Raymond Luedeke

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Born in New York City, composer Ray Luedeke attended the Eastman School of Music, the Vienna Academy of Music, Northwestern University, and Dartmouth College, where he studied with George Crumb. His output is extensive and varied. It runs the gamut from entertaining theater pieces for children, through a long list of sophisticated solo and chamber music to colorful, carefully crafted pieces for orchestra.

Recordings of his music include Shadow Music with the Louisville Orchestra, The Transparency of Time with pianist Andre LaPlante and the Winnipeg Symphony, The Moon in the Labyrinth and The Lyre of Orpheus with harpist Judy Loman and the Orford String Quartet, Brass Quintet with the New Mexico Brass Quintet, Circus Music with the Hannaford Street Silver Band, and Ah, Matsushima! with violin/marimba duo Jacques and Michael Israelievitch.  Quartetto Gelato has recorded Ray’s brilliant arrangement of Maurice Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin and has performed it worldwide.

 The striking originality and meticulous craftsmanship of his music have been recognized by numerous grants and awards, among them prizes from the Manhattan Choral Ensemble, from the Percussive Arts Society, from the International Horn Society, and from Northwestern University. His contest winning orchestral Fanfare, opened Toronto’s Thomson Hall and his overture The North Wind’s Gift was performed throughout Europe in the 1991 tour of the Toronto Symphony. Six Canadian orchestras jointly commissioned Tales of the Netsilik for narrator and orchestra.

 Ray Luedeke is an experienced librettist. He collaborated with playwright Sean Dixon for his first opera, Wild Flowers, produced at The Guelph Spring Festival. Subsequently, he worked with acclaimed director/dramaturge Tom Diamond to write the libretto for his second opera, The Magical Singing Drum, and the script for The Art of Love/Into the Labyrinth for two pianos, visuals and actor. The distinguished Canadian playwright Guillermo Verdecchia served as dramaturge for Ray’s script for his third opera, Viva Pablo Neruda (I Confess, I Have Lived).

 In the summer of 2007, Ray started a music theater company, Voice Afire Pocket Opera and Cabaret, and produced three shows, each reflecting a particular passion of the composer/arranger. Viva Pablo Neruda (I Confess, I Have Lived) is based on the poetry of Pablo Neruda. Butterfly’s Trouble is an re-invention of Puccini’s great masterpiece. Close Embrace relives the Golden Age of Argentine Tango and includes 8 performers: a Master of Ceremonies, 2 dancers, 4 musicians, and a singer.

 From 1981-2010 Ray served as Associate Principal Clarinet of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. In the summer of 2010 Ray moved back to New York City.

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1 ACROSTIC (1979)
sax qrt(satb),pf

