LOUIS ROSEN, composer, lyricist, performer, author and educator, is a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Music Composition recipient whose musical style is a fusion of folk, jazz, classical and popular idioms. ALBUMS of his work include: LOVE AND ASHES (2023); MUSIC FOR GUITAR (2022); IT IS STILL DARK: THREE SUITES (2022); I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING (Music and Lyrics, 2019); PHENOMENAL WOMAN: THE MAYA ANGELOU SONGS and SONGS WITHOUT WORDS (Music, 2018) with vocalist Capathia Jenkins; DUST TO DUST BLUES (Music and Lyrics, 2017); ACT ONE: PIANO MUSIC FROM THE THEATER (2017); DREAM SUITE: Songs in Jazz and Blues—The Langston Hughes Songs (Music, 2016) with vocalists Alton Fitzgerald White and Capathia Jenkins ; TIME WAS (Music and Lyrics Adaptations, 2013); THE ACHE OF POSSIBILITY (Music and Lyrics, 2009), ONE OUNCE OF TRUTH: THE NIKKI GIOVANNI SONGS (Music, 2008) and SOUTH SIDE STORIES (Music and Lyrics, 2006), the last three with Capathia Jenkins.
THEATER MUSIC includes two musicals: BOOK OF THE NIGHT (Music and Co-Lyrics, Co-Authored with Thom Bishop, Goodman Theater, 1991) and A CHILD’S GARDEN (Music, Lyric Adaptations and Co-Libretto with Arthur Perlman and Charlotte Maier, Off-Broadway, 2000); and 30 scores for productions on Broadway (including James Lapine’s ACT ONE at Lincoln Center, 2014; Roundabout Theater's THE RAINMAKER, 1999, and PICNIC, 1994; ARMS AND THE MAN at Circle in the Square, 1985); off-Broadway (including TITUS ANDRONICUS at The Public's Delacorte Theater, Central Park); and at major regional theaters around the country such as the Goodman Theater in Chicago, Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater, Seattle Repertory Theater, Shakespeare Theater in Washington, D.C., Princeton's McCarter Theater, Long Wharf Theater in New Haven and many others. TWELVE CONCERT SUITES drawn from these theater scores are WINTER CAROLS: Music for A Christmas Carol (2021), for piano, four hands; ACT ONE SUITE for Solo Piano (2015); SUITE: PEER GYNT (1998); AS YOU LIKE IT SONGS (1997); INTO NIGHT AND ON THE VERGE (1993) and ORCHARDS (1986), both for piano, four-hands or two pianos; MOTHER COURAGE SONG SUITE (1993); TWELFTH NIGHT SONG SUITE (1991); MUSIC FOR GALILEO (1986); MUSIC FOR THE TEMPEST (1987); THREE PIECES for Solo Piano (1982) and THREE CHORAL ODES (1977).
BOOKS include the memoir/oral narrative, THE SOUTH SIDE: THE RACIAL TRANSFORMATION OF AN AMERICAN NEIGHBORHOOD (Cloth, 1998; Paperback, 1999); and BEYOND CATEGORY: MUSIC THEORY FROM BACH TO THE BEATLES (2015). His stage adaptation, THE SOUTH SIDE, was presented at Theater J in Washington, D.C. (1998) and the George Street Theater, New Brunswick, NJ (1999).
RECENT COMPOSITIONS reflecting a renewed interest in instrumental music include CROSSING LINES - Six Movements for String Quartet (2022); THE PEARL OCTET · Twelve Scenes for an Imagined Theater (2022), for flute/alto flute/piccolo, clarinet/bass clarinet/alto & tenor saxophones, trumpet, vibraphone/percussion, piano, violin, cello, bass; RIVERSONGS NONET· Four Instrumental Portraits (2022), for flute/piccolo, clarinet/bass clarinet, French horn, trumpet, piano, violin, viola, cello, bass. RIVERSONGS TRIO · Five Instrumental Portraits for flute, clarinet and piano (2022); THE PEARL SUITE for Small Orchestra (2020); SUITE FOR CLARINET and PIANO (2019); MUSIC FOR GUITAR (2019); and THE BLACK LOOM TRILOGY EPILOGUE for Jazz Sextet (2018).
SONG CYCLES include IT IS STILL DARK: Songs for Sondra - Songs of Exile (2003), lyrics by Celso Gonzalez-Falla; A CHILD'S GARDEN SONG SUITE (1992) on poems by Robert Louis Stevenson; FIVE RIVERSONGS on poems by Edgar Lee Masters (1985); FOUR SONGS on texts by various poets (1983); RIVERSONGS for Mixed Chorus (1980); and THE BLACK LOOM TRILOGY, three song cycles on poems by three major African-American poets (also listed above under albums): Part I—DREAM SUITE: Songs in Jazz and Blues—The Langston Hughes Songs; Part II—ONE OUNCE OF TRUTH: THE NIKKI GIOVANNI SONGS, and Part III—PHENOMENAL WOMAN: THE MAYA ANGELOU SONGS.
AWARDS: the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Music Composition (2005); the NEA New American Works Grant (1995); The 2nd Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Musical Theater Award (1992); ASCAP Awards, 1993-2022; Puffin Foundation Grant (2006); Anna Sosenko Trust Award (2006); Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Galileo Prize & Commission (2005); Chicago's John W. Schmid Award, Best New Work ("BOOK OF THE NIGHT", 1991); Semifinalist Prize - NYC Contemporary Music Symposium ("ACT ONE SUITE for Solo Piano", 2021); São Paulo Contemporary Composers Festival ("ACT ONE SUITE for Solo Piano", 2020/2022); Gilman and Gonzalez-Falla Recording Grants ("A CHILD'S GARDEN", 1998, and "DREAM SUITE", 2002) and Production Grant ("A Child's Garden", 2000), among others.
TEACHERS: Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, John Weidman, Arthur Laurents and Alfred Uhry (Composing and Writing for Theater); William Russo (Music Theory, Orchestration); William Ferris (Composition, Orchestration, Form and Analysis, Counterpoint); Joseph Reiser (Music Theory, Composition).