The musical compositions of Richard Burdick
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Opus 19

THE PLANETS for solo horn

THE PLANETS for solo horn (1984)

Richard Burdick, b. 1961

The work was written for Philip Myers, first horn of the New York Philharmonic after the composer studied with Mr. Myers. Upon presenting the ’Mercury’ and ’Mars’ sections, the composer was asked for the entire set. Mr. Burdick rewrote the other sections for solo horn, although originally they had been scored for other
instruments, solo and ensemble.

Introduction (The Sun) is the loudest, flashiest and most far-reaching in its use of large tonal intervals. Certainly the most difficult movement. (I Ching 49)

Mercury — the intellectual planet; houses the seeds for the entire series. (I Ching 50)

Venus (I Ching 51)

Earth — called "Green Earth (A), Birds, Blue Sky (F#) and the Soul of the Horn" (I Ching 52)

Mars — a dynamic study (I Ching 53)

Jupiter — (I Ching 54)

Saturn (I Ching 55)

Uranus — the shortest movement (after Hindemith) (I Ching 56)

Neptune — the mysterious planet (I Ching 57)

Pluto — the wandering planet (I Ching 58)

Richard BURDICK was born in Berkeley, California and began his music studies in 1973, his composing in 1975. He has created about 30 works for full orchestra, chamber orchestra, woodwind quintet, brass quintet, brass trio, solo horn and other odd combinations. He was the winner of the 1983 Kensington Symphony Composition Contest.
As a hornist, he has performed professionally with Woodminster Theatre, Berkeley Stage Company, Napa Symphony, Vallejo Symphony, Trinity Chamber Orchestra an many other groups. He has studied with Earl Saxton, Stuart Gronningen, Bill Klinglehoffer and Philip Myers.

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CD42 I sound My Horn

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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.