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Richard O. Burdick (1961-     )

Richard Burdick, composerRichard Burdick is a prolific composer of chamber and orchestral music. He has a large volume of works for chamber music settings and concert halls, many of which feature prominent French horn parts.His works vary from quite tonal to improvisational and avant garde. They also range from minimal to quite random. He has written minimal styles both in the highly sustained and highly repetitive types. For over 20 years, composer Richard Burdick has been using I Ching inspired scales as a foundation for his compositions. The I Ching is sort of a fortune telling system of the ancient Chinese. Being a binary system, it suggests scale intervals of either half steps or whole steps. It is ideal for scales structures. Like the scales of Northern India, the scales are divided into two tetra chord like sets of three intervals. Mr. Burdick mostly uses the perfect fifth to separate the two sets of three intervals. He also has a complete system of fixed tones for each scale that are an attempt to organize the whole system of 64 scales. Burdick has worked professionally as a transcriber and/or arranger for the Sacramento Symphony, Concord Pavilion Pops Orchestra and others. He has been a recipient of Meet The Composer funding, Concert sponsorship funding from the city of Davis, California, and was the winner of the 1983 Kensington Symphony Composition Contest with his Six Medieval Fragments for Orchestra. Burdick is also first horn of Regina Symphony Orchestra and the Regina Symphony Chamber Players in Regina Saskatchewan, Canada.

COMPOSITIONS                                                            Burdick Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre
Early Works
A Piece for Solo Horn (1976) ["My very first work"]
The Dragon Descends (3 mvts), cello (1983) [for James Jacobs]
Echo Space, brass choir [w/organ?] (c. 1980; no copy available]
Essay for Horn and Bassoon (????; currently lost)
Existences, 6 unspecified instruments and voice (c. 1979)
[Horn Solo] (1981)
Horn Duet, "The red breaks the Blue of Night, Rising, order housing turmoil of change, bring whiteness showing us violet way"]
Happy late Birthday to Elizabeth Sorenson Burdick, [????] (1978)
Huber Suite, horn and cello (1978)
Picture Music, [????] (????)
[Picture], woodwind quintet (????) [title is a picture, like a Mayan glipf; in graphic notation]
Similarities, horn (????) [14 short movements like my Haiku]
Horn Sonata, horn and piano (1977)
Sonata for Flute and Piano (1978)
The Piute Flutes (1978) [for Mary Gray]
Triangles in Pentagonal Space, [????] (c. 1981) [a very promising sketch]

