Robert Moran

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Robert Moran (born January 8, 1937 in Denver , Colorado ) is an American composer .

After studying with Hans Apostel in Vienna and then with Luciano Berio and Darius Milhaud , Moran appeared in the mid-1960s as a co-founder of the "San Francisco New Music Ensemble" at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music . Soon afterwards he moved to West Berlin as a full-time composer at the invitation of the German government . In 1977 he returned to the USA, where he currently lives in Philadelphia .


In the 1960s, Moran wrote a series of graphically notated scores in the spirit of communal experience with his interpreters , which control structural elements but assign the performers a clearly creative role. Moran has also composed and organized "Performance Art" events, for example in August 1969: "Thirty Nine Minutes for Thirty Nine Cars" - a misleading title for a work that involved 100,000 performers and almost all of downtown San Francisco were involved - or "Hallelujah" (April 1971) for 70,000 residents of Bethlehem (Pennsylvania) , as well as 20 brass bands, 40 church choirs, gospel groups, etc. His third and last city composition "Pachelbel Promenade" - for various instrumental groups including Styrian folk music and boys' choir, is created for the city of Graz in Austria.

He has composed 5 operas, including "Juniper Tree" in collaboration with Philip Glass and "Desert of Roses" for the Grand Opera Houston , "From the Towers of the Moon" for the Minnesota Opera and the chamber opera "Dracula Diary". In addition, numerous choral works were created. Including: "The Eternal Hour" for any number of orchestras and choirs; "Seven Sounds unseen" for 20 solo voices to texts by John Cage or the requiem "Chant du Cygne", which is based on Mozart's last words .

His work "Voices of the Last Seal", based on a text by King Ludwig II, premiered in Munich in 2001, will appear on CD for the first time in October 2004 on the small US label INNOVA.


  • March 20, 2007: Concert performance of the opera "The Juniper Tree" at Lincoln Center in New York

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