Robert S. Cohen | composer

Major Choral Works


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Alzheimer’s Stories (2009)

Mezzo-Soprano & Baritone Soloists, SATB chorus, piano, clarinet, violin, cello, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba, timpani, 4 percussion

Duration: c. 32'

Alzheimer’s Stories is a setting of an extraordinary libretto by two-time Grammy Award winner Herschel Garfein based on recollections of chorus members and friends with relatives who’ve had the dreaded disease. It was commissioned by the Susquehanna Valley Chorale, William Payn, conductor and premiered October 9, 2009 at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. Recorded for broadcast by PBS television station WVIA, it has subsequently been performed over 40 times throughout the U.S and Europe.


Genesis (2016)

Soprano, Countertenor (or boy soprano) & Baritone Soloists, SATB chorus, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, trombone, timpani, glockenspiel, marimba & 3 percussionists

Duration: c. 42'

A blow-off-the-roof setting of five chapters from the Book of Genesis with a libretto by Maria V.S. Seigenthaler & Ronald W. Cadmus uniquely taken from a first-person POV e.g. the story of Eden is from the Serpent’s perspective.

Commissioned and premiered by the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale, Jeffrey R. Smith, conductor at the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia.


Into the Light (2010)

SSAATB chorus, piano, horn, cellos, basses, chimes, glockenspiel, percussion

Duration: c. 6'

A work employing vocal sounds as its text that musically takes us on a journey into the great beyond. The work was commissioned by the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale.


Of Eternity Considered as a Closed System (2007)

Mezzo-Soprano & Baritone Soloists, SATB chorus, orchestra

Duration: c. 25'

A setting of seven poems by the late Rochester poet Hyam Plutzik commissioned by the Dodge Foundation and the Plutzik Goldwasser Foundation. Premiered by the Westfield Symphony and Pro Arte Chorale February 5, 2007 at Carnegie Hall. It was subsequently performed by the Sofia National Opera Chorus and Orchestra at the Sofia Opera House in 2008.


Sing With Me (2008)

Soloists, SATB chorus, piano, glockenspiel, marimba, percussion, strings

Duration: c. 24'

A five-movement work with a libretto by Maria V.S Seigenthaler based on interviews with members of the Pro Arte Chorale who were asked the question: “Why do you sing.”