Kate Soper


Many of my works are published by PSNY, an online division of Schott Music, here. Please contact me if you would like to perform something not available on that site.

S T A G E

THE HUNT (2023), 90'
Opera/music theatre for three sopranos self-accompanying on violin and ukulele
Book and music by Kate Soper with additional text by various authors
Published score here, album here
(more info)

THE ROMANCE OF THE ROSE (2021, premiered 2023), 2.5 hrs with intermission
Opera for seven voices, chamber ensemble, and electronics
Music and libretto by Kate Soper, inspired by Le Roman de La Rose by de Loris and de Meun
Published score here
(more info)

HEX (2022), 15'
For two pianist/actor, one pianist/vocalist/actor, and improvising ensemble of 4+ players
Published score here, watch here

HARK (in progress)
Stage play for four actors and string quartet
Music by Beethoven and Kate Soper
(more info)

IPSA DIXIT (2016), 90'
Chamber music theatre work for voice, flute, violin, and percussion (individual movements may be performed standalone and are listed separately below).
Published score here, album here, watch here.
(more info)

HERE BE SIRENS (2014), 100'
Opera/music theatre for three sopranos and piano (three performers)
Book and music by Kate Soper with additional text by various authors
Published score here
(more info)


V O C A L

Voice Plus One

Chutes and Ladders (2023)
For voice and clarinet (20'): texts by Virgil and Kate Soper
CMA commission for the Whistling Hens duo

So Dawn Chromatically Descends to Day (2018)
For piano/vocalist or piano and vocalist (3.5'): texts by Fred Lerdahl and Robert Frost
Score here, video here

The Fragments of Parmenides (2018-19)
For voice and piano (1-2 players, 18'): texts by Parmenides, Kate Soper, and W.B. Yeats.
Score here, video here, audio here

Only the Words Themselves Mean What They Say (2010-2011)
For soprano and flute (13'), text by Lydia Davis
Part 2 of IPSA DIXIT
Video here, score available on PSNY here.

Cipher (2011)
For soprano and violin (13'): texts by Jenny Holzer, Wittgenstein, Pietro Bembo, Michael Drayton, Freud, Guido d'Arezzo, and Sarah Teasdale
Part 6 of IPSA DIXIT
Video here, score available on PSNY here.

The Crito (2012)
For soprano and percussion (12'): texts by Plato and Robert Duncan
Part 4 of IPSA DIXIT
Video here. For performance or perusal inquiries, contact me.

The Understanding of All Things (2013, rev. 2015, 2019)
For soprano and tape (8'): text by Kafka
Listen here
Score and tape available here


Voice(s) and Ensemble

Epithets (2024)
For soprano, flute, tenor sax, piano, percussion, violin, cello and optional electronics (20'): text by Homer and from the Orphic Hymns

The Hunt: Suite (2023)
For three sopranos self-accompanying on violin and ukulele (preferred) or three sopranos, violin, and ukulele (23'): texts by H.D., Hildegard of Bingen, Pliny the Elder and Isadore of Seville
Score avaialble here

Telephone (2022)
For speaking soprano and string quartet (11'): text by Kate Soper
Commissioned by Miller Theatre for the Mission: Commission podcast
Score available here, listen here

Lady Reason Suite from The Romance of the Rose (2021)
For soprano, piano, and vocoder-controlled keyboard (20'): text by Kate Soper
(Under revision)

Missing Scenes (2019-21)
For soprano and large ensemble (28'): texts various
Video here, score and parts here
I: The Wings of the Dove (text by Henry James/Soper)
II: The Winter's Tale (text by Shakespeare/Soper)
III: The Winter's Tale (text var. ancient Greek playwrights/Soper)
The Ultimate Poem is Abstract (2016)
For soprano and large ensemble: text by Wallace Stevens and various
Commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Listen here, album here, score and parts here

Here Be Sirens: Suite (2015)
For three sopranos and grand piano (three performers) (25')
Perusal excerpt here. Available here.

Metaphysics (2016)
For voice, flute, violin, and percussion: text by Aristotle (adapted Soper)
Part 5 of IPSA DIXIT
Video here, score here

Rhetoric (2015)
For voice, flute, violin, and percussion (15'): text by Aristotle (adapted Soper)>
Part 3 of IPSA DIXIT
Video here, score here

Poetics (2015)
For voice, flute, violin, and percussion (13'): text by Aristotle (adapted Soper) and Sophocles
Part 1 of IPSA DIXIT
Video here, score here

Nadja (2013-15)
For soprano and string quartet (24'): texts by Tennyson, Ovid, and Andre Breton
Album on New Focus Records here
Listen here, score here

Voices from the Killing Jar, 2010-12
For voice and ensemble with electronics: texts various.
Album available here
Youtube video with scrolling score (album version) here.
Score (standard doublings, two versions) available here.

