Heartstrings CD Released on December 1, 2013

My new CD on Albany Recordings features five pieces composed between 2000-2012 performed by some wonderful musicians: Sarah Pelletier, soprano and Lois Shapiro, piano; Jean-Michel Fonteneau, cello and Eric Zivian, piano; Empyrean Ensemble; Left Coast Chamber Ensemble; and Tel-Aviv's Meitar Ensemble. You can get it here:

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Saxophone Quartet to be premiered March 12, 2014

Rhyme or Reason, for sax quartet will be premiered by h2, the outstanding sax quartet, at the University of Oklahoma on March 12th.

Echometry for Talujon Premiered in New York and at June in Buffalo

The recently completed Echometry for percussion quartet, written for the Talujon Percussion Quartet, was premiered on May 28, 2013 on Talujon's premieres concert at the DiMenna Center in New York. Talujon also performed it on June 1 at the June in Buffalo Festival.

Premiere of Heartstrings in Tel Aviv

Heartstrings, for flute and string trio, was premiered by the Meitar Ensemble and their wonderful flutist, Roy Amotz (for whom it was written) on Tuesday, October 23rd -- the opening concert of the contemporary music series at the Tel Aviv Academy. It was recorded the following day for CD release on Albany Recordings.

Ritual Fragments CD Now On Spotify

My first Albany CD, Ritual Fragments, including song cycles with Susan Narucki and Christine Schadeberg and instrumental music recorded by the New York New Music Ensemble and the Triple Helix Trio, is now accessible on Spotify. Check it out! 

Susan Narucki – Ritual Fragments: Paiute - Ghost Dance Song, Susan Narucki – Ritual Fragments: Ojibwa - The Rock (Fragment of a Ritual), Susan Narucki – Ritual Fragments: Omaha - Spring Song,Susan Narucki – Ritual Fragments: Quechen - Fragment, Susan Narucki – Ritual Fragments: Pima - Dancing Song, Susan Narucki – Ritual Fragments: Pima - Dancing Song, Susan Narucki – Ritual Fragments: Dakota - Song, Susan Narucki – Ritual Fragments: Osage - From a Legend, Susan Narucki – Ritual Fragments: Navajo - From the Night Chant, Susan Narucki – Ritual Fragments: Mescalero Apache - Dawn Song

The New York New Music Ensemble – Stone Soup

Baton, Quadruple Concerto for Flute, Bass Clarinet, Violin, Cello  Premiered on May, 6th, 2012

The U.C. Davis Symphony, Christian Baldini Music Director, gave the premiere of Baton, a quadruple concerto for flute, bass clarinet, violin, and cello, on Sunday, May 6th, 7 PM at Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center, Davis, CA. The fabulous soloists, all members of Empyrean Ensemble, were Tod Brody, flute, Peter Josheff, bass clarinet, Hrabba Atladottir, violin, and Thalia Moore, cello.

Empyrean Ensemble's Bauer Portrait Concert, Sunday, January 22, 2012

Empyrean Ensemble, Kurt Rodhe and Mika Pelo Directors, honored my 60th birthday with a Portrait Concert on Sunday, January 22, 7 PM at the Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center, U.C. Davis. The program featured three of my chamber works, Luciano Berio's Clarinet Sequenza, and the world premieres of two pieces written for the occasion by Harold Meltzer (a string trio) and Martha Horst (clarinet, string trio, and piano). The Bauer chamber works were Tribute (2000) with Jean-Michel Fontineau, cello and Eric Zivian, piano, The Near Beyond(2005) with Peter Josheff, clarinet, Hrabba Atladottir, violin, Ellen Ruth Rose, viola, and Thalia Moore, cello, and Piano Quartet (2004) with Michael Orland and the same string trio as in The Near Beyond. The first two of these pieces will be recorded at Skywalker ranch this coming May.

The concert was preceded by panel discussion featuring Martha Horst, Kurt Rohde and myself, and was followed by a reception. It was quite an evening!

Premiere and Four More Performances of Song Cycle in Amherst,Tufts, Stanford, Davis, and Princeton in February

The Waters Wrecked The Sky, my settings of five poems by Emily Dickinson, was premiered by soprano Sarah Pelletier and pianist Lois Shapiro on Friday, October 28th, 2011 at Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College. Dickinson settings by Aaron Copland and by my friend and former student Eric Sawyer were also on the program.

The program was repeated at Distler Hall, Tufts on October 31, 2011.

Additional performances of this program, entitled "My Business Is To Sing," took place at Stanford University on Wednesday, February 1, and in the Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center,  U.C. Davis on Friday, February 3 and at Princeton University on Tuesday, February 14th.

The Waters Wrecked The Sky is slated to be recorded in early July, 2012.

Left Coast Ensemble in Three Performances of Piano Quartet in Marin, Berkeley, and San Francisco

My old friends the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble honored my 60th birthday with three wonderful performances of my Piano Quartet (2004) in December. The extraordinary players were Anna Presler, violin, Phyllis Kamrin, viola, Leighton Fong, cello and Eric Zivian, piano. The performances took place on December 1st at the Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley, December 4th at Crowden School, Berkeley (Sundays at 4 Series), and at Dennis Gallagher Theatre in San Francisco on Monday, December 5th. It was an honor to share the program with Hans Werner Henze and Johannes Brahms (the C Minor Piano Quartet, Op. 60)

The Near Beyond Performed at the Livewire Festival, Baltimore

The Baltimore-based ensemble Ruckus performed The Near Beyond (2005) at the Livewire Festival at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

Stone Soup Receives Tel Aviv Premiere

posted Jul 15, 2010 9:14 PM by Jack Lincoln   [ updated 2 minutes ago by Ross Bauer ]

The outstanding Ensemble Meitar ( of Tel Aviv gave the Israeli premiere of my Stone Soup for five players at Ha'teiva in Tel Aviv on Saturday, March 26, 2011. The players and the composition students in Israel are fantastic and the trip was tremendously fulfilling! I gave two talks on my music, one in Tel Aviv and one at the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem, and taught a whole bunch of composition students. There is a great plurality of approach to composition in Israel and the scene, while small, is vital. I'm happy to say that Ensemble Meitar has commissioned a flute quartet from I get to return!