Five Bagatelles, brass trio [horn, trumpet and trombone], op. 1 (1978)
Spectrum for Organ and Strings, op. 2 (1978-79)
Bacchus, oboe, op. 3 (1980)
Trinitization. flute, oboe, horn, piano and string orchestra, op. 4 (1981)
Season Suite, woodwind octet, op. 5 (1982) [Spring; Summer; Autumn; Winter]
    - Autumn, from the "Season Suite", woodwind quintet, op. 5a (1982)
Chamber Symphony No. 1, "Jupiter", trumpet, horn, string orchestra and organ, op. 6 (1982)
Symmetry I & II, wind quintet, op. 7 (1982)
     - I. Zodiac (1981)
    - II. Quadravibratory (1983)
Pluto, flute, horn, cello and harp, op. 8 (1983)
The Inner Ring, woodwind quintet, op. 9a (1982) [also for bell choir, op. 9, 1983]
    - Sun
    - Mercury
    - Venus
The Middle Ring, brass quintet, op. 10 (1983)
    - Moon (meditation)
    - Mars (developing) [also arr. for horn quartet, op. 10b, 1983]
    - Saturn
Blue Stone Fantasy, flute, horn, cello and harp, op. 11 (1983)
Serenade No. 1, trpt, hn and trom (or vln, va and vc), op. 12 (1983) [this work could be for any 3 unequal instrumental voices]
Serenade No. 2, oboe, clarinet, 2 horns, cello and double bass, op. 13 (1983)
Six Medieval Fragments, orchestra, op. 14 (1983)
    - Sanctus I
    - "Psamls"
    - Sanctus II
    - Gesualdo
    - Music of the Troubadours Robert & James
    - Orlando Lassus
Chamber Symphony No. 2, "Pan", woodwind quintet, brass quintet and string orchestra, op. 15 (1983-84)
Polaris Overture, flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, trumpet, violin, cello and organ, op. 16 (1983)
A Puff of Smoke, flute and horn, op. 17 (1983; rev. 1993)
Seraphic Meditation, soprano (or English horn), horn and organ, op. 18 (1984)
The Planets, horn, op. 19 (c. 1984) [in 10 mvts: The Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto]
Cosmic Order 2, horn, op. 19a (1985)
The Pivot Point, 2 clarinets, 2 horns, 2 bassoons and snare drum (1983; rev. 1995)
    - The Pivot Point, oboe, English horn, 2 horns and 2 bassoons, op. 20 (c. 1984)
Luxor Sketches, 2 horns, op. 21 (c. 1983)
    - I. Andante, Allegro Moderato, Vivace
    - II. Mandala Study #1
    - III. Sweetly
    - IV. The Cleansing Violet
Chamber Symphony No.  3, "Luxor", 12 winds [0333 3000], op. 22 (1983)
    - Introduction
    - The Well
    - Mandala study #2
    - The Transition
    - G. A. C. T. B.
    - Anthem of Ascension
Chamber Symphony No.  3, "Luxor", wind octet [0222 2000], op. 22a (rev. 1987)
    - Introduction & Mandala Study
    - The Well
    - G. A. C. T. B.
    - Anthem of Ascension
Sonata I, Horn and Piano, op. 23 (????)
Fanfare, 4 winds (?or woodwinds or brass), op. 23b [23a???] (????)
ABRACADABRA, flute, English horn, cello and piano, op. 24 (????)
The Ocean, tenor, horn, percussion and organ, op. 25 (????)
Phoenix, violin, cello and woodwind quintet, op. 26 (????)
Trombone Sonata, [trombone and piano?], op. 27 (1985)
Tuba Sonata, [tuba and piano?], op. 28 (1985; rev. 1994)
Horn Sonata No. 2, [horn and piano?] op. 29 (1985)
Let Me Out, electronic tape sound collage, op. 30 (1982)
Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano, op. 31 (1986; rev. 1994) [must be performed with Minuet, Trio and Finale, op. 83, 1994]
Romance (or Legend), violin, horn and piano, op. 32 (1986; rev. 1994)
Chamber Symphony No. 4, woodwind quintet, viola, cello, double bass and piano, op. 33 (1986)
Angelic Vision, piano, op. 34 (1986; rev. 1993)
PHOSPHOR (an echo space), horn, op. 34a (1986; rev. 2011)
Duet for Clarinet and Horn (4 mvts), op. 35 (1987; rev. 2002)
Trios for Horns, op. 36 (1987)
The Long and the Short, horn, op. 36a (1987)
Sonata for Woodwind Quintet and Piano (4 mvts), op. 37 (1987) [3rd mvt for solo oboe]
Suite in Six Movements, woodwind quintet, op. 38 (1987)
Quartet for Horns (4 mvts), op. 39 (1987)
"346", 3 moments for 6 horns, op. 39a (1986?)
Twelve Duets for Two Horns, op. 40 (1987)
Andante, "Victoria", horn and organ, op. 41 (1987)
Sonata for Horn and Organ, op. 42 (fp. 17 Sept 1988)
