I Ching Music

I Ching as
structural foundation
to musical composition

For over thirty years I have been using the I Ching as a foundation for my compositions. The I Ching is a system from the ancient Chinese used for divination. It's a binary system with a range Info. Re. Burdick's I Chingof 64 possibilities  (8 x 8 = 64). The rising and falling energy flows in the hexagrams suggest music form, melody line, emphasis points and much more. The Pattern of the lines suggest scale patterns. The 64 different hexagrams give us 64 different scales,I Ching Scales V. 5and the correlation of the 64 scales to the harmonic series gives each scale an individual vibration rate with the harmonics 64 through 128. It's a grand pattern full of musical color. Composer
Richard O. Burdick

 

CD35 Twenty-Two Trios
for Horns

CD35 Twenty-two Trios
for Horn, Op. 156

CD35 Cover 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.

I CHING NEWS

My newest composition: Icy Lots, Op. 208 for Clarinet, Horn, Piano, Marimba and Vibraphone Demo is available to enjoy!

February, 2014 I have a growing list of sample vidoes of my compositions on youtube. See the playlist in the center of this page.

Nov. 30, 2013 I have been working on demo versions of my duets. I have a few now in demo-video on youtube:
Duet No. 1 for clarinet and horn, Op. 35
Duo "The Holy Fountain" for horn and double bass, Op. 54
Suite in D for violin and horn, Op. 72

Thank you to Adeline Tomasone who coached the trio for the premiere of my "September Summer 2013, Op. 155b" @ Boyer College of Music and Dance. Part of Temple University. The premiere took place Nov 7, 2013 with Elisa Muzzillo, flute; Tian Ming Yang, clarinet and Kelly Larkins, horn

Demo of QuadRhumba II and QuadRhumba I are available to watch on youtube

Sept. 26, the final copy of "The Peacock" Op. 82 for Flute, Vibraphone, horn and bass is done and posted to youtube.

My Horn Rondo, Op. 199b Premiered Monday September 23, 2013 as part of the Regina Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players School concert. There should be over 30 performance of this little piece this year.

CD35 became available from CD Baby Monday, August 19, 2013

Thank you to Doug Thorley ad Tony Clements for performing the premiere of Church Suite II, Op. 193 Friday June, 28 2013 @ The Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley California!

Thank you to the Music in The Mountians Festival horn section (Pete Nowlen, Cara Jones, ROB & Phil Richardson) for FOUR performances of the finale of Quartet, Op 39 (June 26 & 27 2013)

Thank you to the RSO horn section for their December 9, 2012 concert @ the Downtown public library in Regina for performing my Quartet, Op. 39

Thank you to the Electrum Brass Trio for playing several performances of my Electrum Fanfare IV, opus 165

I am very please to announce that I am one of the featured composers this month at http://www.pytheasmusic.org/
burdick.html

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