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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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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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

Songs

Adam

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Mark Abel

Song Collection: The Dream Gallery

Breezes Blow and Eagles Fly

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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

Mark Abel

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

Song Collection

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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

Mark Abel

Kate Gale

The Storm Drain

Mark Abel

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

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