Music Center, Sirota’s works are recorded on Legacy Recordings, National Sawdust Tracks, and the Capstone, Albany, New Voice, Gasparo and Crystal labels.

*Music critic Allan Kozinn

Learn more about Bob on his website

broken places, 

commissioned by Bruce Shipman for flutist Martha Cargo and cellist Benjamin Larsen, takes its impetus from Sirota’s poem of the same name:

 

broken places
broken places
broken dreams
broken open at the seams
           
broken world
broken clock
broken record
broken rock
           
body broken
torn apart
broken trust
broken heart
           
broken spirit
broken spell
ever broken
time will tell
           
curse is broken
broken tomb
bread is broken
upper room

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