Mark Abel

Mark Abel is a California composer who specializes in vocal music -- art songs in particular. He usually writes his own lyrics and his musical style occasionally displays a sublimated rock influence.

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    About

    Mark Abel was born in Hartford, Ct., in 1948 and grew up in the Midwest, Europe, Asia and the East Coast. He briefly attended Stanford University in the late 1960s, and spent the ‘70s and part of the ‘80s as a guitarist, bassist, songwriter and record producer on the New York rock scene. His return to California in 1983 was marked by a vocational shift into journalism for two decades and the gradual development of an approach to serious composition that incorporates certain elements of rock into a wide palette of classical influences that includes Debussy, Duparc, Berg and Janáček, among many others.

    Abel’s idiom favors above all the expression of emotion and an untrammeled lyricism. He has produced five major song cycles: The Palm Trees are RestlessThe Dark-Eyed Chameleon, Rainbow Songs, and Five Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke (all soprano and piano); and the album-length The Dream Gallery: Seven California Portraits (for soloists and orchestra). Other important works include the opera Home Is a HarborThe True Believers, a meditation on terrorism (for soprano, baritone and orchestra) and One Long Peace (for soprano and orchestra), an elegy for the composer’s mother. Abel’s five song cycles have been recorded for the Delos label. The solo song “The Benediction” appeared in 2013 on a recording by New York tenor Kyle Bielfield.

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    Adam

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    Mark Abel

    Song Collection: The Dream Gallery

    Breezes Blow and Eagles Fly

    Mark Abel

    Mark Abel

    Song Collection: Rainbow Songs

    Carol

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    Mark Abel

    Song Collection: The Dream Gallery

    Cataclysm

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    Mark Abel

    Song Collection: The Dark-Eyed Chameleon

    Crater Light

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    Kate Gale

    Song Collection: The Palm Trees are Restless

    Full Sail

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    Mark Abel

    Song Collection: The Dark-Eyed Chameleon

    Helen

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    Mark Abel

    Song Collection: The Dream Gallery

    It Was an Evening

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    Mark Abel

    Song Collection: Rainbow Songs

    La Sonnambula

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    Mark Abel

    Song Collection: Rainbow Songs

    Lonnie

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    Mark Abel

    Song Collection: The Dream Gallery

    Los Angeles

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    Kate Gale

    Song Collection: The Palm Trees are Restless

    Luz

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    Mark Abel

    Song Collection: The Dream Gallery

    Naomi

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    Mark Abel

    Song Collection: The Dream Gallery

    Premonition

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    Mark Abel

    Song Collection: The Dark-Eyed Chameleon

    Rainbow Songs

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    Mark Abel

    Shura

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    Kate Gale

    Song Collection: The Palm Trees are Restless

    The Benediction

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    Mark Abel

    The Burned Horizon

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    Mark Abel

    Song Collection: The Dark-Eyed Chameleon

    The Dark-Eyed Chameleon

    Song Collection

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    Mark Abel

    The Dream Gallery

    Song Collection

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    Mark Abel

    The Great Divorce

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    Kate Gale

    Song Collection: The Palm Trees are Restless

    The Guest

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    Mark Abel

    Song Collection: Rainbow Songs

    The Palm Trees are Restless

    Song Collection

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    Kate Gale

    The Storm Drain

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    Kate Gale

    Song Collection: The Palm Trees are Restless

    Todd

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    Mark Abel

    Song Collection: The Dream Gallery

    Your Girl

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    Mark Abel

    Song Collection: The Dark-Eyed Chameleon

    Videos

    Recordings

    Terrain of the Heart

    (Mark Abel)

    2014

    Stopping By

    (Mark Abel, Samuel Barber, Amy Marcy Beach, Leonard Bernstein, Charles Wakefield Cadman, Elliott Carter, Aaron Copland, Celius Dougherty, John Woods Duke, Stephen Foster, Charles Griffes and Ned Rorem)

    2013

    The Dream Gallery

    (Mark Abel)

    2012

    Home is a Harbor & The Palm Trees are Restless

    (Mark Abel and Kate Gale)

    2011

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