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Richard O. Burdick

Richard Burdick is the first horn of Regina Symphony Orchestra and the Regina Symphony Chamber Players in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. He is a prolific composer.

          His move to Canada in 2003, with his wife Rebecca and his two boys, marked the start of the fourth major period in his musical Career. I Ching Scales V. 5
        In the 1980’s Richard was first Horn of Napa Symphony, a member of a San Francisco based theater orchestra and played lots of chamber music as manager of Trinity Chamber Concerts, a chamber music series in Berkeley California.
        Starting in 1990 he played fourth Horn full-time for Sacramento Symphony, which went bankrupt in 1996.
        He then won auditions for Fresno Philharmonic, Napa & North State Symphonies and played in Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera.
        He is a prolific composer and has many self produced CD’s of his own compositions, Bach, his classical natural horn playing and multi-track performances of many of his favorites pieces.
        He performs on a variety of horns, a baroque natural horn (1720), a classical era natural horn(1800), a romantic era (1840's) natural horn, a single F horn from the 1880's, his main symphony horn is a Brennan Model Finke double horn and he sometimes plays his C. F. Schimdt double horn made in 1934, which was played by James Tankersley priciple hornist of the Houston Symphony during the 1950's-1960's.

Composer Richard O. Burdick:
Richard Burdick is a prolific composer of chamber and orchestral music. He has a large volume of works for chamber music settings and concert halls, many of which feature prominent French horn parts.
        He frequently uses the I Ching as a structural foundation to his music.
        His works vary from quite tonal to improvisational and avant-garde. They also range from minimal to quite random. He has written minimal styles both in the highly sustained and highly repetitive types. His works are very creative, but often have forms and structures that Bach used.
        His variety of works fall into the categories of: avant-garde, expressionist, minimalistic, micro-tonal, modernist, neo-classical, and new-age-meditation styles.
     His use of harmonies is generally freer and is freeing to listen to. He is developing a New-age-meditation style of music based on the vibratory spectrum of sound.Richard Burdick Lion Hearted
        Since 1980, composer Richard Burdick has been using I Ching inspired scales as a foundation for his compositions. The I Ching is sort of a fortune telling system of the ancient Chinese. Being a binary system, it suggests scale intervals of either half steps or whole steps. It is ideal for scales structures and patterns in music.
     Like the scales of Northern India, the scales are divided into two tetra-chord like sets of three intervals. Mr. Burdick uses the perfect fifth to separate the two sets of three intervals. He also has a complete system of fixed tones for each scale that organize the whole system into 64 unique vibratory signatures.
        Richard has worked professionally as a transcriber and/or arranger for the Sacramento Symphony, Concord Pavilion Pops Orchestra and others. He has been a recipient of Meet The Composer funding, Concert sponsorship funding from the city of Davis, California, and was the winner of the 1983 Kensington Symphony Composition Contest with his "Six Medieval Fragments for Orchestra, opus 14."
     Mr. Burdick began composing in 1975 and has had premieres of most of his compositions.

Richard Artstic statment is:


A great article about Mr. Burdick appeared October 2010 on

He was one of the featured October 2011 composers at:

See also: Reviews

RIchard Burdick's astrolgy chart

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.

Running Biography

Sept. 13, 2013 completed the revision and recorded a version of Opus155b

Sept. 11, 2013 Recorded Coscia Duet No. 3 and was interviewed for a concert review in the Moose Jaw Newspaper.

Richard's Spiral Prism

Sept. 8th 2013 Completed my Spiral Prism window hanger: copper tubes and wire with glass rods and three glass prisms.

Sept. 6th 2013 Recorded Bernard Heiden Cannons for two horns No. 2 & Coscia Duet No. 1 RSOCP performed in Moose Jaw

Sept. 5th 2013 Recorded Bernard Heiden Cannons for two horns No. 3 rehearse my Horn Rondo with the RSOCP and compleated my 'cleanex box" boxCopper blue box

Sept. 4th 2013 Recorded Bernard Heiden Cannons for two horns No. 4 & 5

Sept. 3rd 2013 Recorded Bernard Heiden Cannon for two horns No. 1

August 31, we are almost done with new fence in the backyaBurdick's backyard fencerd. I wrote the solo for RSOCP school concerts last week. I am working on the Hovhaness interview.

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