Richard Beaudoin

The music of Richard Beaudoin (b. 1975) has been performed by some of the finest musicians in Europe and America. He has received commissions from the Konzerthaus Dortmund, Staatstheater Kassel, Boston Lyric Opera, and the President of Harvard University. He has written instrumental works for Mark Knoop, Marilyn Nonken, Constantine Finehouse, Wolfram Rieger, Carl Rosman, Serge Vuille, Clive Driskill-Smith, the Chiara String Quartet, the Kreutzer Quartet and Sound Icon. In addition to instrumental music, he has composed over 50 songs, and his vocal music has been sung by Joseph Kaiser, Kevin Burdette and Annette Dasch.

Mr Beaudoin's works have been heard at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Wiener Konzerthaus, Hamburg's Laeiszhalle, the Brucknerhaus in Linz, the Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele, New York’s Weill Recital Hall, Boston's Institute for Contemporary Art, and in London at the Royal Festival Hall, Duke’s Hall, The Forge, Wilton’s Music Hall and King’s Place. His writings on music have been published in the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Perspectives of New Music, Journal of the CeReNeM, and The Journal of Music Theory. Some of his recent works pioneer a compositional technique involving micro-temporal measurements of recorded performances. He holds the post of Preceptor on Music in the Faculty of Music at Harvard University.

New Recordings


[Microtimings cover image: Glenn Brown, The Real Thing, 2000, Oil on panel, 82 x 66.5 cm, © 2012 Glenn Brown]

MICROTIMINGS—Mark Knoop and Kreutzer Quartet

This 2-CD set includes the first recordings of Richard Beaudoin's music based on microtiming. The discs include eleven recent works, all recorded in England, including pieces based on micro-temporal measurements of Martha Argerich playing Chopin, Alfred Cortot playing Debussy, and Maurizio Pollini playing Webern. The discs are accompanied by a full-color 20-page booklet which includes photographs, an essay on the pieces, and miniature reproductions of pages from the scores.

Disc One includes six piano pieces played by Mark Knoop. These include works in the Étude d'un prélude series (Chopin desséché, Black Wires, Latticed Window and four28), as well as The Artist and his Model I—La fille floutée and nach Webern, nach Pollini.

Disc Two includes five string quartet works played by the Kreuzter Quartet. These include Étude d'un prélude X—Second String Quartet (comprised of Flutter echoes, The Real Thing, Kertész Distortion and 28four) and The Artist and his Model II—la durée sans contacts s'affaiblit.

This 2-CD set was released on 24 April 2012 by New Focus Recordings in New York, and distributed by Naxos of America. It is available internationally, including at Amazon (US), Amazon (UK), Amazon (Germany), Amazon (France), Amazon (Japan), Archiv, iTunes, New Focus Recordings.