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.

ACA List for Raymond Luedeke

ACROSTIC (1979)
sax qrt(satb),pf
AH, MATSUSHIMA! (2000)
vln, marimba

luedeke_ah_matsushima_duo_laughing.mp3

excerpt - "Laughing" from Ah Matsushima!
AH, MATSUSHIMA! for orchestra and optional narrator (2014)
1222 2110 perc(2) strings
AMAZING GRACE (1994)
2222 4231 bells (glock), bagpipes (optional), solo violins (20-50), strings
An der schonen blauen Donau (Arr) (2014)
clarinet in A, string quartet
Aurora (1980)
fl, hrp
BODY LANGUAGE (1990)
2 perc
BRIEF ENCOUNTERS (1996)
VLA, PNO
BROTHER JACK (1998)
VLN, ENG HN, HARPSICHORD
CARNIVAL OF VENICE (1986)
solo cl & orch: 2-2-0-2,2-2-2-1,timp,2perc,hp:str
CATHEDRALS (1974)
br chor:4-4-4-2+2euph
CEREMONIAL DANCES (1999)
pf, str 4tet: 2-1-1-1
CHAMBER SYMPHONY NO.1 (1971)
pic-fl-ob/eh-Ebcl-Bbcl- bcl,2,1-1-0-1,perc,str
CIRCUS MUSIC (1990)
brass band: 5cor, flghn, 2Ebhn, 3euph, 2tbn, btbn, 2tb, 2perc
Circus Music for Orchestra (2012)
2/pic-2/EH-2/bscl-2; 4-2(inC)-3-1; timp, harp, perc(2), strings
CLOCKWORKS (1985)
orch: 2/pic-2-2-2; 4-2-3-1; 4timp, 3perc; hp, str
COMPLEXITY & CONTRADICTION (1980)
brass 5tet: 2-1-1-1
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
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
CONCERTO FOR SAX QUARTET & ORCH (1976)
sax qrt(satb)& orch:2-2-2-2,4-2-3-1,timp,str
CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN & ORCH (1992)
solo vln & orch: 2/pic-2-2-2/cbsn,4-2-3-1,timp,2perc,hp,pf,str
DISASTERS OF THE SUN (2000)
SATB, SSATTBB, gamelan OR SATB, SSATTBB, pf
DUO FOR OBOE AND CELLO (1981)
ob,vcl
Elemental Dances
guitar, string quartet
ERSTES KONZERT
cl, wind ens: 2-2-Ebcl-6bcl-2; 4-2-3-1; timp; cb
FAIRY TALES (1993)
fl,hp
FANCIES & INTERLUDES 2 (1977)
sax,pf
FANCIES & INTERLUDES 4 (1982)
bcl,perc
FANCIES & INTERLUDES 5 (1984)
vcl,org
FANCIES & INTERLUDES 6 (1988)
vln,pf
FANCIES & INTERLUDES 7 (1989)
bsn,pf

luedeke_fanciesinterludes7_excerpt1.mp3

excerpt - Sara Schoenbeck, bassoon; Steven Beck, piano Live at Spectrum NYC
FANCIES & INTERLUDES I (Tuba, piano) (1977)
tba, pf

luedekefanciesinterludes1tbapfexcerpt.mp3

excerpt - Fancies & Interludes I for tuba and piano
FANFARE (1982)
org & orch:pic-2-2-2-ehn-Ebcl- 2 bcl-2-cbsn,6-12-3-1, timp,perc(3),pf,hp,str,
FOUR CANTOS (1974)
orch:2-2-2-2,4-2-3-1,4perc,str
FOUR SONGS, THE DREAM AND OLD SONG (1986)
satb a capella
FROM THE MOUNTAIN TOP (2015)
4 trombones
GARBAGE DELIGHT (1988)
sax qnt:satbb,narration,opt cb
GIPSY SONGS
ww qnt 1-1-1-1,hn
GRIEF (2010)
solo cello
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)
IF YOU FORGET ME - viola and piano (2014)
viola and piano
IN THE EYE OF THE CAT (1999)
flute or violin and guitar

Luedeke- Eye of the Cat II Yellow Rose Petals.mp3

Eye of the Cat II. Yellow Rose Petals
In Just-Spring (2005)
treble choir and pno
In Kharms Way / Theater of the Absurd (2015)
string quartet, 2 actors
2vln, vla, vcl
IN THIS WORLD (ON JAPANESE MOTIVES) (2001)
fl/pic, mrmba, string orch
In This World - duo, marimba with violin (2014)
violin and marimba