Now is Forever: I. Orpheus and Eurydice (2012)
For soprano and chamber orchestra: text by Jorie Graham
Score here, click below to listen (excerpt):


Helen Enfettered (2009)
For Soprano, Mezzo, cl, tpt, pno, pc, vn, vla, vc, cb (25'): text by Christian Bök
Commissioned by Carnegie Hall
Recording here, score and parts on PSNY here

Door, 2007
For soprano, flt, sax, electric gtr, accordion (10'): text by Martha Collins
Listen here, score and parts on PSNY here.

Songs for Nobody, 2006
For solo SSA (9'): text by Thomas Merton
Commissioned by the Museum of Biblical Art
Score here
Studio recording available here, by Quince Vocal Ensemble
Listen: III. Song (sung by the composer, multi-tracked)


What You Think of In the City, 2002
For baritone, vla, vc (12'): text by Frank O'Hara



O R C H E S T R A

Orchestra Orpheus Opus Onus (in progress)
For soprano/actor and orchestra
Commissioned by the New York Philharmonic

Now is Forever: I. Orpheus and Eurydice (2012)
Original version for soprano and orchestra
Commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra

Entre Les Calanques, 2010 (version for orchestra)
For orchestra (6')

Circuit Breaker, 2010 (5')
For bass trombone and orchestra (unperformed)
Score here

Nine Rakes, 2007
For symphonic wind band (8')
Commissioned by the Boston University Tanglewood Institute
Listen:



M U L T I M E D I A

ClearVoice (2021)
Fiction with accompanying audio track
Published in McSweeney's Quarterly Issue no. 64, the "audio issue"
Read/listen here

Unwritten Operas (May - June 2020)
Music video series on literature and music ("New Music Reading Rainbow")
Youtube playlist here

Persons (2020)
Short film (7.5') with original music and script: video here

On Breath (2020)
Short film (2.5'), original music, texts various: video here


L A R G E   E N S E M B L E

The Door in the Wall (2011, rev. 2012)
Flt, ob, 2 cl, bn, hn, tpt, tn, pno, 2 perc, 2 vn, vla, vc, cb
(Excerpt)


What Makes it Go, 2010 (mixed ensemble version)
Flt, ob, 2 cl, bn, hn, tpt, tn, pno, perc, 2 vn, vla, vc, cb (7")

Entre Les Calanques, 2009 (original chamber version)
Flt, cl, bn, 2 hn, 3 vn, 3 vla, 2 vc, 2 cb (6.5")
Commissioned by The Knights

What Makes it Go, 2008 (original version)
Commissioned by The Knights
12 strings (3-3-3-3) (13')

As the Crow Flies, 2007
Flt, cl, 2 sax, hn, tpt, tbone, electric gtr, accordion, pc, vn, vla, vc, cb (11')
Listen:


Didicas, 2006
Score here
Brass Septet (3')
Listen:


Crosshatch, 2005
Flt, cl, hn, tpt, tbone, pc, vn, vla, vc, cb (10')


S M A L L   E N S E M B L E

Underneath (2021)
For solo cello (10')
Commissioned by the I&I Foundation
Video here, score here.

OTOTOI (2015, rev. 2017, 2023)
For two tenor saxophones
Commissioned by Ogni Suono Duo
Recording here, score here

In the Reign of Harad IV (2013, rev.2018)
For percussion trio
Score here

Wolf, 2010
For piano four hands and 2 percussionists (16.5')
Commissioned by Yarn/Wire
Listen here, score here.

The Sleep Side, 2010
Clarinet, trumpet, piano and percussion (7')

I Had a Slow Thought on a Hard Day, 2008
For alto sax and accordion (10')
Listen:


Into that World Inverted, 2006, rev. 2010
For horn and piano (7')
Score available on PSNY here.
Listen:


Purl, 2006
For flute and percussion
Score available on PSNY here.
Listen:


Five One-Liners, (2003)
Tape (text by William Matthews)
I. How Careful Fire Can Be


Back in the day, I was a piano-based singer-songwriter. Some of those are here for posterity.



©2024 Kate Soper