Robert Beaser

Robert Beaser's songs include the tongue-in-cheek cycle Seven Deadly Sins and a set of Emily Dickinson songs. His music is in a romantic, "New Tonalist" style but never without a well-conceived formal structure and a touch of irony.

Photo: Robert Beaser, Milken Archive of Jewish Music

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Born in Boston, Robert Beaser was trained as a percussionist before he became a serious composer. He studied at Yale, as well as Tanglewood and the American Academy in Rome.

Beaser has won many awards, including the Fulbright and Guggenheim foundation fellowships as well as the Prix de Rome (in 1977). He has taught at the Juilliard School and directed several new music ensembles, including Contemporary Elements. He has served as composer-in-residence for the American Composer Orchestra.

–Christie Finn

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Americans in Rome

(Robert Beaser, Samuel Barber, Randall Thompson, Charles Naginski, Vittorio Giannini, Roger Sessions and Elliott Carter)


Though Love Be a Day

(Robert Beaser, Antonio Carlos Defeo and Gwyneth Van Anden Walker)


Open House

(Robert Beaser and William Bolcom)


Paul Sperry Sings an American Sampler

(Samuel Barber, Robert Beaser, William Bolcom, William Billings, Elliott Carter, Celius Dougherty, John Woods Duke, Stephen Foster, Charles Griffes, John Musto, Ned Rorem, May Swenson, Louise Talma, Hugo Weisgall and Kurt Weill)


Beaser: The Seven Deadly Sins, etc.

(Robert Beaser)


Paul Sperry Sings American Song Cycles & Sets

(Robert Beaser, Christopher Berg and Louise Talma)


Sheet Music

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Four Dickinson Songs

Composer(s): Robert Beaser

Song(s): 1. A Word is Dead
2. It Was Not Death
3. I Dwell in Possibility
4. We Never Know How High We Are

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Seven Deadly Sins

Composer(s): Robert Beaser

Song(s): 1. Pride
2. Envy
3. Wrath
4. Sloth
5. Avarice
6. Gluttony
7. Lust

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