Sculpture I, solo (multiphonic) horn, op. 43.1 (1980-81)
Sculpture II, solo (multiphonic) horn, op. 43.2 (1982)
Sculpture III, solo (multiphonic) horn, op. 43.3 (1987???)
Moments When We See. . ., horn and tape, op. 44 (1981-87)
birds, tape, op. 44a (1987)
The  Outer Ring, trumpet, horn and trombone, op. 45 (1983; rev. 1988)
Pastoral, wind quintet, op. 46 (fp. 23 Apr 1988)
Suite No. 2, woodwind quintet, op. 47 (1988)
Sculpture IV, solo (multiphonic) horn, with/or without 2 slide projectors, op. 48 (1988)
Sculpture V, "Dream in Light Blue", horn, op. 49 (1989)
Sculpture III XX1985, horn, op. 49b (????)
Sculpture III, violin and piano, op. 49c (????)
Duet for Two Hand Horns, op. 50 (1988; lastly rev. 2007)
Quartet in Bb, 4 hand horns, op. 51 (????) [written at Lowell Greer's request]
Cantata, string orchestra, op. 52 (1991)
The Hermit, horn and organ, op. 53 (????)
Duo for Horn and String Bass (5 mvts), op. 54 (????; fp. 1999?)
Romance, horn (or bassoon) and piano, op. 55 (fp. 1992)
Concerto for Horn, horn, string orchestra and 1 percussionist (timpani and marimba), op. 56 (1990)
Concerto for Horn and Band, op. 56a (56b???) (1990/1991)
Music for Organ (5 pieces), op. 57 (1990) [written for and premiered at the composers wedding, 31Dec 1990]
Mandala III (2 mvts), horn and violin, op. 58 (1991)
The King of Birds, narrator, flute, violin and harpsichord, op. 59 (c. 1990; fp. 1996) [for children's audience]
Concerto for Two Horns, op. 60 (1991)
Dust Off (Healing the Wounds), woodwind quintet, op. 61 (1991) [dedicated to Medical Aviators who served in Vietnam]
Astral Waves I, horn and tape, op. 62 (1991)
Little G minor Fanfare, brass choir [4231], op. 63 (1991)
Astral Waves II, violin, horn and tape, op. 64 (1992)
Flowing Lines of Silence, violin, horn and bass clarinet, op. 65 (1991)
The Hunt, woodwind octet [0222 2000], op. 66 (1992)
Astral Waves III, violin, horn, percussion (MA???) and tape, op. 67 (1992)
Mocking Bird Sonata, horn and piano, op. 68 (1992)
Pentagonal Palastrina, trombone quintet, op. 69 (????)
Weed Trio (theme and variations), flute and 2 horns, op. 69a (1992)
Full Circle, horn and timpani, op. 70 (1992)
Sonatina, 2 horns, op. 71 (2002-04; currently incomplete)
Suite in D for Violin and Hand Horn (5 mvts), op. 72 (1992)
Blue Straw in Sky, C melody instrument (flute, oboe or recorder), harpsichord and string orchestra, op. 73 (1993)
Horn Concerto No. 2, horn and chamber orchestra [clarinet, harp, 4 percussion and strings], op. 74 (1992) [1993?]
Seven Haiku, horn quartet, op. 75 (1993)
QuadRhumba, flute, xylophone, 2 horns and timpani, op. 76 (1993)
Baroque Shapes and Space, viola and computer generated tape, op. 77 (1993)
Returning to the Source, hand horn in E, op. 77d (1993)
Music From a Coffee House, off-stage chamber orchestra, pipe organ and 10 percussion, op. 78a (1980)
Music From a Coffee House, orchestra and 17 actors, op. 78b (1993) [subtitle: "Shadows Do Breath" alt. title: "Halloween Music"]
Cat Music, clarinet and piano, op. 79 (1993) [arr. 2002 for clarinet and tape]
We Need More Love [song by Gospel composer Clarence Eggelton], arr. for  orchestra, op. 80 (1994)
Variation on a Theme, horn quartet, op. 81 (1994) [theme: original Star Trek theme]
The Peacock, flute, horn, vibraphone and double bass, op. 82 (1994)
Minuet, Trio and Finale, violin, horn and piano, op. 83 (1994) [to be perf. as 2nd half of trio, op. 31, but may be perf. separately]
Etude [1994 - 1], natural horn, op. 83a (1994)
Khrushchev Portrait, narrator, solo bass clarinet, solo English horn and 2 chamber orchestras, op. 84 (1994)
The Waltz, orchestra, with tape (or orchestra, with piano), op. 85 (1994)
Wailing, horn, piano and computer realized tape, op. 86 (1994)
Music of Rocks, guitar and viola, op. 87 (1993)
Infinite, horn,with tape loop, op. 88 (1994-work in progress forever)
Trio for Horn, Cello and Piano, op. 88a (????)
Infinite, horn, op. 88d (1995)