InThisWorld - excerpt.mp3

excerpt - In This World - marimba, violin
Joy (2006)
2 tpt, hrn, tbn, tba
Kafka Shorts (2013)
string quartet and 2 actors
LE TOMBEAU DE COUPERIN
ob/eh, vln/voice (or mandolin), accordion, vc/gtr
LITTLE ROSE (1991)
cham orch:1-alfl-2/ehn-1-bcl-2,tpt, timp,pf,str
LIVESAY SONGS (1992)
sop,pf
THE LYRE OF ORPHEUS (2015)
Harp and String Quartet
MACCHU PICCHU (1978)
5 players: pic/fl/alfl, cl(A,Bb,Eb), vln, vla, pf

v_macchu_picchu_.mp3

excerpt - Macchu Piccu (V.)
THE MAGICAL SINGING DRUM (1998)
S, mezS, Bar, dancer, orch: synth, ob/eh, solo drummer, perc… 5-10 performers
Margarita's Wild Ride (2003)
vn 1, vn 2, vla, vcl, bass
THE MOON IN THE LABYRINTH (1984)
hp,str qnt (or str orch)
My Life with Pablo Neruda (2009)
violin, clarinet, cello, keyboard, Soprano, Tenor, plus 2 actors
MY SECRET LIFE (1983)
vla
NEW HAMPSHIRE AND HIS MAJESTY THE TUBA (1968)
TUBA, TENOR, PIANO
NOCTURNAL VARIATIONS (1987)
ww qnt:1-1-1-1,hn
THE NORTH WIND'S GIFT (1991)
orch:2-2/eh-2-2, 4-2-3-1,timp,2perc,pf,str
OF HIM I LOVE DAY & NIGHT; A NOISELESS PATIENT SPIDER (1973)
satb,sax qrt(satb),cb,2perc
PAPRIKA (1987)
bsn,vcl
PICTURES FROM BREUGHEL (1973)
msop,bar,wwqnt
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
Prayers, Poems, and Incantations for the Earth (2002)
SSATTBB and Treble Choir
PROMENADE (1968)
HORN, BASS CLARINET
QUESTIONS (LAS PREGUNTAS) (2006)
fl, vla, cb, optional narrator
RAGTIME (1981)
ww qnt:1-1-1-1,hn
SERENADE (1982)
ob,vcl,pf
SERENITY (1995)
ACCORDION, B-FLAT CLARINET or Soprano Sax
SHADOW MUSIC
orch: 2-2-2-2; 4-2-3-1; timp, perc; str
SILENCE! (1986)
perc & mmb(or vc, or ob,or fl,or cl, or vla, or vcl)
SONATA FOR VIOLA & PIANO (1975)
vla,pf
SOUNDSCAPES, for Band (1973)
band:pic-4-2-Ebcl- 4-bcl,-cbcl-2-4sax,4-4-3-btbn-2euph-2, 5perc
STRING QUARTET (1990)
str qrt 2-1-1
SUITE (1972)
br trio(hn,tpt,tbn)
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

LuedekeTales of the Netsilik.mp3

excerpt from Tales of the Netsilik - Raymond Luedeke
Tango Dreams (2004)
pno
Tango Dreams - Quartet version (2004)
accordion, vn, vla, vcl
TANGO DREAMS - Quintet version (2016)
accordion, clarinet, and string trio
accordion, clarinet in A, violin, viola, cello
THREE LYRICAL STUDIES (1983)
tpt,pf
THE TRANSPARENCY OF TIME (1986)
pf, orch: 2/pic-2/eh-2-1-cbsn; 4-2-3-1; timp, perc; hp, str
TWELVE PRELUDES (1981)
pf
VARIATIONS FOR OBOE AND STRING TRIO (1971)
ob,vln, vla, vcl
WILD FLOWERS (1994)
B, Bar, T, S, boyS, child's chorus, fl/pic, ob/eh, hn, vln, vla, vc, cb
THE WINDS OF HER MISFORTUNE
orch winds: pic-2-2-eh-Ebcl-1-bcl-2-cbsn; 4-3-3-1; timp, perc, pf
Ysaÿe Does It (2014)
4 violins

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