3 AH, MATSUSHIMA! for orchestra and optional narrator (2014)
1222 2110 perc(2) strings

4 AMAZING GRACE (1994)
2222 4231 bells (glock), bagpipes (optional), solo violins (20-50), strings

5 An der schonen blauen Donau (Arr) (2014)
clarinet in A, string quartet

7 Aurora (1980)
fl, hrp

9 BODY LANGUAGE (1990)
2 perc

10 BRASS QUINTET:COMPLEXITY & CONTRADICTION (1980)
br qnt 2-1-1-1

11 BRIEF ENCOUNTERS (1996)
VLA, PNO

12 BROTHER JACK (1998)
VLN, ENG HN, HARPSICHORD

15 CARNIVAL OF VENICE (1986)
solo cl & orch: 2-2-0-2,2-2-2-1,timp,2perc,hp:str

16 CATHEDRALS (1974)
br chor:4-4-4-2+2euph

17 CEREMONIAL DANCES (1999)
pf, str 4tet: 2-1-1-1

18 CHAMBER SYMPHONY NO.1 (1971)
pic-fl-ob/eh-Ebcl-Bbcl- bcl,2,1-1-0-1,perc,str

19 CIRCUS MUSIC (1990)
brass band: 5cor, flghn, 2Ebhn, 3euph, 2tbn, btbn, 2tb, 2perc

20 Circus Music for Orchestra (2012)
2/pic-2/EH-2/bscl-2; 4-2(inC)-3-1; timp, harp, perc(2), strings

21 CLOCKWORKS (1985)
orch: 2/pic-2-2-2; 4-2-3-1; 4timp, 3perc; hp, str

22 COMPLEXITY & CONTRADICTION (1980)
brass 5tet: 2-1-1-1

23 CONCERTO FOR DOUBLE BASS AND ORCHESTRA (1997)
SOLO DOUBLE BASS, ORCHESTRA: PICC.1.2(ENG HORN).1.BASS CL.1.CBSN 4.2.3.1 2 PERC, TIMP, STRINGS

24 CONCERTO FOR DOUBLE BASS AND SMALL ORCHESTRA (2015)
Picc, 1 Fl, 2 ob (2. dbl. EH), 1 Cl, bscl, 1 bsn, cbsn, 2 Hn, 2 Tpt, 1 Percussion; solo double bass, strings

25 CONCERTO FOR SAX QUARTET & ORCH (1976)
sax qrt(satb)& orch:2-2-2-2,4-2-3-1,timp,str

26 CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN & ORCH (1992)
solo vln & orch: 2/pic-2-2-2/cbsn,4-2-3-1,timp,2perc,hp,pf,str

27 DISASTERS OF THE SUN (2000)
SATB, SSATTBB, gamelan OR SATB, SSATTBB, pf

30 DUO FOR OBOE AND CELLO (1981)
ob,vcl

31 Elemental Dances
guitar, string quartet

32 ERSTES KONZERT
cl, wind ens: 2-2-Ebcl-6bcl-2; 4-2-3-1; timp; cb

33 FANCIES & INTERLUDES 2 (1977)
sax,pf

34 FANCIES & INTERLUDES 3
hrn, perc

35 FANCIES & INTERLUDES 4 (1982)
bcl,perc

36 FANCIES & INTERLUDES 5 (1984)
vcl,org

37 FANCIES & INTERLUDES 6 (1988)
vln,pf

40 FANFARE (1982)
org & orch:pic-2-2-2-ehn-Ebcl- 2 bcl-2-cbsn,6-12-3-1, timp,perc(3),pf,hp,str,

41 FIVE PRELUDES FOR GUITAR (1980)
gtr

42 FOUR CANTOS (1974)
orch:2-2-2-2,4-2-3-1,4perc,str

43 FOUR SONGS, THE DREAM AND OLD SONG (1986)
satb a capella

44 FROM THE MOUNTAIN TOP (2015)
4 trombones

45 GARBAGE DELIGHT (1988)
sax qnt:satbb,narration,opt cb

46 GIPSY SONGS
ww qnt 1-1-1-1,hn

47 GRIEF (2010)
solo cello

48 HARD RIGHT: A Satyrical Suite (2012)
1 Flute (dbl. alto sax.)/ Bb Clarinet/ Bb Bass Clarinet 1 Horn/ 1 Tpt in C/ 1 Tbn. 2 percussion strings (2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 double bass)