Timpani Concerto, timpani and chamber orchestra [ob/EH, hn, bs clar, perc and string orch; or tape], op. 89 (1994-95)
Calypso, brass ensemble, op. 90 (1995; fp. 1997)
Night Hawk, trumpet and organ, op. 91 (1995)
Ms. Owl, English horn, horn, timpani and string orchestra, op. 91a (1995)
Artifice, brass ensemble [4231], op. 92 (1995)
Sextet, 2 natural horns and string quartet, op. 93 (1995-96)
Natural/Artificial, horn and computer generated tape, op. 93a (1995?)
Symphony for Band, op. 94 (1992-95)
Universal Rhythm, tape, op. 95.1 (1996)
Chromatic Universal Rhythm, [????] and piano, op. 95.2.1 (fp. 1996)
Chromatic Universal Rhythm, trumpet and organ, , op. 95.2.2 (fp. 1996)
C major Universal Rhythm, op. 95.2.3 (fp. 1996)
Intonation Study on #10, D major, op. 95.3.1 (1996)
Intonation Study on #26, Gb, op. 95.3.2 (1996)
Intonation Study on #41, op. 95.3.1 (1996)
Grand Duo, violin and horn, op. 95.4 (1996)
Double Concerto, horn, violin  and orchestra, op. 96 (1996)
Gamut & Hay, flute, violin, horn and harpsichord, op. 97 (1996) [arr. 2005? for electric guitar, violin, double bass and orch]
The Star (5 mvts), violin, oboe, natural horn and harpsichord, op. 98 (1996)
[Scale Studies, Interval Studies, The Arpeggios and more], op. 99 (1996)
    - The 64 I Ching scales
    - The 64 I Ching Arpeggios
    - I Ching Interval Studies, 16 volumes [moving to part of op. 141]
Spicer Portrait, orchestra, op. 100 (1996) [a symphonic sketch of Spicer reservoir in the Sierras on Highway 4 in California]
Arpegionne, mandolin and piano, op. 101 (1996)
Planetary Ripples, 16 similar instruments, op. 102 (1996)
Trio No. 1 for Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon, op. 103 (fp. 1997)
Great & Small, natural horn, bassoon and harpsichord, op. 104 (fp. 1997)
Trio No. 2 for Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon, op. 105 (fp. 1997)
Ramaprya, woodwind quintet, op. 106 (1997)
The Tenor, horn and 3 string quartets (music for 13 players), op. 107 (????) [or "Quintet for Horn, String Quartet and Tape"]
Duet for Horn and Flute, op. 108 (????) [Eric & Liz]
Symphony No. 1 (in 5 mvts), orchestra, op. 109 (1997) [includes the 3 movement stand-alone work "Sinfonia I"]
    - Sinfonia I, [orchestra?] (1997)
Trumpet Sonata, [trumpet and piano?], op. 110 (fp. 1998; currently lost)
Sinfonia II:
    - for violin, horn and piano, op. 111a (1998?)
    - clarinet, cello and piano, op. 111b (1998?)
    - horn quartet, op. 111c (1998?)
Sinfonia III, flute and piano, op. 112 (1998?) [in sort of a baroque style, 3 short mvts]
Sinfonia IV, horn and piano, op. 113 (1998?)
Four Scherzi, brass quintet, op. 114 (1998?)
Brass Trio in Two Movements, op. 115 (1998?)
Short Fanfare (after pomp & circumstances), 2 trumpets (or trumpet and horn), op. 116 (1998)
Sonata for Horn and Piano (4 mvts), op. 117 (1998?)
Horn Concerto No. 3, horn and brass quintet, op. 118 (1998)
Duets for Two Horns, "Finding the Mandala", op. 119 (fp. 1999)
Going Underground, horn and organ, op. 120a (????)
Trio for Horn, Cello and Piano, op. 120 (????)
St. Patrick’s Breast Plate, bass narrator and singer, horn, piano and organ, op. 121 (????) [a ceremonial piece for a baptism]
Color Contrasts, horn, op. 122 (2000)
Short Brass Trio, op. 123 (????)
Chamber Symphony No. 5, 12 players, op. 124 (????)
Three Trios and a Quartet in G, 3 & 4 horns, op. 125 (????)
Trio Sonata, horn, cello and piano, op. 126 (work in progress)
Chamber Symphony No. 6, clarinet, horn, double bass, piano and tape, op. 127 (????)
Quintet for Horn and Strings, op. 128 (????; unfinished at the moment)
Preponderance of the Great, horn, cello, piano and tape, op. 129 (????)
Octet, unspecified instruments, op. 130a (????)
The Test of Time, chamber ensemble [3111 1111 1100], op. 130b (????)
Evolution, piano, op. 130c (work in progress)
Grace & Harmony, natural horn, cello and piano, op. 131 (????)    -    link brings you to an error page
64 Duets for Two Horns, vol. 1 (1-34), op. 132 (2004-08)
