I Ching Music

I Ching as structural foundation to music 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 in the seventh octave gives each scale an individual vibration rate with the harmonics 64 through 128. It's a grand pattern full of musical color.
Richard O. Burdick

Summer 2015:
The "Big Announcement"
All ten of mySymphonies for chamber orchestra or chamber ensemble can be heard here:



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.

I Ching NEWS

I am please to announce that the Demo of my work “Wizard of OZ (1910) for chamber orchestra with film” is now online. The premiere will be in April.

I seem to get one composition (new or old) completed with published score and demo video a week. This week (Feb 6, 2016): Chamber Symphony No. 11, Op. 220

My Microtonal work: I Ching Base Tones, Op. 176a is up on youtube. There is an interview style introduction and the long video.

Thanks to the Regina Symphony Chamber Players for the Premiere of my Octet Variations, Op. 234 January 16 & 17, 2016.

A nice version of Silent Night with a simple natural horn obligato, that I arranged for the Regina Symphony Orchestra core a couple of years ago.

CD38 released Dec. 6th, 2015: Matthew Locke's Broken and Flatte Consorts performed on three horns with Finke Triple horn

The demo of my "Little Symphony", Op. 223 for for orchestra. 8:15 great "Canadian Content"!

CD37 Microtonal music of Richard Burdick

Opus 16, Polaris Overture revision and demo are done.

CD36 Classical Natural Horn Music By Duvernoy & Schneider
is released September 20, 2015 on CdBaby

June 2015 - all ten of my Chamber Symphonies are published and available to be heard in demo's on youtube.

I have added five new demo's of my compositions to my youtube channel so far this year:
Winter Playlist

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.

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