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

HARK (ongoing)
Stage play for four actors and string quartet
Music by Beethoven and Kate Soper

THE ROMANCE OF THE ROSE (2021, Premiere TBA), 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 Guillaume de Loris and Jean de Meun
(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, listen 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

Rondeau: The Rose Once Blown
From The Romance of the Rose (opera, 2020)
For soprano and violin or (originally) tenor and viola (2'), text by Kate Soper
Soprano/violin score here
Tenor/viola score here
Recording here

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)
For voice and piano (1-2 players, 18'), texts by Parmenides, Kate Soper, and W.B. Yeats.
Video and score coming soon

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

Missing Scenes (2019-present)
For soprano and large ensemble, texts various
I: The Wings of the Dove (unperformed)
II: Lost Greek Tragedies: listen, watch
III: The Winter's Tale: listen, watch
The Ultimate Poem is Abstract (2016)
For soprano and large ensemble, text by Wallace Stevens and various
Listen here, album here
Score and parts available here

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)
Part 5 of IPSA DIXIT
Video excerpt here, for performance or perusal inquiries contact me

Rhetoric (2015)
For voice, flute, violin, and percussion (15'), text by Aristotle (adapted Soper)>
Part 3 of IPSA DIXIT
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
Part 1 of IPSA DIXIT
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, 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.
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
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

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


OTOTOI (2016)
For two tenor saxophones
Recording by Ogni Suono Duo here
Score here

In the Reign of Harad IV (2013, rev.2018)
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



Once upon a time, I was a singer-songwriter. Many of those ramblings are here if you would like to check them out.





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