McFarlin portrait of Charles Shere

Charles Shere:

Selected list of compositions

Solo voice
Solo piano


Works marked [FPM] are available from Frog Peak Music

Solo voice with instruments

1972 Dates Soprano, clarinet (bass cl, alto cl, Ebcl), vn (vla), perc (mar, vbr) [FPM] (Gertrude Stein)
1973 Classify combs... Soprano (or tenor) and viola (Marcel Duchamp)
1973  Ground glass... Soprano and piano (Duchamp)
1975  Dirt and not copper Tenor, bassoon, trombone (Stein)
1975  The White Hunter Tenor, piano, bassoon and trombone (Stein)
1983  A Carafe Soprano and violin.  [FPM] (Stein)
1983  Certain Phenomena of Sound High soprano (b (or g#)-c’’’ (or e’’’)) and violin (Wallace Stevens)
1986  Bride Arias Soprano, violin, piano; optional snare drum, contrabass [FPM] (Duchamp)
1989  Suppose an Eyes Soprano, violin, piano [FPM] (Stein)
1989  Rhubarb Soprano, violin, piano [FPM] (Stein)
1997  Red Roses Soprano, bass clarinet, piano [FPM] (Stein)
1997  It Was Black, Black Took Soprano, violin, bass clarinet, piano [FPM] (Stein)
1997  You Can Only Say What You Know Soprano, violin, bass clarinet, piano [FPM] (Stein)
         see also Tongues, for orchestra
Solo voice    Chorus   Solo piano    Chamber   Orchestra    Stage


1985 Requiem with Oboe Eight voices (SSAATTBB) (or double chorus) and solo oboe (Stevens, and the ordinary)

Solo piano

1964 Three Pieces for Piano [FPM]
1965 For Piano November 1965
1975 Five Pieces after Handler of Gravity [FPM]
1989 Sonata: Bachelor Machine [FPM]
1996 Seven Bagatelles [FPM]
2004 Lullaby and Finale

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1965 Ces désirs du quatuor For any four musicians
1969 Screen For four to six strings
1970 Bachelor Apparatus For pairs of winds
1971 En Balançant For 2 or 3 pairs of strings
1971 Vie Lactée [sic] For 4-6 strings
1971 Handler of Gravity For organ with optional chimes and glockenspiel
1972 Parergon to Wind Quintet: Flute For unaccompanied flute
1974 Tender of Gravity For fl-pic, o-eh, cl-bass cl, bn, harmonium, vn, vla, vc, vb [FPM]
1974 Parergon to woodwind quintet: trio English horn, bass clarinet, bassoon
1974 Classify combs... violin and viola (2d version, without voice)
1974 Ground Glass... flute, violin, cello, piano (2nd version, without voice)
1981 Rose For clarinet (in A), unaccompanied
1996 Trio for Violin, Piano, and Percussion
1996 David Sheinfeld at Ninety Unaccompanied violin
  Solo voice   Chorus    Solo piano    Chamber   Orchestra    Stage


Small Concerto for piano and orchestra 1964 2(alto fl)-2(eh)-2(bass cl)-2/4(2 Wagner tubas optional)-2-2-1/harmonium/strings; solo piano
Nightmusic 1967  2-0-2-0/2-0-0-2 (Wagner tubas)/guitar, harp, piano, celesta, 2perc/0-7-6-6-, with solo violin, English horn and bass tuba [Recording: 1750 Arch S-1791]
From Calls and Singing 1968 2-1-2-2/2-2-0-0/timp/strings
Music for Orchestra (Symphony) 1976 pic-2-2-2/4-2-3-1/2perc-timp-harp-(mandolin) strings
Ballet: Handler of Gravity 1978 3-2(eh)-2-2(cbn)/4-2-3-1/pno/hrp/1perc/timp/strings [FPM]
Tongues 1978 For poet (speaking in tongues) and chamber orchestra: pic-fl, ob-eh, cl-bass cl, bn, horn(-Wagner tuba), trumpet, trombone, pno, harp, 1 perc, live electronics, vn, vla, vc, cb, prerecorded tape
Concerto for Violin with Harp, Percussion, and Small Orchestra 1985 (rev. 1989) solo violin; 2-2-2-2/2-2-2 (tuba opt.)/harp, piano, 2 perc, timp/strings
Symphony in Three Movements 1988 3(p)-3(eh)-eh-2(bcl)-bcl-3(cbn)/4-3-4-(tba opt)/h/pno/timp/3/12-12-8-8-6
    Solo voice    Chorus   Solo piano    Chamber   Orchestra    Stage


The Box of 1914 1980 Chamber opera in one act. Libretto by Marcel Duchamp. Soprano (b-bflat’’), tenor (c (or Bb) -b flat’), dancer, narrator; 1(p)-1(eh)-1(alto cl) -1/1-1-1-0/2perc, hrp,pno/vn-vla-vc-cb/taped sounds.
The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even
1984 Opera in three acts. Libretto by Marcel Duchamp. For dramatic soprano, lyric soprano, mezzo-soprano, heldentenor, lyric tenor, and baritone soloists, chorus, and orchestra: 2-2-2-2; 4-2-3-1; 2 percussion, harp, piano; strings (minimum 8-6-5-5-2).
Ladies Voices 1987 Chamber opera in five acts. Libretto by Gertrude Stein. For three sopranos, woodwind quintet and percussion (trap set, antique cymbal, tubular chime). [FPM]
I Like It to Be a Play 1989 Chamber opera in one act. Libretto by Gertrude Stein. For tenor, baritone, bass; string quartet. [FPM]
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