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Richard Maxfield (1927-1969)

Richard Maxfield, composerRichard Maxfield was a composer of instrumental, electro-acoustic, and electronic music. Born in Seattle, he most likely taught the first University-level course in electronic music in America at the New School for Social Research. As a student at Berkeley and in Europe in the 1950's, he composed instrumental scores in a Neo-Classical style and then adopting 12-tone techniques, eventually studying at Princeton University with Milton Babbitt.


COMPOSITIONS                                                            Maxfield Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre
Suite, orchestra (1945)
Piano Sonata No. 1 (1947)
Piano Sonata No. 2 (1948/49)
Piano Sonata No. 3 (1950)
Sonata No. 2, clarinet and piano (1951)
String Trio (1951)
Symphony, string orchestra (1951)
Structures, 10 winds (1951)
Composition, violin and piano (1955)
Composition, clarinet and piano (1956)
Variations, string quartet (1956)
Sine Music (A Swarm of Butterflies Encountered on the Ocean), tape (1958) [6:02]
Stacked Deck, opera, voices and tape (1958) [text: Dick Higgins]
Five Movements, orchestra (1959)
Cough Music, tape (1959) [5:54] ["Cough Music III"???]
Cunamble, tape (1959?)
Pastoral Symphony, tape (1959) [4:03]
White Noise Piece, tape (1959)
Peripateia, saxophone, violin and tape (1960) [21:00?] [for dance piece by James Waring/Judson Dance Theater]
Perspectives, violin and tape (1960)
Amazing Grace, tape (1960) [3:26]
Fermentation, tape (1960)
Night Music, tape (1960)
Italian Folk Music, [tape?] (1960)
Wind, saxophone and tape (1960) [1962?] [for Terry Jennings]
Clarinet Music, 5 clarinets and 5 tapes (1961)
Dromenon, dance, lighting, flute, saxophone, piano, vibraphone, violin, double bass and tape (1961)
    - also "Concert Suite" from ballet "Dromenon" [during which La Monte Young determined to set a violin on fire]
Perspectives II for La Monte Young, violin, unspecified string and tape (1961) [9:22]
Piano Concert for David Tudor, piano and tape (1961) [12:29]
Dishes, tape (1961)
Radio Music, tape (1961)
Steam, tape (1961)
Toy Symphony, flute, violin, toys, wooden boxes, ceramic vase and tape (1962)
Bacchanale, tape (1963)
Bhagavad Gita Symphony, tape (1963)
Garden Music, tape (1963)
Electric Symphony, tape (1964)
Bacchanale II, tape (1966)
Dream, tape (1967)
Venus Impulses, tape (1967)
For Sonny Wilson, tape (????) [2:27]


WORKS BY GENRE                                                            Maxfield Links     ~ top of page ~
Dramatic/Theater
Stacked Deck, opera, voices and tape (1958) [text: Dick Higgins]
Peripateia, saxophone, violin and tape (1960) [21:00?] [for dance piece by James Waring/Judson Dance Theater]
Dromenon, dance, lighting, flute, saxophone, piano, vibraphone, violin, double bass and tape (1961)

Orchestra
Suite, orchestra (1945)
Symphony, string orchestra (1951)
Five Movements, orchestra (1959)

Soloist(s) w/Orchestra or Tape
Piano Concert for David Tudor, piano and tape (1961) [12:29]

Chamber
String Trio (1951)
Structures, 10 winds (1951) [5:17]
Variations, string quartet (1956) [4:19]
Peripateia, saxophone, violin and tape (1960) [21:00?] [for dance piece by James Waring/Judson Dance Theater]
Clarinet Music, 5 clarinets and 5 tapes (1961)
Dromenon, dance, lighting, flute, saxophone, piano, vibraphone, violin, double bass and tape (1961)
    - also "Concert Suite" from ballet "Dromenon" [during which La Monte Young determined to set a violin on fire]
Perspectives II for La Monte Young, violin, unspecified string and tape (1961) [9:22]
Toy Symphony, flute, violin, toys, wooden boxes, ceramic vase and tape (1962)

Instrument and Piano
Sonata No. 2, clarinet and piano (1951)
Composition, violin and piano (1955)
Composition, clarinet and piano (1956)

Solo Instrument
Perspectives, violin and tape (1960)
Wind, saxophone and tape (1960) [1962?] [for Terry Jennings]