Chamber Symphony No. 7, clarinet, horn, double bass, piano and tape, op. 133 (????)
Flowering Love Falling (5 mvts), 2 horns, wind chimes and tubular bells (or tape), op. 134 (2008)
Horn and Clarinet Duet, op. 135 (????)
"Quaratet", 4 horns, op. 136 (????)
Five Songs, soprano, horn and cello, op. 137 (fp. 2002)
Chamber Symphony No. 8, "Raga & Tao: Views of Spiral Galaxies", chamber ensemble, op. 138 (????)
More Than Sixty-Four Solos, based on Richard Burdick’s I Ching Scales, horn, op. 139 (2003-04)
Chamber Symphony No. 9, wind quintet and piano (or strings), w/opt trumpet, op. 140 (2004)
Avant Garde Pieces, op. 141 (????)
    - (--A (1/3/6)B) Concerto for Any Instrument, 1soloist, 6 unspecified str instr, 3 woodwind instr and 2 percussionists, op. 141a
    - Nice Notes (op. 141b) AND Nicer Notes (op. 141b2), for an unspecified # of musicians sitting as far apart as possible,
             but within hearing distance of each other
    - Car Radio, op. 141c
Student Horn Quartet, op. 142 (work in progress)
Almost Square, and other short pieces, piano, op. 142a (work in progress)
Duet in Retrograde  for Oboe and Horn, op. 142b (2005)
Symphony No. 2, "From Spectrum to Hipster and Beyond", orch, op. 143 (2005?)
    - I. Spectrum [derived from op. 2 "Spectrum for Organ and Strings"]
    - II. Cuckoo
    - III. Adagio ala Shostakovich, seriously
    - IV. Rush Hour
    - V. Beyond
Pierot de Dance, flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano, op. 144 (2000-01)
Five Anonymous Pieces, brass quintet, op. 145b (2006) [3 mvts from late Renaissance; 2 mvts modern and quite dissonant]
Skitso, chamber orchestra, op. 146 (2006)
Variations on a Fragment by Beethoven, flute, 3 natural horns and bassoon, op. 147 (2007)
One-Hundred-Twenty-Eight Amens, 2 or more unspecified instruments (that are micro-tunable), op. 148 (2007)
Amram Visits Copland's Tomb, horn quartet, op. 149 (2007)
    - Very Slow [for horns in D]
    - Artifice II
    - Gradient
    - Mandala
    - Real Screamers -- musical and powerful
We Give Thanks, 6 unspecified instruments, op. 150 (2007)
Gateway Through Stillness, solo violin, flute, oboe, clarinet, 2 bassoons, trumpet and horn, op. 151 (2007)
Happy Music, chamber orchestra [1111 1100 and strings], op. 152 (fp. 2008)
Jazz Horn Sonata, horn and piano, op. 153 (2002; rev. 2007)
Five Anonymous Pieces, brass trio, op. 154 (????)
Music for Horn and Organ, op. 155a (work in progress)
Trio for Flute, Clarinet and Horn, op. 155b (work in progress)
More Than 32 Trios for Horns, op. 156 (work in progress)
Four Accompanied Etudes, horn and piano, op. 157 (2003-04) [4 solos from "More Than Sixty-Four Solos", op. 139]
Accuracy Studies for the French Hornist, op. 158 (????)
Waves and Particles, 6 & 8 unspecified microtunable instruments, op. 159 (2009-present; work in progress)
Free Trio No. 1, horn, trombone and tuba, op. 160 (2009)
Sinfonia V & TX1, horn quartet, op. 161 (2009?)
Cantaria, student horn quartet, op. 162 (2009?)
Mandala IV, violin and horn, op. 163 (2009)
Electrum Quartet I: Aria & Fugue, brass trio and organ, op. 164 (work in progress)
Electrum Fanfare (I-IV), horn, trombone and tuba, op. 165 (fp. 2009?)
Vista I, "Frozen", horn and video tape, op. 166 (2010)
Free Trio No. 2, alto, tenor & bass range instruments, op. 167 (2010)
Symphony Number Free (Three), small orchestra, op. 168 (????)
I Ching Rythym No. 4 , [????], op. 169 (????)
I Ching (#27), Meditation & Dance, op. 170 (2010)
I Ching (#13), Meditation & Dance, op. 171 (2010)
I Ching (#41), Meditation & Dance, op. 172 (2010)
Morning music, [????], op. 173 (????)
A Crossing of Time, 15 micro-tuneable instruments; or solo instrument with 14 pre-recorded instruments, op. 174 (2011)
Free Trio No. 3, alto instrument, bass instrument and organ, op. 175 (????)
Theme and Variations, brass trio and organ, op. 176 (????)
Electrum Quartet II, [????], op. 177 (2011) [with I Ching Scales 14 & 25; v. 2]


