The musical compositions of Richard Burdick

Opus 118

Horn Concerto No. 3
horn with brass quintet

Or

Horn Concerto No. 3
horn with string orchestra, Opus 118a

Burdick's Horn Concerto No. 3 CD cover

Written by Richard Burdick in the fall of 1998. This was written with the natural horn in mind as the soloist. The natural horn is quite a soft instrument the way it was played as a “hand horn” in the classical and romantic era. This quiet instrument made it very difficult for the accompanying brass instruments to play. So the final version is for modern valve horn with brass quintet. There is also a version for horn with string orchestra, it’s a nice version, but really this work is best for the brass ensemble. With the brass, it’s easier to hear the intertwine lines in the different parts.

The sheet music is available from MusicaNeo.com

String version                        Brass version

Watch the demo on youtube & please share it with your friends.

version for horn & strings

version for horn & brass quintet


The solo horn part can be downloaded free from IMSLP.

 

I Ching scale  #49: C+D-Eb+F G+A+B (minor)

#31: C#-D-Eb+F Gb+Ab+Bb-B

Movement one is in two parts:
a choral like slow introduction
and an allegro.
The score is 15 pages long at it is estimated to be 5 minutes long.

opus 118 m. 1 p. 1opus 118 m. 1. p. 5

Movement two is an Adagio five score pages long.

opus 118 m. 2 p. 1

Movement three is sort of a scherzo starting in 3/4 time, but slowing down into 9/8 time as it develops.

opus 118 m.3 p.1

Movement four starts like a rondo, but develops into a section of repeated eighth notes, then comes back to the rondo faster and finishes loud with a faster repeated tones section.
This movement premiered June 2000 at the Music in The Mountains festival in Grass Valley, California. With Richard Burdick planing the solo Natural horn part. The other movements still need a premiere.
Old text:
Movement four of my concerto for natural horn with brass quintet based on the I Ching hexagrams 49 (changing) & 31 (attraction) in the keys of E and C is basically in an ABAB form with the B section a variation of the happy melody of the A section. Each new section is slightly fast then the previous in the ratio of 3:4.

opus 188 m.4 p.1opus 188 m.4 p.19

About the dynamics: In looking through the score as I prepare this page (July 2007), I see there may be room for more dynamics. This is partially because this piece was written for solo natural horn; a very hard piece. The dynamics of the brass quintet in the natural horn version need to be quite quiet. These are all dependent on the soloist. I have added Forte's and above at the end of the fourth movement.

 

Opus 118 Concerto for horn (#3) with brass quintet Fall '98 e 15 min 49, 31
  Andante - Allegro 9/1998 e 5 min. 49, 31
  Adagio 9/1998 x 2 m 49, 31
  Scherzo 10-11/'98 x 2:50 m bs 49, 31
  Rondo - Allegretto 10-11/'98 x 4.31 m bt 49, 31

Solo horn part PDF

MOVEMENT ONE

MOVEMENT TWO

MOVEMENT THREE

|MOVEMENT FOUR

 

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CD38 Matthew Locke:
Broken & Flatte Consorts
performed by a trio of French Horns

 

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
for 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 composers, 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.