“Composer BENJAMIN C.S. BOYLE’s writing is rich
in color and undeniably appealing.”
 

-THE
NEW YORK TIMES

BENJAMIN C.S. BOYLE, Composer-in-Residence

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   BOYLE Ophelia for soprano and orchestra (2005)
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   BOYLE Trio no. 4 for violin, viola and piano (2000), mvt. 1
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   BOYLE Arise, Shine, for your light has come for choir and organ
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Composer Benjamin C. S. Boyle’s works include opera, chamber music, art songs, sacred and orchestral music. Most recently, his commission for Sonata-Cantelina, a flute and piano work, by the Dolce Suono Chamber Music Concerts, which premiered February 2010 as part of the Samuel Barber centennial celebration at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, has been released on Innova Records and recorded by flutist Mimi Stillman (YCA alumna). This season, a recital of only compositions of Mr. Boyle’s will be performed at Westminster Choir College and Mr. Boyle’s work Impromptus and Arabesques for Orchestra will be premiered by the Delaware County Symphony.

Mr. Boyle was commissioned by the American Friends of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of the Netherlands to write a work for the Orchestra’s brass section to celebrate Henry Hudson’s discovery of the river, which he entitled Hudson Sinfonia. The work premiered in 2009 at Riverside Church in New York City, and was broadcast live on WQXR. He was commissioned by the Chicago Lyric Opera Chorus for a choral work, The Holly and the Ivy, in 2008, and by Hope College in Holland, Michigan for a Concerto for Organ and Orchestra, premiered by organist Huw Lewis. His setting of the Lamentations of Jeremiah premiered in November 2005 at St. Mark’s Church (PA), and To One in Paradise, his cantata for string orchestra and vocal soloists set to texts by Edgar Allan Poe, was premiered by the Bachanalia Festival Orchestra at Merkin Concert Hall in New York. Pianist Magdalena Baczewska both commissioned and performed Ballade, which premiered at Carnegie’s Weill Hall and was later performed by pianist Chu-Fang Huang in the Young Concert Artists Series in March 2007. Sonata-Fantasy was performed with Mr. Boyle at the piano and violinist Tim Fain at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and Merkin Concert Hall in New York City.

Mr. Boyle was selected as Young Concert Artists Composer-in-Residence in 2005 and holds YCA’s William B. Butz Composer Chair. YCA commissioned two works from Mr. Boyle, which were premiered by YCA artists in the YCA Series. Suite Sylvanesque, for solo harp, was premiered by harpist Emmanuel Ceysson at his debut recitals at Zankel Hall and at the Kennedy Center in November 2006. His Sonata for cello and piano was premiered by cellist Efe Baltacigil and pianist Anna Polonsky at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall in New York in December 2005 and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in April 2006.

The youngest ever to receive a Ph.D. in Composition from the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Boyle earned a Master of Music in Composition from The Peabody Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Music in Piano from the University of South Florida, where he studied with Robert Helps. Mr. Boyle also studied for several years with Dr. Philip Lasser at the European-American Musical Alliance (EAMA) program at L'Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, where he returns each summer as a faculty member. He has studied with Narcis Bonet, David del Tredici, Christopher Theofanidis, Samuel Adler, Lukas Foss, and Nicholas Maw. Mr. Boyle is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Composition, Keyboard Harmony, Counterpoint, and Analysis at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. His music is published by Rassel Editions of New York and Paris.


 

Opera

A Call to Arms (28:00)
Commissioned by the Peabody Opera Company, 2000

Orchestral

Cantata: To One in Paradise for string orchestra, choir, and soloists (27:00)
Commissioned by Bachanalia Orchestra; Premiered at Merkin Hall, New York, 2005

Concerto for Organ and Orchestra (19:00)
Commissioned by Hope College, Holland, Michigan; Premiered at Dimnent Chapel, Huw Lewis, soloist, 2007

Impromptus and Arabesques for orchestra (9:30)

Ophelia for soprano and orchestra (8:30)
Premiered by the Curtis Orchestra, The Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, 2004