WORKS BY GENRE                                                            Burdick Links     ~ top of page ~
[under construction]
Dramatic/Theater

Orchestra

Band

Soloist(s) w/Orchestra

Chorus w/Orchestra

Choral

Chamber

Solo Instrument

Piano

Vocal

Incidental/Film

Electronic


BURDICK  LINKS                                                            Works by Genre      ~ top of page ~

Composer's website    . . .   contact Richard O. Burdick:  here
I Ching Music (Composer's Blog)
Burdick @ Twitter

Burdick @ Bach Cantatas
Burdick @ Canadian New Music Network
Burdick @ Horn Society
Burdick @ I Ching Music
Burdick @ LinkedIn
Burdick @ MusicWeb International
Burdick @ MySpaceMusic
Burdick @ Natural Horn
Burdick @ The Natural Horn in France
Burdick @ Plaxo
Burdick @ Regina Symphony Orchestra
Burdick @ Western US Horn Symposium

Publisher
Burdick @ Composer's website
Burdick @ I Ching Music
Burdick @ Sibelius.com

Streaming Audio
Burdick @ Composer's website  -  check under individual work listings
Burdick @ last.fm
Burdick @ Rhapsody.com

Recordings
Burdick @ Composer's website
Burdick @ Amazon.com
Burdick @ CD Baby
Burdick @ CD Universe
Burdick @ itunes

Video
Burdick @ YouTube
Burdick @ Google Video
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