The Cd's of Richard O. Burdick

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Released 2006

CD19Howlers revised 2006

Richard Burdick,
natural horns

performs
Dauprat Duets, opus 14
                      and some Mozart

The story behind the revision:
After Mr. Burdick completed two cd’s of his own compositions, he recorded the Dauprat duets.
The first version of Howlers (2002) was done on borrowed horns under the assumption that (maybe) these duets could be played on natural horn. The title implies, like a dog’s response to bad intonation, the music isn’t very well in tune.
There was always the feeling of costs going too high in a rented studio & not enough time for fixes.
Just four years later and hundreds of hours of natural horn recording time under his belt, Richard needed an easy project to test out his new studio in his new house in Regina, Saskatchewan. What was almost impossible in 2002 is now an easy project.
This recording was done at the tempos that Dauprat suggested, many faster than before, one exactly the same and a few slower.
The Mozart selections are a teaser for a later release of an all Mozart CD. Bear in mind that it is most likely that Mozart wrote these while bowling with Leutgeb and fooling around to find the limits of his horn playing ability. They most likely were for Eb horn, even though the go up to the 24th overtone.

The Dauprat duets, opus 14 are for horns in different keys. His is not the sort of composer who modulated very much. The pair of different keyed horns play the same melody but on a different set of overtones, and with different hand positions in the bell. It’s very interesting. Mozart did this sort of thing in his more complex works, like his 40th Symphony with horns in G & Bb alto together.
In the Dauprat duets he goes step by step through the major & minor keys that are possible on the horn with all its crooks, done in a similar way that Bach did in the Well tempered clavier.
Dauprat defended the natural horn: ”Some have wished that by means of holes and keys the considerable series of factitious sounds on the horn might be eliminated, while at the same time and in the same way those that are totally lacking in the low register would become possible. But this method, already applied to the [keyed] trumpet, has changed the timbre of the instrument to the point of giving it a quite peculiar character, creating an instrument which is neither a trumpet nor any other known instrument. ... The horn would probably fare likewise were it made to undergo similar alterations: it would lose its character and the true quality of its natural and factitious tones. Most of these latter have a charm that is particularly theirs, and which serve, so to speak, for shadings and nuances in contrast with the natural sounds. It must then be presumed that, far from gaining by their complete removal, the horn would lose a great deal. And what is said here about the various sounds of the complete range of the instrument must obviously extend to the different crooks.
Each of these, taken by itself, has its own color, its timbre, and its special character; but if they were all combined in a single assembly, becoming but one and the same instrument, this instrument would certainly have, if you will, the same range of low, high, and middle sounds. However, the more the new inventions produce equality among all the sounds, the more the characters, colors, and timbres of the individual crooks would be distorted and confused.”

 

tracks:
L. F. Dauprat Duets opus 14
1. Gamme D Ut Majeur, Allegro vivace, Horns in G & F  2:40
2. Gamme D Ut Mineur, Allegro Moderato, Horns in F & Eb  3:34
3. Gamme De Re Majeur, Andante Poco Adagio,  Horns in G & D  2:52
4. Gamme De Re Mineur, Minuetto  Moderato &  Gamme De Re Majeur, Trio, Horns in F & D  4:34
5. Même Gamme (Re Mineur)– Pastoral Andantino, Horns in C & D  3:28
6. Gamme De Mib Majeur, Allegretto, Horns in Eb & Bb  2:03
7. Gamme De Mi Majeur, Amoroso, Horns in D & E  4:57
8. Même Gamme (Mi Majeur),  Moderato in 2,  Horns in A & E  2:40
9. Gamme De Mi Mineur,  Allegro, Horns in G & E  1:39
10. Gamme De Fa, Andantino, Horns in Eb & F   3:19
11. Gamme De Fa# Mineur, Romanza Lento, Horns in A & D  2:32
12. Gamme De Sol Majeur, Romanza Larghetto, Horns in C & D  2:19
13. Même Gamme (Sol Majeur),  Canto Religioso, Horns in E & D  2:57
14. Gamme De Sol Mineur, Minuetto Moderato &  Gamme De Sol Majeur  - Trio, Horns in G & Eb  3:06
15. Gamme De La b Majeur, Romanza poco Adagio,   Horns in F & Eb  2:00
16. Gamme De La Majeur, Andante Religioso, Horns in A & Eb  2:04
17. Gamme De La Mineur,  Minuetto Moderato, Horns in G & C  3:38
18. Même Gamme (La Mineur), Agitato Moderato, Horns in F & C  2:44
19. Gamme De Si Mineur, Andante Siciliana  ,   Horns in G & D   2:18
20. Gamme De Si b Majeur, Rondo Allegro Moderato    Horns in F & Eb  2:20

W. A. Mozart, four duets from K.487 for Eb horn
21. Allegro (#1) 1:31
22. Menuetto  (#2) 2:27
23. Andante (#3) 1:59
24.  Allegro  (#12) 1:32
TOTAL TIME:         65:22

 

Reviews (thus far):

I enjoyed Howlers 2 which certainly sounds more polished and better in
tune than the previous version so that the music is a pleasure to listen to.
Yours, F. F.

Review of Burdick's CD16 Holwers

 

 

CD15CD TourCD17

CD41 American Horn Music vol. 2

Burdick's CD41Music by:
R. Burdick
J. Graas, R. Johnson
J. Ott, A. M. Ingalis
A. D. Schmutz, T. Strong

CD40 Retrospective II
Horn Quartets No's 1 - 5

Burdick's CD40Retrospective II
Horn Quartets:
No. 1, Op. 39,
No. 2, Op. 51,
 No. 3, Op. 136,
  No. 4, Op. 149,
                       No. 5, Op. 154

CD39 Bach by Popular Demand

CD39 A sequel toCD39 cover-88
R. Burdick's
Easter Oratorio CD and his Favorites CD Bach Cantatas, 26, 84 & 99

CD38 Matthew Locke:
Broken & Flatte Consorts

CD38 Richard Burdick performs trios from the late renaissance: CD 38 Locke-Brokenall 6 Broken Consort Suites and both Flatte Consort suites - 36 track of Christmas like music.

CD37 Microtonal music of Richard Burdick

CD37 Richard Burdick's compositions:
Earth & Moon, Op. 202
Polar Flux, Op. 204 Microtonal music of Richard Burdick

A multi-track recording of Mr. Burdick:
A microtonal duet (Op. 204) & quartet (Op. 202)

64 tones per octave.

CD36 Classical Natural Horn
Music By Duvernoy & Schneider

CD36 Classical Natural Horn
Music By Duvernoy & Schneider

CD36 Natural horn Burdick Beautiful authentic practice classical era natural horn music, for horn trio and duo.

A very popular style of music in Beethoven's lifetime.

CD35 Twenty-Two Trios
for Horns

CD35 Twenty-two Trios
fCD35or Horn, Op. 156

Nothing else like it for horn ensemble! These trios are full of memorable tunes interwoven in fascinating ways, with wonderful twists and turns.

CD34 Natural Horn Music FOUND

Thanks to IMSLP a number of works have come to my attention from moderately obscure CD34composers, which I'm happy to present here performed on the Natural horn. Nineteenth Century composers Du Puy, Comte de Champigny, Alexandre Javault, Johann Peter Heuschekel. Released February 2013.

CD32 American Horn Music
American Horn Music
of the 40's & 50's

CD32

“This CD proves that what may have sounded weird sixty years ago now sounds normal and often beautiful.”

There are many lesser-known 20th century composers, who have great worth!

Let’s not forget the music of:
Wendell Otey
Alan Hovhaness
Henry Cowell
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Gunther Schuller.