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Released: 2003

CD19Richard Burdick
with tape

Music for solo multiphonic* horn & tape

Recorded in 2003

Avant guard multiphonic horn
multiphonic is the technique of singing & playing at the same time.

My Sculptures are a very important part of my compositional output as they are key pieces from several different periods in my compositional life. Sculpture I was written in 1980 and ‘81 when I was in college at California state University at Hayward studying with Glen Glassow. It contains the greatest amount of unusual techniques including singing and playing, stopped, inhaled falsetto and talking through the horn. The main aspect of these works is the multiphonics or singing and playing. Sculpture I contains my most favorite effect; that of singing and playing in unison and then gradually rising in pitch with my voice to the perfect pitch. The interference beats accelerate rapidly then gradually slow down to the still fifth. Sculpture I has a few fragments from Beethoven’s second symphony minuet.

Sculpture II is more fugal in nature written in 1982 and was originally a group of ten phrases to be played in any order but has solidified into my favorite order.

Sculpture III is the most difficult of the five having basically two different melodies which alternate as each time the multiphonic chords increase in size by a half step, so for the most part the are parallel intervals in the melodies, cadenza in the “normal’ horn instead of octaves. The is a phrase in this work that was latter used as the theme for the horn and organ work, opus 42.

Sculpture IV starts with the same opening phrase as Sculpture III since I started as a rewrite of the work. This work has two sets of slides the go with it, on projected on the performer and on a screen behind the horn player with some overlap. This work is much more of a mature work than the previous in that the phrases are more melodic. It was written entirely in the practice room with horn, which is very unusual for me since I write mostly on public transit in my spare time.

Sculpture V is based on a Byzantine chant which draws us to a logical conclusion, a transition from avante-guard to medieval, from chaotic to ordered.

“Moments when we see . .  .” for horn and tape, opus 44 and “Electronic Birds” for solo tape also came from my work at California State University @ Hayward.

The birds piece was created by recording various sounds using the synthesizers with patch cords and overlapping them with real bird sounds. This reminds me of sound effects from the Tv show “Lost in Space”

"Moments . . " is more of a fully composed piece for horn and tape. It started again with recorded sounds from the electronic studio then feeding the tape through reel-to-reel players at very high speeds. The bulk of he piece is a study into the multiphonics on the horn growing from half step to the octave, which ends the piece.

Baroque shapes and space music (molto agitato)  was written in a normal way and the tape part is played by my Mac computer. One of the interesting aspects of tape music is how fast the technology has changed. These computer sounds from around 1996 are already antiquated. This work is a molto agitato with lots of hard to hear high tones. Be carefully not to make any important decisions when listening to this piece.


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CD42 I sound My Horn

CD42 cover-88CD42
Music of
B. Heiden and Burdick


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


“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.