The musical compositions of Richard Burdick
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Twenty Etudes
for the Advanced Horn Student
by Ron Randall

by Ron Randall

Contained within this folder are a series of compositions for unaccompanied horn, which were designed to increase range, endurance, accuracy and technical proficiency. The etudes in this series, while generally harmonically straightforward, gradually help the student to approach and conquer technical problems horn players are frequently expected to deal with in serious musical settings. Rather than replace other etudes, exercises and excerpts, they are intended to augment their effectiveness.

All articulations and tempi are to be performed exactly as indicated. In those etudes where phrase marks are included (other than merely to clear up a potential ambiguity in phrasing), attempt only to breathe where indicated. If further breaths are required within such a passage, be certain that the musicality of the phrase is maintained.

These etudes are deceptive in their apparent simplicity. Noticeable improvements in all areas of technique have been observed after just days of work on these studies. With proper application of good practice habits, the student can expect a marked increase in stamina, useable range, accuracy and clean articulations.

It is recommended that the student work on more than one of these at a time. While working on one of the latter ones that uses a great deal of high range playing, Etude No.16 may be used to help relax the muscles around the lip and regain strength before going on without ceasing playing altogether, if so desired. Care should always be taken to produce good tone quality in all ranges using the proper technique. Pressure and pinChing should always be avoided.

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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.