Richard O. Burdick's I Ching Music

Composer Richard Burdick has been working with the I Ching as a Structural Foundation for his music compositions since around 1980. The relationship of scale to Hexagram pattern has gone through four revisions and now the fifth set has beautiful symmetry balance and integrity.


Notable works with the fifth scale set are:

Opus 200  I Ching Scales version 5

Opus 201  I Ching Base Tones (this will be released late in 2013 as a meditation DVD)

Notable works with the third scale set are:

CD28 Waves and Particles Cd. This is the only music made public where I used the thirds period scales set (the ultra-chromatic set). The particles CD has been recorded but I have about 30 hours of work to do to finalize the tracks - I may not do this for many years.

Notable works with the second scale set are:

Opus 139  More than 64 Solos for solo horn (buy sheet music)

Opus 132   Sixty-four Duets for two horn (buy sheet music)


Notable works with the first scale set are:

Opus 19   The Planets for solo horn (buy sheet music)




These links are now (2013) old and are being saved as "archive material" they may not be complete . . . This will be replaced with the book "I Ching Music" comming soon. Before the release of "I Ching Music" watch for a published interview with Will Nofke.

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What is the I Ching?

Why scales?

7 or 8 tone scales?

Fixed tonics?

1st period organization

2nd period organization

3rd period organization

4th and 5th (overview)

Shau Yung's circle


the 64 harmonics

A 432

Color in music

ways to use this in music

Modal family groups

2013 Version five of the I Ching Scales is final and the final set.

July 2009:
I've been around the horn with this. The second period scales, which are the scales I used in my opus 132, duets and opus 139 solos for horn, is the best set of scales for an equal tempered tuning system. The third set of scales is not winning any grants from Canada Council or Sask. Arts Board yet, but as I write my horn trios(opus 156) #1 starts the Renaissance, #15 is awakening and #16 is fully micro-tonal. It's just too cool. Altered tone make me perk up and listen more attentively. With my experience on natural horn, I can put a pitch anywhere, so too this will be expanding my horizons.

CD40 Retrospective II
Horn Quartets No's 1 - 5

CD40 Retrospective II
Horn Quartet No. 1, Op. 39
Horn Quartet No. 2, Op. 51
Horn Quartet No. 3, Op. 136
Horn Quartet No. 4, Op. 149
Horn Quartet No. 5, Op. 154

CD39 Bach by Popular Demand

CD39 A sequal 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.