Instrumental - Solo and Chamber

Ballade for solo piano (7:30)
Commissioned by Magdalena Baczewska; Premiered at Carnegie’s Weill Hall, 2004

Fantasy for two pianos (10:30)
Premiered at The Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, 2003

Hudson Sinfonia for four trumpets, four horns, three trombones, bass trombone, and tuba (7:00)
Commissioned by the American Friends of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Premiered by the RCO Brass at Riverside Church, New York City, April 29, 2009

Impromptus and Arabesques for solo piano (9:30)

Kreutzer Concert Variations for violin and piano (10:00)
Commissioned by the Beethoven Society of America; Premiered at the German Embassy, Washington, DC, 2003

Sonata-Cantilena for flute and piano (21:00)

Commissioned by Dolce Suono, and premiered in Philadelphia March 2010

Sonata-Fantasy for violin and piano (16:00)
Premiered at Salle Cortot, Paris, 2003

Sonata for cello and piano (13:30)
Commissioned by Young Concert Artists, Inc. for cellist Efe Baltacigil, 2005
Performed at venues including Carnegie’s Zankel Hall and the Kennedy Center

String Quartet (18:30)

Suite Sylvanesque for solo harp (12:00)
Commissioned by Young Concert Artists, Inc. for harpist Emmanuel Ceysson, 2006
Performed at venues including Carnegie’s Zankel Hall and the Kennedy Center

Three Preludes for solo piano (6:20)
Premiered at The Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, 2003

Trio No. 5 for violin, viola & piano (25:00)
Premiered at Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, 2001

Trio No. 4 for violin, viola, and piano (32:00)
Premiered at Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, 2000

Variations on a Theme by Chopin for solo piano (11:30)
Premiered at The Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, 2002

Vocal

Arise, Shine, for your light has come for choir and organ (6:30)
Commissioned and Premiered by St. Mark’s Church, Philadelphia, 2003

Down with the Rosemary for choir and organ (3:00)

Commissioned and premiered by Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble, 2009

I Will Sing to the Lord for choir and organ (4:30)
Commissioned by St. Mark’s Church, Philadelphia, 2005

The Lamentations of Jeremiah for choir (18:30)
Commissioned by The Crossing Choir; Premiered at St. Mark’s Church, Philadelphia, 2003

The Holly and the Ivy for choir (5:00)

Commissioned and premiered by Chicago Lyric Opera, 2008

Le Passage des Rêves for baritone and piano (12:00)
Premiered in Philadelphia, 2008

Lenoriana for baritone and piano (29:00)
Premiered in Washington's Festa dell'Arte concert series, 2002

Lo, how a rose e’er blooming for choir and organ (3:30)
Commissioned by Dr. James Snyder for The Crossing Choir
Premiered at First Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia by The Crossing Choir, 2006

Mass in F for choir and organ (16:30)
Commissioned by Old Saint Paul’s Church, Baltimore, 2002

Ophelia for soprano and piano (8:30)
Premiered at Salle Franck, La Schola Cantorum, Paris, 2000

Quatre Chansons de Charles Baudelaire for soprano and piano (12:30)
Premiered at Salle Franck, La Schola Cantorum, Paris, 2000

Splendor and Honor for choir and organ (6:15)
Commissioned and Premiered by St. Mark’s Church, Philadelphia, 2004

Three Canticles for choir and organ (16:00)
Commissioned by St. Mark’s Church, Philadelphia; Premiered at St. Mark’s Church

Trois Chansons de Charles Baudelaire for soprano and piano (11:30)
Premiered at La Salle des Abeilles, Geneva, 2002

Transcriptions

Zigeunerlieder of Johannes Brahms for solo violin and string orchestra (10:00)
Commissioned by Bachanalia Orchestra; Premiered at Merkin Hall, New York, 2004

Novelettes of Francis Poulenc for string orchestra (8:30)
Commissioned by Bachanalia Orchestra; Premiered at Merkin Hall, New York, 2004

Selected Mazurkas of Frederic Chopin for string quartet (15:00)

 


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