Piano
Piano Sonata No. 1 (1947)
Piano Sonata No. 2 (1948/49) [10:06]
Piano Sonata No. 3 (1950)

Electronic
Sine Music (A Swarm of Butterflies Encountered on the Ocean), tape (1958) [6:02]
Stacked Deck, opera, voices and tape (1958) [text: Dick Higgins]
Cough Music, tape (1959) [5:54] ["Cough Music III"???]
Cunamble, tape (1959?)
Pastoral Symphony, tape (1959) [4:03]
White Noise Piece, tape (1959)
Peripateia, saxophone, violin and tape (1960) [21:00?] [for dance piece by James Waring/Judson Dance Theater]
Perspectives, violin and tape (1960)
Amazing Grace, tape (1960) [3:26]
Fermentation, tape (1960) [8:58]
Night Music, tape (1960) [9:06]
Italian Folk Music, [tape?] (1960)
Wind, saxophone and tape (1960) [1962?] [for Terry Jennings]
Clarinet Music, 5 clarinets and 5 tapes (1961)
Dromenon, dance, lighting, flute, saxophone, piano, vibraphone, violin, double bass and tape (1961)
    - also "Concert Suite" from ballet "Dromenon" [during which La Monte Young determined to set a violin on fire]
Perspectives II for La Monte Young, violin, unspecified string and tape (1961) [9:22]
Piano Concert for David Tudor, piano and tape (1961) [12:29]
Dishes, tape (1961)
Radio Music, tape (1961)
Steam, tape (1961)
Toy Symphony, flute, violin, toys, wooden boxes, ceramic vase and tape (1962)
Bacchanale, tape (1963) [8:14]
Bhagavad Gita Symphony, tape (1963)
Garden Music, tape (1963)
Electric Symphony, tape (1964)
Bacchanale II, tape (1966)
Dream, tape (1967)
Venus Impulses, tape (1967)
For Sonny Wilson, tape (????) [2:27]


MAXFIELD  LINKS                                                            Works by Genre      ~ top of page ~
Electric Richard Maxfield (Charles Amirkhanian, Internet Archive/RadiOM)
The Story of Richard Maxfield (Diane Wakoski, Jstor.org)

Composer website [none at the moment]        . . . inquire about Richard Maxfield: here

Maxfield @ Wikipedia
Maxfield @ Wikipedia.de (in German)
Maxfield @ Acousmata
Maxfield @ allmusic
Maxfield @ All Music Guide to Electronica (Vladimir Bogdanov, Backbeat Books, books.google.com)
Maxfield @ Another World of Sound    also     here
Maxfield @ Answers.com
Maxfield @ Arcane Candy
Maxfield @ CEC/Canadian Electroacoustic Community
Maxfield @ Classical Net
Maxfield @ ClassicsToday (via Google Advanced Search)
Maxfield @ Contemporary Composers on Contemporary Music (Elliott Schwartz, et al, Da Capo/books.google.com)
Maxfield @ diagonal thoughts
Maxfield @ Facebook
Maxfield @ The Harvard Crimson
Maxfield @ Leonard Stein Collection,UCLA Performing Arts Special Collections
Maxfield @ MELA Foundation    also     here
Maxfield @ Mimaroglu Music Sales
Maxfield @ New World Records    also    here
Maxfield @ The New York Times
Maxfield @ Online Archive of California/California Digital Library    also    here
Maxfield @ Paris Transatlantic/Charles Curtis Interview
Maxfield @ Root Blog
Maxfield @ SNAC (The Social Networks and Archival Context Project)/Dick Higgins
Maxfield @ SoNHoRS
Maxfield @ Sound Arts: Web Site Archive
Maxfield @ Stewart Home Society/The Assault of Culture

Publisher
Maxfield's tapes are in the La Mome Young Archives of the Dia Art Foundation, New York

Streaming Audio
Maxfield @ Acousmata
Maxfield @ diagonal thoughts
Maxfield @ 14tracks.com
Maxfield @ Internet Archive
Maxfield @ Internet Archive/RadiOM
Maxfield @ last.fm
Maxfield @ RadiOM    also    here
Maxfield @ Rhapsody

Recordings
Maxfield @ ArkivMusic
Maxfield @ Discogs
Maxfield @ New World Records

Video
Maxfield @ YouTube
Maxfield @ Google Video
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