Though his early works use a freely modified serial technique, Bauer considers himself a neo-impressionist and has always had an overriding concern with tone colour. His later works show some jazz and contemporary rock influence. He has written many pieces for guitar, at first for his own use, and later for other performers. He has also written for saxophone - for Paul Brodie, who commissioned and recorded his Sokasodik and Willy Rag - and more recently for Halifax jazz musicians. Bauer singles out Tabito and Nocturne as particularly good examples of his work.
In 1989 in Halifax Bauer founded Upstream, an ensemble of eight composer-performers of varied stylistic backgrounds who present their own music in an annual four-concert season. He is an associate of the Canadian Music Centre and a member of the CLComp and the Atlantic Canadian Composers Association.
Concerto. 1982. Guit, elec piano, percussion, string. Ms
Water Colours. 1971 (rev 1982). 2 fl, string orch. Ms
The Final Silence. 1970 (rev 1974). Str quartet
Filaments. 1971 (rev 1977). 2 guitar. Mel SMLP-4028 (Bauer and Kuinka)
Three Haiku on Simple Times. 1971. Fl, wind chimes. Ms
Two Laments. 1971. Guit. Ber 1976
Nondescript. 1972 (rev 1975). Guit, tape. Ber 1976
Willy Rag. 1972. Saxophone quartet (brass quintet). Ber 1979. Golden Crest CRS-4143 (Brodie)
Mao. 1973. Guit, mand. Ms. Mel SMLP-4028 (Kuinka)
Sokasodik. 1974. Saxophone quartet. Ber 1976. Golden Crest CRS-4143 (Brodie)
White Line on a Green Fence. 1974. Guit. Ber 1976. Mel SMLP-4028 (Bauer)
Concerto for Viola. 1975. Va, elec guitar, percussion, piano, tape, amplification. Ms
From Chikamatsu. 1975. Brass quintet. Ms
Ottawa 1980. 1980. 2 guitar. Ms
From Stillness Unto Stillness. 1984. 3 guitar. Ms
Also many works for guitar as well as other various instr groupings.
Voice and Choir
Tabito: Returning to His Old Home (Otomo Tabito). 1972 (rev 1973). Sop, fl, clarinet, double-bass, percussion. Ms
Nocturne (Thomas Moore). 1978. Narr, SATB, piccolo, clarinet, contrabsn, string quartet, percussion, synthesizer, tape. Ms
Also other works for voices with and without instr
Also other works for band and electroacoustics (Extensions II: Guitar. 1975. Tape. Ms. Mel SMLP-4028)
Author Rick MacMillan
MacMillan, Rick. 'Robert Bauer is activist for today's music,' MSc, 290, Jul-Aug 1976
BMI Canada Ltd. 'Robert Bauer,' pamphlet, 1977
Sealey, Ray. 'Subtle moods,' Guitar Canada, Winter 1987
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