Richard Moryl


Richard Moryl (b. 1929 Newark, NJ; d. April 8, 2018 S. Carolina). He attended Columbia and Brandeis Universities and the Hochschule fur Musik in Berlin. As a composer, he has received many awards and fellowships, including two National Endowment for the Arts awards, grants from the Ford and Martha Baird Rockefeller Foundations and many others. In 1963 he was a Fulbright scholar in Germany.

He is the founder and director of the Charles Ives Center for American Music (CICAM), which for over twenty years has performed and supported American composers and their music. Over 300 performances of his works have been given in Europe, the United States and South America. Moryl was one of the international judges for the 2nd Annual Dmitri Shostakovich Chamber Music Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1991. Forty of his works are published and ten have been recorded.

Moryl founded and directed the New England Contemporary Music Ensemble which has performed extensively throughout the northeast and the south, and which has been recorded on Desto and Serenus records. A CD of his piece, Das Lied (sung by Jan De Gaetani and conducted by Gerard Schwarz) was released in 2000 on the Opus 1 label.  Interview with Bruce Duffie here.

ACE Publications

29 title(s)
Richard Moryl CHAMBERS NO.2 alsax,tape,film(or slide),&/or lights
Richard Moryl CORRIDORS voice, 1 percussion, tape delay effects
Richard Moryl DANCE MACABRE vln, perc
Richard Moryl EXCHANGES
Richard Moryl GOLDEN PHOENIX string quartet
Richard Moryl IN THE GREEN MORNING organ, perc
Richard Moryl ISLAND IN THE MOON voice, pf
Richard Moryl LOOPS, for Large Instrumental Groups & Tapes large homogenous instrumental groups,tape,in various antiphonal placements
Richard Moryl MODULES pic, trb, perc, db
Richard Moryl MULTIPLES perc, hp, pf, str
Richard Moryl MUSIC OF THE SPHERES ob, perc, hp, pf (optional: tape and dancers)
Richard Moryl OPTIMA wind ensemble or concert band
Richard Moryl PARTICLES (flute) solo flute, optional live tape delay effect
Richard Moryl PARTICLES (for cello or double bass) vc or db
Richard Moryl PARTICLES (for orchestra) orch: High Version:4pic,2perc,offstage xyl, pf,str Low Version:2cbsn,2ccl,3tbn,tb,pf,8-20cb
Richard Moryl particles (for piano) Piano
Richard Moryl REFRAINS vcl, vib, tape delay effect
Richard Moryl SERENADE solo vln, chamber ensemble
Richard Moryl SEVEN LAST WORDS OF CHRIST, THE bar., fl, vcl, hpscd, perc
Richard Moryl STABAT MATER SATB, piano
Richard Moryl STROBE orch:any instrumentation
Richard Moryl SUMMER'S MUSIC fl, ob, gtr
players also play small percussion instruments

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