Kate Soper



Several 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 ROMANCE OF THE ROSE (Ongoing)
Opera based on the bizarre, audacious, frighteningly pansophical medieval epic poem of the same name.
(more info)

IPSA DIXIT (2010-16)
Semi-staged, evening-length chamber music theatre work for voice, flute, violin, and percussion exploring the intersections of language and music, emotion and meaning, expressivity and truth.
I. Poetics (for voice, fl, vn, and pc)
II. Only the Words Themselves Mean What They Say (for voice and fl)
III. Rhetoric (for voice, fl, vn, and pc)
IV. The Crito (for voice and pc)
V. Metaphysics (for voice, fl, vn, and pc)
VI. Cipher (for voice and vn)

(Individual movements may be performed standalone and are listed separately below.)

HERE BE SIRENS (2012-14)
Opera/theatre for three sopranos and piano (three performers), runtime 100 minutes (no intermission), book and music by Kate Soper with additional texts various. Published at PSNY, also look here for excerpts and more info!

I Was Here I Was I (2013-14), 90'
Opera for voices and chamber ensemble (90') with text by Nigel Maister, written for Alarm Will Sound and premiered at the Metropolitan Museum of art, 6/20/14. Video of full production here


V O C A L

Voice Plus One

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

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

The Understanding of All Things (2013, rev. 2015)
For soprano and tape (7'), text by Kafka
Listen here, vocalist score/listening score here. For performance inquiries and materials, contact me.


Voice(s) and Ensemble

The Ultimate Poem is Abstract (2016)
For soprano and chamber orchestra, text by Wallace Stevens
Premiered Oct. 1, 2016 by the LA Phil and Kate Soper

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

Metaphysics (2016)
For voice, flute, violin, and percussion, text by Aristotle (adapted Soper)
Video excerpt here, for performance or perusal inquiries contact me

Rhetoric (2015)
For voice, flute, violin, and percussion (15'), text by Aristotle (adapted Soper)>
Video excerpt here, for performance or perusal inquiries contact me

Poetics (2015)
For voice, flute, violin, and percussion (13'), text by Aristotle (adapted Soper) and Sophocles
Video excerpt here, for performance or perusal inquiries contact me

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 on PSNY 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) 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.
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
Listen: III. Song


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

Now is Forever: I. Orpheus and Eurydice (2012)
Original version for soprano and orchestra

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

Nine Rakes, 2007
For symphonic wind band (8')
Listen:




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")

What Makes it Go, 2008 (original version)
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
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


OITOITOI (2016)
For two tenor saxophones

In the Reign of Harad IV (2013)
For percussion trio

Wolf, 2010
For piano four hands and 2 percussionists (16.5')
Listen on the Carrier Records website here, score available at PSNY 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

©2016 Kate Soper