For almost forty years I have been using the I Ching as a foundation for my compositions.
I use it to shape stucture, melody, harmony, rythym, mood and as a tool for inspiration, I do not use the I Ching in a method that could even be described as chance.
The I Ching is a system from the ancient Chinese used for divination also known as the book of changes. It's a binary system with a range of 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,and 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
Yellowstone Suite No. 1, Opus 235 for chamber orchestra with video
About Richard's CD42 release: December 12th 2017
All 12 of my Symphonies for chamber orchestra can be heard here:
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CD42 I sound My Horn
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CD41 American Horn Music vol. 2
CD40 Retrospective II
Horn Quartets No's 1 - 5
CD39 Bach by Popular Demand
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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: all 6 Broken Consort Suites and both Flatte Consort suites - 36 track of Christmas like music.
CD37 Microtonal music of Richard Burdick
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A big THANK YOU to composer Andrew Imbrie (Pulitzer prize finalist in 1995) for teaching me to use Black-line printing for my compositions in the 1970's. I am proud to have had his influence.
The demo of Richard Burdick's Yellowstone Suite, Opus 235 is now available on you tube for your listening a watching pleasure; enjoy.
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Swanee River Whey
Composer Richard Burdick talks about his inside scoops on Elvis
and the Beatles *
I have been proud to be the leader of the “Music in the Mountains” summer festival horn section, my 26th year with the festival. Plaudits to Cara Jones (2nd), Frank Hammarin (3rd), Phil Richardson (4th). What great fun; 7 concerts in 12 days.
An Interesting article on immigration to the U. S. A. in 1901 click here
A sucessful run of performances for Music in the Mountians in Grass Valley, California. Seven concerts in twelve days! June 22 - July 3, 2018 my 26th year with the festival.
The Mindset, Op. 242 nonet is complete almost the same time the U.S.A. celebrates its 242 year.
CD42 I sound My Horn
released December 12, 2017
Opus 231 "The Woodpecker for oboe, clarinet and videotape" was completed April 16, 2016
Mr. Burdick performed Strauss's Horn Concerto No. 2 with the Regina Symphony Orchestra on April 8, 2017
The Quartetto for clarinet, eb horn (natural horn), viola and cello by Carl Stamitz is now published
CD41 "American Horn Music vol. 2" released Oct. 27 2016
CD40 "Retrospective II Horn Quartets No's 1 - 5 released Sept. 9, 2016
I Received a really nice note about my performance in the show "Cinderella" this August. "Thank you Richard your majestic playing has coloured this production with grandeur!"
CD40 (9-9-2016) is now one CdBaby.
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