Richard Beaudoin

Time, proportion, resemblance, memory : The music of Richard Beaudoin (American, b. 1975)

His work includes instrumental music performed by the Kreutzer and Chiara String Quartets, Sound Icon, members of the Philharmonia Orchestra, pianists Mark Knoop, Marilyn Nonken, Constantine Finehouse, Wolfram Rieger and Philip Howard, violinist Clio Gould, percussionist Serge Vuille, organist Clive Driskill-Smith and clarinetist Carl Rosman;

performances & premieres at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Wiener Konzerthaus, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, the Brucknerhaus in Linz, the Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele, New York’s Weill Recital Hall, in Boston at The Institute for Contemporary Art, Calderwood Pavilion, Sanders Theatre and Jordan Hall, and in London at the Royal Festival Hall, Duke’s Hall, The Forge, The Arcola Theatre, Wilton’s Music Hall and King’s Place;

more than fifty songs performed by such artists as Annette Dasch, Joseph Kaiser, Annika Sophie Ritlewski, Frank Kelley and Kevin Burdette; commissions for opera and vocal works from the Konzerthaus Dortmund, Staatstheater Kassel, the President of Harvard University and Boston Lyric Opera;

lectures on his music at The Centre for Music and Science at Cambridge University, The Royal Academy of Music in London, The Steinhardt School at New York University, The New England Conservatory, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Yale University, The University of York and the Schweizerische Musikforschende Gesellschaft at the Hochscule, Luzern, Switzerland;

writings published by Perspectives of New Music, The Journal of Music Theory, Organised Sound, Divergence Press, Journal of the CeReNeM, and The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism;

and the development of a new compositional approach based on micro-temporal measurements of recorded performances, in collaboration with Professor Olivier Senn of the Hochschule, Luzern. Recordings of the inaugural works, including from the series Études d’un prelude and The Artist and his Model, were released in New York on the 2-CD set, Microtimings.

Mr Beaudoin teaches composition and theory at Harvard University.

Microtimings

Beaudoin_Microtimings_Cover.jpg

[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, recorded in England, includes the first recordings of Richard Beaudoin's music based on microtiming. The discs present eleven of the earliest works, which are based on micro-temporal measurements of Martha Argerich playing Chopin, Alfred Cortot playing Debussy, and Maurizio Pollini playing Webern. The accompanying 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.

Released on 24 April 2012 by New Focus Recordings in New York, and distributed by Naxos of America. Available internationally, including at Amazon (US), Amazon (UK), Amazon (Germany), Amazon (France), Amazon (Japan), Archiv, iTunes, New Focus Recordings.

 

_________________________________________________________________