49 IF YOU FORGET ME - viola and piano (2014)
viola and piano

50 IF YOU FORGET ME... cello and piano (2006)
cello, piano

52 In Just-Spring (2005)
treble choir and pno

53 In Kharms Way / Theater of the Absurd (2015)
string quartet, 2 actors
2vln, vla, vcl

54 IN THIS WORLD (ON JAPANESE MOTIVES) (2001)
fl/pic, mrmba, string orch

55 In This World - duo version (2014)
violin or flute or clarinet, with marimba

56 Joy (2006)
2 tpt, hrn, tbn, tba

57 Kafka Shorts (2013)
string quartet and 2 actors

58 LE TOMBEAU DE COUPERIN - not ACA
ob/eh, vln/voice (or mandolin), accordion, vc/gtr

59 LITTLE ROSE (1991)
cham orch:1-alfl-2/ehn-1-bcl-2,tpt, timp,pf,str

61 LIVESAY SONGS (1992)
sop,pf

63 THE LYRE OF ORPHEUS (2015)
Harp and String Quartet

65 MACCHU PICCHU (1978)
5 players: pic/fl/alfl, cl(A,Bb,Eb), vln, vla, pf

66 THE MAGICAL SINGING DRUM (1998)
S, mezS, Bar, dancer, orch: synth, ob/eh, solo drummer, perc… 5-10 performers

67 Margarita's Wild Ride (2003)
vn 1, vn 2, vla, vcl, bass

68 THE MOON IN THE LABYRINTH (1984)
hp,str qnt (or str orch)

69 My Life with Pablo Neruda (2009)
violin, clarinet, cello, keyboard, Soprano, Tenor, plus 2 actors

70 MY SECRET LIFE (1983)
vla

71 NEW HAMPSHIRE AND HIS MAJESTY THE TUBA (1968)
TUBA, TENOR, PIANO

72 NOCTURNAL VARIATIONS (1987)
ww qnt:1-1-1-1,hn

73 THE NORTH WIND'S GIFT (1991)
orch:2-2/eh-2-2, 4-2-3-1,timp,2perc,pf,str

74 OF HIM I LOVE DAY & NIGHT; A NOISELESS PATIENT SPIDER (1973)
satb,sax qrt(satb),cb,2perc

76 PAPRIKA (1987)
bsn,vcl

77 PICTURES FROM BREUGHEL (1973)
msop,bar,wwqnt

78 A PRAYER FOR THE EARTH (1996)
2 FL (PICC), OBOE, ENG HN, CL, B CL, BSN/CON BSN, 4.2.3.1 BRASS, TIMP, STRINGS, SATB CHORUS DIVIDED INTO FULL AND CHAMBER CHOIRS

79 Prayers, Poems, and Incantations for the Earth (2002)
SSATTBB and Treble Choir

80 PROMENADE (1968)
HORN, BASS CLARINET

81 QUESTIONS (LAS PREGUNTAS) (2006)
fl, vla, cb, optional narrator

82 RAGTIME (1981)
ww qnt:1-1-1-1,hn

83 SERENADE (1982)
ob,vcl,pf

84 SERENITY (1995)
ACCORDION, B-FLAT CLARINET or Soprano Sax

85 SHADOW MUSIC
orch: 2-2-2-2; 4-2-3-1; timp, perc; str

86 SILENCE! (1986)
perc & mmb(or vc, or ob,or fl,or cl, or vla, or vcl)

87 SONATA FOR VIOLA & PIANO (1975)
vla,pf

88 SOUNDSCAPES, for Band (1973)
band:pic-4-2-Ebcl- 4-bcl,-cbcl-2-4sax,4-4-3-btbn-2euph-2, 5perc

89 STRING QUARTET (1990)
str qrt 2-1-1

90 SUITE (1972)
br trio(hn,tpt,tbn)

92 TALES OF THE NETSILIK (CONTES ET LEGENDES NETSILIK) (1988)
narr & orch:2-2-2-2,4-2-3-1,timp,2perc,pf/cel,hp,str

93 Tango Dreams (2004)
pno

94 Tango Dreams - Quartet version (2004)
accordion, vn, vla, vcl

95 TANGO DREAMS - Quintet version (2016)
accordion, clarinet, and string trio
accordion, clarinet in A, violin, viola, cello

97 THREE LYRICAL STUDIES (1983)
tpt,pf

98 THE TRANSPARENCY OF TIME (1986)
pf, orch: 2/pic-2/eh-2-1-cbsn; 4-2-3-1; timp, perc; hp, str

99 TWELVE PRELUDES (1981)
pf

100 VARIATIONS FOR OBOE AND STRING TRIO (1971)
ob,vln, vla, vcl

102 WILD FLOWERS (1994)
B, Bar, T, S, boyS, child's chorus, fl/pic, ob/eh, hn, vln, vla, vc, cb

103 THE WINDS OF HER MISFORTUNE
orch winds: pic-2-2-eh-Ebcl-1-bcl-2-cbsn; 4-3-3-1; timp, perc, pf

104 Ysaÿe Does It (2014)
4 violins

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