Premiere of Split Infinitives for Sister Duo, Yuki and Keiko Sekino

posted Jul 15, 2010 9:12 PM by Jack Lincoln

This piece for two pianos was premiered on Friday, March 18, 2011 on the 11th Annual New Music @ ECU Festival in Greenville, NC (
The opportunity to write for such talented and dedicated pianists was much appreciated. The premiere went very well and the response was enthusiastic. I also got to hear the fabulous Genkin Philharmonic in great renditions of Zappa, Hendrix, Captain Beefheart, Genesis, etc. Jon Nelson, a great trumpet player and Genkin's director, is a force of nature!  Thanks to Ed Jacobs for making this all happen. For more information on the performers, please see,

posted Dec 7, 2011, 11:47 AM by Ross Bauer   [ updated Dec 19, 2011, 11:29 AM ]

Review of Concertos II CD from American Record Guide

posted Oct 25, 2010, 10:33 AM by Ross Bauer   [ updated Nov 1, 2010, 10:20 PM ]

Thin Ice (2006), by Ross Bauer (b 1951), best fits our notion that a concerto is a multi-movement work for soloist with orchestra. This four movement, 23-minute piece is scored for solo cello with an orchestra of 14: woodwind quartet, brass trio, string quintet, harp, and percussion. I like Bauer’s brand of modernism; in a previous review, I said it is fascinating and superbly crafted with parts that place serious demands on the performers (Nov/Dec 2007). Ditto here, and these players are so good that you want to listen to them. Much of the piece has cellist Greg Hesselink playing long, impassioned lines and heading off in directions unknown. His lines are taken up and transformed by the ensemble. The sound is abstract, but there is such beauty in the ensemble parts that I find myself listening as much to it as to the soloist. It’s a little like a relay race where someone takes hold of a phrase someone else started, runs with it for a moment, and then passes it to the next person. It all happens so quickly and skillfully that we have to concentrate to notice it. In the livelier passages, these players make difficult lines sound easy. In the slow ones (especially the very slow III), their tone qualities make very dissonant sonorities sound beautiful. The orchestra in Thin Ice is the same as for Moving Landscape plus violinist Miranda Cuckson, oboist Leclair, and trombonist Ben Herrington.

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Review of Ritual Fragments CD on Secret Geometry Blog

posted Oct 8, 2010, 9:35 AM by Ross Bauer   [ updated Oct 8, 2010, 9:39 AM ]

Many Thanks to Jim Primosch for this excellent review!

I’ve been enjoying a disc from a few years back featuring music of Ross Bauer and entitled Ritual Fragments. Released on Albany in 2007, the album includes five pieces from the 1990s, both vocal and instrumental. Performances are exemplary, with top soloists and ensembles: singers Christine Schadeberg and Susan Narucki, the New York New Music Ensemble, the Triple Helix (the Boston-based piano trio) and Ross’s own Empyrean Ensemble, in residence at UC Davis, where he teaches. Ross works in a post-tonal language, and the musical surface can shift rapidly, even kaleidoscopically – either via juxtaposition, or through magical transmutations smoothly shifting from one instrument to the next. But, as David Rakowski comments in his booklet notes, “there’s always a long line unfolding underneath.” I was struck by how Ross integrates motoric and non-pulsed rhythms, and admired the care with which he paces the rate of harmonic change.  The vocal pieces both set texts by indigenous peoples – Eskimos and Native Americans. Ross’s command of a wide range of mood and color lets him find apt frameworks for these varied and evocative texts. I hope more music of Ross Bauer – perhaps including some more recent pieces – finds its way to disc soon.
--Secret Geometry, James Primosch (

Thin Ice Now Available

posted May 2, 2010, 10:33 AM by Ross Bauer   [ updated May 20, 2010, 12:48 PM by Jack Lincoln ]

Sequitur: Concertos II 

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"The three concertos on this recording are representative of a contemporary renaissance in concerto writing. The challenge for composers is how to tackle the range of technical and expressive problems. Ross Bauer, Steven Burke and Martin Matalon have each responded to that question with music that is fresh, imaginative, technically brilliant and dramatically convincing. Though not one of the works actually bears the title, each is a true concerto, albeit in a recognizably contemporary way."

Andrew Waggoner, CD liner notes

"It's a work where the cello leads but is primus inter pares with the other instruments. It's distinctive because of Bauer's creative orchestration -- especially the percussion -- and the integration of jazz elements into the four movement structure. The 23 minute work expresses moods --"Shadowy" mimics the title by using percussive sounds. The "Adagio" meanders searching for answers that the "Animato" collaboratively resolves in a quiet ending..... The soloists on this disc play superbly and their colleagues in Sequitur accompany with panache and passion. This is a disc that is inviting, jazzy, creative, and lots of fun!"

 Robert Moon, Audiophile Audition

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